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    You ready to have those fragile heartstrings pulled? Google Glass has just released a wonderful short film perfect for any mom this Mother's Day. Of course, it's basically an ad to hype up their Google Glass, but who cares! I barely even knew what Google Glass was (it's a a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, says good ol' Wikipedia), so damn the corporate advertising giants for making an ad that actually ... works!

    What better way to show off the perks of Google Glass than chronicling the love between a mother and her son? Twenty-three-year-old director Aneesh Chaganty embarks on a long journey from California all the way to a small village in India, where his mother resides. He goes on essentially every single type of transportation imaginable, interacting with the locals, eating delicious-looking food, carrying around what seems to be a precious envelope.

    You may be able to guess what's inside, but check out the short video for yourself!

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    A recent (and hilarious) survey proved some pretty interesting things about the average American's understanding of the technologies that most of us use every day. I love my computer and I love my TV and everything both devices do quite dearly. Still, I'd only consider myself borderline-literate when it comes to understanding the world of tech and all its splendors. But apparently I'm doing a lot better than some other folks currently kickin' it on this fair planet of ours.

    Did you know that 1 in 10 people polled actually think that HTML is a sexually transmitted disease? If that were true, I might as well swatch my person in a body-sized prophylactic, because I'm up to my eyeballs in the stuff daily. Ew. I've made myself ill. But that wasn't the only tech term that threw folks for a loop.

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    Whoops. A section of Brooklyn was recently labeled the “drug section” on Google Maps. West 8th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood is the supposedly shady area in question.

    A Redditor posted the mistake to the site and asked how this little corner of town could be labeled the “drug section” on a legitimate navigational tool. Google uses several different methods to come up with its maps, including third party providers, public sources, and user contributions.

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    How did we get anywhere before we had map apps on our cellphones? I suppose some of us had navigation systems installed in our cars, but most of us probably looked up directions on Map Quest and took the printout with us. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that occasionally got frustrated that those directions weren’t accurate, or a road had closed, or signage was bad … anything to make getting from point A to point B more difficult than it should be.

    No more of that nonsense with today’s maps. Google Maps, one of the most popular navigation tools for directionally challenged individuals like myself, has just launched their latest update, and now it’s an even better tool for busy moms that are just trying to get everywhere they need to be on time.

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    The Internet is wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day today, via Google. The Google doodle has been replaced by images of candy conversation hearts, and when you click on each one, you’ll hear a different tale of love from real people.

    As the stories are told, adorable little animations appear on each heart. The audio is from Ira Glass of “This American Life,” and each story is touching in its own way.

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    This is a little awkward, but ... I think Google may be judging your parenting. Now don't get defensive! I just wanted to mention something a little surprising. The questions we search for could reveal a lot about how we think about our sons and our daughters differently. And according to Google, we're most interested in the intelligence of our sons and the weight of our daughters. Oh parents. How to explain this? I'm afraid we're way more sexist that we realize.

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    So Google Glass has turned out to be quite controversial, hasn’t it? Who’d have thunk that the ultimate geek accessory could lead to so many supposed criminal activities?

    Did you hear about the guy that got detained by the Department of Homeland Security last weekend for allegedly using Google Glass to record a movie? The man and his wife were watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, when a man with a badge ushered them outside.

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    It's one of those crimes that just leaves you shaking your head in despair. Sanaz Nezami was beaten to death by her husband. Smart and vibrant, she had just arrived to Michigan to pursue an advanced degree in engineering when his savagery left her brain dead. Far away from her family in Iran, they couldn't be there physically in her last moments, but the nurses at the hospital helped them say their final goodbyes over the Internet.

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    If anyone is old enough to remember MySpace (anyone? anyone at all?) you might recall there was one day that will live in infamy when a glitch on the site made it possible for everyone whose profile you had been checking out in secret to see that you'd been visiting their page. In other words, you became exposed as a bona fide stalker. Oh, it was chilling and awful and those of us who lived through it spent hours concocting ridiculous excuses we could have on hand in case we were called out by our "stalkees." Well, instead of learning from this nightmare, Google's Gmail has decided to add a feature that will strip us of our privacy just a teeny bit more. And it's bound to affect us in at least 3 horrible ways. 

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    Oh, autocorrect, you fickle fiend. Anyone that’s ever accidentally sent a text wondering about “chicken vaginas” instead of “chicken fajitas” for dinner knows the beet red embarrassment that comes from autocorrect misreading a mistyped word.

    So Google has decided to stay a step ahead of careless typers and ban a list of about 1,400 “sexting” and other inappropriate words from its latest update for the Android keyboard’s autocomplete feature. If you want to call someone a butt head or text your girlfriend from a public restroom to ask if she has any Tampax, you’re going to have to type the whole word out yourself.

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