Google Opens $1M Contest To Shrink A Power Inverter

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 1.32.41 PM Google opened up applications today for the Little Box Challenge, announced in May, with plans to give away $1,000,000 to the group that can create a smaller and cheaper power inverter.
Inverters take direct current from power sources such as solar panels and turn it into alternate current so that it can be used in homes, cars and businesses. Making the inverter smaller allows for more cost… Read More

With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

black-white-chromebook During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

Google Previews A ‘Material Design’ Inspired Look For Chrome OS

Screenshot from 2014-07-18 09_06_25 All of Google’s properties will eventually bear a look inspired by ‘Material Design‘ and Android L, and Chrome OS is part of that sweeping visual overhaul, too. A new preview posted by Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort today (via 9to5Google) shows a very early design inspired by the card-style multitasking view that made an appearance in Android L,… Read More

Fonts In Chrome For Windows Will Look Better Soon

directwrite-comparison Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you’re a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen. That’s because the Chrome 37 Beta now supports Microsoft’s DirectWrite API, a technology that improves the way fonts look on modern screens. Read More

Google’s Q2 Revenue Of $15.96B Beats, But Its Non-GAAP EPS Of $6.08 Disappoints

google-earnings2 Today after the bell Google reported its second quarter financial results, including net revenue (ex-TAC) of $12.67 billion, and $6.08 in non-GAAP earnings per share. Google gross revenue for the period came in at $15.96 billion
Analysts had expected that Google would report $12.32 billion in ex-TAC (net) revenue, $15.62 billion in gross revenue, and earnings per share of $6.25. In its… Read More

Adobe’s Search Ad Report: U.S. Search Spend Up 9%, Google CPC Up 4%

2014-07-15_1635 Ahead of Google’s quarterly earnings announcement, Adobe today released its latest ad data report for search ads. Based on what the company is seeing on its Marketing Cloud, U.S. search ad spend grew about 9 percent year-over-year, mostly through click growth. For the full year, which includes the traditionally stronger fourth quarter, Adobe expects that spend will increase between 10 and… Read More

Google Adds Bitcoin Price Conversions

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 11.51.13 AM One fun Google trick is the ability to type in “5 Euro in USD” and get an acceptably accurate currency conversion in a few seconds. Now, however, you can get your BTC on by simply typing “price of bitcoin” or “X bitcoin to euro.” The feature rolled out yesterday as a reaction to Bing’s addition of BTC pricing in that search engine. Read More