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Six ways your Google Assistant can help you spruce up for spring

Spring is in the air, which also means it’s the season to freshen up your home. If you’re like me, cleaning your house doesn’t top your list of favorite things to do—but it still needs to get done. This year, get a little help from your Google Assistant on your phone, speaker or Smart Display—so you spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying the outdoors.As we bid adieu to winter layers and welcome longer, warmer days, here are six ways your Assistant can help with spring cleaning:You can’...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Whirlpool, Google Assistant, Google Home, Whirlpool LG GE


Finding a place to charge your EV is easy with Google Maps

If you’ve ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours—which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.Starting today, you can see the real time availability of charging ports in the U.S. and U.K, right from Google Maps–so you can know if chargers are available before you head to a station. Simply search for “ev charging ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Sustainability, Google Maps


Steps toward a more sustainable future

People perform trillions of searches on Google each year, upload hundreds of hours of videos to YouTube each minute, and receive more than 120 billion emails every week. Making all of these Google services work for everyone requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work, like operating a global network of data centers around the clock and manufacturing products for people around the world.It’s not only our responsibility to build products and services that are fast and reliable for everyone, but also ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, San Francisco, Sustainability, Google Docs, Google Cloud


Being a mom is hard work. Becoming one is, too.

For seven years, Mother’s Day was the worst day of the year for me. It was an observance that felt completely out of reach, yet commercially and socially it was a reminder that I couldn't escape. I wanted to be a mom, but I was having trouble becoming one. For my husband and I, the inner walls of our bedroom became clinical, timed and invaded by fertility specialists. The outside world didn’t understand what we were going through—they saw us as a couple who decided to "take their time" to start ...
Tags: Google, America, National Infertility Awareness Week, Diversity and Inclusion


Go green with your Google Assistant

It can be hard to know how to chip in and make a difference to protect the environment. You can recycle, take shorter showers, or carpool to work—and now you can lower your carbon footprint just by asking your Google Assistant.With new advancements in smart home technology, it’s actually pretty easy to incorporate energy and water-saving actions into your daily routine (and save some money while you’re at it). This Earth Day, we’re sharing a few ways the Assistant can help make your home more en...
Tags: Google, Energy Star, Epa, Philips, Philips Hue, Whirlpool, Habitat for Humanity, Georgia Power, Moen, National Housing Trust, Google Assistant, Google Home, Power Project, GE Appliances LG Samsung, Toshiba AC, ThePower Project


From kids' music to the tech world, without missing a beat

Matan Ariel’s young nieces and nephew live on the other side of the world, but they keep up with their uncle thanks to his music—and thanks to Google, too. Though they live in Israel and he lives in New York, the three kids love to ask the Google Assistant to play his songs, which have gone double platinum in their country.Matan, or “Uncle Matani” as they call him, works in sales in Google’s New York office. But he also has another love, children’s music, which brought him a level of success he ...
Tags: Google, New York, Israel, Tel Aviv, Googlers, Passion Projects, Matan, Matan Ariel, Matan Ariel Friends, Uncle Matani


Visit the U.S. National Parks in Google Earth

Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation dedicate a week to celebrating the protected spaces in our communities. Today, we’re bringing the national parks to you in a Google Earth guided tour through 31 different parks around the country.From the breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley to the awe-inspiring hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, the National Parks allow us to truly experience the natural wonders of our country. Start with the pink granite formations of Otter ...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, Maine, Google Earth, National Park Service, Shenandoah Valley, Bryce Canyon, National Park Foundation, Acadia National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, U S National Parks in Google Earth, Otter Cliff


Presenting search app and browser options to Android users in Europe

People have always been able to customize their Android devices to suit their preferences. That includes personalizing the design, installing any apps they want and choosing which services to use as defaults in apps like Google Chrome.Following the changes we made to comply with the European Commission's ruling last year, we’ll start presenting new screens to Android users in Europe with an option to download search apps and browsers.  These new screens will be displayed the first time a user op...
Tags: Google, Europe, European Commission, Public Policy, Google in Europe


