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Google is becoming every Apple fanatic’s dream company

Google is doing everything that many investors and pundits want Apple to do. As I wrote yesterday, many refuse to understand Apple’s attempts to build its business by releasing luxury goods instead of commodity products. They argue that the company should release a cheap smartphone, or operate its own data network, or improve its software to a point at…

    



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The most interesting aspect of the new Chromebook: Its charger

Google has announced another Chromebook. This one was co-designed with HP, features an 11-inch screen, and costs just $279. Anyone curious about Chrome OS, the operating system based entirely on Google’s services and the Web, now has a cheap-but-compelling product that can sate their curiosity without busting their wallets. It’s not as well-designed as the Chromebook…



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Can a so-called “superphone” succeed where the Ubuntu Edge failed?

This summer, Canonical tried to raise $32 million for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone, a high-powered device meant to close the gap between mobile devices and desktop computers. It failed, despite raising the most funding — $12.8 million — of any Indiegogo project to date. QSAlpha is now looking to raise one-quarter that amount — $3.2 million

    



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Vive la différence! Manufacturers jazz up smartphones with color

If smartphones are boring — and a fair number of people seem to think they are — actually buying the damned things must be mind-numbing. Just a few months ago, smartphone buyers were typically able to choose from just a small number of colors or variations of a device. It didn’t matter where the products were bought,…

    



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Can Amazon release a free smartphone before it releases a free Kindle?

Amazon has long been rumored to be working on a smartphone. It’s a logical next step for a company that already offers its own apps marketplace, digital content stores, and Android-powered tablets. Now it seems that Amazon is closer to making the rumors a reality, and it’s said to be doing so with a device that could cost consumers…

    



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Now Xiaomi is one of the world’s most interesting tech companies

The world has been talking about an Apple smart TV for years now – especially since Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked” the perfect design – but all we’ve seen so far from Cupertino on that front is a set-top box. Today, Xiaomi, China’s closest analogue to Apple, just leap-frogged its high-end rival by…

    



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Schrödinger’s acquisition: A BlackBerry-Microsoft deal is both alive and dead

Schrödinger would be proud: BlackBerry’s potential sale to Microsoft appears to be both alive and dead following yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft intends to acquire Nokia’s handset business for $7.2 billion. The New York Times wrote yesterday that Microsoft’s plan to acquire Nokia’s handset business “rules out…

    



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