26 May 2017

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Bringing digital skills training to 30,000 farmers in Vietnam

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Farmer Nguyen Thi Tham receives basic training on how to use her smartphone to navigate the internet

Nguyen Thi Tham has worked as a farmer her entire life. She has always relied on her neighbors for information about the weather and market conditions, and she always thought she was too old to use the internet. But after a few lessons, she is now able to search for the weather forecast in Bac Giang province online, and knows exactly when to cover and protect her crops from the elements so she can harvest and sell more vegetables, even after heavy rains.

Nearly 50 percent of Vietnam's population-or about 45 million people-are farmers just like Tham. They rely on farming for employment and their livelihoods. But, like many places around the world, income from agriculture is declining and productivity is low, with just 20 percent of the country's GDP coming from the sector. This is a huge challenge for a country that depends so heavily on farming.

Technology combined with basic digital literacy can transform lives and give rise to new opportunities. That's why, with a Google.org grant and technical expertise from Google volunteers, we're helping the Vietnam Farmer's Union (VNFU) deliver digital skills training to at least 30,000 farmers over the next three years.

Through online and offline training programs on how to find information on the internet, use basic productivity tools, or navigate agricultural apps, we hope more farmers across Vietnam will be able to boost productivity and their overall quality of life. We look forward to scaling the program through VNFU's broad network (4 out of 5 households in Vietnam have someone who's a member of the VNFU) and with their deep experience educating their beneficiaries.

Bringing digital skills training to 30,000 farmers in Vietnam

Bringing digital skills training to 30,000 farmers in Vietnam

Over the course of conducting research and several pilot trainings since the end of 2016, we've spoken to farmers who use the internet to improve efficiency in other ways. Some told us that they no longer needed to travel for miles to compare crop prices or the cost of farming equipment. And some were able to search for information to help them treat common ailments afflicting their animals, saving them a visit to a veterinarian several villages away.

During these pilot trainings, we also learned that many farmers already have internet access at home, or even their own smart devices, but they don't necessarily know how to use them to their full potential. So we expanded the trainings to include the farmers' children or grandchildren. Through this "buddy" system, pairing farmer and child, the farmers have someone at home to help them, and in this way, we hope the training program will have longer-lasting and more wide-ranging impact.

While we may not be able to reach every farmer across Vietnam, we hope that newfound digital literacy skills will lead to incremental improvements in the ways and lives of many farmers like Tham, and contribute to better outcomes for their communities.

26 May 2017 7:10am GMT

25 May 2017

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Make your own data gifs with our new tool

Data visualizations are an essential storytelling tool in journalism, and though they are often intricate, they don't have to be complex. In fact, with the growth of mobile devices as a primary method of consuming news, data visualizations can be simple images formatted for the device they appear on.

Enter data gifs.

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These animations can be used for a variety of sophisticated storytelling approaches among data journalists: one example is Lena Groeger, who has become *the* expert in working with data gifs.

Today we are releasing Data Gif Maker, a tool to help journalists make these visuals, which show share of search interest for two competing topics.

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Data Gif Maker works like this:

1. Enter two data points

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We typically use the tool to represent competing search interest, but it can show whatever you want it to-polling numbers, sales figures, movie ratings, etc. If you want to show search interest, you can compare two terms in the Google Trends explore tool, which will give you an average number (of search interest over time) for each term. Then input those two numbers in Data Gif Maker.

2. Add your text

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3. Choose your colors

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4. Choose your explanatory text

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5. Hit "Launch Comparisons" and "Download as Gif"

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And there you go-you've made your first animated data gif. Pro-tip #1: the high resolution download takes longer but it's better quality for social sharing. Pro-tip #2: Leave the window open on your desktop while it's creating the gifs as it will do so quicker.

If you want the visual, but not the gif, hit "Launch Comparisons" and it will open in your browser window. Just hit space to advance through the views (it's set up to show five pieces of data, one after the other).

Find the tool useful? We'd love to see what you do with it. Email us at newslabtrends@google.com.

25 May 2017 4:00pm GMT

Our ongoing commitment to support computer science educators in Europe

The need for employees with computer science (CS) and coding skills is steadily increasing in Europe-by 4 percent every year between 2006 and 2016 according to DigitalEurope. But educators are struggling to keep up with the demand, often because they lack the professional development, confidence and resources to successfully teach their students.

Because of these challenges, we're working to increase the availability of quality computer science education and access to CS skills by empowering CS teachers globally. We've recently launched new support in Europe, the Middle East and Africa through CS4HS, a program to fund universities and nonprofits designing and delivering rigorous computer science professional development for teachers.

We're excited to be working with 79 organizations worldwide, and 28 in the EMEA region, who are committed to increasing the technical and teaching skills of educators, and building communities of ongoing learning. We believe that these organizations are committed to delivering high-quality teacher professional development programs with a deep impact in their local community and a strong potential to increase their reach.

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Growing the community of computer science educators

Over the past 10 years, CS4HS has contributed $10 million to professional development (PD) providers around the world to help develop and empower teachers-like Catrobat, a non-profit initiative based at Graz University of Technology in Austria who created a free online course for students and teachers, and the University of Wolverhampton, who created a free MOOC to empower teachers of computing to teach programming in the new computing syllabuses in England, among others.

We're excited to support new and future CS educators around the world. Even though computer science is a relatively new discipline for most schools, the enthusiasm is growing and teachers have a critical role to play in fueling their students' interest and participation. These grants will help universities and nonprofits reach educators with PD opportunities that enhance their CS and technical skills development, improve their confidence in the classroom, and provide leadership training so that they can be advocates for CS education in their communities.

2017 awardees in EMEA

Asociatia Techsoup Romania

Ideodromio, Cyprus

Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Informatica, Italy

Lithuanian Computer Society

Dublin City University, Ireland

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

EduACT, Greece

Graz University of Technology, Austria

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Asociatia Tech Lounge, Romania

Association Rural Internet Access Points, Lithuania

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Universidad de Granada, Spain

University UMK Toruń, Poland

Hasselt University, Belgium

Jednota školských informatiků, Czech Republic

University of Lille - Science and Technology, France

University of Roehampton, UK

University of Urbino, Italy

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Vattenhallen Science Center, Lund University, Sweden

University College of Applied Sciences, Palestine

Hapa Foundation, Ghana

Let's Get Ready, Cameroon

Swaziland Foundation for STEM Education

Laikipia University, Kenya

Mobile4Senegal

Peo Ya Phetogo in partnership with University of the Western Cape & Mozilla Foundation, South Africa

To discover more about CS opportunities near you, explore our educator resources, student programs and resources, and tools.


25 May 2017 8:15am GMT

24 May 2017

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Explore California design, from self-driving cars to search

When you think of California, what comes to mind? An exhibition opening today at the Design Museum in London explores the state's outsize influence and examines how California has shaped and expanded the way we think about design. Spanning from 1960s counterculture to innovative tech in Silicon Valley, California: Designing Freedom features more than 200 objects and includes everything from political posters designed by nun and activist Corita Kent in 1965 to Waymo's self-driving car (on public display for the first time in the UK).

Through the exhibition, curators Justin McGuirk and Brendan McGetrick examine how software and hardware designers in the San Francisco Bay Area influence our daily lives in significant ways. Notably, the exhibition highlights several collaborations between designers, engineers, and researchers at Google, to create products like Google Cardboard, Search, Google Maps and Material Design. Here are a few examples of Google's work featured in the exhibition:

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A Waymo prototype self-driving on the streets of Austin, Texas. Waymo's self-driving car will be on display for the first time in the UK at the Design Museum in London.
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For a car to drive itself, it needs to know what's around it. This 3D representation reveals what Waymo's self-driving vehicles "see" using their sensors and software. The pink boxes are vehicles, the red boxes are cyclists, and the yellow boxes are pedestrians.
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Material Design is a design language developed by Google in order to provide a single underlying system that works across platforms and device sizes. At the core of the framework is a consistent set of principles that detail how light, material, and cast shadows interact within a three-dimensional environment.
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Google Cardboard is a simple virtual reality viewer that took an expensive technology and made it accessible to everyone. With some lenses, cardboard, and velcro, anyone can experience VR with a smartphone.
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Google's Street View camera takes 360-degree images that allow us to see accurate renditions of locations in the round. The Trekker is a personalized version mounted on a backpack, for reaching inaccessible places.
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The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition features essays by leading experts in the field, and interviews with key designers and thinkers including Fred Turner, Louise Sandhaus, and Google's VP of Design Matias Duarte. The book was edited by Justin McGuirk and Brendan McGetrick, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, and is published by Phaidon.

As VP of Design at Google, I find this exhibition particularly exciting because it gives the public an inside look at the process of designing great software. It's an honor to be part of California's rich design story, and we're thrilled to have such diverse work included alongside our peers. Justin and I recently discussed California's defining characteristics and the evolution of our design system at Google in an interview for the show's catalogue. An edited and condensed version of the interview is below.

Justin McGuirk: You were initially quite skeptical about the idea of California as a center of design. Can you explain why?
Matias Duarte: Software (for lack of a better term to describe the medium that Silicon Valley operates in) is very new. Software grew up in a pragmatic "can we just get things off the ground?" way.

Design, as opposed to engineering, touches the human experience. If you're building an airplane that's just going to haul cargo back and forth, the human experience is not prioritized. Once you have passengers, then you start to consider everything about the human experience: aesthetics, comfort, and ergonomics. Silicon Valley was a lot like that, which is why for a long time we saw this naïve expression in our software interfaces. There was almost an endearing primitivism to it. So I'd find myself hiring people from New York or Hollywood to do these things. But it's changing.