On World Heritage Day, explore historic sites in 3D

Last year on World Heritage Day, CyArk launched Open Heritage on Google Arts & Culture to showcase the technology used for heritage preservation around the world. This year, we’re expanding the project further. Our goal isn’t just to digitally preserve heritage sites at risk, but to make their stories and the data we collected available to future generations of researchers, educators and students.In addition to bringing new heritage locations and their stories to Google Arts & Culture, this year...
Tags: Google, Greece, Washington, Scotland, America, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico City, Vietnam, Lebanon, Arts And Culture, Damascus Syria, Jefferson Memorial, University of South Florida, Google Arts Culture, West Potomac Park


Spring into healthy habits with help from Google Home

Spring is (finally) here. Not only am I using the warmer weather and longer days as a reason to clean out my closet, but I'm also taking the opportunity to clean up my routine and stick to my wellness goals. I'd like to read one book per week, cook more healthy recipes for my family and get at least seven hours of sleep per night… with a full time job and two toddlers. Life is a lot to manage, so I use my Google Home products to keep track of everything I want to accomplish.Here are a few ways t...
Tags: Google, Cook, Youtube, India, Philips, Philips Hue, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Hub, U S U K Canada Australia Singapore, Google Home Say, Google Home Hub Mini


With the Roav Bolt, use your Google Assistant safely when driving

I spend so much time on the road every day, whether I’m hustling to the office or picking up the kids at school. While I’m driving, it can be very tempting to pull out my phone to check text messages, make phone calls or fumble around to find my favorite podcast.  One way to safely stay connected and use your phone hands-free while on the road is by using the Roav Bolt, an affordable aftermarket device by Anker Innovations. The Roav Bolt is built to work with Android devices, and brings ...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Anker, Eta, Evelyn, Google Assistant, Roav Bolt


At Tech Day, hundreds of kids dive deep into STEM

On April 13 and 14, Google’s Mountain View campus suddenly had a much younger population. That’s because 875 high school students stopped by for Google’s fourth annual Tech Day. Over 150 Google and Alphabet volunteers joined the kids in 129 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to empower them with knowledge and inspire them to get started in disciplines like computer science.But Tech Day isn’t just about fun and games. The event was designed for students who ma...
Tags: Google, Education, Tech, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Matthew, Bay Area, University Of Illinois, Tech Day, Waymo, Matthew Dierker, Melaena Roberts, Bingying Xia, Melaena, Volker Grabe, Hannah Huynh


New research shows how Android helps companies build a digital workforce

IDC reports that by 2022, 75 percent of CIOs who don’t transition their organization to flexible IT product teams that use technology to solve problems in new ways will fall behind the competition. According to IDC, mobility is the key to building a connected workforce that’s agile, particularly when the organization is going through rapid change.  In new research sponsored by Google, IDC asserts that teams can thrive with platforms that feature a diversity of hardware, offer strong security, an...
Tags: Idc, Android enterprise, Google IDC, Phil Hochmuth, IDC Mobility


Want to Change the Game? Design your own with Google Play

Calling all future game creators and designers! We’re looking for teens to share their game idea and vision for the future of gaming for a chance to see their game come to life on Google Play.Today, we’re opening up our second annual Change the Game Design Challenge with Girls Make Games to inspire teens to consider a career in gaming—and celebrate women as players and creators. The Grand Prize Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship and $15,000 for their school or community center’s techn...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Los Angeles, Google Los Angeles, Google Play Today


Gathering insights in Google Analytics can be as easy as A-B-C

Today’s customers are deeply curious, searching high and low for information about a product before making a purchase. And this curiosity applies to purchases big and small—just consider the fact that mobile searches for “best earbuds” have grown by over 130 percent over the last two years. (Google Data, US, Oct 2015 - Sep 2016 vs. Oct 2017 - Sep 2018. ) To keep up with this curious customer, marketers are putting insights at the center of the strategy so that they can understand customers’ inte...
Tags: Google, Analytics, Google Analytics, Acquisition, Google Ads, Google Data US


