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Nate Silver's Google Talk: Like Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, For Nerds
When electoral clairvoyant Nate Silver, of FiveThirtyEight fame, goes to Google to discuss/plug his fancy new book, the collective IQ in the room probably matches the entire state of Rhode Island. So kick back, relax, and learn a little something from this hour-long smartypants chitchat. More »
Nate_Silver  Google  from google
november 2012 by nluken
Would You Play This Weird Alternate Reality Game by Google?
So Google is making a video game called Ingress. It's not a silly April Fools Joke but an alternate-reality game which means, like, you actually have to go out in the real world and see real things to get achievements. It's like World of Warcraft for real life. Would you play it? More »
chatroom  Ingress  Video_Games  Google  from google
november 2012 by nluken
Google's Rube Goldberg Nexus Game Is Totally Addictive [Games]
Google's new game that has you build Rube Goldberg-style contraptions is a total viral ploy. We wanted to hate it for that. But we can't, because it's just that fun and addictive. More »
Games  Google  from google
july 2011 by nluken
Hands-on With the Android Open Accessory Development Kit
Yesterday, Google announced their open accessory kit based on Arduino. Although they aren’t immediately available for sale in the US, they (or something like what you see in this post) will be soon. Also, the design files are available as part of the ADK, which you can download from here.

NOTE: My understanding is that this is based on the Circuits@Home USB Host Shield. If anyone out there has one of these shields, I’d be really interested in hearing in the comments whether the sample app Just Works for you. You’ll need to wire up the sensors and actuators used in the demo kit, but many of these are simple (buttons, LEDs, relays). WARNING: if you try this, the phone will try to draw a charge from the USB Host Shield, which could cause your Arduino’s voltage regulator to generate a tremendous amount of heat if you’re using an external power supply, and will most likely cause your computer to turn off the USB port if you are using USB. So you can either send 5v into the Arduino, bypassing the voltage regulator, or use a beefy USB power supply (such as the 2 amp USB power supplies that come with the iPad and some phones).

Google gave away a few hundred of the kits here at Google I/O 2011, and I got my hands on one. Inside the box are two sub micro servos, a shield that’s loaded with buttons, LEDs, relays, and more. And the board itself is based on the Arduino Mega design, with the USB host module added (this means that there are two USB ports: one to connect to the Android phone, and the usual one to connect to your computer for programming/serial monitor access):

The complete instructions are here. I’ll cover the highlights below and comment on a couple of the things that confused me when I followed them:

To get started, you’ll need to download the Arduino Software, and also install some add-on libraries from Google and one (CapSense) from the Arduino Playground. Although the Google instructions tell you to install the libraries in the Arduino installation directory, I think you should install them in the libraries directory under the Arduino sketch folder (in Arduino, click Sketch then click Show Sketch Folder, and go up one directory level). Be sure you quit and restart Arduino after you install the libraries.

Next, you need to install the demo sketch to the Arduino-compatible ADK board.

That’s the easy part. Next, you need to go into the Eclipse development environment, and get ready to compile and install the app to your phone. If you have never set yourself up for Android development, set aside about an hour for downloading, installing and configuring and then follow these instructions. After the Android SDK is set up, you will need to install the Google APIs level 10 add-on library and import the sample app, then deploy to your phone. The instructions here tell you how to do it. If you get confused like me, note that the Google APIs level 10 add-on is found under “Third party add-ons.”

And once you get it running, you’ll be able to play around with the demo board. One of the app’s tabs lets you play with inputs (buttons, capacitive sensing, joystick, temperature, light) and the other lets you control outputs (servos, LEDs, etc.). Have fun!

Flickr Photo Set: Android Open Accesory Development Kit at Google I/O 2011
Arduino  Cellphones  android  google  from google
may 2011 by nluken
Global search volume by language
To show off their new toy that is WebGL, a 3D graphics API for JavaScript, the Google Data Arts Team maps global search volume by language:

The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.

We've seen this sort of view before, but the interesting thing is that this runs native in the browser (and will probably send your fan whirling). Rotate and zoom in to your heart's content.

Play with the Search Globe here. You will need a modern browser and probably a non-sucky computer.

Perhaps the best thing that came out of this announcement is the discovery that Google has a Data Arts Team. It's headed by Aaron Koblin, who I knew has been at Google, but I didn't know there was a formally-named group. Nice. With Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas also at Google (on a different project, I presume), Google is clearly excited about the visual side of data.

Speaking of which, Nicholas Felton and Ryan Case (of Daytum) recently announced they're headed to Facebook, and it seems like every time I blink, Twitter has added a new graphics person to their fast-growing team. If you can do data visually, you've got a lot of opportunities ahead.