You're head of a department called Material Design. What does that mean?
I started working in concert with design leaders across Google to come up with a design system that we'd use across the company, which meant for Android, iOS and the web. And then I thought let's work on a design system that makes the fundamentals of these software experiences easy and useful for everyone, so designers and developers aren't starting from scratch. And we ended up calling that Material Design. We rallied the company around that banner, updating products across all these platforms. And when that was done, I went to Sundar [Pichai] who had just become CEO, and I said, if this is going to be an actual change at Google, we need to make this not just a mountain we climbed once and patted ourselves on the back for, we need to make this an ongoing effort. It needs to be a product-for all our developers and all the third parties that are hungry for things like this.

Why did you call it Material Design?
We were thinking about how we wanted designers to perceive it. We had a tagline for this unnamed thing-a system for rational space, form, and motion. The metaphor is: think about appropriately designing with the material of software, in the same way that if you were learning to be an architect or an industrial designer, you would learn to design with wood or steel or aluminium.

What is it that makes software design unique as a medium?
Just like wood or steel or glass, software has certain properties-one of these properties is that it's constantly evolving. It doesn't require someone to go back to the store to buy a better one. It evolves in reaction to your interactions, or to advances in technology. And that deeply influences the way that software is designed. It's intrinsically iterative as you're trying to approach a better solution.

In many ways, that is one of the defining characteristics of design from California, this impatience to get a product out into the world so that it can be updated and improved. It's a new design methodology based on a culture of rapidly evolving tech products.
Google comes from a background in software, so there's a willingness to be transparent about the process. We iterate in the public space because we're not the kind of company that thinks we can do our best work by hiding it. This is how Californian companies are starting to think.


California: Designing Freedom is on view at the Design Museum in London through October 15, 2017. To learn more about design at Google, visit Google Design and sign up for our newsletter.

24 May 2017 2:00pm GMT

23 May 2017

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Your family on Google

Popcorn. Snuggles. Sniffles. Families share a lot of stuff-and now we're making it even easier to share and stay connected with each other by giving you more to do with your family group on Google. You can already share music and other entertainment with the Google Play Music family plan and Google Play Family Library. Now whether it's a new TV show on your DVR, the soccer practice schedule, this week's to-do list, or family photos from over the weekend, here's a look at how families can do more with YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Keep and Photos.

YouTube TV: Up to six household members get their own cloud DVR that never runs out of storage space, all for $35 a month. Stream live TV from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and popular cable networks. Learn more.

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Google Calendar: A shared family calendar makes it easy for your whole family to keep track of group activities like picnics, movie nights and reunions-all in one place. Learn more.

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Google Keep: Capture and share ideas with features like reminders, shared lists, and notes in Keep that help your whole family stay in the loop. Learn more.

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Google Photos: Send photos and videos to your family group in a few taps, whether you're on a weekend adventure or spending the afternoon at home. Learn more.

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YouTube TV is available today in select markets. Family offerings for Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Photos will begin rolling out today.* You can get started by creating a family group with up to six members of your household. Now your family can share some of your favorite Google products, together.

*Family features for Google Calendar, Google Keep and Google Photos are available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

23 May 2017 5:00pm GMT

Let’s jam—Jamboard is now available

Good ideas become great ones when you work together with your teammates. But as teams become increasingly distributed, you need tools that spur visual creativity and collaboration-a way to sketch out ideas, rev on them with colleagues no matter where they may be in the world and make them real. That's where Jamboard, our cloud-based, collaborative whiteboard, can help. Starting today, Jamboard is available for purchase in the United States.

Breaking down creative barriers

We tested Jamboard with enterprise early adopters like Dow Jones, Whirlpool and Pinterest, who shared how Jamboard helped their businesses collaborate more efficiently and bring the power of the cloud into team brainstorms.

Shaown Nandi, chief information officer at Dow Jones, saw his teams became more hands-on in creative sessions thanks to Jamboard. "Jamboard breaks down barriers to interactive, visual collaboration across teams everywhere," said Nandi. "It's the perfect anchor for a meeting and encourages impromptu, productive sessions. We can easily add any content to the Jamboard to capture great ideas from everyone. We immediately saw the benefits."

Jamboard is the perfect anchor for a meeting. We can easily add content and capture great ideas from everyone. Shaown Nandi Chief Information Officer at Dow Jones
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We received great suggestions from customers on how to make Jamboard even better, such as adding a greater range of secure Wi-Fi network configurations so it's easier to jam in different business settings. Customers also confirmed how important high speed touch is when using a digital whiteboard, and we're using the Nvidia Jetson TX1 embedded computer to make sure Jamboard's 4K touchscreen delivers a responsive experience. Starting today, you can purchase a Jamboard in three colors: cobalt blue, carmine red and graphite grey.

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Order Jamboard today

You can purchase Jamboard for $4,999 USD, which includes two styluses, an eraser and a wall mount. We're also running a promotion-if you order on or before September 30, 2017, you'll receive $300 off of the annual management and support fee for the first year, as well as a discount on the optional rolling stand.

Keep in mind that a G Suite plan is required to use Jamboard so that you can access files from Drive, use them in your brainstorms and come back to your work later. Plus, the Jamboard mobile companion apps can be used remotely so you can work on the go. Also, we're teaming up with BenQ to handle fulfillment, delivery and support. Check out pricing details below.

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Jamboard is available to G Suite customers in the U.S. to start, and will be available for purchase in the U.K. and Canada this summer, with more countries becoming available over time. Contact your Google Cloud sales rep or visit google.com/jamboard to learn more about how you can start jamming with colleagues today.

If you're a current G Suite admin, check out this post for more information.

23 May 2017 5:00pm GMT

Chrome browser in enterprise: new admin bundle and Citrix support

Thanks to its speed, security and simplicity, Chrome has become the most popular browser for using the web. But it's not just for personal use. With more than 200 browser management policies, industry-leading security and regularly scheduled updates, Chrome is also built for enterprises.

Adoption of Chrome browser in enterprise has doubled in the last two years and we're committed to making it even easier for IT admins to deploy and manage Chrome within their organization. Say hello to the new Chrome enterprise bundle.

The new bundle includes multiple tools in a single download that IT admins need for a simple, managed deployment. Today we are also announcing official Citrix support with features for employees that work with legacy applications.

Chrome support for Citrix XenApp, Terminal Services & Windows Server

Citrix use is nearly ubiquitous in Fortune 500 companies, and the web browser is one of the most virtualized applications. So we're adding official support for running Chrome within a Citrix XenApp environment as well as Terminal Services. Chrome is also now supported while running on Windows Server. In Chrome 58, which we began rolling out this month, we include support for GPU acceleration within Citrix environments, roaming profiles and Windows Server auto-detection for easy configuration for IT administrators. Visit the Google Chrome team May 23-25 in Booth #404 at Citrix Synergy Orlando to learn more.

"With official Citrix support for Chrome, we've invested heavily in joint product development, engineering, sales and marketing. We are seeing the returns with continued customer success and large-scale adoption, particularly in industries such as retail and healthcare." Vipin Borkar, Director of Product Management, Citrix

Deploying and using Chrome just got easier

While the existing, standalone Chrome MSI installation package is still available for companies to download, the new Chrome enterprise bundle provides a single package for IT admins that contains the latest version of the Chrome MSI, the Chrome Legacy Browser Support (LBS) extension as well as administrative policy templates.

It's common for enterprises to need access to legacy web applications that require older versions of IE due to the use of outdated plugins such as Silverlight and ActiveX. These requirements no longer prevent you from deploying Chrome to your organization thanks to the included Legacy Browser support (LBS) extension in the Chrome enterprise bundle.

This allows IT administrators to configure their employees' desktops so that when someone clicks a link in Chrome that needs a legacy browser to work, the URL will seamlessly open in a legacy browser. When they're done with the legacy app and type in other URLs that are not specified by the admin, LBS will switch the user back to Chrome to ensure they remain secure.

Everything you need to securely deploy and manage Chrome

Also included in the bundle are the current administrative policy templates that allow admins to configure the available Chrome policies, which will be enforced in the enterprise environment. If Chrome is already deployed but you're not actively managing Chrome, the policy templates are also available for download separately. For more information on how to configure Chrome policies, check out our Chrome Deployment Guide.

As more enterprise applications move to the web, it's more critical than ever to have a path for support. IT admins can email or call Google 24 hours a day. This service is included for G Suite customers and is available on a for-fee basis for non-G Suite customers.

With more than 10,000 Chrome users, Carrie Gernant of the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services notes: "We value the ability to sync from device to device and bring all of our settings and bookmarks with us. As part of IT it makes it easy to do my job, everything is there for me whenever and wherever I need it. The security Chrome provides gives us peace of mind. The auto-updates, phishing protection and built-in malware are all working together to keep our data safe."

Our new Chrome enterprise bundle provides organizations with all of the management tools to make employees productive and can be downloaded here today. We plan to continue to add additional enterprise tools as they become available.

23 May 2017 5:00pm GMT

AI in the newsroom: What’s happening and what’s next?

Bringing people together to discuss the forces shaping journalism is central to our mission at the Google News Lab. Earlier this month, we invited Nick Rockwell, the Chief Technology Officer from the New York Times, and Luca D'Aniello, the Chief Technology Officer at the Associated Press, to Google's New York office to talk about the future of artificial intelligence in journalism and the challenges and opportunities it presents for newsrooms.

