Newsletter: Google Drive App Nears Inevitable Doom & Get Ready for Facebook Dating

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We’re both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don’t understand.” – Ted

GOOGLE DRIVE DESKTOP APP WILL NO LONGER EXIST IN 2018

THE STORY

March 2018 will be the day Google shuts down Google Drive desktop app.

ARE THEY SHUTTING DOWN GOOGLE DRIVE?

To make things clear, Google has no intention of shutting down Google Drive service, but is simply putting an end to their desktop apps for both Windows and iOS. According to a recent announcement by Google in their official updates page, “Google Drive for Mac/PC is officially deprecated. It will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.”

While some readers might be taken aback after reading this, we want to clarify that this only means the end of desktop app and not the service itself.

HOW WILL WE ACCESS FILES WITHOUT GOOGLE DRIVE APP?

It’s not like Google plans to leave consumers and enterprises in disarray as all Google drive services will be replaced by two new apps. Regular users can opt Google Backup & Sync, that can be used to access their Google Drive files. Enterprise users however can go for Drive File Stream, a brand new service only for G Suite business users.

According to the recent G Suite updates published on an official blog published 6/9/2017, “As of today, Drive File Stream will be turned ON for all customers, but we’ll only show download links in the Drive interface if you currently show them for Backup and Sync / Google Drive for Mac/PC. For more information on how to turn Drive File Stream on or off in your domain, check out the Help Center.”

WHAT CHANGES WILL THE NEW SERVICE BRING?

The new apps will attempt to shell out all the anomalies of the older suite with faster service. Drive File Stream will see some major feature upgrades such as individual file sync, team drive access and the ability to view/stream files on the cloud itself. This will not only save disk space on your system, but also prevents confidential information to be stored on hard drives.


FACEBOOK TRYING TO BEAT TINDER AT THEIR OWN GAME

THE STORY

Facebook users will soon be provided suggestions for dates like Tinder, but with a small twist.

FACEBOOK HAS A NEW DATING APP?

Although Facebook officials haven’t shed any light whether this will be a new app or a part of FB Messenger, this service will provide users with various dating/meetup suggestions from their respective friend lists. Users can respond in a simple yes or no, if they wish to meet that friend. If both parties have answered yes, then it will notify both users. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise for Tinder users as it anyways uses information from Facebook accounts. Therefore it would only become more convenient for Facebook users to be able to make meetup plans on the platform itself.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

While this might sound scarily similar to Tinder app, this service shows suggestions from the user’s’ friend list, rather than random strangers. Therefore it can be considered as far more reliable than meeting someone on Tinder. This can also be used to make plans with friends and be a potential ice breaker for conversations.

WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?

Being currently in a testing phase, this service is only operational for select users across Canada and US. However, Facebook does plan to make this service operational soon but haven’t really clarified whether it will be a new app or just an added feature to all users, irrespective of platform. With other features such as stories, GIF and live videos already on the table, this could certainly be an interesting addition to Facebook’s social networking arsenal.

 

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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