Archive for June, 2016

Building for Billions

June 30, 2016 9:36 pm
Building for Billions

Posted by Sam Dutton, Ankur Kotwal, Developer Advocates; Liz Yepsen, Program Manager ‘TOP-UP WARNING.’ ‘NO CONNECTION.’ ‘INSUFFICIENT BANDWIDTH TO PLAY THIS RESOURCE.’These are common warnings for many smartphone users around the world.To build products that work for billions of users, developers must address key challenges: limited or intermittent connectivity, device […]

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Joe Biden says Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton

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Joe Biden says Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton

US Vice President Joe Biden US Vice President Joe Biden says Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will endorse his party’s presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “I’ve talked to Bernie. Bernie is going to endorse her,” Biden reportedly told NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on Thursday. However, Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs would not confirm […]

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Focusing on diversity

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Focusing on diversity

It’s been two years since we first shared our workforce demographics and helped spark a conversation about the need to improve diversity at Google and across the tech industry. Today we’re updating google.com/diversity with our 2015 demographics, and sharing some areas where we’ve seen progress in building a more diverse […]

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Announcing turndown of the Google Feed API

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Announcing turndown of the Google Feed API

Posted by Dan Ciruli, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform TeamThe Google Feed API was one of Google’s original AJAX APIs, first announced in 2007. It had a good run. However, interest and use of the API has waned over time, and it is running on API infrastructure that is now […]

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Universal rendering with SwiftShader, now open source

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Universal rendering with SwiftShader, now open source

Originally Posted on Chromium Bloghttp://blog.chromium.org/2016/06/universal-rendering-with-swiftshader.htmlPosted by Nicolas Capens, Software Engineer and Pixel Pirate SwiftShader is a software library for high-performance graphics rendering on the CPU. Google already uses this library in multiple products, including Chrome, Android development tools, and cloud services. Starting today, SwiftShader is fully open source, expanding its […]

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says UK’s economic outlook ‘deteriorated’ due to Brexit

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says UK’s economic outlook ‘deteriorated’ due to Brexit

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says Britain’s economic outlook “has deteriorated” due to the country’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). Carney made the remarks in a speech to bankers and business leaders on Thursday, a week after British citizens voted in […]

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How 3 teachers use Expeditions to enhance their students’ natural curiosity

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How 3 teachers use Expeditions to enhance their students’ natural curiosity

Posted by Alex Lockwood, Software Engineer, Google Expeditions (Cross-posted on the Google for Education Blog.) Editor’s note: Teachers are uniquely inspiring people. It takes a teacher to engage students, bring the classroom alive and turn classroom concepts into lifelong passions. This week at ISTE, we announced four new ways for […]

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Learn to build a mobile backend service with Firebase and App Engine

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Learn to build a mobile backend service with Firebase and App Engine

Posted by Teppei Yagihashi, Solutions Architect, Google Cloud Platform At Google I/O 2016, we launched a significant new release of Firebase that consolidates several of Google’s mobile offerings into a single product. The new Firebase reduces the complexity of building mobile client and backend services and provides tools to help you […]

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Beta Channel Update

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Beta Channel Update

The beta channel has been updated to 52.0.2743.60 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. A partial list of changes is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is […]

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin warns of lasting fallout from UK move to leave EU

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin warns of lasting fallout from UK move to leave EU

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives in foreign countries held at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on June 30, 2016. ©AFP Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of lasting fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. “It is clear that […]

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How 3 teachers use Expeditions to enhance their students’ natural curiosity

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How 3 teachers use Expeditions to enhance their students’ natural curiosity

Posted by Alex Lockwood, Software Engineer, Google Expeditions Editor’s note: Teachers are uniquely inspiring people. It takes a teacher to engage students, bring the classroom alive and turn classroom concepts into lifelong passions. This week at ISTE, we announced four new ways for these everyday heroes to engage their classes […]

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Brexit : Boris Johnson out of Tory race for UK British prime minister

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Brexit : Boris Johnson out of Tory race for UK British prime minister

Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson prepares to leave a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016. (AFP) The former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announces his decision to withdraw his candidacy for a Conservative leadership contest to become the next British prime minister. Johnson said […]

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Teach and learn from everywhere in the classroom with Google Cast for Education

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Teach and learn from everywhere in the classroom with Google Cast for Education

