The Official Google Blog - Posts from July 2017

  • Confronting racial injustice 100 years after the Silent Parade

    It was a mid-summer day in New York City. Nearly 10,000 African Americans—men, women and children—gathered on Fifth Avenue. The women wore white; the men dark suits. They were there to protest. Yet there were no songs or chants. They marched in silence, demanding an end to racial violence in America. The date was July 28, 1917. Organized by the NAACP, including leaders W.E.

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  • Helping journalists experiment with 360 content

    There’s already a huge amount of innovation in virtual reality and immersive storytelling—with many newsrooms experimenting and succeeding in the field—but for some, the ability to create 360 content can still be limited. Perhaps predicting the rise of 360 technology, in 2014 Australian creative agency Grumpy Sailor worked with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney on an experimen ...

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  • Journalism 360 grant winners announced

    While advances in immersive storytelling—360 video, virtual reality, augmented reality and drones—have the potential to make journalism richer and more engaging, it can be challenging for journalists to adopt and embrace these new tools. In 2016, the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Online News Association created Journalism 360, a coalition ...

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  • Blocks: Easily Create 3D Objects in VR

    Today, it takes complex software and a specific skillset to create compelling VR and AR experiences. That software also requires building 3D objects on a 2D screen—something our brains aren’t wired to do. It occurred to us that creating the objects while in virtual reality could make this easier.

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  • Your swimming-with-the-sharks Assistant

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat. I don’t know about you, but we’ve been hearing a lot about sharks this week. So grab your Assistant and let’s sink our teeth into summer—or at least learn some fun shark facts. Let’s start with the basics: “Ok Google, tell me a shark fact.” The more you know: “What’s the fastest shark?” And follow up with “how fast can it swim?” (T ...

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  • Making the future work for everyone

    Over the last five years, has supported nonprofits around the globe that provide underserved people with the skills and connections they need to secure new opportunities and jobs. We’ve invested in organizations building economic opportunity within their communities: from Oakland Digital, which equips low-income students with skills in graphic design and web develo ...

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  • Helping to fight the hunger crisis in Africa and Yemen

    In South Sudan, Somalia, northeastern Nigeria and Yemen this spring, families hopefully watched the horizon for rain clouds. The rain never arrived—and after two years of severe drought, food and water continue to be desperately scarce. Twenty million people across the region are facing starvation due to a drought, as well as prolonged conflicts.

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  • Google introduces Hire, a new recruiting app that integrates with G Suite

    It’s no secret that attracting top talent is a key driver of business success. But whether you’re looking to recruit a business analyst, bring on an assistant or hire an experienced auto mechanic, building the right teams with the right talent takes time and money. According to a study by Bersin by Deloitte, it takes an average of 52 days to fill an open position and costs a ...

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  • #teampixel casts a spell with light and shadows

    This week we’re admiring the artistic acumen of #teampixel photographers as they discover the hidden surprises behind light, shadows and reflections. Get ready to ride with a backlit bike through a Bulgarian sunset or check out a dim sum house that’s making us green with envy. And don’t forget to share your own Pixel photos on Instagram—we just might feature you next.

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  • A Significant Step Toward Modernizing Our Surveillance Laws

    Last month, our General Counsel Kent Walker delivered a speech calling for a fundamental realignment of government access statutes in light of the growing role that technology plays in our daily lives, the expectation that communications should remain private, and the very real security threats that governments need to investigate.

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  • A new look for our Transparency Report

    In 2010, we launched the government requests tool, a new way to publicly document government requests for user data and content removals. It was the first report of its kind and a natural extension of our mission to make information accessible and useful. In the years since, our simple tool evolved into the Transparency Report, a multifaceted snapshot of the ways governments ...

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  • Measuring the impact of our digital skills training

    Because everyone deserves the benefits of the best digital technology to help them grow their business, but not everyone has the skills they need, Google launched an ambitious training programme across Europe. We've now reached over 3m Europeans, the EU recognised our contribution with the EU Digital Skills Award, and many of those who spent time on the training are seeing real impact.

