A federal judge has rejected a request for a patent consortium called Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from California to Texas. Rockstar is backed by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony. These companies purchased patents from Nortel Networks for $4.5 billion after outbidding Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in 2011.
If you want to stay on top of the latest search trends, you may be happy to hear that Google Trends now has e-mail notifications. Google Trends will let people sign up to be notified by e-mail about the popularity of specified search terms. Google Trends launched in 2006 and has been a great tool for determining what people are looking for.
Before you buy the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glasses product for $1,500, you could try-it-at-home as part of a pilot. 9to5Mac posted a screenshot of how it works. Reddit user clide posted an e-mail and photos of the kit he received in the mail from Google Glass as part of a trial that the company has launched.
Google launched a service last year called Helpouts. It is a service where people can connect with experts for free or paid depending on the complexity of the task through Google Hangouts. Google has now released a Helpouts app for iOS. The Helpouts iOS app offers users the ability to connect to any of the free video chats available on the Google powered platform. If Google charged for certain Helpouts, it would likely have to pay Apple a 30% cut.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) sold Google Glass to the public for only one day yesterday. Guess what? It sold out.
Google has added a feature on Gmail that makes it easier for people that back up photos from their smartphone and tablets on Google+ to share through e-mail. You can insert pictures and photos directly into e-mail, resize them with the message, and share them with friends and family. You would need to grab the photos that are pulled through the Auto Backup feature on Google+.
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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) wants ad buyers to have confidence that it is seeing a return on investment. Google is testing the ability to track purchases that people make at brick-and-mortar stores after clicking a Google search ad for a store or product.