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Google “Save to Drive” button wants to bypass your desktop

Google “Save to Drive” button wants to bypass your desktop

Google has further tightened the integration between browser and cloud, launching a new "Save to Drive" button that allows files to be sent straight to Google Drive from websites, assuming they've enabled the functionality. The new feature avoids the hassle of downloading a file to a local computer and then uploading it again to the user's Drive storage, particularly handy if you're using a public machine.

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Google Drive adds right-click sharing from desktop

Google Drive adds right-click sharing from desktop

Google has been rolling out updates to Drive at a moderate pace, having added improvements for iPhone back on April 8, for example. And while all the updates bring welcomed features, this latest one more or less trumps all the recent ones, adding a functionality found in many competitors' services and one sorely needed for power-users. Starting today, users can share content from within Google Drive on desktop with a simple click.

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Google Apps hit with partial outage for some users

Google Apps hit with partial outage for some users

If you can't access your Gmail this morning, don't worry, since it's not just you. Google has reported that some of its services are experiencing a partial outage, meaning that some users can't access certain Google Apps like Gmail, Drive, and Docs. The Admin control panel and API are also partially down.

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Google Drive for iPhone updates with landscape mode and better performance

Google Drive for iPhone updates with landscape mode and better performance

Google Drive and iPhone users rejoice. Google just updated their Google Drive app for the iPhone, and it comes with one new feature that completely changes how you edit documents on your smartphone. The updated app now includes landscape mode for both document editing and spreadsheet editing, making it easier and quicker to type out those reports on the go.

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Google: Here’s what our new Drive Realtime API can do

Google: Here’s what our new Drive Realtime API can do

Google may have distracted us from its Drive downtime with the new Drive Realtime API, but what exactly does that do for you if you've already taken the plunge or are considering jumping into the cloud? Thankfully Google has been working with a few service providers already to give us an idea of why the Drive Realtime API will change our lives, including Docs-style shared collaboration on Drive-stored code, collective scheduling, and even group graphics work.

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Google Drive launches API for realtime editing in third-party apps

Google Drive launches API for realtime editing in third-party apps

Google Drive is a great little web app, but since there has never been an API for the service, third-party developers have never gotten the chance to integrate it into their own apps. However, Google has finally released what they call the "Realtime API" for Google Drive, allowing realtime editing of Google Drive docs inside of third-party apps.

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Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

This morning there was an issue with connectivity for users hoping to access the file storage system known as Google Drive. Responsiveness in app systems such as Gmail, Google Reader, and Google Docs have been lacking throughout the morning, but Google's official report now suggests that all problems have been fixed up real nice. Meanwhile Google has been tipped to be starting up a competitor for Evernote and OneNote in the wake of their shutdown (not quite deactivated as yet) of Google Reader.

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Google investigating Google Drive downtime [Update: Fix in progress]

Google investigating Google Drive downtime [Update: Fix in progress]

Google is looking into complaints that Google Drive is experiencing issues of downtime or extreme sluggishness today, with availability of the cloud-based storage system patchy in the US and abroad. Complaints around Drive access began in the early hours of the morning, though it's only within the past half hour or so that Google has acknowledged the problem. "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive" the company confirmed on its service status page, promising to "provide more information shortly."

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Google Takeout now offers more support for Blogger and Google+

Google Takeout now offers more support for Blogger and Google+

Google Takeout now offers more support for those of you with a Blogger account and/or a Google+ page. Now through the Google Takeout service, you can export information contained inside of your Blogger account as well as information in your Google+ Stream or Google+ Circles. The Takeout feature is provided by The Data Liberation Front, a Google engineering team in charge of making it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products.


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Google Slides gets offline editing and presentation features

Google Slides gets offline editing and presentation features

Google offers many services via Drive, including Slides, which is similar in nature to PowerPoint, allowing users to create slide presentations. While Slides has been accessible to users offline, it lacked some features that made it useful sans an Internet connection. A lot of those downsides end today, with Google announcing that is has implemented a handful of features for offline use.

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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Google has no plans to develop apps for Windows 8

Google has no plans to develop apps for Windows 8

Many developers are working on building Windows 8 apps for their popular applications, but one company that's forgoing Windows 8 altogether is Google. The company has revealed that it will not being developing apps for Windows 8, including one of their most popular apps, Gmail. The company said that, due to lack of interest, they're holding back on developing any apps for the new OS.

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