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Wednesday, 12th June 2013 at 3:21pm
Google has created another of its interesting Chrome Experiments, this taking a classic American boardwalk game and digitalising it.
Roll It is an electronic version of the popular Skeeball game, where the object of the game is to roll a ball into different holes to gain points.
The Google version works on the same principle and like previous experiments utilises a linkup between desktop and mobile.
The game requires players to have the Chrome Browser installed on both their desktop computer and their mobile device, and then allows them to sync the two, utilising the mobile as a controller.
Play it here (desktop link) and go to g.co/rollit on your mobile.
Tuesday, 28th May 2013 at 5:01pm
GeoGuessr is a location guessing game, perfect for travel addicts.
The game is pretty simple; you are dropped in a location on Street View and by clicking around you use the map interface in the top right corner to guess where you are, the closer your guess is to the actual location, the more points you get.
You get dropped in 5 locations each game and you can move around as much as you like.
Why not have a go for yourself here.
Wednesday, 15th May 2013 at 12:01pm
Google has been working with the U.S. Geological Society and NASA to produce some amazing time lapse images of our planet.
Collating images from over 40 years of Landsat satellite footage, the search engine has produced several timelapse videos, that show how the world has changed from 1984 to 2012, as seen from the sky.
They map out several major changes to the planet, from the Shrinking of the Amazon forest to the growth of Las Vegas. The project was also partnered with Time Magazine, for their Timelapse project.
You can read more on the Google Blog, and see the timelapse here.
Monday, 29th April 2013 at 12:50pm
From the company that brought you 'the man your man could smell like' comes a new kind of banner ad. Old Spice, which is becoming renowned for its crazy ad antics has produced the internet's first scratch-and-sniff banner advert.
Unlike Google's April Fools joke, this one won't have you pressing your nose up to the screen, instead you fill in a form and they will send you 'the smell of the Internet'.
This is another clever and amusing campaign from the brand, promoting their Wolfthorn line of products.
Take a sniff for yourself here or see it in action over on the Onion's Sport Page.
Wednesday, 17th April 2013 at 11:50am
If you've managed to tear yourself away from the last time-waster we shared with you, Google's 3D Marble Maze, then perhaps it's time you had a play with another Google favourite; Google Street View Hyperlapse.
Developed by the team at Teehan + Lax, a Toronto based digital utility designer, the hyperlapse works by taking images saved on Google Street View, then speeding them up.
To create your own, you choose a location, select starting and end points and then a focal point, the focal point is the icing on the cake, it will allow you to see an image as the camera approaches and passes, simply recreating a car journey as you pass a point of interest.
Watch the video from Teehan + Lax below, then have a go yourself here.
Wednesday, 10th April 2013 at 8:57am
Called 'I'm google' the project involves a seamless link between pictures found via image search, from one subject to the next based on similarities in form, composition, colour, and theme.
The result is a colourful and intriging compliation of images that links pictures of planes dropping fire retardant to orange kayak to a bridge, which all feels so natural when you go through the blog.
The Tumblr blog came out of Dina's natural tendency to spend long hours obsessing over Google Image searches, collecting photos she found beautiful and storing them by theme.
Often the images that interested her are of industrial or municipal materials or everyday photo snapshots, not those that appear to be intentionally artistic.
Follow her blog here.
Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 at 5:12pm
Coming from Japan, it is a browser experiment that turns any Web page of your choosing into a 3-D maze. You guide a marble via a smart phone synced with your computer (and, of course, installed with Chrome for Mobile for this to work properly). The aim is to collect 'power-ups' whilst completing the maze, and avoiding falling off.
The mobile-phone-as-game-controller idea has promise and isn't much different from the Wii U's current setup. It isn't the first time Google has played with this idea previously releasing Chrome Super Sync Sports and hopefully won't be the last.
Take a look at the promotional videos below.
Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 4:22pm
Superbrands UK has announced their annual league tables for brands in the UK.
