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Calling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-inCalling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-in

GoogleBlog - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:00

Yesterday marked the start of the 7th year of Google Code-in (GCI), our pre-university contest introducing students to open source development. GCI takes place entirely online and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 around the globe.

Open source software makes up the backbone of the internet, from servers and routers to the phone in your pocket, but it’s a community-driven effort. Google Code-in serves a dual purpose of encouraging young developers and ensuring that open source communities continue to grow.

The concept is simple: students complete bite-sized tasks created by 17 participating open source organizations on topic areas of their choice, including:

  • Coding

  • Documentation/Training

  • Outreach/Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • User Interface

Tasks take an average of 3-5 hours to complete and include the guidance of a mentor to help along the way. Complete one task? Get a digital certificate. Three tasks? Get a Google t-shirt. Mentor organizations pick finalists and grand prize winners from among the 10 students who contributed most to that organization. Finalists get a hoodie and Grand Prize winners get a trip to Google headquarters in California where they meet Googlers, mentors and fellow winners.  

Google Code-in began with 361 students from 45 countries and has grown to include, in 2015, 980 students from 65 countries. You can read about the experiences of past participants on the Google Open Source blog. Over the last 6 years, more than 3,000 students from 99 countries have successfully completed tasks in GCI.

Student Ahmed Sabie had this to say, “Overall, Google Code-in was the experience of a lifetime. It set me up for the future by teaching me relevant and critical skills necessary in software development.”

Know of a student who might be interested? Learn more about GCI by checking out our rules and FAQs. And please visit our contest site and read the Getting Started Guide. Teachers, you can find additional resources here to help get your students started.

The Google Code-in contest is now open! Students ages 13 to 17 gain real-world software development experience by building open source software with the support of mentors.
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Calling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-inCalling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-in

GoogleBlog - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:00

Yesterday marked the start of the 7th year of Google Code-in (GCI), our pre-university contest introducing students to open source development. GCI takes place entirely online and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 around the globe.

Open source software makes up the backbone of the internet, from servers and routers to the phone in your pocket, but it’s a community-driven effort. Google Code-in serves a dual purpose of encouraging young developers and ensuring that open source communities continue to grow.

The concept is simple: students complete bite-sized tasks created by 17 participating open source organizations on topic areas of their choice, including:

  • Coding

  • Documentation/Training

  • Outreach/Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • User Interface

Tasks take an average of 3-5 hours to complete and include the guidance of a mentor to help along the way. Complete one task? Get a digital certificate. Three tasks? Get a Google t-shirt. Mentor organizations pick finalists and grand prize winners from among the 10 students who contributed most to that organization. Finalists get a hoodie and Grand Prize winners get a trip to Google headquarters in California where they meet Googlers, mentors and fellow winners.  

Google Code-in began with 361 students from 45 countries and has grown to include, in 2015, 980 students from 65 countries. You can read about the experiences of past participants on the Google Open Source blog. Over the last 6 years, more than 3,000 students from 99 countries have successfully completed tasks in GCI.

Student Ahmed Sabie had this to say, “Overall, Google Code-in was the experience of a lifetime. It set me up for the future by teaching me relevant and critical skills necessary in software development.”

Know of a student who might be interested? Learn more about GCI by checking out our rules and FAQs. And please visit our contest site and read the Getting Started Guide. Teachers, you can find additional resources here to help get your students started.

The Google Code-in contest is now open! Students ages 13 to 17 gain real-world software development experience by building open source software with the support of mentors.
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Write a Linux Shell Script to Produce Passwords?

AskDaveTaylor - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:23

Congrats on wanting to write a program rather than find someone else’s solution already canned and ready to go. Of course, I’ll be showing you a script that does exactly what you want, but if I explain my thinking and logic, I bet you can take the concepts I outline and produce a new script that better fits your needs, so we’re good.

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How Google autocomplete works in SearchHow Google autocomplete works in Search

GoogleBlog - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:30

Autocomplete is a feature within Google Search designed to make it faster to complete searches that you’re beginning to type. In this post—the second in a series that goes behind-the-scenes about Google Search—we’ll explore when, where and how autocomplete works.

