Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Prefers BlackBerry Over Android

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One would assume that Google chairman Eric Schmidt would use an Android smartphone, considering it is a platform curated by the very corporation that he sits on the board for. Nevertheless, a recent interview with The Guardian confirms that — surprise, surprise — Schmidt actually uses a BlackBerry. Why, you might ask? Simply put, he prefers the tactile keyboard experience that the BlackBerry provides.

The interesting fact behind this story is that there are a number of Android smartphones on the market that do in fact have physical keyboards. Schmidt obviously doesn’t seem to be interested in those devices, but perhaps we’ll see the chairman in line for the upcoming BlackBerry Q10, which will run BlackBerry 10 software and still utilize a full QWERTY keyboard. It really doesn’t matter which smartphone Schmidt uses, but the irony is still strong.

[The Guardian via The Loop]

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Google Officially Unveils Keep, A Drive-Based Note-Taking Utility


Google today officially unveiled their note-taking solution. Built to sync notes through Google Drive, the replacement of Google Docs, the system currently supports both Android and the web.

Google Keep’s Android client is actually very nice. The design of the app is similar to the language used in Google Now, heavily relying on clean corners and typography to convey information. For me, it’s on the verge of replacing my previous system. It is unclear as to whether or not an iOS version will be released, though given Google’s recent track record of supporting iOS, it seems likely.

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Leave a Flower for Your Favorite Dead Google Project

Leave a Flower for Your Favorite Dead Google Project

2013-03-17 19_18_53-Google Reader joins graveyard of dead Google products - Slate MagazineIt’s hard to lose a loved one, especially if that loved one is a Google service. That’s why we’re opening the gates of the Google Graveyard, a virtual space for grieving. Buried in these hallowed grounds are some of Google’s ill-fated services. Some, like Google Reader, lived long, prosperous lives, full of admiration and glory.

We told you Thursday about Google Reader being shut down, but what other projects are you going to miss? Slate has set up a graveyard of all retired Google products–head over to leave a flower on your favorites.

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Hunter Hillenmeyer, Former Chicago Bear, Wants to Connect Professional Athletes with Gamers

Kickstarter has played host to a myriad of services and gadgets. From watches to game consoles, the crowd-funding solution has proven to be an excellent way to take an idea and package it into a shipping product. Hunter Hillenmeyer, former Chicago Bear and co-founder of OverDog, is hoping to do just that.

Hillenmeyer’s latest goal is still in the realm of sports, even if he isn’t playing for a specific team. Instead, Hillenmeyer hopes to connect everyday gamers with their favorite professional athletes. Through a mobile app and a network that is in partnership with everything from the MLB to the NFL to the MLS, Hillenmeyer and his team are poised to make this a reality.

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Have Your Say: Do You Use RSS Feeds?

RSSThe impending death of Google Reader has been met with significant criticism, although the move did seem inevitable. The emergence of social networks and responsive news aggregators in Twitter and Pulse respectively, as notable examples, has essentially killed the idea of traditional RSS feeds.

At the same time, there are still a significant number of people that use RSS feeds, including yours truly. I have been an avid user of Google Reader for a number of years, and I will be disappointed to see it go. Are you an RSS feed user too, or have you moved on to increasingly modern news portals? I’ll see you in the comment section.

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Google Reader Closure Ignites Significant Controversy

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While the service might have been declining in users, Google upset a lot of users when it announced the impending closure of its Google Reader news aggregator. Considering that the individuals that did make use of Google Reader are probably almost entirely tech journalists, bloggers and those that are simply insanely devoted to the Google brand, it might not have been the greatest crowd for the Mountain View corporation to peeve.

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Google Reader Shutting Down July 1st, 2013

Google ReaderA day prior to the release of Samsung’s new Galaxy S IV smartphone, it was Google that stole the headlines in the technological realm. The day began when Google announced a major executive shakeup, with Android co-founder and head developer Andy Rubin stepping down in favor of Senior Vice President of Google Chrome Sundar Pichai.

Google followed that news with its second wave of “Spring Cleaning,” which is the closure of some its services so that it can focus its efforts on building great products that really matter. While most of the services that are closing are trivial—check out the complete list for yourself—a major one that is shutting down is Google Reader. As of July 1st, 2013, Google will officially retire the eight-year-old RSS feed aggregator.  (more…)

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Andy Rubin Stepping Down from Android, Sundar Pichai of Chrome Takes His Place

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There has been a significant change in the ranks of Google today. Andy Rubin, the man who created Android, and then continued to lead its development after the platform was purchased by Google, is stepping down in order to focus his talents elsewhere in Google. He will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, best known for his leadership roles on the Google Chrome project. Pichai will continue to work on the Chrome team.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, made the following blog post announcing this change:

Fast forward to today. The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. Andy, more moonshots please!

Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps.

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Will Google Glass Push the Limits of Connectedness?

Google GlassThe past two decades have been culprit to a monumental shift towards the digital age, in which humans are constantly connected with each other and the outside world.

While radio, television and telephone were the primary methods of communication and connectivity in the past, the twenty-first century has encompassed the rapid adoption of digital products and services in smartphones and text messaging, notebooks and tablets, and social networks and interactive media.  (more…)

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Is Apple’s Predictability an Issue?

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Rene Ritchie, editor-in-chief of iMore.com, penned a thoughtful piece on Apple’s current “5S” predicament. His argument is that Apple has become too predictable: consumers know just when a new iPhone is coming, and so sales suffer leading up to that product, and competitors have learned to “counter-program” Apple in such a way as to release products far enough away from an iPhone release so as to ensure the success of said products (for example, is it really an accident that Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy S 4 six months after the iPhone 5, and roughly six months away from the iPhone 5S?). (more…)

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