The event opened with an overview of the AP's recent report, "The Future of Augmented Journalism: a guide for newsrooms in the age of smart machines," which was based on interviews with dozens of journalists, technologists, and academics (and compiled with the help of a robot, of course). As early adopters of this technology, the AP highlighted a number of their earlier experiments:

Boxing match image captured by one of AP’s AI-powered cameras
This image of a boxing match was captured by one of AP's AI-powered cameras.
  • Deploying more than a dozen AI-powered robotic cameras at the 2016 Summer Olympics to capture angles not easily available to journalists
  • Using Google's Cloud Vision API to classify and tag photos automatically throughout the report
  • Increasing news coverage of quarterly earnings reports from 400 to 4,000 companies using automation

The report also addressed key concerns, including risks associated with unchecked algorithms, potential for workflow disruption, and the growing gap in skill sets.

Here are three themes that emerged from the conversation with Rockwell and D'Aniello:

1. AI will increase a news organization's ability to focus on content creation

D'Aniello noted that journalists, often "pressed for resources," are forced to "spend most of their time creating multiple versions of the same content for different outlets." AI can reduce monotonous tasks like these and allow journalists to to spend more of their time on their core expertise: reporting.

For Rockwell, AI could also be leveraged to power new reporting, helping journalists analyze massive data sets to surface untold stories. Rockwell noted that "the big stories will be found in data, and whether we can find them or not will depend on our sophistication using large datasets."

2. AI can help improve the quality of dialogue online and help organizations better understand their readers' needs.

Given the increasing abuse and harassment found in online conversations, many publishers are backing away from allowing comments on articles. For the Times, the Perspective API tool developed by Jigsaw (part of Google's parent company Alphabet), is creating an opportunity to encourage constructive discussions online by using machine learning to increase the efficiency of comment moderation. Previously, the Times could only moderate comments on 10 percent of articles. Now, the technology has allowed them to allow commenting on all articles.

The Times is also thinking about using AI to increase the relevance of what they deliver to readers. As Rockwell notes, "Our readers have always looked to us to filter the world, but to do that only through editorial curation is a one-size-fits-all approach. There is a lot we can do to better serve them."

3. Applying journalistic standards is essential to AI's successful implementation in newsrooms

Both panelists agreed that the editorial standards that go into creating quality journalism should be applied to AI-fueled journalism. As Francesco Marconi, the author of the AP report, remarked, "Humans make mistakes. Algorithms make mistakes. All the editorial standards should be applied to the technology."

Here are a few approaches we've seen for how those standards can be applied to the technology:

  • Pairing up journalists with the tech. At the AP, business journalists trained software to understand how to write an earnings report.
  • Serving as editorial gatekeepers. News editors should play a role in synthesizing and framing the information AI produces.
  • Ensuring more inclusive reporting. In 2016, Google.org, USC and the Geena Davis Foundation used machine learning to create a tool that collects data on gender portrayals in media.

What's ahead

What will it take for AI to be a positive force in journalism? The conversation showed that while the path wasn't certain, getting to the right answers would require close collaboration between the technology industry, news organizations, and journalists.

"There is a lot of work to do, but it's about the mindset," D'Aniello said. "Technology was seen as a disruptor of the newsroom, and it was difficult to introduce things. I don't think this is the case anymore. The urgency and the need is perceived at the editorial level."

We look forward to continuing to host more conversations on important topics like this one. Learn more about the Google News Lab on our website.

Header image of robotic camera courtesy of Associated Press.

23 May 2017 4:00pm GMT

A vision for success: Taking LED glasses made in Korea to the world

As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the Internet to grow their business, we caught up with Kyuhee Lee, marketing manager at Chemion, to find out how this startup went from selling zero pairs of Chemion LED glasses to over 10,000 in just three months.

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Kyuhee Lee, Chemion's marketing manager, puts a pair of Chemion glasses to work at Neofect's office in Seoul

We're excited to learn more about you! Tell us about your startup...and these fancy looking glasses.
Our company, Neofect, has been around since 2010. Today we have 50 employees working primarily on high-tech, rehabilitative devices, including the Rapael Smart Glove, which helps patients strengthen the range of their hand motions. Our business' core goal has always been to help people have fun while doing everyday, routine activities. That's why we invented various games associated with our rehabilitative devices.

We began making LED glasses for fun. We thought it would offer a way to get people to laugh with their friends and have more fun at parties and events. That's how Chemion got started, and I think this is what differentiates us from other startups-we're making these glasses just to have fun ourselves and let our users have fun, too.

What were some challenges to launching Chemion?
When we launched the LED glasses in February 2016, we only had B2B experience. First, we tried focusing exclusively on the domestic Korean market, hoping the glasses would catch on at electronic music festivals or become trendy at nightclubs in Seoul. We were disappointed to find the local reception just wasn't there. But instead of giving up, we knew we needed to re-think how to reach out to new customers. So we did. That is when we started to expand to overseas markets and focus on our digital reach, specifically, via e-commerce and online social platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

How did you turn your business around and make Chemion popular?
Initially, we faced challenges setting up marketing campaigns online. Every time I encountered an issue, I would search for and watch how-to videos on YouTube, including the ones made by AdWords Online Seminar in Korea. This was a huge help in setting up AdWords and I still use the channel today to learn more about Google Analytics.

Eventually, we reached out to the Korea Google Marketing Solutions team for ideas, too. They gave thoughtful advice on campaign optimization strategies. They even shared their screen via Google Hangouts which was cool and extremely time-saving, since I could see exactly what I needed to do. I thank the team for their help!

At what point did your product really begin to take off?
It's a funny story actually. Chemion glasses were featured in a video that we didn't even know about for a while! In Q4 2016, sales suddenly shot up, especially from overseas. People were buying Chemion in Germany, the US, the UK, Japan, and even Austria. We had no idea why!

Eventually we found out through our customers that a YouTube creator The Never Cat had posted a video about how he used our glasses and created a role-playing mask to represent a gaming character. He was really creative and found Chemion online and incorporated the glasses into his mask. He took something we had made and made something new and original, which is very cool. Ever since his video went viral, people started asking where they could purchase the glasses and the name of our brand. That's when we realized the power of YouTube.

What's next for Chemion?
We need to get our brand out there and reach people who want to have fun. Video is an important medium for getting our message across-especially through the power of YouTube creators. When a famous YouTube creator, Unbox Therapy, decided to review us, we saw a direct impact on our sales, better than our own offline marketing events. That's really the beauty of the Internet-it allows us to find and connect with people we otherwise wouldn't be able to reach.

You've Never Seen Glasses Like This...

You've Never Seen Glasses Like This...

23 May 2017 2:05pm GMT

Powering ads and analytics with machine learning

Today in San Francisco, we're bringing together a thousand marketers from around the world to Google Marketing Next, our annual event to discuss what's coming next for ads, what's needed now to grow your business and what we can achieve together.

The ubiquity of mobile has dramatically changed the game in the ads world over the past few years. People expect to be able to immediately turn to their device to know, go, do, and buy-and marketers need to be able to meet those consumers in the moment. But that's not enough. As people continue to embrace new, natural ways of interacting with devices, ads need to get even smarter and more frictionless-otherwise people will just move on.

That's why a big focus of today is how machine learning technology-the same tech that is making Gmail replies smarter and helping you get things done around the house with the Google Assistant-will be critical to advertising. It can help marketers analyze countess signals in real time to anticipate consumer needs and reach them with more tailored ads-right at the moment they're looking to go somewhere, buy, or do something. Machine learning is also key to measuring the consumer journeys that now span multiple devices and channels, across both the digital and physical worlds. It's something we believe will shape the future of marketing for years to come.

Check out the AdWords blog for more detail on Google Marketing Next and all these announcements.

Google Attribution: measure the impact of your marketing

With so many ways to connect with consumers, it's hard for advertisers to answer what should be a simple question-is my marketing working? To truly understand how your different marketing efforts lead to sales, you need to connect the steps of the customer journey as people move between devices-AND value every customer moment, whether it occurs on display, video, search, social, email or another channel.

Google Attribution is a new product that helps you do just that. It helps you understand how all of your customer touchpoints work together to drive sales, even when people research across multiple devices before making a purchase. By integrating AdWords, DoubleClick Search and Google Analytics, it brings together data from all your marketing channels. The end result is a complete view of your performance. Google Attribution is currently in beta and will roll out to more advertisers over the coming months.

Helping marketers bridge the digital and physical worlds

Mobile has blurred the line between the digital and physical worlds. While most purchases still happen in-store, people are increasingly going on their smartphones to do research beforehand. That's why marketers are using tools like Promoted Places on Google Maps and local inventory ads on Google Shopping to showcase special offers and what's in-stock at nearby stores to help consumers decide where to go.

To help marketers gain more insight about consumer journeys that start online and end in a store, and deliver better ad experiences based on that data, we introduced store visits measurement back in 2014. This is no easy thing-especially in places with multi-story malls or dense cities like Tokyo, Japan and São Paulo, Brazil where many business locations are situated close together. So we use advanced machine learning and mapping technology to tackle these challenges. We've recently upgraded our deep learning model to train on larger data sets and confidently measure more store visits in challenging scenarios.

Store visits measurement is already available today for Search, Shopping and Display. And soon this technology will be available for YouTube TrueView campaigns, along with new location extensions for video ads.

Measuring store visits is just one part of the equation. You also need to know if your online ads are ringing your cash register. So in the coming months, we'll be rolling out store sales measurement so you can measure in-store revenue in addition to the store visits delivered by your search ads.

Powerful audience insights for Search Ads

Finally, people are often searching with the intent to buy. So we're also bringing in-market audiences to Search Ads to help you reach people who are ready to purchase the products and services you offer. For example, if you're a car dealership, you can increase your reach among users who have already searched for "SUVs with best gas mileage" and "spacious SUVs." In-market audiences use the power of machine learning to better understand when people are close to buying something.

