John Hanlon hosts this week and is joined by guest Jake Smith from 9to5Google.com. They discuss Google Drive possibly coming soon, YouTube adding audio editing, Sergey Brin says he’s worried about internet freedom, Sprint Galaxy Nexus launching soon and Google+ Photographers Conference coming up.
Be sure to join us next week for our 50th episode! We will have photographer Colby Brown joining us who is one of the organizers of the G+ Photography Conference and recently released his G+ photography book.
Guest Jake Smith:
Jake Smith is the Senior Editor at 9to5google.com, where he covers the daily news out of Mountain View obsessively. Jake resides in Louisville, Kentucky where he attends school, and also serves as an Editor at 9to5mac.com, the sister site of 9to5google.
1. Google Drive Rumor – ”In The Plex” take
We’ve been hearing rumors about Google’s cloud file system for at least a year. Most likely it will be similar to Dropbox but of course we don’t have all the details yet. Reportedly, it will include 5gb of free storage.
At the time , Google was about to launch a project it had been developing for more than a year, a free cloud-based storage service called GDrive. But Sundar had concluded that it was an artifact of the style of computing that Google was about to usher out the door. He went to Bradley Horowitz, the executive in charge of the project, and said, “I don’t think we need GDrive anymore.” Horowitz asked why not. “Files are so 1990,” said Sundar. “I don’t think we need files anymore.”
“Think about it,” said Sundar. “You just want to get information into the cloud. When people use our Google Docs, there are no more files. You just start editing in the cloud, and there’s never a file.”
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2. YouTube Audio Mixing – Video
In addition to their cloud video editing service, YouTube added basic audio editing this week. In the new feature is the ability to add music tracks as background music.
3. Sergey Brin is “worried about the internet”
Google co-founder Sergey Brin said this week he is more worried than ever about opposition to the open internet. He responded to critics regarding Google giving user information to the U.S. government.
4. Sprint Galaxy Nexus Launching
The long awaited Sprint Galaxy Nexus is probably launching this week. The Galaxy Nexus Google phone is currently available on Verizon but will be the first 4G LTE phone on Sprint.
5. Google+ Photography Conference
The top photographers on Google+ announced the “Google+ Photographers Conference.” The event will be primarily a hands on photography seminar. We’ll have much more about this on next week’s show with photographer Colby Brown.