Google Glass to get ‘3D Space Invaders mixed with Missile Command’ game (The Guardian)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) ended up adopting “OK Glass” as the activation command for its Glass eyewear rather than “Pew Pew Pew”, but the sound of laser guns may yet ring out from early adopters of the device. Developer Sean McCracken has revealed details of his first game made for Glass. It’s called Psyclops, and according to a post on his Google+ profile is “almost done” and will be “like a 3D Space Invaders mixed with Missile Command”. McCracken was one of the winners in Google’s If I Had Glass contest to get early access to the device, and has been working on the game since receiving his Glass in late July.
Larry vs. Larry: Oracle’s Ellison says Google’s Page acted ‘evil’ (Reuters)
Larry Ellison, the CEO and co-founder of software giant Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), has long been famous for his zingers against business foes. He targeted Larry Page as the two companies square off in a U.S. appeals court over a bitter lawsuit involving Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android operating system. “We just think they took our stuff, and that was wrong,” Ellison said in an interview with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning,” which was aired on Tuesday. When asked if he thought Page was evil, Ellison replied: “I think what they did was absolutely evil.” He fell short of vilifying the man himself as evil.
Google Maps to Feature Advertisements (TIME)
It was bound to happen sooner or later: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that it will soon be adding in-app advertisements to its popular and powerful Google Maps feature. “Relevant ads on the Google Maps app can now appear at the bottom of the screen after a user performs a search. They include a title, ad text, and a link to get directions. Users can tap or swipe upward to see more information,” explains a post on the Google Inside AdWords blog.
Google launches Rs 12 crore search for social entrepreneurs (Economic Times)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is launching the Google Impact Challenge in India, asking Indian non-profits how they would use technology to tackle problems in India and around the world. The four submissions judged to be the best will each receive Rs 3 crore each and technical assistance from Google to help make their project a reality, Google said in a statement. This is also part of Google’s ongoing giving efforts. Every year Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) gives away approximately $100 million in grants, $1 billion in free and discounted apps and ads, and 50,000 employee volunteer hours around the world. In 2012, Google launched the Global Impact Awards to support entrepreneurial non-profits with a tech idea for how to change the world.
Google Drive Now Lets You Spellcheck Entire Documents At Once, Adds Customizable Lists (TechCrunch)
We haven’t seen any groundbreaking updates to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Drive’s productivity tools lately, but the company continues to regularly make small improvements to them. Today, it’s adding a new spellcheck mode and more customizable numbered and bulleted lists for those “who love structure.” The new spellcheck mode will look familiar to those who grew up in the age before real-time spellcheck became the standard (or who still use this mode in Word, for example). With it, you can check the spelling of the entire document or presentation at once.