The High Five: trending searches this week

May 26 1:00pm Search
The tragic attack in Manchester was top of mind for many searchers this week. Here's a look at what people wanted to know, and four other trending topics from the week of May 21. Attack in ManchesterThis week, a terrorist attack in Manchester, England claimed the lives of 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert. People turned to Google to make sense of the event, searching to find out what happened, where the bomb went off, and who was responsible. Top countries searching for “Manchester” since the attacks include Mauritius, Ireland and Uganda, while the top U.S. states are New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts.BRETter prepareSearch interest in “hurricane season” spiked 160 percent when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it predicts an “above average” Atlantic hurricane season this year. The organization expects five to nine hurricanes, which led people to search “Is NOAA ever right about the number of hurricanes?” and “How does NOAA predict hurricanes?” Here’s one thing we do know: The next hurricane will be named Bret.Noses are redOn Thursday in the U.S., we celebrated the return of “Love Actually” Red Nose Day, which raises money and awareness to end child poverty. To honor the cause, the cast of “Love Actually” got back together for a 12-minute sequel, and stars like Ben Affleck, Ed Sheeran, Ellen DeGeneres and Emma Watson donned their red noses. Despite the backing from A-list celebs, people still turned to search for more info, like “Where can I get a Red Nose?” and “Where did Red Nose Day originate?” Fun fact: Though Rudolph used to dominate the red nose game, the biggest spike in searches for “red nose” now occur in May for Red Nose Day. Pandora-monium On Saturday, Pandora World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando (what would Walt think if we called it Pandor-lando?). You don’t have to rely on your CGI-inspired imagination anymore, this park is REAL (and it’s not built from unobtainium). Search questions ranged from the logistical: “What day does Avatar land open?” to the more curious: “How much did it cost to build Pandora World?” to the niche: “What font is used for Disney’s Avatar land?” It was 50 years ago todayFixing A Hole in our hearts since 1967, this weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sg...
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Google Maps can be your travel guide this summer

May 23 6:00am Google LatLong
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 = edutainmentWho 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 upSummer 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...
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Build with G Suite

May 19 1:00pm Google Docs
Today wraps our annual Google I/O conference. Thousands of developers from around the world gathered to learn about our latest developer products and share best practices, including how to build next-gen business applications using G Suite. In case you need it, here’s a list of the various developer tools you can use to customize app your G Suite experience at your organization.1. Build and deploy custom apps using App Maker App Maker is a low-code, application development tool in G Suite that helps developers quickly build and deploy custom apps securely. It comes with built-in templates, a drag-and-drop UI and point-and-click data modeling. Plus, you can customize your app to connect with a wide range of APIs using Apps Script. App Maker is currently available as part of an Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business customers. Learn more. 2. Create seamless integrations with the G Suite APIsSpeaking of APIs, G Suite offers a number of ways for developers to integrate their app with ours and create a seamless experience for users. Here are a few of our favorite G Suite APIs.Try the Sheets API which lets your developers read, write and format data in Sheets. Plus, you can automatically generate and update charts, pivot tables and more.The Slides API helps you access and update presentations programmatically, pulling in data from various sources (including popular third-party apps) and producing polished template-based presentations in a fraction of the time.Leverage the Gmail API to access and organize your Gmail inbox. You can program your application to read and send messages, create filters to automatically label, forward and archive messages, or even update vacation responders.Finally, the Drive API allows you to manage Google Drive files and/or folders as well as leverage new Team Drive features programmatically. Developers can also use the Drive SDK to create Drive-enabled apps that handle custom files.3. Customize your G Suite experience with Add-ons Using Apps Script, G Suite's native JavaScript-based development platform, developers can easily customize their favorite apps like Sheets, Docs, and Forms by adding menu items, sidebars or editing files programmatically directly within these apps. We also recently introduced Gmail Add-ons in developer preview, so that third...
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#GraciasALosProfes: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in Mexico

May 15 9:00am Google Chrome
Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, or Día del Maestro, in Mexico, where 30 GEG (Google Educator Groups) leaders are at the helm of the movement to transform education through technology in Latin America. Our Mexican GEG leaders empower their fellow teachers to harness tech to meet students’ needs. We are amazed at the innovative and inspiring ways these teachers and leaders are building their movement across Mexico—from Guadalajara to Mexico City to Monterrey. In Quéretaro, Nay Belaunzaran thought up an idea to scale the impact of tech across generations by mobilizing children to teach their parents about the internet. Under Nay’s leadership, primary school students prepare classes for their parents about G Suite for Education where the parents learn to jot their thoughts down in Docs, build presentations in Slides, and communicate with teachers through Google Classroom. Galvanizing students to bridge the generational tech literacy gap has made it easier for parents to stay engaged with kids’ schools. Nay connected with fellow teachers from all over Latin America at last year’s Google for Education Certified Innovators Summit in Mexico City. In Tijuana, Gabriela Torres Beltrán has paved the way for dozens of her students to become Google Certified Educators themselves. By building a community of future teachers who keep innovation and technology top of mind, Gabriela is making her mark on the future of education in her community.  “Seeing the smile of satisfaction on their faces as they explore ways to implement technology in class is extremely inspiring,” she shared with an inspired smile of her own. Verónica stays after class on most days, providing extra support for students whose curiosity extends beyond school hours. In Verónica Nuñez Loyo’s classroom in Mexico City, students find themselves at the intersection of traditions of the past and technology of the future. She challenges her middle schoolers not only to research the history of Mexico, but to leverage the internet to share their learnings. Recently, Veróni...
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Smarter cars powered by Android

May 15 9:00am Official Android Blog
Remember paper maps? Long before GPS, in-car navigation systems, and smartphones, you may have kept stacks of them in your car. Or maybe you stopped by a gas station for directions or a pay phone to tell someone you were running late.The world is pretty different today―we expect to be connected, no matter where we are. That’s why Android Auto is designed to give drivers an easy way to access the information they need―navigation, streaming audio, and communications—while minimizing the distractions they don’t need.Since its launch three years ago, Android Auto has grown to be supported by 300 car models and aftermarket stereos. And thanks to the standalone Android Auto mobile app, millions more Android mobile users can now use Android Auto with the same large buttons and voice controls right on their phone screen, even if their car isn’t compatible. Android Auto Starting today, partners like Audi and Volvo will build Android into their next generation of cars. That means your car’s built-in infotainment system could allow you to control your air conditioning, sunroof, and windows, find the nearest restaurant with Google Maps, listen to Spotify or NPR, or just ask your Google Assistant for help—even when you leave your phone behind. Volvo XC60 concept interior powered by Android/Volvo Car Group Audi Q8 Sport concept interior powered by Android/AUDI AG...
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The High Five: this week brings the heat

May 12 3:00pm Search
It’s a sweaty High Five this week, as things heat up at the FBI, in Montana and for an internet challenge. Here’s a look at a few of the of top trending Google searches from the week of May 8. Ya firedThis week, many in the U.S. were focused on the firing of former FBI director James Comey, but the buzz also led to searches about Watergate (search interest spiked more than 300\%). The number of searches for Comey surpassed searches for President Trump, with queries related to Comey’s whereabouts, why he was fired, “Who will replace Comey?” and “How long was Comey FBI director?” Is it hot in here or is it just me? Montana’s Glacier National Park is really starting to heat up (and not in a good way). According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the glaciers are shrinking by an average of 39\%. Scientists say the glaciers will likely be gone in our lifetime, so interest about Glacier National Park is climbing. People searched to find out what’s unique about the park, how it formed and “What animals live in Glacier National Park?” (For our animal lovers: Bighorn sheep, boreal toads, western painted turtles and rainbow trout to name a few). Question from us: will the animals be okay post-melt??Bow Wow Challenge takes offThis week, rapper Bow Wow was caught red-handed (red-pawed?) when an airline passenger—now internet hero—called him out for flying in Economy instead of the private jet he posted to Instagram. The internet barked back with the “Bow Wow Challenge,” in which people post a misleading glamorous image next to the actual less-glamorous photo. To keep up with the trend, people are searching, “How did the Bow Wow challenge start?” and “What did Bow Wow lie about?” Thanks to this unintended publicity, search interest in “Bow Wow challenge” rose 1000\% above searches for his music. Woof.It ain’t over until the Idol singsWe said goodbye to American Idol in its final season last year, but now it’s getting an encore. Announced this week, the show is coming back for a 16th season on ABC. Search volume went up a few pitches with questions like, “Who will be the judges on American Idol?” and Iis Ryan Seacrest coming back to American Idol?” (As noted in our trends from last week, Seacrest has a new gig). After the announcement, search interest for Kelly Clarkson, original darling of American Idol, spiked 193\%.
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Bring your idea to life with G Suite

