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How Google plans to lock you away from iOS and Windows
PC World ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jared Newman

Posted on 06/26/2014 4:10:10 AM PDT by markomalley

In the past, one thing that’s always separated Google from its rivals has been the ability to use Google services across many platforms. Whether you owned an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or a Windows PC, you always had access to Google services like Search, Maps, and Docs. Of course, Google would prefer that you use Android and Chromebooks, but that rarely felt like a requirement.

At this year’s Google I/O conference, we’re starting to see a different strategy emerge. Google is now making the case that if you want the full Google experience, you need to use Android devices and Chromebooks together. In other words, Google is taking a page from the Apple playbook, and pushing users to lock themselves in.

Shackles on your wrists

Android Wear is a prime example. By design, Google’s smartwatch platform only works with Android phones. It relies heavily on Android’s actionable notifications—which let you do things like reply to a message or delete an email—and puts them directly on your wrist. On stage, Google also demonstrated how you could use a smartwatch to authenticate an Android phone or Chromebook, preventing you from having to enter a PIN or password when the watch is paired over Bluetooth. In another example, we saw how an Android Wear user could send recipe instructions from a smartphone app to the watch, with the app following along as the user moved through each step.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: google; microsoft

1 posted on 06/26/2014 4:10:10 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

This is one reason I hate Google.

2 posted on 06/26/2014 4:20:35 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: markomalley

I like my Windows phone. Cheap, too. Android OS is the clunkiest of the three phones.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 4:23:07 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ShadowAce

I feel the same way about Yahoo and Bing. Constantly taking over my home page, changing my tool bar.

My comment this morning to my wife was about how these software companies just automatically make major changes to the programs you are using... My comment... “If you like your software program you can keep it!!! (sarc)


4 posted on 06/26/2014 4:24:57 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: markomalley

If there is a viable alternative to Google (eg search, OS, email), I use it. I despise Google. YouTube is the only product where they have no real viable competition.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 4:27:16 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: tired&retired
I feel the same way about Yahoo and Bing.

Yeah, that's why I use ixquick. It doesn't do anything to you and it doesn't track you.

6 posted on 06/26/2014 4:28:38 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: markomalley

I do my best to avoid Google as much as possible. Same goes
for Yahoo. I use Startpage.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 4:31:57 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

You mean the no contract Lumia phone? If that’s the one yeah, my friend loves it as he pays $40 flat a month on it.


8 posted on 06/26/2014 4:36:14 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: markomalley
I've always been a bit of a rebel.

Resistance is not futile.

9 posted on 06/26/2014 4:36:49 AM PDT by McGruff (Umm...)
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To: markomalley

The NSA loves google.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 6:01:29 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: ShadowAce

I use ixquick and like it also.


11 posted on 06/26/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: ShadowAce
Yeah, that's why I use ixquick. It doesn't do anything to you and it doesn't track you.

I have Ixquick HTTPS on my PaleMoon search bar. I am very careful to Uncheck all Chrome install boxes.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

12 posted on 06/26/2014 7:24:50 AM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: markomalley

The “full Google experience”?? That’s when they stick the full 6” to you rather than the comparatively merciful 3” you normally get, I assume? They think we’re going to see that a an advantage worth sacrificing for??


13 posted on 06/26/2014 8:00:54 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: tired&retired

Google and Chrome do the same thing as part of third-party software installs. I have yet to see that for Bing. Maybe I do not download the “right” proggie to witness that.


14 posted on 06/26/2014 8:12:56 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: markomalley

I fully intend to replace my NESt thermostat. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I don’t want google in my house.

I sure as hell don’t want them on my wrist. And I fully support establishments that want to ban GlassHoles.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 10:46:59 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Organic Panic

Google is the public, commercial arm of the NSA.


16 posted on 06/26/2014 10:47:47 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: tired&retired

If you stop updating your browser they will leave you alone. How do I know this? I use Win XP with Firefox 10.0. My active X is shutoff. I don’t need to see star bursting lights when I open my browser, so I shut down all the fancy stuff. I haven’t had any viruses or bugs either but then I don’t open blogs or porn sites.


17 posted on 06/26/2014 12:18:39 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Still Thinking

If people use Google products aren’t asking for the full 6” ramrod? Stay away from queers and you never have to look over your shoulder to see who is following you.


18 posted on 06/26/2014 12:20:35 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

I found some of the worst ones were from links on Drudge Report. I am very thankful that people here keep the links clean.


19 posted on 06/26/2014 3:31:22 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

What browser do you use?


20 posted on 06/26/2014 5:04:38 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Chrome & Firefox


21 posted on 06/27/2014 5:21:03 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Looking at Task Manager, how many Processes do you have operating?


22 posted on 06/27/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: tired&retired

I despise it when it has happened. Way too many times.

I blame it more on your computer’s apparent helplessness to respond to any command however unauthorized it may be, than with those who take advantage of it.

And that goes across the board. Any source with the proper knowledge, know how, can take control of your computer against your interests until it’s too late.

There should be some way to protect your computer by only allowing authorized by a password.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 11:27:50 AM PDT by lbryce (Barack Obama:Misbegotten Bastard OffSpring of Satan and Medusa.)
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