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  • G4NP Around the Globe - Zooming in on Action Against Hunger

    Every dollar and minute count to further your cause and focus on your mission. We’re pleased to highlight nonprofits who were able to make greater impact with fewer resources by using Google tools—from G Suite to Google AdGrants–made available through Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) at no charge. Varying in size, scope, and timezones, these nonprofits from around the world shar ...

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  • Update on the Department of Labor Lawsuit

    Editor’s note: On Friday, an administrative law judge for the United States Department of Labor issued a recommended decision and order regarding a demand for extensive data about Google employees made by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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  • Trusted Contacts now on iOS

    Last December on Android we introduced the Trusted Contacts app, a new way for you to let your friends and family know you’re safe. Loved ones can request your location––even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. You can also proactively share your location in everyday or emergency situations.

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  • Welcome to Outer Space View

    Editor’s note: Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. He returned to Earth in June 2017, and in this post he tells us about what it’s like to live on the ISS and his experi ...

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  • On your mark, get set, refer!

    Last December we launched the Project Fi referral program as a way to make sharing Project Fi with friends easier. Many of our users have gone above and beyond with their efforts, sharing Project Fi with friends, online communities, and even strangers at the airport. As our way of saying thanks, today we’re launching a Fi Referral Challenge.

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  • PAIR: the People + AI Research Initiative

    The past few years have seen rapid advances in machine learning, with dramatic improvements in technical performance—from more accurate speech recognition, to better image search, to improved translations. But we believe AI can go much further—and be more useful to all of us—if we build systems with people in mind at the start of the process.

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  • Creating maps that reflect indigenous geography

    Brazil has one of the world’s most diverse populations, with more than 500,000 indigenous people living on 472 territories certified by the government—representing 13 percent of Brazil’s total land. Most of these territories are in the rapidly-changing Amazon region, the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

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  • Applications now open for the Google Policy Fellowship in Europe and Africa

    Are you an undergraduate, graduate or law student interested in internet and technology policy? Do you want to get involved in the public dialogue on these issues? If so, the new Google Policy Fellowship pilot programs in Italy, Belgium (Brussels), and three African countries may be for you. Successful applicants to the program will have the opportunity to work at public int ...

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  • Discover the latest music with New Release Radio on Google Play Music

    Whether you’re relaxing at the beach or taking a road trip, Google Play Music delivers personalized music based on where you are and why you are listening. Discovering new music you’ll love should be easy, too. Starting this week, our latest feature—New Release Radio—will serve you new releases based on your personal tastes, so you can stay up to date with the freshest tunes.

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  • Feed your need to know

    As the late, great Dr Seuss once said, “there is no one alive who is you-er than you.” At Google, we know this statement is truer than true. Sure, we all have many things in common, but none of us has quite the same mix of passions, interests and goals as the next person. And, while we each keep up to date on the things that matter to us in different ways—social media, news a ...

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  • Celebrate El Clasico on Google Search

    With more than 400 million viewers worldwide, El Clasico is one of fútbol’s (or soccer here in the U.S.!) storied matches. The head-to-head challenges between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are often remembered for the glittering performances of their protagonists on the pitch—of Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Zidane.

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  • Since U Been Blob

    Editor’s note: On World Emoji Day, we’re taking the time to bid farewell to our old Android emoji, known fondly by fans as “blobs.” We’re rolling out a new set of emoji as part of Android O. They’re squishy and lovable—and designed for more consistent communication. Breaking up is hard to do, but we’ll find love in a blobless place. Dear Blob, I see it all now that you're gone.

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  • Game of Thrones: The old Views and the new

    Warning: This post is dark and full of spoilers. Ned Stark always warned, “winter is coming.” The white raven confirmed that it’s finally here, and so is the season seven premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Fans have been waiting a year for the new season, but our watch hasn’t ended—the Street View team has been assembling a collection of “Game of Thrones” filming locations longe ...

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  • From morning to night your Assistant is ready to help

    You can get a lot done in 24 hours. And with your Google Assistant—on your Google Home, eligible Android phones, iPhone, Google Allo and Android Wear—you can do even more. Here are 24 ways your Assistant can help you get more done this weekend: Your morning motivation 1. Snoozing is okay on the weekends, right? When your alarm goes off and you need just 10 more minutes, you c ...