The convergence of mobile, data and machine learning are unlocking new opportunities for marketers. See the AdWords blog for more detail.

23 May 2017 1:00pm GMT

Google Maps can be your travel guide this summer

The unofficial kick-off to summer is just around the corner. To give you some travel planning inspiration this year, we looked at historical Google Maps data to find the top trending places of the season throughout the U.S. Follow our summer lists below to head to the hot spots or avoid the crowds-the choice is yours. Already know where you're going? Then create your own lists and share them with friends via your favorite messaging and social apps.

Drinks with a view

When the weather is warm, bars with outdoor patios, views of the water, rooftops, and creative cocktails draw the biggest crowds. This summer bars list is NYC-heavy so if you're thinking about the Big Apple this summer-this one's for you.

Education + entertainment = edutainment

Who says learning isn't fun? Definitely not summer travelers. Whether you're a parent trying to infuse education into summer break or a young adult squeezing in some culture between beach days, our edutainment list highlights the museums, aquariums, and zoos you can't miss.

Summer grubbin'

Seeing the sights can work up an appetite and there's an obvious formula for what makes a restaurant a good summer choice-seafood and waterfront seating (and bonus points if it's an iconic location). Our restaurants list covers eateries from fast casual to seafood buffets to pizzerias that are sure to satisfy your appetite wherever you are.

Surf's up

Summer isn't complete until you've walked through the sand, soaked up the sun, and waded in the surf. This list of trending summer beaches includes the sandy shores of the Pacific, Atlantic and even the Great Lakes.

Places to go and things to see are only half of the summer equation-the company we keep is the other (maybe even better) half. This summer it's easy to meet up with friends while on the go using Location Sharing in Google Maps. Here are a few more Google Maps features to help you navigate your summer without any headaches.

  • Save an area of the map for use while offline. Just download the region to your offline maps so when you don't have Wi-Fi or ample data, you can still search for places, get directions, and use turn-by-turn navigation.

  • Reviews on Google Maps are automatically translated into your preferred language so when you're looking for the perfect tapas place or sake bar, you can choose a spot with confidence when traveling internationally.

  • Know whether parking will be hard to find wherever you go with parking difficulty icons, and save where you parked on the map so you never forget where you left your car.

Take Google Maps with you this summer to find places to go and things to see, meet up with friends, and get where you're going.


23 May 2017 10:00am GMT

Android Pay says "Привет" to Russia

Stepping out for groceries or an afternoon coffee? You'll no longer need to bring anything more than your phone. Starting today, Android Pay is available in Russia - which means you'll be able to enjoy a simpler and more secure way to pay across all 11 time zones.

Android Pay lets you check out quickly and easily in some of your favorite stores and apps - gone are the days of fumbling for credit cards and counting cash. Get the Android Pay app from Google Play and add your eligible card to get started. When you're ready to pay, just hold your phone near the payment terminal and wait for the checkmark to appear. You can also add all your loyalty cards to Android Pay so they're easily accessible.

Where can I use Android Pay?

Whether you're fueling your car, grabbing coffee with breakfast, buying groceries, or going to the cinema, you can use Android Pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments -just look for either of these logos when you're ready to pay.

Android Pay NFC

Thousands of your favorite places already accept Android Pay, including Magnit, Perekrestok, Starbucks, KFC and Rosneft. And with your loyalty cards saved in the Android Pay app, there's no need to carry them around anymore.

Select Merchants that accept Android Pay

Shopping in apps like Lamoda, OneTwoTrip, or Rambler-Kassa? Breeze through checkout with Android Pay. You'll no longer have to enter your payment details every time -look for the Android Pay button and you can pay with a single tap. Here some of the apps that accept Android Pay now, with more coming soon!

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And if you're an online merchant, we've teamed up with several processors to make it even easier for you to accept Android Pay in your apps and sites. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Russian Processors

Getting started

To start using Android Pay, download the Android Pay app from Google Play. You'll need to have Android KitKat 4.4 or higher on your phone. Then, add an eligible Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card from a supported bank, such as AK BARS, Alfa-Bank, B&N Bank, MTS Bank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Raiffeisen Bank, Rocketbank, Russian Standard Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank, Sberbank, Tinkoff Bank, Tochka, VTB24 or Yandex.Money. Don't see your bank on the list? Don't worry. We're always adding new partners, and we'll let you know as soon as new banks come on board.

Android Pay Russian Featured Banks

If you already have the Raiffeisen Bank, Sberbank, or Tinkoff Bank mobile apps, you can enable Android Pay from those banking apps without having to download Android Pay. Just tap the "Add to Android Pay" button to enable your card in Android Pay without entering your card information.

Because Android Pay doesn't share your actual credit or debit card number with stores, it's safer than using a plastic card. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Find My Device to instantly lock your phone from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or wipe it clean of your personal information.

Ready to use Android Pay in stores? You'll need to make sure your phone supports NFC. Thousands of phones do - and we've created a guide to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
Russia OEMs

We're thrilled to name Russia as our 11th country to adopt Android Pay, and we hope it'll make your everyday purchases faster, easier, and a little more fun. Get the app now to enjoy the benefits of effortless checkout in apps, online, and at all your favorite places.

23 May 2017 6:00am GMT

22 May 2017

feedThe Official Google Blog

Empowering a new generation of localization professionals

When her grandmother Chadia turned 80, Christina Hayek-an Arabic Language Manager at Google-and her sisters wanted to give their beloved sitto a gift that would bring her closer to them. Chadia lives in Lebanon, but her children and grandchildren are spread across the world. To bridge this geographical gap, Christina and her siblings gave their grandmother an Android smartphone. Much to Chadia's surprise, she was able to use her phone in Arabic straight out of the box.

This isn't magic-it's the work of a dedicated localization team at Google, whose mission is to create a diverse user experience that fits every language and every culture. Spread over more than 30 countries, our team of passionate translators and reviewers makes sure that all Google products are fun and easy to use in 70+ languages-and sound natural to people everywhere. Localization goes beyond translation. For example, while references to baseball and donuts work well in the U.S., these aren't necessarily popular concepts in other cultures. So we might change them to football in Italy and croissant in France.

With more and more people from around the world coming online every day, the localization industry keeps growing-and so does the demand for great translators, reviewers, and localization professionals. So, as part of Google's mission to build products for everyone and make the web globally accessible, no matter where people are, we're launching a massive open online course (MOOC) called Localization Essentials.

Localization Essentials was developed in collaboration with Udacity, and is free to access. It covers all localization basics needed to develop global products, from the types of software that we use to the jobs available in this industry. By sharing our knowledge, we hope that more culturally relevant products will become available to people everywhere, and provide opportunities to them that they didn't have before.

22 May 2017 5:00pm GMT

Introducing Searching for Syria, a project made in partnership with UNHCR

It was six years ago in March that the Syrian civil war began, and since then more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, their possessions, their families, and their education to seek shelter throughout the Middle East, Europe, and around the world. The scale of the crisis is hard for most of us to fathom, and the experiences of the refugee population can often feel too remote for most of us to understand.

Since 2015, we've tried to do our part to help. Google.org has invested more than $20 million in grants supporting solutions to provide 800,000+ refugees with emergency support and access to vital information and education.

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Today we are launching a site called "Searching for Syria," a new way for people to learn about Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis by exploring five of the most common search queries that people around the world are asking. Each question allows you to explore some of the detail behind the answer, combining UNHCR data with Google Maps, satellite imagery, videos, photography, and stories from refugees.

Each June the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) releases a Global Trends report which contains the latest facts and figures on refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and other people under the agency's mandate. Late last year, Google and the UNHCR teamed up to combine this report with Search trends, drawing connections between the questions that people are searching for with the UNHCR's detailed data sets. Our goal was to paint a new kind of picture of the Syrian refugee crisis, accessible to greater numbers of people-and in doing so, remind people not only of the scale of the crisis, but also of the human side of it.

We see through Google Search trends that people are certainly trying to understand the scale of the crisis. Among the top trending searches in Germany, France, and the UK last year was "What is happening in Syria?" and simply, "What is a refugee?" People in every corner of the world are turning to Google Search to find out what's going on and how they might help. In 2016 alone people searched for information about Syria and the Syrian people over tens of millions of times.

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Over the last six years we have seen Search trends from around the world shift from immediate questions like, "Where are Syrian refugees going?" to the more contemplative, "What was Syria like before the war?" Throughout Searching for Syria, refugee families tell you about their homes six years ago and today-and what they've experienced in traveling to their new, temporary lives.

People search for many reasons-to learn and to research, or sometimes to connect, share, and overcome. Sharing these trends, based on UNHCR's verified data, will ensure that people searching to better understand one of the most terrible events of the last six years will be able to do just that.

Searching for Syria

22 May 2017 7:01am GMT

19 May 2017

feedThe Official Google Blog

The High Five: It’s a Beautiful Day to romp around

Take a romp through this week's search trends, from talented Dutch royalty to blockbuster news from D.C.

A deluge of news from D.C.

After a week of non-stop news out of Washington, searchers are turning to Google to ask questions like "What did Trump tell Russia?" Many wanted to learn about the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, from his age and salary to "Which senators called for a special prosecutor?" Other searches asked how information is classified and whether the President is allowed to share classified information. And finally, many were curious to know what all this means for Trump's presidency, even asking "If Trump is impeached, who will become President?"

Fashionistos

We live in a time of innovation, of creativity, of discovery, of … male rompers. Got questions? So do many people who have been searching "What is a male romper?" and "Why are people talking about rompers?" A romper is a one-piece combination of a shirt and shorts, traditionally worn by women. Now, the rompHIM is taking men's fashion by storm-search interest in romper surpassed that of dress, pants, shorts AND shirt. Now the only question left is "Where can I buy a male romper?"

