Google Doodle Thanksgiving
To recognize the gratitude and grace of this day, a Googly-eyed Google Doodle Thanksgiving turkey is posted on the homepage of Google.com
This turkey does little more than bobble his head and one eye. If the intent was the “googly” look it was well-made. But as of yet there appears to be no “Easter-egg associated with this doodle.
Have a Happy and Gratitude-filled Thanksgiving Day.
Google Keep sharing for all
If you have been using Google Keep as your daily note-taking application and have been wondering where the sharing functionality had gotten to, wonder no more. Google Keep sharing is now available.
It was definitely a much needed feature that appeared to have been an almost ironic second thought. Google Keep has always been a part of the Google Drive space and yet the development time spent on it has not been reflected until now.
Where most Android apps have received the Material Design update, including the Google Keep app, the functionality did not see the same level of change, until now.
Now you may share your notes with any number of others in much the same way that you would have in Google Drive applications. Google Keep is much easier and more quick than to do the same with a Google Docs file.
Check out the app on Google Play and iOS
Pay to Remove Google Ads
Now you can, that is, pay to remove Google Ads. Although the program is still in Beta, Google is testing the possibility of taking ad revenue directly rather than by serving you ads. Is this the beginning of the end, or just a long awaited idea?
You’re probably wondering why you can’t just use an ad blocking add-on rather than pay Google, content isn’t always free. Although there are people in this world who are quite willing to produce content for free, it is never actually free. Production of just about everything, has it’s cost. But to pay may just be the alternative that you may want to avoid a page full of ads that do not pertain to you.
Granted, paying Google for ads will only remove the ads that come from Google. And although Google is by far the largest supplier of ads, those from non-Google companies will still be visible. In the space of a Google ad will merely be a “thank-you” to patrons of the new service.
Now for the damage. Currently it sounds like the price of ads is going to run in the range of $1-$3 per month. There’s no word on whether this is the final amount or how likely it is to change. But since we know that Google is not evil, it’s probably safe to say that it will not change. Mind you, this is PER SITE PAYMENT, not just a flat fee for all sites with Google ads.
If this all sounds familiar, it is. There are already other contribution sites out there that allow you to pay directly rather than look at ads (such as Patreon). But this new feature coming from the largest supplier of ads could change the way things work for certain regular sites that you may visit. As of right now the participating sites will be Urban Dictionary, The Onion, Science Daily, Wiki How, and Imgur.
Moffett Field gets new management from Google
In a press release today, NASA announced that Google manages Moffett Field, now. For the next 60 years, Google will manage all operations as well as the refurbishing of the three major hangars on the site. NASA will retain ownership of the roughly 1000 acres of land, but will hand off the reigns to it’s largest neighbor.
Google has long had a strong interest in the airfield, using it as a highly convenient place to store and utilize company aircraft. And with the bid to refurbish the historic landmark — Hangar One, Google now has access to all the buildings. This may lead Google to get even further involved in space and air travel and development.
Over the course of the lease, Google will expend over 1 billion dollars while saving NASA administration over 6 million dollars annually ($380 mil total).
It’s apparent just from the time and money spent by Google on advanced technology, that they are interested in the ideals of NASA. And as unexpected at this move might seem, it may also be one of the better actions that both Google and NASA have made in a while.
Skybox for Good
Google is opening up their satellite imagery to non-profit companies. It’s called the Skybox for Good program and it is already taking applications. That is to say that non-profit companies can apply for imagery.
The program will begin with a few close partners and expand from there out to everyone. Fortunately, the data is all licensed under Creative Commons for public use.
Google is no stranger to pushing forward into the higher ideal and this example is a prime for it. The idea behind this move is to offer a helping-hand to budding or low income groups that need overhead views of remote land locations. It can also be used to observe changes over time. Check out the map listing site for current projects (map)
One example is an organization called “Save the Elephants” out of Kenya is using the maps to watch poaching and the ivory trade.
Google’s commitment to helping non-profits may lead to painting the idea of world mapping in a positive light.