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  • How AI can help make safer baby food (and other products)

    Editor’s note: Whether you’re growing cucumbers or building your own robot arm, machine learning can help. In this guest editorial, Takeshi Ogino of Kewpie tells us how they used machine learning to ensure the quality and safety of the ingredients that go into their food products. Quality control is a challenge for most industries, but in the world of food production, it’s one of the biggest.

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  • Manage access to third-party apps with new G Suite security controls

    Protecting your organization’s most sensitive data and assets is a constant challenge. G Suite helps protect your data in a number of ways: thwarting attackers with advanced phishing detection through machine learning, mandating strong authentication with security key enforcement and preventing data leakage through tools such as DLP.

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  • Daydream Labs: Teaching Skills in VR

    You can read every recipe, but to really learn how to cook, you need time in the kitchen. Wouldn't it be great if you could slip on a VR headset and have a famous chef walk you through the basics step by step? In the future, you might be able to learn how to cook a delicious five-course meal—all in VR. In fact, virtual reality could help people learn all kinds of skills.

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  • Tilt Brush Artist in Residence: Meet Estella Tse

    Editor’s note: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with with virtual reality. Earlier this year, we launched the Artist in Residence (AiR) program to showcase what’s possible when creative artists experiment with this new medium. The resulting works of art have been amazing, and you can check some of them out on our website, or right in the Tilt Brush app itself.

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  • Experience Dunkirk in WebVR

    It’s World War II. You’re trapped on a beach, deep within enemy territory, with no place to take shelter or even hide. All you can do is wait for the rescue boats to come. Would you escape? You can see for yourself with “Experience Dunkirk,” a unique, collaborative VR experience based on the upcoming movie.

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  • Exploring virtual worlds with WebVR and Matterport

    Editor’s Note: When you build with WebVR, anyone can explore VR experiences with Chrome and Daydream View. Ashish Agrawal is the head of new initiatives and virtual reality at Matterport. In this post, he explains why WebVR was a great tool for Matterport and how the team added WebVR support to their platform.

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  • Get literary with Talks at Google

    Books can fly us to space, transport us to the Seven Kingdoms or the Underground Railroad, take us on an 11,000 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, and teach us a thing or two about cooking. In the second installment of the “Talks at Google” Keyword series, get to know some of our favorite authors who have stopped by Google over the years: 1.

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  • After a "close call," a coding champion

    Eighteen-year-old Cameroon resident Nji Collins had just put the finishing touches on his final submission for the Google Code-In competition when his entire town lost internet access. It stayed dark for two months. “That was a really, really close call,” Nji, who prefers to be called Collins, tells the Keyword, adding that he traveled to a neighboring town every day to chec ...

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  • New Report Shows Southern Europe’s Tourism Sector has Room for Online Growth

    When it comes time to plan a holiday, the Internet is an essential research tool. Whether to pick a destination, find a hotel or identify the local sites on and off the beaten path, online content is essential to helping most of us make these plans. And that is why it is so essential that popular tourist destinations, and those hoping to attract more visitors, have high quality content online.

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  • The High Five: Live every week like you’ll discover a dinosaur fossil

    This week a human races a shark, and a dinosaur was discovered a million years after it walked the Earth. It’s a whole new world out there. Here’s what people are searching for this week: Phelps has the gold, now he’s going for the White Shark Week returns Sunday night on the Discovery Channel, and this year it’s going to the next level with a “race” between Olympian Mic ...

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  • Building a map for everyone

    Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or accessible seating.

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  • Hit the road with these trending summer destinations

    We’re officially into summer vacation here in the U.S., which means it’s time to hit the road. We’ve collected the top destinations people are searching on Google Maps this summer, so you can find travel inspiration whether you want a hike, a city view or a ballgame. Take a peek at the top trending spots, and find the full lists of the top 15 destinations in three categories ...

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  • Your Cheesy Assistant

    This is nacho average weekend: both National Lasagna Day and National Cheesecake Day are here to fill the Swiss cheese-sized holes in your weekend plans. If you don’t know how to celebrate these aged-old traditions, don’t be bleu. Your Assistant can serve up some cheesy tips: In queso you forget: "Ok Google, order lasagna noodles.