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The Flying Dutchman

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines gets new meaning this week, as Dutch King Willem-Alexander revealed that he's been moonlighting as a commercial pilot for over two decades. His Royal Highness is flying high in search as a result. Even Americans are curious, looking for information about the King's family and net worth as well as his side gig. Interest in the plane type he flew-Fokker 70-surpassed that of the well-known Boeing 747 by over 300 percent.

(Almost) summertime and the studying is hard

Summer is around the corner, and search interest for "final grade calculator" spiked (as it does every December at middle of May during final exam seasons). Summer is no fun if you don't make the grade, so in the final stretch, students are searching "how to find out what your final grade will be" and "What grade do I need on the final?"

It's a Beautiful Day for U2 fans

In a Race Against Time, U2 refuses to become an oldies act. Fans are getting what they Desire-the band is back on national tour performing songs from their landmark album Joshua Tree, going from Where the Streets Have No Name to a Red Hill Mining Town (and many cities in between). Many shows are already sold out, so if you Still Haven't Found What you're Looking For, it might be time to Walk On. But concert-goers in Santa Clara, CA, were treated to the Sweetest Thing when the band played for a full hour past curfew, With or Without permission from the city and leading to searches like "What time is the U2 concert over?" If you're thinking All I Want is You to play "One," you're not alone-it's the band's top searched hit of all time.

19 May 2017 9:00pm GMT

All 101 announcements from Google I/O ‘17

It's been a busy three days here in Mountain View, as more than 7,000 developers joined us at Shoreline Amphitheatre for this year's Google I/O. From AI to VR, and everything in between, here's an exhaustive-we mean that-recap of everything we announced.

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1. The Google Assistant is already available on more than 100 million devices!
2. Soon, with Google Lens-a new way for computers to "see"-you'll be able to learn more about and take action on the things around you, while you're in a conversation with your Assistant.
3. We've brought your Google Assistant to iPhones.
4. Call me maybe? With new hands-free calling on Google Home, you'll be able to make calls with the Assistant to landlines and mobile numbers in U.S. and Canada for free.
5. You can now type to your Google Assistant on eligible Android phones and iPhones.
6. Bonjour. Later this year people in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan will be able to give the Assistant on Google Home a try.
7. And Hallo. Soon the Assistant will roll out to eligible Android phones in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Japanese. By the end of the year the Assistant will support Italian, Korean and Spanish.
8. We're also adding transactions and payments to your Assistant on phones-soon you can order and pay for food and more, with your Assistant.
9. With 70+ home automation partners, you can water your lawn and check the status of your smoke alarm with the Assistant on Google Home and phones.
10. Soon you'll get proactive notifications for reminders, flight delays and traffic alerts with the Assistant on Google Home and phones. With multi-user support, you can control the type of notifications to fit your daily life.
12. Listen to all your favorite tunes. We've added Deezer and Soundcloud as partners, plus Spotify's free music offering coming soon.
12. Bluetooth support is coming to Google Home, so you can play any audio from your iOS or Android device.
13. Don't know the name of a song, but remember a few of the lyrics? Now you can just ask the Assistant to "play that song that goes like..." and list some of the lyrics.
14. Use your voice to play your favorite shows and more from 20+ new partners (HBO NOW, CBS All Access, and HGTV) straight to your TV.
15. With visual responses from your Assistant on TVs with Chromecast, you'll be able to see Assistant answers on the biggest screen in your house.
16. You can stream with your voice with Google Home on 50 million Cast and Cast-enabled devices.
17. For developers, we're bringing Actions on Google to the Assistant on phones-on both Android and iOS. Soon you'll find conversation apps for the Assistant that help you do things like shopping for clothes or ordering food from a lengthy menu.
18. Also for developers, we're adding ways for you to get data on your app's usage and performance, with a new console.
19. We're rolling out an app directory, so people can find apps from developers directly in the Google Assistant.
20. People can now also create shortcuts for apps in the Google Assistant, so instead of saying "Ok Google, ask Forecaster Joe what's the surf report for the Outer Banks," someone can just say their personal shortcut, like "Ok Google, is the surf up?"
21. Last month we previewed the Google Assistant SDK, and now we're updating it with hotword support, so developers can build devices that are triggered by a simple "Ok Google."
22. We're also adding to the SDK the ability to have both timers and alarms.
23. And finally, we're launching our first developer competition for Actions on Google.

AI, ML and Cloud

24. With the addition of Smart Reply to Gmail on Android and iOS, we're using machine learning to make responding to emails easier for more than a billion Gmail users.
25. New Cloud TPUs-the second generation of our custom hardware built specifically for machine learning-are optimized for training ML models as well as running them, and will be available in the Google Compute Engine.
26. And to speed up the pace of open machine-learning research, we're introducing the TensorFlow Research Cloud, a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs available for free to top researchers.
27. Google for Jobs is our initiative to use our products to help people find work, using machine learning. Through Google Search and the Cloud Jobs API, we're committed to helping companies connect with potential employees and job seekers with available opportunities.
28. The Google Cloud Jobs API is helping customers like Johnson & Johnson recruit the best candidates. Only months after launching, they've found that job seekers are 18 percent more likely to apply on its career page now they are using Cloud Jobs API.
29. With Google.ai, we're pulling all our AI initiatives together to put more powerful computing tools and research in the hands of researchers, developers and companies. We've already seen promising research in the fields of pathology and DNA research.
30. We must go deeper. AutoML uses neural nets to design neural nets, potentially cutting down the time-intensive process of setting up an AI system, and helping non-experts build AI for their particular needs.
31. We've partnered with world-class medical researchers to explore how machine learning could help improve care for patients, avoid costly incidents and save lives.
32. We introduced a new Google Cloud Platform service called Google Cloud IoT Core, which makes it easy for Google Cloud customers to gain business insights through secure device connections to our rich data and analytics tools.

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33. We first launched Google Photos two years ago, and now it has more than 500 million monthly users.
34. Every day more than 1.2 billion photos and videos are uploaded to Google Photos.
35. Soon Google Photos will give you sharing suggestions by selecting the right photos, and suggesting who you should send them to based on who was in them
36. Shared libraries will let you effortlessly share photos with a specific person. You can share your full photo library, or photos of certain people or from a certain date forward.
37. With photo books, once you select the photos, Google Photos can curate an album for you with all the best shots, which you can then print for $9.99 (20-page softcover) or $19.99 (20-page hardcover), in the U.S. for now.
38. Google Lens is coming to Photos later this year, so you'll be able to look back on your photos to learn more or take action-like find more information about a painting from a photo you took in a museum.

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39. We reached 2 billion monthly active devices on Android!
40. Android O, coming later this year, is getting improvements to "vitals" like battery life and performance, and bringing more fluid experiences to your smaller screen, from improved notifications to autofill.
41. With picture-in-picture in Android O, you can do two tasks simultaneously, like checking your calendar while on a Duo video call.
42. Smart text selection in Android O improves copy and paste to recognize entities on the screen-like a complete address-so you can easily select text with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help navigate you there.
43. Our emoji are going through a major design refresh in Android O.
44. For developers, the first beta release of Android O is now available.
45. We introduced Google Play Protect-a set of security protections for Android that's always on and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don't have to lift a finger.
46. The new Find My Device app helps you locate, ring, lock and erase your lost Android devices-phones, tablets, and even watches.
47. We previewed a new initiative aimed at getting computing into the hands of more people on entry-level Android devices. Internally called Android Go, it's designed to be relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages.
48. Android Auto is now supported by 300 car models, and Android Auto users have grown 10x since last year.
49. With partners in 70+ countries, we're seeing 1 million new Android TV device activations every two months, doubling the number of users since last year.
50. We've refreshed the look and feel of the Android TV homescreen, making it easy for people to find, preview and watch content provided by apps.
51. With new partners like Emporio Armani, Movado and New Balance, Android Wear now powers almost 50 different watches.
52. We shared an early look at TensorFlow Lite, which is designed to help developers take advantage of machine learning to improve the user experience on Android.
53. As part of TensorFlow Lite, we're working on a Neural Network API that TensorFlow can take advantage of to accelerate computation.
54. An incredible 82 billion apps were downloaded from Google Play in the last year.
55. We honored 12 Google Play Awards winners-apps and games that give their fans particularly delightful and memorable experiences.
56. We're now previewing Android Studio 3.0, focused on speed and Android platform support.
57. We're making Kotlin an officially supported programming language in Android, with the goal of making Android development faster and more fun.
58. And we'll be collaborating with JetBrains, the creators of Kotlin, to move Kotlin into a nonprofit foundation.
59. Android Instant Apps are now open to all developers, so anyone can build and publish apps that can be run without requiring installation.
60. Thousands of developers from 60+ countries are now using Android Things to create connected devices that have easy access to services like the Google Assistant, TensorFlow and more.
61. Android Things will be fully released later this year.
62. Over the last year, the number of Google Play developers with more than 1 million installs grew 35 percent.
63. The number of people buying on Google Play grew by almost 30 percent this past year.
64. We're updating the Google Play Console with new features to help developers improve your app's performance and quality, and grow your business on Google Play.
65. We're also adding a new subscriptions dashboard in the Play Console, bringing together data like new subscribers and churn so you can make better business decisions.
66. To make it easier and more fun for developers to write robust apps, we announced a guide to Android app architecture along with a preview of Architecture Components.
67. We're adding four new tools to the Complications API for Android Wear, to help give users more informative watch faces.
68. Also for Android Wear, we're open sourcing some components in the Android Support Library.