May 12 1:00pm Google Docs
You know that feeling when you present on a project after working on it for too many months? It’s great. Perhaps the most gratifying part of wrapping a project (besides finally being done), is reflecting on how your idea came to be more than just an idea.For most of us in the workplace, ideas take shape in many forms—and G Suite can help you along the way. Here’s a snapshot of how you can bring an idea to life using G Suite’s intelligent apps:1. You mention an idea to a teammate over lunchSome of our best ideas happen outside the confines of the office. You mention an idea to a teammate in passing and they tell you, “Hey, that’s not a bad thought, but we should meet to flesh this out.”Take your idea to the next level by getting your group together with Find a Time and Find a Room features in Calendar. Find a Time intelligently suggests times that you and teammates are available to meet and books a time for you. Find a Room takes over the hassle of finding an available meeting room. All you have to do is show up and brainstorm. 2. Step into a meeting room and map out your idea Now that you’ve booked a room, you can put more structure behind this “thing” you’re creating with Jamboard—our collaborative, digital whiteboard for sharing ideas in real-time and mapping out your project plan. Check it out: If you used legacy systems in the past, you probably brought documents, sticky notes or other prep materials to a brainstorm. With Jamboard, you securely access all of those files directly in the cloud within your “jam.” Simply use the sticky notes tool, pull information and images from the web, or add files from Docs, Sheets or Slides to your brainstorm directly from Drive.3. Give your brain a rest and come back to your work laterSometimes the best thing you can do for a project is take a break and revisit it with fresh eyes. Jamboard makes this easy because it saves your work directly to Drive. If you’re on the go and want to revisit a file, you can rely on Drive’s Quick Access feature to automatically find files for you. And if you use Team Drives, you can add relevant files to securely share access and edit rights with others that need to weigh in.
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Making plans? We can help.

May 10 1:00pm Search
Hear about an amazing event but can’t remember where to buy the tickets? Have trouble finding the right activity to do with your sister who has two toddlers? Looking for something fun to do nearby tonight? Now Google can help. Today on the Google app and mobile web in the U.S., doing a search for events brings up a clear summary of activities from sites from across the web like Eventbrite, Meetup and more, that might be just what you’re looking for.   To try it, type in a quick search like, “jazz concerts in Austin,” or “art events this weekend” on your phone. With a single tap, you’ll see at-a-glance details about various options, like the event title, date and time, and location. You can tap “more events” to see additional options. Once you find one that’s up your alley, tap it to find more details or buy tickets directly from the website. You can also look up events over different time periods, simply tap on filters like today , tomorrow , next week and more. And if you’re feeling open to more options, you can also try typing “events near me” to see what’s happening around the corner. After all, who knows what fun activities await? And for all the event creators out there, check out our developer guidelines to see how you can ensure people see your listings when they’re looking for activities and events on Google.   We hope this update helps you make FOMO a thing of the past. You’ve got plans to make!...
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Create your own Street View imagery with new 360 cameras

May 9 9:41pm Maps
Spring is my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming and my local farmers market begins to buzz with smiling faces and seasonal produce. On my recent trip, I took a bunch of pictures and was eager to invite my family who lives on the other side of the globe to wander through my local farmers market. Flipping through static photos doesn’t quite bring it to life—you really want others to feel what it was like to shop perfect produce in the sunshine. Farmers Market - Mountain View, California Today we're announcing a simple way to share your perspective, with a new street view ready certification standard integrated with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming to market in 2017. Whether you’re sharing your experience at a local market or on your recent vacation, publishing high-quality, interactive imagery no longer requires significant time and effort—all you have to do is get one of the cameras, download the Street View app and start creating. You can walk, run, bike, drive—even ride a horse—while we do the heavy lifting of connecting each frame of your video into a traditional, interactive Street View experience.The cameras, which will be released over the coming months, all meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards, giving you the flexibility to choose the best way to upload imagery based on your interests.Street View mobile ready: 360 cameras that can publish Street View directly from a mobile app—without requiring a desktop workflowStreet View auto ready: 360 cameras tailored for vehicle-based collection with the highest accuracyStreet View vr ready: 360 cameras or systems that collect geometry in addition to generating sets of connected 360 photosStreet View workflow ready: Publishing tools (sometimes bundled with cameras) that can upload to Street View accountsTo learn more about each of our Street View ready standards, visit our developer website. In addition, many industry partners will be debuting their Street View ready hardware and desktop applications this week at our Street View Summit in Tokyo, Japan.
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Read web pages offline with Chrome on Android

May 8 1:00pm Google Chrome
Last year, we introduced the ability to download any webpage, so you can view the whole page completely offline. More than 45 million web pages are downloaded every week—and today we’re adding improvements to make it even easier to download pages. From left to right: New download link option, download page later button, offline badge First, you can now long press on any link and select “Download link.” This feature is also available when you long press an article suggestion on the new tab page.In addition, the next time you run into Chrome’s offline dinosaur, you’ll see the “Download Page Later” button. If you tap it, Chrome will automatically download the page for you when you get back online.We’re also making it easier for you to get back to the content you’ve downloaded. When you open a new tab, you will see articles that you have downloaded tagged with a new offline badge.  We will also show a list of your recent downloads right on the page for easy access.Now you’ll always have a ready-to-go list of pages or articles to read even if you are out of data for the month or lose the network in a dead zone. Update to the latest version of Chrome and tap the download icon on any page to get started.
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High Five: off to the races

May 5 2:00pm Search
High fashion, high horses, high five. Here’s a look at five of the top trending Google searches for the the week of May 1. All the stars in the Gala-xyWhile the world’s most fashionable celebrities and designers gathered at the Met Gala this week, the rest of us followed along by searching for the details: “Where can I watch the Met Gala?” and “What was the Met Gala theme?” This year’s theme honored designer Rei Kawakubo, who designed a flower-forward dress worn by Rihanna. Other celebrities with the top trending dresses were Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Katy Perry, Blake Lively and Deepika Padukone. Kentucky Derby This weekend is the Kentucky Derby, Hence the high traffic on search (with Fast and Accurate results, of course). Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut and Delaware take the title of State of Honor for the most Derby-related searches. As fans in Churchill Downs don the famous Derby hats and look for a Patch of space with the best view, the horses and their jockeys will be Girvin it their all, Always Dreaming of victory. But before Lookin’ at Lee-ving the house to celebrate with a mint julep, people are searching, “Which horse has the fastest Kentucky Derby time?” “Who’s the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby?” and “What year was the first Kentucky Derby held?” Guac isn’t the only extra Chipotle has anticipated exactly what its customers need after chowing down on an enormous burrito. Nope, it’s not a nap. They’re keeping the food coming with a new dessert option—a buñuelo (fried tortilla strips coated in honey and cinnamon sugar). This sweet announcement caused searches for “Chipotle menu” to spike more than 200 percent above other fast food joints. Chipotle enthusiasts can’t wait to try it out, searching “Chipotle new menu and “Chipotle dessert release date.” The CrownIt was a big week for the Royals. Princess Charlotte turned two, and her great-grandfather Prince Philip announced that he will end his public appearances this summer, retiring at the age of 96. Now that people won’t be seeing as much of the prince, they wanted to find out more about him: “Why is Prince Philip not king?” “What does the British Royal Family do?” and “How long has the British Royal Family been in power?” Seacrest, in!This we...
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Protecting you against phishing

May 5 12:00pm Google Docs
As many email users know, phishing attacks—or emails that impersonate a trusted source to trick users into sharing information—are a pervasive problem. If you use Gmail, you can rest assured that every day, millions of phishing emails are blocked from ever reaching your inbox.This week, we defended against an email phishing campaign that tricked some of our users into inadvertently granting access to their contact information, with the intent to spread more phishing emails. We took quick action to revoke all access granted to the attacker as well as steps to reduce and prevent harm from future variants of this type of attack.Here’s some background to help you understand how the campaign worked, how we addressed it and how you can better protect yourself against attacks. How the campaign worked and how we addressed itVictims of this attack received an email that appeared to be an invite to a Google Doc from one of their contacts. When users clicked the link in the attacker’s email, it directed them to the attacker’s application, which requested access to the user’s account under the false pretense of gaining access to the Google Doc. If the user authorized access to the application (through a mechanism called OAuth), it used the user's contact list to send the same message to more people.Upon detecting this issue, we immediately responded with a combination of automatic and manual actions that ended this campaign within an hour. We removed fake pages and applications, and pushed user-protection updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail, Google Cloud Platform, and other counter-abuse systems. Fewer than 0.1\% of our users were affected by this attack, and we have taken steps to re-secure affected accounts. We protect our users from phishing attacks in a number of ways, including:Using machine learning-based detection of spam and phishing messages, which has contributed to 99.9\% accuracy in spam detectionProviding Safe Browsing warnings about dangerous links, within Gmail and across more than 2 billion browsersPreventing suspicious account sign-ins through dynamic, risk-based challengesScanning email attachments for malware and other dangerous payloads In addition, we’re taking multiple steps to combat this type of attack in the future, including updating our policies and enforcement on OAuth applications, updating our anti-spam systems to help prevent...
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How machine learning in G Suite makes people more productive

