Google Adds Google+ Sharing Box To Its Homepage And Search Results!?

This is pretty monumental. The only things you were able to do as an avid user of the Google homepage is to search, but now you can directly share content on Google+ from the start page. Perhaps Google was looking for an easy boost in traffic and usage? It’s not very intrusive, but it is very apparent in its little top right corner. It was eventually coming, but now that it’s here we shall see if users retaliate or embrace it. It also appears in many of the other Google products (an exception is YouTube), but it also is not very intelligent — it does not pick up the URL of the you’re on; say for example you want to share Google News or a location, you would still need to copy/paste the link, manually.

Oh, and it’s on the search results pages, too. Unexpected, right? Via: MarketingLand

The TechMemo Podcast (Episode 3)

This Week on LaptopMemo — oh wait, I can’t say that yet. This week’s posts are not over, because it’s time for a new TechMemo Podcast hosted on LaptopMemo with Cam the Techtainian! This week was made up of the Galaxy Note, iPad 3 rumors (again!?!), the Windows 8 logo, and the 3 Epic Things and 1 Epic Fail. Check out the show below with the show notes after the break.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_TGQjQSFSc

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LG Optimus Vu Is A Galaxy Note Competitor: 5-Inch Screen, LTE

A 4:3 aspect ratio 5-inch 1024 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and will support LTE. That is the Optimus Vu, a Galaxy Note competitor, that has 32GB of storage, measures 5.49 inches by 3.55 inches, is 0.33 inches (8.5mm), and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And like the Galaxy Note, it has support for a stylus with an Ice Cream Sandwich update coming in at least three months. Availability is only for South Korean carriers (at the moment): LG+ and SK Telecom, in early March; no pricing has yet been announced. Via: LG (Korean), The Verge

Samsung Galaxy Note Review (AT&T): Wonderful

Ah, the days of PDAs. I remember those days, long ago, where a stylus or pen was used with your personal digital assistant. However, it is the year of 2012, and no one really buys PDAs — they buy smartphones and superphones and an example of this could be the new Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T with 4G LTE. Immediately after taking it out of the box, there are two things incredibly certain: the Galaxy Note is massive and incredibly light, thin, and easy to hold (once you have become accustomed to its girth). And the S pen is no simple stylus — it supports 250 different forms of pressure for handwriting, note-taking, drawing, and photo-editing, as well as just about any Android app or apps Samsung gets 3rd-party developers on board for.

In all my days of reviewing the latest and greatest of technology, I have never quite come upon the perfect mix of natural feel (the S pen) with futuristic design and feel (the aesthetics and smooth software) than with this new addition to AT&T’s vast catalog. Read on, for the full Galaxy Note review.

Apple Releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Dev Preview

This is — unexpected, much like the things that happened to me today. But no matter! Apple has renamed “Mac OS X” to “OS X” and then has released a new version of said operating system, dubbed OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”. Mostly all of the new features are borrowed from iOS: that includes apps like Messages, iCloud, the Notification Center, Reminders, Twitter, Airplay Mirroring, Notes, the Game Center, and Gatekeeper which keeps malicious programs out of sight — all the while looks like iOS as much as possible.

OS X Mountain Lion will come out this Summer. Via: Gizmodo

Motorola Posts Android 4.0 Upgrade Path, Outs Verizon Devices For First Batch

Well, this is cool, but also a bummer. Motorola has announced their plans to upgrade their recent Android devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but has omitted details for all of the Verizon devices, stating that the upgrades for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, are currently under evaluation and planning. The devices with scheduled Android 4.0 updates are as follows: an ICS update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Via: Motorola Forums

Mass Effect 3 Demo Now Available For Battlefield 3 Owners

Ah, the privileges of being a Battlefield 3 player just got even higher (besides that owning BF3 is awesome), EA is allowing owners on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC (the main system for BF3) to download the Mass Effect 3 demo early. And that’s exactly what I’m doing in Origin on PC right now. To be in the shoes of the great Commander Shepherd saving the galaxy from the Normandy space ship — good times.

[Thanks EA!]