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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt: BlackBerry User

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt: BlackBerry User

When you're the Executive Chairman of a company who makes a large chunk of its business surround a mobile operating system like Google does with Android, you don't go around using a BlackBerry. That is, unless you're Eric Schmidt. It was confirmed this week that Schmidt, while speaking at the Activate conference in India to Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, that Schmidt uses a BlackBerry smartphone because he likes the keyboard. If that's not the news of the day in the gadget universe, I don't know what is.

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Andy Rubin writes goodbye letter to Android partners

Andy Rubin writes goodbye letter to Android partners

Andy Rubin leaving the Android team was definitely the most shocking news of the day. He was the person who started the entire movement, from mentioning it to Google back in 2004, to releasing the first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, in October 2008. Now Android is the most widely-used mobile operating system today, with over 1.35 million activations a day, and a total of 750 million Android devices being activated altogether.

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Andy Rubin replaced as Android chief: Chrome merge looks more likely

Andy Rubin replaced as Android chief: Chrome merge looks more likely

Google has announced the mother of all shake-ups, with Andy Rubin stepping down from his position as Android lead, and handing over the reins to Sundar Pichai. The news - which will see Rubin "start a new chapter at Google" according to CEO Larry Page - will consolidate Android with Chrome and Apps, the two areas in which Sundar already manages. The transition is only likely to fuel speculation that Google will merge Android and Chrome OS.

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Google Now quietly arrives in Chromium (but refuses to work)

Google Now quietly arrives in Chromium (but refuses to work)

Signs that Google Now, the search giant's context and prediction engine currently featured on Android phones, is coming to the desktop have been spotted, with a new Chromium feature teasing the functionality though not currently functional. Evidence of Google Now in the open-source browser was spotted by François Beaufort; however, without the correct server address, it can't actually be used. Still, it indicates that Google is readying to expand Google Now's footprint from mobile to the desktop.

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500px app comes to Chrome

500px app comes to Chrome

500px had a bit of controversy back in January when the iOS app was temporarily pulled from the iTunes App Store due to nude photo searches. As of today however, 500px has returned with a bit of good news for Chrome users -- a 500px app is now available for Chrome. This app release is for the Chrome browser running on Mac and Windows as well as Chrome OS computers including the new Chromebook Pixel.

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