sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds loves his Macbook Air, but that's going to change. The creator of Linux is in love with Google's Chrome Pixel and he is even considering making it his primary laptop. He writes on his Google + page - "Hey, I've joined all the cool kids in having one of the new Google "Pixel" laptops (aka Chromebooks). And it is a beautiful screen, to the point where I suspect I'll make this my primary laptop. I tend to like my laptops slightly smaller, but I think I can lug around this 1.5kg monster despite feeling fairly strongly that a laptop should weigh 1kg or less."
sfcrazy writes: Samsung has becoming *the* face of Android as the general people see. The company has paid heavily for it — they push great hardware (not it design, but at least in display), they innovated on UI (for bad or worse) and introduced multi-windowed apps and also fought Apple's expensive court battle — which gave them even more publicity. All of it is good but troubling as well because the company may shed Google's luggage and go Amazon route to create it's own Android. Or they may push Google to renegotiate the deal. The competitor are very very far — what should Google do to keep a check on Samsung? Or should it be worried?
sfcrazy writes: In order to make 'web' faster, Google has been secretly working on a new web protocol called QUIC. The company has released the source code for Chromium implementation of Quic on their website. But it has also started a debate whether this is the right way to introduce a protocal. Jan Wildeboer of Red Hat has says, "Google trying to introduce yet another proprietary protocol instead of open standards? And even if the implementation is open source, the specification is vendor driven, not an open standard AFAICS. IMHO this is not acceptable." But Simon Phipps, the president and director of Open Source Initiative tends to disagree with Wildeboer and says, "On the contrary, +Jan Wildeboer, this is exactly how standards should work; with a strong working example and open source code. As long as Google bow to consensus when the standards discussion occurs, what we will see is working ideas perfected and then mature consensus standardised."
sfcrazy writes: Nexus Q, the social media streaming holo-themed ball from Google has finished its life after only 8 months since it was announced in June 2012 after an interesting rumour buildup. Its status on Google Play has changed from "not for sale at this time" to "no longer available for sale", marking the somewhat expected end of this device.