The Official Google Blog - Posts from January 2018

  • Our 17 favorite education moments from 2017

    Editor’s Note: Happy New Year from all of us on the Google for Education team! We know you count on Google for Education in your classrooms, and we take that responsibility seriously. We remain deeply committed to bringing the best of Google to education, and to expanding learning for everyone. As we look to the year ahead, we’re looking back on our 17 favorite moments from 2017.

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  • Google for Nonprofits: 2017 in review

    Every year nonprofits worldwide work tirelessly to make a positive impact in their communities, and in a year where many people were looking to help, 2017 was no exception. We’re looking back to celebrate the nonprofits around the globe using Google tools to help in their philanthropic efforts. Here are some successes from last year—we hope they give you some ideas for how yo ...

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  • Reflecting on 2017: a year in review for G Suite

    Before we get into the swing of the new year—which is sure to bring new projects, new teammates and new challenges—let’s take a moment to reflect on highlights from 2017. Here’s a look at what happened in G Suite last year. 1. Bringing you the power of Google’s artificial intelligence. Technology continues to change the way we work.

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  • Eight things you need to know about Hash Code 2018

    Are you up for a coding challenge? Team up to solve an engineering problem from Google—registration for Hash Code 2018 is now open. Hash Code is Google’s flagship team programming competition for students and professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. You pick your team and programming language, we pick a Google engineering problem for you to solve.

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  • 5 new ways to connect with your customers on Google

    Last year, we introduced five new ways to build an eye-catching online presence that shows customers what your business is all about. And the best part? They’re all free. 1. Create a free website in minutes According to internal Google research, business listings with a website get 25-35% more clicks. And building your site doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.

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  • The making of "A Ride to Remember," a film about BikeAround

    Editor’s Note: Orlando von Einsiedel is the director of the Oscar-winning Netflix short documentary, “The White Helmets.” His first feature, “Virunga,” won more than 50 international awards including an EMMY, a Peabody, a Grierson and a duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism. Last year, we had the opportunity to work with Orlando on a short film about Laila and Bengt Ivarsson.

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  • Answering your questions about “Meltdown” and “Spectre”

    This week, security vulnerabilities dubbed “Spectre” and “Meltdown” made news headlines. On Wednesday, we explained what these vulnerabilities are and how we're protecting you against them. Since then, there's been considerable discussion about what this means for Google Cloud and the industry at large.

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  • Cloud AutoML: Making AI accessible to every business

    When we both joined Google Cloud just over a year ago, we embarked on a mission to democratize AI. Our goal was to lower the barrier of entry and make AI available to the largest possible community of developers, researchers and businesses. Our Google Cloud AI team has been making good progress towards this goal.

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  • Using TensorFlow to keep farmers happy and cows healthy

    Editor’s Note: TensorFlow, our open source machine learning library, is just that—open to anyone. Companies, nonprofits, researchers and developers have used TensorFlow in some pretty cool ways, and we’re sharing those stories here on Keyword. Today we hear from Yasir Khokhar and Saad Ansari, founders of Connecterra, who are applying machine learning to an unexpected field: dairy farming.

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  • New year, new searches: resolutions, "bomb cyclone" and Coachella

    It’s a new year, and some of this week’s trends (with data from Google News Lab) are about adjusting: to a new gym routine, unexpected weather, and a new law in California. Treadmill time New Year’s resolutions = more searches for “gyms near me.” In fact, search interest in the phrase hit an all-time high this month.

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  • Searches up: Beach Boy gets the grade and other trends from this week

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice to get an A? Don’t Worry Baby, you’ll always have a chance to change that F. That’s what Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys did this week when he went back to his high school for extra credit, turning an “F” he received in songwriting into an “A” … 58 years later later. A wave of searches about Wilson’s academic endeavors ensued: “Brian Wilson grade change,” ...