May 4 1:00pm Google Docs
Email management, formatting documents, creating expense reports. These are just some of the time-sinks that can affect your productivity at work. At Google, this is referred to as “overhead”—time spent working on tasks that do not directly relate to creative output—and it happens a lot.According to a Google study in 2015, the average worker spends only about 5\% of his or her time actually coming up with the next big idea. The rest of our time is caught in the quicksand of formatting, tracking, analysis or other mundane tasks. That’s where machine learning can help.Machine learning algorithms observe examples and make predictions based on data. In G Suite, machine learning models make your workday more efficient by taking over menial tasks, like scheduling meetings, or by predicting information you might need and surfacing it for you, like suggesting Docs. Source: Google Data, April 2015 Eliminating spam within Gmail using machine learningOne of the earliest machine learning use cases for G Suite was within Gmail. Historically, Gmail used a rule-based system, which meant our anti-spam team would create new rules to match individual spam patterns. Over a decade of using this process, we improved spam detection accuracy to 99\%.Starting in 2014, our team augmented this rule-based system to generate rules using machine learning algorithms instead, taking spam detection one step further. Now, we use Tensor Flow and other machine learning to continually regenerate the “spam filter,” so the system has learned to predict which emails are most likely junk. Machine learning finds new patterns and adapts far quicker than previous manual systems—it’s a big part of the reason that more than one billion Gmail users avoid spam within their account.See machine learning in your favorite G Suite appsG Suite’s goal is to help teams accomplish more with its intelligent apps, no matter where they are in the world. And chances are, you’ve already seen machine learning integrated into your day-to-day work to do just that.Smart Reply, for example, uses machine learning to generate three natural language responses to an email. So if you find yourself on the road or pressed for time and in need of a...
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Work hacks from G Suite: make meetings more efficient

May 2 1:00pm Google Docs
At work, we spend a lot of time with meetings—from scheduling and hosting them, to following up on tasks after they wrap. In fact, the average technology CEO works 14 hours per day, 300 days per year, and nearly 30\% of those hours are spent in meetings. It’s hard to tell how much of that time is actually spent being productive, so this month’s work hacks focus on how to make your meetings more efficient.1. Set up your meeting faster by skipping schedulingCoordinating a meeting time that works for the group can be tedious. Why not have your productivity tools do that for you? Instead of manually coordinating availability for your team, use scheduling tools in Calendar and Hangouts, like Find a Time and the intelligent @Meet bot.With Find a Time, you can bypass scheduling and ask Calendar to intelligently suggest times that work for your team, regardless of time zones. Simply go into your Calendar app, enter the names of team members you want to schedule a meeting with and then click the “Find a time” option. Select the time slot that works best and an invitation will automatically be sent.You can also use Find a Room to book a conference room. Within Calendar, click “Add a room” and select the space you want to meet in, and the room will be booked on your behalf. Check it out: Another option is to use the all-new @Meet bot, which finds and schedules meetings for your team within Hangouts Chat (now available for G Suite customers through the Early Adopter Program). Simply message @Meet and ask it to schedule a time for your team. It sends an invitation and includes a link to Hangouts Meet. That way, when you’re ready to start your meeting, you can join instantly without having to worry about downloads or plugins. 2. Assign work more quickly to your teamYou may remember, in the not-so-distant past, assigning a designated “note taker” during meetings (or maybe you were that person?). The note taker’s job was to collect everyone’s notes, compile and share to-do’s with the team to keep projects on track. Talk about a time sink.You can skip that by using Google Docs, which lets everyone take notes simultaneously. But more i...
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Creating a professional growth culture: 3 lessons from school districts

May 1 8:45pm Google Chrome
Whether it’s a 3D printer, a language app, or a Chromebook on a student’s desk, technology represents potential. The results can be profound, but learning how to make the most of new tools often requires dedication outside of the standard school day.We spoke with teachers and administrators at Cicero Public School District 99 in Illinois and Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio about how they designed technology professional development programs to engage teachers for the long term. Here we share three lessons learned from their experiences building programs that impact educators and students alike.Lesson 1: Incentives help overcome inertiaWhen the Cicero Public School District 99 board set the goal of giving every child access to a Chromebook, professional development for teachers became a top priority. CIO Cao Mac believed any tech rollout was bound to fail unless teachers got the right training. So his team came up with a plan to motivate teachers to get Google Certified—they’d offer them early access to new classroom devices.The district now has 104 Google Certified Educators, and has seen a shift in how teachers use devices in the classroom. Before the training, students used laptops and tablets for activities like math games and music videos. Two months after the Chromebook rollout, the top five sites accessed across the district included Google Classroom, Google Docs and Khan Academy. “Right off the bat, they were no longer using their machines randomly,” Mac says. “Their use was more focused.” Lesson 2: Time is a precious resourceChagrin Falls Exempted Village School District is the first public school district to train all of its teachers to become Google Certified Educators. Administrators say they achieved 100 percent participation by customizing the program around teachers’ schedules.“We made it easy for teachers get certified whenever it was most convenient,” says Nancy Kevern, a technology integration and instructional coach at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. “Grouping teachers by grade level helped us emphasize the lessons they would find most useful.”The district also started a committee that works on solutions for fitting professional developm...
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The High Five: new discoveries in space and fashion

Apr 28 12:00pm Search
What did Saturn say to NASA this week? “High Five.” Here’s a look at a few of the top trending Google searches orbiting the week of April 24.What have you done this week?For the first time ever, a spacecraft cruised through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings. Now NASA’s Cassini is beaming information back to the mothership, and telling NASA about all the cool stuff it saw. Science, FTW! After the feat, people searched on Google for more information: “How does Cassini communicate with Earth?” and “How long did it take for Cassini to reach Saturn?” Some were looking for a refresher astronomy course, asking “How far is Saturn from Earth?” and “How many rings does Saturn have?” Here comes the tourMaybe we’re amazed that Paul McCartney is still touring—that guy is Here, There and Everywhere! It’ll be a Hard Day’s Night on the road, but fans twisted and shouted when he announced his 2017 tour dates this week. Though you can’t buy his love, you can buy a ticket to his show. And fans are itching to get those tickets, with questions like “How much are Paul McCartney tickets?” and “When do tickets for Paul McCartney go on sale?” Let it Be soon.Centi-versaryThis Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, and the first few months of his administration have prompted people to learn more about political concepts and processes. The five most-searched terms related to politics during Trump’s first 100 days are “recuse,” “filibuster,” “vetting,” “executive order” and “immigrant.” Another fun fact to bring to your political debates this weekend: the most-searched names alongside the phrase Trump handshake”: Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Neil Gorsuch, Shinzo Abe and Benjamin Netanyahu.Clear as mud Remember when you were a kid and tracking mud in the house got you into trouble? Times have changed—go ahead and get mud all over yourself. Or pay $425 for jeans covered in fake mud. Perplexed (yet intrigued) shoppers have been searching, “What are mud jeans?” and “Where can I buy mud jeans?”Shifting gearsNASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., is at the finish line—he announced he will retire after the 2017 season. Fans are curious about when and why he is retiring and “Who will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr.?” Tho...
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Gboard for Android gets new languages and tools

Apr 26 7:00pm Search
Attention to our friends in India and fast typers everywhere: Gboard’s latest update might be the thing you never knew you were missing. We’ve added 22 Indic languages—with transliteration support—including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu and Gujarati. We’ve also dropped in a new text editing tool that makes it easier to select, copy and paste, plus new options for resizing and repositioning the keyboard so it fits to your hand and texting style. And to top it all off, this Gboard update comes with under-the-hood improvements for better accuracy and predictions while you type.   New Languages - वाहThe full list of Gboard’s new languages includes: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo (Devanagari, Bengali), Dogri (Devanagari, Arabic), Gujarati, Hindi (Devanagari, Hinglish), Kannada, Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic), Konkani (Devanagari, Latin), Maithili (Devanagari), Malayalam, Manipuri (Bengali), Marathi (Devanagari), Nepali (Devanagari), Odia, Punjabi (Gurmukhi, Arabic), Sanskrit (Devanagari), Santali (Ol chiki, Latin), Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic), Tamil, Telugu, Urdu (Arabic). In addition to the 22 new Indic languages, Gboard added support for Kinyarwanda and Waray. Through Gboard’s internationalization through machine learning, glide typing and suggestions are now available in more than 185 language varieties. This list has all 11 Indic languages currently supported in the Google Indic Keyboard, plus 11 more languages, such as Urdu and Maithili. In addition to supporting each language’s native scripts, Gboard includes the QWERTY layout for transliteration, which lets you spell words phonetically. For example, type “aapko holi ki hardik shubhkamnay” and get “आपको होली की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें.” Some of these languages have a small presence on the web, so we worked closely with native speakers across India to collect data to train our advanced machine learning models, so people can start texting in their native script. Gboard also comes with some features that Google Indic Keyboard doesn’t, including Google Search and Google Translate right in your keyboard (j...
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Remember where you parked with Google Maps

