23 December 2013

Best Laptops: Google Chromebooks and Apple MacBooks

Editor's personal recommendation*: Shopping for a notebook computer? Whatever you do, avoid a Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1 faux notebook (these are really touchscreen tablets posing as notebook computers). If you cannot find a Windows 7 notebook, better go with either a Chromebook or MacBook(*unpaid, unsponsored recommendation)

Sydney Morning Herald
Google's Chromebooks are no-frills laptops. They're light, simple, fast and cheap... 
They're meant for people who use laptops for simple things, such as email, surfing the net, watching videos, listening to music and working on the odd word document. 
If the kids need a computer to do their homework, or if the grandparents need a computer for email and simple web browsing, for example, they're perfect.
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Google Remembers Where You Were
With Google's Location History enabled, you can access a visual log of your daily whereabouts. A recent story on TechCrunch highlighted a ...


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review: An Unmatched Hardware ...
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Associated News

Google Transparency Report Says Censorship Way Up
Top Tech News
Search giant Google has issued its latest transparency report, tabulating government requests to remove content from its services. The latest numbers ...

A bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax was called into the Apple Store in Back Bay Saturday night, prompting an evacuation as authorities swept ...

Google Glass no game-changer but has potential, says Franklin ...
Indianapolis Star
Google Glass was supposed to be a “game-changer” for Franklin Community High School teacher Don Wettrick and his students. But after he shelled ...

Google Glass Now Adding Eye Winks for Picture Taking
Google Glass just got another cool collection of new capabilities, including the ability to take a photograph with only a wink of a user's eye.


Amazon Air Prime : Giving Up Our Privacy One Flight at a Time
New Pittsburgh Courier
How else can you explain the impending explosion of Amazon Air Prime. Forget your ... Google scans your email to send you ads. In other words, most ...

News & Observer

Google search results declare Daily Jang as No 1
The News International
KARACHI: Google has announced its annual Year End Zeitgeist, a look at 2013 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique ...

The News International

Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Activists fighting Bay Area landlords found a way to get the national media's attention. FORTUNE -- It's not every day that the New York Times cares ...

Report on NSA 'secret' payments to RSA fuels encryption controversy
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) paid US$10 million to vendor RSA in a “secret” deal to incorporate a deliberately flawed encryption algorithm into widely used security software, according to a Reuters report that is reigniting controversy about the ...

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots
New York Times
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — An international competition to pave the way for a new generation of rescue robots was dominated by a team of Japanese roboticists who were students in the laboratory of a pioneer in the design of intelligent humanoid machines....

Scientific expedition discovers vast water store beneath Greenland's ice
GMA News
PARIS - A vast store of water equivalent in area to Ireland lies beneath Greenland's icesheet, and it may provide answers to one of the big riddles of climate change, scientists reported on Sunday. In 2011, US scientists crossed the southern Greenland ...

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