Google launched Delhi Public Transport Offline app to help India’s capital city to get around. Delhi’s public transport is well supported by Delhi Metro, DTC buses, DIMTS Orange buses and Gurgaon Rapid Metro. Sometimes its overwhelming to find the shortest route or which bus to hop on in order to reach your destination. (more…)
This August Google announced that they are restructuring the company. Yesterday, the official paper filing is done with United States Securities and Exchange Commission and yesterday was the last day when stocks were traded as Google. On 5th October when stock and share trading begins it would be under “Alphabet Inc”. This is what Larry Page said about new company Alphabet on its homepage:
“Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet. I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.”
– Larry Page
What does this change mean?
Larry Page explained that he never considered Google as a conventional brand. They explored unknown territories in most unconventional way. They expanded themselves in unrelated fields be it driver less car, Internet balloons, Google Internet (Fiber), Nest (Home Automation), Google Glass and Life Sciences. The list goes on and Sergey and Larry wants to continue the trend by making Google free with this merger.
This does not change anything for Google as it will will work as a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Sundar Pichai will continue to lead Google as a CEO. Now Google includes Android, Search, YouTube, Apps, Maps and Ads. Fiber, Nest, Life Sciences, Google X, Self driving cars etc will be Alphabet’s responsibility. The idea here is to keep Google focused on what they are doing right now and let Alphabet venture into some strange and less speculative businesses. We know Google has created such businesses from Google Maps, Chrome and YouTube which are making billions of dollars today.
What is in it for Alphabet?
Larry Page has made it clear that they don’t want to become complacent and harp on Google’s success. Its going to be a sort of Octopus which will be spreading its arms and legs in all directions controlled under Alphabet. This gives Alphabet to do more without disturbing other businesses which are already well established or getting there. This change has made Google shed some of its load by taking away Glass, Internet and few others. Larry has assumed the role of CEO and Sergey as President in the newly formed company.
As an end user it does not make any difference that Google is now Alphabet except that we can’t Alphabet Alphabet but we could Google Alphabet.
Here is the full letter from CEO Larry Page on Alphabet homepage.
This real story is somewhat sad that what a world this place has become but more heart warming because its a win of humanity.
A 14 year old student of Texas School was arrested because school officials mistook the clock the kid made as a bomb. The boy claimed that he made the clock to impress his teacher but when he showed it to her she mistook it.
I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her. So it was really sad that she took a wrong impression of it, and I got arrested for it later that day,” he added.
Ahmad was released later and the charges were dropped by Police officials later when they discovered the real story. However, school maintained the 3 day suspension for him. Feeling awful? Don’t be because this is the part I referred as the silver lining for humanity.
While this story broke out press reporters reached Ahmad’s place to cover the story. Ahmad’s family offered pizza for the reporters waiting outside their house and broke Internet with their awfully nice hospitality which is rare to be seen.
— Ken Kalthoff (@KenKalthoffNBC5) September 16, 2015
Wait, the goodness does not end here because what happened next will make your heart warm. There was flood of support from unthinkable corners for young Ahmad. President Barack Obama invited Ahmad to White House asking to bring his clock.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg did not waste time and handed over an open invitation to Ahmad and asked him to drop by Facebook HQ
You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…
Google and Twitter also came for Ahmad’s support and offered scholarship and internship
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair…want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed
— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 16, 2015
NASA acknowledged Ahmad’s effort and asked him to join internship
— NASA (@NASA) September 16, 2015
The support for Ahmed is pouring in from all corners and #IStandwithAhmed was among the top trends on Twitter. Ahmad thanked everyone on his twitter account which his family setup after this incident.
Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again pic.twitter.com/fBlmckoafU
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
Well, all I would say is that the boy wanted to impress a single soul (his teacher) but destiny has some other plans for him. This clock is surely a great invention for Ahmed which has unlocked giant tech firms door for him, received invitation from the president Barack Obama. #IStandwithAhmed keep building.
The wait is over. We were expecting a change with Google since they announced Alphabet. Today, Google officially changed their Google logo and opted for more flatter design font on Material design lines. As per industry experts its a Sans Serif typeface but this font is Google’s own creation.
You can see the new avatar of Google on their homepage which came live tonight. The change does not end with this. They have also changed the 4 dot loading animation and compact Google logo with colourful G.
This is what Google shared via their twitter handle:
— Google (@Google) September 1, 2015
First it was very unconventional of them to introduce Alphabet and put Google under it and now this change. This is a major change they have made to their logo design in their 16 years experience.
Google explained this logo is good for slow internet connections since its only 305 bytes when compared to the previous logo which was approximately 14,000 bytes. Few updates are expected across all Google products implementing this new design.
You can see the new design on Google design blog and read more about the idea and behind the scene action of this logo creation. You can share you thoughts about this bold move in the comments section.
Internet is a giant mesh of connected web apps and services e.g. Facebook, Dropbox and Evernote etc. A modern man is using variety of such online sites and services in his daily life. Sometimes, you wonder if you could automate some simple things by putting Internet to work for you. For example, it would be nice if all my Facebook photos I’m tagged in gets automatically saved to my Dropbox account or Weather.com could send me an email alert if there is a thunderstorm expected tomorrow. (more…)