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Google Earth Pro Free

Previously, you had to pay $399 to enjoy the feature sof Google Earth Pro, but now the service is free for everyone to use. You can use it to plan hikes, where to put solar panels on rooftops, measuring 3D buildings, and even printing high-resolution images for presentations or reports. The fun doesn't stop there, Pro can also record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. For those interested, just grab a key and download Google Earth Pro here. If you want to see the Google Earth Flight Simulator in-action, continue reading for a video

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is currently the "best Chromebook you can buy", according to Business Insider. Featuring an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16-GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB SSD, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, and Intel HD graphics. Priced at just $249.99 shipped, it weighs just 3 pounds, and features an all-new sleek design that's able to house a gorgeous 13.3-inch diagonal, HD display in a 12-inch body. There's also an integrated Skullcandy-tuned speaker system and the latest dual-antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi, complete with 12 free Gogo in-air internet passes. Product page. Continue reading for a video hands-on, more pictures and additional information.

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Project Ara

Project Ara by Google is basically an open platform for creating highly modular smartphones that will include a structural frame (endoskeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice), such as a display, camera or an extra battery. It would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. It's hitting Puerto Rico later this year, but there's no word yet on pricing of the individual components nor a complete handset. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures, a video and additional information.

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Acer Chromebook 15

The Acer Chromebook 15 aims to replace your Windows and OS X based laptops with something more streamlined, and at a much lower price point. At $249, this 4.85-pound laptop features a fifth-generation Intel Celeron processor, 16GB-32GB of built-in SSD storage, a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, USB 3.0, and HDMI ports. Continue reading for another video preview, more hands-on pictures and additional information.

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Funny Google

Let's face it, sometimes we want to search for something, but have no idea where to begin. Thanks to Google's search engine algorithm, you could merely type in a description of whatever is on your mind, like a movie scene, misspelled lake name, etc., and you'll have at least a page of results. Or, you can just spend hours typing in strange phrases to see what other people have searched for via the Google Search Suggestions that drop down. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robot that writes just like a human.

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Karate Kid Robot

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that Google recently acquired, has unveiled the latest iteration of the 6-foot-2, 330-pound ATLAS, and people are now calling it the "Karate Kid Robot", and rightfully so. Researchers at the company have taught the robot to stand on one leg - recreating the iconic crane kick scene from the film in the process. This was made possibly with its 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Google Inbox

Google Inbox is basically an email app by Google for Android, iOS, and Google's Chrome browser, with other web platforms planned. Unlike other apps, when the user logs in, Google scans the email account for important and similar information. It then presents what it considers the most important parts of the email first and groups similar emails as "Bundles" that are named by type (e.g., "Travel" or "Updates"). It also converts physical addresses into Google Maps links and airline confirmation numbers into a flight status update.[2] Users can make custom Bundles as they would make Gmail filters, and can specify the time of day to show the Bundle. They can also organize emails with quick actions, such as swiping the screen to the right to archive a message, or swiping left to defer an email for another time. iTunes Download Link. Continue reading for more.

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Cancun Underwater Museum

The Cancun Underwater Museum MUSA (above) is a Non Profit Organization based in Cancun Mexico devoted to the Art of Conservation. There are currently a total of 500 sculptures in three different galleries submerged between three and six meters comprise its collection, as of 2013. This project began in November 2009 with a hundred statues placed in the shallow waters of the Cancun National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms. Continue reading for more awesome interactive Google Street View maps you never knew existed.

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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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