Using autocompleteAutocomplete is available most anywhere you find a Google search box, including the Google home page, the Google app for iOS and Android, the quick search box from within Android and the “Omnibox” address bar within Chrome. Just begin typing, and you’ll see predictions appear:

In the example above, you can see that typing the letters “san f” brings up predictions such as “san francisco weather” or “san fernando mission,” making it easy to finish entering your search on these topics without typing all the letters.

Sometimes, we’ll also help you complete individual words and phrases, as you type:

Autocomplete is especially useful for those using mobile devices, making it easy to complete a search on a small screen where typing can be hard. For both mobile and desktop users, it’s a huge time saver all around. How much? Well:

  • On average, it reduces typing by about 25 percent
  • Cumulatively, we estimate it saves over 200 years of typing time per day. Yes, per day!

Predictions, not suggestionsYou’ll notice we call these autocomplete “predictions” rather than “suggestions,” and there’s a good reason for that. Autocomplete is designed to help people complete a search they were intending to do, not to suggest new types of searches to be performed. These are our best predictions of the query you were likely to continue entering.

How do we determine these predictions? We look at the real searches that happen on Google and show common and trending ones relevant to the characters that are entered and also related to your location and previous searches.

The predictions change in response to new characters being entered into the search box. For example, going from “san f” to “san fe” causes the San Francisco-related predictions shown above to disappear, with those relating to San Fernando then appearing at the top of the list:

That makes sense. It becomes clear from the additional letter that someone isn’t doing a search that would relate to San Francisco, so the predictions change to something more relevant.

Why some predictions are removedThe predictions we show are common and trending ones related to what someone begins to type. However, Google removes predictions that are against our autocomplete policies, which bar:


  • Sexually explicit predictions that are not related to medical, scientific, or sex education topics
  • Hateful predictions against groups and individuals on the basis of race, religion or several other demographics
  • Violent predictions
  • Dangerous and harmful activity in predictions

In addition to these policies, we may remove predictions that we determine to be spam, that are closely associated with piracy, or in response to valid legal requests.

A guiding principle here is that autocomplete should not shock users with unexpected or unwanted predictions.

This principle and our autocomplete policies are also why popular searches as measured in our Google Trends tool might not appear as predictions within autocomplete. Google Trends is designed as a way for anyone to deliberately research the popularity of search topics over time. Autocomplete removal policies are not used for Google Trends.

Why inappropriate predictions happenWe have systems in place designed to automatically catch inappropriate predictions and not show them. However, we process billions of searches per day, which in turn means we show many billions of predictions each day. Our systems aren’t perfect, and inappropriate predictions can get through. When we’re alerted to these, we strive to quickly remove them.

It’s worth noting that while some predictions may seem odd, shocking or cause a “Who would search for that!” reaction, looking at the actual search results they generate sometimes provides needed context. As we explained earlier this year, the search results themselves may make it clearer in some cases that predictions don’t necessarily reflect awful opinions that some may hold but instead may come from those seeking specific content that’s not problematic. It’s also important to note that predictions aren’t search results and don’t limit what you can search for.

Regardless, even if the context behind a prediction is good, even if a prediction is infrequent,  it’s still an issue if the prediction is inappropriate. It’s our job to reduce these as much as possible.

Our latest efforts against inappropriate predictionsTo better deal with inappropriate predictions, we launched a feedback tool last year and have been using the data since to make improvements to our systems. In the coming weeks, expanded criteria applying to hate and violence will be in force for policy removals.

Our existing policy protecting groups and individuals against hateful predictions only covers cases involving race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our expanded policy for search will cover any case where predictions are reasonably perceived as hateful or prejudiced toward individuals and groups, without particular demographics.

With the greater protections for individuals and groups, there may be exceptions where compelling public interest allows for a prediction to be retained. With groups, predictions might also be retained if there’s clear “attribution of source” indicated. For example, predictions for song lyrics or book titles that might be sensitive may appear, but only when combined with words like “lyrics” or “book” or other cues that indicate a specific work is being sought.

As for violence, our policy will expand to cover removal of predictions which seem to advocate, glorify or trivialize violence and atrocities, or which disparage victims.

How to report inappropriate predictionsOur expanded policies will roll out in the coming weeks. We hope that the new policies, along with other efforts with our systems, will improve autocomplete overall. But with billions of predictions happening each day, we know that we won’t catch everything that’s inappropriate.

