Want to go on a virtual trip around the world? There's no better place to do so than with Google Earth (and Maps). Thanks to Street View and other technologies, you're able to walk the streets as if you were actually there, minus any moving cars or people. Above, we see a herd of water buffalo at the Kigosi Game Reserve in Tanzania (4°17'21.49 S, 31°23'46.46 E). Continue reading for more.
Here's yet another look at Google's self-driving car, which is almost ready for public streets around the world. Just to recap, it uses a combination of video cameras, radar sensors, lasers, GPS and the most detailed 3D maps ever compiled to navigate the roads. According to Chris Urmson, leader of the project, "The maps even show the height of the curb. They are constantly being updated to show road works and other variables." Continue reading for a detailed video and more information.
No, this isn't an old April Fools' Day joke. According to the official Google Blog, "A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers." Continue reading for more.
You know those instant search suggestions or autocompleted messages that pop up when you use Google? Those are actual search queries people have typed into the search engine. Most of them are quite normal, but then there's things like "why does my arm shake when I eat dirt" that are suspicious to say the least. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there are many more bizarre things people search for that pop up. Continue reading to see them all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.