Apr 25 5:00pm Google LatLong
Some say it’s about the journey, not the destination—but we think it’s about a little of both. Now, Google Maps for Android and iOS will not only help you get where you’re going, but it’ll help you remember where you parked once you’ve arrived. Here’s how it works:For Android users, tap “Save your parking” to add your parking location to the map. You’ll see a label on the map itself identifying where you parked your car. Tap on that label to open up your parking card, where you can add additional details about your parking spot. You can add a note like “level 3, spot 35,” add the amount of time left before the meter expires (and even get a reminder alert 15 minutes before it does), save an image of your parking spot, and send your parking location to friends. On iOS, the new experience is pretty similar. Tap on the blue dot and then tap on “Set as parking location” to add your parking spot to the map itself. Tap on the parking label on the map to open up your parking card and do things like share it with friends and view pictures of your parking area. This is in addition to the automatic parking detection you might have already noticed in Google Maps for iOS. If you connect to your car using USB audio or bluetooth, your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle. With Google Maps, you get guidance far beyond arrival at your destination, with the ability to save your parking location, explore places you’ve saved to lists, easily find friends and family, and more.
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Even better translations in Chrome, with one tap

Apr 25 2:30pm Google Chrome
Half the world’s webpages are in English, but less than 15 percent of the global population speaks it as a primary or secondary language. It’s no surprise that Chrome’s built-in Translate functionality is one of the most beloved Chrome features. Every day Chrome users translate more than 150 million webpages with just one click or tap.Last year, Google Translate introduced neural machine translation, which uses deep neural networks to translate entire sentences, rather than just phrases, to figure out the most relevant translation. Since then we’ve been gradually making these improvements available for Chrome’s built-in translation for select language pairs. The result is higher-quality, full-page translations that are more accurate and easier to read.Today, neural machine translation improvement is coming to Translate in Chrome for nine more language pairs. Neural machine translation will be used for most pages to and from English for Indonesian and eight Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. This means higher quality translations on pages containing everything from song lyrics to news articles to cricket discussions. From left: A webpage in Indonesian; the page translated into English without neural machine translation; the page translated into English with neural machine translation. As you can see, the translations after neural machine translation are more fluid and natural. The addition of these nine languages brings the total number of languages enabled with neural machine translations in Chrome to more than 20. You can already translate to and from English for Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and one-way from Spanish to English. We’ll bring neural machine translation to even more languages in the future. Until then, learn more about enabling Translate in Chrome in our help center.
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How maps and machine learning are helping to eliminate malaria

Apr 25 11:00am Maps
Today is World Malaria Day, a moment dedicated to raising awareness and improving access to tools to prevent malaria. The World Health Organization says nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, and estimates that in 2015 there were 212 million malaria cases resulting in 429,000 deaths. In places with high transmission rates, children under five account for 70 percent of malaria deaths.DiSARM (Disease Surveillance and Risk Monitoring), a project led by the Malaria Elimination Initiative and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Clinton Health Access Initiative, is fighting the spread of malaria by mapping the places where malaria could occur. With the help of Google Earth Engine, DiSARM creates high resolution “risk maps” that help malaria control programs identify the areas where they should direct resources for prevention and treatment.We sat down with Hugh Sturrock, who leads the DiSARM project and is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of California, San Francisco’s Global Health Group, to learn more about DiSARM’s fight against malaria, and how Google fits in.As an epidemiologist, why did you choose to focus your efforts on malaria?I first became interested in 2005, during my undergraduate days at the University of Edinburgh when I worked on a project examining the fungal control of mosquitoes with Professor Andrew Read. I suddenly realized that my research could have a positive impact on people’s lives and from that point on I was hooked. While malaria deaths have decreased dramatically since then, it’s still a huge public health problem.Which regions is DiSARM targeting first? We’re piloting DiSARM in Swaziland and Zimbabwe, two regions that are on the cusp of malaria elimination. Between 2000–2014, reported malaria cases in Swaziland decreased by 99 percent, and in 2015, Swaziland reported fewer than 400 local cases. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe achieved a 74 percent decline in reported cases from 2005–2015.When a small number of cases in a region remain, precise intervention is required to fully eliminate malaria, and DiSARM can help fully close the gap. By focusing our resources more strategically, we can shrink the malaria map and eliminate the disease entirely in these countries.How does DiSARM use Google Earth Engine to help fight malaria?If we map where malar...
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Local reviews in your languagewherever you are

Apr 24 11:00am Maps
When you’re traveling somewhere new, two of your biggest challenges can be figuring out where to go and understanding the native language of wherever you are. The next time you’re in a foreign place and want to check out a restaurant or point of interest, Google will translate the review into the language you’ve set on your device.The best part is that you don’t have to do a thing. Just open Google Maps or Search, search for what you’re interested in and the reviews are automatically translated. Most people will see the translated review in the language they prefer and then see the review in the native language below—eliminating the hassle of copying and pasting into a translation app or trying to decipher reviews using your pocket-sized translation book. Here’s what it looks like in action: So next time you find yourself in a faraway land wondering which ramen shop is the best or which gelato place is most authentic—just sit back, relax and let Google Maps and Search bridge the language barrier.
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The High Five: this week in sweet and sparkly searches

Apr 21 2:00pm Search
You made it through your week, but Earth has made it through billions of years. High five, Earth. Here’s a look at a rainbow of top trending Google searches from the week of April 17. What a time to be aliveStarbucks has a new (temporary) spirit animal: the unicorn. Described as “sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour,” the Unicorn Frappuccino has whipped up a mix of reactions from sweet tooths, neiiiggghhh (is that the sound a unicorn makes?)-sayers and even Starbucks employees. Coming in cold with 59g of sugar (the equivalent of three Twinkies), the Unicorn Frappucino also has people wondering “What flavor is the unicorn frappuccino?” and “Where can I get the unicorn frappuccino?” The drink caused so much buzz this week that search interest in “unicorn” spiked 3x over coffee searches. NBA PlayoffsThe NBA Playoffs are here. Some teams might be Cavalier, others are Bulling over their opponents, while a couple teams seem to be Pacing themselves to bring the Thunder later. Who will get Bucked out of the playoffs and who will Rocket toward the finals? Basketball fans are watching the scores like a Hawk, Spurring them to search “What are the NBA playoff scores?” and “What are the playoff games tonight?” Earth to GoogleThis Saturday is Earth Day, and people are looking for ways to contribute and get outside. Search interest in “tree planting” spikes every April, and people also search for for National Parks, like Yellowstone and Yosemite. Others are curious about the history of Earth Day, with questions like “When did the first international earth day occur?” and “Who founded international earth day?”Kids these daysAs if high school wasn’t complicated/awkward/stressful enough, students are now expected to come up with a “promposal”—an elaborate gesture to ask someone to prom. High schoolers are looking for clever ideas with Google searches for “promposal puns” and “cute promposal ideas.” Some are even themed, like “Disney promposal” or “basketball promposal.” It’s a whole new world in high school these days—hope your prom is a slam dunk, kids.Future tennis starSerena Williams served some big news this week—she’s pregnant. The announcement, made on Snapchat, left fans wondering “Who is the father of Serena Wil...
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An international framework for digital evidence

Apr 20 2:00pm Google Public Policy Blog
Today, we’re releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report regarding government requests for user data. In the second half of 2016, we received over 45,000 government requests for user data worldwide. This is the most government requests we’ve received for user data in a six-month period since we released our first transparency report in 2010.In many ways, this shouldn’t be surprising. As more people use more of our services, and as we offer new ones, it is natural that we are seeing an increase in government requests. For example, Gmail had around 425 million active users in 2012, and more than 1 billion by 2016. And as digital evidence increasingly becomes part of criminal investigations, other companies are seeing similar trends. We of course continue to require appropriate legal process for these requests, resist overbroad requests not narrowly calibrated to legitimate law enforcement requirements, and reform modernization of data surveillance laws.  Cross-border requests for data continue to account for a substantial portion of overall requests, with over 31,000 in the second half of 2016 coming from outside of the United States.. This volume underscores the need for an improved international framework that meets legitimate law enforcement needs and ensures high standards of due process, privacy and human rights. The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process facilitates the production of digital evidence in cross-border investigations (when the crime occurs in one country but data is held by a company in another country). But the MLAT process is often slow and cumbersome: on average, it takes 10 months to process an MLAT request in the United States. That’s a long time for an investigator to wait.Without better and faster ways to collect cross-border evidence, countries will be tempted to take unilateral actions to deal with a fundamentally multilateral problem. A sustainable framework for handling digital evidence in legitimate cross-border investigations will help avoid a chaotic, conflicting patchwork of data location proposals and ad hoc surveillance measures that may threaten privacy and generate uncertainty, without fundamentally advancing legitimate law enforcement and national security interests.We believe that governments can develop solutions that appropriately balance the various interests at stake. This includes respec...
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Remember where youve been and what youve done with Your Timeline on iOS

