Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell

June 22, 2007

“Google, long rumored to be getting into the hardware business, has finally gotten out of it, as least as a manufacturer. While whispers about a Google phone, Google chips, and Google PCs continue to tantalize consumers, the search company said on Thursday that it had recently partnered with Dell to manufacture the Google Search Appliance (GSA), fulfilling a deal disclosed last summer.

Dell began trumpeting Google as a customer several weeks ago with an ad campaign aimed at business customers.

Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers. (The low-end Google Mini search box is currently manufactured by San Jose, Calif.-based Supermicro Computer Inc.)

“When the business was much smaller, it was an easy thing for us to do,” said Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management for Google Enterprise. “Google does a lot on the hardware side with our own data centers. So it wasn’t really much of a stretch to handle that sort of smaller operation.”

But Google had problems scaling. The Google Search Appliance proved to be quite popular and Google had to decide either to staff up and improve its manufacturing operation or look to a third-party.”

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MagicMouse

May 22, 2007

“Pop quiz: What can a group of crazy college geeks do with $700? Answer: Invent a device that may just one day revolutionize the computer interface. That’s what a team of students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute accomplished with their recent invention of the 3-D MagicMouse, a tiny device worn as a ring that lets a PC user move objects on a monitor simply by waving a finger like a magic wand. It may not be as pretty as the bejeweled mouse, but the latter certainly didn’t win an Invention of the Year award from Popular Science.”

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Staples Launches Computer Equipment Recycling Program

May 22, 2007

Staples’ 1,400 stores have begun accepting used computer gear as the office products chain announced an extension to its recycling program.Staples charges $10 to dispose of a single large item such as a monitor or a computer; that compares with $20 to $40 fees charged by professional recyclers and municipal disposal programs.

“An estimated 133,000 computers are discarded every day in the U.S.,” said Mark Buckley, Staples VP of environmental affairs, in a statement. “We know that small businesses and consumers want to recycle their used office technology but are often frustrated by the lack of convenient options available.”

Staples will take smaller items such as keyboards and mice free of charge. Televisions and large floor-model copiers won’t be accepted in the program.”

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