Friday, November 25, 2005

Google sets up Heathrow boredom killer

Google has opened an internet booth at London's Heathrow Airport in a bid to learn more about how people use its services.

The 'pod' known as Google Space is situated in the Terminal One departure lounge and consists of 10 Samsung laptops dedicated to Google services.

Google staff "flown in from all over the world" are on hand to answer any questions as well as monitor usage.

"We see it as a huge focus group," said Lorraine Twohill, Google's European director of marketing. "For many of our users, we have always been something in their computers and they have never actually met us."

A survey conducted for the launch by Google has shown that the average airline passenger wastes a day's holiday a year waiting around in airports, some nine hours in total.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Goblet of Fire Seen in Space

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has been viewed in space at the International Space Station about 220 miles above the Earth's surface. According to Business Wire, Commander William McArthur wanted to see the fourth installment in the ever-growing franchise so NASA workedl with Warner Bros. to stream the new film into space to be watched by the crew of the Space Station.

Update : This film pulled in roughly $182 million dollars in its first weekend worldwide. With $102.3 taken in domestically and $80 million throughout the rest of the world, it was the highest opening weekend movie of November alltime. It is also the 3rd highest opening weekend total in history.