[Search Globe via @JanWillemTulp]
Mapping  globe  Google  interactive  search  from google
may 2011 by nluken
Finally, a Decent Honeycomb Tablet For Less Than the iPad 2 [Tablets]
Okay, maybe it's a little too early to say for sure just how good the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 is, but the specs—1GHz Tegra guts, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage 1280x800 LCD screen, 2MP and 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, etc.—put it up there with the elite guard of Android tablets. And its price tag of $450 makes it the first serious cost competitor to Apple's ace. More »
Tablets  A500  Acer  acer_Iconia  Acer_Iconia_Tab  Acer_Iconia_Tab_A500  Android  Android_30  Android_Tablet  Android_tablets  Google  Google_tablets  Honeycomb  Iconia  iconia_tab  Tablet  from google
april 2011 by nluken
Tim Wu on Net Neutrality/Google-Verizon betrayal
In this deep, engrossing Engadget interview, law professor Tim Wu talks about Net Neutrality and why it matters, and why Google has been willing to abandon its commitment to an open network in a deal with Verizon. Tim coined the term Net Neutrality and has a new book coming out in November, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, which I just read for review; not surprisingly, it's one of the best analyses of network policy and the history of telecommunications and media I've ever read.

Engadget explains net neutrality -- and our full interview with Professor Tim Wu!

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AT&T executive supports Google-Verizon net deal
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Action  Business  Technology  freedom  google  netneutrality  telcoms  video  from google
september 2010 by nluken
10 Add-Ons You Have to Know About For Google Chrome [Chrome]
A lot can be said about Google Chrome. And most of it should come as no surprise to you, the die-hard PC user that likely has more browsers installed within your operating system than games on your hard drive. More »
Chrome  Browsers  Chrome_add-ons  Chrome_Extensions  Google  Google_Chrome  from google
august 2010 by nluken
Watch Conan O'Brien's Hilarious Visit to Google [Google]
If you thought seeing Conan with a beard was weird, wait until you see Conan with a beard razzing Google VP Vic Gundotra. Really weird. Also really funny. The full, 48-minute clip includes bonus Andy Richter action—watch it! More »

Conan O'Brien - Google - Andy Richter - Television - Arts
Google  Cocowon  Comedy  Conan  ConanObrien  Googleplex  Googletalks  Humor  Teamcoco  TonightShow  Vicgundotra  from google
may 2010 by nluken
How To: Totally Overhaul Your Phones With Google Voice [How To]
Google Voice, which lets users consolidate all their phones under one number, archive your texts and voicemails, and much, much more, is two things to most people: vaguely promising, and totally confusing. Here's how to make the switch, in plain English.
The Pitch It doesn't really help to describe Google Voice in terms of what it is—a bizarrely fragmented hodgepodge of different telecom and internet technologies, drawn together by Google—so you just have to start with what it does. In short, it can completely change how you use your phones, more or less for free.
• It can give all of your phones the same number for incoming calls. Google will assigned you a new, Google Voice-specific phone number for free, which you can forward to as many phones as you want. What always drives the point of Google Voice home for people is when I have them call my number, which causes three of my phones to ring at once. You can keep this number forever, too, without ever having to worry about porting it from carrier to carrier. • It can give your phones the same outgoing number as well, with which you can make free domestic calls (well, sort of—more on that later), and very cheap international calls. Since Google Voice routes your calls through their phone system, they can connect you directly to cheap VoIP services to the rest of the world. It seems like you're just making a regular call, but behind the scenes you're doing something more akin to Skyping. End result: money saved. • You can send and receive unlimited text messages for free. To make things even better, they're all all archived in your online Google Voice account, where they're fully searchable. • It's got the best voicemail system in the world. Leaving a message at a Google Voice number is nothing like leaving your voice on a regular voicemail service—that is to say, it's not like sending your voice into a barely accessible technological horror pit where it might get listened to, but will probably be ignored. No, Google Voice is different: It stores your messages online, and converts them to text (which can then be sent to you as an SMS or an email). You can archive, forward, delete or save these messages from a simple interface on your phone or computer. Think of it as Gmail, except with voices. Plus, it's flexible in lots of little ways—you can change your voicemail greetings on a per caller basis, for example, or opt to listen to voicemails as they're being recorded. • This voicemail system isn't just for Google Voice numbers, either—you essentially replace your carrier voicemail with Google Voice voicemail, without using a new number. It's brilliant. • You have full control over your calls. You can record them for later listening, and have them transcribed into text. • You can screen callers. You can block numbers, or have callers record their names for your approval. You can have certain contacts only forwarded to certain phones,
Each of these features is compelling enough on its own—together, they'll totally change how you use your phones, changing you from a mere mobile customer to a full-on switchboard operator, self-spy, info hoarder and telco executive. It's like you run your own little phone company, just for yourself. For free. Spectacular.
The Catch(es) Now that I've got you all riled, it's time for me to pour an icy bucket of water down the front of your pants. Google Voice, as incredible a concept and service as it is, isn't perfect. In fact, there are a few things you need to know and accept before taking the dive, and they might be dealbreakers:
• You can't use your own phone number. At least, not in the way you wish you could. In an ideal world, you'd be able to port your old cellphone number to Google Voice, and have that—the digits people have been using to get in touch with you for years—be your new all-inclusive point of contact. You can't do this yet. For now, the closest you can come is to port your voicemail to Google Voice. That means that your T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint number's voicemail can be outsourced to Google, but not its calls. You can unify all your phones under your new Google Voice number, but that means you have to switch. Along with the basic inconvenience of telling everyone about your new number, you're trusting an awful lot in a beta service, the terms of which could change quickly and without notice. It's not something I worry about, but it's not nothing, either.
• You can't record calls that you've placed, just calls that you've received. And every time you initiate recording, Google Voice notifies the other person on the line. This is all makes perfect moral and procedural sense, but just in case you had the impression that there were no limits on your recording abilities, well, there are.
• The mobile app situation isn't ideal. There are apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and iPhone via jailbreak, and they all work. That said, they're not perfect—they can be slow, poorly integrated, glitchy, or hard to figure out. And since they're supposed to replace the dialer on your phone entirely, this isn't wonderful. The online mobile interface is a good fallback for placing calls and sending texts, but navigating to that adds an extra step to any call or text that can get tiresome after a while.
• Lastly, the way American phones work, you're still going to end up paying for your minutes, somehow. Just because Google Voice says you can make free domestic calls and cheap international calls doesn't mean that you actually can: in both cases, you need to dial out to Google Voice's external system in the first place, which means you're still using your monthly minute allotment. There are ways around this which I'll discuss later, but Google Voice, as good as it is, isn't magic.
Discouraged? Don't be. Google Voice is still well worth you time and effort, and it's only going to get better. Now, for God's sake let's get started already.
The Process Signing up. This is simultaneously the easiest and most irritating part of Google Voice: It's still invite only. Lucky for you, "Invite" in this case doesn't mean you actually have to wait for an individual to select you from the masses; it's just Google's way of saying their keeping the signup pace down at manageable levels while the service is still in beta. Just submit your address, after which Google "anticipate[s] that it will be a short wait before you receive your invitation."
What's a short wait? My invite took about four days. Some come within 48 hours. At worst, they take about two weeks. Lots of you will have already received your invite, and just not done a whole lot with it—you guys can keep reading—while the rest of you should just bookmark this post, and come back to it once you get your invite. Protip: check your spam filters.

