Google Debuts First Chrome on a Stick, First Chromebook Tablet, & $149 Chromebooks

Some companies might want to spread out their product launches in order to get more press, but not Google. The ad network and its hardware partners announced a slew of new devices today which run Chrome on everything from a dongle to a convertible tablet to super-cheap laptops. First up is the Asus Chromebit. Powered by… Read More »

Google Brings Data-Compression Tech to Chrome for Windows, OSX

The data compression tech found in mobile web browsers like Silk, Opera Mini, and Chrome for Android is a useful way to save bandwidth when you’re browsing the internet over a mobile connection. Realizing that laptops are mobile devices too, Google just released a Chrome extension which will help users squeeze more web browsing into their limited… Read More »

This 99-Cent Android App Enables Speed Reading in Reading Apps

When I was working on that post earlier today on Instapaper’s new speed reading feature, I came across another app which added a similar feature to Android reading apps. SpeedRead with Spritz is a 99 cent which uses Spitz’s speed reading service to offer an incredibly fast reading option. The app works with just about any Android… Read More »

Google Play Books Expands into Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia

Never one to rush into things, Google continued its steady expansion of Google Play Books this week by opening local ebookstores in Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, and Slovakia. This is the first expansion in nearly 6 months, and brings the total number of countries to 70. Update: Or maybe not. For some unknown reason Google… Read More »

Google News Shutdown in Spain Not Having Much of an Impact

When Spain passed its new copyright laws last October, many feared that the license fees imposed on snippets would imperil aggregators like Google News, social networks like Twitter, and online communities like Menéame. It’s still not clear how the latter have been affected, but the latest reports suggest that the impact on Google News has been minimal. Google did… Read More »