Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How Google Glass UI Works


Building New Experiences with Glass

Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they'll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Google Discontinuing Selected Services Including Reader


Google reported QE December 2012 financial results on earnings on January 22 

A Second Spring of Cleaning

(Official Google Blog) We’re living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It’s been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus—otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact. So today we’re announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began in 2011:
  • Apps Script will be deprecating the GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets in order to focus efforts on Html Service. The rest of the Ui Service will not be affected. The GUI Builder will continue to be available until September 16, 2013. For more information see our post on the Google Apps Developer Blog.
  • CalDAV API will become available for whitelisted developers, and will be shut down for other developers on September 16, 2013. Most developers’ use cases are handled well by Google Calendar API, which we recommend using instead. If you’re a developer and the Calendar API won’t work for you, please fill out this form to tell us about your use case and request access to whitelisted-only CalDAV API.
  • Google Building Maker helped people to make three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and Maps. It will be retired on June 1, but users are still able to access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse. We’ll continue to expand the availability of comprehensive and accurate new 3D imagery on Google Earth, and people can still use Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps.
  • Google Cloud Connect is a plug-in to help people work in the cloud by automatically saving Microsoft Office files from Windows PCs in Google Drive. But installing Google Drive on your desktop achieves the same thing more effectively - and Drive works not only on Windows, but also on Mac, Android and iOS devices. Existing users will no longer be able to use Cloud Connect as of April 30.
  • We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.
  • Beginning next week, we're ending support for the Google Voice App for Blackberry. For Blackberry users who want to continue using Google Voice, we recommend they use our HTML5 app, which is more secure and easier for us to keep up to date. Our HTML5 site is compatible with users with Blackberry version 6 and newer.
  • We’re deprecating our Search API for Shopping, which has enabled developers to create shopping apps based on Google’s Product Search data. While we believe in the value this offering provided, we’re shifting our focus to concentrate on creating a better shopping experience for users through Google Shopping. We’ll shut the API down completely on September 16, 2013.
  • Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact us for support. We’ll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Google: Women in Technology


Google reported QE December 2012 financial results on earnings on January 22 

Voices of Women in Technology

(Official Google Blog) A diverse workforce is critical in helping us build products that can help people change the world. That includes diversity of all life experiences, including gender.

Women were some of the first programmers and continue to make a major impact on the programming world today. We think it’s important to highlight the great work women are doing in computer science, to help provide role models for young women thinking about careers in computing.

As part of International Women’s Day, and as one of our contributions to the celebration, we’re proud to support Voices Global Conference, presented by Global Tech Women. As part of this 24-hour live streamed event, Google will provide more than a dozen hours of free talks featuring women working in computer science, beginning today. To access the full schedule and our ongoing broadcasts, see our section on the Voices website, which will be updated throughout the day.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Google Science Fair 2013 - It's your turn to change the world


Google Science Fair 2013

Google Science Fair 2013
Looking for the next generation of scientists and engineers to change the world

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. We're looking for ideas that will change the world.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Introducing the New Acer Chromebook


Acer C7 Chromebook

Creating a better, simpler computer and making it available for everyone is at the core of the Chromebook vision. It’s exciting to see people using Chromebooks as the perfect additional computer in the home, and we continue to work with our partners to make them easy-to-use and more affordable. Today, we’re delighted that our partner Acer is introducing a new addition to the Chromebook family: the new Acer C7 Chromebook.

The new Acer C7 Chromebook delivers a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates. It features a full-size keyboard, fully clickable trackpad, an extra bright 11.6-inch display and over 3.5 hours of battery life. Powered by an Intel Core processor, the Acer Chromebook is fast - boots up in 18 seconds, resumes instantly and high-definition videos play smoothly (yes, videos like Gangnam Style in 1080p, in case you’re one of the few left who hasn’t seen it). You can easily store your stuff on the Chromebook or in the cloud, with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive.

As you’d expect from a Chromebook, it’s easy to share with others around the home. Moms, dads, siblings or even your roommate can all have separate accounts and simply log in to get things done. And because Chromebooks bring you the best of Google, if you use products like Gmail, Drive, Maps, YouTube and Google+, your stuff is always available and everything just works.

The Acer Chromebook is available for $199 in the U.S. on Google Play, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores. In the U.K., it’s available on Google Play, Amazon UK, PC World and Currys. We’re working hard to bring it to more countries soon.

Together with Acer, it’s great to welcome the newest addition to the Chromebook family. We hope it will make a great additional computer for your family, too. New Chromebooks, for everyone. Posted by Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Google Earnings Review: Hopeful Signs in a Multi-Screen World

Google reported QE December 2012 financial results on January 22

Google earnings showed hopeful signs this quarter, after the fundamentals were negatively impacted in 2012 with the acquisition and merger of Motorola. GAAP earnings per share were $8.22 and matched the prior year QE December 2011, but were short of the QE March 2012 record of $8.75. However, Non-GAAP earnings per share of $10.65 and cash flow per share of $13.94 were all-time highs.

Google sees the world as a global cloud plus a multi-screen environment from the user side. People now have a variety of devices to connect to the Internet and use more than one device per day. These can be a smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop, etc. Google plans on being on your screen, your window to the Internet and the global cloud, via their products, regardless of device. Google would also like to build your device.

There is still some damage to repair in the earnings per share growth rate. The revenue growth rate continues healthy, but needs an assist from gross margin for the bottom line.

The reversal of the downtrend in gross margin (56.91%) is the most positive metric for this quarter. Operating and net margins responded accordingly. Last quarter, gross margin reached an abysmal and multi-year, if not all-time, low of 53.52%.

Revenues rose to an all-time high of $14.42 billion, powered by record regional revenues across the board: the United States, the United Kingdom, and Rest of the World. Operating income inched up to an all-time high of $3.39 billion. Net income of $2.886 billion just missed the record high of $2.890 billion in the QE March 2012.

"We ended 2012 with a strong quarter," said Larry Page, CEO of Google. "Revenues were up 36% year on year, and 8% quarter on quarter. And we hit $50 billion in revenues for the first time last year – not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half. In today's multi-screen world we face tremendous opportunities as a technology company focused on user benefit. It's an incredibly exciting time to be at Google."


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