Should you spot something, you can report using the “Report inappropriate predictions” link we launched last year, which appears below the search box on desktop:

For those on mobile or using the Google app for Android, long press on a prediction to get a reporting option. Those using the Google app on iOS can swipe to the left to get the reporting option.

By the way, if we take action on a reported prediction that violates our policies, we don’t just remove that particular prediction. We expand to ensure we’re also dealing with closely related predictions. Doing this work means sometimes an inappropriate prediction might not immediately disappear, but spending a little extra time means we can provide a broader solution.

Making predictions richer and more useful
As said above, our predictions show in search boxes that range from desktop to mobile to within our Google app. The appearance, order and some of the predictions themselves can vary along with this.

When you’re using Google on desktop, you’ll typically see up to 10 predictions. On a mobile device, you’ll typically see up to five, as there’s less screen space.

On mobile or Chrome on desktop, we may show you information like dates, the local weather, sports information and more below a prediction:

In the Google app, you may also notice that some of the predictions have little logos or images next to them. That’s a sign that we have special Knowledge Graph information about that topic, structured information that’s often especially useful to mobile searchers:

Predictions also will vary because the list may include any related past searches you’ve done. We show these to help you quickly get back to a previous search you may have conducted:

You can tell if a past search is appearing because on desktop, you’ll see the word “Remove” appear next to a prediction. Click on that word if you want to delete the past search.

On mobile, you’ll see a clock icon on the left and an X button on the right. Click on the X to delete a past search. In the Google App, you’ll also see a clock icon. To remove a prediction, long press on it in Android or swipe left on iOS to reveal a delete option.

You can also delete all your past searches in bulk, or by particular dates or those matching particular terms using My Activity in your Google Account.

More about autocompleteWe hope this post has helped you understand more about autocomplete, including how we’re working to reduce inappropriate predictions and to increase the usefulness of the feature. For more, you can also see our help page about autocomplete.

You can also check out the recent Wired video interview below, where our our vice president of search Ben Gomes and the product manager of autocomplete Chris Haire answer questions about autocomplete that came from…autocomplete!

Google Search Team Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIREDA behind-the-scenes look at how Google autocomplete creates predictions to speed up searches, how inappropriate ones are dealt with and more about the feature.
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Simplifying apps, desktops and devices with Citrix and Chrome EnterpriseSimplifying apps, desktops and devices with Citrix and Chrome Enterprise

GoogleBlog - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:00

As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, many organizations have found they need an ever-expanding fleet of mobile devices so that employees can work wherever and whenever they need. And research shows that when employees can work from anywhere, they can do more. According to Forbes, employee mobility leads to 30 percent better processes and 23 percent more productivity.

But as the demand for mobility grows, many organizations have also found themselves challenged by the need to provide secure mobile endpoints with access to certain legacy line-of-business or Windows apps. To help, last year we announced our partnership with Citrix to bring XenApp and XenDesktop to Chrome Enterprise.

Since bringing XenApp and XenDesktop to Chrome Enterprise, we’ve worked extensively with Citrix to help more businesses embrace the cloud. Last month, we announced that admins can now manage Chromebooks through several popular enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, including Citrix XenMobile. And this year at HIMSS we showed how the combination of Citrix and HealthCast on Chrome Enterprise helps healthcare workers access electronic health records and virtualized apps securely on Chrome OS using their proximity badge.

All of this is the topic of an IDG webinar we’re co-sponsoring with Citrix. The webinar “Chrome OS & Citrix: Simplify endpoint management and VDI strategy” includes IDG CSO SVP/Publisher Bob Bragdon, Chrome Enterprise Group Product Manager Eve Phillips, and Citrix Chief Security Strategist Kurt Roemer as speakers, and addresses how Citrix and Chrome enable access to mission-critical business apps and create a productive workforce inside or outside corporate infrastructure.

Here’s what the webinar will cover:

  • How Chrome and Citrix can ensure secure access to critical enterprise apps.
  • How employees can be more productive through access to legacy apps in VDI. 
  • How Citrix XenApp (XA) and XenDesktop (XD) integrate with Chrome OS.
  • How Citrix’s upcoming product launches and enhancements with Chrome, GCP and G Suite can help enterprise IT teams and end users.

In March, Citrix’s Todd Terbeek shared his experiences transitioning to Chrome Enterprise, and this week Chief Security Strategist Kurt Roemer discussed how combining Citrix with Chrome can deliver expanded value across security, privacy and compliance. Our work with Citrix continues to evolve, and we’re looking forward to finding new ways to collaborate in the future.