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69. More Daydream-ready phones are coming soon, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, LG's next flagship phone, and devices from Motorola and ASUS.
70. Today there are 150+ applications available for Daydream.
71. More than 2 million students have gone on virtual reality Expeditions using Google Cardboard, with more than 600 tours available.
72. We're expanding Daydream to support standalone VR headsets, which don't require a phone or PC. HTC VIVE and Lenovo are both working on devices, based on a Qualcomm reference design.
73. Standalone Daydream headsets will include WorldSense, a new technology based on Tango which enables the headset to track your precise movements in space, without any extra sensors.
74. The next smartphone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.
75. We worked with the Google Maps team to create a new Visual Positioning Service (VPS) for developers, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors.
76. We're bringing AR to the classroom with Expeditions AR, launching with a Pioneer Program this fall.
77. We previewed Euphrates, the latest release of Daydream, which will let you capture what you're seeing and cast your virtual world right onto the screen in your living room, coming later this year.
78. A new tool for VR developers, Instant Preview, lets developers make changes on a computer and see them reflected on a headset in seconds, not minutes.
79. Seurat is a new technology that makes it possible to render high-fidelity scenes on mobile VR headsets in real time. Somebody warn Cameron Frye.
80. We're releasing an experimental build of Chromium with an augmented reality API, to help bring AR to the web.

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81. Soon you'll be able to watch and control 360-degree YouTube videos and live streams on your TV, and use your game controller or remote to pan around an immersive experience.
82. Super Chat lets fans interact directly with YouTube creators during live streams by purchasing highlighted chat messages that stay pinned to the top of the chat window. We previewed a developer integration that showed how the Super Chat API can be used to trigger actions in the real world-such as turning the lights on and off in a creator's apartment.
83. A new feature in the YouTube VR app will soon let people watch and discuss videos together.

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84. We announced that we will make Fabric's Crashlytics the primary crash reporting product in Firebase.
85. We're bringing phone number authentication to Firebase, working closely with the Fabric Digits team, so your users can sign in to your apps with their phone numbers.
86. New Firebase Performance Monitoring will help diagnose issues resulting from poorly performing code or challenging network conditions.
87. We've improved Firebase Cloud Messaging.
88. For game developers, we've built Game Loop support & FPS monitoring into Test Lab for Android, allowing you to evaluate your game's frame rate before you deploy.
89. We've taken some big steps to open source many of our Firebase SDKs on GitHub.
90. We're expanding Firebase Hosting to integrate with Cloud Functions, letting you can do things like send a notification when a user signs up or automatically create thumbnails when an image is uploaded to Cloud Storage.
91. Developers interested in testing the cutting edge of our products can now sign up for a Firebase Alpha program.
92. We're adding two new certifications for web developers, in addition to the Associate Android Developer Certification announced last year.
93. We opened an Early Access Program for Chatbase, a new analytics tool in API.ai that helps developers monitor the activity in their chatbots.
94. We've completely redesigned AdMob, which helps developers promote, measure and monetize mobile apps, with a new user flow and publisher controls.
95. AdMob is also now integrated with Google Analytics for Firebase, giving developers a complete picture of ads revenue, mediation revenue and in-app purchase revenue in one place.
96. With a new Google Payment API, developers can enable easy in-app or online payments for customers who already have credit and debit cards stored on Google properties.
97. We're introducing new ways for merchants to engage and reward customers, including the new Card Linked Offers API.
98. We're introducing a new options for ads placement through Universal App Campaigns to help users discover your apps in the Google Play Store.
99. An update to Smart Bidding strategies in Universal App Campaigns helps you gain high-value users of your apps-like players who level-up in your game or the loyal travelers who book several flights a month.
100. A new program, App Attribution Partners, integrates data into AdWords from seven third-party measurement providers so you can more easily find and take action on insights about how users engage with your app.
101. Firebase partnered up with Google Cloud to offer free storage for up to 10 gigabytes in BigQuery so you can quickly, easily and affordably run queries on it.

That's all, folks! Thanks to everyone who joined us at I/O this year, whether in person, at an I/O Extended event or via the live stream. See you in 2018.

19 May 2017 7:00pm GMT

01 Apr 2017

feedGoogle Operating System

Google April Fools' Day 2017

April Fools' Day should probably be called Google Fools' Day, since there are so many Google hoaxes.

Google Japan developed a "bubble wrap" version of the Japanese keyboard. "The Google Japanese input bubble wrap version is a keyboard that realizes 'I want to press in my mind, I want to keep pressing'," according to Google Translate.



Another product for your smart home? Meet Google Gnome, "a voice-activated, hands-free tool designed to make backyard living effortless. Need to know what animal is squeaking in your bushes? Stay still and ask Gnome what sound an opossum makes. Running low on birdseed? That's where Gnome comes in. You can even use Gnome's proprietary high-intensity lasers to trim your hedges into whatever shape your heart desires."



The Chrome OS team brings the most popular mobile accessories to the Chromebook, which already blurs the line between mobile and desktop. Chromebook Groupie Stick, Chromebook Cardboard, Chromebook Workout Armband will soon be available in the Google Store. "To take advantage of beautiful, high-resolution displays, as well as great photo editing apps, we've carefully engineered the first Chromebook-sized selfie stick. Never again will you miss the perfect groupie."


Haptic Helpers make VR even more immersive. "We're taking VR to the next level with Haptic Helpers. Using a modest set of everyday tools, these VR virtuosos can simulate more than 10,000 unique experiences, all from the comfort of your own home. Smell the roses. Listen to the ocean. Feel a fluffy dog!"


You can now play the classic arcade game MS. PAC-MAN in Google Maps. "Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue as you swerve the streets of real places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while." Just go to the Google Maps site or open the Google Maps app for Android or iOS and click or tap MS. PAC-MAN at the bottom.


Google Cloud Platform expands to Mars. "By opening a dedicated extraterrestrial cloud region, we're bringing the power of Google's compute, network, and storage to the rest of the solar system, unlocking a plethora of possibilities for astronomy research, exploration of Martian natural resources and interplanetary life sciences. This region will also serve as an important node in an extensive network throughout the solar system. Our first interplanetary data center - affectionately nicknamed 'Ziggy Stardust' - will open in 2018," mentions Google.


Google Netherlands came up with Google Wind, a machine learning technology that controls the weather. "The Netherlands has many windmills, some no longer in use, we can connect to Google Cloud Platform. So we use the existing Dutch infrastructure, machine learning, weather patterns to control the network of windmills when rain is approaching. The first test results are very promising: we seem to be able to provide sun and clear skies for everyone in the Netherlands," mentions Google Netherlands blog.



Google's search app for iOS is now optimized for cats and dogs. "On the Google app for iOS, you can now use 3D Touch on the app icon or head to settings and select I'm Feeling Woof or I'm Feeling Meow to let your dogs and cats get info on topics they care about-whether that means squeaky toys or a bowl of milk!"


Google also launched Google Play for Pets, a new category of Android games designed for cats, dogs and other pets.


Google Translate's Word Lens feature supports a new language: Heptapod B, the alien language from the movie "Arrival". "The challenge with understanding Heptapod B is its nonlinear orthography. Fortunately, Google's neural machine translation system employs an encoder/decoder system that internally represents sentences as high-dimensional vectors. These vectors map well to the non-linear orthography of the Heptapod language and they are really the enabling technical factor in translating Heptapod B."

01 Apr 2017 7:25am GMT

19 Feb 2017

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Gmail Blocks JavaScript Attachments

If you try to send a JavaScript attachment using Gmail or if you want to download a .js attachment, you'll get a new anti-virus warning: "Blocked for security reasons", "1 attachment contains a virus or blocked file. Downloading this attachment is disabled".


.JS has been added to the long list of file types that are blocked by Gmail for security reasons. The full list: .ADE, .ADP, .BAT, .CHM, .CMD, .COM, .CPL, .EXE, .HTA, .INS, .ISP, .JAR, .JS (NEW), .JSE, .LIB, .LNK, .MDE, .MSC, .MSI, .MSP, .MST, .NSH .PIF, .SCR, .SCT, .SHB, .SYS, .VB, .VBE, .VBS, .VXD, .WSC, .WSF, .WSH. "To prevent against potential viruses, Gmail doesn't allow you to attach certain types of files, including: certain file types (listed above), including their compressed form (like .gz or .bz2 files) or when found within archives (like .zip or .tgz files), documents with malicious macros, archives whose listed file content is password protected, archives whose content includes a password protected archive."

The GSuite Blog informs that "for inbound mail, senders will get a bounce message explaining why the email was blocked. If you still need to send .js files for legitimate reasons, you can use Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, or other storage solutions to share or send your files."

You can still send JavaScript files using Gmail if you change the extension. What about downloading old .js attachments? Try the workarounds from this post.

19 Feb 2017 10:39am GMT

25 Jan 2017

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Google Image Search Shows Colorful Suggestions

Google Image Search has a different way to display suggestions: it now shows a long list of colorful boxes with related searches. You can click one or more boxes to dynamically refine search results.


For example, when searching for [sportswear], Google shows suggestions like: [women basketball], [tennis], [badminton], [golf], [volleyball], [nike woman], [alexander wang], [adidas], [fashion], [performance], [vintage], [trendy], [urban], [school], [gym], [90's], [70's], [vogue], [luxe], [avant garde], [korean], [italian], [french] and more. It's interesting to notice that each category of suggestions has a different color.




