Tag Archives: Google

Blog Roundup

  • Meghan Markle: I’m More Than An ‘Other’This isn’t a new post, but this was my first time reading this. With the announcement of the royal engagement, this is a reminder of just why we love her so much. 
  • On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams [Racked]
  • 5 Lessons from Jimmy Iovine [GOOD]

  • Alexa Chung answers questions while eating spicy vegan nuggets.
  • Airlines hate your smart luggage [Gizmodo]
  • Silicon Valley is sneaking models into their holiday parties [Bloomberg] This is absolute trash and disgusting. I hate hearing about this stuff. 
  • Google is rolling out a new feature that allows celebrities to answer the most asked questions about themselves – selfie style [Engadget]
  • YouTube will launch a paid music streaming service next year [Hypebeast]
  • Apple reportedly purchasing Shazam for $401 million [Hypebeast]
  • Hangover cures from your favorite food pros [Coveteur]
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Boy, do I have a new time waster for you. I just discovered AutoDraw this evening and this was clearly made for the person who can’t art at all. The tool lets you draw what you want, but then using artificial intelligence, predicts what you might be drawing and allows you to upgrade with a better version of your drawing. The final result ends up looking something along the lines of clip art, but at least you won’t have any squiggly lines. Enjoy!

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Top Smartphone Apps of 2016

When Veronica and I grabbed lunch together the other day, we started to think about how much a difference four years can make. We graduated in 2012 and in 2016, so much in our lives have changed. I’m now living in California while she is in Seattle and hello! Married! However, in the larger scheme of things not only has our world changed – but the country’s and how we do things in our day to day lives. We were talking about the different tech companies in the Bay Area and all of a sudden we are both like, “How did we function without Uber in our lives?!” “What did we do while we were in college?” For one thing, I was still using a Blackberry! Those things are practically extinct now. It’s fitting that this report was published above about the top apps being used on smartphones. Google and Facebook continue to dominate as always.


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Tour Google’s Latest Pop Up in NYC

Google is and always will be just a fascinating company to me. Some of the things they work on and the different teams that they house sometimes overwhelm me because not only is it just a lot in volume and size, but Google has their hands on everything – apps, phones, home, maps, etc. Pretty soon, sometimes I worry that we won’t really need anything else because Google will just replace everything and make it better. I didn’t know that they opened a pop up recently in Soho until I read about it on Doobybrain, but definitely thought it was interesting enough to share. If you get a chance to view it in real life, you should!

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Google Inbox

I’m always looking for new ways to better manage and prioritize all of my various inboxes – for my personal, blog, and work email accounts. Even when I feel like I’ve got it down, I know that there’s always something that I can be doing better. Learning how to tackle email in college was never as hard as it is now. It’s something that I wish my professors would have taught me back then! When Inbox was released earlier this week, I hadn’t learned that much about it, but quickly saw it fill up in my Quora feed and was immediately intrigued by it. I saw an opportunity to snag an invite from a former intern that worked with us and jumped at the chance. I downloaded it, but am still trying to find my way around it and am wondering if I will use it more often from my mobile now than on the web. Also, I thought I would be receiving a few invites to give out as well, but my app is missing the golden ticket!

Does anyone have any tips on how I’ll be able to have my own invites, too? I think it’s also a matter of time before Google makes the app available to everyone too so maybe having the ticket won’t be necessary.

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Google Removes Name Restrictions on Google+

In questionable moves today, Google announced that they have removed all name restrictions from Google+ and have issued an apology to all of their users who faced difficulties because they did not want to provide their name on the social network originally. I find this to be a little bit odd because all other social networks require you to use your name and that makes the most sense to me. It’s a way of making sure people are authentic and maybe an extra cushion to make sure people are who they really say they are. Maybe I’m wrong though because there’s always catfishing. I would think that by Google+ removing this they will definitely receive more troll-y accounts. Their reasoning for this is to make Google+ a more “welcoming and inclusive” place.

Very interesting. It’s informative news, but it’s not making me run to the social network to make an account.


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Google Warming Hearts Everywhere

Just in time for graduation…

This is giving me such a nostalgic feeling. I totally remember going through so many of these phases before college – the braces, driver’s license, my first job at 16, prom, and applying to college. This is really really sweet. I want to meet the people who make these videos.

