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Google’s browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung’s Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
The search giant says patents are rubbish. Yet it’s accumulating more of them than ever.
Compiling a giant database of all the facts in the world could help Google’s future products understand you better.
If it can cleverly blend hardware and software in new ways, reach new markets, and take advantage of Nokia’s patent portfolio, Microsoft’s billions could be well spent.
Google’s Petr Mitrichev is the all-time champion of competitive programming, a little-known sport where tech giants scout for talent.
Google’s Keep app copies key Evernote functions, but there’s plenty of room for both note-taking apps.
Electromagnetic interference can turn a plain LCD into a touch screen on the cheap.
Motorola Mobility’s sale to Lenovo only looks like a loss—the patents were cheap, and Google might yet advance wearables, home devices, and modular phone hardware.
Developers hope apps that improve upon their smartphone versions will help Google’s head-worn computer catch on.
A low-power, multiroom sensor network watches for drips and runs on a coin-cell battery.