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February 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google came out with its own laptop computer last week, but critics quickly blasted its hefty price tag of $1,299 to $1,449. Though the Chromebook Pixel is far from being the only computer to cost that much, other laptops in the price range offer far more capabilities. It also has a big drawback; user's can't install software. Instead, all programs run in the cloud and users have to access them through the Google Chrome Web browser. For many, the hefty price tag and the limited capabilities are two key factors against buying the laptop.
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April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Amazon.com began taking preorders for the Samsung Chromebook 2 on Monday. The laptop, which runs Google's Chrome OS software, is the follow-up to Samsung's 2012 Chromebook, which was for about a year was the best-selling laptop on Amazon's website, where it currently sits in third place. The Chromebook 2 is available in two sizes: a $319.99 11.6-inch screen model and a 13.3-inch model that retails for $399.99. Shoppers can head to Amazon.com or Samsung.com to preorder the device.
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March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
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March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
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November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive. The tech company said it is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file. "You're probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your 'Downloads' folder," Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.
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April 26, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Why do people get so creeped out when Google offers cool stuff for free but also uses it for its own advantage? The buzz this week has been about Google Drive, which allows people to store up to 5 gigabytes of documents, photos, videos and other content online. It's pretty darn convenient. And with no cost whatsoever, it's pretty darn reasonable. But some critics have said Google Drive represents a potential invasion of privacy because the company could use people's content for its own purposes, such as flogging it to advertisers.
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March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has released Keep, a convenient note-taking app for Android smartphone and tablet users. The app, which is available now on Google Play , is designed to make it easy for users to take notes and sync them across their mobile devices and on the Web with Google Drive, the company's service for storing files in the cloud. "With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what's important to you," Google said in a blog post Wednesday announcing the app. "Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand.
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May 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cloud storage for three of Google's more popular services -- Gmail, Googe Drive and Google+ -- are being combined to give users more control over how they want to use the storage space. By combining them, users will now have access to 15 gigabytes of storage for free that they can use for their emails, Google documents and photos on the Google+ social network. Previously, users had 10 GB that they could use for Gmail and an additional 5 GB for Google Drive and Google+ photos. More storage is available for a monthly fee. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 "Maybe you're a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail," Google said in a blog post . "Now it doesn't matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.
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October 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See note below.
Google unveiled a Samsung Chromebook laptop Thursday, the company's first computer that may be priced right for many consumers. The Chromebook, made by Samsung but running Google's Chrome operating software, features an 11.6-inch display with 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The machine is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. The Chromebook also features a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port as well. It also includes an HDMI out and is Bluetooth compatible. Additionally, the new Google computer has a battery life of more than six hours and a front-facing camera.
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September 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Apple has announced it is making its top mobile productivity apps available free to users who purchase new iOS devices. The Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie apps will be available to customers who buy the latest versions of Apple's mobile devices.  Currently, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available for download for $9.99 while iPhoto and iMovie cost $4.99. LIVE: Apple iPhone event Apple's move to offer its productivity apps free to new users may come as a response to Google, which offers its suite of productivity apps at no cost on the Web and on smartphones through the Google Drive app. [Corrected 11:55 p.m. Sept.
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March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Thursday to say he has called President Obama about the operations taken by the U.S. government. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," Zuckerberg said in a post. "Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform. " Zuckerberg's post comes a few days after a report that alleged the National Security Agency has previously posed as Facebook so that it could infect users' computers with malware.
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March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
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November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive. The tech company said it is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file. "You're probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your 'Downloads' folder," Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.
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October 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one but two new Chromebooks went on sale this week, the HP Chromebook 11 and, as of Thursday, the Acer C720 Chromebook. Both machines run Google's operating system, but how do they stack up? Here's a quick breakdown: Screen Both laptops appear to be using the same if not very similar screens. They feature an 11.6-inch screen with 16:9 ratios and 1,366 by 768 pixel resolutions. Size and weight The two machines are also very similar in size and weight. The C720 Chromebook weighs 2.42 pounds and is 0.7 inches thick while the Chromebook 11 weighs in at a slightly lighter 2.3 pounds and just a tad thinner at 0.69 inches thick.
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September 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Need more storage space on Google Drive? Google is offering users an additional 10 gigabytes of free cloud storage for the next two years if they download and try the company's Quickoffice app, which recently received a major update and is now available free. Quickoffice lets users create and edit Microsoft Office files from their Apple iOS and Android devices. VIDEO CHAT: Unboxing the iPhone 5s "And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven't gone Google yet," Google said in a blog post explaining the app.  To get the free extra storage, simply download Quickoffice and open the app. Users will be prompted to log in to their Google account.
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September 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Apple has announced it is making its top mobile productivity apps available free to users who purchase new iOS devices. The Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie apps will be available to customers who buy the latest versions of Apple's mobile devices.  Currently, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available for download for $9.99 while iPhoto and iMovie cost $4.99. LIVE: Apple iPhone event Apple's move to offer its productivity apps free to new users may come as a response to Google, which offers its suite of productivity apps at no cost on the Web and on smartphones through the Google Drive app. [Corrected 11:55 p.m. Sept.
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August 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Box, a cloud data storage provider, is offering users 25 gigabytes of free storage as part of a promotion with another tech company. The promotion lets new users get five times as much storage as the free 5 GB that Box normally offers. The offer is effective until the end of August. Users will get the additional storage after signing up for HelloSign's new digital document signature service. The offer also appeared earlier on Box's homepage, meaning some users could sign up with Box and get the 25 GB of storage without also signing up for HelloSign.
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March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chromebook laptops may be finally catching on and there are a few good reasons. The computers, which run Google's Chrome OS software, accounted for 20% to 25% of all laptops sold for less than $300 in the U.S. in the last eight months, according to NPD Group, a market research firm. A year ago, Chromebook's market share was insignificant, according to NPD Group. But that started to change late last year when a new wave of the Google computers started coming out along with a new marketing campaign . PHOTOS: Rare and vintage auctioned Apple items A Samsung-made Chromebook is currently the top-selling laptop on Amazon.com . Why are people buying Chromebooks?
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May 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cloud storage for three of Google's more popular services -- Gmail, Googe Drive and Google+ -- are being combined to give users more control over how they want to use the storage space. By combining them, users will now have access to 15 gigabytes of storage for free that they can use for their emails, Google documents and photos on the Google+ social network. Previously, users had 10 GB that they could use for Gmail and an additional 5 GB for Google Drive and Google+ photos. More storage is available for a monthly fee. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 "Maybe you're a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail," Google said in a blog post . "Now it doesn't matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.
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