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Google Stadia Founder’s Edition

Google Stadia Founder’s Edition

Google’s bundle for gamers who’d like to be the first to join its Stadia video game streaming service. The Founder’s Edition comes with a limited edition controller, 3 months of service, a friend pass, and first access to Destiny 2, including the game’s upcoming expansion, Shadowkeep.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL

Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL are more affordable than today’s flagship phones. But they have a 5.6″ or 6″ (respectively) 1080p OLED display, the same 12.2MP rear camera and camera software that’s in the Pixel 3, which has HDR and the miraculous low light mode, Night Sight.

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Google Nest Hub Max

Google Nest Hub Max

The Google Nest Hub Max is home tablet with a 10″ 720p screen. It can show you your calendar, messages, reminders and more. It’s compatible with Chromecast streaming and has a camera for video calls – don’t worry, you can turn off the latter with a flick of a switch.

Anker Roav Bolt

Anker Roav Bolt

Anker’s Roav Bolt is a compact charger that plugs into your car’s 12v adapter. It can also be used to interact with your smartphone via Google Assistant. Connect your phone via its 3.5mm input or Bluetooth for hands-free calling, music control and navigation.

Google Stadia

Google Stadia

Stadia is Google’s upcoming video game streaming platform. It works with any Internet-connected device using existing video game controllers or Google’s own controller. You’ll be able to play from a game’s YouTube video and make your own playable clips as well.

Google Chrome Dinosaur Set

Google Chrome Dinosaur Set

We’re all familiar with the simple game that Google Chrome lets us play when the Internet is down. Artist Andrew Bell originally designed this real version of the dinosaur and cacti for Google, but now you can own them as well.

Autocomplete: The Book

Autocomplete: The Book

“From what age can babies… fight to the death?” Justin Hook gathered a collection of more than 200 of the most amusing search engine autocomplete suggestions he could find. While you wait for the book to arrive this May, try a round or two of his Google Feud.

Deep Learning Music Video

Deep Learning Music Video

Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.

JBL Link Bar

JBL Link Bar

JBL’s Link Bar is a soundbar that has Android TV and Google Assistant built-in, which means it pairs well with all HDTVs, even ones without built-in smart features. It lets you use your voice to search for shows, switch inputs, ask questions, control your smart devices and more.

Home Alone with Google Assistant

Home Alone with Google Assistant

Google wins Christmas marketing with this commercial starring Macaulay Culkin as a grown up version of Home Alone‘s Kevin McCallister. Instead of setting everything up manually, he automates his tasks and sets reminders with Google Assistant.

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car program, has launched a taxi service. Available only in Arizona as of this writing, Waymo One works just like a ride sharing service like Uber, except the “driver” just there in case of emergency, and the car is fully autonomous.

LG WK9 Smart Speaker

LG WK9 Smart Speaker

LG’s WK9 is a smart speaker with a built-in display and support for Google Chromecast and Google Assistant, so you can search and access your smart devices via voice commands. It also has a camera for video calls, and supports streaming music via Bluetooth.

Google Pixel Slate

Google Pixel Slate

Google’s big tablet features a 12.3″ 3000×2000 LCD display, stereo speakers, and runs Chrome OS, so you can enjoy a desktop environment right out of the box. It has two USB-C ports that support 4K output, and an optional keyboard cover. It comes in 4 CPU configs, up to a Core i7.

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Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL

Google’s latest smartphones have a new 12MP sensor and new software features for its historically excellent camera system. It also has an AI-powered call screening feature that will answer calls for you. The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL also now have wireless charging.

Google AI Makes an Appointment

Google AI Makes an Appointment

Google’s AI is getting really, really real. Check out this clip from Google I/O ’18 where CEO Sundar Pichai shows off Google Assistant’s future Duplex capability – which can actually call and make an appointment on your behalf, complete with human conversational skills.