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  • Hands-free help for new parents

    If you're a new parent, chances are you have a lot of questions and lots of places to get information. Friends recommend books. Doctors help maintain feeding schedules. Family members give you grandma’s remedies. In the spirit of pitching in, we’ve pulled together some of the top baby-care related questions from Google Search to give new parents some much-needed help! And ...

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  • Around the world with #teampixel

    With vacation mode in full swing, #teampixel members are steadily trekking into the far corners of the globe. This week’s picks range from a peaceful afternoon in a Beijing temple to the windy roads of the Great St. Bernard Pass. Take a look at our summer faves in this week’s #pixelperfect slideshow, and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen. @zu.fuss - Great St.

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  • Chasing Coral on Google Earth

    Editor’s Note: Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO at the Ocean Agency, talks about his quest to protect our oceans and the underwater journey with Street View that led to “Chasing Coral,” a new Netflix documentary. I am floating above a graveyard, millions of tiny skeletons below me. I am stunned, I am silent. I am witnessing a tragedy in progress.

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  • Waze for Android Auto is here

    You asked, we heard you, and it’s official: starting today, Waze is available for Android Auto. If you have a car that supports Android Auto, you can now navigate with Waze via your vehicle’s in-car display, touch screens, steering wheel buttons, and other console-mounted controls. The power of the Waze Community will be right there in the car with you (or at least on your screen).

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  • The High Five: The Seven Kingdoms at war and Floridians band together

    This week, we’re eagerly awaiting the return of “Game of Thrones,” where some alliances come together like Floridians at the beach and others break off like the Larsen C ice shelf. Here are five of this week’s top searches, with data from Google News Lab. My search has just begun The Great War is here, and ahead of the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere, fans are ge ...

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  • The High Five: an old photo and a new world record

    Search trends this week—with data from Google News Lab—made us re-think history, re-evaluate what it means to be “full” and reconsider what to eat for dessert today. Could it be? Eighty years after her mysterious disappearance, legendary aviator Amelia Earhart is back in the news. A recently discovered photograph suggests that she may have survived the crash in which she ...

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  • Making it easier for publishers to share fact check content

    With the spread of misinformation online, it’s become increasingly important for news publishers to have a way of communicating to users what information is verified. In 2016, we launched the Fact Check label in Google News and Search to make it easier for people to find articles that fact check public information, ranging from claims to public statements to statistics.

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  • Gboard for iPhone adds drawing, Maps and YouTube

    To all the Gboard fans out there: we’re adding some clutch additions to your favorite keyboard companion. Now with a tap of the G button, you’ll have access to both Maps and YouTube, making it easier than ever to share location and video content in any messaging app. Whether you’re coordinating a rendezvous point at the park or dinner plans at a nearby restaurant, meeting up ...

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  • The High Five: drive-thru and carry on

    Lyft meets late night tacos, pop stars meet politicians and travelers will meet a new TSA rule. Meet five of this week's top searched trends, with data compiled by the Google News Lab. Five stars for tacos This is how it’s done in Orange County. Testing out Lyft’s new Taco Mode, people can make a late night pitstop at a Taco Bell drive-thru between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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  • I Am Amazon: Discover your connection to the rainforest with Google Earth

    For many people around the world, the Amazon is a mysterious faraway land of impenetrable jungles, majestic rivers and indigenous peoples. But what many of us may not realize is that we all have a connection to the Amazon—through the air we breathe, the water that irrigates the food we eat, the natural ingredients in the medicines we use, or the shifting weather patterns that ...

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  • Helping people in a crisis

    In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial. Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed. SOS alerts is a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help you quickly understand what’s going on and decide what to do during a crisis.

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  • Experience Tunisia’s rich culture with Street View Imagery

    My Street View journey took me to Tunisia, home to beautiful sun soaked beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and Islamic monuments. And now you can explore Tunisia on Street view too. The first stop is the Amphitheatre of El Djem, the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, located in the heart of Tunisia.

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  • Reserve with Google: Summer bookin’, happens so fast

    Whether you’re headed to a backyard barbecue or an all-day beach party, Google is here to help you get ready. Starting today, you can book appointments at spas and salons across the U.S. on Google. So that fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away. To get started, find your favorite salon or spa on Google Maps or Search and look for the “book” button o ...