The league tables are based upon many different factors from sector reports to blogs to public nominations, and are narrowed down to a preliminary shortlist of 1700.
Through ratings given by judges and then a public vote this number is whittled down to 500 'Superbrands'. These are then seeded in order of ratings, which results in the main
B2C (business to customer) table and a B2B (business to business) table.
All those involved in the voting process are asked to bear in mind the following definition: ‘A Superbrand has established the finest reputation in its field. It offers customers significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over its competitors, which customers want and recognise.’
The judging panel gives each brand a rating from 1-10, but members are not allowed to vote on brands they work with, competitor brands or those they are unfamiliar with, and the lowest scoring brands are removed from the shortlist.
In addition, the voters are asked to judge brands against the following three factors: quality, reliability and distinction.
The league tables show that Google, Apple and British Airways are highly rated as both B2C and B2B brands; all making it into the top 10 of both tables. Apple lost out to Rolex for the top spot in the consumer table, but was able to snatch first place the business table. The full tables are below, and you can read the full results here.
The B2C Superbrands are
4. British Airways
8. Heathrow Airport
17. Marks & Spencer
Whilst the B2B Superbrands are:
2. British Airways
5. Virgin Atlantic
9. London Stock Exchange Group
16. Rolls-Royce Group
17. Royal Mail
Friday, 22nd February 2013 at 1:58pm
Recently Google gave developers the chance to get their hands on a pair of Google glasses, called Glass, but more importantly, access to the API which allows apps to interact with them.
They also set up an opportunity for "creative individuals" to trial the glasses via a campaign on Twitter and Google+, called Project Glass.
Using the hashtag #ifihadglass they are looking for people to give a reason why they should be the first to get their hands on the glasses in 50 words or less, however the winners will still have to fork out $1,500+tax for the privilege.
To encourage people to enter Google has released a video on YouTube which shows how Glass can be used, inclduing the voice operation, which uses the line "OK glass" to begin a command; i.e. "OK glass take a picture"
The video also highlights the sort of tasks you can perform with Glass, from text messaging and video calling to searching Google and finding a location on a map. There is also an automatic-picture-taking mode, which takes pictures at preset intervals.
The glasses are the next step in wearable technology, allowing the user to record everything they do, as well as interacting with others via video, although the headset doesn't actually have lenses in front of your eyes, just a small screen (viewable via a mirrored glass block) above and to the right of the wearer's right eye. Whilst not the only wearable technology in development (other companies including Microsoft has been developing their own version of Glass), the Google Glass is the one closest to completion, having first been announced last year, and featured in our blog last April.
Find out more at the Glass Website and watch the video below.
Wednesday, 20th February 2013 at 2:18pm
Google has started to roll out changes that will affect the way products appear in their search engine. Back at the end of May last year, they announced that Google Product Search was changing to Google Shopping.
After a rollout of this service in the U.S. Google Shopping is going global; starting with the U.K., Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan and Australia. This rollout began on 13th February 2013.
What this means is that when you search for a product there is an option above your results to see ‘Shopping’ results. These results are products sourced from registered websites, a service that was previously free to retailers.
This is no longer the case. Google Shopping is a commercial model just like Adwords; retailers will bid on searches, so merchants who pay for Google Shopping listings will rank higher than those merchants who don’t.
Ranking is based upon a combination of relevance and bid price; retailers can automatically bid on Product Targets based on user rules and move products between Product Targets to best optimise their performance. Or, retailers can just let the rule-based automated bid manager adjust their Product Target bids based on performance and their overall goals.
Product targets allow you to select which products are eligible to show on Product Listing Ads, and they also allow you to bid differently on different sets of products. Grouping products by Product Target enables retailers to control bids across multiple products based on these qualifications, (e.g. all products characterised as “sale” should receive a bid of £0.75).
