The gang at College Humor has a knack for mashing up pop culture iconography into one zeitgeisty web short. Take, for example, Jersey Shore star Snooki’s entrance into the technology scene. What would Snooki’s emails to her unborn daughter look like? With a little help from Google Chrome, we get a pretty good idea. Read More
In college, this reporter once took a “new media” class where the professor let loose a terrifying edict: As homework, we would not be allowed to use any Google products for the entire week. That meant no Google search, no Gmail, no Gcal… nothing.
The experiment was supposed to teach us just how reliant we were upon one company for many of a college student’s basic needs, like learning, communicating and organizing.
It was not the darkest hour of this reporter’s life, but it was a very, very dark one. Read More
The Wall Street Journal devotes considerable inches today to covering Google’s expansion in New York City. In 2011, the tech giant added about 750 employees to its Chelsea outpost, bringing the total number of employees here up to 2,750.
About half of those new staffers are from acquisitions. Google acquired four companies, also in New York City, last year.
While the company overall grew 33 percent from 2010 to 2011, Googleplex East expanded by 38 percent. The Journal called it, “the most prominent example of a technology company shifting its focus toward New York. “
It reminds us of what one former city official said after Facebook’s big presser about vague plans to start an engineering hub in New York. “Thank you? I guess,” said the source, contrasting it with Google who just “all of a sudden had 1,400 engineers.” Read More
Some of the top minds in the startup world have been sharing deep thoughts in plain sight on the Internet for anyone to see. Your host for this chance to peer across the dinner table of the tech elite? The conversation platform Branch. (For when 140 characters and an @ is not enough . . . is an imaginary tagline we’re toying with.)
The startup, originally launched as the group blogging service Roundtable in New York City picked up early traction from industry insiders and recently reemerged with a shiny new interface.
Conversations stem from a particular question, like this one from Twitter/Obvious Corp’s Evan Williams wondering about the downside of parallel entrepreneurship. That line of questioning yielded a particularly compelling series of responses from Betaworks CEO John Borthwick, PayPal CTO Max Levchin, MySpace CEO Mike Jones, and former Mozilla CEO John Lilly, with an invitation for Fred Wilson to join. Read More
You know when people say ” . . . not until they figure out how to put computer chips in our brains”? Well this is one step closer. We would smash our iPad 2 on the floor right now if we could get our money back and spend it on this instead.
Yesterday evening, the New York Times‘ Nick Bilton reported that Google is planning to put its heads-up display [HUD] glasses, which “stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time,” to the public by the end of the year at somewhere between $250 and $600. Read More
On Friday, Google issued a sad announcement for those of us (harried bloggers included) with copious amounts of photos to resize and crop and subpar editing skills. As part of the company’s renewed focus under Larry Page, Google revealed that it would be shuttering Picnik, the online photo editor that Google acquired in 2010. Read More
Google’s philosophy towards Android developers has been something along the lines of: If you build an app market, they will come. Leave the rigid quality control (and censorship) to companies named after fruit. But yesterday, three-and-a-half years in operation, Google finally launched an Android Design Guide. Considering that there are 700,000 new Android devices activated everyday, now’s the time. Well, now or three years ago, either way. Read More
Today Google unveiled three big new features for its campaign to bake Social Search into your browser. Over the next few days, the company plans to roll out these developments to anyone signed in and searching in English. In a blog post called, “Search, plus Your World” the company enumerated the changes that will empower the search engine to understand “not only content, but also people and relationships.” Read More
Google senior vice president Andy Rubin happily tweeted out some holiday cheer this morning: “There were 3.7M Android devices activated on 12/24 and 12/25.” It was an update on another bit of pre-Christmas good news, namely that more than 700,000 Android devices are now activated everyday.
Yesterday, Venturebeat shared statistics from the app analytics company Flurry that activations for Android and iOS devices shot up to 6.8 million on Christmas day. It’s not yet clear whether Apple or Google can claim more activations, but it’s more evidence that of that unflashy eventual market dominance Android fans keep promising will come. Read More