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Google Simulates What The Solar Eclipse Will Look Like Where You Live

For the first time since 1918, North America will see a total solar eclipse from coast to coast. On August 21 people across the U.S. will see the stars shine bright in the middle of the day.

Thanks to Google and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a simulator that allows you to watch what will happen to the sun where you live on the day.

The simulator was created to help promote the Eclipse Megamovie Project, which is an effort to crowd source data on the sun from across the country, generated from user submitted photos and videos.

In the simulator found here, you are presented with an animated timeline that allows you to input your location and then play a simulation of the eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will move across the country over the course of the day. It will encompass a band that is about 72 miles wide. The states covered by the eclipse are Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that will witness the event in person, this simulator will hold you over until August 21st. For those of you that aren’t able to make it in person, you can at least simulate it!

For more info on the Eclipse Megamovie project and the simulator, you can visit: https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator

Is Google Becoming Cyberdyne Systems?

How about this story for a movie – a huge technoglomerate has quietly been buying up several prominent robotics corporations, each of which specializes in a different area of robotics, and no one has a clue why.  Information is on a need to know basis, and even the heads of the purchased companies aren’t in the know.  Anyone and everyone that could possibly have an inkling of what’s going on have signed non-disclosure agreements with the technoglomerate, even the companies that weren’t purchased signed these agreements and are unable to provide any theories as to the plan for these robotic companies.

No, this (probably) isn’t the synopsis of the upcoming Terminator movie; it’s Google.

Recently discovered photograph from inside Google Headquarters

Recently discovered photograph from inside Google Headquarters

As I was riding home from work today I was listening to the news on the radio.  NPR was talking about how Google has quietly been buying up a half dozen robotics companies, including Redwood Robotics and Boston Dynamics, over the past year, and NO ONE KNOWS WHY.

Not only did the employees of the companies that were purchased by Google sign non-disclosure agreements (meaning they can’t talk about what Google might be doing), but the companies that Google didn’t buy (but presumably attempted to) also signed non-disclosure agreements.

Pictured: Robotic Death Hound

Pictured: Google’s Robotic Death Hound. It finds and eliminates anyone who makes fun of Google+

This has obviously led to rampant speculation.  Is Google building protocol droids that are fluent in over 6 million forms of communication? Are they planning factory automation to cut costs?  Perhaps they are going to develop artificial intelligence in order remove the possibility of human error. Quick question – what fictional company also specialized in robotic factory automation and the removal of the possibility of human error? Answer: Cyberdyne Systems.

I think the reason is obvious — Google is following the business model used by Cyberdyne Systems.  I’m sure we have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Office For Google Drive

Google-Drive

School is back in session and students across the world are dropping wads of cash on Microsoft Office.  Most everyone will need to use Word for homework assignments or to write papers. Or, use Powerpoint to create a presentation for class. Maybe you need Excel to create spreadsheets? The Microsoft Office suite has always been full of solid applications and definitely makes life easier on students. I have a free and better alternative for all you broke students out there, though. Let me show you Google Drive.

Google Drive does everything Microsoft Office can do, plus more. First off, Drive has all the options to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that Office can create. Drive is a web based application, meaning you go to the Drive site, log in and you have access to create whatever you need. You create an account with your email address (Gmail works best, and is also the best email provider in my personal opinion) and it is 100% free (and legal). The great thing about a web based application is that you can access it from anywhere. Google has done an incredible job at implementing Drive across all devices. Whether you’re using a computer, tablet or even your phone; Google has created a Drive app for your device.

The best thing about Drive is the cloud storage. When you sign up for an account, you get 15GB of online storage to store your documents (as well as ANY other file type that you may want to upload). So with Drive being web based and utilizing cloud storage, you can create documents from anywhere and access your currently stored ones as well. Drive makes it easy to share your documents as well. Google implemented a share button to where you can add various email addresses and grant them the privileges to download or edit the shared file. An added bonus is the ability to collaborate on a file in realtime with multiple users. If you’re old fashioned though, you can download your file to your computer or device as one of many popular formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .ppt, ect.).

There are other free alternatives to Microsoft Office, but what separates Google Drive apart from others is the cloud storage, the ability to collaborate realtime and the availability to access and create files from anywhere on any device. Rather than make an Office carbon copy, Google has made huge strides in the innovation of the word processing space. You can expect continuing innovation from Google (always) and competitors will soon follow Google’s innovating trend. So if you’re a broke college student that has used Office for years, stop paying for it now and give Google Drive a shot. It will make your student life easier.