Google browser as a platform

Google today launched Chrome apps for Android and iOS. The company is offering an early developer preview of a toolchain based on Apache Cordova, an open-source mobile development framework for building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Developers can use the tool to wrap their Chrome app with a native application shell that…

Google Glass with Designer Frames

The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it. Glass hasn’t actually had glasses in its frame until now. Glass is basically a small computer, with…

The Nest learning thermostat is one of the new products acquired by Google's purchase of the smart home company. Photograph: Nest Labs Inc./EPA

Looking past the glitter, big names, and big money ($3.2bn)

First, the people. Tony Fadell’s team is justly admired for its design skills. They will come in handy if Google finally gets serious about selling hardware, if it wants to generate new revenue in multiples of $10bn (its yearly revenue is approximately $56bn now). Of course, this means products other than just thermostats and smoke…

Google founders’ private air terminal in California

Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have won approval to build a private terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and CNBC has learned that construction on the $82 million facility will start in February. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Signature Flight Support, a Florida-based company…