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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.


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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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Strange Cool Google Earth

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.

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Google Self Driving Car

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.

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Google Goats

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.

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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.

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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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