To learn more, sign up for the webinar.

A new webinar, “Chrome OS & Citrix: Simplify endpoint management and VDI strategy,” addresses how Citrix and Chrome enable access to mission-critical business apps and create a productive workforce inside or outside corporate infrastructure.
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The High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trendsThe High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trends

GoogleBlog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:40

Every Friday, we look back at five trending topics in Search from that week, and then give ourselves a High Five for making it to the weekend. Today we’re putting our hands together for National High Five Day—so first, a few notable “high five” trends. Then on to our regularly scheduled programming.

High Fives all around
Turns out, searches for “high five” transcend all realms of culture: sports (“Why do NBA players high five after free throws?”) entertainment (“how to high five a Sim”), and pets (“How to teach a dog to high five”). As for virtual high fives, “Scrubs,” “Seinfeld” and Liz Lemon are high five famous—they’re the top trending “high five gifs.”

A First Lady, first a mother
When former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, people remembered her role as matriarch, searching for “Barbara Bush children,” “Barbara Bush family,” and “Barbara Bush grandchildren.” She was the second woman to be the mother and wife of a president; and searches for the first woman to hold that title, Abigail Adams (wife of John and mother of John Quincy) went up by 1,150 percent this week.

What’s Swedish for robot?
Need an extra set of hands? A team of researchers built a robot to help with one of the most challenging tasks of the modern era—assembling Ikea furniture. In an ordinary week, people might search for Ikea lamp, but for now they’re more interested in “Ikea robot.” Though Swedish meatballs are always a favorite, this week’s trending Ikea furniture items were Ikea closets, plants and sofas.

Work it, Walmart
Walmart’s store aisles are turning into runways with the new employee dress code. They can now wear jeans and–brace yourselves–anysolid color top. As for bottoms, people want to know, “Are leggings included in Walmart’s new dress code?” We never (Arkan)saw this coming, but Arkansas topped the list of regions searching for “Walmart dress code” in the U.S. For people wondering about other dress code etiquette, a trending question was “what to wear to jury duty.”

Kendrick makes history
This week people asked “Why is Kendrick Lamar important?” Listen to this: he made music history by being the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music Composition (high five, Kendrick!). And people felt the pull to search for “Kendrick Lamar prize”—interest was 900 percent higher than “Kendrick Lamar song.”

Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from this week.
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(Cerf)ing the Internet: meet the man who helped build it(Cerf)ing the Internet: meet the man who helped build itManaging Editor, The Keyword

GoogleBlog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00

Editor’s Note: Tonight, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf will accept a Franklin Institute Award (alongside fellow inventor Robert E. Kahn) for enabling the internet by developing TCP/IP, the set of methods that allows effective communication between millions of computer networks. In the words of the Institute, “Every person who has ever sent an email, downloaded a webpage, or sent a photo to a friend owes a debt” to Vint and Robert. We sat down with Vint to learn more about his prestigious career, what’s yet to come, and what he may be best known for (his daily habit of wearing a three-piece suit).

Tell us about the job that you’ve set out to do at Google (as well as your unique title).

When I first got the job at Google, I proposed to Larry and Sergey (Google’s founders) that my title should be “archduke.” They countered with “Chief Internet Evangelist,” and I was okay with that. My objective was, and still is, to get more internet out there. Google has been very effective in fulfilling that objective so far with CSquared and efforts for the Next Billion Users. But today only half the world’s population is online, and I’ve been told I’m not allowed to retire because my job is only half done.

What are some other things you’ve worked on at Google?
In my years at Google, I’ve had the lucky freedom to stick my nose into pretty much anything. I’ve gotten very interested in the internet of things, and want to foster a deep awareness of what it takes to make those devices work well, while preserving safety, security and privacy.

Since my first day at Google, I’ve been passionate about making our products accessible to everyone, whether you have a hearing, vision or mobility problem (or something else). I’m hearing impaired—I’ve worn a hearing aid since I was 13—and my wife is deaf but uses two cochlear implants. Google has an entire team in place that looks after accessibility across all of our product areas.

