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  • Acer Aspire P3 review: a nice enough tablet, but wait for the refresh

    Acer Aspire P3 review: a nice enough tablet, but wait for the refresh

    Back when Windows 8 first launched, the Acer Iconia W700 quickly became one of our favorite laptop / tablet hybrids. There were two reasons for that, really: the price was right, and the battery lasted longer than pretty much any other Win 8 device we’d tested. The thing is, it was more of a business device than something we’d recommend to the average consumer. After all, it came with a heavy, desk-bound docking station, with the carrying case and included keyboard as standalone pieces. That’s quite a lot to carry if you ever feel like taking it on the road.

    That’s where the Acer Aspire P3 comes in. Don’t worry, the W700 is still alive and kicking, but for people who’ve been looking for something more portable, this could be the one you want. Like the W700, the P3 starts at a reasonable price ($800) and has the guts of an Ivy Bridge laptop, including a Core i5 processor, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD. The difference is that rather than a clunky cradle, it comes with a carrying case that doubles as a keyboard; just prop the tablet up into a ready-made slot when you feel like watching movies or answering email. Yep, kind of like the Surface Pro, except there’s no built-in kickstand and the keyboard is actually included. So is it a good deal at that price? Let’s find out.

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  • Google's Waze acquisition catches FTC's investigative eyes

    Google officially acquired the crowd-sourced mapping and traffic app Waze earlier this month, but the $1.1 billion deal is hitting a last-minute jam. The search giant has confirmed with Reuters that the Federal Trade Commission recently opened an antitrust investigation into the purchase, even though Waze will mostly operate independently. According to the New York Post, Google didn’t file a review with the FTC because Waze makes less than $70 million annually, which is below the bar for an “automatic review.” Reuters notes that the FTC can put a magnifying glass to any closed deals at its discretion, namely to ensure there was no prior intent simply to stifle competition. These latest happenings might make for a temporary roadblock between the integration of certain data from Waze and Google, notes the Post — assuming the deal indeed gets an okay from The Man. Either way, we’d imagine concessions will be made if needed, as Google’s no stranger to these types of proceedings.

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    Source: Reuters, New York Post

  • Google News in Germany asks publishers to opt-in for indexing, sidesteps copyright fees

    Despite its “Defend Your Net” campaign last year, Google was unable to fully put the brakes on changes to German copyright law that may mean it has to pay up for news excerpts it indexes. As a result, the company announced that unlike the other 60 countries where Google News operates by relying on sources to opt out of inclusion by request, robots.txt file or meta tags, it’s requiring German publishers to opt-in. According to Google, it’s pushing six billion visits per month to publishers worldwide as a free service, not something it should have to pay for. As TechCrunch points out, the issue comes as a result of the new German law that allows search engines to continue to publish snippets of news without paying, but isn’t clear about just how much information that can include.

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    Via: TechCrunch (1), (2)

    Source: Google Germany Product Blog

  • Meet B, the flying car that'll make it even easier to terrorize local wildlife (video)

    DNP Meet B, the flying car that'll make it even easier to terrorize local wildlife

    Sometimes, when a remote-control car and a remote-control helicopter love each other very much, they come together and produce something like the B. Well, okay, that’s not exactly how this small flying car came about, but it’s a nice story. Witold Mielniczek, a computational engineering Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southampton, is currently running a Kickstarter for the simply named B, a hybrid car-helicopter that can handle both challenging terrains and limited air travel. Equipped with a sleek polycarbonate chassis, four propeller driving units (a fancy way of saying wheels) and an HD 1,280 x 720 camera to record one’s travels, B seems to be the little flying car that could. In the greater scheme of things, Mielniczek hopes that B will one day be able to operate on water in addition to land and air. While it’s no Avengers helicarrier, we suppose every journey begins with a single step. To see B in action, check out the video after the break.

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    Source: Kickstarter

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