THE NEW CALIFORNIA CHROME

Chromebook, designed by Google, is as close as you can get to a trouble-free computer. Nearly all of its software exists in a Google cloud on the web and every time you connect it looks for and fixes any problems that might have come up when last used.

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OH THEFT, WHERE IS THEY BLING

So the one-day sale Of Google’s Internet connected glasses resulted in one-day thefts. They all sold out in five hours, at $1500 apiece. The thefts took place a few minutes later. (They look like glasses but Google calls them “glass.” This may be in preparation for the return of wearing a monocle as a fashion statement.)

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GOOGLE DRIVE EXPANDS TO 15 GIGABYTES FREE

Drive.Google.com –Google Drive now offers 15 gigabytes of free storage, or 100 gigabytes for $2 a month, or $10 a month for a terabyte.

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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

We have a Google TV box for watching Amazon Video, YouTube, Netflix, and video from any website. But frankly it uses a slow and clunky search screen that forces you to move the cursor around the alphabet to spell even short titles. The new ASUS “Chromebox,” coming up in March will list for $179 and works with just about any keyboard, monitor, or TV, wirelessly.

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GOOGLE GLASS COMPETITOR

Google Glass enthusiasts make it sound like everyone will soon be wearing a glasses frame able to project a tiny display. None of this is breakthrough technology; it’s dependent on massive storage capacity and ultra-fast processing by somebody’s data service somewhere, like Google, or the NSA.

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RECOGNIZING FACES

Use an upcoming facial recognition app while wearing Google Glasses and you will be able to glance at some people and instantly see their Facebook and LinkedIn histories as well as anything they might have posted on dating sites. What fun – and how exhausting. It all appears on a projection in front of your eye.

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A-GOGGLE ABOUT GOOGLE MUSIC

We’ve been fans of the Spotify online music service since the days before Gregorian chants. But now — gasp! — dare we say it: Google Play All Access may be better.

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COMING UP AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

At the International Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, LG manufacturing will show off an all-in-one desktop with the Google Chrome operating system. It’s called “Chromebase.” All-in-ones have all their innards stuffed into the case that holds the screen. More importantly, the big advantage of the Google operating system is that it updates your computer every time you start it up. It corrects any problems that are slowing down your system and eliminates viruses. Poof, it’s magic!

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TV OPTIONS

Our Danish niece loves her Google Chromecast, a $35 gizmo that can beam movies from your smartphone to your TV and opens the way to video services like Netflix. Unfortunately, the whole world has already written about it, so here’s something new from Apple TV.

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FREE TEXT MESSAGES

Google Voice lets you send free text messages to anyone without using a cellular connection. They use Wi-Fi instead of cellular.

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