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Google Chrome Speed Tests

Google Chrome Speed Tests

Google has released a new beta for Chrome and has brought the browser’s speed to life with a series of unconventional speed tests; specifically, comparisons to lightning, sound and a potato.

Google Maps Manipulated

Google Maps Manipulated

Artist Christoph Niemann apes the style of Google Maps in his clever cartographic illustrations in his Abstract City column in The New York Times. We’ve been down all these roads at some point.

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Star Wars Google Ad

Star Wars Google Ad

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen a few of those sentimental Google search ads on TV. College Humor’s parody is all about looking for love in the Star Wars universe.

WePad Android Tablet

WePad Android Tablet

Android users won’t be left out in the cold if Neofonie has its way: its WePad tablet sports an 11.6″ display, Atom N450 CPU, GMA 3150 graphics, webcam, and UMTS modem.

Duluth: Google Fiber

Duluth: Google Fiber

Not to be outdone by Topeka, the city of Duluth takes pandering to new heights with an announcement from the mayor himself: all firstborn children will be known as Google/ette Fiber.

Google Maps: The Boneyard

Google Maps: The Boneyard

The Boneyard near Tucson, Arizona is where old military aircraft permanently bail out, and is viewable on Google Maps; there are over 4,000 planes spread out across 2,600 acres.

Video: Google Snowmobile

Video: Google Snowmobile

First social networks, then ISPs, and now entire mountains: the Google Snowmobile brings Street View to the slopes of Vancouver’s Whistler Mountain, just in time for the winter Olympics.

History of the Nexus One

History of the Nexus One

Apple’s not the only company that can do cool product videos: Google, HTC, and Audience engineers talk about the History of the Nexus One and also reveal two new docks.

Concept: Chrome OS Tablet UI

Concept: Chrome OS Tablet UI

Uploaded two days before Apple’s iPad unveiling, this Chrome OS Tablet UI may be a warning shot across Cupertino’s bow; it’s purely conceptual, but it’s also made by a Google employee.

Funny: Google Earth Guys

Funny: Google Earth Guys

The Google Street View Guys are back, this time mapping the entire world from every angle in Google Earth Guys; hilarious yet also a bit sad, at least their odyssey ends with rebirth.

Google Voice: iPhone/Pre

Google Voice: iPhone/Pre

Google Voice arrives on the iPhone and Palm Pre courtesy HTML5; you’ll need to access it via your browser, but outgoing calls will display on Caller ID with your Google Voice number.

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Mixing assassins with Google’s Nexus One thankfully only results in a lot of shredded cardboard: Ninja’s Unboxing is a sharp warning to blister packs and shrink wrapping everywhere.

Help Haiti

Help Haiti

Like many of you we’ve been watching the grim news coming out of Haiti; learn how you can help by visiting Google’s aid roundup, or stop by Boing Boing for the latest news.

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Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One

Google’s Nexus One is official: it’s available unlocked or via T-Mo/VZW and features a 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen, 5 MP camera, video recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.1.

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD and Santa go social for 2009, adding Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and mobile phones to their sleigh; need visual tracking? Watch him on Google Maps or Santa Cam.

Waving Goodbye to 2009

Waving Goodbye to 2009

Set to music by The Temper Trap, Whirled bids a collaborative adieu to this year using Google Wave with Waving Goodbye to 2009; it’s surprisingly concise, albeit fast-paced. Thanks, Kevin!

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi’s new creme-de-la-creme A8 also gets Mountain View’s best of breed: drivers will be able to navigate in 3D using Google Earth on an 8″ LCD screen thanks to a built-in UMTS modem.

SkyNet T-shirt

SkyNet T-shirt

We’re not sure if this SkyNet t-shirt is an exercise in cognitive dissonance or cyborg destruction; with Los Angeles the latest city to join the Cloud/Cyberdyne, it may be time to call on Connor.

Video: Chrome Features

Video: Chrome Features

If you liked the quirky Google Japan ad, this Chrome Features video by Google UK is a not only a rundown of the browser’s abilities, but an exercise in Rube Goldbergian creativity.

Chrome Extensions/Mac

Chrome Extensions/Mac

Also fresh from Google today: over 300 Chrome Extensions are now available for Windows users, while Mac and Linux finally get their own version of the Chrome browser.

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Google Goggles

Google Goggles

Peek at the real world with Google Goggles; it’s a basic visual search for Android phones that can store business cards as well as ID books, art, businesses, and landmarks.

Funny: Google Blackmail

Funny: Google Blackmail

CollegeHumor’s Google Android Blackmail would be pretty ham-fisted if it weren’t so perfectly-timed; it was released the same day Google decided to extend personalized search to all.

Gboard Gmail Keypad

Gboard Gmail Keypad

Designed for folks who live, breathe, and sleep Gmail, the Gboard is similar to a USB numeric keypad but features 19 commonly used shortcuts including stars, trash, ESC, and archive.

Video: Google Chrome OS

Video: Google Chrome OS

Due out in a year, Google’s Chrome OS is a browser as an OS that targets netbooks with fast boot times, with all web apps and data served and stored in a cloud. “For dummies” intro here.

Google Maps: Flu Shots

Google Maps: Flu Shots

We like the free airport Wi-Fi, but Google Maps gets put to more practical (and healthy) uses: the Flu Shot Finder helps you track down seasonal and H1N1 flu shots in your neighborhood.

Free Wi-Fi: Google/Yahoo

Free Wi-Fi: Google/Yahoo

Happy (early) holidays: Google will offer free Wi-Fi at 47 airports and Virgin America flights from 11/16/09 to 1/15/10; Yahoo offers it at Times Square starting today through all of 2010.

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