“Rockstar” is a consortium of companies such as Apple, BlackBerry, Sony, Ericsson, and Microsoft that bought thousands of patents that were owned by Nortel for $4.5 billion. Google attempted to purchase those patents, but their deal fell through. This is one of the major reasons why Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12 billion.
Google has recently revealed Android KitKat (version 4.4). The Google Nexus 5 will be the first device that runs on KitKat. KitKat has several new awesome features. You can say “Ok Google” while on the home screen or Google Now to launch apps, music, text messages, etc.
Google, Red Hat, Oracle, and several other technology companies are providing dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the Healthcare.gov website. Healthcare.gov is a health-insurance exchange website.
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Google has launched an accessory store for Google Glass. The Google Glass store is a part of the “My Glass” control panel area that Google Glass Explorers use to manage their device and apps. The accessory store can also be found through the Google Glass Help website, which now has an Accessories section. The accessories include Chargers, Earbuds, Shades and Shields, Swapping Frames, and Pouch. Google partnered with Maui Jim and Zeal Optics to include a sunglass shade with every new Glass.
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Cecilia Adabie is a Google Glass Explorer that lives in California and was the first person to get a ticket while wearing the Google Glass while driving. Abadie was driving around San Diego when she got pulled over for speeding. The primary infraction was for driving 15MPH over the speed limit and the secondary offense said “driving w/ monitor visible to driver (Google Glass).”
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Google has graciously donated 17,000 Nexus tablets at a total retail value of over $2.7 million to libraries, senior centers, businesses, and community centers in areas that are affected by Hurricane Sandy. The tablets will be distributed to central locations at those areas. You can see a list of the locations on this Excel file. “Private donations like these are critical in aiding local communities in our ongoing recovery. We thank Google for helping New York build back better than before,” stated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Now almost all Google+ users will be able to customize their profile page with a vanity URL. The profile page must be short and easy to remember web addresses that link directly to your Google+ page. Here are the requirements to get a custom URL.
1.) Profile photo required
2.) At least 10 followers
3.) The account must be at least 30 days old
If you meet these requirements, you will be able to see a “Get a custom URL” button on your Google+ page. If you do not see it yet, the option is expanding this week and will pop up when the custom URL is ready.