Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Gmail Motion

April 1, 2018

Google introduced Gmail Motion in April 1, 2011. Why aren’t we all using it?

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Google Wind

April 1, 2017

Google Wind, starting April 1st. Tour the repurposed windmills of the Netherlands on a self-driving bike.

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Google Gnome

April 1, 2017

Google Gnome, available April 1st.

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Google Play for Pets

April 1, 2017

Google Play for Pets, available April 1st.

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Google Rolls Out the Self-Driving Bicycle

April 1, 2017

Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, since the Dutch cycle an average of 900 kilometers (560 miles) per person per year. To see the remarkable technology behind this urban mobility breakthrough, look here.

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The Google Camel

October 16, 2014

The Google Camel

How do you take Google Street View photos of the Arabian desert? You can’t cruise the dunes in a camera-mounted car without damaging the delicate sand structures, so you put your camera on a camel. A female dromedary, actually (one hump, not two) named Raffia.

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Google Rolls Out a New Product

April 1, 2012

Google Rolls Out a New Product

Millions of people use their smartphones to access information, and software developers have been optimizing websites for mobile devices. Google has a new initiative to reach those neglected by these efforts, rotary phone users. Google is asking developers: “Ready to Go Ro?” The new rotarization tool set was introduced today, April 1st.

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China Googles, Finds Capitalism

October 7, 2011

China Googles, Finds Capitalism

The Google search engine has been available in China since 2006, but the firm complied with government censorship restrictions (‘The Great Firewall of China“) until 2010. Disclosure of this fact resulted in Congressional hearings and a Google redirect from China to its Hong Kong site. The conflict was uneasily resolved later after the government realized that 70% of the country’s Web surfers use China’s homegrown search engine, Baidu.

Google China recently had its license renewed, dodging further censorship conflict by building a Chinese version of the DoubleClick advertising delivery platform as its core in-country business.

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Ai Weiwei Tweets Again

August 11, 2011

Ai Weiwei Tweets Again
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is back on Twitter, condemning the Chinese government’s detention of bloggers and artists who had previously protested his own 2-month prison detention. It is believed that this violates a gag order that was a condition of Ai’s release.

Twitter is blocked in China but the censorship can be circumvented through use of VPNs and other tactics. Ai speaks English but his primary audience is domestic so he’s tweeting in Chinese. His messages are being translated into English here and on a Tumblr.

Ai Weiwei has also joined Google+ and given an interview to the Communist Party’s official English-language tabloid Global Times.

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Speak, Memory

July 23, 2011

Speak, Memory

Remember “The End of History?  Sigh. How quickly they forget.

We now we have The End of Memory. We forget more these days, but it’s okay. We’ve all out-sourced our long-term memories to search engines. That’s according to a new report by researchers from Harvard, Columbia and the University of Wisconsin:

“Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” Betsy Sparrow,Jenny Liu, Daniel M. Wegner, Science (abstract)

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