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Google Facts

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Google may have started out purely as a search engine, but it's evolved to be much more than that. The company has even hidden a host of Easter eggs inside its search engine, like the terms above. Did you know that the domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997? That's right, then the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998, and based in the garage of a friend (Susan Wojcicki) in Menlo Park, California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee. Continue reading for more.

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Alan Eustace

Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president of Knowledge at Google, was lifted up to the edge of space earlier this morning by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium, from an abandoned runway at an airport in New Mexico. He fell faster than the speed of sound and actually broke Felix Baumgartner's world altitude record set just two years ago by hopping from 135,000-feet. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Nexus 9

Apple will be announcing a new iPad Air later today, but Google's Nexus 9 by HTC is most certainly a worthy competitor. Offering an ultra high-resolution 8.9" QVGA display (2048 x 1536 resolution), a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual-core processor, an NVIDIA Kepler GPU, 8.0-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.0-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, among many other great features. Continue reading for the hands-on pictures, video and additional information.

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Google Nexus 6

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus may soon have some competition in the form of Google's Nexus 6 phablet. Featuring a 6-inch Quad HD display - bigger than both the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4. Like the Note 4, Google's Nexus 6 also uses a Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 13.0-megapixel rear camera, 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, high-capacity 3220 mAh battery, and two front-facing speakers. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Google's Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is currently being offered for just $28 shipped, today only, originally priced at $35. With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online content on your HDTV - movies, TV shows, videos, music, photos, websites, and more from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Watch ESPN, Crunchyroll, MLS, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome. Product page. Continue reading for an in-depth video overview and more information.

Notable features:
  • Stream online video, music, photos and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

  • Supports a growing number of apps including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, ESPN, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies and Music, Plex, MLS, crackle, Vevo, Rdio. Allows to cast a Chrome browser tab.

  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter. No remote needed.

  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network.

  • Works with Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.


[via Amazon]

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Heart Island

Wasting time browsing random places on Google Earth isn't too unusual, but while randomly zooming in on different parts of the world, this person came across something that really stood out. If you guessed a heart-shaped island, you'd be correct. It's located off the coast of Croatia, and if you scroll past the coast of the Adriatic Sea, you can become a virtual tourist yourself. Continue reading to browse the interactive map and for more pictures.

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HP Chromebook 14

HP's Chromebook 14 (certified refurbished) is currently being offered for only $229.99 shipped, this weekend only, originally priced at $349. Access your favorite websites and Google apps instantly on a beautiful 14-inch diagonal HD display. In addition, enjoy free 4G! All new and existing HP 4G devices will receive 200MB of free data each month for life. Product page. Continue reading for a more in-depth video review.

Notable features:
  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (2 MB Cache).

  • 16GB Solid-State Drive; 4GB DDR3L SDRAM.

  • 14.0-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics.


[via Amazon]

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Bizarre Google Earth

Google Street View is great for virtual tourists, but to see truly bizarre anomalies, you'd have to open up Google Earth. The glitch you see above occurs because of how Google Earth uses texture mapping to create images, which means it overlays a flat satellite image with a 3D terrain map. Sometimes, Google's algorithms has trouble stretching a 2D image over a 3D landscape, resulting in some crazy distortions. Continue reading to see more.

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Google Employee Food

Google not only pays their employees well (especially engineers), they also get tons of free perks, like gourmet meals. There are nearly 30 eateries at the company's Mountain View, California headquarters alone. Nate Keller, a former head chef at Gogoel who left the company in 2008, says the company was serving more than 40,000 meals a day and spending $80-million-plus annually on food. You'll find everything from vegan truffles to full-blown Asian-inspired feasts, as well as unique desserts. Continue reading to see them all.

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Street View Scenes

At first glance, this may appear to be yet another Instagram photo, but this is actually a scene from Google Street View of an aquarium in Japan. Blogger "Street View Photographs" specializes in taking ordinary scenes from Google's technology and processing them with a web-based tool called Polarr, which lets you add all kinds of effects and tweaks. Here's what the site owner has to say, "I wanted to travel and I love taking pictures so I decided to just to do virtual tours. I also love to retouch photos to make them more legit, and Polarr is currently sponsoring their tool for me." Continue reading for more.

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