Ok, hello again, people I was talking to anywhere between two seconds and two weeks ago! How are you? Now that you've got your invite, you can log in to your Google Voice Dashboard. It'll look familiar if you've used any Google Service before:
Logging in. Follow your confirmation link, or navigate here. Click around for a while to get a feel for the interface. This is how you'll manage your phones from now on. It's liberatingly simple.
Picking your number. You'll be given a choice of numbers, which you can choose from practically any available area code. Choose wisely: this will be your primary number from here on out. Choosing your first number is free; changing it in the future will cost you $10. Boo, waah, etcetera! But really not a huge deal.
Adding your phones. This is assuming you want to forward a single number to all your phones, which is kind of the point here, so: Go to the Google Voice settings page (up in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. In the first section, called "Phones," click "Add a Phone" or "Add Another Phone." Give it a name "My iPhone" and enter its phone number. That's it.
Now you'll be given a passcode, which you'll use to authenticate your existing phone. Clicking "Connect" will call your phone from your Google Voice number, and a friendly robot will ask for you code. Enter it. That's it!
Setting up your voicemail. Now that the phone is added, it can accept calls directed to your Google Voice number. If the call is ignored, it will forward the voicemail to Google Voice, where it will be stored online. Alternately, if you only want to use Google Voice for voicemail, you can disable the calling feature (by unchecking the box next to the phone), and set up the service to hijack your actual cellphone number's voicemails—even when the call didn't get routed through Google Voice.
This is much easier that it sounds: Just click "Activate Google Voicemail" next to your newly-added phone, and enter the number they give you exactly as it's written, symbols and all. Once you "call" that number, you'll get some kind of message on your phone. On the iPhone, it looks like this.
Your voicemail has been switched—all you need to do now is set up a quick bookmark in your mobile phone to Google Voice, which provides a functional, if sparse, interface for your Google Voice messages. It's like visual voicemail, except through your browser. (Or a mobile app, which I'll get to soon.)
Choosing the rest of your settings. Now you'll see your phone listed under the "Phones" settings tab. The other tabs contain a few pages of settings for your Google Voice account. How you toggle these is up to you, but here are the most important ones: If you want to forward SMSes to email, you'll have to enable that in the "Voicemail and SMS" tab; call screening settings are located under the "Calls" tab; and international call credit can be added under the "Billing" tab, from a credit card. Finding your feet. Take some time to experiment with some of Google Voice's core features now. Place a call using the button at the top left of the Google Voice homepage. Enter your recipient's number, and choose which of your phones you'd like to place the call with. … [more]
_How_To_  Feature  Google  Google_Voice  Google_voice_guide  Grand_Central  How_to_use_google_voice  Top  VoIP  from google
december 2009 by nluken

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