It may be hard to believe, but Google+ turned two years old today. Just two short years ago, we were treated with Google's second attempt at a social network, one that we thought would bite the dust yet again, but here we are today, still basking in the existence of Google+, which now has even more features and more users than ever.
This month is Pride month here in the United States, a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered folks across the nation celebrate their existence in parties, parades, and events galore. Google has once again come forth with a little gem of an easter egg for the masses with a rainbow-flavored search bar surrounding all related queries. This appearance also comes right on top of the official strike-down of DOMA.
Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has set a new personal best for messages sent and received, handling 27 billion in the space of 24 hours. The record, which WhatsApp took to Twitter to announce, saw more than 10bn inbound messages sent and more than 17bn messages received, and is a considerable step up from the last public stats from April.
Depending on what state you live in, there could come a point when one of your electrical devices - maybe even a gadget - fail, only for the culprit to be pegged as "crazy ants". Such has been the case for many in the Southern United States, where a species of insect known as Raspberry crazy ants have made their way from South American, driving out native ant populations and destroying hosts of electronics equipment.
BlackBerry's BBM will hit iOS and Android devices from June 27, it's been revealed, the first time the BlackBerry Messaging service has been available outside of the Canadian company's own devices. The news was spilled by UK carrier T-Mobile, after BlackBerry confirmed last month its plans to take the app . and service cross-platform. UPDATE: BlackBerry responds.
Google has released this month's software update for Glass, bringing with it a handful of features and improvements, the most notable of which are changes to the camera. In particular, photographs taken with Glass are now more detailed with less over- and under-exposure issues due to an HDR feature, which snaps multiple images and combines them into a single exposure.
Over on Google's Developer website, two YouTube videos have appeared for what is being called a Chrome Mobile Special Event. Both are going to be live events, with each set to take place a week apart in the middle of June. Unfortunately, no information about the videos are given, merely a promise that "More details [are] coming soon."
The Google+ app was updated for Android users a short while back and as of today, it looks like that same update has arrived for iOS users. The update is already available and those looking to update will be grabbing version 4.4.0. Perhaps more important though, this is the update that brings the new Photos experience with features to include Auto Enhance.
This past week we noticed a bit of an oddity in how AT&T handled the video chat element in Google's new "Google+ Hangouts" app on cellular data: in effect, it didn't work. Asking AT&T about the situation, it was discovered that they had a policy in place for pre-loaded apps working with video chat, making it clear that it's the OS makers (Google and Apple) and the device makers (Samsung, BlackBerry, LG, HTC, Apple), that were responsible for enabling pre-loaded apps to be able to work with cellular data for video chat. Today, AT&T makes it clear that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry will be making a big change by June for all their pre-loaded apps.