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Google Winter cleaning affects mostly unused sync features


This article was first published in my Examiner column:

Google announced their Winter Cleaning  on their blog. This is part of their periodic announcements where they shut down products or features that are not popular. In this announcement.
  • Google Calendar will lose some features like Appointment slots and Google recommends "Find a time view or Suggested times as alternatives."
  • Google Sync will not be open to new devices starting January 30th 2013. Google recommends using CardDAV specially for syncing Google contacts on your iOS device.
  • I had not used the app Punchd and that is going away. Here is what Google says : 
Punchd is an app that keeps loyalty punch cards on your smartphone. On June 7, 2013, we will discontinue the Punchd Android and iOS apps, and merchants will no longer honor Punchd loyalty cards.
This was a small winter cleaning and maybe Google has completed their product housekeeping. Have you heard anything else?

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