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Google wants to buy your patents before trolls get them

Google wants to buy your patents before trolls get them

No stranger to patent trolls, Google has introduced a program they’re calling the ‘Patent Purchase Promotion’. Equal parts patent purchasing clearinghouse and troll roadblock, Google’s scheme will allow those interested in selling patents an avenue for submitting the patent, setting a price, and allowing Google to review the offer. After a review period, Google will either make an offer or refuse the purchase. Google is calling the new program ‘experimental’, and its first wave will open up next month for a two week period.

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Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Last week, we showed you how to find your Android phone with a simple Google search. Now Google is introducing new features that allow you to push data to your phone through your desktop browser. You can send directions from the web to your phone; just type "send directions" into Google and a drop-down menu should pop up allowing you to "send directions to [your] phone." Then, Google Maps will automatically open on your phone, and you'll be ready to navigate away from your desktop.

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Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Tragedy struck Nepal as a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused damage throughout the capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, endangering climbers. Sadly, Google executive Dan Fredinburg lost his life in the avalanche. To help with the recovery and relief efforts, Google and Facebook are stepping up to the plate, reminding the public of their respective Person Finder and Safety Check features which can be used to check on friends and family from half way around the globe.

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Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

As the world mourns for the tragedy that fell upon Nepal on Saturday in the form of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, Google has revealed that it lost one of their own. Dan Fredinburg, a longtime employee and executive in charge of privacy for the Google X division, sadly died while climbing Mount Everest in an avalanche that was triggered by the quake. In what is said to be the worst quake to hit Nepal in the past 80 years, leaving infrastructure severely damaged over 2,000 were killed in the region along with 18 other Everest climbers.

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Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

If you're in the market for an affordable, highly-rated, not-too-big-not-too-small tablet, your chances to buy the Nexus 7 are quickly running out. If you were planning to purchase one from Google directly, then your ship has already sailed. That's because the company officially discontinued the 7-inch tablet on Friday, and is no longer selling it on the Google Store's website. You can still find one from other places, but you better act fast.

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Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a product I did not expect would be as awesome as it turned out to be. Zagg has made some awesome products in the past - they've never really let us down in the past - but they're not know for their particularly flashy or otherwise massively memorable presentations. That's not what we need here. What we need is a keyboard that works for a large smartphone - or any detached screen sort of device - that also folds down to a very small size. Zagg did it right.

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Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

I don't have an Apple Watch around my wrist. Lets get that fact out of the way right this minute, since every other technology blogger in the universe seems - I emphasize SEEMS - to have one today on "launch day." The Apple Watch, like the iPhone and to a slightly lesser extend the iPad, is a herald of something greater. A new community, and a new way of computing. Just like the iPhone, Apple didn't make the first of its kind with the Apple Watch. But, judging SOLELY by the number of apps that've been released at launch for this one new product category, Apple has, once again, summoned the smartwatch.

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Google Maps “Android Peeing on Apple” Bandit Revealed

Google Maps “Android Peeing on Apple” Bandit Revealed

Earlier this morning we asked a vital question to the public: Who added this Android peeing on Apple in Google Maps? Now we have the answer. At long last - several hours later, we've been sent the answer. It's this guy - this map editor from the masses - by the name of nitricboy. He did it, and he did it with a series of moves and subsequent edits to submissions you'll likely be unable to do yourself in Google Maps in the near future.

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Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass version 2, hopefully without the sort of styling only a geek could love and more everyday functionality, is already in progress, Google's eyewear partner has confirmed. The head-worn wearable's demise in its Explorer Edition form was heralded by some as an admission that the project was a failure, but Google insisted that a phased roadmap was always the intention. Now, one of the key players involved in that roadmap has spoken up.

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