It’s hard not to have high expectations of Google’s new Nexus 7—the original was a standout product that offered a satisfying Android experience in a highly portable 7-inch form factor, for less than $200. Now we’ve got the new Nexus 7 (is it us, or is it very annoying that it has the exact same name?) promising a number of refinements to the original, but also asking a higher price: $230 for 16GB, $270 for 32GB (reviewed here). You’re probably wondering if it’s still a compelling product.
Note: This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of the magazine
Judging by some of the hysteria on Twitter and other social sites, the relatively brief outage of several Google services on Friday, including Gmail, nearly signaled the end of the world as we know it. Luckily for mankind, Google was able to restore its services within an hour, and much sooner for many users, thus narrowly dodging an apocalypse, though not before being hit with a stone that was thrown from Yahoo's glass house.
Regular citizens are getting a taste of what it's like to be a celebrity, in that the concept of privacy gets whittled away at every turn. Is the government spying on you? That probably depends on what you're doing in your spare time. Are you being watched? Better cover that webcam just to play it safe. Might someone on the opposite side of the world be listening to your conversation? It's possible, especially if you use Google's Chrome browser to surf the web.
Chances are high you know someone with diabetes. My dad is diagnosed with it and gives himself an insulin shot each day. I have a young nephew who suffers from it as well. People with diabetes have the daily challenge of keeping their blood sugar levels in check, which means monitoring what they eat, when they eat, and how much they eat, among other things. It's a bum rap, but to make things easier, Google has begun testing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels using a miniaturized sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
With a stock price of $1,149 at the time of this posting, it's safe to say that Google has been on a roll lately. However, having said that, the company has had its fair share of misfires. With Google recently purchasing Nest for a massive 3.2 billion dollars, quite the audacious move, we couldn't help but reflect on the company's greatest triumphs and tribulations over the years.
$3.2 billion in cash for the makers of thermostats and smoke alarms
Google has announced their acquisition of Nest Labs, a company that developed and manufactures the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect. According to the press release no changes will be made to the Nest’s leadership structure and that it will continue to operate under Google’s umbrella with its brand identity.
Google Music All Access subscribers have a chance to shake their Glass
If you're a member of Google's Music All Access subscription streaming service, keep your eyes open for an email from the sultan of search inviting you to participate in the Glass Explorer program. Google hasn't made an official announcement, though some Music All Access subscribers report receiving VIP invitations to be part of what's so far been an exclusive club only open to developers.
It looks like 2014 might be a profitable year as well
The tech industry has seen a hefty rise this holiday season, with stock prices remaining at their yearly highs. TechSpot reports 45 tech IPOs out of the United States over the past year, which happens to be the most seen since thirteen years ago in 2000. The forecast for 2014 is looking awfully sweet as well, with mobile game and storage companies looking to enter the fold.
Rockstar Consortium under fire after targeting Android
Google has decided that enough is enough. The company has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Consortium—a patent group backed by many of Google’s biggest competitors—claiming that the group’s patent campaign is unfairly targeting Google and its Android partners.
Distimo year-end review details the success of the freemium business model
Freemium apps—free apps with in-app purchases—make up a huge majority of the revenue generated in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s a business model that’s become more and more popular with video games and now applications inserting paid add-ons into games and apps that initially cost nothing to download.