Suit up with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame and Pixel

Want to defeat a villain like Thanos and save the world?Now #teampixel can, with a little help from Marvel Studios and Playground, a creative mode in the Pixel camera that gives you the power to create and play with the world around you using augmented reality. Just in time for the upcoming release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” in theaters April 26, today we’re adding to our collection of Playmoji from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with five new characters: War Machine, Thor, Black Wid...
Tags: Thanos, Marvel Studios, Pixel, Okoye, Arcore, Playmoji, Iron Man Captain America Hulk Nebula


How we’re supporting economic opportunity in Iowa

For some, Iowa may call to mind images of rolling corn fields, or the Field of Dreams. But those in the know will tell you that the Hawkeye state has a storied history of technological innovation. The first electronic digital computer was created in a lab at Iowa State and Lee de Forest, the “Father of Radio,” was born and raised in Council Bluffs. Perhaps most impressively,  sliced bread is an Iowan invention, with the first single loaf bread-slicing machine patented here in 1928.In 2009, Iowa ...
Tags: Google, America, Iowa, Hawkeye, Google.org, Board, Iowa State, Des Moines, Davenport, Google Data Center, Dan Kinney, Grow With Google, Google org Impact Challenge, Lee De Forest, Iowa Western Community CollegeGeorgia Van Gundy, Iowa Business CouncilMonica Chavez Silva


See Brighter in the Dark with Pixel at Coachella

This weekend, Coachella festival-goers will wander the desert, heading to and from performances by some of their favorite artists. If you're one of them, head over to Brighter in the Dark—a tech and music installation we created with Childish Gambino.The installation—a multisensory sight and sound experience that uses a mixture of light and music to give attendees a sneak peek into Childish Gambino’s creative world—uses the power of Pixel’s camera features to provide an interactive and Instagram...
Tags: Coachella, Pixel, Indio, Google Lens, Motion Auto Focus


More science in more places with Science Journal and Google Drive

We first launched Science Journal in 2016 so that students, teachers and science enthusiasts could conduct hands-on science experiments using their phones, tablets and Chromebooks. Since then, we've heard one request from teachers loud and clear: students need to be able to access their experiments no matter what device they're using or where they are. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, it happens outdoors, at home and everywhere in between. So today, we’re bringing a new Google Driv...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Education, Drive, Arduino, Chromebooks, Google Account, Vernier, G Suite for Education, Science Journal, Scholastic s Science


How we search for bow wows and meows

It’s not quite caturday, and we’re a few months away from the dog days of summer, but searches for pets never paws. Around the world, people constantly ask Google questions about their furry friends, so there’s no time like the present for a good old fashioned (OMG-look-at-that-little) face-off.Data visualization designer Nadieh Bremer, lover of canines and felines alike, worked with our News Lab team to capture all your cat-like curiosity about why your purr-fect pals (or barky buds) act the wa...
Tags: Google, Search, Google Trends, News Lab, Nadieh Bremer


USMCA: A trade framework for the digital age

When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed in 1992, the global economy and the world looked a lot different than they do today. There was no such thing as a web search engine. Most people didn't know what email was (let alone use it). And to participate in international trade, a business needed big financial resources, offices and staff around the world, and lots of fax machines.Thanks to the internet, that's all changed. Today, even the smallest of businesses can be global ...
Tags: Youtube, Canada, North America, Nafta, U S Mexico, Public Policy, Missouri Star Quilt Company, USMCA, U S Mexico Canada Trade Agreement USMCA


Exploring new possibilities in cloud-based education technology

Editor’s note:We’re at Google Cloud Next ‘19 this week in San Francisco. If you’re attending Next ’19, visit the Industry Solutions booth and follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.The best educators foster a culture of curiosity. They know that students who ask questions are the ones who grow up to become researchers, inventors and life-long learners. At Google Cloud Next ‘19, we’re showcasing how teachers can integrate the right technology to help them engage all students, while...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, Office, San Francisco, Google Voice, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Voice, Industry Solutions, Google Slides, Google Cloud, G Suite, G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, G Suite Collaborate on Microsoft Office


The ultimate account security is now in your pocket

Phishing—when an attacker tries to trick you into turning over your online credentials—is the most common cause of security breaches. Preventing phishing attacks can be a major challenge for personal and business users alike. At Google, we automatically block the overwhelming majority of malicious sign-in attempts (even if an attacker has your username or password), but an additional layer of protection can be helpful.Two-step verification (or 2SV) makes it even harder for attackers to gain acce...
Tags: Google, Android, Safety And Security, Google Account, Advanced Protection Program


