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A Decade Later: How Gmail Happened

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Harry McCracken:

In the end, Gmail ended up running on three hundred old Pentium III computers nobody else at Google wanted. That was sufficient for the limited beta rollout the company planned, which involved giving accounts to a thousand outsiders, allowing them to invite a couple of friends apiece, and growing slowly from there.

As much as I rag on email, it’s hard to imagine a world without Gmail. Actually, it’s terrifying. We’d still be using email, but it would probably look like this.

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Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all
Google has been experimenting with augmented reality for a few years now, but never in such an ambitious way as it’s announcing today… sort of. For April Fools’ Day this year, Google has created a video advertising an augmented reality Pokémon game loosely tied into Google Maps. In Google’s vision, players would hold their smartphones out in front of them and see Nintendo’s cartoon creatures appear on screen before them, often ready to do battle.
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thisistheverge catches:

Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all

Google has been experimenting with augmented reality for a few years now, but never in such an ambitious way as it’s announcing today… sort of. For April Fools’ Day this year, Google has created a video advertising an augmented reality Pokémon game loosely tied into Google Maps. In Google’s vision, players would hold their smartphones out in front of them and see Nintendo’s cartoon creatures appear on screen before them, often ready to do battle.

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Google Just Turned Gmail Into Pinterest
Gmail’s new-ish tabbed inbox offers the mechanized convenience of sorting all of your solicitations—your Groupons and Gap coupons—into one pile away from your more important email. Right now, that pile—called the Promotions Tab—looks like any other tower of email. But in a new Gmail update, Google has transformed the design from list to Pinterest, with a grid of minimal white cards driven by prominent photos (along with a corporate logo, one-line summary, and the option to star or trash the deal).
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Wow, that’s actually a good idea. 
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shortformblog:

fastcodesign:

Google Just Turned Gmail Into Pinterest

Gmail’s new-ish tabbed inbox offers the mechanized convenience of sorting all of your solicitations—your Groupons and Gap coupons—into one pile away from your more important email. Right now, that pile—called the Promotions Tab—looks like any other tower of email. But in a new Gmail update, Google has transformed the design from list to Pinterest, with a grid of minimal white cards driven by prominent photos (along with a corporate logo, one-line summary, and the option to star or trash the deal).

More> Co.Design

Wow, that’s actually a good idea. 

Google faces lawsuit over email scanning and student data

How is Google Changing Our Memory?

Before: Without internet access, we had to do a lot of legwork to find the information we were looking for. We then found ways to memorize and remember the things we needed to know. The next time we needed to remember that information, we were likely to remember it because we took the time to research it and use mental devices (like visual memory, mneumonic devices, etc) to remember it.Now: When we need to know something, we turn to our trusty computers and look it up. Since the information is so readily available, we don’t often take the time to encode the information into our brains. So the next time we need to remember that information, it is likely that we’ll need to look it up again.
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How is Google Changing Our Memory?

Before: Without internet access, we had to do a lot of legwork to find the information we were looking for. We then found ways to memorize and remember the things we needed to know. The next time we needed to remember that information, we were likely to remember it because we took the time to research it and use mental devices (like visual memory, mneumonic devices, etc) to remember it.

Now: When we need to know something, we turn to our trusty computers and look it up. Since the information is so readily available, we don’t often take the time to encode the information into our brains. So the next time we need to remember that information, it is likely that we’ll need to look it up again.

futurejournalismproject creeps:

Google’s Lie-Detecting Neck Tat
Google patented a neck tattoo that can function both as a mobile-device microphone and a lie detector. 
According to the patent document, we need this quirky invention because it could “reasonably improve” communication; the throat tattoo could dampen “acoustic noise” — which would make it easier to communicate in loud environments. 
The lie detector or “galvanic skin response detector,” would assess the amount of sweat or “skin resistance” a person has, which would allow the tattoo to determine if he or she is “nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods.” When the person is lying, their tattoo will light up to let everyone in the room know.
Crazyyyyy.
The Atlantic:

Some caveats:
1) This is just a patent. Patents rarely become products. Most are worthless. Etc.
2) Though it is called a tattoo, the device is really more of a sticker applied with an adhesive. 
2a) Which is a good thing because everyone hates an obsolescent tattoo (see: tribal bands, frat letters, ex-spouses).
3) Other researchers are working on similar “tattoos,” but for different applications, mostly biomedical sensors. 
4) It’s not just for humans! “Here it is contemplated that the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well. Audio circuitry can also include a microphone for emitting sound corresponding to fluctuations of muscle or tissue in the throat.”


Image: The Atlantic
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futurejournalismproject creeps:

Google’s Lie-Detecting Neck Tat

Google patented a neck tattoo that can function both as a mobile-device microphone and a lie detector. 

According to the patent document, we need this quirky invention because it could “reasonably improve” communication; the throat tattoo could dampen “acoustic noise” — which would make it easier to communicate in loud environments. 

The lie detector or “galvanic skin response detector,” would assess the amount of sweat or “skin resistance” a person has, which would allow the tattoo to determine if he or she is “nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods.” When the person is lying, their tattoo will light up to let everyone in the room know.

Crazyyyyy.

The Atlantic:

Some caveats:

1) This is just a patent. Patents rarely become products. Most are worthless. Etc.

2) Though it is called a tattoo, the device is really more of a sticker applied with an adhesive. 

2a) Which is a good thing because everyone hates an obsolescent tattoo (see: tribal bands, frat letters, ex-spouses).

3) Other researchers are working on similar “tattoos,” but for different applications, mostly biomedical sensors

4) It’s not just for humans! “Here it is contemplated that the electronic tattoo can also be applied to an animal as well. Audio circuitry can also include a microphone for emitting sound corresponding to fluctuations of muscle or tissue in the throat.”

Image: The Atlantic

Today, 2.5 billion people are online. It sounds like a lot. But really, that’s a little more than a third of everyone on Earth. By 2025, that number will have more than doubled to nearly 6 billion, or 80 percent of the world’s population, who will primarily connect to the world through mobile devices and digital platforms.

Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora Says It’s Time to Invent What’s Next  (via courtenaybird)

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