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Ever wonder where certain words, like "Google", came from? Well, by simply adding "etymology" onto the end of words, you'll get exactly that information. As you can see, for Google, it's: "1990s: from Google, the proprietary name of the search engine." Continue reading for more cool Google tricks, such as comparing foods, excluding words from searches, sunrises or sunsets for any city, etc.

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Acer's C720 Chromebook is currently being offered for just $179 shipped, today only, originally priced at $199.99. It starts in seconds, is powered by the new Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell micro-architecture processor and has up to 8.5 hours of battery life giving you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents from anywhere. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

Notable features:
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (Haswell micro-architecture).

  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive.

  • 11.6-Inch Anti-Glare Screen, Intel HD Graphics.

  • HDMI port, 8.5-hour battery life.


[via Amazon]

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Google's "BigDog" robot, officially known as the 'Legged Squad Support System', is being tested in its first live military trial with Marines in Hawaii. This robotic mule can walk and run over rugged terrain, while following a soldier while carrying 400lbs of their kit and weapons.

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Developed by a Japanese company that Google recently acquired, Schaft is basically a humanoid robot which can walk, climb, use tools and even drive a car. That's not all, the bot also won a military 'robo-olympics' and is set to become the company's first commercial robot. Standing 1.48m (4ft 11in) tall, the robot utilizes a new high-voltage liquid-cooled motor technology that uses a capacitor, rather a battery, for power, enabling its arms move and pivot at higher speeds than would otherwise be possible, in effect giving it stronger 'muscles'. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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During this year's April Fools' Day festivities, Google Maps was taken over by Pokemon. They challenged the world to venture through its Google Maps app to find and catch the 151 Pokemon, and if managed to complete the task, you were promised an opportunity a job at Google as a "Pokemon Master." Now, the people who were patient enough to do so, started receiving official letters from Google. Continue reading for the Pokemon challenge video and more information.

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Google employees currently working on special projects probably know just how demanding the job can be, as they sometimes work 6-days a week to meet deadlines, but this little girl would prefer her father get more than a single day off. So, she decided to write up this letter to his boss, requesting Wednesdays off. Continue reading for the actual response letter she received.

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If YouTube and Facebook are both blocked at wherever you may be, but Google is fully accessible, then there are still ways to pass the time. For example, type in "Zerg Rush" and you'll have a fully playable game at your fingertips, complete with score sharing on Google+. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning.

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Soon, safely shooting around corners will only require Google Glass, as US-based company TrackingPoint Labs has unveiled a smart rifle that can show a live sight on Google's head mounted display. Basically, it transmits a live video feed from the rifle's sight to Glass or even an iPad, allowing soldiers in battle to simply point their rifle without needing to be in a position to see their target. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Type the coordinates 26.357896, 127.783809 into Google Earth and you'll spot a Batman symbol in Okinawa, Japan. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) 3D globe. For other parts of the surface of the Earth, 3D images of terrain and buildings are available. Google Earth uses digital elevation model (DEM) data collected by NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). This means one can view the whole earth in three dimensions. Since November 2006, the 3D views of many mountains, including Mount Everest, have been improved by the use of supplementary DEM data to fill the gaps in SRTM coverage. Continue reading for more cool and unusual things you can find on Google Earth.

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It's not that people are weird, just their ideas when boredom hits, and these bizarre Google search queries show just that. Apparently, there are at least a handful of people interested in cat dating, along with thousands who want the upperhand at winning a lottery jackpot. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible human chair.

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