The University of Oxford's Internet Institute has discovered that there are places in the United States where there are more people googling for zombies and satan than for Santa Claus. They have found some interesting patterns:
Touring the world in person is expensive, time-consuming, and often dangerous. And is it really that much different to playing with Google Earth on this gigantic 48 screen display that covers 40 square metres with almost 100 million pixels?
If you don't love Google Doodles, you have no soul. If you love Google Doodles like the rest of mankind, you can now BUY Google Doodle gear! Hooray! T-shirts! Coffee mugs! Posters! Your favorite Google Doodle will live on forever now.
Certainly sounds like it. Google's just been awarded a patent for "transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode". It specifically talks about how to transition a "mixed-mode" vehicle from human control to autonomous control.
Google+'s group video chat orgy Hangouts has some nice updates rolling out in the next few days. Most significant among them is that it's coming to G+ mobiles apps. Least significant? Virtual antlers and a red nose for your head.
Google's been hovering around Bletchley for some time, helping with previous fund raising efforts and donating various skills. But now it's just taken the Route 1 approach and handed the Bletchley Trust a massive lump of cash.
Abortion-finding aside, Siri isn't that bad. That's why Google is reportedly feverishly working on its own version of the voice-activated, natural-language assistant, code-named Majel. It's named after Gene Roddenberry's wife — the voice of many a Star Trek computer. While we can't currently confirm a release date, rumours put its street date prior to the new year. More speculation is available at Android and Me.
Just look at the destruction. Seaside towns transformed into inland mountains of rubble. Google's traveled some 44,000 kilometers through tsunami-ravaged Japanese countryside to digitally archive the immense damage. Be sure to have a hanky at the ready when exploring.
I usually love me some FPS games, but there's something off putting about fake shooting up the real world in Google Maps Street View with an assault rifle. Try it out yourself, put a location in Pool Worldwide and start shooting fake real people and things in Google Maps. Is it weird for you?
We've all seen evidence that Google's working environments aren't your typical grey-box cubicle affair, but its latest refit to the fourth floor of its London Victoria office takes the biscuit. From an indoor park to write-anywhere-walls, sofas and deck chairs, Level 4 has to be one of the coolest places to work on the planet.