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The Dell Venue 7 is a heck of a buy for a brand-name Android tablet, says Walt Mossberg, but if you can spare more money, you’ll get a better experience in a more expensive small tablet.
The Journal has a “teardown” analysis of Google’s new Moto G smartphone, and the results may not be good news for Apple or Samsung.
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Google bought seven robotics companies in the past six months — Schaft, Industrial Perception, Meka, Redwood Robotics, Bot & Dolly, Autofuss and Holomni — for an effort to create manufacturing and logistics robots under former Android head Andy Rubin. The deals were reported in a New York Times article, and confirmed by the company. The Times says Rubin’s aims are not at creating robots for consumers, but rather for competing with Amazon and its flying delivery drones. (Robots versus drones is the ultimate endgame, after all.)
News BytePDF), with 90 percent of the money coming from Google. We’d broken the news in late 2011 that Google had renewed its search deal with Mozilla, committing to pay almost $300 million per year. So, yup, that was right.
News Bytecompany founded to extend lifespans that’s funded by Google and led by former Genentech CEO and current Apple Chairman Art Levinson, said today that it has made some hefty hires. Hal Baron, who led product at Hoffmann-La Roche, is coming on as president of research and development. Princeton genetics professor David Botstein will be chief scientific officer. Oncology researcher Bob Cohen and life extension researcher Cynthia Kenyon will also be part of the team.
News Byteare announcing that they have cleaned up results for 100,000 potential queries, with Microsoft contributing picture-detection technology and Google’s YouTube contributing video identification. Showing warnings to searchers has also reportedly already led to a drop-off of 20 percent in such activity. In an op-ed for the Daily Mail, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Google put together a team of 200 people in the past three months to address the problem.