Taking the initiative with data journalism

Every day, reporters produce insightful stories about how the world is changing, and data journalism is an important tool for telling these stories. But experimenting with data journalism can be time consuming and costly, so the Google News Initiative is releasing more data journalism trainings, online resources and tools—while working with leaders in the field to make sure newsrooms have the support they need to be successful. Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming. In-person training We’re f...
Tags: Google, Canada, SPJ, GNI, Knight Center for Journalism, Google News Initiative, Investigative Reporters


With Goodwill, we're helping more Americans learn digital skills

In October 2017, I returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—the first city I saw when I came to America over 25 years ago—to announce Grow with Google, a new effort to create more opportunity for everyone. At the heart of this goal was our five-year commitment to provide $1 billion in Google.org grants and 1 million Googler volunteer hours to organizations all over the world. Goodwill Industries International was one of the first groups to join us in this effort, and just over a year later, I’m prou...
Tags: Google, America, Atlanta, Chelsea, Nashville, Goodwill, Google.org, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Texas, Clarksville, Middle Tennessee, Wichita, Simone, Wichita Kansas, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Goodwill Industries International


Finding "A Space for Being" at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Do you have favorite music that helps you unwind after a long day? Is there a particular scent that transports you back to your childhood? Or does a soft blanket on your lap help you feel calmer as you sit down to read?These reactions are our bodies’ responses to our surroundings, whether it's something we see, touch, smell, taste or hear. Designers intuitively consider these sensory inputs to evoke certain feelings in people. Neuroaesthetics, a scientific field of study that explores the impact...
Tags: Google, Design, Milan, Pixel, John Hopkins University, Salone del Mobile, Neuroaesthetics, International Arts Mind Lab, Johns Hopkins University Visitors, Maremosso Studio Pastel


Grow with Google comes to NYC

I was raised by a single mom who worked multiple jobs, and despite being generally exhausted, she stressed the importance of hard work and perseverance. Following her example, as a kid not only did I work hard in school, I dove into after-school activities. From there, I received a full scholarship to a prestigious secondary school, and went on to a career here at Google. Today, my passion for creating opportunities for others is rooted in the opportunities afforded to me. That’s why I'm proud t...
Tags: Google, New York, California, New York City, America, Chelsea, Starbucks, Cleveland, Cornell Tech, Albuquerque, Bozeman, Roosevelt Island, Google Today, Learning Center, Grow With Google, Google Hudson Square


5 steps to improve media performance using Google Analytics

This is the second post about how linking Google Analytics and Google Ads can help marketers gain deeper insights, create smarter campaigns, and drive better business outcomes.Today’s customers expect the right message at the right time—even as their journeys become more fast-paced and less linear. How are marketers responding? With ad experiences that aim to be assistive and personalized. To create these experiences, marketers are turning to integrated analytics and ads.In our new about lin...
Tags: Google, Analytics, Google Analytics, Google Ads


The cloud demystified: How it works and why it matters

Whether you’re backing up photos or streaming our favorite TV shows, you may know it’s all made possible by the cloud. But for a lot of us, that’s where the understanding ends. With Next ’19, Google Cloud’s annual customer conference, this week, it’s a good time to ask: What is this cloud, anyway?Before cloud, businesses maintained fleets of computers (known as “servers” in tech speak) to create websites and apps, and to equip employees with the software needed to build them. Those computers sta...
Tags: Google, Gmail, San Francisco, Belgium, Google Cloud, G Suite


How advanced is your organization’s data strategy?

For news and media organizations, audience is king. But how they use insights to adjust their editorial and revenue strategies varies widely across the industry. Deloitte, in partnership with the Google News Initiative, conducted a global study to help publishers responsibly analyze and activate their data to improve user engagement, increase direct-paying relationships with readers, and drive revenue from advertising.During the study, Deloitte interviewed 80 executives from 50 leading news and ...
Tags: Deloitte, Google News Initiative, Google Ad Manager