Jon explains what he hates about Google+. NASA creates an FAQ for the debunked 2012 apocalypse. No SOPA is a Chrome extension that helps you spot SOPA supporters in your travels around the web. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.
After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.
Jon Mitchell hates Google+, and he’s not shy about sharing why. In the most popular ReadWriteWeb story of the week, Jon details the issues he has with Google+, from the minor annoyances to more serious ones, like prioritizing Google+ posts about an article over the article itself, Jon is concerned about how Google+ is already affecting Google Search. Check out why Jon thinks Google+ is going to mess up the internet.
Don’t start preparing for Armageddon just yet. NASA has created an FAQ to ease fears that world will end this year. Those of you sitting on a few cases of tactical sammiches should probably check out this FAQ pronto. For the rest of us, the FAQ is an entertaining and educational trip through some of the more interesting doomsday predictions for 2012.
SOPA isn’t being covered by news outlets that are supportive of the measure, so how are you to know when your favorite website’s parent company is a SOPA supporter? This Chrome extension warns you when you browse a SOPA-supporter’s website. What you do with that knowledge is up to you.
Bonus: Find out where your legislators stand on SOPA/PIPA with this handy geo-enabled mobile HTML application.
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At this point there’s probably nothing in geekdom, no matter how arcane, that hasn’t ended up on someone’s skin. “In” someone’s skin, to be precise. From ASCII art, to xkcd comics, to video games, to binary, to parts of your childhood you just can’t leave behind, there are entire sites like Geeky Tattoos now devoted to nerd ink. More
Android Ice Cream Sandwich has made its first appearance in Google’s fragmentation numbers for the platform. Android 4.0.x is now running on less than 1% of all devices that have accessed the Android Market in the last two weeks, coming in at 0.6% overall. More
There is little in the world that provokes the fury of smartphone consumers more than when one of the major carriers institutes a data cap, eliminates tethering or makes customers pay an exorbitant rate to use their smartphones as hotspots. Users want to be able to use their mobile bandwidth unhindered by any restrictions. More
For at least seven years running, Intel has been working to specify a form factor for lightweight, mobile computing devices. No, not tablets. As early as 2005, the first whispers of a joint Intel/Microsoft specification were bandied about, where Intel specifies the internals, and they supply the plastic. More
The last week of December and first couple of weeks of January is when analysts and pundits climb out of the woodwork to make bold predictions for the new year. Some are data driven, some are just based on hunches from following the trends. Investors Business Daily is no exception and has one bold prognostication for 2012: Apple will “lose its cool.” More
Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter last week. So did his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch. “Joining my husband @rupertmurdoch in our new digital adventure on Twitter,” reads her bio. Cute, right? Rupert was verified, Wendi was verified, and so began another cute chapter of celebrities figuring out how to use Twitter. More
One of the first things I noticed when I signed up for Pinterest earlier this week is that several of my female friends and acquaintances were already on the site. It was as if they had been holding out on what many are promising will be 2012′s hot ticket in the social networking space. More
- Android Holo Themes An Important Requirement to Ease Fragmentation
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich Running On Less Than 1% of Total Devices
- First Signs of an Intel Windows 8 Ultrabook: Here We Go Again
- AppMobi Solves HTML5 Audio Problems, Accelerates Animation with directCanvas
- PhoneGap Releases Version 1.3 With Full Windows Phone Support
- Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone
- What is Really New About the Cloud?
- Check Point Offers New Cloud-Based Firewall for AWS
- IBM Promises to Keep Green Hat’s Platform Support Open, Broad-based
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Google has unveiled a few changes to Gmail, describing the updates as “small tweaks.” Indeed the changes seem like fixes to some of the minor annoyances with the email service. Gmail will now have fewer annoying pop-ups when you receive an error message, for example. Even better, you’ll get a warning when there’s a typo in an email address, such you left out the “.” in “.com.”
Perhaps the most interesting and important new feature is the ability to turn off the “auto-save to contacts.”
Gmail’s ability to automatically save every email address you send messages to has long been a double-edged sword. On one hand, it makes it easier to find contact information, particularly when that contact is obscure or infrequent. The feature then auto-completes when you type people’s name or address. But on the other hand, when every address from every person you’ve ever emailed ends up there, it can make Contacts cluttered.
Now, you can turn that feature off, giving you more control over whose address is stored there. To do so, go to Mail settings page and toggle the button under the General tab.
Having better control over your Contacts is helpful in terms of organization, no doubt. But it may also represent an important shift as Google adds more social features. One of the longstanding problems with a Google (social) network is that it’s been a mish-mash of relationships – the differences between who you want in a professional address book versus a personal address book, the differences of who you follow on Buzz or on Reader and who’s an email contact.
More finely tuned control of Contacts may be one “small tweak,” to use Google’s words, as it moves towards a purported social service.