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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

The Cost of “Free” Websites

The Cost of “Free” Websites

Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.

Google Duo: Blake & DeAndre

Google Duo: Blake & DeAndre

Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan caught teammate Blake Griffin flaking out on him in this silly commercial for Google’s video calling app. Also for some reason they have living condiments with them.

Google PhotoScan

Google PhotoScan

A mobile app that helps archive all of those old printed photos you’ve got lying in boxes and albums, storing your printed memories right alongside your digital ones. It automatically eliminates glare, crops, straightens and enhances. Available on iOS and Android.

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Ok, Google. Tell Me Another One.

Ok, Google. Tell Me Another One.

Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa have a handful of funny Easter eggs, but Google Home’s assistant has a seemingly endless repertoire of comedy in her bag of tricks. David Chen shares a bunch of her cringeworthy one-liners. It takes nearly 8 min before it repeats.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL

Google Pixel & Pixel XL

The Pixel and the Pixel XL have a 5″/5.5″ AMOLED display, a 12MP f/2.0 rear camera, 2.1Ghz quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage and a USB-C port. It also comes with a VR headset accessory and unlimited full resolution backups to Google Photos.

Vizio SmartCast Crave Speakers

Vizio SmartCast Crave Speakers

Vizio’s speakers let you create a multi-room audio system with ease. In addition to Bluetooth, they offer Google Cast streaming from apps via Wi-Fi. The 2.1 Crave Pro is ideal on a bookshelf, while the rechargeable Crave 360 is perfect for parties, with 360º sound.

How YouTube Works

How YouTube Works

Google employees Nat and Lo spoke with some of their co-workers who handle YouTube to give us an overview of how it compresses and stores the videos we upload and how it distributes those copies around the world.

How Google Doodles Are Made

How Google Doodles Are Made

Google employees Nat and Lo visited the Google Doodle design team to find out how they make the interactive Google logos. In particular, Nat and Lo spoke to the members who came up with the Olympic-themed Doodle, the Fruit Games.

Google Project Bloks

Google Project Bloks

Google’s Project Bloks uses simple, modular blocks to help teach kids the principles of programming – letting them create logic using tangible controls, rather than having to write code. As an open hardware platform, developers can create their own variants.

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