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As you take a look back on 2012 with Google Zeitgeist, take a look forward into 2013 with our global resolutions page (http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/resolutions). There, you can add your own New Year’s resolution and see what people around the world are striving for in the new year. Filter through resolutions by category—from health to career, and everything in between. With the power of Google Translate, you can also explore what people across the globe are hoping for in 2013.

Visit the Zeitgeist resolutions page, watch the Zeitgeist video, then add your resolution and explore our collective hopes and aims for the coming year.
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Last week, Popular Science dubbed Google Now the “Innovation of the Year” (http://goo.gl/OPRnE). We sat down with Baris Gultekin, Andrew Kirmse and Ben Gomes, who all played a part in creating Google Now. 

How did the project start?
Andrew: Google Now started when a few of us on the Maps team thought there was some really useful information we could show you on your phone based on where you are, and so we started working on it in our spare time, as a 20% project (as many projects at Google start). The further we got on the project, the more compelling it became, and everyone saw the potential of it.


What is the benefit of Google Now being predictive?
Baris: Accessing and discovering information easily. There is a lot going on in our lives at any given time. When you’ve got a context-aware phone and thousands of computers working for you, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting information you may need, like the traffic between here and your next meeting, or the fact that there’s an awesome photo spot three blocks away. So with Google Now, you don’t even have to search for these, they just show up -- ready and waiting for you.


How do you see Google Now as a complement to Search?
Ben: The goal of search has always been to give you exactly the answers you need whenever you need them.  Google Now is another leap towards a truly intelligent search: you can find important information before you even ask. And at the end of the day, it’s about making you feel more powerful with your Android device.

Tell us your favorite experience with a Google Now card? 
Andrew: While I was wandering around Sydney during a visit to the Google office there earlier this year, a Google Now card popped up telling me that the Art Gallery of New South Wales (http://goo.gl/iyVTF) was a few blocks away. I spent the afternoon looking at some amazing aboriginal art that I never would have found otherwise.

How does Google's Knowledge Graph help power some of the cards in Google Now?
Ben: When you search, you’re not just looking for a webpage -- you’re looking to get answers and explore rich information. That’s where the Knowledge Graph comes in: with an understanding of real-world people, places and things, it can help provide better answers at your fingertips. Google Now builds on that philosophy of providing quick, actionable information, using information from the knowledge graph in areas like the weather, sports scores, and much more.

What can we expect from Google Now in the future?
Baris: There are many situations when our users have unique information needs. We’ve been focusing on organizing information that is important and relevant in a given situation and serving those back to you at precisely the right moment they’re useful. We’ve started with some useful cases such as telling you about your flight’s status on the day of your trip, but we are excited about covering much, much more.

Past winners of Popular Science’s Innovation of the year have been the Large Hadron Collider, the Toyota Prius and the Mars Curiosity rover -- what’s it like being in the same company of all of these? 
Baris: I am humbled to be in the same company of these amazing innovations. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of creating this product and proud of what the team has accomplished. And, still only five months since we first launched, the most exciting thing is that we’re just getting started!

Visit http://google.com/now for more information about Google Now!
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I'm taking a week off the internet

The end of the year is a perfect time to think about goals. Did you get done what you wanted in 2012? What do you want to accomplish in 2013? Instead of setting year-long goals, I'm a big fan of trying out new things for a month at a time.

This month I'm going to try to unplug from Twitter and most news. I'm also going to cut down on replying to email.

I'm going to start out with a week without internet. Harper Reed called it a "reading vacation" at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/harper-reed-week-without-internet_n_2370432.html and I can't wait to curl up with a few books.

Is there something you've always wanted to learn or try? Why not give it a shot for 30 days and see how it goes?
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Congrats #GoogleApps ! Thanks for reducing barriers to entry for so many entrepreneurs 
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