Google bought NEST, the programmable digital home thermometer with the aim to get into home automation. Then, the NEST division bought DropCam for a half a billion dollars. Leo uses six DropCam cameras at the BrickHouse studios in Petaluma and you can view the cameras online here. Leo says that the acquisition makes sense for the home automation track that Google is on with NEST.
Whenever Netflix has been having buffering issues, they have been checking with other customers of the same internet service provider to verify that they also are having problems. If they are, Netflix has been displaying a message that puts the blame on that internet service provider for being too congested. Verizon sent Netflix a cease and desist letter to get them to stop doing this, though.
Google has wired Portland, OR for gigabit internet and Wi-Fi as part of their Google Fiber high speed broadband initiative. Leo says that this is a good trend as Google is working to not only make faster internet more affordable, but also give customers better access to streaming. It's the exact opposite of ISPs, which are acting as gate keepers buffering streaming traffic unless content providers pay more.
Andre has a podcast based on DragonBall Z, but his podcast doesn't appear in the first few pages of the Google search results. Leo says that's because Andre's podcast is so new with only two episodes, and doesn't have the page rankings yet. That takes time and effort to get others to link to it. Andre will get ranked higher as higher ranked sites link to him. Andre shouldn't make inorganic links or artificial links, though. Google hates that and are very sensitive to people trying to game the system.
Violet Blue from ZDnet put out a very strongly worded opinion piece blaming Google's Sergey Brin about the woes of the world. She says that in 2011, Brin was telling all of us that Google+ was the future of Google. But just earlier this week, Brin confessed that his involvement in anything tangentially related to social media was a mistake to begin with. She goes on about how Google sees the users as a "little more than webs of flesh spun over packages of salable data."
Sandra wanted to know if Leo recommended using Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer. Leo says he doesn't really like Internet Explorer, and uses Chrome instead. If she's using Internet Explorer, she should make sure to have version 11 or later to stay secure. Leo prefers Google Chrome because it has Flash built in, it sandboxes each tab, and is generally a more secure browser.
Jay wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for kids. Leo says absolutely. Great for school work because Google docs is all online. But will it be good for a college student or should he get a low spec MacBook Air? Leo says he can get great deals for students with 10% off, plus Apple just dropped the price $100. So a MacBook Air is ideal for a college student.
Avery has been using SquareSpace for his podcast. Leo says that the best thing for every person interested in podcasting and blogging is a website. And use social media to get others to link to him. That's how he can get the word out, and that's how people will find his site when they search for him. Check it out at AveryMiller.org
Google has bought the app Word Lens, which allows users to hold up their smart phone and translate the words on signs. Google plans to incorporate the technology into Google Translate, which Leo says is a great addition.
On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.