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Get more shut-eye in 2019 with help from Google

After a long day, it should be easy to hit the hay at night. But far too often, just as you’re about to drift off, you decide to check why your phone just buzzed...and you’re back to square one.According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults should aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Many of us, including yours truly, usually don’t get there.If you want a fresh start in the new year, here are some tech tips and healthy habits that will help you catch more zzzzs ...
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How machine learning can drive change in traffic-packed L.A.

There's nothing quite like driving through Los Angeles on a perfectly sunny day. But for drivers, the beauty of Southern California’s great weather and scenery is ruined by one thing: traffic.According to a report by INRIX, my hometown is the worst city in the world for traffic, with a record of 102 hours of congestion during peak hours in 2017. My classmate, Ericson Hernandez, comes from New York City, which is ranked third globally for its traffic woes. Together, we decided to use machine lear...
Tags: Google, New York City, Los Angeles, Ai, Inrix, Southern California, Lei Huang, Loyola Marymount University, Ericson, Powered by TensorFlow, Ericson Hernandez


Google AI Impact Challenge: a week to apply, plus research on why you should

In my twelve years at Google, I've seen that big things happen when you don't shy away from big ideas—especially when you pair those ideas with emerging technology. We're trying to encourage more of that kind of thinking with the Google AI Impact Challenge, a call for organizations to use AI to help address social, humanitarian and environmental problems. Before you read on, remember this: there are only seven days left to apply to the Challenge!Hundreds of nonprofits and research organizations ...
Tags: Google, United Nations, Ai, Google.org, Mckinsey


Helping teens root out misinformation and get media savvy

Editor’s Note: Katy Byron is the Editor and Program Manager of MediaWise at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. MediaWise is part of the Google News Initiative and is a Google.org funded partnership between The Poynter Institute, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), the Local Media Association (LMA) and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Mediawise aims to teach one million students how to discern fact from fiction online by 2020.Misinformation is nothing ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Education, Kansas, Red Cross, Houston, John Green, Jason Derulo, St Petersburg Florida, Memorial High School, YouTube Instagram Facebook, Google News Initiative, Stanford History Education Group, MediaWise, Katy Byron, Poynter Institute for Media Studies MediaWise


Cloud Covered: 6 things you might have missed from Google Cloud last year

What was new with Google Cloud in 2018? Well, it depends on what particular cloud technology you’re interested in. There was plenty of news on the AI and machine learning front, along with developments on a variety of enterprise cloud components. The open cloud community continued to be a thriving place to collaborate, and Google Cloud user productivity and efficiency grew, too.These popular stories from last year illustrate some of what you can do with Google Cloud technology.Machine and deep l...
Tags: Google, Nasa, New York Times, Google Cloud Platform, Google Store, Google Cloud, G Suite, Cloud Services Platform


Why we’re putting 1.6 million solar panels in Tennessee and Alabama

Hundreds of engineers, electricians and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S.—one in Tennessee and another in northern Alabama. And we’re not stopping there—we’re also putting more carbon-free energy on the electric grid that will power our servers in the region. In the coming years, Google will purchase the output of several new solar farms as part of a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), totaling 413 megawat...
Tags: Google, Alabama, Sustainability, Tennessee, TVA, Tennessee Valley, NextEra Energy Resources, Tennessee Valley Authority TVA, Google Cloud, Hollywood Alabama, Data Centers and Infrastructure, Yum Yum Tennessee, Alabama TVA


Introducing the Google.org Fellowship

Samantha Ainsley usually spends her days as a software engineer and technical lead for Google Cloud Platform, but for six months last year, she applied her skills to a different cause: stopping human trafficking. Samantha, along with four other Googlers, were part of a pilot that allowed them to step away from their jobs and dedicate their time to helping Thorn, a Google.org grantee that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. The goal of the pilot was to test what happens when w...
Tags: Google, United States, Goodwill, Samantha, Google.org, Louisville, Thorn, Goodwill Industries International, Samantha Ainsley, Austin Kalamazoo


