Google Docs Pairs up with Android and iPad…Making Life on the Go even easier

Not one but TWO Cool new development in ONE week…Way to go Google!!!!

Today, Google announced the launch of Google Docs editing capabilities for Android and iPad (not to be confused with the entire iOS platform, as Google has only announced launching this APP with the iPad).

To break it down quickly, Google Docs is a system that incorporates spreadsheets, word processing and presentation features, that can be shared and edited by multiple users. Now, Google is bringing the editing capabilities to mobile and iPad users.

As an avid Google Docs user, for projects and work, I think this is a great idea especially for those of us who want the ability to do work on the go. I love this recent, growing incorporation of Google with mobile devices and apps. Clearly, Google has realized that mobile is becoming the new go-to source for quick, on the go, spur of the moment business related and social media applications. I wouldn’t expect anything less from them.

The only downside to this is WHY hasn’t Blackberry gotten hold of this new App? There are probably more Blackberry users out there then Android and iPad. I don’t think this will negatively affect Blackberry, but once again it pushes other systems ahead. I heard that the new Google update for Blackberry allows users to search Docs, but not edit them yet. As a Blackberry user I am quite jealous of all you Android owners.

And why is Google pairing Android and iPad together for the launch of this? Seems a bit random. It almost makes Android look like a tablet instead of the mobile OS that it is, but that’s just my opinion. I would have thought they’d either focus solely on mobile or launch it with the entire iOS platform to include iPhone, iTouch, and iPad…it remains a mystery.


Google Launches SUPER Secure Login

This week, although it is only Tuesday, has proved to be a huge week for Google as they announced their new mobile login verification system

The new 2-Step Verification log in is currently aimed at Google Apps Premier (Gmail, Docs and Calendar) and Government/Education edition, hopefully to be available to all Google users in the near future. The goal is to address security issues with remote access, by making it as secure as on-site access.

2 step verification

How It Works?

Google users will user their login username/password (which they have and know) and a login verification code that will be sent to their mobile device through a SMS message or voice call. Users of the Android will also have the option to use a Google Authenticator application to generate a login verification code as well.

With the rapid growth of smartphone users and the ability for users to complete transactions online such as mobile banking and Ebay apps, it is becoming more necessary to implement better fraud detection capabilities for fixed line mobile computing. With this new verification process, Google, hopes to eliminate cloud computing fraud issues. (Cloud computing is what makes your information easily and readily available anywhere, on any device)

Apple releases Ping…nice ring to it eh?

Today Apple, to no surprise seeing as they have consistently been on the forefront of innovation and creative apps, released their new ITunes Ping incorporated in ITunes 10. The whole idea behind Ping (besides being a name that surely won’t be quickly forgotten) is to create a social network for music…the Facebook of music for lack of better terms. It basically allows you to follow your friends, while following your favorite artists, their favorite artists, talk about music and discover new music all under one social network. It’s a cool concept. I am a HUGE and I mean huge music lover, all kinds, and surfing ITunes alone isn’t all that fun so the thought of being able to find music, backed by a network of your friends and people who like the same music is a pretty nifty concept.

But does it work? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? That is the question at hand…

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, when describing Ping said, “It’s like Twitter and Facebook meet iTunes.” Like I said, it’s the social network dedicated entirely to music. Ping is available to the 160 million users of Itunes to date, and allows users to interact through custom song and chart lists, news feeds, concert listing, and sharing.  Ping also got it right with the privacy settings as you are able to have total control over who you follow, who follows you and what is shared. SO taking all this into consideration I do think it was a bold step for Apple to take as far as enterting the social networking world, but it gives music lovers a place to network…that is if they want yet another social network to manage.

I have heard several people say and read several other articles talking about how Ping is trying to become the next Facebook…FALSE. All Ping is trying to do is build a network of people who was to talk about music. It in no way measures up to, or is trying take over Facebook…it just can’t due to lack of capabilities. Apple is good at music, Facebook is good at social networking. Both know their boundaries. According to reports, there was some trouble between Facebook and Ping in agreeing on terms so currently there is no way for the two networks to link or share via Ping.

I just downloaded Ping and am still unsure of how I feel about it. I really think social networking is meant for the experts aka Facebook and Twitter and technology, hardware, and design should be left for Apple. But then again, music sharing is something people have been doing forever so this might actually take off. I guess time will tell.