Google Reorganizes into Alphabet

If I told you that Google was becoming part of a larger company called Alphabet, on April 1st, I would have found it in the character of the day. However, it is not April 1st and it has come to pass. Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin announced the formation of Alphabet with Page acting as CEO and Brin as President of the new company. For investors, stock in Google will be converted to stock in Alphabet. The company will act has a holding identity for multiple companies.

What does this mean for Google? Some parts like the X-Lab will be divested and that’s a start. The new Google will be slimmer and focused on what it does best, but what will be divested is not yet clear. There were hints in Alphabet’s blog post about YouTube, but those could have been misinterpreted. What is clear is that Sundar Pichai will be taking the reins of Google. Most analysts saw Sundar as the likely future CEO hand picked by Brin and Page, but saw this as something several years down the line. As a company that has always had several masters, it now has only one voice, Sundar Pichai.

It will be interested to see what happens as we know more about the Alphabet/ Google restructuring. As of now there are more questions than answers, but this restructure doesn’t seem like a bad thing. Instead, it seems like a restructure meant to keep Google focused on it does best while Larry Page and Sergei Brin expand their business interests.

Source: Google & Alphabet
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Google Announces YouTube Gaming

Something big happened while I was traveling the last few days.  Google is now in direct competition with Amazon’s Twitch having now announced YouTube Gaming.  Let’s take a look.

I will admit it, even as a former hardcore gamer, I don’t get watching other people game.  It could be a generational thing, because a lot of people do.  A well known Twitch stream has the following of a Yankees vs Red Sox Game.  Game streaming is huge.  It huge that not only did Twitch’s former owners shutdown the Justin.TV streaming service to devote time to it, Apple announced a system level iOS API just for game replays at the recent WWDC 2015.  For the hardcore geek community, professional gamers have become the athletes.

There is quite a bit of gaming content already on YouTube, but Google wants a more formal piece of the pie.  Their YouTube division was heavily rumored to be in on Twitch before eventually losing to Amazon.  It will have a dedicated app and a special website distinct from the rest of YouTube.  You’ll be able to subscribe to specific publishers and games and receive stream notifications.  For gamers, Google will offer an easy solution to stream your gameplay without going through the entire live stream process.  They’re also offering all of YouTube’s technology including 60fps streaming.

According to the website, YouTube gaming will launch later on during the summer.  They’ll have a booth at the E3 gaming convention to show off their new product.  This could be very big for Google and very big for online gaming.

Source:  Google

Tech Hangout #68.99 – Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Paul Gans
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topic

Google Announces Lollipops, Nexus 6 & 9… no I’m not kidding.

Samsung profits drop 60%

Ireland to close double irish dutch sandwich

GTAT, the gift that keeps on giving

Use your iPhone has a sleep tracker

Apple event tomorrow

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Tech Hangout #56 – Google I/O edition

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Hal Sherman
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul Gans
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Ben Roethig (Host)

Topics

iPod Touch Price Drop

Apple cuts iPod touch price

Apple stops development of Aperture

Apple stops development of Aperture

Google I/O

Supreme Court

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Tech Hangout #40 – How to survive the next nuclear war with your tablet

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Paul Gans
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Patrice Brend’amour (Host)

Turn your Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 into a tablet. (Rick)

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/turn-your-samsung-galaxy-smartphone-into-tablet.html
http://youtu.be/qC2Lco05McA

Android & Google: Not so open after all

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702304888404579378850231234912-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwMjExNDIyWj.html

How the iPhone changed the way phones look

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=19828

Scientist Calculates How To Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

http://gizmodo.com/mathematician-calculates-how-to-survive-first-30-minute-1502071825

Picks

Tech Hangout #36 – The carriers strike back!

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Benjamin Roethig (Host)
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Paul Gans

Federal Courts Strikes a blow to Net Neutrality

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049704579320500441593462

Target Breach much worse than thought

http://geekbeat.tv/target-breach-included-personal-information/

Google buys Nest Labs

http://www.tuaw.com/2014/01/13/breaking-google-acquires-nest-labs-for-3-2-billion/

Android in the Car (Open Automobile Alliance)

http://geekbeat.tv/ces-2014-open-automotive-alliance-joins-google-with-car-manufacturers/

T-Mobile and AT&T pay your ETFs

http://geekbeat.tv/att-offers-t-mobile-customers-450-to-switch/
http://geekbeat.tv/ces2014-t-mobile-announces-etf-rebate-for-switchers/

Sprint Framily Plans

http://geekbeat.tv/sprint-announces-framily-plans/

Direct TV fires another shot in the war against content providers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/14/directtv-weather-channel/4470233/