Android Enterprise Recommended validates top management solutions

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers play a vital role in enabling and managing the business features and services in Android — helping customers deploy devices and applications consistently at scale. Today, we’re launching the Android Enterprise Recommended program for Enterprise Mobility Management to help customers find the best equipped EMMs to successfully deploy Android.Since we’ve collaborated closely with EMM partners over the years, we understand what it takes to demonstrate e...
Tags: Google, IBM Microsoft, Android enterprise, Android Enterprise Recommended, Android Enterprise Recommendedprogram


Three reasons to participate in Hash Code this year

Hash Code, Google’s team programming competition, is back...and this time, it’s going global. Think you could optimize video serving on YouTube? Or how about route Loon balloons to provide Internet coverage? These are all prompts from past competitions—so if you think you’re up for the challenge, register today and join developers around the world as they tackle a new Google engineering problem. Hash Code 2019 kicks off with the Online Qualification Round on Thursday, February 28th. Top teams fr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Developers, Google Ireland


Become a Google for Education Certified Innovator in 2019

The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program supports educators in developing new projects for their classrooms and school districts. Members participate in a year-long mentorship program that begins with workshops called Innovator Academies where teachers, coaches and Google experts learn from each other. Today, applications for the 2019 Innovator Academies are open.We’re sharing a few of the projects that have been started at past Innovator Academies—plus, alumni tips for educators who...
Tags: Google, Education, Washington, Spain, Dallas, Academy, Google Translate, Mesquite, Google Slides, Google for Education Certified Innovator Program, Innovator Academies, Joanna Carroll Princeville School District, Diana Gill East Porter School District, Innovator Academy, John Zingale Vancouver, HiPStory Network


What's new with Google Fi in 2019

As we dive into 2019, we’re bringing new updates to Google Fi subscribers. Starting today, we’re upgrading default messaging on eligible phones to RCS, and in the coming weeks, if you’re using a phone designed for Fi, you’ll get faster data coverage in more places around the world.Richer messaging with RCSWith RCS in Messages, you can do and share more when you message friends, family members, groups, and even businesses who are on RCS. You’ll be able to see typing indicators and read receipts, ...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Iceland, Wi Fi, Google Fi, RCS


Stop the presses: How a new publishing platform can help local news

The challenges of local newsrooms are well-documented. Newspapers with long histories have had to cut back on staff and reduce coverage and reporters who try to start new digital publications face an interminable struggle with technical and business problems. It just doesn’t make sense, for instance, that every team of local reporters should have to invent the right mix of product features, get world-class tech and user experience talent, and then turn it all into the perfect bespoke publishing ...
Tags: Google, Developers, Automattic WordPress, Google News Initiative, Google News Initiative Cloud Program, GNI YouTube, Newspack


Want to get fit in 2019? Here's how Google can help

It's been more than a week since we entered 2019. And for most of us, that means we're still working on our New Year's resolutions—or forgot what they were in the first place.Every January, our searches for resolutions spike around the world. We proclaim our best intentions for the new year, but it’s tough to keep promises to ourselves. By the end of the year, most of us are 20 percent less interested in picking up the weights, 30 percent more likely to hit snooze on getting proper sleep and 50%...
Tags: Google, Maps, Usa, Youtube, India, San Francisco, Colombia, Calendar, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Google Fit, Google Calendar, Golden Gate Park, Veggie Recipe House


Pick up where you left off on Search

While we’ve probably all turned to Google to settle a bet, often we need more than just a quick answer.You might be looking for information to help you complete a longer-running task, whether it’s meal planning for a new food regimen, researching new stretching routines for post-gym recovery or picking up a new hobby. You might come back to Search to find information on the same topic, hoping to retrace your steps or discover new, related ideas.To help you with these ongoing search journeys, we’...
Tags: Google, Search


Have a minute? Learn something new from Women Techmakers

Women Techmakers creates visibility, community and resources for women in technology by hosting events, offering free trainings and piloting new initiatives with different groups and partners around the world. Whether you’re exploring a job in tech or looking to improve the influence of your work, we offer resources for women in all phases of their career. In our latest YouTube series, Women Techmakers in 60 Seconds, we explain advanced technical topics in one minute or less, making them more ap...
Tags: Google, Education, Developers, Diversity and Inclusion


Hey Google, what's new with the Assistant at CES this year?

