Google Won’t Be Making New Apps For Windows Phone 8 (Or Windows 8)

GoogleGoogle has been rather busy, as usual. However, they’ve also stated where they won’t be doing any work: on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Why? Because they think nobody uses them (which to a degree, has some merit). As Google’s product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor said, “We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” He continued, saying that, “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8.”

And that’s the end of the story folks. If you’re hoping for new amazing apps on either of those platforms, you may have to wait until they are ultimately seen as viable. And that’s something a lot of developers have been doing now, contributing to a WP8 possible demise.

Via: V3

Google Returns To iOS 6 Tonight With Google Maps

Google Maps for iOS 6It is official! Google Maps is back on iOS, to save all the users of the iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 from Apple Maps, which from the beginning has been an absolute disaster. All the greatest things about Google Maps are in the release: turn by turn navigation has been added, along with public transit directions, Street View, accurate maps, and more. You can find it in the App Store, or the source link. ViaiTunes

Gangam, Sandy, Apple, and Samsung: some of the top 2012 Google searches

Google has published its annual Zeitgeist report, revealing the world’s most popular people, events, and media of 2012. The biggest searches worldwide were for Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, and Hurricane Sandy, but Google has also broken down the results by category and country. Next up, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was the United States’ most popular “what is” search term of the year, beating out Scientology and “KONY,” the name of a Ugandan guerrilla leader who was the subject of a viral video a few months back. The Hunger Games was the most searched movie of the year, both in the US and worldwide lists. As for images, Selena Gomez, Megan Fox, Rihanna, and the iPhone 5 as well as Minecraft took part in top spots.

As for technology?  Apple and Samsung. The iPad 3, Galaxy S3, and iPad mini took the one, two, and three spots, and Galaxy Note 2 and iPad 4 also sneaked up the ranks. The rest of the top 10 was filled in by the Nexus 7, PlayStation, Surface, Kindle Fire, and the Lumia 920.

Check out the video for the top Googled terms of 2012, after the break! Via: Google Zeitgeist 2012

Nokia Engineer Demonstrates Pirating Games From Windows 8 Store

Justin Angel, a Nokia engineer working on Windows Phone, has detailed how to compromise Windows 8 games revenue through in-app purchases. Angel highlights the Soulcraft Windows 8 game as an example of how Windows 8 users could potentially edit parts of a game to bypass having to pay for in-app purchases. Basically, it is harder to do than what your normal Windows user does on a day-to-day basis, but as Angel says about breaking the security, “storing encrypted data locally, alongside with the algorithm and the algorithm key/hash is a recipe for security incidents.”

In different instances, he even changed the price of in-game items, after pirating the game. In the name of science. Microsoft is sure to prepare something for this in the coming hours, so things will keep moving.

Via: Justin Angel

See The Dramatic Assassin’s Creed III Tyranny of King Washington Trailer

This is something for the record books — the narration, CGI, and artwork of the Tyranny of King Washington, an upcoming DLC for Assassin’s Creed III could make you wet your pants.In the upcoming alternate-alternate reality tale, George Washington is recast as a power-mad tyrant who crowns himself king of the US, but Connor is the sole man that stands in his way, and is fighting an uphill battle.

Check out the video, after the break!

Google Doodle Celebrates The Birthday Of Ada Lovelace, World’s First Computer Programmer

The beautiful Ada King of England, Countess of Lovelace. Today marks her 197th birthday; she was the pioneering mathematician who is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. Responsible for the first algorithm designed for Babbage’s Difference Engine, essentially the first early mechanical computer prototype, even if the machine wasn’t built in her short lifetime, she already foresaw and had notes for a future where computers could create music and images. Every October, a day of celebration is held in her honor, designed to raise awareness for women’s achievement in the fields of science and technology.

And of course, every human should be grateful for her work and love of mathematics. You can check out Google’s Doodle to know more about her. Via: Google

A Gingerbread House Built Using CAD And Lasers Is Awesome, But Inedible

Ever tried to make a gingerbread house? You probably failed the first time, or at least there was too much frosting or crooked edges. Well, it turns out there’s a more technologically advanced way of taking care of this problem: Johan von Konow  designed the building using CAD and manufacture it using laser cutters. Johan explained on his blog that he wanted to create an accurate, miniature 3D representation of his delightful summer house—out of gingerbread. So he threw the plans into a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, and then cut the panels to make the house from slabs of gingerbreads using a 50-watt laser engraver.

The problem? The lasers, as he points out:

The biggest problem with the cutting was the smell. Lasers tend to create a lot of smoke, and this one was worse than usual. It was something between burned cake and burned hair… After tasting a piece of the left over we become aware that this house is never going to be eaten!

Alas. At least it’s possible, but of course someone will find a way to work around that, no?

ViaJohan von Konow, Giz