Here's the old interface, which had fewer suggestions and displayed thumbnails next to suggestions:

25 Jan 2017 9:39pm GMT

19 Jan 2017

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Staying with the US Digital Service

A few months ago, I took a leave of absence from Google to do a stint with the US Digital Service. A lot of people know about the US Digital Service because they helped rescue the healthcare.gov website. But you might not realize that the US Digital Service has helped veterans get their health benefits, […]

19 Jan 2017 3:47am GMT

16 Jan 2017

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Google Image Search Starts Playing YouTube Videos

Google Image Search's mobile interface tests a new feature that starts playing snippets from a YouTube video at the top of the search results page. It's not disclosed as an ad, there's no sound and you can't stop or hide the video, which continues to play on repeat.



Right now, the experiment seems to be limited to fashion-related queries like [men jackets], [lookbook], [winter outfit], which match videos from YouTube channels like New Look and River Island. "New Look is a South African-owned British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops. (...) The chain sells womenswear, menswear, and clothing for teens," according to Wikipedia.

Google only shows labels like: "New Look on YouTube", even though this looks like an experimental ad format. I hope it will never become a regular feature, as it's pretty annoying and it wastes Internet bandwidth.

16 Jan 2017 10:49am GMT

13 Jan 2017

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YouTube Desktop Notifications, Now For Everyone

It looks like YouTube's notification experiment is now a regular feature and you can no longer disable it by clearing cookies. When sign in to your Google account, YouTube's desktop site no longer shows Google+ notifications in the navigation bar: it replaces them with YouTube notifications.

"Your notifications live here. Subscribe to your favorite channels to get notified about their latest videos," informs the new notification box.


13 Jan 2017 2:08pm GMT

29 Dec 2016

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YouTube Notifications in the Navigation Bar

YouTube has recently started to experiment with replacing Google+ notifications in the navigation bar with YouTube notifications. You get notifications for recently uploaded videos from your subscribed channels, but only if you've enabled notifications for those channels. For example, you can go to the subscription manager and click the bell icon next to a channel to enable or disable notifications.

The settings button sends you to the Notifications section from YouTube's Settings page and the 3-dot icon next to each notification lets you turn off notifications from the corresponding channel.


If you don't like this experiment, you can always clear cookies for youtube.com in your browser's settings and opt out.

29 Dec 2016 12:24pm GMT

Google's New Mobile UI for Recipe Search

Just in time for New Year's dinner, Google has a new mobile interface for recipe search. I searched for [avocado mayo] and noticed a long list of keywords below the search box and ads: salad, chicken, shrimp, vegan, bacon and more. You can select more than one keyword and this helps you refine the results.


When selecting a related search, you get a completely different interface that only shows recipes: bigger expandable cards, bigger thumbnails, infinite scrolling.



29 Dec 2016 11:09am GMT

08 Dec 2016

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Google Translate's 5000 Character Limit

For some reason, Google Translate now has a limit of 5000 characters per translation. There's even a character counter at the bottom of the input box. If you happen to paste a long text that has more than 5000 characters, you'll get an error message ("maximum characters exceeded: X characters over 5000 maximum") and a "translate more" option that lets you translate the rest of the text.


I don't understand the purpose of this restriction, considering that Google doesn't impose any limitation when translating web pages. It's worth pointing out that Google Translate's API has a similar limitation: "the maximum size of each text to be translated is 5000 characters, not including any HTML tags". Google's translation card from Google Search has a different limit: about 2800 characters.

08 Dec 2016 6:18pm GMT

Google Tests Movie Ratings

Google's knowledge graph card tests a feature that lets you like or dislike movies and TV shows. For example, when you search for "It's a Wonderful Life", you can click like or dislike and check the percentage of Google users who liked it.


The same buttons show up when you search for a TV show like "Saturday Night Live".


Search Engine Land reports that Google confirmed this experiment, which was first spotted last month.

08 Dec 2016 11:45am GMT

06 Dec 2016

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Google's Holiday Decorations

When you search Google for [Christmas], [Hanukkah], [Kwanzaa], [Festivus] or other related queries, you'll see some special decorations related to each holiday. Festivus is "a holiday celebrated by those seeking an alternative to the commercialism and pressures of the Christmas holiday season."

Christmas trees, Santa Claus, the Christmas star adorn the Google search page and bring the hoiday spirit.


The Hanukkah menorah and Kwanzaa's Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles) are lighting up Google's search pages.




Here are the decorations from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

06 Dec 2016 2:21pm GMT

New Interface for Google Search

Google's desktop search pages have a new interface for navigating between search results. The search box is bigger, there's a new search icon and Google now only shows 2 or 3 specialized search engines next to "all", down from 4. Apps and shopping seem to be missing from the list of search engines, so you can only pick from image search, video search, Google News, Google Maps, Google Flights and Google Books.


The settings dropdown is now placed below the search box and it includes the option that lets you hide private results. You can still change search settings, languages, turn on or turn off SafeSearch, use advanced search options, open Web History or go to the help center.


Search tools are now simply called tools and they include the same options: search by date and verbatim.


Image search lets you quickly go to the saved images page and change SafeSearch setting.


Google Shopping is broken. While the homepage still loads, when you click a product image or search for something, Google shows an empty page.



Here's the old Google Search interface, via Wikipedia:

06 Dec 2016 1:31pm GMT

17 Oct 2016

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Random Facts About Animals in Google Search

Did you know that "male lions defend the pride's territory while females do most of the hunting"? Did you know that "the name humpback whale describes the motion it makes as it arches its back out of the water in preparation for a dive"? What about this one: "ostriches have the largest eyes of any land living animal and they measure 50 mm (2 inches) in diameter"?

Google now shows random facts about animals in the "did you know" section of the Knowledge Graph card. They're extracted from various sites and Google actually links to the source.



Some example of queries that return random facts: [cat], [lion], [tiger], [alpaca], [giraffe], [ostrich], [duck], [elk], [raccoon], [shark]. It's worth pointing out that you can get another random fact by reloading the page or searching again for the same animal.

17 Oct 2016 9:00pm GMT

15 Oct 2016

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Found in Related Searches

Google Knowledge Graph has more than one billion entities and more than 70 billion facts about these entities (people, places, things). It's huge and it brings a different dimension to search: understanding concepts and the relation between them.

Mobile Google Search now has a section called "found in related search", which shows a few entities frequently mentioned in other related searches. For example, I searched for [ethanol molar mass] and Google showed 2 lists of organic and inorganic compounds: one of them was found in the related search [properties of alkanes] and the other was for [polar solvents]. Ethanol is a polar solvent which can be obtained from alkenes, while alkenes can be derived from alkanes, so Google's suggestions are somewhat useful.


This feature is not limited to chemistry, it also works for other topics. Here's a different query: [tour eiffel design], which shows other "towers of the world" and "tourist attractions in France".



15 Oct 2016 7:34am GMT

14 Oct 2016

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Google Converts Queries Into Questions

I noticed an interesting Google Search experiment in the mobile/tablet interface. When searching for [alcohol with the highest boiling], Google converted my query into a question: "Which alcohol has the highest boiling point?", then it tried to answer the question using a snippet from a web page and then it added a "more results" link. Google's link sent to me to the search results page for the question inferred by Google.

14 Oct 2016 10:29pm GMT

Google's Card for Directions

When you search Google for [directions] or [get directions], you get an error message: "No results for that place. Try entering it below to get suggestions." Google shows a special card for directions with cool features like autocomplete, but the error message is out of place because you haven't typed a location.


Suggestions aren't very smart. For example, I typed "Brisbane, Australia" as the starting point and then I started to type "Mel" as the destination. Google suggested 3 places from California, strictly based on my location, while ignoring that Melbourne is a much better suggestion.


Google shows directions inside the card and you can pick between driving, walking, cycling or using public transportation.


To see the directions, just click the text that describes your favorite route. If there is only one route, pick that one. Another option is to click "directions" and go to the Google Maps site.

14 Oct 2016 9:27pm GMT

Add Home Screen Shortcuts to Google Maps Directions

I'm not sure if this is a new feature, but it must be pretty recent. Google Maps for Android lets you add home screen shortcuts to directions directly from the app. Just search for directions, tap the menu icon and pick "add route to Home screen". This works best when you select the current location, but it's not a requirement.



You may also see this message: "Go here often? Add this route. Tap here to add a Home screen shortcut to this route."


Another option is to add the directions widget, which lets you pick the shortcut name, whether to start turn-by-turn navigation and more.

14 Oct 2016 8:48pm GMT

18 Jun 2016

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A brief update

Over the last couple years, I've seen more and more people in technology trying to make government work better. They're idealists who are also making a large impact. These are people that I respect-some of them worked to fix healthcare.gov, for example. From talking to many of them, I can tell you that their energy […]

18 Jun 2016 1:57am GMT

03 Feb 2016

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Thanks, Amit

Amit Singhal just announced that he's retiring toward the end of the month. Amit has been a formative part of Google's search team, but he's also a good friend. Last year, after he marked 15 years with Google, I wrote this about Amit's contributions: Amit Singhal, one of the unsung heroes of Google, just celebrated […]

03 Feb 2016 7:49pm GMT

19 Jan 2016

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Solving a Verizon issue (Nexus 5X)

I solved a problem today and figured that I'd document it for the rest of the world. Every time someone left me a voicemail on Verizon, I would get a cryptic text from Verizon at 900080006202 that looked like "//VZWVVM:SYNC:ev=NM;id=1;c=1;t=v;s=1XXXXXXXXXX;dt=18/01/2016 13:40-0900;l=13;dev_t=5" or "//VZWVVM:SYNC:ev=MBU;dev_t=5". Here's what happened. It turns out that Verizon has three kinds of […]

19 Jan 2016 2:00am GMT

31 Oct 2015

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Halloween 2015: USB Drive

I went a little overboard for Halloween last year. And as you can tell from my the Halloween category on my blog, sometimes I get a little too excited about Halloween. So this year I decided to go quick, easy, and lo-fi as a USB drive: To make a thumb drive/USB key, I just took […]

