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Google launches Patent Purchase Promotion, go sell ’em your patents

Do you have a concept or patent-pending you think you can make a lot of money from? I bet you have some ideas you want to turn into reality but just don't know how. Allow Google to make your dreams come true and make some money (and probably richer) by selling the Internet giant your patents. You may think that's a crazy idea for Google to be buying patents but the intention is to "remove friction from the patent market" according to the Mountain View company.

Lenovo intros new ThinkCentre Chromebox

Chinese computer tech company Lenovo has just added a new product to its ThinkCentre lineup in the form of the ThinkCentre Chromebox. It’s already the biggest PC maker today and yet Lenovo still wants to prove it’s the best by joining the Chromebox game. This new product is exciting as we can add this to the rapidly growing list of Chromebox units available from various manufacturers. This new Chrome-OS running mini computer is designed especially for education and small businesses, even with its compact form, this small computer still impresses with great performance, space-saving solution, and an easy-to-manage ecosystem.

Big tech companies provide help to disaster response efforts in Nepal

It was a sad weekend as tragedy struck Nepal. The country was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake causing damage all throughout the Kathmandu capital. The tech industry is especially mourning because Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in the Mount Everest avalanche as triggered by the earthquake. Death toll has recently hit 4,000 and number is expected to rise in the next few days as disaster response continues. Because of all these unfortunate events, tech companies have responded on their own by launching special programs and efforts to help the victims of the earthquake. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and T-Mobile are only some of those we know in the industry that are currently helping in the relief efforts.

Google Keep for Android Wear allows note-taking without typing

Google Keep keeps on  imrpoving and helping more Android users with its features. The productivity app went live officially two years ago and has since received numerous updates. The latest one includes new organization features plus sharing of "to do" lists with family. While taking notes on the Android app is already possible and is actually easy and convenient, it needs to be updated for use with Android Wear on a smartwatch.

Italian eyewear company Luxottica working on next Google Glass

So we all know what happened – earlier this year, Google basically pulled the plug on what was viewed as a failed path for its Google Glass project. The gadget, with great early hype, spiraled down quickly into “jerk device” and intrusion of privacy issues. The project was brought back to the drawing board, and a separate team was told to make it ready for the public. It’s not quite there, but Italian eyewear makers Luxottica entering the picture might be progress.

Send yourself notes from desktop to smartphone through Google

You're busy doing something on your desktop when you suddenly realize that you've run out of milk at home and you need to pass by a convenience store before going home. But your phone is in the next room and you don't want to break your stride. Yeah, you can use a to-do list app that will sync from your desktop to smartphone, but what if there was an easier way? Google is trying to make life more convenient by giving you that capability.

Nexus 7 no longer available on Google Store

It looks like the reports are true regarding the fate of Google's Nexus 7. You won't be able to find the tablet anymore in the Google Store as it has officially been discontinued since last Friday. This has been coming about since last fall, after the release of the Nexus 9, so it's not really a surprise. While you can probably still find one if you look really hard, removing it from the Google Store lessens its availability.

Google search can send directions to your Android phone

Sending directions from a Google desktop search to an Android phone is now made easier. Before digital maps and traffic apps, I would just rely on my email for reading the directions I listed down or simply look on a screenshot of a Google Maps page. That seems so last decade ago but apps make life more convenient. But then you don't always have the time to save or check your maps. Other maps require Internet access or GPS. What if you can't find a decent connection and you really need to be some place? Google has finally allowed Android phones to receive directions from a computer.

No WiFi support for some smartwatches from LG, Asus

Apparently, not all Android Wear smartwatches are created equal. While those who own the Moto 360 and the Sony Smartwatch 3 are rejoicing that they will have WiFi support from the latest update from the wearable platform, some smartwatches like the LG G Watch, G Watch R, and the Asus Zenwatch will not be getting this additional connectivity from Android. There is still no word from Samsung on whether their devices have WiFi antennas.
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