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  • Google speeds up mobile web search, introduces expandable sitelinks and quick view badges

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    Continuing its efforts to speed up the way we find things when searching the web from our smartphones, Google is rolling out expandable sitelinks. Instead of wasting time sifting through a website trying to locate a specific page, this new feature generates a list of related quick links that allow you to jump directly to what you’re looking for. Already available in desktop results, expandable links are hit or miss when used on mobile. Not stopping there, Google also announced the release of its new Quick view badges. This experimental project produces highlighted links from Wikipedia, which offer snippets of information relevant to your query. Pictured above are results for different types of poker hands. It won’t stop you from losing your money, but now you’ll always remember a flush beats a straight. As of now Quick view is only available in English search results, but Google is working on adding support for additional languages.

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  • Mailbox 1.2 drops the reservation system, opens up to all iOS users

    Mailbox 12 for iOS drops the reservation system

    Mailbox for iOS launched with much fanfare in the winter, but it also drew more than a little flak for its reservation-based access system: it’s hard to get jazzed for an alternative Gmail app when you’re 297,045th in line to use it. The developer now believes that it has the capacity to handle new users as they come in, so it’s pulling back the velvet ropes with its app’s 1.2 update. Mailbox isn’t just shedding notions of pseudo-exclusivity with the new revision, however. It’s also improving swipe speed, introducing more time-sensitive message snoozes and slipping in a handful of minor UI tricks. Although some may lament the sudden rush of commoners into a once-elite club, we’d say 1.2 is an auspicious start to Mailbox’s life in the Dropbox era.

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  • Intel reports Q1 earnings: $12.6 billion revenue, $2 billion net income

    Intel just reported a quarterly net income of $2 billion, with $12.6 billion in revenue for a total earnings of 40 cents per share. Net income is down 17 percent compared to Q4 2012, when the company reported $2.5 billion in profit. Revenue is also down by seven percent compared to the previous quarter’s $13.5 billion. President and CEO Paul Otellini, who is stepping down in May, references the upcoming 14nm transition, saying that the technology will “will significantly increase the value provided by Intel architecture and process technology for our customers and in the marketplace.” The earnings call is set to happen soon; we’ll report back with any additional news — on the CEO front or otherwise.

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    Source: Intel Newsroom

  • Motorola design chief: stock Android phones, cross-carrier brands coming later this year

    Back in February, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said its recent purchase, Motorola, didn’t “wow” on the smartphone front, but it looks like the two companies have long since smoothed over any hard feelings. Speaking to PC Mag, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks revealed plans for the first post-acquisition handsets, demonstrating a philosophy that seems perfectly in line with Mountain View. According to Wicks, his company is embracing stock Android with as little bloatware as possible, and hardware itself won’t likely reach Galaxy Note II proportions; he says the new design philosophy is “better is better” rather than “bigger is better.”

    Motorola will also change its approach to carriers, with a move toward offering devices across several service providers rather than keeping certain handsets — such as the Droid and Razr lines on Verizon — as exclusives for one. For AT&T and Sprint customers who were tempted by the Razr M on Verizon, for example, this strategy could go a long way in bringing them into the Motorola fold. Wicks says the first batch of new smartphones will debut in the second half of 2013 — and, at least according to Eric Schmidt, they should be quite impressive.

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    Source: PC Mag

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