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Google Turns 20, Feels Nostalgic!

Its first Doodle was created before the company was even incorporated

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Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries. Pixabay

Google on Thursday turned 20 and celebrated it with a nostalgic video feature of interesting searches through the years — from holidays, events, achievements and people to the best dance moves, food to eat, planets and languages.

Google has answered all our queries since it came into being in 1998 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both Ph.D. students at the Stanford University, US.

The new search engine had a bold mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Over the years it changed drastically — going from being a simple search engine to a global tech titan and offering searches in more than 150 languages in over 190 countries — though there has been one thing that that has remained constant from the very first day: the homepage Doodle.

Thursday’s video Doodle took a stroll down the memory lane exploring popular searches all over the world throughout the last two decades — whether it be the status of your favourite object orbiting the sun, the latest on the world’s biggest events, or the meaning of love.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

Although more than 2,000 Doodles have adorned its homepage, Google has kept its site looking fresh by creating different variations of its logo, inspired by cultural icons, events and phenomena such as Pac-Man, the birth of hip-hop and more, Google said in a statement.

Its first Doodle was created before the company was even incorporated. A few days before its official launch, the Burning Man-inspired logo was put on the homepage as an away message — that’s how Page and Brin let people know they were heading to the festival.

It had taken two years for Google Doodles to get animated. On October 31, 2000, the first Doodle with motion graphics arrived to celebrate Halloween. The O’s in the logo were replaced by tiny jack-o’-lanterns, and a spider dangled between the “L” and “E”.

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On November 13, 2009, it celebrated the discovery of water on Moon, on August 11, 2017, it celebrated 44 years of the birth of Hip-Hop. Going coutry specific it has over the years celebrated national and cultural icons.

In 2018, Google made its first VR Doodle celebrating the life of Georges Melies, an early film pioneer. It was a 360-degree experience that did not need a VR headset to enjoy. It was nominated for an Emmy in 2018. (IANS)

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Google Introduces its Gaming Subscription Service with 22 Games on Board

Stadia is right now available in 14 countries -- Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US -- with a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro costing $9.99 (Rs 690 approx) in the US

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Taking on Apple Arcade, Google on Tuesday finally launched its gaming subscription service Google Stadia with 22 games on board.

“Stadia will continue to add features and updates in the coming weeks and months, as well as more games. Twenty-six titles are coming this year, with many, many more in development all around the world,” Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM, Google Stadia, said in a statement.

Harrison had earlier confirmed that the company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day line-up has been expanded with 10 more games, bringing the total to 22.

Assassins Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Thumper, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and SAMURAI SHODOWN are the 12 games that were confirmed to be available on Google Stadia when it arrived.

Additionally, users will also be able to play Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2, Farming Simulator 2019, Final Fantasy XV, Football Manager 2020, Grid 2019, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K20, Rage 2, Trials Rising and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

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Google Vice President Phil Harrison confirmed on Monday that company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day lineup has been expanded with ten more games, bringing the total to 22. Wikimedia Comons

Over the next six weeks, Borderlands 3, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2, and Darksiders Genesis will be playable on Stadia.

Additionally, in 2020, more games will come to Stadia, including Doom: Eternal, WatchDogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Cyberpunk 2077.

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Along with Pixel smartphones, Google’s game streaming service will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2.

Stadia is right now available in 14 countries — Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US — with a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro costing $9.99 (Rs 690 approx) in the US. (IANS)