Picks

Tech Hangout #34 – On Trash Cans and crashing tablets

Introduction

  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour

Oh, F**k you facebook

http://phandroid.com/2013/12/17/facebook-video-ads/

Sprint/T-Mobile Merger?

http://www.imore.com/sprint-reportedly-mulling-t-mobile-bid

UPS delivers tablet… in trash can… on Garage day

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57615731-71/ups-leaves-android-tablet-gift-in-trash-can-on-trash-day

Sony Z Ultra troubles

http://www.androidcentral.com/google-play-z-ultra-software-bug-crashes-ui-when-uninstalling-applications

Microsoft Consolidating for Windows “Threshold”

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/02/microsoft-threshold/?ncid=rss_truncated

Original shows coming to Xbox

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/14/5210996/microsoft-launching-original-programming-on-xbox-in-first-half-of-2014

Beyonce sells a bunch of records with surprise new album…Target’s Pissed

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/12/16BEYONC-Shatters-iTunes-Store-Records-With-Over-828-773-Albums-Sold-in-Just-Three-Days.html
http://www.today.com/entertainment/target-refuses-carry-beyonces-new-album-fastest-selling-itunes-record-2D11759650

Apple adds gifting options to the iBook store (Patrice)

http://www.macworld.com/article/2081129/apple-adds-gifting-options-to-the-ibookstore.html

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c rank high in Google searches in 2013

http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/17/iphone.5s.5c.rank.high.in.googles.zeitgeist/

Picks

Tech Hanghout #12: Oh Google….

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Rick Garza (Green Tech)
  • Victoria Harrison
  • Dock Rock

Oh Google

troubles getting this started

Post- reader world

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/30/last-call-everything-you-need-to-prepare-for-the-google-reader/
http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/30/third-party-rss-readers-which-ones-are-ready-for-the-google-re/

Data Centers are taking over the world

http://www.slashgear.com/20mw-apple-solar-farm-in-reno-planned-with-high-tech-panels-02288720/
https://www.facebook.com/notes/lule%C3%A5-data-center/lule%C3%A5-goes-live/474321655969861
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-apple-solar-idUSBRE96102E20130702
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellis_Solar_Power_Plant

Canon EOS 70D: Crazy auto focus. The next step in (semi professional) video production

http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/07/canon-eos-70d-announced/
http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/02/canon-70d-hands-on/
http://youtu.be/0TNL9Y2AnBk

App Camp 4 Girls

http://www.appcamp4girls.com/
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/app-camp-for-girls

Tech Hangout #11 – Platform talk

Introduction

  • Ricardo Garza (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour (Twitter: @casual_kitchen)
  • Ben Roethig (Zombie Representative)
  • Andrew Rouch

Fragmentation: iOS 7 and Android

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/21/apple-ios-fragmentation-what-ios-fragmentation/

Windows 8/8.1

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/06/01/june-will-be-the-last-month-in-which-windows-vista-has-more-market-share-than-windows-8/

http://www.zdnet.com/new-usage-stats-show-windows-holding-steady-as-pc-sales-drop-7000016211/

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-8-continues-to-fail-7000016222/

Microsoft bringing its games to mobile devices

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/24/us-microsoft-games-idUSBRE95N16J20130624

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_games_published_by_Microsoft_Studios

http://xlengine.com/

Tech Hangout #10 – What’s wrong with our carriers?

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Rick Garza (Green Tech)
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Shawn ‘Doc Rock’ Boyd = Sexy beast 🙂
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Melissa Davis
  • Kelly Guimont
  • Patrice Brend’amour

E3: Xbox One vs. PS4

http://geekbeat.tv/e3-2013-microsoft-talks-games-for-xbox-one-xbox-360/
http://geekbeat.tv/e3-2013-sony-playstation-4-event-wins-the-console-war/
http://www.ea.com/news/q%26a-brian-lindley,-producer,-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare

Parenting today vs. when we grew up

http://www.amazon.com/The-Culture-Fear-Americans-Minorities/dp/0465003362

Waze acquired by Google

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/11/its-official-google-buys-waze-giving-a-social-data-boost-to-its-location-and-mapping-business/

Sprint vs Clearwire vs DISH

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/17/4439962/sprint-sues-to-stop-dishs-clearwire-acquisition-plans

Kelly suggests

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/06/17/rumor-roundup-samsung-fan-fiction/

Mobile carriers in the US

iPhone Antenna: http://www.tuaw.com/2010/06/25/the-science-behind-the-iphone-4s-antennas/