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Perfect source for April Fools collection 2013 - Updating...


It Has Begun: April Fool's 2013 Roundup From Around The Web [Continuously Updated] »
April Fool's 2013 is here (at least in some time zones), and the Internet has already given birth to a few early pranks. We will spend the next two days se... by Artem Russakovskii in Android OS, Off-...

And let the Google April Fools videos commence!! :D


Eileen Rivera originally shared this post:
What's the best video on YouTube? Don't forget to nominate your choice, then watch the Day 1 nominees announcement tomorrow!



Doctor Who Weeping Angel's came from real paradox known as Quantum Zeno Efftec???

I didn't know this until I watched DNews. After seeing the new episode from the new series of Doctor Who today, DNews did a little story about Technology that already exist from Doctor who. Most of them were just silly stuff, but what caught my attention was the concept of the Weeping Angel. 

Uranium is radioactive and decays like it should do. If left unattended, it will decay as per expected. However if you watch it it does not. This is known as a Quantum Zeno. Apparently the Weeping Angel's came from this known phenomenon.

Doctor Who's Real Life Tech Toys

http://www.cracked.com/article_19668_6-scientific-discoveries-that-laugh-in-face-physics_p2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Zeno_effect


Google April Fools Coming Soon...

With April fools only 2 days away, I wonder what Google will do for 2013? I hope it will be as entertaining as last year. My favourite was Google Maps, 8-bit for the NES :)



Can this solve world hunger?

Pretty interesting way to consume food. Theoretically you could mix up all the chemicals and nutrients you need to keep you alive. It could be one way to solve the growing food shortages that we keep hearing about or solve world hunger...


Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls out 'fellow geeks' for ostracizing, sexist behavior


Maybe Adria took the wrong approach for this, but this I thought was an opportunity to say; hey look we still have this division between gender and it needs to be sorted out!
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls out 'fellow geeks' for ostracizing, sexist behavior »
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has taken to his blog to call out "fellow geeks" — from tech industry employees to Reddit denizens — for the crude responses, death threats, and DDOS attacks...

Has anyone got any experience in NFC development for Android, with Android Beam? Stuck on a problem :(


Android Beam - p2p data transfer when only one Touch To Beam? »
Ok, I watched the Google I/O from 2011 presentation on NFC: http://youtu.be/49L7z3rxz4Q?t=10m20s on peer to peer. The demo was done on Gingerbread and using the application Sticky Notes found: http://...

PSA Texting while Driving U.K.


Vic Gundotra originally shared this post:
WARNING: This isn't appropriate for young children. Unless your children are driving age. Then I would suggest you watch this with them.


This is pretty scary

3D printing is amazing. In the future you will be able to print out anything you want. But what if you could print weapons like a gun?


Google Completes Me


David Amerland originally shared this post:
True story.

So this is integration with Android and Chrome


This is so funny, but it is so brilliant. Use your mobile device to control the character and see the game on your computer. Give it a try!!!
Chrome Super Sync Sports »
I just raced my friends! Chrome Super Sync Sports: Sync your mobile to your computer to Run! Cycle! Swim!

R.I.P Google Reader... Long Live Google Currents

There was a lot of uproar when Google decided to kill Google Reader. At the time I thought it was a bad move because a lot of people still use it to get their news and updates on topics. I know people like +Lauren Weinstein is a heavy user of Reader and there are petitions out there to keep it.

I haven’t used Google Reader for a couple of years now, so I decided to go back and see why I haven’t. What I notice was that the interface what not great and most importantly I already had a replacement. Flipboard.

Flipboard can consume RSS feeds, but more importantly it looks modern. It feels like I am reading a magazine or a newspaper. That is what attracted to me to it and it fits my needs. But what Flipboard also offers is a way for Content providers to dictate what they want to promote, and therefore use the Flipboard API and provide an even richer experience.

For my needs that is what I want as I am not someone who needs to be informed on every single story. But I know people are die hard RSS fans and they will miss Google Reader. But Google has a replacement for this, Google Currents.

Google Currents I believe has most of the features that Google Reader has. You have the ability to look at RSS feeds, plus Google Current Feeds which Content providers can dictate and sell. For the 90% of people who consume news, this is what we want and this is maybe one reason why Google has decided to kill Google Reader.

It also makes sense to Google as well. Why keep two news/feed aggregators running offering similar features. As we know from when +Larry Page took over, Google are trying to simplify its services and integrate its products. Reader and Currents seems logical to merge together. The question is will Google do it?

I can see Google doing this. They already invested in an Android and iOS app and knowing how web oriented Google are I am sure they will bring out a web version. And with +Android Police finding out Google Play News might be coming soon, Google will need a place to host it right? Google Currents is in the ideal place to do this.

tl;dr
So conclusion is, people consume news differently and not everyone is using RSS. RSS is still important and should be a feature in any product that wants to be a serious as a feed aggregator. But there is so many different ways to consume it and Google Reader just does not have the features anymore to stay relevant. Google has Currents and Reader and in my opinion it makes sense to get rid of one and put your efforts in the other. Currents needs to be web based though and I am putting a massive IF to Google if they will build it but I see no reason why they don’t. I guess with Google Play News rumours we probably see something by Google I/O, just in time before Reader dies on 1st July 2013.


The End of Google Reader Is Not the End of the World - Lauren Weinstein
http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/001014.html

Google Reader petition hits 100,000 signatures
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9934604/Google-Reader-petition-hits-100000-signatures.html

Introducing 'Google Play News' - A Newspaper Section Is On Its Way To The Play Store
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/15/introducing-google-play-news-a-newspaper-section-is-on-its-way-to-the-play-store/

Whoa, Google killing reader


I personally don't use it too much but there are a lot who do. Quite surprised by this move Google.
Lauren Weinstein originally shared this post:
Google Reader is being shut down 1 July.  I use it constantly so this is seriously painful to me.  Recommendations for alternatives with good desktop and Android capabilities would be appreciated.  Nothing fancy, just the basic capabilities to plow through lots of headlines and summaries quickly. Thanks. (I can't say the handwriting hasn't been on the wall for some time now.)
A second spring of cleaning »
We're living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It's been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn't happened since th...

Really interesting article on Google Street View. It is a bit long but worth the read


Inside Google Street View: From Larry Page’s Car To The Depths Of The Grand Canyon | TechCrunch »
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

Brilliant



Misha M.-Kupriyanov originally shared this post:
Fresh Google I/O codes! Just push the "I" and "O" to see more ;)
http://developers.google.com/io #io13

cat 11100111
space 00101010 - try to hit I/O very fast with the mouse
pong 10000001
bacon 10010000
simone 11010011
eightbit 01010011
song 11011011
synth 10001000
ascii 01111111
bowling 01110101
rocket 01000101
burger 00111001

Chromebook Pixel running Chrome OS and Linux simultaneously


Kevin Tofel originally shared this post:
Video: Chromebook Pixel running Chrome OS and Linux simultaneously »
Google’s Chromebook Pixel is quite versatile after all. Here’s a video look of it running Chrome OS and Linux at the same time, allowing me to use Skype and other third-party apps.

YouTube Harlem Shake


Gina Trapani originally shared this post:
YouTube search box -> "do the harlem shake" -> watch & laugh (nicely done, YouTube team)

What if you had a laptop, a Nexus 4 and 10 on a Google Hangout???


Weirdest pit stop ever - Harlem Shake style :-) From Sauber F1 Team!


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Weirdest pit stop ever - Harlem Shake style :-) From Sauber F1 Team!