Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded OccupyWallStreet.org and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding. Read More
Google Glass App for Traders Will Let Them Watch Stock Prices Plummet While They Buy Their Hermès Ties
As if being a Wall Street i-banker and working in a power suit till 4 a.m. every morning isn’t already appealing, now you can do it with a computer strapped to your face. As Quartz reported yesterday, Fidelity Labs—sort of like the mad scientists’ division of Fidelity Investments—has developed a “market monitoring app” for Google Glass. Read More
If Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban freaked you out, you’re going to drool over Google’s new search feature.
This morning, Google announced it’s going to start incorporating nutritional information into its search results. Apparently they’ve collected stats for over a thousand fruits, vegetables, meats and meals, and they’ll show up in a sidebar whenever you search a particular food. In other words, you’ll never be able to search “Nutella recipes” without feeling guilty again. Read More
Today Google announced 8,000 winners in its #ifihadglass essay contest. Apparently contestants with the willpower not to troll the hashtag were handsomely rewarded.
Google launched the contest last month, soliciting 50-word applications on how users would use their Internet-connected creepshot devices. Lucky winners were given the chance to shell out $1,500 to humblebrag about the future—or get called an asshole, depending on your perspective. Read More
Google Glass certainly isn’t lacking in the whiz-bang factor. The gadget was publicly introduced with a skydiving stunt; just yesterday, the company released a video from the point of view of a user, demonstrating how seamlessly the spectacles can capture your exciting life of hot-air ballooning and snake charming.
But now comes the hard part: Getting normals to want the damn things. Unlike many software developers and/or Betabeat reporters, most of America isn’t likely to be sold on the pitch that hey, it’s just like what Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge wore on Star Trek TNG!
Hence, step one is to make the things a little sleeker. The New York Times reports today that sources say, as part of a stab at style, Google is currently in negotiations with Warby Parker to get some design help with the project. If the company plans to start selling Glass to the wider world later this year, such a partnership would come not a moment too soon. Read More
Google announced a campaign this morning that would allow non-developers to score a pair of Google Glass by tweeting a missive about what you’d do with the specs along with the hashtag #ifihadglass. The whole thing quickly devolved into a bunch of bad Twitter jokes. But techies, it seems, are pretty desperate to get their hands on Glass. Read More
Attention fellow wannabe cyborgs: Google Glass can soon be ours! As long as you have $1,500 and are willing to use Google Plus. So, ya know, there’s that.
In a new video, the notoriously tightlipped Project X team released some fresh details about Google’s attempt at wearable technology. The video, which–yes–includes skydiving, shows users saying “OK glass” to get the attention of the system before sending it commands, such as “Take a picture,” “Record a video” and “Say ‘delicious’ in Thai.” The system also sends speech-to-text messages and livestreams video. Read More
If you found yourself asking, how much smarter is Google than the average U.S. company, we might have found an answer: Almost twice as smart. Read More
Debate all you want about whether Google has put aside its one-time mantra about not being evil–the search giant wants to save the rhinos. On Tuesday, Google gave the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) $5 million so the organization can use more drones to monitor poachers hunting endangered animals.
Mother Jones reports that the WWF was already using unmanned aerial drones in Nepal, where they act as eyes in the skies for park rangers on the hunt for poachers hiding in remote destinations. Now the WWF’s drone program will expand across the world: Read More
When mathematician Zachary Harris received an email from a Google headhunter asking if he was “open to confidentially exploring opportunities” with the search giant, Mr. Harris was skeptical. He checked the email’s headers–the thicket of traffic data hidden in every message we receive–and saw that though the message was authentic, Google had a problem. Read More