Meet the Google Chromebook Pixel. Come for the brilliant screen, but stay for the strong performance.
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Google's peripheral design shows that, like Apple, it too can refine otherwise ignored components. The power brick, for example, includes a notch to keep a coiled cord from coming undone. And note the Apple-like cellophane wire ties. Packaging has become part of the user experience.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.