This week, we’re at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase what’s in store for the Google Assistant in 2019. By bringing the best of Google services and AI to the Assistant, we're focused on building the most helpful digital assistant when you’re at home, in your car or on the go. If you’re at CES, stop by the Google Assistant Playground (Central Plaza-1, the outdoor space located directly in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center). A more connected home A simpler smart hom...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Ge, Samsung, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Philips, Google Maps, Jvc, Anker, Whirlpool, United Airlines, Todoist, Eta, Rachio, Hopper


Two new ways the Google Assistant can help with an upcoming trip

The start of a new year is a great time to de-stress from the holidays and plan vacations for the year. While we can’t promise shorter security lines, extra leg room or a suite with an ocean view, we’re introducing a couple of new features in the Google Assistant to make your travels a little smoother. Check in for your flight with ease With your Assistant, you can already search for upcoming flights, get prices and track your flight status, but now we’re taking you one step closer to boarding y...
Tags: Google, New York, United Airlines, Travelclick, InterContinental Hotels Group, Cambria Hotel, Google Assistant, Flights and Hotels, Priceline Expedia Mirai


Reimagining the commercial break in 2019

The TV industry continues to evolve rapidly and our partners are leading the change by bringing exceptional content and entertainment to viewers with more ways to watch that content than ever before. As viewers take advantage of new ways to watch anytime and anywhere, whether it’s on connected TVs, set-top-boxes, mobile apps, or the web, our partners are using Google Ad Manager to monetize their video content across screens everywhere. Let’s take a closer look at how media companies are transfor...
Tags: Google, Mexico, Iab, The Walt Disney Company, ASTC, NASCAR Digital Media, Google Ad Manager, Major League Baseball WWE National Football League, Open Measurement Working Group


A year of lessons learned from Google.org

At Google.org, we’re fortunate to work with some of the world’s best social innovators. In 2018, we donated over $240 million to nonprofits around the globe, and Googlers gave more than $56 million of their own money and 227,000 hours of volunteer time to great causes. As we start the new year, here are the most important lessons we learned from our partnerships. 1. Ask bigger questions, and test the answers. To identify and fund innovative ideas, we ask “how might we” questions. For instance, a...
Tags: Google, London, Australia, California, Global, Kenya, Silicon Valley, Cleveland, Usaid, Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller, New School, Google org Impact Challenge, Workers Lab NDWA


Stay organized in 2019 with new features in Classroom

A new calendar year brings an opportunity for a fresh start. One resolution we often hear instructors make is that they hope to keep their classrooms (both physical and virtual!) organized and clean. While we can’t help with those lockers and backpacks, we can help teachers online. So to start the year off on the right foot, we’re introducing updates to help you stay organized and revealing a fresh new look for the Classroom you know and love. Check out our brand new videobelow for a quick look ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Education, Google Classroom, Classroom, Bett, Google for Education, G Suite


Principles for evolving technology policy in 2019

The past year has seen a range of public debates about the roles and responsibilities of technology companies. As 2019 begins, I’d like to share my thoughts on these important discussions and why Google supports smart regulation and other ways to address emerging issues.We’ve always been and still are fundamentally optimistic about the power of innovative technology. We’re proud that Google’s products and services empower billions of people, drive economic growth and offer important tools for yo...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Eu, Public Policy


How we’re supporting smart regulation and policy innovation in 2019

The past year has seen a range of public debates about the roles and responsibilities of technology companies. As 2019 begins, I’d like to share my thoughts on these important discussions and why Google supports smart regulation and other innovative ways to address emerging issues.We’ve always been (and still are) fundamentally optimistic about the power of innovative technology. We’re proud that Google’s products and services empower billions of people, drive economic growth and offer important...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Eu, Public Policy


Building a connected workforce in the new year

A new year has arrived, and with it fresh opportunities to transform your business.Android can help power a more productive workforce and enhance customer experiences. As we look ahead to the rest of 2019, here are a few ways Android can help power a connected workforce, capable of meeting the evolving needs of digital enterprise. Raising the bar with Android Enterprise Recommended Last year we launched Android Enterprise Recommended, which makes it simpler for organizations to select, deploy an...
Tags: Google, Security, Idc, Pitney Bowes, Android enterprise, Google Devices, Android Enterprise Recommended


Back to the drawing board! Doodle for Google returns.

