What if Social Media Were Invented in the 80′s

If Social Media was built in the days of DOS,  Netscape Navigator, and slow dial up they would have looked very different.  Kinna McInroe and Jo Luijten created this series of videos to show us just what these outlets would look like. Their really well done, and certainly show us how far we’ve come.

Featuring Spotify, LinkedIn, Google, Youtube, Twitter, Skype and Facebook, these video’s are extremely clever. Perhaps they’ll help us appreciate when our internet is just a tad slow or our browsers freeze up.

For more information about Squirrel-Monkey, you can visit their website at Squirrel-Monkey.com and also check out their YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Lost Inside Google’s Tel Aviv Offices

Nobody does office space quite like Google. The search engine powerhouse is known for its incredible offices around the world, but their newest offices in Tel Aviv, Israel just might be the wildest of them all.

Designed by Camenzind Evolution, in collaboration with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, the new 85,000 square-foot campus occupies eight floors of the Electra Tower in downtown Israel. Each floor boasts spectacular views of the city and all are individually themed to reflect the diversity of Israel. The colorfully-themed spaces are designed to promote and inspire creativity, and are a testament to Google’s belief that if you provide a comfortable workplace, you will get the most out of your employees.

“It is a new milestone for Google in the development of innovative work environments: nearly 50% of all areas have been allocated to create communication landscapes, giving countless opportunities to employees to collaborate and communicate with other Googler’s in a diverse environment that will serve all different requirements and needs.

There is clear separation between the employees traditional desk based work environment and those communication areas, granting privacy and focus when required for desk based individual working and spaces for collaboration and sharing ideas.

Each floor was designed with a different aspect of the local identity in mind, illustrating the diversity of Israel as a country and nation. Each of the themes were selected by a local group of Googlers, who also assisted in the interpretation of those chosen ideas.

Being in Israel, for lunch the Googlers can choose from three amazing restaurants, for non-kosher, kosher dairy and kosher meat, each of the restaurants designed to it’s own style and theme.

Only 7 of the 8 rented floors in Electra Tower are actually occupied by Google. The remaining floor gives space to a new ‘Campus’, which was also opened in December by the Israeli Prime Minister. The ‘Campus Tel Aviv’, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a new hub for entrepreneurs and developers, providing a base for start-up companies, and is only the second Google ‘Campus’ worldwide.

Sustainability played a vital role to Google in the development of their new Tel Aviv offices and the project is currently awaiting LEED ‘Platinum’ certification, the first of its category in Israel.”

Images courtesy of Mr. Itay Sikolski

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For more information on the events that are going on within the campus or if you are interested in joining Campus Tel Aviv, visit the official website here.

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Free Wifi to Come to 31 San Francisco Parks

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Free Wi-Fi is coming to 31 San Francisco parks, thanks to Google who’s picking up the massive tab.

San Francisco’s City supervisor Mark Farrell announced the news on Wednesday. All of the parks, plazas and open spaces are expected to be fully connected by spring 2014. Installation will begin at the end of this year, in December.

This is incredible. Now I’ll jjust have to find the best possible way to avoid glare, still get some color, and  have a productive workday. This huge task does not come fo’ free.

Google’s picking up a tab of $600,000. Cha-ching.  This will cover installation, hardware and maintenance costs.

The question remains…Why?  San Francisco’s always ahead of the game in terms of tech, and it is a good move in terms of Google’s PR-but they hope these actions with have a larger scale affect on the city and its inhabitants, brining the community together.

So if you live in SF, or plan to in the near future (which you shouldn’t, because rumor has it, it’s getting more expensive by the second.) If you happen to live in San Francisco, or plan to make a visit in the near future, here’s the full list of public spaces soon to be enhanced with free Wi-Fi:

  • Alamo Square Park
  • Balboa Park
  • Bernal Heights Recreation Center
  • Boeddeker Park
  • Chinese Recreation Center
  • Civic Center Plaza
  • Corona Heights Park
  • Crocker Amazon Playground
  • Duboce Park
  • Eureka Valley Rec Center
  • Gene Friend Rec Center
  • Hamilton Rec Center
  • Huntington Park
  • Joseph Lee Rec Center
  • Justin Herman Plaza
  • Margaret Hayward Playground
  • Marina Green
  • Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center
  • Mission Dolores Park
  • Mission Rec Center
  • Palega Rec Center
  • Portsmith Square
  • Richmond Rec Center
  • St. Mary’s Rec Center
  • St. Mary’s Square
  • Sue Bierman Park
  • Sunnyside Playground
  • Sunset Playground
  • Tenderloin Children’s Rec Center
  • Upper Noe Rec Center
  • Washington Square Park

 

Google unveils Chromecast, the $35 HDMI plugin that streams online videos to your TV

k-bigpicGoogle announced the launch of its newest hardware device, Chromecast, its 2-inch hardware device it bills as being the “easiest way to enjoy online entertainment on the TV.”

