Google Shows Cellphone Prototype, Talks to Operators
Google has developed a cell phone that could reach markets within a year. Google plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, email, and Web browser. Article
Substantial majorities of Americans no longer view microwaves, TVs, and air conditioning as necessities. For example, in 1996, only 32% of Americans thought a microwave was necessary. That more than doubled to 68% a decade later before dropping, thanks to the recession, to 47%. Only 52% of Americans consider a television essential, less than at any time in the last 35 years. The recession may not be the only factor: the number of people who watch streaming and downloaded videos on their computers continues to increase.