Google Spins Off Hangouts

For real, yikes:

For those following along at home, Google’s certainly done this to its chat clients before. Prior to the trio of Allo, Duo, and Hangouts, there was Google Talk, Google Voice, Buzz, G+ Messenger, and the regular old Android SMS app.

Now, the Google’s push seems simple: all Hangouts products are for enterprise. Allo and Duo are for consumers. Except when you’re on a desktop computer, in which case you’ll use Hangouts for messaging inside of Gmail. Or if you want to have a group video chat with more than one other person, because you’ll need to use Hangouts for that too.

This is going to be a bit insufferable for users as things get ironed out, but for the time being everything in the consumer version of Hangouts will remain the same.

I talk to my friends daily on Hangouts on the web. The fact Google can’t unify behind a single chat cleint is frustrating.

Meet the new IFTTT

I’m a little late on this, but cool. I use a number of IFTTT applets to accomplish daily tasks, and there are a few that I absolutely rely on to get things done. My question, however, still remains the same. When can I start to pay for this service so it doesn’t go away anytime soon?

Goodbye, Instapaper (and Pocket)

The news here is that Pinterest bought Instapaper. I was a Pocket user for a long time, but switched more recently to Instapaper for my offline reading. I enjoyed its app a little more, and appreciated the automatic weekly Kindle digest it would send me.

However, I have no interest in a Pinterest account, or having one of my accounts share data with its company. Also, in an effort to simplify my app usage, there’s just no need for either of these anymore. Thus, goodbye to Instapaper and Pocket.

I already pay for Pinboard, a tremendous bookmarking service. From there, I can save an article to read later where, thanks to a wonderful app economy, I can open Pinner and read via Safari reader mode. Success! Beyond that, if I do want to send to my Kindle, I’m covered there as well.