Apr 18 11:00am Maps
What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well. More control and customizationWe’ve added more ways for you to control the information that appears in Your Timeline. You can easily edit any location so you can ensure the info is as accurate as possible. You can also delete a day, a date range, or your full history at any time. In addition, we’ve added a variety of activity types so you can customize your modes of transportation and activities—from surfing to snowshoeing to horseback riding. Easier access to Your Timeline You can now quickly access Your Timeline from the place cards of locations or businesses you’ve previously visited. So if you went to Point Reyes National Seashore a few days ago, the dates of your past visits will appear on the place card (only visible to you). From there you can tap dir...
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Want to score this playoff season? Shoot over to Search and Newsstand

Apr 17 2:00pm Search
Playoff season is in full swing. Whether your eyes are glued to the ice for the NHL Stanley Cup or geared up for a fastbreak during the NBA Finals, you can stay in the know with your favorite teams right in Play Newsstand and with posts in Google Search. Check out Play Newsstand this playoff season, where you can get a play-by-play of all the action. Starting today, Newsstand will feature special NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs sections, which will bring you the latest updates from thousands of local and national news sources in one place. You’ll also catch real-time updates directly from the leagues and the teams. These new Playoff sections make it easy to catch the top headlines, then dive into the latest scores, analyses and videos about your favorite teams, including their own posts to Google. Make Play Newsstand your #1 pick at the Play and App Stores, or pick it up on waiver at newsstand.google.com. But that’s not all. Now you can get the latest updates, videos, photos and more right on the Knowledge Panels in Search directly from some of your favorite NHL and NBA teams. In those posts, you’ll see the highlights that your home team (or rivals!) share. Check back throughout the day and week to make sure you don’t miss a thing. (No need for you baseball fans to balk, we’ve completed the triple play with posts from the MLB and all its teams too.) Giddy for a GIF of that buzzer-beater? Look no further than Google Search. Whether you’re a citizen of #DubNation in the Bay or charging for the Bulls, you’ll have access to posts all across the court in the span of a 20-second timeout. Want to see that puck hit the net? From assist to Zamboni, skating through updates from more than 30 teams across the NHL has never been smoother. A quick search on Google brings up an all-star lineup of content from the teams you care about across the U.S. and Canada—get the news before your buddies for a real power play. No need to drop your gloves, you can even do a voice search on your phone.
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The High Five: the least taxing thing you'll read all week

Apr 14 1:00pm Search
Flower crowns at the ready Coachella, the Southern California music festival, kicks off this weekend. Festival-goers are wondering, “What should I pack for Coachella?” and “When does Coachella release set times?” Non-festival goers are asking, “What is Coachella?” Whether you’re into crop tops or fringe, Radiohead or Lady Gaga, Valencia or Nashville Instagram filter … there’s something for everyone.United Airlines experiences some turbulence After a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight to make room for a crew member, the public was outraged and didn’t hold back on social media. People turned to Google to ask Why did United Airlines remove passengers? But they were most interested in how it was affecting the airline's bottom line. Three of the top five related queries tried to assess How much did United stock drop? Hunting for Easter eggs and having a (matzah) ballEaster and Passover celebrations are happening this week. In addition to searching for instructions on how to dye Easter eggs, people are wondering “How do you say Happy Passover?” and “Is Easter Monday a holiday?” Not in the U.S., sadly—so go easy on those Cadbury eggs.Pics or it didn’t happenIn honor of National Siblings Day, people dug up old family photos (whether adorable, awkward or filled with braces), and shared them on social media. Spurred by this frenzy, people searched for “national sibling day captions,” “funny national sibling day quotes,” and even “only child on national siblings day.”Nothing is certain, except … Your taxes are due. But procrastinators have been rewarded this year—people have three more days than usual to complete their taxes. So in addition to asking when is tax day in 2017? searchers are curious about the reason for this year's extended deadline. The answer? When April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline is moved to the following Monday. But April 17 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in D.C., giving everyone an extra day to file.
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Now Image Search can jump-start your search for style

Apr 13 9:00am Search
Image Search is full of pics to help you find inspiration—whether it’s places to travel, items to purchase or shots of your favorite celebs, art and memes. But when it comes to fashion, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why today, we’re introducing a new feature called “style ideas” in the Google app for Android and mobile web, which will surely help boost your search style IQ. Now while perusing fashion product images, Image Search will surface a grid of inspirational lifestyle images and outfits that showcase how the product can be worn in real life. With style ideas, you can see real-life options of what bag and jeans look stellar with those red high heels you’ve been eyeing. Or if running gear is more your speed, no sweat—workout ensemble ideas are just a tap away.   As an added bonus, you’ll also see an expanded carousel for “similar items” while searching for apparel products. That means whether you’re researching shorts and sneakers or checking out sunglasses and handbags, you’ll be able to find product offerings that may suit your tastes. Uncovering a bargain option without sacrificing style is now accessible right from Image Search. With these new features, Image Search may be your best new accessory. Or at least a useful tool to find apparel that suits your style and your wallet.
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Come play with WebVR Experiments

Apr 12 12:00pm Google Chrome
Everyone should be able to experience VR, and WebVR is a big step in that direction. It’s open to all browsers, making it easier for developers to create something quickly and share it with everyone, no matter what device they’re on.In February, we added WebVR to Chrome on Daydream-ready phones. Today, WebVR on Chrome now works with Google Cardboard, so that anyone with an Android phone and Cardboard can experience virtual worlds just by tapping a link.To explore what’s possible with WebVR, we’re launching WebVR Experiments, a showcase of the amazing experiences developers are already building. WebVR Experiments: Virtual reality on the web for everyone Each experiment shows shows something different you can try in WebVR. Play ping pong with a friend in Konterball. Explore the world with your voice. Hear what it sounds like when the sky rains dog toys, ping pong balls, and more. Play Spot-the-Bot, where one player searches for bots in VR with the help of another player outside VR. Become a donut and try to wrap your fashionable scarf around hungry enemies. These are just a few of the experiments you can try. If you don’t have Cardboard or Daydream, you can still play on desktop or on any phone in 2D. WebVR support on Chrome for desktop headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE is coming soon.In addition to the experiments, developers can find resources and open source code to help get started building in WebVR. If you build something cool, submit it to be featured in the gallery.We hope these experiments make it easier for more people to experience VR, and inspire more developers to create new VR worlds on the web.Start playing at g.co/webvrexp.
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Whoa, thats one big tree check it out in a new Street View collection

Apr 11 4:00pm Maps
Today, Google Maps is bringing you more Golden State beauty—we’ve added six destinations to our California State Parks Street View collection. In the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, you can gaze up at California’s famous redwoods, take in the spectacular scenery, and learn about the history of the park. Check out these Street View snapshots, as well as behind-the-scenes photos of the Sempervirens Fund using the Trekker and 360-degree cameras to collect this imagery. Frolic in the meadows, gaze up at the trees, or check out some cool rock formations. Castle Rock State Park has something for every explorer.  There’s not a light at the end of the tunnel, there’s a beach at the end of the hike. The 31-mile Waddell Beach Skyline to the Sea Trailstarts in the Santa Cruz Mountains and ends at Waddell State Beach. This 2,000-year-old Redwood tree is dubbed Father of the Forest. At this site on May 15, 1900, A.P. Hill and a group of others formed the Sempervirens Club. Their mission was to protect the coast redwoods, and they later created Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The club went on to protect more than 34,000 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Fact Check now available in Google Search and News around the world

Apr 7 3:05am Search
Google was built to help people find useful information by surfacing the great content that publishers and sites create. This access to high quality information is what drives people to use the web and for contributors to continue to engage and invest in it. However, with thousands of new articles published online every minute of every day, the amount of content confronting people online can be overwhelming.  And unfortunately, not all of it is factual or true, making it hard for people to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why last October, along with our partners at Jigsaw, we announced that in a few countries we would start enabling publishers to show a “Fact Check” tag in Google News for news stories. This label identifies articles that include information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations. After assessing feedback from both users and publishers, we’re making the Fact Check label in Google News available everywhere, and expanding it into Search globally in all languages. For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim. This information won’t be available for every search result, and there may be search result pages where different publishers checked the same claim and reached different conclusions. These fact checks are not Google’s and are presented so people can make more informed judgements. Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clear information on which sources agree. As we make fact checks more visible in Search results, we believe people will have an easier time reviewing and assessing these fact checks, and making their own informed opinions. For publishers to be included in this feature, they must be using the Schema.org ClaimReview markup on the specific pages where they fact check public statements (documentation here), or they can use the Share the Facts w...
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Introducing PAX: the Android Networked Cross-License Agreement

