Google added an Easter egg that turns your spreadsheets into rainbows — here’s how it works

The words “fun” and “spreadsheet” aren’t exactly synonymous, but in celebration of International Pride Month, Google is making all your wildest spreadsheet dreams come true with rainbow spreadsheets. 

Spicing up your next budget proposal is easy. Simply open a spreadsheet and spell out pride across the top row with a letter in each cell.Screen Shot 2017 06 23 at 1.01.25 PM

When you’re done typing Google will automatically make your sheet rainbow. Your coworkers will gasp in awe, and walk out ready to don tutus and glitter all weekend long. Screen Shot 2017 06 23 at 1.04.14 PM

This isn’t the only thing Google is doing to make us all proud. Search any LGBT related term (marriage equality, transgender etc) and the page will deck itself out in rainbows. Or, virtually watch Switzerland’s pride parade on your Google cardboard with Google’s virtual parades.

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    Jeff Bezos might become the world’s richest person — and he could redefine philanthropy

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    When Amazon bought Whole Foods on June 18, the move sent the online retailer’s stock skyrocketing. It also increased the net worth of its CEO, Jeff Bezos, by $1.8 billion.

    That put Bezos’ net worth of $84.6 billion $5 billion behind — and within striking distance of — Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, whose net worth of $89.4 billion currently makes him the world’s richest person.

    If that happens, Bezos’ interest in furthering human progress through for-profit companies could shift how the world’s wealthiest think about philanthropy.

    “I think his activities to-date suggest he looks at some of his business investments as opportunities to advance social change,” Jane Wales, CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, told Business Insider.

    That was the case with The Washington Post, which Bezos bought in 2013 and quickly flipped into a lean, digital journalism powerhouse — something other large news organizations have struggled with doing. And it’s the case with Amazon, whose recent purchase of Whole Foods may hint at Bezos’ desire, or at least opportunity, to reinvent the food industry’s supply chain.

    Wales says these business plays offer a window into how Bezos, independent of the Bezos Family Foundation run by his parents, could cement his status as one of the most influential players in the philanthropy world. In fact, Bezos may already be looking to take more projects onto his plate. Recently, he tweeted his 274,000 followers asking for ways to generate lasting impact with quick, decisive action.

    “I’m thinking about a philanthropic strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time — working on the long term,” Bezos wrote. “For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the opposite end of the spectrum: the right now.”

    Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL

    — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017

    Wales said Bezos’ stature could encourage others to find shorter-term solutions to problems typically thought of as systemic. She pointed to the ongoing migrant crisis as one example.

    “That requires action now. Governments are overwhelmed, and policy is not solving it,” Wales said. “The Bezos Family Foundation, which is mostly long-term in its thinking, is also giving to the International Rescue Committee, to Save the Children, to CARE — to organizations that address the immediate as well as the long-term.”

    jeff bezosAlthough Bezos’ parents have their own foundation, Bezos isn’t involved with it. He himself is a newbie to the philanthropy world, Wales said, and when people are just starting out they often dip their toes, taking one to two years to get a lay of the land and form a strategy.

    Going by his past business moves, Bezos-style philanthropy might involve private investments in startups looking to do social good or acquisitions of other larger companies, like Amazon did with Whole Foods.

    This wouldn’t lead other billionaires to do less of their own big-picture work, of course. Bill and Melinda Gates will still try to end polio once and for all, just as Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan will try to eradicate disease and improve education. Wales said Bezos becoming the world’s richest person would also have “no impact” on The Giving Pledge, a pact among billionaires to give away at least half of their fortunes before they die. To date, 16 people have signed. Bezos is not one of them.

    Warren Buffet Bill GatesNot everyone in the philanthropy community is as optimistic about Bezos’ influence.

    “You can add as many times as you like ‘and have lasting impact’ but it’s an impossible oxymoron to focusing short term,” philanthropy adviser Jake Hayman recently wrote for Forbes. “It’s the business equivalent of looking for ‘safe, proven investments’ with imminent 10-fold returns. It doesn’t happen.”

    Larry Brilliant, the acting chairman of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, criticized Bezos’ crowdsourcing approach.

    “The denominator of ideas you will get in, the vast majority of ideas which are not good, not viable, will flood this process,” Brilliant told the New York Times.

    But Wales contends that, like Gates, Bezos will send a strong signal to wealthy Silicon Valley types that philanthropy matters.

    “He is young, he is in the midst of his career, and he’s already seen as bold,” she said. “What that tweet says to me is, ‘I do not want to ignore today’s problems.'”

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      Sony made an $800 phone with extravagant features you won’t find in any iPhone or Galaxy phone — here’s what it’s like

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      Sony has come to grips with the fact that you’re probably not going to buy its smartphones.

      The Japanese giant has steadily stripped down its Xperia line of phones over the past few years, effectively conceding that its dreams of reaching Apple and Samsung are over. But Sony has brought its mobile business back to profitability in the process.

      The company is now trying to keep that going by mainly selling expensive devices, the kind guaranteed to bring some sort of return, that bank on standing out to reel people in. 

      And so we have the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony’s latest top-of-the-line phone, which feels like an experiment in excess. An ultra-sharp 4K display? Sure. With HDR support? Of course. A camera mode that shoots at an absurdly slow 960 frames per second? Now we’re talking. High-res audio support, a 19-megapixel camera, gigabit LTE, a chrome finish? Why not! And priced all at $800? Whatever!

      I can respect Sony for taking the “premium” thing seriously; if you’re shelling out a ton for a new gadget, it’s good for that gadget to be differentiated. The Xperia XZ Premium is that, technically. But not all of its indulgences are practical, and some of its fundamentals fall short. Here’s what I mean:

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      The Xperia XZ Premium is classic Sony design, but I’m conflicted about it. On one hand, Sony has been recycling this boxy rectangular look, with its hard angles and rounded sides, for half a decade. Compared to the new-age designs from Samsung or LG, the Xperia XZ Premium is a dinosaur. The borders around its screen are massive, making the phone nigh-impossible to use with one hand, and the whole thing is fairly heavy (195g).

      At the same time, it’s clear the Xperia XZ Premium is more concerned with being distinct than chasing trends. Part of me likes that. Its borders are huge, but they’re perfectly symmetrical. The brushed metal on the phone’s top and bottom is chilly and solid. The chrome finish on my test unit is like looking into a mirror. It’s all fused together tightly. Put together, it’s like holding a cut of glass. Everything about the phone contributes to that aesthetic.

      The problem is that it doesn’t feel as nice as it looks. Apart from the difficulty of actually holding it, its sides are made of a warm, glossy plastic that comes off as too cheap for an $800 device. The glass back is smooth, but perpetually slippery; put it on anything other than a flat surface and it’ll fall to the floor. It’s also an immense fingerprint magnet. It takes effort to make the phone look its best.

      Sony’s continued inability to put fingerprint scanners on the US versions of its phones doesn’t help. Nor does the oddly huge SIM and microSD tray cutout on its side.

      On the plus side, the existence of a microSD slot in the first place is nice, and having a dedicated shutter button on the side is always handy for snapping photos while keeping the phone steady. The device is also fully waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about dropping it in the pool.

      Also, its dual speakers are placed in an ideal spot right on the phone’s front, making audio louder than usual — though not as rich as, say, the HTC U11.

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