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Google Stadia in the ’90s

Google Stadia in the ’90s

“Some games even require a Pentium microprocessor!” Google’s Stadia streaming game service hasn’t exactly been off to a great start. But that didn’t stop Squirrel Monkey from envisioning how much worse it would have been had it been released sometime around 1995, cranking out 320×240 graphics at 6 fps.

Faking a Traffic Jam

Faking a Traffic Jam

While crowdsourcing traffic data generally has improved the quality of navigation services, it’s also possible that the data could be manipulated. Berlin artist Simon Weckert shows how he was able to create non-existent traffic jams on Google Maps by walking through empty streets while pulling a wagon full of 99 cell phones.

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Never Google Your Symptoms

Never Google Your Symptoms

We’ve all been there at one point or another. You’re feeling off, and you’ve got an unusual mix of symptoms that you can’t quite figure out. Swedish physician and novelty musician Henrik Widegren reminds us about the worst possible thing you can do when you’re sick. From the album Medical Melodies And Surgical Songs.

Google Morphing Clay

Google Morphing Clay

FutureDeluxe shows off a cool project that was on display during the Google China Developer Days – an interactive display which allows people to create unique ceramic vessels simply by moving their bodies. Each virtual work of art changes shape as the person in front of the camera changes poses. More here.

Google Analytics Certification Training

Whatever business you’re in, it’s important to understand your website traffic and usage patterns. This series of online courses will teach you everything you need to know to pass the official Google Analytics certification exam, and includes dozens of practice questions and answers for you to study.

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

The 1979 Sugar Hill Gang track Rapper’s Delight put hip hop on the map for many of us. Now enjoy a cover of the seminal rap track, as performed by the trio of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, courtesy of YouTuber Steven Rosenthal. It seems like Siri has the best sense of rhythm.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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