Tag: Google

  • Google Japan – Design

    My good friends Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham were contracted to design the Google offices in Japan. Google asked them to integrate design motifs from the host country and, as is their style, they re-purposed everyday objects such as Japanese Sentō murals, giant car wash brushes, and soba stand noren to great, playful effect. More […]

  • Feature List for an RSS Reader

    With the announcement of the sunsetting (never did like that word) of Google Reader, a discussion was kicked off at work over what features would make up an ideal RSS reader. Everyone at GigaOM is a voracious reader so we like to compare information processing tools and techniques like foodies discuss recipes. Here’s my short list: […]

  • Driverless Vehicles – Two Kinds

    Google released an amazing video showing one of their driverless car taking a blind man out to get tacos and pick up his dry cleaning. This is good. In a tweet the other night, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo pointed to a swarm of programmable Nano Quadrotors and mused, “It’s with confidence and dread that I’m […]

  • Google Wallet in the Wild

    OK, call me an idiot if I missed something but I just saw a headline speculating on rumors about a launch date for Google Wallet. Everyone’s searching around online for leaked memos for clues but meanwhile, in the real world, at the Peets in downtown SF, I already see a Google Wallet reader right there […]

  • Google Flight Search UI – Brilliant

    Google Flight Search UI – Brilliant

    Google’s Flight Search scatter plot visualization of fares is brilliant. Word is that fare data is still light (they don’t have any international, non-US fares) but the UI has put all other travel comparison sites on notice.

  • Cloud Computing through the Ages

    The Network is the Computer – Sun Microsystems – 1990s Nothing but Web – Google – 2011 Two perspectives on an old idea, twenty years apart. For a humorous perspective on Silicon Valley spin, check out Larry Ellison’s schtick at the Churchill Club, “The Cloud is Water Vapor.”

  • Cloud Wars

    Marketing campaigns are gearing up for the major players offering cloud services as add-ons to their core products. Google Docs recently launched Google Cloud Connect,  a plug-in which lets  you add your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to Google Docs and share with your colleagues. (Ars Technica reviews Cloud Connect and says it’s “not ready […]

  • David Segal on Search

    David Segal, the same New York Times journalist who filed the fascinating 5,500+ word piece in November about decormyeyes.com is back again. The Dirty Little Secrets of Search with a great piece looking into an unwitting, client (and now victim) of black hat SEO, JC Penney. His piece goes into quite a bit of detail (for […]

  • Google and Intergalatic Law

    What happens when you open Google in a non-standard browser like Opera Mini? You get the following snippet. Sorry, but this browser does not support web word-processing. Please see our system requirements page for a list of supported browsers. If you are working to fix problems with a specific browser and would like to bypass […]

  • Sponsored Conversations

    What do you get when you combine speech recognition, contextual advertising, text-to-speech software, and a disruptive business model? A phone that’s free as long as you are willing to listen to advertising. Don’t laugh, the idea has been kicked around before. But why stop there? You could link the price of the monthly contract to selected […]

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