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We’re graduating from Google[x] labs

It’s hard to believe that Glass started as little more than a scuba mask attached to a laptop. We kept on it, and when it started to come together, we began the Glass Explorer Program as a kind of “open beta” to hear what people had to say.

Explorers, we asked you to be pioneers, and you took what we started and went further than we ever could have dreamed: from the large hadron collider at CERN, to the hospital operating table; the grass of your backyard to the courts of Wimbledon; in fire stations, recording studios, kitchens, mountain tops and more.

Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.

Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.

As part of this transition, we’re closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what’s coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In the meantime, we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready. (For now, no peeking.)

Thanks to all of you for believing in us and making all of this possible. Hang tight—it’s going to be an exciting ride.
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We know that it’s often helpful to visualize data trends in a spreadsheet, so you can now add miniature charts, or sparklines, into individual cells in Sheets.

Find out more about the types of charts available and get instructions for using the SPARKLINE function in the help center: http://goo.gl/2rWeIF. 
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New in Google Calendar on the web

Today's update to Calendar on the web brings a number of time-saving improvements:

Get event updates without refreshing
Google Calendar now displays changes to your calendar—such as new invitations or event updates—as soon as they happen. Now you don't need to refresh to make sure you see the latest changes.

See selected calendars without scrolling
For those of you who have more than a few calendars listed in “Other calendars”, you can now see at a glance which are currently displayed. The calendars you’ve selected to show will move to the top—so you don’t have to scroll through the whole list. Learn more: http://goo.gl/xJXtq9 

Browser back button support
Tired of the ‘Back’ button in your browser not working? The Back button is now supported and will bring you to your previous view or date in Google Calendar.

Check out these new features the next time you're at calendar.google.com.
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Apple will BAN any media doing a bend test video
Apple is committing fraud on a massive scale by selling a flawed device to millions of people willingly. Here might be why we don't see any bend tests on +The Verge CNET +Engadget and +ABC News: One of the major German tech medias +COMPUTER BILD demonstrated to their audience how fragile the iPhone 6 Plus is and Apple's response is to BAN Computer BILD from all future Apple events and early access review units, see +COMPUTER BILD's open letter to Tim Cook: http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/cb-News-Handy-Apple-boycotts-COMPUTER-BILD-An-open-letter-to-Tim-Cook-10953399.html

Apple boycotts COMPUTER BILD: An open letter to Tim Cook
VON RAINER SCHULDT, AXEL TELZEROW, 29.09.2014, 15:00 UHR

In a video COMPUTER BILD showed how easy it is to bend an iPhone 6 Plus. The reaction from Apple: no more testing devices and no more invites for COMPUTER BILD. It is time for an open letter to Tim Cook.

Huge success for Bentgate video from COMPUTER BILD
This video is a screamer: Axel Telzerow, editor in chief of the german PC magazine COMPUTER BILD, proved how easy it is to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The 5 minute clip reached over 350,000 people via YouTube. Blogger and TV stations reported about the video. 

Apple boycotts COMPUTER BILD
And Apple? The german PR department of the company reacts in a disturbing way: Instead of answering the questions about why the iPhone 6 Plus is so sensitive, a manager called COMPUTER BILD and told us, that COMPUTER BILD will not get any testing devices and no invites to official events any more.

Open letter to Apple boss Tim Cook
On occasion of this reaction, COMPUTER BILD editor in chief Axel Telzerow applies to Tim Cook via an open letter:

Dear Mr. Tim Cook!
Just like anyone else who is obsessed with digital technology we have eagerly awaited the new iPhone. We felt relief when the head of our telecom department one day shouted “Here we go!”, presenting an invitation to the great event. And certainly we took a flight, went all the way to California, just to tell our readers every detail about the device that you and your company have worked on so hard for such a long time.
When the iPhone 6 Plus finally hit the market we noticed a few reports on a possible problem. According to them the case seemed to be weak, “bendable”, to drop the evil word. Being popular for our tests with utmost scrutiny, we could not leave the subject without comment. Of course that required further tests since testing new products without any prejudice is our obligation to our readers.
And so we bought an iPhone 6 Plus, just to find out whether it was a singular problem or some kind of hoax. The test was quite simple, so we could easily record it on video. Just to prove that what happens is nothing but the truth.
To be honest: We were shocked about how easy it was to bend the device. And so were around 200.000 viewers who watched the video up until now. We can imagine that you and your colleagues must have been shocked, too. This might have been the reason why we got a call from one of your german colleagues the next morning. He was upset, and it was a rather short conversation. “From now on”, he said, “you won’t get any devices for testing purposes and you will not be invited to Apple events in the future.”
Dear Mr. Cook: Is this really how your company wants to deal with media that provide your customers with profound tests of your products? Do you really think that a withdrawal of Apple’s love and affection could have an intimidating effect on us? Luckily we do not have to rely on devices that Apple provides us. Luckily, a lot of readers are willing to pay money for our magazine to keep us independent. So we are able to buy devices to do our tests anyway. Even devices of manufacturers that seem to fear COMPUTER BILD’s independent judgement.
Even if we are quite dismayed about Apple’s reaction, we won’t give up our principles: We will continue our incorruptible tests that have the same high reputation in the german media-landscape as Apple has for its products. So far. We congratulate you to your fine new generation of iPhones, even if one of them has a minor weakness with its casing. But we are deeply disappointed about the lack of respect of your company.

