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Google’s Interactive Music Timeline Will Drive Music Nerds Crazy

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Fancy yourself a music aficionado? You might want to head on over to Google’s Research blog and take a look at the fantastic interactive music timeline they’ve developed. You can see the ebb and flow in popularity of several music genres and sub-genres. You can click trough and drill down each one, and are presented with quintessential examples for each. It’s extremely well done, meticulously researched, and chock full of so much data that it would take days to go over all of it. And of course, provided you live in a country where Google has the rights to play the music, you can listen to any of it at the press of a button. It’s about as exciting a course in music history as we’ve ever seen.

[ Google’s Music Timeline ] VIA [ Engadget ]

One Today by Google: Baby Steps to a Better World

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Want to change the world? You’re not alone. Sometimes you get the feeling that you’re insignificant, because you’re just one in several billion currently inhabiting the planet. That’s where you’re wrong. It’s a cliche, but it’s true all the same: one can make a difference, you just have to have the courage to do so.

One way to get started is with One Today. It essentially features a non-profit project by reputable charities and organizations each day so you can make a pledge and make a difference. Because while you may be too busy to go out and do something, your contributions will be able to help those who are already on the field.

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Fullscreen Anything Lets You View Stuff Up Close

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Do you find yourself squinting at your screen, trying to make out the text and images displayed, either because your eyesight’s getting worse or because your browser is cluttered with too many short cuts and tool bars? If you use Google Chrome, then the Fullscreen Anything extension might be something you’ll find useful.

Aside from enlarging articles and other content, the extension will come in especially handy when you’re watching flash video or playing flash games on free sites that are chock full of ads that you normally won’t be able to get rid of. That’s because it lets you blow up certain elements on a page for added convenience and easier browsing.

You can download it here.

VIA [ Red Ferret ]

New Chrome Feature Tells You Which Tab Is Making Noise

googlechromebeta32250wide There has to be very few things more annoying than having 20 tabs open when suddenly one of them starts playing music, and you just don’t know which one it is. This of course sends you on a furious hunt for that stupid website that would dare run ads that play audio without your consent, which is an activity most often accompanied with a generous amount of swearing. Well, a new feature on Google Chrome can dramatically cut down on the time it takes to take care of business, by showing a small icon on the offending tab. You’ll be able to zoom in immediately, and shut that down before you have to start pulling your hair out.

Currently available on the Chrome 32 beta release, we expect the feature to be implemented on the next stable release.

[ Source ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Rumor Mill: Google’s Nexus 5 to be Released on October 30th

There’s no denying that Google came up with a phone that’s worth every buck with the Nexus 4. It’s got impressive specs for the display and the hardware, and it sports a sleek design on the outside too. Forgive me if I sound biased, but it’s the second smartphone that I got and after making the switch from iOS, I’m finding that it meets most of my expectations and more. 

But will Google raise the bar and do it again with the Nexus 5? The phone hasn’t been released yet, but speculation is running high regarding its specs and release date. Rumor is that Google will be unveiling their latest smartphone by the end of the month, as a case for the device was recently spotted on Amazon’s Italian site.

The release date? October 30th. It makes sense for the case to be released on the same day as the phone, right? So that’s what a lot of people out there are going with.

As for rumored specs, the Nexus 5 will most likely run Android KitKat (which has October 28th as its speculated release date) and sport a 5-inch full HD 1080p display. It’ll have the usual connectivity features such as WiFi, 3G, and 4G, which you can take advantage of by taking out a good plan. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one, since the phone will be a tad pricier than its predecessor at $299 (for 16GB) and $399 (for 32GB). In fact, you can check coupon sites for deals from telcos. For example, if you prefer AT&T and a contract offering high-speed Internet (plus phone and TV), then you can check for AT&T U-Verse coupons. If you’re looking for plans with just 3G or 4G offerings, then there are sites with deals for those, too.

Other rumored specs include: 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snadragon 800 processor, and a bevy of sensors including an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, and barometer. Unfortunately, one thing it won’t have is a card slot.

The price for the Nexus 4 took a dip a few months ago with the Nexus 5’s impending release. The former’s specs pretty much hold up until now (at least, for me), so you might want to get that instead because the savings are pretty hard to ignore.


Homeward Bound: The Best Ad For Google Maps We’ve Seen

You can think of advertisements as an automatic nuisance, but we’ve come to respect and admire the ones who’ve obviously had thought and care put into their production. The commercial above is one of the best ads we’ve come across, and it’s for Google Maps. It chronicles the 20 year journey of Saroo Brierley, a man originally from India who was separated from his family at a train station at the age of 6, and who spent the next 20 years trying to find his way back home. It’s touching and beautiful, and definitely worth taking 3 minutes out of your life to watch.

VIA [ Mashable ]

Google’s Nexus 4 Gets a Hundred Dollar Price Cut

If you’ve been thinking about getting a Nexus 4, then Google just made your decision easier. They’ve generously slashed $100 from the price of their flagship smartphone, bringing the price of the Nexus 4 down to $199 for the 8GB version and down to $249 for the 16GB version. Talk about a crazy deal!

Few smartphone companies make the moves that Google does, so when they do, you’ve got to pay attention so you don’t miss out. The Nexus 4 has specs that still hold up a year after its release, with its 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 resolution display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM.

Not to be biased or anything, but I’ve been using this phone for the last four months and it hasn’t left me wanting for anything, to be honest. The Nexus 4 comes with features that offer the best of both worlds: it’s great for gaming, streaming videos, and listening to music, so it’s got leisure and entertainment covered.

For chronic workaholics–well, there’s a bevy of office and productivity apps that you can choose from in the Google Play store. Since it runs on Android, you can also have a custom interface made for enterprise-type applications.

Perhaps the best part about the Nexus 4 is the fact that it’s an unlocked device, so you can use it with the carrier of your choice. Given the price, the specs, and the fact that it’s unlocked, you won’t get a better deal on any phone anywhere else. You can find out more about the device on Google’s site.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders

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Google has announced the much-awaited and newer version of the Nexus 7. I was gifted the older Nexus 7 last Christmas, along with some tablet accessories and it has lived up to every expectation so far. It has its limitations and occasional hick-ups, given that it’s a budget tablet and all, but it definitely ranks high up in my books and is almost up to par with Apple and Samsung’s tablets.

The new Nexus 7 received a bunch of upgrades, such as a rear-facing camera which its predecessor doesn’t have. It will come equipped with an Adreno 320 GPU and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM.

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Something Fishy This Way Comes: Google Unveils the All-New Google Nose Search Engine

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You gotta smell it to believe it. Google is well aware of this fact, which is why they launched their newest service: Google Nose. It is exactly what its name implies. Basically, you’ll have the same efficiency of Google web search, only you’re provided with the option of smelling your search results instead.

Search for ‘lemon’, and you’ll get a whiff of something citrusy and fresh. Google ‘new car’ and you’ll be treated to the scent of a brand new car of your preferred brand.

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