Google has been known for Easter eggs, and their latest is a Wimbledon tennis game hidden in its related search results to mark the 2019 Wimbledon tennis championships, whose finals take place on July 13 and 14. How do you find it? Simply go to Google, type in Wimbledon or #Wimbledon, scroll to the right-most edge of the scorecard, cick on the green tennis ball icon, hit play, and you’re ready to game. Read more for a video tutorial and additional information.
Another holiday, another Google Easter egg, and for this Independence Day, it has everything to do with fireworks. That’s right, you’re based in the US (or using a VPN), simply typing “Fourth of July”, “Fourth of July fireworks”, or just “fireworks” into the search box will put a fireworks show o your screen, mobile devices included. Once activated, the show lasts for around 5-6 seconds before returning to normal, but the one term that won’t trigger anything is “firework safety”, and for good reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Did you know that the very first Google Doodle way back in 1998 paid tribute to the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada? That’s right, and even more surprising, it was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin themselves to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. For Independence Day on July 4, 2019, Google turned its logo into an interactive game of backyard barbecue baseball. You can play as H-Dog, Power Pop, Wild Slice and the Cobbra. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional information and a link to the game.
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Late last year, Google filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a ‘foldable display device with multiple pages’. Simply put, it’s described as basically a folding smartphone with multiple displays acting as pages that open like a book. From what we can see in the patent drawings, there’s a flexible display on one side of the device, while inside, several flexible OLED displays are held together by a spine of sorts, which may hide the main components, like the CPU, battery, memory, processor, etc. Read more for the patent drawing and additional information.
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Industrial designer Jonas Daehnert is a fan of the Google Pixel smartphone line, but wanted something a little more pocket-friendly. So, he came up with the Google Pixel 4 Mini, a device that easily fits in the palm of your hand, and is roughly half as large as the Google Pixel 3 XL. Featuring a 4.5 inch display, it’s just large enough to use as a smartphone, without sacrificing functionality. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, thanks to the company’s numerous data centers across the globe. All you need is a sufficiently high-speed internet connection, the Google Chrome web browser and / or a smartphone / tablet. However, how does it perform in real world tests? DOOM Eternal was streamed on the service at E3 2019, and the results were decent to say the least, especially for gaming on lower-powered devices. Read more for the full E3 DOOM Eternal presentation and additional information.
There have been numerous alleged leaked images of the Pixel 4 these past few months, but Google decided to confirm the handset today by posting a teaser image on Twitter, with the caption “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do.” No technical specifications are known, but from the image, we can see that there’s two rear cameras and a third sensor of sorts protruding from a large camera bump at the rear. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google Stadia’s launch information has been revealed in the company’s pre-E3 2019 presentation. Available in November, there will be a $129.99 Founder’s Edition, available to pre-order now, which comes with a Chromecast Ultra puck, limited-edition Night Blue controller, a priority Stadia username, and a couple three-month Stadia Pro subscriptions. The Stadia Pro service itself is priced at $9.99 per month and gives you full access to Google’s library in 4K resolution / 60 frames per second, HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Read more for the complete E3 2019 presentation video, launch prices around the world and additional information.
The Google Mobile Search now has a new card that brings augmented reality animals into the real world. How does it work? You’ll need an AR-enabled phone and then simply just search for alpine goats, angler fish, bears, emperor penguins, European hedgehogs, lions, tigers, dogs, cats and timberwolves. Next, click the “Meet a life-sized animal up close” card, and they come to life in front of your eyes through an AR filter. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Google’s DeepMind researchers have created an AI system that was able to reach human-level performance in Quake III Arena’s Capture the Flag mode. How? It uses “AI agents” to represent its players in the game, which can play with or against human opponents, and then trained with 450,000 rounds of capture the flag, or in other words, four years of gameplay. “Artificially intelligent agents are getting better and better at two-player games, but most real-world endeavors require teamwork,” said DeepMind’s researchers. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.