Best regards,
+Axel Telzerow 
Editor in Chief COMPUTER BILD-Group

No reaction by Apple so far
COMPUTER BILD not only published this open letter, but also mailed it directly to Tim Cook and to the European Apple headquarter. There is still no reaction, but we will inform you, once a statement will reach us.
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We work hard to create the healthiest, happiest and most productive work environments possible at all of our campuses, including our Bay Area headquarters. Want to see for yourself? Check out our Mountain View openings and apply here: http://goo.gl/ejjYOJ #tourtuesday  
Google’s Mountain View headquarters is so big that employees can ride free bikes to get to the free cars. The search giant’s Bay Area offices are concentrated around Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto. About a third of Google’s 50,000 employees work in a Bay Area office at any time. A replica of SpaceShipOne, the first private spacecraft, hangs over the stairs in one building. (A wall had to be removed to bring it in.) Page is on the boar...
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Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London...
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A Glimpse into Computer Vision

Neural networks have recently had great success in significantly advancing the state of the art on challenging image classification and object detection datasets. However, this accuracy comes at a high computational cost both at training and testing time.

But what if one takes inspiration from how people recognize objects, by selectively focusing on the important parts of an image instead of processing an entire image at once? By ignoring irrelevant noisy features in an image, fewer pixels need to be processed, substantially reducing classification and detection complexity.

Last week, during #NIPS2014 (goo.gl/uEHYAt), Google DeepMind presented Recurrent Models of Visual Attention, a paper which describes an “attention-based task-driven visual processing” that is capable of extracting information from an image or video by adaptively selecting a sequence of smaller regions (glimpses), processing only selected regions at high resolution. 

Read the full paper at http://goo.gl/dEdWkk
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Google mobile search is getting faster - to be exact, 100-150 milliseconds faster! When you click on one of the search results, the browser begins fetching the destination page… and here's the trick: we also provide a hint to the browser indicating which other critical resources it should fetch in parallel to speed up rendering of the destination page! 

This is a powerful pattern and one that you can use to accelerate your site as well. The key insight is that we are not speculatively prefetching resources and do not incur unnecessary downloads. Instead, we wait for the user to click the link and tell us exactly where they are headed, and once we know that, we tell the browser which other resources it should fetch in parallel - aka, reactive prefetch!

As you can infer, implementing the above strategy requires a lot of smarts both in the browser and within the search engine... First, we need to know the list of critical resources that may delay rendering of the destination page for every page on the web! No small feat, but the Search team has us covered - they're good like that. Next, we need a browser API that allows us to invoke the prefetch logic when the click occurs: the search page listens for the click event, and once invoked, dynamically inserts prefetch hints into the search results page. Finally, this is where Chrome comes in: as the search results page is unloaded, the browser begins fetching the hinted resources in parallel with the request for the destination page. The net result is that the critical resources are fetched much sooner, allowing the browser to render the destination page 100-150 milliseconds earlier.

P.S. Currently, reactive prefetch is only enabled for users of Google Chrome on Android, as it is the only browser that supports (a) dynamically inserted prefetch hints, and (b) reliably allows prefetch requests to persist across navigations. We hope to add support for other browsers once these features become available!
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On the Internet, nobody should know if you’re a dog 

Suppose, hypothetically, that you wanted to count how many of your online friends were dogs, while preserving their privacy. One way to do this is to ask each online friend to flip a coin in secret. If the coin comes up heads, they tell you truthfully whether they are a dog or not, “Yes” or “No”. If tails, they answer “Yes”, regardless of their actual canine status. 

A good estimate of the true count of your online canine companions then comes from the greater-than-half fraction of your friends that said they were dogs. However, you still wouldn’t know which of your friends was a dog: each answer “Yes” would most likely be due to that friend’s coin flip coming up tails.

Head over to the Google Research blog to learn about Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response (RAPPOR), a new state-of-the-art, privacy-preserving open-source project that builds upon the above concept to learn software statistics that can be used to better safeguard users’ security, find bugs, and improve the overall user experience.
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Going to roll Helmetica out one image at a time. Which do you wanna see first - Ironman, Darth, Skeletor or Megatron?!
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Hi. My name is Curtis. I am a huge Android and Google fan. I'm a huge fan of Cyanogen Mod and like to hack away at my Android device. I am studying at a local community college and would eventually like to transfer out to a four year college. So far I think I would like to major in Biotechnology but I am still undecided. I love biology, especially when it comes to plants. I also love Psychology. I don't know why, I just do.
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