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  • Helping entrepreneurs in Singapore make a bigger global impact

    Editor’s note: This post comes from Grace Sai, CEO and Co-founder of Impact Hub Singapore, Singapore’s largest community of entrepreneurs dedicated to prototyping the future of business, society, and technology. Two and half years ago, Ematic Solutions joined the Impact Hub Singapore community as a two-person team with an idea about revolutionizing e-mail marketing.

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  • Introducing an original VR video series by MLB and Daydream

    Virtual reality helps filmmakers tell stories from a new perspective, bringing you into the action. The Daydream team works directly with creators of all types—movie studios, TV networks, musicians and YouTube Creators—to help bring their awesome ideas to (virtual) reality. We’ve partnered with Major League Baseball on some exciting VR experiences for Daydream, including the MLB.

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  • Playing with light in this week’s #teampixel photos

    Art can be found in unexpected places—a bubblegum pink building, the arc of a jellyfish’s swim, the reflection in the mirror of a river’s surface. In this week’s collection from Pixel photographers around the world, members of #teampixel have artfully captured photos that play with color, light and angles. Take a look: Left: @norbertszucs - a dappled pool dip in Charlotte, NC.

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  • Net Neutrality Day of Action: Help preserve the open internet

    Editor's note: Today is the Net Neutrality Day of Action, and we’re sending this email to Take Action, our community focused on issues that are important to the future of the internet. We wanted to share it more broadly so everyone can see how to get involved. The net neutrality rules that protect the open internet are in danger of being dismantled.

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  • Find great apps and games on Google Play with the Editors' Choice update

    Summer road trips are always a great way to unplug and enjoy time with friends and family. But how do you go about choosing the best app to navigate unfamiliar roads, edit your vacation photos and videos to post online, or find a fun game to pass time during the long drive? The Editors’ Choice section on Google Play has long been a fan favorite, but we’re kicking it up a ...

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  • Introducing Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive

    You probably keep your most important files and photos in different places—your computer, your phone, various SD cards, and that digital camera you use from time to time. It can be a challenge to keep all these things safe, backed up, and organized, so today we’re introducing Backup and Sync. It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the files and photos that ...

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  • Empowering Indonesian entrepreneurs to take action

    Editor’s note: This post comes from Yansen Kamto, Chief Executive and Founder of KIBAR, which mentors and nurtures startups through tech incubator programs, and by building innovation hubs. Today, they’re officially joining the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network. Indonesia is home to 17,504 islands, 1,128 ethnic groups and 746 local languages. Half of our country is under 30 years oldl.

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  • Introducing Gradient Ventures

    AI-powered technology holds a lot of promise—from improving patient health to making data centers more efficient. But while we’ve seen some amazing applications of AI so far, we know there are many more out there that haven’t even been imagined yet. And sometimes, these new ideas need support to flourish.

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  • Android Pay says “hola” to Spain

    If life’s all about savoring the moment, there may be nowhere that does it better than Spain. Between the culture, the food, and the people, the country has perfected the art of enjoying the present. And Android Pay is about to make that even easier to do. Today, we’re introducing ourselves to Spain, making it the 14th country with Android Pay.

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  • How Android and Pixel are changing the way musicians create

    If you happened to go to Google I/O this year—or tune in to the live stream—the hour leading up to the keynote featured a fun surprise: the band Parisi, filling Shoreline Amphitheatre with a wall of sound, using just four Pixel phones and modular musical instruments called ROLI BLOCKS. Parisi’s performance was powered by ROLI’s NOISE app, which launched in preview mod ...

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  • Adventures Abound: Explore Google Expeditions On Your Own

    Google Expeditions makes it possible for teachers to take their classrooms on virtual reality field trips to amazing places like the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu. Today, we’re starting to roll out a new solo mode of Expeditions for Android, so that anybody can explore more than 600 different tours on their own.

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  • Making the internet work better for everyone in Africa

    By 2034 Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there’s an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. The internet, and technology as a whole, offer great opportunities for creating jobs, ...

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