Back to the Moon: VR Google Doodle

Back to the Moon: VR Google Doodle

Google pays tribute to one of the first artists of moving pictures, George Méliès, the man behind A Trip to the Moon, among other early films. This charming 360º video which uses animation to commemorate the life and creativity of a true innovator and artist.

The Rise of YouTube

The Rise of YouTube

YouTube’s history is well-documented. But Business Casual also chronicles the more recent developments in the video-sharing website, particularly how Google is recouping its $1.5B investment by gathering information. And also actual money.

Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere gathers your movies from Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Blu-ray download codes into one streaming app. The app is available on iOS, Android, Roku and Chromecast devices. It works with Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. films.

Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have a 12MP f/1.8 rear camera with both optical and electronic image stabilization, an OLED screen – 5″ 1080p on the Pixel 2 and 6″ 1440p on the 2 XL – and will be the first Android phones to have Google Lens, an object recognition feature.

Android: Google’s Smartphone Offensive

Android: Google’s Smartphone Offensive

There are about 2 billion active Android devices across the entire price spectrum. And that means Google is making bank. Business Casual tracks the origin of the operating system that revolutionized the mobile phone market, with a bit of help from Apple.

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I Can’t Get Google

I Can’t Get Google

YouTuber Hot Dad pokes fun at some of the oblivious folks out there who for some reason think that posting on the Google Search App Facebook page is how you search the web, and decided to turn some of their absurd queries into a little song.

DeepMind Learns to Walk

DeepMind Learns to Walk

Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence algorithms recently were used in an experiment where a stick figure learned to walk all by itself. But Andreas Almström couldn’t leave well enough alone, and added appropriately disturbing sound effects to the silent video.

Google VR Blocks

Google VR Blocks

A free application for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift that lets you build 3D models using a newbie-friendly interface made of six basic commands and a drag-and-drop mechanic. You can share your creations as 3D files or as animated gifs.

Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard

One of Google’s lesser known products is this 55″ 4K digital whiteboard, designed to make brainstorming ideas across the globe easier, faster, and more fun. The Verge went hands on with this cool new collaboration tool. The initial software seems imperfect, but it’s still slick.

Google Lens

Google Lens

Coming soon to Google’s Assistant and Photos applications, Lens offers information or actions based on a photo or what your device’s camera is seeing. It can identify objects, detect Wi-Fi passwords, offer to show you a restaurant’s reviews and more.

How Google Earth is Made

How Google Earth is Made

“Google Maps is for finding your way. Google Earth is about getting lost.” Nat & Friends spoke with the Google Earth team to find out how they get images, how they process those into 3D imagery, and what insights one can glean from continuously taking pictures of our planet.

Google AutoDraw

Google AutoDraw

It’s far from perfect, but Google’s experimental web app has a pretty nifty trick up its sleeve – it can transform rough doodles into neat line art by using machine-learning algorithms to recognize shapes and replace them with professionally drawn illustrations.

How YouTube Ads Work

How YouTube Ads Work

YouTube doesn’t have a schedule of shows to base the ads that will be shown alongside its videos. So instead, as CGP Grey explains, the site holds split-second ad placement auctions based on information and estimates about you and the video you’re about to watch.

Android Magic Calendar Concept

Android Magic Calendar Concept

A winner of Android Japan’s Experiments: Object contest. Kosho Tsuboi’s Magic Calendar is a large digital calendar. Tsuboi’s prototype uses a low reflection display, but he hopes that in the future there will be an E-ink display that looks and feels like paper.

Autocomplete in Real Life

Autocomplete in Real Life

Fascinated by the way that Google automatically tries to complete our thoughts, Gary Turk decided to turn the idea into a social experiment, asking random people to try and complete phrases to see the commonalities and differences in human outlook.

A Journey to the Bottom of the Internet

A Journey to the Bottom of the Internet

Google employees Nat and Lo spoke with their colleagues and visited a ship that lays new Internet cables to give us a comprehensive yet still digestible explanation of how these critical communication links are made and deployed. More here.

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