"Design, develop and distribute" is the theme is this year’s Google I/O conference, which kicks off today at San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center. Join Fast Company’s Alice Truong and Mark Wilson for live coverage starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.
The Mountain View, California-based search giant announced Monday it is opening up its Glass Explorer program to the United Kingdom—the first time Google Glass will be sold outside the U.S. U.K. residents who are 18 or older will be able to purchase Glass for £1,000, the equivalent of about $1,700, $200 higher than its price tag in the U.S.
Bonita Stewart Coleman’s passion for ballet has seeped into her corporate career path. Here’s how she made the leap between auto and tech.
Being ahead of the curve has proven to be Stewart’s biggest hurdle as she’s risen through the ranks. “Whether it’s working within auto industry or now with Google’s advertising clients and publisher partners, the biggest challenge is convincing others to see what you see,” she tells Fast Company, “and encouraging them to pick up the pace of change.”
The 2014 World Cup is a petri dish for larger changes to the personal assistant—changes that will stick around when the games are over.
“The right to blanket the globe in connectivity is quickly becoming a rush for the sky.”
“Just as broadband served as rocket fuel for Google, smartphones and the always-on mobile Internet are powering Uber.”
The company’s first workforce diversity report is a groundbreaking step for the tech industry, but the statistics themselves are dismaying.
While Google is being widely lauded for publicly owning up to its diversity challenges (it is the first major tech company to do so), the stats themselves are dismaying. Women at Google comprise only 30% of the global workforce, 21% of leadership roles, and 17% of tech roles. Minorities have it worse, with black and Hispanics together making up only 5% of the entire U.S. team, whereas they are about 28% of the U.S. workforce overall.
Google’s Rubik’s Cube isn’t just a cool game: it’s an argument for the future of computing.
"The Rubik’s Cube is many things. It is a toy, it is a puzzle, it is a math problem," says Google Creative Lab’s Richard The, "but it is also just really interesting as a design object." He sees the Rubik’s Cube as emblematic of all things Google: the primary colors, the playfulness, the sense of complexity underlying something seemingly basic and easy to understand.
Google’s secretive R&D lab Google X gets lots of attention for testing and developing moonshot ideas, even though its work has touched few consumers. Fast Company took readers for a detailed behind-the-scenes look inside the Google X operations in April—a world of driverless cars, high-flying Wi-Fi balloons, and even space elevators.
The search giant’s rival Microsoft—a company that could use some disruptive ideas as it struggles to gain major new revenue streams in the shifting computing market—is now taking a cue from its competitor and launching a “Special Projects” group, headed by former deputy director at DARPA Norman A. Whitaker and under the umbrella of Microsoft Research, the company’s sprawling university-like research division.
At a lab office ribbon cutting in New York City, Co.Exist spoke with Microsoft Research chief Peter Lee, who last summer stepped up to oversee his division’s 1,150 scientists and engineers. His comments provide a glimpse into how the $65 billion company is changing the way it thinks about innovation.
Google unrolled a major update to its Maps app for iOS and Android Tuesday, with improved on-the-fly navigation instructions, offline maps, and Uber integration in select cities.
A few weeks ago, I asked Jon Wiley, the lead designer for Google Search, if the Google homepage would ever fundamentally change, or if it would always be a white box beneath the Google logo.
He wouldn’t commit either way, but admitted a particular fondness for the design, citing its “iconic simplicity,” and pointing out that among other tweaks, Google had actually made that search box larger over the years, a seemingly small change that made a huge difference to usability.
Now, student Jake Nolan has taken Google’s bigger box evolution a step further.
“For instance, 4.4K people per month educate themselves on how to use Google by Googling ‘How do I Google something.’”
“So where does all this leave what is, on the surface, a rudderless social network like Google+? Unlike Google Reader (which had a small but passionate audience) or Google Wave (which almost no one used), the Plus profile is now baked into Google on an infrastructure level. You need the Plus login for everything from Google’s apps on Apple’s iPhone to next-gen technology like Google Glass. Google’s footprint isn’t just across the web anymore. It’s everywhere.”