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Maj Isabelle Olsson, Lead Industrial Designer of Google Glass, on Wearable Technology

“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. At last weekend’s annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, lead industrial designer of Google Glass Maj Isabelle Olsson referred to the above quotation from the author who wrote The Little Prince to explain her inspiration behind the “look” of Google Glass. Appropriately, the title of her talk was “Google Glass: Less Is More.” … Read More

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AOL Tosses Hat in the Ring for Google Reader Replacement, Launches Next Week

Starting Monday you can explore AOL’s version of a Google Reader-worthy replacement. You’ll be able to sign in with… Read More

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Why Is Frank Gehry So Desperate to Align Himself With Facebook?

For a while, rumors have been circulating that Facebook would be relocating from a Midtown Manhattan office at 335 Madison Ave to the downtown tech stead of Silicon Alley. Yesterday, Serkan Piantino, head of Facebook’s New York engineering team, confirmed the news, announcing that they would be taking up 100,000 square feet of space on two floors of an existing building at 770 Broadway. … Read More

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The Best April Fools’ Jokes From Around the Web

April Fools’ jokes are tricky, and not just because it’s way too easy to forget the date and believe Gmail’s about to turn blue for a few minutes. They’re also hard to get right: they need to be believable, but not too believable; absurd, but not totally out of left field. And most importantly, they need to leave your readers feeling in on the joke, rather than cheated and pissed off. We’ve compiled the highlights (or, depending on your viewpoint, lowlights) of today’s pranks from around the Web. From the email of the future to an Aaron Sorkin-esque HR move at a comics giant, here are the headlines that made us smile, cringe, and sometimes both. … Read More

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Stark, Haunting Google Street View Images of a Post-Fukushima Japanese Town

The Japanese town of Namie was evacuated after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, and two years later, its 21,000 residents have been unable to return. However, as narrated in this blog post, Google Japan has sent its intrepid Street View cars to photograph the current state of the town, at the request of residents who want to see what sort of condition their houses in and also as an exercise in recording the aftermath of Fukushima for posterity. The resultant images are remarkable viewing, telling the story of a town damaged by an earthquake and then hastily abandoned — there are still cars parked on the street and cans in the vending machines. They’re also striking works of art in their own right, and the experience of exploring the town from afar via Street View is both creepy and rather humbling. … Read More

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Famous Paintings to Peruse on Google’s New Indoor Maps Feature

Ever wanted to see the Met’s Impressionist wing without booking a trip to New York? To browse presidential portraits inside the White House? Take in the newest MOMA exhibition from your couch? You can.

While Google Maps may get you to the front door of your destination, its newest feature, “Indoor Maps,” can help you figure out where to go next. Originally a feature exclusive to Android, last week Google expanded Indoor Maps to be available on web browsers, bringing the user inside an assortment of transportation, shopping, and cultural destinations, from airports to malls, casinos to train stations; a full list of locations is available here. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we saw how a backpack camera was used to capture Google Street View images of the Grand Canyon. We were mesmerized by a ladybug in slow motion. We watched a Bruce Willis supercut to end all supercuts. We spotted a 1944 edition of the Kama Sutra.… Read More

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Fascinating Photos Shot Inside Google's Private Data Centers

Have you ever wondered where your data lives? We’re not speaking metaphorically. We mean the exact, physical location that houses the network of servers and fiber-optic cables that make our ever-expanding virtual lives possible. Where the Internet Lives, an incredibly photo series by Connie Zhou and commissioned by Google, gives viewers a rare peek into the Internet giant’s data centers, a world that had been strictly off-limits to everyone but a handful of employees — until now. Click through for a slideshow of some highlights, and then head over to the project’s site if you’d like to keep exploring. … Read More

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Watch the First Video Shot Entirely by Google Glasses

Just a few days ago, models at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week made headlines because of a certain accessory that several of them wore as they strutted down the catwalk: prototypes of Google’s high-tech, computerized glasses. Still in the very early stages of development under the name Project Glass, these headband-like pieces function almost like a wearable smartphone, and are expected to be available for retail sometime in 2014. Click through to watch some fascinating point-of-view footage shot by Furstenberg and her team of fashionistas — which marks the first time any video has been filmed entirely through Glass. Ain’t technology grand? … Read More

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