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Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (late-2012) Review

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook (late-2012) Review

It's no secret that Google is aiming to create a whole new segment in the world of portable computing with Chrome, and here with the newest Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, especially at its eye-opening $249 price point, it appears that the big G will make that move. If you've got a need for an internet machine for school, for fun, or for a present for your mother who doesn't use her desktop anyway, this device might just be perfect. It's light, it's extremely inexpensive, and most important of all: it's a high quality machine. Samsung and Google have made some fabulous strides forward since September of 2011, of that you can be certain.

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Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

With a number of business "going Google," the massive search company has launched the first set of Google+ features for businesses. With this "initial set" of features now available, Google is letting all Google Apps customers get an early look at them in a "full preview mode." This preview allows businesses already using Google Apps to try out these Google+ features through the end of 2013 for free, with Google working to improve its offerings during that time.

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Google+ won’t screw developers (unlike Facebook) claims Google VP

Google+ won’t screw developers (unlike Facebook) claims Google VP

Google+ lead Vic Gundotra has defended his decision to postpone an API for the social network, sneaking in a quick slap at Facebook by saying Google is "actually respectful of developers who build on our platform." The delay in releasing a full Google+ API for third-party coders has prompted anger from some - Gundotra says that he was booed by the audience at SXSW when he said it was not ready - but the Senior VP argues that delivering one half-baked and "then later changing the rules of the game" isn't in anybody's best interests, citing recent criticisms of Facebook.

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What will Outlook.com’s bounce rate be?

What will Outlook.com’s bounce rate be?

Microsoft's new Gmail rival, Outlook.com, is already seeing healthy sign-up figures, but first day glow may well give way to apathy as users find themselves too committed to existing messaging providers. The revamped Hotmail replacement saw 1m sign-ups in just over 6hrs yesterday, after Microsoft pulled back the curtains on its   initial "preview" of the service, but a longer-term impact on the webmail market is still far from guaranteed.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

Well folks, another Monday is in the bag. We must say that for an otherwise ordinary Monday at the end of July, this one was pretty eventful as far as news stories go. Most importantly, today marked the beginning of the patent trail between Samsung and Apple. This morning we took a closer look at the trial and the arguments being made by both sides, while later on in the day we received word that a key witness in the case won't be showing up to testify. Apple's courtroom woes don't end at its trial with Samsung, however, as the company is also being sued over its Siri technology by a university in Taiwan.

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Microsoft Office reboot makes the software giant seem social again

Microsoft Office reboot makes the software giant seem social again

This week Microsoft unveiled their next suite of productivity tools, Office 365, and with it they've ushered in a new era of social connectedness for their potential future users. At the press conference on Monday that took place in order to usher in the software for later this year, corporate vice president for Office Kirk Koenigsbauer showed several demonstrations of use-cases for the software in the near future. The first of these cases used Microsoft's newest Lync application, Koenigsbauer showing off a five-person video chat with drag-and-drop additions of users to the room.

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Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the iPad's larger display as well. Graphics come through sharp and well-tuned for the most part, with only a few bits and pieces left for a future version to clean up - gray borders around small images, and other such small matters.

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Google Glass Sessions teach us why we need augmented reality

Google Glass Sessions teach us why we need augmented reality

Google knows that it'll take some education before we're all wearing Google Glass headsets, and so the company has kicked off what it's called Glass Sessions: slices of real life augmented with Glass. First up is persistent video and camera functionality from the perspective of a parent, with Glass being used to capture fleeting moments and share milestones across continents. Check out the video after the cut.

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How is the Nexus 7 so cheap?

How is the Nexus 7 so cheap?

Google's Nexus 7 didn't come as a great surprise when it launched at IO 2012 yesterday, but the $199 price tag still raised some eyebrows in astonishment. At under half the price of a new iPad, it's competitive - though very different - to Apple's slate, but it also undercuts a fair number of other Android tablets too. You can't even accuse Google of milking international buyers to make up the difference, as prices outside of the US are, surprisingly, very reasonable too. The Nexus 7 will sell from £159 in the UK, for instance, versus expectations of around £250. So, how has Google (and hardware partner ASUS) managed to make the Nexus 7 so cheap?

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