Boston Stories October 14, 2014

Google announced today that its rebranding its Google Shopping Express service while expanding the same day delivery service to new markets and merchants. While announcing the new shorter “Google Express” name, Google announced that the service is now available in Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. After first rolling out the service a year ago, it’s now accessible to more than 7 million people.

Google also noted some of the big merchants it’s added support for in recent months, including alcohol delivery in the Bay Area, making for a total of 16 new shopping options through Express: expand full story

Boston Stories September 17, 2014

Educators in the city of Boston already have an established relationship with Google and today the company has furthered this connection by donating $185,000 worth of school supplies to teachers in Massachusetts. The search giant recently partnered with the DonorsChoose, a non-profit crowdfunding charity organization the lets teachers request materials needed for their classrooms.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Boston Stories July 18, 2014

Google Glass is taking a field trip to Boston on July 26th

Glass may be available to the public, but with a $1,500 asking price and limited locations to test it out, you’re still likely to have your reservations about Google’s wearable. However, on July 26th Mountain View will be bringing its high-tech eyewear to the great city of Boston. From 10am – 6pm local time, the festivities will take place at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for one day only.

Boston Stories July 16, 2014

New Scientist reports that Google is now using Street View cars to detect methane leaks from corroded pipes, landfill sites and other sources.

Sensors strapped to the top of the cars have mapped hundreds of methane leaks around Boston, New York’s Staten Island and Indianapolis […]

Methane leaks are a triple threat: they can cause explosions, accelerate the growth of global warming and waste money. A study last year found that US methane emissions are 1.5 to 1.7 times higher than current estimates, a discrepancy that has been attributed to hard-to-detect leaks …

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Boston Stories January 6, 2014

In an announcement shared on Google’s Enterprise blog by Boston’s chief information officer, the city has announced it will officially migrate some 76,000 city employees, police officers, teachers, and students to using Google Apps and email services from a variety of alternative systems including Microsoft Exchange.

The Boston official noted the city’s success in adopting Google Apps, particularly for boston.gov email addresses for every city official, due to the minimal effort in maintaining the system thanks to Google’s existing and scaling infrastructure. expand full story

Boston Stories May 10, 2013

Google has been signing up a lot of Google Apps for Government customers over the last year, including Colorado and the US Naval Academy, and today The Boston Globe reports that Boston is soon making the switch from Microsoft to a Google Apps environment for city employees.

As noted in the report, Boston was previously relying on Microsoft’s Exchange for much of its tasks and making the switch to Google will save the city around $280,000 a year:

It’s not just the gee whiz factor: It’s also a matter of money. It will cost Boston around $800,000 to move over to Gmail, Google Docs for word processing, and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. But by dropping some Microsoft products, the city government will save at least $280,000 a year.

Microsoft responded to the decision in a statement to the Boston Globe, claiming, “Google’s investments in these areas are inadequate, and they lack the proper protections most organizations require.” expand full story

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