Plug Chromecast into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. 

Plug Chromecast into your TV and there’s hardly any setup time needed, according to Google. Pop the flashdrive into your TV’s HDMI port, connect to WiFi and tada! Wirelessly transfer what you’re watching on your computer, phone or tablet to your TV.

BUY IT. Buy it now. 

New Google Maps is Here

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The highlight of the new Google Maps on iOS is added support for larger touch-screens like  the iPad and iPad Mini, whose introduction is welcomed with open arms.
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The new iOS version has enhanced navigation with live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting.

There is also an Explore function for users to browse and find restaurants, hotels, bars and other places through the application. The update also integrates with Zagat ratings and google offers.

The latest version also includes indoor mapping for shopping malls, transit stations and airports. As well as biking routes- perfect for us city folk.

 

Startup Files: SpotOn.It

promo1400x560This week we interviewed SpotOn.It  a service that analyzes your Google Calendar to improve your social life.

Connect your calendar, and SpotOn’s sophisticated algorithms will intelligently analyze your lifestyle to surface things you’d actually want to do, at the times you’re free to do them.

“Making the most of your time has never been easier.”

1. How did you come up with this idea?

The catalyst was right after we graduated from college. I had a job in banking and my career felt like a rat race, but my social life felt like I was on a gerbil wheel – the routine was abysmal. At the same time, I felt like if something wasn’t on my calendar – I just never got to it.

So, the idea of turning calendar into a dynamic fun tool instead of a drudgery of scheduling to-do tasks really appealed to me. It also seemed like a user experience that people on the go would appreciate. 

We’ve now to created even more tools to make calendar more usable including our Chrome Extension which makes it seamless to add a date from a webpage to your gCal. So, now you have no excuses for missing worthwhile experiences with your loved ones.

2. What are some of you and your team’s must have apps?

Whatsapp: I have a very international background and Whatsapp makes sure I’m in touch with my friends around the world.
Mo+: Free calls to US/Canada – need I say any more?
Pandora: Trying to get a hang of Spotify but Pandora still seems like less work
Waze: Literally a life-saver at times of ridiculous traffic when Google Maps is useless
Dropbox: Have access to my files on the go so I can work wherever 

Hipchat We use it as company wide chat and is literally an indispensable part of how we run our days.

3. What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day work life?

 Two things:
1) The fact that I’m working with people who are incredibly talented at what they do and also interesting as people (being bored by your co-workers is probably the achilles heel of any job, no matter how challenging.)

2) Our product helps people make connections in the real world with people who matter to them – it’s lovely hearing their stories and seeing how our tech can have such an impact.

Advice?
The folks at SpotOn.It have chosen one piece of advice to give current and future entrepreneurs:
Focus on finding the right partner – someone who both complements your skill set and someone you can trust. Part of doing a business is knowing that it’ll take multiple stabs before getting the product right and you need someone who can ride those highs and lows with you.

 

Who are entrepreneurs that you admire?

Huge fan of Elon Musk & Larry Page – they both have quiet demeanors that really pack a punch and are undeterred by most challenges. 

Lastly, Apple or Android?

Android!  I’ve owned an iPhone for the last couple years but am totally switching over to the Galaxy S4 – love the fact that it’s open-source and allows for more innovation. Plus in terms of design, it has a much slicker UX than the iPhone does.

Check out SpotOn.It on all of their social channels:

Twitter:

@SpotOnIt

@SpotOnItChicago

 @SpotOnItNYC

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Google Integrates Wallet Feature Into Gmail. Send Money As Attachments

Paying people back will soon be a feature incorporated into your gmail, as reported on the Google Commerce blog. Whether your paying you’re share for rent, or paying back a friend, you can do it with the click of your mouse.

With Google Wallet you will be able to quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail — even if they don’t have a Gmail address. It’s free to send money if your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet balance, and there are low fees that are associate with linked credit cards.

In the coming weeks and months, a dollar sign will start popping in Gmail accounts at the bottom of a drafted email, by which you can attach funds. You do need to be over 18 to take part in these features, though.

 

Google Confirms Prescription Ready Google Glass

A prescription version of Google Glass is coming in 2013. The Glass design allows you add frames and lenses that match your prescription.

Greg_Glass_framesIn fact, Google has shared a picture of Greg Priest-Dorman, a member of the Glass team and an early pioneer in wearable computing, sporting one of the prototypes the company is currently testing. So, in addition to Google Glass, we can expect to see the Prescription version, hopefully by the holidays season.