Posted by Max Kirsch, Product Manager, Cast for Education (Cross-posted on the Google for Education Blog.) Editor’s note: This week we announced four new ways to help teachers engage their classes using Google educational tools. This post dives deeper into one of the those announcements: Cast for Education.  In his 11 […]

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Donald Trump says “a lot” of Syrian refugees in US are Daesh militants

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Donald Trump says “a lot” of Syrian refugees in US are Daesh militants

Presumptive Republican candidate for President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a policy speech on June 28, 2016 in Monessen, Pennsylvania. ©AFP US presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says “a lot” of Syrians accepted for asylum in the US are members of the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri group. Trump criticized […]

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New features in Google Maps make it your ultimate road trip companion

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New features in Google Maps make it your ultimate road trip companion

Canada Day long weekend is here at last and Google Maps is rolling out new features that will help to make your trip to the cottage, campground or city both easier to navigate and easier to remember. First up, we’ve added multi-stop directions in Google Maps on Android (coming soon […]

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US police more likely to use tasers on minorities: Report

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US police more likely to use tasers on minorities: Report

An officer holds a stun gun used by his police department in Farmington, Connecticut, on Oct. 28, 2004. (AP photo) A new report suggests police in the US state of Connecticut are more likely to use stun guns on minorities, another shocking revelation about police brutality in the country. The […]

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DoubleClick Ad Exchange Seller API sunsets

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DoubleClick Ad Exchange Seller API sunsets

Versions 1 and 1.1 of the DoubleClick Ad Exchange Seller API are marked as deprecated and will be sunset on the 14th of October 2016, after which any calls to these versions will return an error. All users must migrate to Version 2.0 of the API by this date to […]

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Azavea’s socially-minded employees work collaboratively together using Chrome devices

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Azavea’s socially-minded employees work collaboratively together using Chrome devices

Posted by Robert Cheetham, Founder and CEO, Azavea Editor’s note: Today we hear from Robert Cheetham, founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based geospatial web software and analysis firm Azavea. Read about how Azavea has relied on Google for Work tools for more than eight years and recently started using Chromebox for […]

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Kick off your summer travels with these new Google Maps features

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Kick off your summer travels with these new Google Maps features

The weather’s heating up, kids are out of school, and that means only one thing: summer’s officially here. Summer brings weekend road trips, faraway escapes and all kinds of getaways in between. And with the latest update to Google Maps, we’re introducing two new features to get you where you’re […]

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Press Play on TrueView Video Ads for Performance – Google Best Practices

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Press Play on TrueView Video Ads for Performance – Google Best Practices

Video consumption has gone from primetime to ‘all-the-time.’ From teens to adults, people spend as much time watching online video as they do watching TV. 1 There have never been more opportunities for brands to connect with consumers through the power of video and YouTube. We’ve published a new guide, […]

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Stay safe and informed in case of an earthquake

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Stay safe and informed in case of an earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that approximately 500,000 earthquakes occur around the globe each year, 100,000 of which can be felt. Now people who feel the effects of an earthquake can ask Google directly about the disaster and get timely information to help them stay safe. In the event of […]

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Iraq to Turkey: Meddling will result in prolonged regional conflict

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Iraq to Turkey: Meddling will result in prolonged regional conflict

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has warned Turkey that meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs will only result in a prolonged conflict in the region. Abadi made the remarks during a meeting with high-ranking commanders of the Popular Mobilization Units on Wednesday. The Popular Mobilization Units, allied with […]

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More Nordic wind power for our European data centers

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More Nordic wind power for our European data centers

At the end of last year, we announced that we were purchasing a whopping 842 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy to power our operations and take us one step closer to running 100 percent of our operations on clean energy. Today, we walked further down that path by agreeing […]

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More Nordic wind power for our European data centers

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More Nordic wind power for our European data centers

Posted by Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure At the end of last year, we announced that we were purchasing a whopping 842 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy to power our operations and take us one step closer to running 100 percent of our operations on clean energy. Today, […]

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CIA paid Romania millions of dollars for secret prisons: Lawyer

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CIA paid Romania millions of dollars for secret prisons: Lawyer

Romanian military staff stand at the end of a corridor on the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase near the Black Sea port of Constanta, a Soviet-era facility which became a key focus of a European investigation into allegations that the CIA operated secret prisons, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Bucharest, […]

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