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  • Memory machines: VR180 cameras, and capturing life as you see it

    When I was growing up, my dad and even my grandfather always had camcorders stuck to their shoulders. They were our family documentarians, and were always the first to try a new gadget or gizmo if it would help us remember the places we went and the special times we shared. Decades later, I’m so grateful, and I treasure the memories they captured on Betamax and film.

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  • VMware puts its focus on Android enterprise

    Over the last year, we’ve added a number of new features to Android's modern management modes to enhance security and simplify deployment for IT admins. Our partners—leaders in the enterprise mobility ecosystem—haven’t been standing still either. We love to support and recognize the great work they’re doing to help customers adopt Android's latest capabilities.

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  • Bringing it all together with Google Pay

    If you've ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment info, or purchased an app on Google Play, then you’ve already experienced some of the ways Google helps you pay for things online and in stores. Over the past year, we’ve been working to make these experiences simpler, safer, and more consistent.

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  • Exploring art (through selfies) with Google Arts & Culture

    The Google Arts & Culture platform hosts millions of artifacts and pieces of art, ranging from prehistory to the contemporary, shared by museums across the world. But the prospect of exploring all that art can be daunting. To make it easier, we dreamt up a fun solution: connect people to art by way of a fundamental artistic pursuit, the search for the self … or, in this case, the selfie.

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  • Tea time with a touch of technology

    Some of the world’s best tea is grown in the Darjeeling district of India, seen here against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Editor’s Note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we spoke with Parvez Gupta, the co-founder of Udyan Tea in Siliguri, India, to find out how he uses technology to bring the best teas ...

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  • #teampixel community member Austin Cameron is living for the city

    Happy New Year, Team Pixel! There are so many picture-worthy moments ahead. Helping us get started on 2018 photography is Pixel enthusiast and photographer @ustincameron. He’s a regular #teampixel contributor who’s working through a personal goal of shooting a photo a day for 1,000 days—with more than 700 already under his belt! He has a talent for shooting in low light, so ...

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  • The She Word: going behind hardware design with Ivy Ross

    Editor’s Note: The She Word is a Keyword series all about powerful, dynamic and creative women at Google. Intrigued by the unique aesthetic of Google’s new family of hardware devices released in October, we sat down with the woman who leads the design team: Ivy Ross. In the interview below, she shares with us how she approaches design at work, and life outside of work.

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  • Looking beyond code to make the future work for everyone

    It’s clear that people need more options to thrive in the digital world. The next generation of workers will depend on how we evolve education and tech in the coming years. When you think of how to help our workforce thrive and find opportunities in the digital world, the first word that often comes to mind is “code.

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  • A new pathway to roles in IT Support

    Today, we’re launching the Google IT Support Professional Certificate hosted on Coursera—a first-of-its-kind online program to prepare people for roles in IT support. With no previous experience required, beginning learners can become entry-level job ready in eight to 12 months. This program is part of Grow with Google, our initiative to help people get the skills they need to find a job.

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  • The High Five: you get a search, you get a search, everybody gets a search!

    Oprah’s speech had people buzzing, while Jimmy Ma spun to internet fame at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Here are some of the most-searched trends of the week (with data from the Google News Lab). A brighter morning, even during our darkest nights “Is Oprah going to run for president?” was a top searched question this week, after the icon’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes.

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  • Seven kinds of Local Guides you might spot on Google Maps

    What kind are you? Satellites are famously effective for mapping, but they don’t take photos of must-have breakfast sandwiches, update hours of operation or tell families when places are wheelchair accessible. That’s Local Guides territory. Local Guides are people who share information on Google Maps to help others discover where to go—and there are more than 60 million of t ...

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  • Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with a little help from Google Home

    In 2018, I’m committed to getting in better shape. As with all New Year’s resolutions, the hard part will be actually sticking to it. But this year, I’ll have help from my Google Assistant. No matter what your resolution is, here are a few ways your Google Home, Mini or Max can keep you on track: Meet your fitness goals: Use your Google Home to play your workout playlist, ...

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