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Decidedly in the "Don't be Evil" column (and giving all new meaning to the term "hot hardware"), Google has developed a tablet device for use by workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Sony Xperia tablet comes with an extra protective shell, can withstand chlorine dousing as well as exposure to the high humidity and storms that are typical of life in West Africa. And it can even be used by workers wearing protective gloves. Credit: Médecins Sans Frontières              The virulent nature of Ebola, which is passed on via close contact with infected bodily fluids, requires that patients of the disease be cared... Read more...
Though Bill and Melinda Gates have been the faces of philanthropy among tech circles, Google stepped up to the plate by matching user donations two-to-one to help fight the Ebola epidemic. Google began urging its users to donate to one of its partners a week ago, offering to match every dollar with $2 of its own, and it's been a success. In a short time period, Google reached its limited of a combined $7.5 million, $2.5 million of which came from user donations an the other $5 million from Google itself. What makes this particularly interesting is that it's the first time Google CEO Larry Page asked users to do something like this. That $7.5 million figure is part of a much bigger sum on Google's... Read more...