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With Google TV, Google hoped to make a push into its users' living rooms. It’s launch in October 2011, though, was marred by an overcomplicated interface and a lack of content, as the TV networks and companies like Hulu quickly barred Google TV users from accessing their sites. Now, just about a year later, Google is giving it another try

When Google first announced the idea of Chromebooks, a series of small, Internet (and Chrome)-centric laptops made by manufacturers like Samsung and Acer, its engineers touted the fact that - unlike other laptops - Chromebooks would actually get faster over time. Chromebooks, Google said, would see the same kind of performance gains that users of its Chrome browser have gotten used to. Now, with the release of the latest stable version of the ChromeOS operating system that powers these devices, Google is starting to fulfill this promise.

Netflix just announced a major change to its pricing plans that could make your monthly subscription a bit more expensive if you want to...

Cord cutting, that is cancelling your cable or satellite contract in favor of going Internet TV-only, isn’t as hard as it sounds. Chances are, unless you are a real TV addict, you can easily live without cable these days and switch over to an affordable set-top box from Roku or Boxee with a subscription to Hulu Plus and Netflix.

Microsoft wants to make emails more interactive and turn them into small web apps. Today's emails mostly consist of static text or HTML and, for the most part, this has not changed much since the advent of the modern Internet. Theoretically, you could run interactive elements inside an HTML email with the help of JavaScript and other web technologies, but for security reasons, virtually every online and offline email client does not allow this. Because of this, when you open your daily LivingSocial email, the email can’t include an interactive widget that tells you how much time you have left to buy or if a deal is already sold out. Microsoft wants to change this, however, and is partnering with LivingSocial, Netflix, LinkedIn, Monster and Posterous to bring interactive elements to their emails when they appear in Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail service.

Want to know which Netflix movies currently feature subtitles? There is now a page for that. According to Netflix’s chief product officer Neil Hunt, the company currently offers subtitles for about 30% of its catalog and the plan is to bring this feature to “80% of viewing coverage” by the end of the year.

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Android users already know about this, but with the latest update to the Google Search app for iOS, Apple users now also get to enjoy this feature. When Google realizes that you have an upcoming trip on your schedule, it will show you info about your destination, including weather and some tourist info. Nifty stuff.