Google’s self-driving car

Google carGoogle has unveiled its new driverless car, which it has built from scratch.

The prototype, which Google describes as ‘fully self-driving’, is designed without a steering wheel or pedals, as it should be able to operate safely without human intervention.

The ‘pod-like’ car is capped at a speed of 25mph and its sensors can detect objects from up to ‘two football fields’ away, removing blind spots.

Watch the car in action below and read more about the self-driving car here – let us know your thoughts on Google’s invention.

Google releases Zeitgeist 2013

Google has released its yearly ‘Zeitgeist’, which reveals what we searched for online in 2013.

Prince George, Peter Capaldi and Nigella Lawson, who were at the centre of big announcements last year, proved to be very popular online. The ‘How to…?’ searches reveal a diverse range of requests, such as ‘how to make pancakes’, ‘how to write a CV’ and ‘how to draw manga’.

Most of the top 10 searched movies were box office hits, including ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Life of Pi’, while the soap operas ruled the television searches. Rome topped travel searches and 2012’s Gangnam Style scored surprisingly high in the music list.

As well as presenting the individual lists, Google Zeitgeist 2013 allows users to explore the top 100 search trends and what trended where throughout the year.

Take a look at all the trends here and let us know which ones you searched for throughout 2013.

Google make plans to enter the construction market

Google’s secret development department has reportedly been working on a project that will revolutionise the construction industry.

The project is called ‘Genie’ and Google intend it to affect the the overall costs of construction as well as reducing the time spent between planning and market.

A report from Genie’s development team claims between 30-50% of construction costs could be saved.

With the construction sector currently responsible for 10% of global GDP you can understand why Google want to be involved in this market.

Take a closer look at this here, and tell us if you think Google could enhance the construction industry.

Your face could soon find itself in a Google ad!

If you don’t approve of Facebook using information from its users in ads, then you won’t be a fan of Google’s latest terms of service.

Starting from November 11th Google will allow an adult user’s profile name and photo to appear in reviews and advertising.

These endorsements will operate in a similar way to Facebook’s ‘Sponsored Stories‘.

Google has stated that “this only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with.” 

The programme is only targeting adults over the age of 18 and you can also opt out.

You can find out more about this hear, tell us how you would feel if you came across yourself in a Google endorsement.

The best 10 offices in the world

It‘s no secret that we all like a fun and cool environment to work in, so we thought we would share this list of the best ten offices around with you.

Most of the usual big hitting companies are to be found in this list; such as Google and Red Bull.

Some of the unique features in these offices stretch from the cool and fun to just unbelievable, for example, one office has a three-storey slide, and another has a full-sized basketball court!

See the full list here, and tell us if this inspires you to jump into the office environment.

Google launches Project Loon

Loon BalllonIn a new pilot scheme Google is attempting to provide Internet connectivity to people who may not be able to afford it. The scheme involved them releasing 30 balloons into the stratosphere, which will provide an Internet connection similar to 3G.

The idea is for developing countries to gain internet access, but the scheme can also be used for areas affected by disasters.

The balloons are solar powered and will be controlled by a team at Google to ensure that they can move in and out of the thermal winds, which will help them orbit the Earth.

The balloons were released in Canterbury, New Zealand, and will provide internet to areas on the same latitude.

More information can be found in this blog post or watch the videos below.


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