Apr 3 1:00am Google Public Policy Blog
In Latin, the word pax means “peace.” In the world of intellectual property, patent peace often coincides with innovation and healthy competition that benefit consumers. It is with a hope for such benefits that we are announcing our newest patent licensing initiative focusing on patent peace, which we call PAX.  Under PAX, members grant each other royalty-free patent licenses covering Android and Google Applications on qualified devices. This community-driven clearinghouse, developed together with our Android partners, ensures that innovation and consumer choice—not patent threats—will continue to be key drivers of our Android ecosystem. PAX is free to join and open to anyone.Already, Android is distributed under open-source licenses that allow anyone to use it for free. This openness has resulted in enormous choice for manufacturers and users. The Android ecosystem has grown to include more than 400 partner manufacturers and 500 carriers who have produced more than 4,000 major devices in the last year alone with an astounding 1.6 billion active users. We believe PAX will further expand the openness of Android for its members, promoting patent peace that will free up time and money for members, who can then dedicate those resources to creating new ideas.PAX members currently include Google, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Foxconn Technology Group, HMD Global, HTC, Coolpad, BQ, and Allview. The members collectively own more than 230,000 patents worldwide. As more companies join, PAX will bring even more patent peace and value to its members through more freedom to innovate.  PAX is the latest innovative licensing effort that Google has helped develop in order to provide balanced patent solutions. Other efforts include the LOT Network and the Open Patent Non-assertion Pledge, as well as our participation in such initiatives as the Open Invention Network and IP3 run by Allied Security Trust. Initiatives like these—and PAX—are among the many ways Google contributes to fair and balanced patent systems across an interconnected world.  We encourage interested companies, large and small, around the world to join us in PAX and enjoy patent peace. To learn more, please visit the PAX website.
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Throwing your dog a bone: Google now works purr-fectly for your furry friends

Apr 1 3:00am Search
At Google, we aim to make our products available for everyone, everywhere. Today, we’re extending that goal to our finest, most faithful (and four-legged) friends. 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! With I’m Feeling Woof and I’m Feeling Meow on the Google app, canines and felines alike can surf pet-friendly info with just a press of their paw. Now when pups tap on I’m Feeling Woof, no search query is too far-fetched. Man’s best friend can peruse squirrels, rawhide bones and frisbees to their hearts’ content. Let the tail-wagging commence. On the other paw, kitties are able to search the Google app with I’m Feeling Meow—or should we say wow?! Suddenly a world of fishbowls, birds and scratching posts are just a whisker away. Fur real. Now that the Google app for iOS is raining cats and dogs, we can turn our attention to the rest of the animal kingdom (and those who use Android)! Introducing “Google Play for Pets,” a new category of Android apps and games to keep your pet stimulated. See how Google Play for Pets benefits all types of creatures in our announcement video below. After all, who wouldn’t want apps, games, and training tools designed specially for your dog, cat or... turtle? Introducing Google Play for Pets We hope today’s announcements will help unlock the Internet for your favorite four-legged creatures. Now the best of Google is available for all, no matter your location—or in this case—species.
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All the best mobile accessories, now for your Chromebook

Mar 31 7:59pm Google Chrome
Chromebooks are blurring the line between desktop and mobile with the launch of Google Play store on Chromebooks. Our latest Chromebooks were built from the ground up with this technology. But until now, it wasn’t possible to appreciate the full range of experiences Android Apps can offer.After extensive user research and market analysis, we’re excited to introduce a line of mobile accessories for Chromebooks. We’ve thoughtfully adapted your favorites to capitalize on larger screens and convertible form factors. Here’s a sneak peek at a few highlights: 1. Chromebook Groupie Stick For mobile photography lovers, nothing beats a selfie stick for the perfect shot. But on a tiny phone display, it’s sometimes hard to fit the whole group. 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. 2. Chromebook Cardboard In collaboration with the Cardboard team, we’re bringing you a new, immersive VR accessory—Cardboard for Chromebooks. Just as affordable and just as mobile, this new version of Cardboard is your gateway to larger-than-life experiences wherever you go. Stay tuned for all the specs so you can turn any large appliance or pizza box into your own Cardboard device. 3. Chromebook Workout Armband For the dedicated athlete, we’re introducing the Chromebook Workout Armband for all your fitness needs. Giant media buttons make it easier than ever to skip songs without taking a pause, and music apps let you take your music offline wherever you go. Whether you’re out for a run or in the gym, this armband allows you to really go big with your workout.Keep an eye on the Google Store for these products and more. The next generation of Chromebooks is here, and we can’t wait to bring you all the accessories to make them the ultimat...
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No more time to noodle: meet the winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition!

Mar 31 1:00pm Search
Doodles were drawn. Votes were tallied. And now, the time has finally come to announce the winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest. With a theme as limitless as “What I see for the future…”, we knew the artwork would be out of this world—and with all the Doodles set in space, we were not disappointed! This year’s talented artists dreamed of almost everything— from a future with modernized homes and no endangered animals, to one filled with compassion, community and inventions we hadn’t even imagined yet.. Today, millions of people can enjoy the winning masterpiece, which now hangs on the Google homepage. The winner of the 2017 Doodle 4 Google contest is Sarah Harrison from Connecticut, who sees “a peaceful future” in the years ahead. In this splendid, visionary piece, she drew a group of people from different backgrounds coming together to create one harmonious community. Here’s how she explains her art: “My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are.” An all-star group of judges—including our very own Google Doodlers— helped us select Sarah as our winner. In addition to her art being showcased on the Google homepage, Sarah will receive $30,000 toward a college scholarship, and the opportunity to meet with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View. As an added bonus: Bunnell High School (Sarah’s home school) will receive $50,000 to spend ontechnology to help foster the next generation of STEM professionals (and who knows, maybe future Googlers, too!). We also want to celebrate the  four age-group finalists, who also submitted stellar artwork that both awed and inspired us. This group focused on diverse communities, ancient animals, new energy sources, and solutions to help minimize electronic waste. All of our age-group finalists will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to help them continue their education, a trip to the Googleplex in Mountain View to meet a few of our Doodlers, and a Chromebook to help fuel their burgeoning creativity. From all of us at Google, thank you for Doodling w...
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Google app: the ultimate Search tool for iPhone users

Mar 28 10:00am Search
Millions of iPhone and iPad users around the world rely on the Google app as a go-to resource for Search. Now we’ve added some new features to make your Search experience even better. Ready to become an iPhone power user? Here’s how. Search in any app with the Gboard keyboard extensionLast May, we launched Gboard, a keyboard for iPhone that allows you to search Google and send information, GIFs, emoji, and more — right from your keyboard. While Gboard first launched as a standalone app, it now comes installed with the Google app. Don’t be stifled by the same old texts and smiley faces; with Gboard, expressing yourself with emoji, multiple languages and GIFs has never been easier or more fun. To access, go to your Google app settings to set up Gboard on your device. Stay in the know with the “Trending on Google” WidgetThe “Trending on Google” widget keeps you in the know about hot topics and breaking news from around the world by displaying live trending Google searches. See something that catches your eye? Just tap on the trending search to open up the Google app and learn more. To access the widget, use 3D Touch on the app icon or swipe right on your home screen. To install it, swipe right on your home screen, scroll to the bottom, tap “Edit”, then add “Trending on Google.” Save time with 3D Touch Hard pressing on the Google app icon not only allows you to access the new “Trending on Google” widget, it also opens a set of quick search actions to help you get things done faster. One hard press jumpstarts any search that suits your need—whether you’re typing, talking, looking for images, or surfing on the downlow with incognito mode. We have also integrated 3D Touch throughout the app. When you’re viewing web pages or search results and want to find out more , just hard press on the G button at the bottom of the page to instantly start a new search. Or you can hard press on Search results, Map results, and cards in your feed to see a preview of the content before opening it all the way. Take these search tips for a spin and let us know what you think! To share feedback, go to the settings in t...
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The High Five: game time and morphin time

Mar 24 2:30pm Search
This week, we saw lots of high fives on the basketball court and among Power Rangers fans … but not on a particular episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” Here are a few of the top five trending Google searches from the week of March 20. Tragedy in LondonPeople turned to Google find out more information about the tragic attack in front of the U.K. Parliament in London, and developments in the days that followed. Many questions centered on the identity of the attacker, who killed four people in the deadliest terror attack in the U.K. in over a decade. It’s searchin’ timeChildren of the ‘90s, rejoice—and go, go to the movies. The Power Rangers are back, with a reboot hitting theaters today. Some people are nostalgic and searching about past Power Rangers, while others want to know who’s who in the new movie. One thing’s for sure, the graphics and costumes have improved over the last couple of decades. Bracket racketThe NCAA Basketball Tournament is in full swing (oops, wrong sport). In addition to bracket updates and scores, people wanted to know: “What are the conference records for the NCAA tournament?” And “Gonzaga Men’s Basketball” is a trending search now that they’re one win away from their first-ever Final Four. The other type of CourtSearches about Neil Gorsuch continued to rise this week, as the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearing took place in Washington. So far, searchers seem to be in the “small talk at a dinner party” phase—they’re curious about his age, where he lives and his marital status. Not so fortunateThis week on “Wheel of Fortune,” Tennessee Williams fans groaned. And so did the contestant whose performance left something to be desired. With $600 on the line, Kevin was one letter away from solving a puzzle that read, “A Streetcar N-A-blank-E-D Desire.” He went with K (the correct letter was M). STELLLLAAAAAAA!!!!...
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Google for Brazil: Building a more inclusive internet for everyone, everywhere