31 Oct 2015 8:02pm GMT

24 Sep 2015

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Give Google Contributor a try

Recently I've seen several interesting conversations about ad blocking, and I wanted to remind people about a great offering called Google Contributor. With Google Contributor, you contribute a certain amount of money each month. That subscription means that you see fewer ads on the web, and you support the sites that you visit with your […]

24 Sep 2015 3:09pm GMT

09 Apr 2015

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Berkshire Hathaway

My taste in financial advice runs toward the simple and the lessons I've learned the hard way. But I still like reading about investing/finance, and I recently read through the 2014 annual report for Berkshire Hathaway. Given that it was the 50th anniversary of Warren Buffett taking charge of Berkshire, I have to admit that […]

09 Apr 2015 6:47am GMT

01 Apr 2015

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My next project: AutoSEO

This was an April Fool's joke. I've been working really hard with some friends on a project to handle SEO automatically. Now we're ready to take the wraps off it over at seo.ninja. One of the ideas that helped the World Wide Web succeed was that it separated presentation and content. You could write your […]

01 Apr 2015 12:23am GMT

01 Mar 2015

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Next 30 day challenge: social media/news cleanse

For January 2015, I tried to declutter around the house for 15 minutes a day. We now have a couple rooms that are much cleaner, and I gave away a bunch of magazines. For February 2015, my 30 day challenge was to go on daily 15 minute walks with my wife. That was nice. Lately […]

01 Mar 2015 4:40am GMT

19 Feb 2015

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Fixing “full path disclosure” issues

Whether you're running a web service or a blog, you should always keep your software fully patched to prevent attacks and minimize your attack surface. Another smart step is to prevent full path disclosures. For example, if your blog or service throws an error like "Warning: require(ABSPATHwp-includes/load.php) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such file […]

19 Feb 2015 6:43am GMT

26 Aug 2011

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The Emperor's Garden

The Emperor instructed the gardener to set up the new court's garden. "I want you to plant five trees growing the Crataan fruit," the Emperor said, "Because we asked people what fruit they like best, and most named the Crataan fruit!" The gardener replied, "Emperor, that is excellent thinking! But let me make some suggestions: First, how about we make one of the five trees bear the Muran fruit. Only one out of ten citizens loves it, but those peculiar citizens tend to love multiple times as much!" "Second," the gardener continued, "How about we make one of the five trees bear the Dratean fruit. No one loves it, but that's because no one knows it yet!" "Third," the gardener said, "How about we leave one spot in the garden empty. Who knows what new type of tree we'll discover that we can put there in the fut ...

26 Aug 2011 12:12pm GMT

15 Aug 2011

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Color Sound Machine (and what else I've been doing lately)

For those of you who've been wondering whether I had turned to stone, fallen into a bottomless pit, or been climbing the Himalaya... no, none of that is true, even though you probably did notice I'm not actively blogging about Google here anymore*! Just now, a new iPad app I've been working on called Color Sound Machine went live, and this -- and all the other apps and games at Versus Pad** -- are actually what I am doing while not blogoscoping. *I've drafted unpublished posts explaining much more about past, present and future of Blogoscoped, and the history of Google news reporting, but ... oh, for now le ...

15 Aug 2011 4:00pm GMT

25 Feb 2011

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Google drops reverse phone number lookup

One of the earliest specialist services provided by Google was reverse phone number lookup. If you used the "phonebook:" or "rphonebook:" operators together with a 10-digit US phone number, Google would show you the owner of that phone number, unless the number was unlisted. Google no longer provides that service. Not surprisingly, there was no press release marking the closure, but Google employee Daniel Russell has acknowledged the closure of the service in his blog. He hints at the possible pressures leading to the shuttering of the service: "As you can imagine, this was an endless source of hassles for people (who were surprised to see themselves searchable on Google) and for Google (who had to constantly de ...

25 Feb 2011 11:23am GMT

16 Dec 2010

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Idea: Topical Chat

This website would take the top headlines from a tech or political site for that day -- at first just from Reddit (you gotta start somewhere), but later, from other sites too, in aggregated form, similar to Techmeme, but across different topics you can navigate to from the frontpage (entertainment, politics, technology etc.). It would present them in some sort of list of headlines with a link to the discussion source. Below every headline on the frontpage there's an expandable chat box window. You log-in once into the site and then you can expand any one of these chat boxes, and see who's in there, and read the chat log, and join yourself with remarks by typing them in a box, similar to IRC and others. The chat wouldn't be a replacement of the discussion going on at the other site, but an addition to it. One benefit: a discus ...

16 Dec 2010 2:55pm GMT

Idea: CrowdChat

Two groups have a text chat using a web interface, arguing about a certain topic. For Group B to reply to what Group A says, each member of Group B proposes a sentence. Then, each member of Group B quickly votes on which sentence of another member of their group they like best. (You don't have to propose a sentence, and you don't have to vote on one; both proposing a sentence as well as voting on one are time-limited to just a certain amount of seconds, though.) Then, the highest-voted sentence will be shown to Crowd A as answer. Crowd A now goes through the same process to formulate a reply directed at Crowd B, and so on. To join, you can pick any of the two crowds based on reading the chat log, provided this group hasn't reach its limit of X members (beyond just group size that limit may also depend on how active current me ...

16 Dec 2010 7:26am GMT

Google Body Browser

If you're using the Google Chrome developer channel (or Firefox 4 Beta) have a look at the new Body Browser to explore a body in 3D. [Via Google OS.]

16 Dec 2010 2:17am GMT

10 Dec 2010

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Pictures of the Cr-48

MBegin in the forum writes: I ran home for lunch today and was VERY pleasantly surprised to find a Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook at my doorstep!! -Thanks Google! I took a few quick pics and I'll post more about my experiences later... Feel free to bug MBegin with questions in this post's comments, just in case he finds time to get around answering them!

10 Dec 2010 5:23am GMT

09 Dec 2010

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Chromedroidpad

Using open source technologies from Google, could someone create a tablet that would let you add both Chrome Web Store apps/ web apps in general, as well as Android Market place apps, and you as user wouldn't even need to bother much about which comes from where as you'd only see a single merged Store, and apps would all be added to a nice homescreen with icons like on the iPad, and apps would always open full-screen no matter if the app maker made it that way or not, and Flash would work too? And would anyone want that thing?

09 Dec 2010 12:40pm GMT

08 Dec 2010

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Device Evolution

Watching evolution is fun, especially when it happens right around you, and happens so fast. A mutation we saw yesterday was a new animal scientists gave the name "Chrome OS Notebook", but it's surrounded by other smart animals of all kinds and shapes. What do they fight for? Their nature are our offices, living rooms, cafes and parks; their food are our individual interests. Computing devices: the more we have, the less we notice them. Sneaky things, changing the color of their skin on different backgrounds... we don't even know they're computers anymore! The sneakier they fade in, the more likely they'll hunt down our interest when it appears. You're in your room, and you just had the idea of going to a cafe to read a newspaper, and perhaps chat with some friends. You can now hear small leafs crack, the surroundin ...

08 Dec 2010 5:17am GMT

17 Nov 2010

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How to Disable Google Instant Previews

If you find Google's Instant Previews feature as useless as I do -- you know, those images popping up near search results, often similarly unwanted (when triggered by a wrong click) as Snap site previews -- maybe this User script is for you. I use several machines and browsers, though, so always installing add-ons when Google rolls out something unwanted is suboptimal in the long run (opening links in a new window is something else I don't like, for instance, and whenever I disable it -- even if I would do so across browsers and machines -- it'll come back the next time I empty my cache, because Google thinks that's best for people located in China; another feature which I practically never use is the left-hand side bar... perhaps one day we'll need a Simple Google add-on to get r ...

17 Nov 2010 3:08am GMT

16 Nov 2010

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Google's Newest Q&A Service: "baraza"

Google's newest Question and Answer service is Google baraza beta, launched on 25 October 2010. Baraza is offered in English and French, although Google's links to the French questions aren't working for me. Baraza operates on a Points basis. You get 20 points for signing up, and 4 points each day you log in. If you are already logged into your Google account, there isn't actually any signup process. Your name and photo from your Google profile are automatically used, although you can change your username and avatar if you like. Asking a question costs 5 points, and you earn 5 points for choosing a "best answer" for your question, so you can use the service on an ongoing ...

16 Nov 2010 4:20am GMT

15 Nov 2010

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Taped an iPhone to my remote-controlled car and hit the Record button

15 Nov 2010 8:26am GMT

12 Nov 2010

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Playable JavaScript app of my new iPad game Knights vs Knightesses (Google Chrome/ Safari needed)

Here's a fully playable web demo of my new free iPad two-player game Knights vs Knightesses... it runs in Google Chrome and Safari. Note the graphics load much slower than the iPad app because it's online. If you're interested, the full source is viewable. It's all JavaScript because I'm using the PhoneGap wrapper for this one.

12 Nov 2010 7:00am GMT

04 Nov 2010

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Which of your websites, deleted or lost years ago (or on a backup in a box you can't seem to find), would you most like to get back?

The release of a massive but not complete Geocities archive made me wonder about all the past stuff we probably can't recover anymore (and the usage of stylesheets over time makes design changes so easy that they're also easily undocumented) -- so my question: Which of your lost websites would you most love to get back?

04 Nov 2010 2:58am GMT

24 Oct 2010

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See a Random Street View Location

Click the MapCrunch Go button and you'll be transported to a random (Google Street View covered) place in the world. [Via Reddit.]

24 Oct 2010 6:42am GMT