Samsung advertises its Work/Life balance Galaxy line to those searching for Blackberry10 info

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The company formerly known as RIM, Blackberry, just unveiled BlackBerry10 and two new devices, and it looks as though Samsung decided to not waist time and run competing ads for its Note II.

The above “Work. Life. Balance.” advertisement surfaces on Google when Web surfers try to search for more information about BlackBerry 10. But, that’s not all: Samsung also apparently bought promoted spots on Twitter, as evident by the tweet below.

At Blackberry’s event, musician Alicia Keys said, “I want to further enhance this concept of having your work life and your personal life in one device.” She was promoting BlackBerry 10′s marketing strategy of business and consumer functionality. Samsung clearly knew this would be the company’s target, because its promoted ad instead suggested the Note II as the perfect balance between work and life.

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Google praises immigration reform, says foreign-born individuals ‘play a vital role at Google’

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Google wants the world to know that many of its products and businesses are spearheaded by highly skilled immigrants.

Immigrants are also prevalent in the tech sector, Google said, as they have founded over 40 percent of tech companies, such as Yahoo, eBay, and Intel. Moreover, according to a recent Kauffman Foundation study, roughly one-quarter of all companies started between 2006 and 2012 had a foreign-born founder. These same companies generated $63 billion in sales and employed over 560,000 workers in 2012.

So, why is Google showing so much appreciation for foreigners born outside of the United States? Aside from the fact that co-founder Sergey Brin is Russian-born, Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock explained the reasoning on Google’s official Public Policy blog:

This is why we strongly support the bipartisan efforts being made to reform our high skilled immigration laws. We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure that talented individuals will continue to innovate in the U.S. – a critical part of getting the economy back on track and making it stronger for the long-run.

Google is specifically referring to a bipartisan group of four senators that unveiled a bill this morning that could boost Silicon Valley and help immigrants. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, among other things, would increase the H-1B visa cap for skilled foreign workers, according to The Hill.

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Google’s Daniel Graf discusses Google Maps for iOS (Video)

Engadget sat with Daniel Graf recently, who is working on Mobile Maps at Google but originally joined the company in 2011 in an entrepreneurial role at Mobile Apps Lab, and got the lowdown on the Android and iOS versions of the mapping app.

In regards to the iOS counterpart that launched in December, according to Engadget, Graf said, “It has been an interesting project, because we got the opportunity to start from scratch. [The Android version] is actually seven years of history, seven years of product, [...] seven years of user experience. On iOS, we didn’t have those seven years so that gave us a chance to take a step back and say. ‘Hey, what would be the next-generation mobile mapping experience?’”

He also talked about the iOS app’s user experience: “When Larry came on board as CEO two years ago, he talked about beautiful experiences and we had very functional and very useful experiences and in term of beauty I think there was work to do. Now two years later if you actually use our product on desktop, on Android, on iOS there’s a theme there … there’s a design language there, and I would say actually they’re beautiful.”

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T-Mobile Nexus 4 now available at Best Buy

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If for some reason you had your hopes up high for a Nexus 4 on contract, today is your lucky day. Best Buy has started offering the hot-selling phone on a two-year contract with T-Mobile for $199.99. The device retails unlocked at $299.99 for 8GB or $349.99 for 16GB from the Google Play store, and it comes with HSPA+ 4G (no LTE) just like the T-Mobile version. It’s no surprise that you’ll save tons of money in the long run when buying the device from the Play store outright for $299.99 without a contract. However, if you’d like to save money up front, signing a two-year contract for the device isn’t a bad choice either. The device has a 3- to 5-day wait before it starts shipping, while the Play store has both models of the phone in a “Sold Out” status. If you’re dying to get your hands on this phone, and don’t mind signing a contract, head on over to the source link to get your hands on one.

Update: Wirefly has the same setup for $149. It is still not better than getting one off contract, though.

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HP’s leaked spec sheet shows off 14-inch Chromebook

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HP plans to enter the Chromebook space, according to a leaked spec sheet available on the company’s website.

The newly discovered PDF listing has the lowdown on a yet-to-be-unveiled Pavilion Chromebook. The noteworthy specs include a 14-inch, 1,366-by-768-pixel display, as well as a 1.1GHz Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB solid-state drive.

HP’s first Chromebook notably sports a display that is—although the same in terms of resolution— much larger than the current 11.6-inch models, as The Verge also noted. The first Chromebooks, made by Acer and Samsung, launched at Google I/O in May 2011 and began shipping a month later, with Lenovo subsequently entering the market in early 2013.

Google’s Chrome operating system, known for its Web-based applications, powers the Chromebook. Aside from the low-cost laptop models, various desktop versions, dubbed “Chromeboxes,” also exist.

9to5Google contacted HP to gather more details, such as a confirmation, price, and availability, on the Pavilion Chromebook, and we’ll update when more information is available.

UPDATE: HP has declined to comment on the leaked spec sheet. The actual PDF, however, designated Feb. 17 as an embargo date for advertisements. So, more details may emerge in a couple of weeks.

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