Mar 22 11:00am Maps
Google for Brazil: Building a more inclusive internet for everyone, everywhereBrazilians love the internet. With more than 139 million people online, Brazil ranks among the top five internet populations in the world. Brazilians are also heavy users of Google products, from Search and Android to YouTube and Maps to Photos and Waze. And Brazil is an innovation hub for Google. Our engineering team in Belo Horizonte has made remarkable contributions to our products globally, such as improving health-related searches.But we know there is still a lot of work to do in Brazil and elsewhere to make technology work better for more people. So today at our Google for Brazil event in São Paulo, we made several announcements about how we're working to make the internet more inclusive and to make our products work better for people in Brazil—and around the world. Google Duo audio callingLast year we created Google Duo to bring simple, high-quality video calling to users on Android and iOS. Now we’re adding audio-only calling in Duo. So in those moments when video calling isn't an option—like when you’re about to hop on a crowded bus or have a poor network connection—you can stay connected with family and friends through audio calling. Duo audio calls work well on all connection speeds and won't eat up your data. This feature will be available starting today first in Brazil, and we'll be rolling it out to users around the world in the coming days. Google Allo file sharing and Smart Smiley in Brazilian PortugueseSince launching Google Allo last September, users in countries like Brazil have requested the ability to share documents in group chats. Starting today, Android users everywhere will be able to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3) with friends on Allo. And for users in Brazil, we're also rolling out Smart Smiley in Portuguese, which uses machine learning to help you find the right emoji faster. Tap the Smart Smiley icon on the compose bar, and the app will suggest relevant emojis and stickers to help you finish your thought. Google Photos: Faster backup and sharing, no matter the connectionWe built Google Photos to help people store, organize and share photos and videos in a hassle-free way. But it can sometimes be difficult to back up and share photos...
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Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps

Mar 22 10:00am Maps
“Where are you now?” and “What's your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop. Here’s how it works in a real-world scenario: Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps. When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map. And you’ll see an icon above the compass on your own map reminding you that you’re actively sharing your location. You can change your mind and stop sharing at any time—it’s entirely up to you. Next time you’re on your way or running late, you can share your real-time location and trip progress from navigation as well. During your next trip, tap the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then tap “Share trip.” When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you arrive. Location sharing on Google Maps is rolling out soon worldwide, and you’ll be able to quickly let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going. The answer to “where are you?” is only a tap away.
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New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know

Mar 21 9:00am Search
These days, you expect information at your fingertips. Starting today, we’re making it easier than ever to stay in the know and get the information you need quickly and easily. Starting today in the U.S., we’re introducing tappable shortcuts on the Google app for Android and iOS and Google.com on the mobile web that give you easy access to great tools and the ability to explore deeper within topics you care about. Shortcuts for quick access to answers you needGetting up-to-the-minute info is as easy as a single tap. With shortcuts right on the home screen, you now have access to in-depth experiences across sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather. Need to know whether to bring a raincoat tomorrow? Want the score to last night’s basketball game? Looking for what’s on TV tonight or who’s nominated for best supporting actress? Shortcuts on Google will get you there. Android users will find dozens of other useful shortcuts too—translate, nearby attractions, flights, hotels, internet speed test, currency converter, and more. Plus, if you’re looking for fun, there are shortcuts like tic-tac-toe, roll a die, animal sounds, solitaire, and always a Google favorite: I'm feeling curious. Shortcuts to explore and keep up with your areas of interestThe Google search box is great when you’re looking for a specific answer, but there are also moments when you just want to catch up on the latest for topics of interest. Now with a tap on the entertainment shortcut, you can see what’s playing this weekend at your local theater or what to watch on TV. You can also get the latest news from both the small and silver screens. You can tap into news, trailers and reviews that are relevant for you or swipe through listings to catch up on your favorite show. When you’re curious about nearby lunch options or outdoor dining for your weekend getaway, the eat & drink shortcut is your local scout. Access nearby dining options, explore recommendations and stay updated on the dining scene in your neighborhood. It’s the easiest way to uncover nearby must-try spots while you’re out and about. Similarly on sports, whether you love basketball, hockey or football, now you don’t need to type anything when you want the latest scores. Just...
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See how companies are using G Suite and Xero to keep their finances on track

Mar 20 1:00pm Google Docs
As a business leader, whether you’re keeping books up-to-date, sharing data with investors, or connecting with advisors in real-time, combining cloud-based technologies like G Suite and Xero can help you collaborate quickly and securely to keep company financials on target.Gimme Vending is a great example of a company that’s taking advantage of real-time collaboration. The company specializes in hardware that retrofits dated vending machines to communicate wirelessly with a mobile app. It partners with Acuity Accounting to drive growth. Together, the two use G Suite and Xero to manage Gimme Vending’s financials in the cloud. Xero’s deep integrations with G Suite lets you connect directly to Gmail to manage invoices and quotes. And with Xero’s “Smart Lists,” you can filter contacts based on purchase history and location for targeted emails and sales campaigns, or check in on overdue items. You can also more securely export financial reports straight to Sheets and Docs to collaborate and analyze in real-time.With these integrations Gimme Vending and Acuity Accounting can:Send messages in Gmail directly from Xero to stay up-to-date on the status of documents Push accounting files out of Xero into Sheets and Docs to generate reports quicklySign in to G Suite through Xero using single sign-on to speed up productivityUse Hangouts to serve clients nationwide Now, Gimme Vending can more securely manage their books and speed up investor reporting. “Thanks to Google Docs, we’ve been able to provide confidential data and financial reports to investors almost immediately, and manage who has access just as quickly,” says Cory Hewett, CEO of Gimme Vending. To learn more about how your business can use Xero and G Suite to track and improve your bottom line, sign up for this free webinar on March 29, 2017 at 1pm ET / 10am PT.
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Journey Under the Earths Surface in Street View

Mar 15 12:00am Maps
More than a thousand miles off the coast of Australia is the remote country of Vanuatu, an archipelago of 80 tiny islands—brimming with lush green jungles, pristine black sand beaches, and nine erupting volcanoes. Walk the beaches of Ambrym  Starting today in Google Maps, we invite you to join us on a journey to the edge of one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world on the Vanuatuan island of Ambrym. To get  inside  the active volcano, we partnered with explorers Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsly, who repelled 400 meters into the Marum crater with a Street View Trekker collecting 360-degree imagery of the journey down to the molten lava lake, which is roughly the size of two football fields.  You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock. Geoff Mackley Marum Lava Lake  “Standing at the edge and feeling the heat lick your skin is phenomenal,” said Chris Horsly after returning from his descent into the crater. “I hope that by putting this place on the map people will realize what a beautiful world we live in.” Marum Lava Lake  Ambrym is defined by the desolate 39 square mile volcanic caldera hosting two active volcanic cones called Benbow and Marum. But the tropical island is also home to more than 7,000 people who live in the rainforest down the mountain. While the volcano has played a significant role in defining their history due to unpredictable eruptions and influence on agriculture and environment, they’ve learned to live in harmony with this beautiful yet deadly natural phenomena.
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The High Five: vibrant women, colorful blooms and (less) colorful donuts

Mar 10 5:50pm Search
You made it to Friday. Can we get a High Five? In this new series, we’ll show you what’s trending on Google with a look at a five of the top searches from the week of March 6th.International Women’s DayOn Wednesday March 8th, the world celebrated International Women's Day. People searched on Google to learn more about the day, iconic women throughout history, and how people celebrated this week. Here at Google, we had a lot going on with Doodles, on VR and YouTube, and in media.    Ed SheeranPeople aren’t just Thinking Out Loud about Ed Sheeran, they’re searching for him. This week he announced a world tour, and all 16 songs on his latest album, “Divide,” are expected to make it into Billboard’s Top 40 … solidifying his spot on the A Team. His album on YouTube already has more than a billion views—looks like All of the Stars are aligning for Ed. Super Blooms Everyth...
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2017 Google North America Public Policy Fellowship now accepting applications

Mar 10 12:00pm Google Public Policy Blog
The intersection of innovation and technology has never been more exciting. Over the last few of summers, we’ve shared this excitement with students from all over the U.S. who have participated in Google’s Public Policy Fellowship. The students are given the opportunity to work  at a diverse group of organizations and think tanks at the forefront of addressing some of today’s most challenging policy questions. Whether working on data security standards at a leading consumer group or innovation economy issues at a preeminent think tank, students gain hands-on experience tackling critical technology policy issues.We’re excited to announce the 2017 North America Google Policy Fellowship, a paid fellowship that will continue to connect students interested in emerging technology policy issues with leading nonprofits, think tanks, and advocacy groups in Washington, DC and California.
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Meet the new Hangouts

