Peek Inside Google’s Amsterdam Offices

We’ll refrain from making any drug references. Suffice to say, working inside the search engine’s Amsterdam offices looks like quite the treat.

You’ll be greeted by the European-ized Google sign. Where’s the ‘do no evil’ slogan?


Check in at the front desk which features a really long bicycle.

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Google HP Chromebook 11: Stretching $279 Pretty Far

Google’s new HP Chromebook 11 ($279) weighs about the same as a squirrel (2.4 lbs), but it does so much more. For starters it charges up with a micro-USB, and if you have an Android smartphone, you’ve already got one of those. HP says you’ll enjoy content on the 11.6-inch IPS display surrounded by a magnesium frame for 6-hours on its battery. The Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and 16GB of onboard storage mean this won’t dethrone any PC power players on your desk or lap, but unlike a squirrel, it also won’t grab your nuts.

Google Chromecast: Stick It In And Let The Fun Begin

Looking for perhaps the simplest and cheapest way to get Netflix and YouTube on your TV? Grab ahold of the Google Chromecast ($35) dongle. This streaming stick pops into your TV’s HDMI input and wirelessly takes video from smartphones, tablets, and laptops running the Chrome browser. It works with both Android and iOS, and Google’s ponying up three free months of Netflix if you score one now. Plus it gives you another reason to say ‘dongle.’

Weekend Refill, 3.08.13

It’s the weekend and that means my weekly spaceman race. No…no I don’t have a girlfriend. How’d you know? Bah, just read these links while I go get my spacesuit shined.

– Google Glass releases in fall. Porn industry rejoices. (Unfinished Man)

– “Why I’d Hate to be Asian”. Not. Racist. At All. (The Blemish)

– The Wocka Wocka-ing Dead (HiConsumption)

– Circus rabbit  (Sad and Useless)

– I would die for that photo. Yes..yes you will. (Visual News)

– Herbalife on the brink of collapse? (The Verge)

– Why some international aid ideas are misguided. (Matador Network)

Google Nexus 10 Tablet

The Google Nexus 10 (starts at $399) is the company’s first 10-inch tablet, and as Jessie Jane can probably tell you, your first 10-inch anything is always cause for celebration. What?!  I was referring to her first 10-inch Barbie! The Nexus 10’s 2560 x 1600 pixel Super PLS display could be one of the most vivid out there, and a noteworthy new feature lets you customize the tablet for separate users while still using the same account. And again, 10… big… inches.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet by Asus

If you prefer apple in your pie and only in your pie, the Google Nexus 7 from Asus is the tablet for you. The 7-inch slate will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the 8GB version will only set you back a modest $199. The guts of the device – quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.2-megapixel camera, and 1GB of RAM – are more than sufficient for your needs–as long as your needs don’t include seeing a once-bitten apple on the backside.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Well, here comes Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, Google’s third Google Experience phone. Will it slay the iPhone or just capture a bit more market for the Android name? On the surface, the Nexus’ specs beat the iPhone 4S in multiple categories.

Maybe you’ve heard, this will be the first phone to use Ice Cream Sandwich, the new Android OS. ICS supposedly will give users easier ways to multitask, customize home screens and offer deeper interactivity with new ways to share and communicate. One way is the included NFC technology. Users can bump their phones together and send videos and whatnot. Now when you say bump me, you won’t sound so weird.

So, specs. Start by gazing into the 4.65″ Super AMOLED display, showing off its 1280 x 720 resolution. Inside runs a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB Ram, while you can take pictures with the 5MP camera or video at 1080p resolution. All very cool. One rumored provider is Verizon and some versions will be LTE capable. Already you have a screen display, processor and memory that beat iPhone 4S.

As for usage, one big feature is the Face Unlock function. If you didn’t get it, it unlocks your phone with face recognition. That could come in handy most of the time. Except when you’re driving. More thought has been put into speeding up multitasking, making it easier to see recently used apps and getting rid of them is just a flick away.