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Google’s Heartwarming Advertisements

It was just several weeks ago that a few of my co-workers and I were huddled around a laptop at dinner to watch some of Google’s most heartwarming advertisements. Google has a reputation for creating commercials that tug at your heart strings and this is just one example of that. I don’t know how I missed this when this aired during the Super Bowl three years ago, but awww!

Happy Saturday! #throwback


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Blog Roundup

photo cred | Jonathan Cooper

-Seattle was named the hardest working city today in the United States. [Source]

-Even though they are our exes, they’re still alive when it comes to social media and technology [Source]

-An interview with Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis before Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend. [Source]

-Men get self-conscious too, you know? They’re now injecting fat into their butts so that they can keep their pants up! [Source]

-Google gives back to San Francisco by paying $600k to give 31 parks in the city free Wi-Fi. [Source]

-A note on marketing and how Warby Parker gets called the “Ryan Gosling of brands at the moment.” [Source]

Time Waster! The News IQ Test. I may read blogs every day, but when it comes to news, I’ll admit that I’m not at the top of my game. I answered 6/13 questions correctly. That’s embarrassing. Curious to see how well you’d do? Click here to start the test.

-“They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Wouldn’t it make sense to intentionally surround yourself with people of great character and influence?” [Source]

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Google Enhances Restaurant Search

photo cred | The Daily Meal

When traveling, finding a restaurant while you’re out should be seamless. When the girls and I were in San Francisco last week, we used Yelp, stumbled upon random places, or took suggestions from our friends. It’s all pretty inconsistent, but isn’t traveling always that way? Google developed a new kind of restaurant search this week that I can definitely support and get behind. All you have to do is type in what you’re looking for and Google will immediately find your location and present you with a restaurant carousel that appears at the top of your search page. From the images you are shown, you can click on them for more details including address, photos, and reviews.

This feature was first introduced to the iPad and other tablets in December of last year, with a horizontal grid displaying venues near your location like restaurants, bars, and spas.


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Google Makes A Shift In Their Hiring Process

For quite some time, everyone has known Google to ask some outrageous questions in their interview process. For example – how would you map out the entire city of San Francisco? Candidates have been prepared for it  – not knowing the question beforehand – but knowing how to respond quick on your feet and logically. An article came out recently that Google has decided to eliminate their brain teasers because there is no correlation between an answer to that type of question and how well a candidate can perform in their job. Instead hiring managers in Google and every where else are digging deeper into their candidates with behavioral questions like “Give me an example when you had to solve a difficult challenge in the workplace” or “What would your current manager say about you as an employee?” Answers to these questions say so much more. So readers, if you’re applying! It’s time to start preparing yourself!

Additionally Google has also come out and said that GPAs are not so much a factor for them anymore. Check out this interesting article here.

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The New Google Maps

I kind of love the emphasis on food in their new features, but who doesn’t love food AMIRITE?

Oh Google, how you always know the way to win over my heart.

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Time Waster of the Day

photo cred | Digital Trends

For a fun little surprise Google Image “Atari Breakout” to play this old school game.

Thanks Google, you are so sweet.

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Fears and Obsessions By Age Through Google

With each year we get older we all worry about and obsess over different things. What was important to us at 15 is no longer important to us at 85, and that’s what this video shows. Using Google’s suggested search terms, this video shows what people have typed and searched for into the search engine to answer life’s big mysteries at different ages.


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Google Eliminates Google Reader

On July 1st, Google will be eliminating Google Reader and based on the reaction of this news spread across Twitter, blogs, and other social media outlets, there are some very unhappy people. Kevin included. Since its existence, Kevin has been trying to get me to use Google Reader mostly because he can’t stand the way that I have all of my blogs listed in a notepad with dates next to them of when I last read the blog. I’ll admit, it’s an inefficient way to do things, but it’s the way  Yow Yow rolls.

Why is Google Reader dying?

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

While I never used Google Reader myself, I still believe that it’s a great way to collect all of the news you need straight from an RSS feed. The concept just worked and judging from how many people that are upset by this, Google may want to think twice.



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