Google May Kill Off the Space Bar, andOtherTechNewsYouMayHaveMissed

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Ouya hits some financial trouble, Tesla teases its upcoming announcement, and Google is trying to kill the space bar. Bitstream is the tech news and rumors you might have missed in the last 24 hours.


Technology is always on a quest to be smaller, thinner, and lighter. Apple’s new Macbook is the latest example (taken maybe a bit too far), but it’s Google that is looking to slim down your laptop’s profile—by eliminating the space bar.

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No, Google won’t be using predictive typing or any such trick to slim down your next laptop. Instead, the recent patent awarded to Google yesterday, spotted by Mike Murphy at Quartz, shows the space bar basically being consumed by the trackpad. A click on the upper region of the trackpad means a space bar click and the lower region acts like any other trackpad. What’s the point? Well this has the possibility of shaving a few inches off your computer and adding to that endless march into the future—where everything is teeny tiny apparently.

Does a patent mean a product? Noooope, but Google could always use its Pixel Chromebook as a hardware playground. [Quartz]

Apps and Devices

Whispercast, an Amazon service (yes, another one!) that pushes e-textbooks for schools, just hit the big time—it’s now used in 130 of the 250 largest school districts in the country. [CNET]


Ouya, the little Android console that couldn’t, is now looking for a buyer—for both its wayward consoles and the company. [Forbes]

Talk about digging your own grave. Twitter stocks plummet after the company’s earnings leak—on Twitter of all places. [Wired]


LG Watch Urbane is now available in the Google Play store for $350—same price as the Apple Watch. Where do your OS loyalties lie? [Android Authority]

One million people downloaded Periscope in just 10 days—and it was only available for iOS. Pretty. Impressive. [The Verge]



Got a wrist tattoo? It may be messing with your Apple Watch’s wrist-detection sensor. But here’s an even bigger problem—what if you’re not white? [Cult of Mac/Fusion]


Tesla’s teasing its April 30th announcement with the bottom image. It looks like Or something.

Illustration for article titled Google May Kill Off the Space Bar, andOtherTechNewsYouMayHaveMissed

Great. Now we have to worry about robots stealing our cars. [Avert Project]

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Now why would you force the space bar on the track pad? The majority of people I know hate the damn trackpad and is one of the first things they disable and buy a mouse to replace. Bring back the clit mouse because at lest it functioned better than the damn track pad!