When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, I was involved in our unofficial state past time, crafting. From pipe cleaner horses to cotton ball bunnies, if an animal could be made from things on the craft room floor, I made it. After a lifetime of crafting, I made it to Google—and now I lead our Doodle for Google art contest.Today marks the kickoff the 11th year of Doodle for Google where students across the U.S. will compete to take over the Google homepage for a day with their artwork.This year’...
Tags: Google, Minnesota, Jimmy Fallon, Education, Doodles, Kermit, Sarah Gomez Lane, Doodle for Google, Mandy Manning Kermit


Help influence and understand how your products appear on Google

Shoppers turn to Google to find products that are just right for them. And you rely on Google Manufacturer Center to ensure your products are represented well. In fact, more than 5,000 brands use Manufacturer Center to improve their presence on Google. To kick off the new year, we’re making those interactions even better by introducing new ways to show high-quality and inspirational content to shoppers, and providing robust analytics to help you better understand how customers are interacting wi...
Tags: Google, Google Shopping, Shopping Ads, Google Google, Google Ads, Google Manufacturer Center, Manufacturer Center


Here’s how the Google Assistant became more helpful in 2018

In 2018, the Google Assistant learned to speak new languages (Nǐ hǎo!), expanded to new regions (like the Netherlands, Indonesia and Turkey), and became smarter with new features that can help you throughout your day. Along the way, more people started using the Assistant to get some help—active users of the Google Assistant grew four times over the past year. By the end of this month, we expect the Google Assistant to be available on one billion devices, up from 500 million last May.Here are so...
Tags: Google, New York, Turkey, Austin, Broadcast, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Google Assistant, Google Home, Netherlands Indonesia, Google Home Hub


New year, new skills: learn how to code with Grasshopper in 2019

It's the first week of January, and the ink is barely dry on those New Year’s resolutions you wrote down. Often, resolutions involve learning a new skill, so while you're in the mood to try something new, what about learning to code?Grasshopper teaches adults to learn to code through fun puzzles and quizzes. It’s just one of the many projects built within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental projects. Over 1.6 million people have downloaded Grasshopper, and as we’ve been hearing more fee...
Tags: Google, Grasshopper, Area 120


EDU in 90: Back for season four

Any teacher will tell you that time is of the essence when it comes to the classroom. We heard from educators that they wanted a quick, easy way to keep up with the latest product updates and resources, so we created EDU in 90, a video series from Google for Education, to deliver just that.Last season, we explored updates to Classroom and the new Teacher Center Resource Hub. We also uncovered your favorite strategies for creatively leveraging tools—like creating graphic novels with Google Drawin...
Tags: Google, Education, Google for Education, Google Forms, Google for Education YouTube


Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with Google Fit

January is fast approaching—and that means it’s almost time for New Year's resolutions, even though most people seem to abandon them about a week into the new year. But if 2019 is the year you want to stick to your goals, you may want to get a head start. In fact, our New Year's resolution is to make it easier for you to get healthy, and have fun doing it. Here's how you can put health and wellness first in 2019, with a little help from Google. Step 1: Get in the game. Go to the Google Fit app t...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Fit, World Health Organization WHO, Heart Association AHA, Wear OS by Google, Heart Points, Google Fit Better yet Google


Twas the night before liftoff

'Twas the night before Christmas, when at the North PoleThe elves and I took charge at mission controlWe fed all the reindeer and charged Santa's phoneTo make sure they could reach every city and homeHe’s off and away on his worldwide tripFire up Santa Tracker, you’ll be linked at the hipOn the web, in an app, or ask the Google AssistantWith good ol' Google Maps, Santa won’t feel too distant santatracker santa tracker melbourne location sharing santa Follow Santa's journ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Santa, Santa Tracker, Follow Santa, Google Maps Santa