Web

Google Maps strikes against new competition with API price cuts

google maps priceThe mapping API war has taken a surprising turn within the last few months. Google Maps has long reigned supreme as the developer application of choice, but there have been some new contenders. OpenStreetMap has become a popular choice recently, and Apple revealed its own go at WWDC last week.

There’s been plenty of doomsday language about the end of Google Maps’ dominance, but Google is striking back. Recently, it revealed its upgraded client with better 3D, more immersive Street View technology, and other incremental improvements. Of course, the larger takeaway from all that was that the scheduling of the announcements — just before WWDC — and the lack of big, huge, life-altering changes to the service was that Google was desperately just trying to get some hype before Apple’s maps.

Well consider this tactic number two. Today Google announced that its Maps API will now be cheaper for developers to use: 1,000 map loads used to cost $4; now that will be a mere $0.50. Google will also no longer make distinctions between styled — which allow for customizations —  and unstyled maps when it comes to pricing.

The Mountain View company also wants to remind us that many developers will be forced into payments. According to Google, only 0.35 percent of sites using Google Maps, based on current data, will exceed the free usage limit of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days. And if your Google Maps-using site suddenly hits the big time and traffic escalates, the map won’t stop working automatically. Google will contact you to talk about your “options.”

So are we looking at the evolution of Google Maps here? Not even a little bit. It’s more of a concession on Google’s part: it knows it can’t keep charging so much in the face of new and able challengers. And it’s a strategy that could very well work. Enough developers are already using Google Maps, and a major complaint has been pricing. If Google’s willing to negotiate that little hitch, it makes what’s already a comfortable choice a little bit easier.

Web

Pegasus spyware can break into users’ cloud accounts and steal data

An Israeli software company has developed a tool with the ability to break into users' cloud-based accounts. The software has been advertised as being able to copy authentication keys and access cloud services like Google Drive or iCloud.
Computing

Use one of these password managers to help protect yourself online

The internet can be a scary place, especially if you don't have a proper password manager. This guide will show you the best password managers you can get right now, including both premium and free options.
Small Business

The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings

The bonanza of tech jobs just keeps coming. High-paying tech jobs abound at companies where people love to work. If you’re ready to make a change, this is a great time to look for something more fulfilling.   
Computing

Gmail's unsend email feature is one of its best. Here's how to use it

Everyone has sent a message they wish they could take back. How great would it be if you could undo that impulsive email? If you're a Gmail user, you can. Here's how to recall an email in Gmail.
Computing

How to change your Gmail password whenever you want in just a few quick steps

Regularly updating your passwords is a good way to stay secure online, but each site and service has their own way of doing it. Here's a quick guide on how to change your Gmail password in a few short steps.
Computing

Here's how to download a YouTube video to watch offline later

Learning how to download YouTube videos is easier than you might think. There are tools you can use both online and offline. This step-by-step guide will instruct you on how to use them.
Social Media

Relax, new Pinterest tools promote mental health for stressed searchers

Need a confidence boost after a Pinterest fail or stressful workday? Stress-related searches will soon link to mental health resources on Pinterest and exercises such as deep breathing and expressing gratitude.
Computing

Need to rip audio from a video? Here's how to download music from YouTube

Ripping audio from YouTube has never been easier, but with so many tools on offer, which is the best? Our guide will teach you how to download music from YouTube with two different tools. Just proceed with caution.
Computing

If you work in an office, you should know how to recall an email in Outlook

If you're an outlook user who sent an angry email and really wish you hadn't, then you're in luck. There are ways to recall that email, but you'll have to act fast. Here's how to recall an email in outlook.
Computing

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. The best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.
Computing

Equifax agrees to pay $700 million settlement for its 2017 data breach

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million as part of a settlement tied to its 2017 data breach. This settlement includes a restitution fund of up to $425 million for consumers affected by the 2017 data breach.
Web

Are you one of the billions who have watched these super-popular YouTube videos?

Viral videos can quickly garner millions upon millions of views, but even they fall well behind the view counts on the most watched YouTube videos ever. Those have been watched billions of times.
Computing

Tired of paying? Here are 4 ways to use Microsoft Office for free

Many of us need to use Office apps from time to time — but we may not want or need to pay for a constant subscription. Fortunately, there are ways to get those services without paying. Here's how to get Microsoft Office for free.
News

Attorney general says the government should have access to your encrypted data

In a speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security, Attorney General William Barr said that in order for law enforcement to have access to encrypted communications, Americans need to accept the risks associated with backdoors.