Mar 9 1:00pm Google Docs
Last year, we talked about doubling down on our enterprise focus for Hangouts and our commitment to building communication tools focused on the way teams work: from anywhere, at anytime. More than half of the workforce will contribute remotely by 2020, so businesses require purpose-built tools to help employees succeed. Our customers have told us it should be effortless for them to connect over video and that chat should be more collaborative, so we’re evolving Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together and keep work moving forward: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.Start your meetings with a quick click: meet Hangouts MeetHangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience with one goal: make joining meetings effortless so that people can be as productive as they are when they’re face-to-face. We've consistently heard from customers about ways we can improve Hango...
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Powering enterprise productivity and secure collaboration with major updates to G suite

Mar 9 1:00pm Google Docs
The promise of the cloud has always been to offer flexibility, access and security at a scale that’s unimaginable in legacy enterprise productivity solutions. Your data and applications offer the most value when they live in a connected cloud, and when combined with Google’s machine intelligence, they offer insights that can move your business beyond productivity.In order for Google to deliver on this cloud promise, we must not only meet enterprise companies where they are today in terms of security, compliance, and connectivity standards — but also raise the bar for what’s possible with our advanced machine intelligence capabilities. That’s why we introduced G Suite. In the past year, we’ve launched more than 300 features and updates to help customers reach their cloud potential. And today, at Google Cloud Next, we announced the next generation of our collaboration and commu...
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Express yourself with Gboard for Androids newest features

Mar 9 10:00am Search
Today, Gboard for Android is getting a bunch of fresh new features. You’ll get access to emoji and GIF suggestions while you type, improved voice typing, more keyboard themes, as well as access to Google Translate. In addition, search features including web, GIF, and emoji search are now available in right-to-left languages on Gboard. Try new ways to get your point across. Now as you type, you’ll see emojis and GIF searches in the suggestion strip to help you express yourself in new (and more fun!) ways. You can now share GIFs in supported apps such as Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts and Allo. Speak up. Voice typing is now easier than ever with an updated interface to make it seamless to switch back to regular typing. Select your style. To liven up your keyboard, you can choose new scenic views as you...
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Active listening apps on Chromebooks foster future skills

Mar 6 4:30pm Google Chrome
Editor’s note: Today’s post is by Michael F. Opitz, professor emeritus of reading education at the University of Northern Colorado and author of Listen Hear! 25 Effective Listening Comprehension Strategies. At today’s Google Next event, we’re announcing a new program to offer active listening apps on Chromebooks. Visit g.co/educhromebookapps and follow @GoogleForEdu for details. In school, students are often told  “be a good listener,” but listening is not just about paying attention and following instructions in class. Active listening helps students develop skills for future success and is a highly desirable quality for new hires, according to a report by Fast Company. Active listening is the backbone of communication and literacy: if students learn to listen critically, and take away value from what they’re listening to, their comprehension improves—and so does their...
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Improvements to searching for special characters in programming languages

Mar 2 11:00am Search
For those seeking answers to technical queries, Google just upped its search game. Now for queries containing sequences of 2-3 special characters such as [== vs ===] and [+=], Google will return results on the meaning of these sequences in programming languages. For example, if you’re searching for the meaning of [c++17], you will get results for the well-known programming language instead of c17, which brings up a Boeing airplane. Additionally, organization and product names that include punctuation, such as She++ and Notepad++, will return more accurate results. Whether you’re a student looking to learn the basics of computer science or an engineer at a tech company, Google is now an even better resource to find information about various programming lan...
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Work hacks from G Suite: Make it automatic

Feb 21 12:00pm Google Docs
More than a year ago, the Google Cloud Customer team, which focuses on providing helpful information to G Suite users, set out to create the Transformation Gallery — a resource for businesses to search and find tips on how to transform everyday processes in the workplace using Google Cloud tools. As a part of a monthly series, we’ll highlight some of the best Transformation Gallery tips to help your teams achieve more, quicker. Today, we take a look at how managers can save time by automating simple manual processes in industries like retail and financial services. Speed up approval workflowsManaging the flow of information between employees can be overwhelming. It can get in the way of the actual work you need to do. Whether you’re entering paper-form data into a spreadsheet or emailing back and forth for approvals, at some point, these manual workflows require a lot of upkeep, or...
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Partnering with Telenor to launch RCS messaging in Europe and Asia

Feb 16 3:00am Official Android Blog
Over the past year, we’ve worked with the mobile industry on an initiative to upgrade SMS for people everywhere, providing a more enhanced messaging experience through RCS (Rich Communications Services). Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Telenor to enable the launch of RCS messaging to their 214 million subscribers across Europe and Asia, including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Subscribers will have access to advanced messaging features as a standard part of their Android device.Features like group chat, high-res photo sharing, read receipts, and more, will come standard on Android. Subscribers will have their SMS experience upgraded through the Messenger app for Android devices, developed by Google. The service will be powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google.
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By Washingtons Teeth! U.S. presidential history, now on Google Arts & Culture

Feb 15 12:00pm Google Public Policy Blog
Did you know that the Bush Family has a favorite taco recipe, which First Lady Barbara Bush described as “loved by all who love Mexican food”? Or that George Washington’s dentures were not made of wood as is popularly thought, but actually from human and cow teeth as well as ivory? Or how about that, to celebrate his Inauguration, Theodore Roosevelt received a lock of president Lincoln’s hair as a gift?No, we’re not presidential scholars; we’re just excited for Presidents’ Day! Today, as a follow-up to our American Democracy collection, Google Arts & Culture is partnering with more than 30 cultural institutions to bring you history from the United States presidency, available at g.co/americandemocracy.With over 2,000 new artifacts, photos, pictures and more, and 63 new exhibits (for 158 exhibits, total) this collection invites you to remember and celebrate the history,...
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Looking forward to Next 17: 8 G Suite sessions you dont want to miss

Feb 14 2:00pm Google Docs
We’re three weeks away from Google Cloud Next, one of the largest events Google has ever hosted. As we get ready to welcome you on March 8th, I’m reminded of how exciting it is to be in the cloud computing industry right now, helping shape how businesses will work together in the coming years.About six months have passed since we announced G Suite, our set of intelligent apps for business. Since then, we’ve focused on bringing you new collaboration tools, like Team Drives and Jamboard, and have partnered with companies like Box and Slack to help businesses of all sizes unlock productivity across their organizations. At Next, we’ll get a chance to hear from businesses directly about these G Suite additions and collect feedback to shape what we build in the future.I have the privilege to join some of Google’s top leaders on stage at Next, including Diane Greene, Sundar Pichai and...
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Keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends

Feb 13 8:00am Maps
Is your bucket list etched in your memory, or scribbled on a dozen post-it notes scattered around your home? Have you ever promised out-of-town guests an email full of your favorite spots, only to never get around to clicking send? Starting today, you can create lists of places, share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you—without ever leaving the Google Maps app (Android, iOS). Getting started is easy. Simply open the Google Maps app and find that BBQ spot you’ve been wanting to try. Tapping on the place name and then the “Save” icon adds the place to one of several pre-set lists like “Want to Go” or “Favorites.” You can also add the restaurant to a new list that you name yourself, like “Finger Lickin’ BBQ.” To recall the lists you’ve created, go to Your Places (in the side menu) and then open the saved tab. Icons for...
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Android Wear 2.0: Make the most of every minute

Feb 8 12:00pm Official Android Blog
While traditional watches tell the time, Android Wear watches make the most of your time. In an instant, you can check when and where you’re meeting a friend, whether you’ll need an umbrella tonight, or how many minutes you’ve been active today—all without reaching for your phone. Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0.More personalized, helpful watch facesYou can now personalize your Android Wear always-on watch face with information and actions from your favorite apps. Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order...
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Introducing Google Cloud Search: Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers

Feb 7 12:00pm Search
Every day, people around the globe rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. In fact, we see more than one trillion searches each year. As we continue to invest in new cloud-based technologies like machine learning to power our web search engine, we want to help businesses harness the same technology to search for internal information. Today, we’re announcing Google Cloud Search (formerly known as Springboard), a new product that uses machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite.Sorting through internal information has become increasingly complex as more and more companies move their data and workloads to the cloud. As a result, teams are working on hybrid environments and storing immense amounts of data all over and in various formats. From emails and docs to spreadsheets, slides, forms, internal sites, and more. In fact, acc...
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A new generation of Chromebooks, designed for millions of students and educators

Jan 24 10:00am Google Chrome
Editor’s Note: At Bett, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, we're announcing new Chromebooks designed for education. Check out @GoogleForEdu and #BETT2017 to follow along. When I was a student, I juggled different tools throughout my day—a paper notebook for history, a shared desktop for writing, and a graphing calculator for math. In the years since, computers have begun to replace the need for those various tools—what we did on that calculator can now be done with an app, for example—allowing new possibilities for teaching and learning. Through our tools and devices, we try to help these possibilities come to life. Today both Chromebooks and Classroom are used by more than 20 million teachers and students, and we’re excited to announce that more than 70 million people actively use G Suite for Education. Chromebooks have been the device of choic...
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Staying with the US Digital Service

Jan 18 10:47pm Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO
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, […]...
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