Google has a new option for users that are inactive or have past away. If you do not access your account for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, you can tell Google what to do with your account data such as GMail, YouTube, Calendars and more. This new service is called “Inactive Account Manager.” After Google notices you have not logged in for the set time frame, you will be warned with an E-Mail and Text Message.
If you have not heard of Google Fiber, you are not alone. Google Fiber is an internet connection that gives home users gigabit speeds, instead of your normal 1-20 megabit speed you see in most homes. The reason you haven’t heard of it, is because it is currently only available in Kansas City after they won a contest held by Google in 2010. They changed their city name to “Topeka”, and Google chose them as the first city they would try Google Fiber on.
YouTube a few days ago released a new Video Quality option of 144p. Instead of the lowest quality being 240p, you can now view a select few videos at an even lower quality. The reason for this was not officially announced by YouTube or Google as of yet, but it is fairly easy to assume that they wanted Mobile users and users with slow internet connections to be able to buffer videos faster.
YouTube loves to change their design, but I don’t blame them since every company wants to keep their site new, relevant and improving. The newest thing YouTube did to their design is the “YouTube One Channel”. It is a new design that makes your YouTube identiy the same on all devices, such as computers, phones, tablets and TV’s. What do I mean by identity? Your channel “cover image” will remain the same on all devices, but will be different sizes and the larger the devices screen the more they will see.
The Search Engine Giant, Google is working on making Google and Google Plus Hangouts more friendly and accessible to deaf and blind users. Google announced on their official blog last week that they are creating Chrome, Google and Android apps to make their services easier for low-vision’ed and deaf visitors. Some of the new features they added are, on the Chrome OS it now supports high-quality text-to-speech voice. They only currently have English up and running.