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A Google TV Set-Top Box is Coming

A Google TV Set-Top Box is Coming

We knew vaguely that Google was looking toward the living room, but the NYTimes has the details on Google TV, an ambitious platform to deliver web content to Android-based set-top boxes and TVs through partnerships with Sony, Intel, and Logitech.

Google hopes that the new platform will succeed where dozens of lesser efforts have failed—to truly and seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, in addition to games, webapps, and, of course, Google’s search, to the big screen. The Google TV software reportedly includes a version of Google’s Chrome browser for doing some light surfing, as well.

The Times says Google TV will be delivered on set-top boxes that use Intel Atom chips and run an Android-based platform, though the technology will also reportedly be built directly into Blu-ray players and TVs from Sony. Additionally, Google is working with Logitech to built a keyboard-equipped remote control for the platform.

Though spokespeople from the companies wouldn’t comment on the project, the Times notes that Intel and Logitech have recently put out job listings for programmers with Android experience.

Television is a relatively unexplored frontier for Google. It’s one of the few spaces left in which the company it is yet to extend its services (as well as its advertising.) But Google TV is far from a sure thing. Many companies have struggled to figure out the right user interface to finally make web on TV make sense. Google’s interfaces tend toward toward the functional, rather than the beautiful, but on a big screen, the sexiness factor cannot be ignored.

Bringing web content to TVs is a role that’s still very much up for grabs. If Google TV, which has reportedly been in works for months, is the right solution for the problem—Gmail was for web mail, Buzz was not for social networking—then it could very well could be the platform that finally brings the power of the internet to the realm of the couch-potato.

10 Of The Fastest, Biggest and Coolest RC Vehicles On The Planet

I know we generally tend to think of Radio Controlled (RC) cars as simply toys, ultimately designed for kids to play with.

Well some people take their RC vehicles pretty seriously, and they definitely have some cool vehicles to change the way you think of RC.

Today we are taking a look at some of the Fastest, Biggest and Coolest RC vehicles on the planet.

Inside Microsoft’s Secret Stealth Data Centers

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The cloud” isn’t some nebulous thing existing just beyond your computer’s consciousness. As Microsoft showed us, it’s stacks of hard drives packed into shipping containers, parked in secret data centers all around the world. Physically real, but still beautiful.

Microsoft’s cloud capability isn’t just interesting because Ballmer told us it was. It’s the only serious hardware company that also has a serious cloud capability. (Google can’t touch Microsoft’s hardware, and Apple can’t touch either in online services.)

The 25 Coolest and Most Unusual Keyboards

Personal computers by nature are ever-evolving. Not only does the technology constantly advance, but so too do the personal touches that people add to their own systems. Customization is one of the cornerstones of the PC, and that alone is very important to the modern PC user.

Listed below are 25 of the Coolest and Most Unusual Keyboards available to PC users. Some of them have been developed by actual manufacturers in order to make the computing experience much more convenient and productive, and others have been created by people who just want to make their computers look a little cooler.

Inside the Apple-Google War: It’s Personal

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The New York Times has a long, juicy look at what’s been going on behind the scenes with the ever-escalating conflict between Google and Apple. The cause for all the enmity, according to insiders? Ego.

When Apple filed suit against HTC earlier this month, it was clear that Google and Apple’s romance had turned sour. But the Times’ article, which draws on “interviews with two dozen industry watchers, Silicon Valley investors and current and former employees at both companies,” offers a sense of just how personal this battle is and always has been. The writers begin by summarizing: