Tech and Product Round-up: Janurary Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz January 18, 2017
It's back to the future and the past all up in here.

Your Lips To Google's Ears: Voice Typing On Google Docs

Column by Peter Derk
Talking versus typing with your old pal Google.

Google Made Me Stupid. How Do I Learn to Read Again?

Column by Bart Bishop November 7, 2016
A look at the author's inability to focus on novels these days, and how Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" predicted all this in 2008.

Tech and Product Round-up: October Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz October 26, 2016
Actually funny A.I., touch-feely Magic Bars, manga mania, and "The Return of Short Stories."
Dennis Cooper's Blog Returns!

Dennis Cooper's Blog Returns!

News by Peter Derk August 26, 2016
Elated to say that Dennis Cooper's work will return to the web!
Dennis Cooper's Work Taken Down By Google

Dennis Cooper's Work Taken Down By Google

News by Peter Derk July 15, 2016
Has Dennis Cooper lost the last 14 years of his life to censorship?

Google's A.I. Gets Sexy, Reads 2,865 Romance Novels

News by Peter Derk May 5, 2016
How do you make an A.I. sound less rigid? Make it a romance reader.
Product Review: Google's Editions at Play

Product Review: Google's Editions at Play

Review by Leah Dearborn March 28, 2016
“We sell books that cannot be printed” – that's the slogan for Google's new publishing initiative, Editions at Play.

5 Non-Writerly Apps For Writers

Column by Christopher Shultz January 30, 2015
While not designed specifically for us wordsmiths, these five apps for iOS and Android are handy for writers.
New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

News by Dean Fetzer November 15, 2013
The company has won the case brought “by authors who accused the internet giant of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission”.
Google Books

Court Rules Against Class-Action Certification in Google Books Case

News by Nathan Scalia July 5, 2013
Google Books wins a victory in the courts as it sets out to digitize every book in existence.
Google bans Tits & Glass

Google Glass Kills Porn App With Amazing Name

News by Dean Fetzer June 5, 2013
After the launch of a third party app specifically for porn, the tech giant changed its Ts&Cs to exclude anything containing "nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material".
Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

News by Dean Fetzer May 3, 2013
In a bid to make their tablets more commercially viable, Barnes & Noble have taken the step of adding access to hundreds of thousands of apps, games, movies, TV shows and more through Google Play.
Fox Censors Cory Doctorow’s “Homeland” on Google

Battle of the Homelands: Fox Tries to Censor Cory Doctorow’s Novel

News by Dean Fetzer
20th Century Fox, attempting to remove illegal links to its TV series about terrorists, has sent takedown requests which include links to Doctorow’s novel, also called ‘Homeland’.
Poetry in Google Autocomplete

“Is It Ok To Sleep With Your Cousin?” - Poetry Found In Google’s Autocomplete

News by Dean Fetzer April 4, 2013
Google Poetics is a tumblr blog finding poetry in the automatic suggestions that appear in Google’s search box.
Collaborate w/ Shakespeare & Emily Dickinson Online

Now You Can Collaborate With Poe, Dickens, Nietzsche, Shakespeare…

News by Dean Fetzer
Google has put a special demo together for its Google Docs application, allowing you to collaborate with (dead) famous authors, poets and playwrights.
Google Celebrates Bram Stoker's 165th Birthday

Google Celebrates Bram Stoker's 165th Birthday

News by Kimberly Turner November 8, 2012
Today's creepy Google Doodle honors Dracula creator Bram Stoker on what would have been his 165th birthday.
Google's new 10" tablet, the Nexus 10

Nexus 10 - Google’s New iPad Killer Unveiled

News by Dean Fetzer November 1, 2012
Apple announces the iPad Mini and a week later, Google announces the Nexus 10 - its direct competitor for the full-sized iPad - let the battle commence!
Google Axing Its eBook Reseller Program

Bad News For Indie Bookstores: Google Axing Its eBook Reseller Program

News by Rob Hart
Google will no longer assist indie bookstores in selling eBooks--a blow to the stores that could have used the additional revenue (had the program ever taken off).