More information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and orphan works reform

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I mentioned that the EFF and other groups were writing the US Trade Representative to request he not sign off on any Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions that would block ongoing congressional attempts to reform the orphan works situation. Here’s a little more information on that [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the amounts and determines it can probably be done, but it may not be a very great phone. But then, any phone [...]

‘Do Chromebooks make good ereaders’—for K-12 students or adults?

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Face it. One iPad per child can pricey for many school districts—just ask Los Angeles. What to buy instead if budgets are tight? Some districts have snapped up Android tablets. But there is another choice, made more attractive by Google’s K-12-related software and related [...]

Orphan works copyright law controversy: Don’t panic!

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It seemed important to lead with those two words, in large, friendly headline letters, based on the breathless “everybody panic!” takes that have been spreading around this matter lately. I’ve seen them popping up in my Facebook friends lists, and otherwise sensible people have been taken [...]

‘Google and the World Brain’

By David Rothman
May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

  “The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. They had an even greater purpose—to create a higher form of intelligence, [...]

Google debuts a bunch of reasons why your future is Chrome

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Google and its hardware partners have been announcing and rolling out a series of new spins on its Chrome OS that make it even more persuasive as a multi-format dirt cheap platform. Not only is the original stable of Chromebooks considerably expanded, and now even cheaper – there also are [...]

What Happened to Google?

By Joanna Cabot
January 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whenever anybody talks about Amazon ‘winning’ or something, I always chuckle and think about how many tech ‘winners’ I have seen fall by the wayside. I remember when everybody bought books from Fictionwise! And, more recently for me, I remember when everything I did was via [...]

Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150

By Chris Meadows
December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core [...]

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