Google and NORAD are teaming up once more to track Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve flight around the world. But Google's holiday celebration doesn't stop there.
Christopher Dawson explores the mystery behind the hottest and fastest growing tech company in the world. Google spoilers inside.
Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
It's been an eventful year for Google, but let's not forget about the just plan weird things that happened to the search giant this year.
Social networks are adapting with new looks and new features that visually appealing and user friendly.
The Google Zeitgeist 2011 report finds that searchers worldwide were more interested in reality television and celebrities than current events.
Google's getting into the holiday spirit with $40 million in grants to charity - including the largest single grant ever given to the fight against modern slavery.
Google has added Google Street View imagery for the areas of Japan most affected by the March tsunami, enabling users to see the effects for themselves.
A frustrated father took to Google+ to take the search giant for task for locking down his underage daughter's Google account without warning or recourse.
Google has debuted Google Currents, a one-stop shop for Android and iOS users to get all their news and social media - and 150 publishers have already signed on.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy joined Google to cut the ribbon on its new Paris headquarters, even as the European Commission has the search giant under antitrust scrutiny.
Google has given YouTube a facelift that brings the video sharing site even closer to the Google+ social network.
If Kinect really does taking motion sensing to a new level, Microsoft could reinvent TV in a way that Google or Apple hasn't been able to.
SwiftKey keyboard app for Android take predictive typing to a new level of accuracy.
Google has announced the execution of seven products and initiatives, including the long-time-coming shutdowns of Google Wave and Knol.
Google couldn't leave well enough alone and had to jump into the music store business to accompany the music player.
Google fulfills a promise by releasing Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and Honeycomb, too) into the open source community.