Google’s Garage: How putting wheels on office furniture and hanging power outlets from ceiling helps collaboration

Google HR Press release from Fast Company.

I’m not sold. Why aren’t these things floating in space? Why does there even need to be wires? Come on Google, try harder.

Google’s BufferBox self-serve pickup service comes to San Francisco


After first acquiring the Waterloo, Ontario self-serve package pickup startup Buffer Box last year, Google today announced plans to expand the service. The company has been making its self-serve pick up boxes (pictured above) available for deliveries in the Toronto area close to its home, but today Google announced the BufferBox service is coming to San Francisco for online purchases:

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Review: HTC One on Verizon – the best hardware on the best network and why I’d pass

Verizon began carrying the HTC One in August a full 4 months after it was released in the US and over month after the Google Play Edition graced our reviewers’ hands. 

We’ve already reviewed the HTC One in its many forms and came away singing its praises. There’s no doubt it is a great phone, made much greater when you strip away HTC Sense overlay. Its 4.7-inch 1080P display is glorious. The feel of its rounded aluminum case feels great in the hand and it performs amicably.  Even the camera, which we loved in the Google Play edition version is the best we’ve seen.

Nothing has really changed here on the Verizon version. Same great build quality, great screen and great camera. Same awful Sense overlay.

Add the universally-loved Verizon’s LTE 4G network and you’d think you’d have one of the best smartphones on the market. Not so fast.

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Google celebrates 15th birthday with new doodle and 1998 homepage


As Google turns 15, it is celebrating with an animated doodle and an Easter Egg that takes us back to its birth in 1998. Simply google google in 1998 to see the page as it looked then.

The 1998 page is fully-functional, but the time travel doesn’t last long: any search conducted on the page is carried out using today’s index and with the results returned in today’s design …  Read more

FAA committee recommends allowing use of some electronics during takeoff


A committee created by the Federal Aviation Administration recommended earlier today that airline passengers be allowed to use specific types of consumer electronics during takeoff and landing. Under the panel’s advice, usage of devices like cell phones, tablets, and ebook readers would be allowed as long as those devices are switched to airplane mode, which disables internet and cellular connections to prevent calls and data transfers.

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Google Search gets Now-like card mobile results, new iOS app w/ cross platform notifications & filter/comparison tools

Today Google is celebrating its 15 birthday and to help celebrate it’s making the search experience on mobile devices even better with a redesign and new features. Google ran down a few of the new features that it showed off today at a small event on its Inside Search blog today. New improvements to search on mobile devices include cross platform notifications for search and Google Now, new search tools for filtering and comparisons, and a refreshed design that puts search results on Google Now-like cards.

On top of a refreshed look for Google Search and ads on smartphones and tablets pictured above, the first new improvement you’ll notice in Google search on mobile devices is new filter and comparison tools that can also be initiated with voice:

You can pull up your phone and say to Google: “Tell me about Impressionist artists.” You’ll see who the artists are, and you can dive in to learn more about each of them and explore their most famous works. If you want to switch to Abstract artists, you can do that really easily with our new filter tool… Or let’s say you want to compare two things: How much saturated fat is in butter versus olive oil? Now you can simply tell Google: “Compare butter with olive oil.” Our new comparison tool gives you new insights by letting you compose your own answer.

Google also announced that it will be rolling out a new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks that will enable notifications for reminders & more across platforms: Read more