Ensuring your product data feeds are updated frequently, are accurate and include product details such as name, price, product page URL, product image URL, description, category and more, will help with the ranking in terms of relevance. If you’re already using the Google Product Listing service don’t worry it’s not going to end straight away. By the middle of the year though your listing will no longer be as visible as they might have once been. So act now and convert your listings to the new Google Shopping format and set up an Adwords account if you don’t already have one.
If your site isn’t using Google products there’s still time to sign up under the free model. Google will be supporting these listings until the middle of the year so you can still take advantage of the free period. Get registered in the Merchant Centre and get your products listed.
Saturday, 29th December 2012 at 4:57pm
We think that everyone will recognise the annoying sales tactics that online retailers now employ but surely this is the pot calling the kettle black?
The clips encourage web site owners to use Google Analytics to learn more about their customers habits. The only reason is to target products at customers and thus sell more - exactly what the clips are ridiculing.
Are we missing something here? If so, please enlighten us.
Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 5:06pm
Start viewing the universe and zoom in to see individual solar systems and stars - click on the star to read more.
Tuesday, 6th November 2012 at 7:43pm
Sunday, 21st October 2012 at 9:41am
Google has opened the doors to its data centres for the first time, giving us a glimpse of where the internet lives.
These beautiful photos are quite impressive.
See many more on Colossal.
Saturday, 29th September 2012 at 6:19pm
Mapping the world is a goal of Google and to take it to the next level they have started to map what is beneath the seas as well.
They have unveiled their first images of their "underwater Street View" covering the barrier reefs in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii, with more to come.
You can view and interact with some of the beautiful images here or take a look at the video below.
Wednesday, 8th August 2012 at 9:57am
This short film suggests an almost-plausible forecast of the evolution of augmented reality, everything from cooking to dating.
'Sight' was created by students Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is an eight-minute short that takes augmented reality to the next level with iridescent contact lenses that enhance the wearer’s world.
The result is interactive overlays of video games, cooking lessons, TV shows, and anything else that’s accessible on smartphones and computers.
"We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies," says Lazo. "But most of the ideas came from us trying to visualize a world where this tech is standard, and what kind of interactions can happen in it."
See their vision of the future below or find out more on co.create:
Monday, 6th August 2012 at 5:57pm
Well that’s not just an excuse to mention London 2012 but we were thinking about what would be possible in the future with the new wave of internet TV services being announced. Lots more content to come its seems.
We’ve been told for quite some time it’s an era in which television and internet are converging; Google has launched Google TV and Apple TV is being relaunched apparently. BSkyB launched its NowTV service last month offering films and soon sport and entertainment, described as a brand new internet TV service from Sky.
Are we going to want to actually watch all of this content sitting together on the living room sofa though? Or does this new world of time-shifting, TV-on-demand and High Definition herald either an age of more arguments over the remote control. Or is this the end of watching TV together with family and friends, altogether perhaps as we chose to interact with these new services separately?
Sunday, 29th July 2012 at 4:26pm
'Nine Eyes of Google Street View', by artist Jon Rafman, is a photo project named after the nine lenses mounted on a Google Street View camera.
Rafman collected many of the strange and beautiful images that Google has capture by accident from around the world.
See more of these amazing, weird, frightening and striking images here.
Friday, 6th April 2012 at 12:45pm
Take a look at the future with Google - a vision of your life in augmented reality with AR glasses that will allow you to interact with your world just like a phone; but these sit on your nose.
You certainly won't be able to ignore the small icons popping up in front of your eyes as you look at the sky, the tube or at your breakfast.
Google has already started testing the glasses and has created the video below to start a conversation around their potential uses and improvements.
They want your feedback so watch the video and then click here to make your suggestions.
Friday, 24th February 2012 at 8:31am
For those that don't remember Moonlighting it featured Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in a romantic comedy tussle running a detective agency. The theme song was originally sung by Al Jarreau and if anyone can tell us who is now featured singing it we will add it to the blog.
Microsoft's version is called Googlighting and it is a must see. Can't wait for the Google response.
There have been some problems with this video viewing - not sure what is causing it - maybe a Google Gremlin!