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Smart Mirror

Photo credit: Max Braun

Google engineer Max Braun created a smart mirror unlike many other that you've seen, as it's designed to be a giant smartphone, or so we'd like to think. Starting with a two-way mirror, a display panel and main board were added. After countless hours of work, Max unveils his new creation, a smart mirror that tells time, weather, and even the latest news headlines. This Android-powered creation can also be programmed to display other things. Continue reading to see the brains of this operation.

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Samsung Chromebook 2

Samsung's Chromebook 2 is the perfect backup laptop for business, travel, school, etc., and you can pick one up for $149.99 shipped, today only. This slim, lightweight laptop features a 11.6-inch HD display, a powerful Intel Celeron processor, an elegant leather-like stitched design, and up to nine hours of battery life on a single charge. It boots up in just 10 seconds and delivers Wi-Fi speeds three times faster than standard 802.11n. Security features like automatic updates and sandboxing technology protect your Chromebook from viruses and malware. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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Youngest Google Employee

Brandon, a 23-year-old software engineer, relocated from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work at Google, but he opted out of paying an exorbitant amount for a San Francisco apartment - minimum $2,000/month. Instead, he parked a 128-square-foot truck at company headquarters and decided to live in it. Only the essentials can be found inside, and that includes: The main things "a bed, a dresser, and I built a coat rack to hang up my clothes." "I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in - and I was almost never home. It's really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You're essentially burning it - you're not putting equity in anything and you're not building it up for a future - and that was really hard for me to reconcile," said Brandon. Continue reading to look inside the truck.

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Google BigDog Robot

BigDog is basically a dynamically stable quadruped robot created by Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google) with Foster-Miller, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. It measures 3-feet long, stands 2.5-feet tall, and weighs a hefty 240-pounds, about the size of a small mule, hence the nickname robotic mule. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.

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Google Spot Robot


First came BigDog, now Google has introduced a smaller "Spot" robot dog, which can run, climb stairs, all the while being kicked. The 160-pound machine is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. A sensor on its head helps it navigate over rough terrain - and to spot when humans, or another robot dog, is nearby by, allowing it to follow its owner and run in formation. It's designed to follow a soldier for 20-miles while carrying 400-pounds of their kit, and if it tips over on rugged terrain, Spot will immediately be able to right itself. You control Spot with a game-like controller, and one soldier has likened the experience to "playing Call of Duty". Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a virtual walking tour of the USS Enterprise.

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Chromecast HDMI Streaming

Get a Google Chromecast + $10 Amazon GC for just $29.99, today only, originally $39.99. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorite shows to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. Product page - be sure to add both items into your cart before checking out for the discount. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Google Tips Tricks Set Timer

Need an alarm, but only have your laptop around? Simply head on over to Google, type in set timer for however long you desire, and once the countdown reaches zero, you'll hear an alarm (optional). That is just one of the many things you can do when Google is the only website not blocked by your work / school firewall. Others include: calculating tips, filtering Gmail spam with a simple trick, browsing downloadable fonts and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Google Deep Stereo

Love Google Street View, but wish some of the sights came in video format rather than interactive images that require you to click? Then look no further than Deep Stereo algorithm, powered by Google's AI. Google engineers are using their layered artificial neural network to create unseen views from two or more images of a scene. If you have a photo from the left and right of a scene, the deep network will tell you what it looks like from anywhere the middle. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Useful Google Tricks

After trying out some of these tricks, you may think of Google as software rather than purely a search engine. By simply typing in different search queries, you can use it as a timer, nutrition database for various foods, tip calculator, gaming platform, gravity simulator and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what really happens when you shoot a rocket under ice.

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Haier $149 Chromebook

Haier's Chromebook 11 may be priced at just $149, but it's definitely no slouch, or at least for mobile warriors on-the-go who only need a laptop for web surfing. Featuring a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 1.8-GHz processor, 2.0GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB of eMMC Flash storage, and a crisp 11.6-inch display. It boots up within 8-seconds, and has auto-updates built-in, so you can get the latest virus protection and the latest features, hassle-free. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview of the HiSense model, which has the same specs.

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