Meet Alphabet and Sundar Pichai as Google’s New CEO

Google gets new CEO – Sundar Pichai – as the search company becomes division of Alphabet Inc. Yesterday Google announced about the new holding company – Alphabet.

“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.” said Lary Page.

What is Google Alphabet?

“Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity).”

Page explained that their model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business inside Alphabet Inc, with Sergey and him in service to them as needed.

Alphabet Inc will consist of the following entities: Calico, Fiber, Google (Search, Maps, YouTube, Android, Ads, Apps), Google Ventures, Google Capital, Google X (auto-driving cars, Google Glass, internet by balloon, moonshots), Life Sciences (the glucose sensing contact lens people), Nest (smoke alarms, home camera, thermostats & connected home devices).

From my perspective it’s an interesting move and the beginning of more world changing innovations and inventions.

Page expressed their excitement about getting more ambitious things done:  “Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.”

Why did they name the company Alphabet? Here’s now Page explains it: “We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for!”

The world is undoubtedly excited about this change, anticipating more important things to get done.

Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials

Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which according to the company could be used for goods deliveries such as humanitarian aid to people in need and consumer deliveries.

The Project Wing has been running for almost two years but was a secret until now.

Google aims to help people and deliver stuff that is needed in the areas where vehicles cannot be reached. The self-flying vehicles can be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events and deliver medicines to people. The drones can transport the equipment faster than an ambulance could.

Dave Voss, incoming leader of Project Wing, said:
“When you have a tool like this you can really allow the operators of those emergency services to add an entirely new dimension to the set of tools and solutions that they can think of.”

Also, Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots – Google X’s name for big-thinking projects explained: “Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation.”

The Project Wing trials have been held in Australia’s north-eastern state Queensland. Watch the video.

In addition to the above, Google said it could use self-flying drones for delivering shopping items to consumers at home, just like at Amazon and Domino’s Pizza do.

New Translation Feature in Google Search Results

Google adds a new translation feature to its search results making it very easy to translate texts, edit them, change the languages and even hear the translated texts directly from the search results page.

New Google Translation Tools

Just start typing “translate” on Google search box and it will let you quickly enter the text you need to translate and the box below.

I think this is an awesome addition and can help save time a lot. Here’s an example:

Google Translate in Search Results

You can translate the terms you need just typing it in the search box: for example: “translate hello friend to spanish

Google Translate from Search Box



YouTube Mix for Artists/Bands on the Sidebar. Is it new?

Have you noticed this before on YouTube?

When you search for an artist/group/band along with usual results, on the right sidebar YouTube returns ‘YouTube Mix‘ for the artist with a larger cover photos. Below the ‘YouTube Mix’ there are  ‘Top songs‘ and ‘Albums‘ tabs displaying their songs and albums.

Below there’s also ‘Related artists‘ box showing 3 artists with album covers.YouTube Mix on Sidebar

Click to see the larger photo or follow the link to see it yourself.

Maybe it is new to me only, maybe there are other changes as well. Let me know, if you know one.

Video on Instagram

Video on Instagram

Video on Instagram to bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.

Alicia Keys: BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director

Alicia Keys: BlackBerry's Global Creative Director

BlackBerry certainly surprised us today at its BlackBerry 10 launch event.

Not only did it announce its plans to drop RIM (Research in Motion) from its name – it’s now just BlackBerry – but towards the end of the presentation CEO Thorsten Heins brought Alicia Keys on stage. And not just as a performer or to endorse the new products. He announced the singer and songwriter as the new BlackBerry global creative director.

Keys said she will be involved in a range of activities and described the role as being “hands on.”

source: abcNEWS

Best Places To Work – Top 50 Companies 2013

Employees’ Choice Awards

The Glassdoor Best Places to Work list is an honor given to 50 companies each year and is based entirely on employee feedback – we call it our Employees’ Choice Awards. The ranking is determined using feedback employees have shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year. Employees complete an anonymous company review survey that captures their sentiment toward: career opportunities, compensation & benefits, work/life balance, senior leadership and more…

Glassdoor announced a list of the 50 Best Places to Work for 2013

The best company to work is Facebook where the employees are ‘very satisfied’ and 94% of employees recommend this company to a friend.

See the full list here: Best Places to Work 2012 | Glassdoor

Best Global Brands 2012 by Interbrand

Best Global Brands 2012 by Interbrand

Best Global Brands 2012 by Interbrand

Interbrand uses three key aspects that contribute to the assessment:

  • The financial performance of the branded products or services.
  • The role of brand in the purchase decision process.
  • The strength of the brand

I decided to break down the list of the TOP 100 BRANDS 2012 by the countries.
As we can see, the Best Global Brands are from 14 countries:

USA /53/ Germany /9/ France /7/ Japan /7/ United Kingdom /4/ Italy /3/ Netherlands /3/ South Korea /3/ Switzerland /3/ Canada /2/ Spain /2/ Sweden /2/ Finland /1/ Mexico /1/