This week our Google lives saw the announcement of a new digital magazine, Chrome 11 perks and the power of Lady Gaga.
Google Debuts New Online Magazine
Google dipped its hands further into the publishing pot this week by quietly releasing its first full-length digital rag. With roots in the United Kingdom, the new Think Quarterly is hot off the press (so to speak) with an aim to create a “breathing space in a busy world."
With the help of a variety of freelancers and contributers, the first version of Think Quarterly focuses mostly on the topic of "data," but also includes a discussion on Near Field Communication and an interview with Hans Rosling.
“...in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect," wrote Matt Brittin, Google’s managing director of U.K. and Ireland operations, in the magazine's introduction. "Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.”
Chrome 11 Beta Brings Voice-to-Text Capabilities
Google's push of Chrome 11 to the beta channel brings the ability to transcribe voice to text to the table. With this feature, users can click an icon and speak into the computer’s microphone, and the browser will turn the speech into text. You can try it out for yourself over on the demo page here.
The Chrome 11 beta release also features GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, meaning develeopers can use CSS to deliver 3D effects.
Since you probably talk to your computer already, at least now you can do it for a good reason. Try it out and let us know what you think.
Google Goes Gaga
We've seen companies like Salesforce.com, Twitter and Apple utilize the power of celebrity for attention, and now it looks like Google is taking a crack at it. A big crack. The Internet giant met mother fame this week in a 73-minute long discussion between Lady Gaga and the one and only Marissa Mayer for the Musicians@Google series.
The results were far from gimmicky or painful, as the major theme was the power plays offered by YouTube and Google search when it comes to forming and maintaining celebrity in this day and age.
Writes Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch:
The whole spectacle is pretty impressive, in terms of both production and entertainment value. Between Mayer keeping a straight face while pronouncing YouTube usernames like “GagaFame11″ while facing Gaga’s bizarrely sunglassed visage, eventually revealing that she dressed as Gaga for Halloween, moderating an absurd Googler Lady Gaga costume contest and even partaking in an Oprah moment where she rewards the audience with Gaga tickets, “Google Goes Gaga” just might match The Social Network as one of the most watchable pieces of tech-related content ever produced.