Oh, another project I’ve been working on is Digital Vellum, to address my concern about the fragility of digital information. We store our information on various media (think of the evolution of floppy disks to external hard drives to the cloud), but those media don’t last forever. Sometimes the media is ok, but the reader doesn’t work. To make matters worse, even if you can read the bits, if you don’t have the software that know what the bits mean, it’s a worthless pile of bits! Digital Vellum is creating an environment where we can preserve the meaning of digital information over long periods of time, measured in hundreds of years.

That sounds like a lot of work for one guy at Google!
Compared to what a lot of people do, this isn’t much.

What do you like to do for fun?
(It should be noted: When I first asked Vint this question, he excitedly told me about all of the organizations he’s involved with—he’s the Chairman of the Board of the People Centered Internet, a visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, former Chairman of the Board of ICANN, and was appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama. I pointed out that he does a lot of work outside of work—which he clearly loves—and reminded him of my particular definition of fun, to which he responded with the following).

I enjoy reading science fiction (my favorite is Isaac Asimov’s "Foundation" series), biographies and history; wine tasting and gourmet cooking; and small dinner gatherings with interesting people.

I’m just a 19th-century guy living in a 21st-century world. Vint Cerf

What do you consider still unaccomplished? What will you work on next?
Interplanetary Internet, Inter-Species Internet, Ethics and Software, Internet Governance Policy.

With this award, you’re joining the ranks of some incredible minds—Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, to name a few. Of these winners, or anyone who has come before you in the field, who do you most admire?
Alexander Graham Bell, partly because he was so fundamental to communication, and partly because his wife was deaf, and so is mine.


You travel around the world in your role. What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited recently?
I went to Baku, Azerbaijan for an international security conference. It was an amazing gathering of leaders from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, who offered perspectives that enriched the typical Western European views. We discussed cyber-security concerns and social and economic effects of the penetration of Internet into our societies.


Where do you want to travel next?
Lyon, France—wine tasting!!!


Tell us about your formal attire—why do you remain committed to your legendary three-piece suit despite the casual nature of Silicon Valley?
Mostly because I think it looks good. I’m just a 19th-century guy living in a 21st-century world.

Q&A with Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, who was recently awarded a Franklin Institute award
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Can I Download a Mac App Purchased Years Ago?

AskDaveTaylor - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:11

One of the big changes as we have moved from software you buy at a store on disk to digital software stores and downloads is that you just need access to the purchase account to restore an app, not a physical disk. Which is definitely good news in your case.

I have the same situation as I update Mac systems ever year or two and an app, program or game that seemed quite compelling a few years ago might not seem that important any more. Or it’s been supplanted by something better, perhaps. Things change, though, and sometimes that newer, better app ends up being abandoned by its author, leaving you stranded unless you had something prior that you want to have restored.

Apple‘s got ya covered in this situation, fortunately, through the App Store. You’ll need to be signed in to the account you were using whenever you bought the original app, program or game, but I bet you’re already using that account anyway. Let’s go through the steps and recover my copy of Cribbage for my MacBook Pro!

To start, launch the App Store from the Apple menu:

It’ll pop up with a bunch of apps and games you can purchase, of course:

Lots of really interesting software, for sure, ranging from the latest version of Final Cut Pro X [which I use daily] to Demon Hunter 4 [which I’ve never heard of!]. But… we want to check for earlier purchases. That’s done by clicking on the “Purchased” option along the top.

It’s possible this is what you’ll now see in the App Store:

If so, well…. sign in! Once you do, you’ll see a list of every app and program you’ve purchased with this particular account, however long ago that happened:

Turns out that there are three possible states for a previous purchase, as highlighted here:

El Capitan is a previous generation of MacOS X – from Sept 2015 – which I definitely don’t need. I can “Download” it and reinstall it if I wanted, but why would I want to go backwards? Kiwi for Gmail I originally purchased in Jun 2015 and still have – and use – on my Mac system. That’s an “Open” button. And, finally, Pushbullet is a program I bought in Jan 2015 and no longer have on my computer. That’s an “Install”.

As is this Cribbage game, now that I am looking more closely. A click on “Install” and it’ll immediately begin downloading:

Just a few seconds later it’s downloaded, installed and the button says “Open” instead. So I do, and boom! I’m ready for a quick game of Cribbage:

That’s pretty cool for a game I originally bought back in July, 2013. No disk, no CDROM, no license key, no hassles. The Apple App Store does all the work and I’m ready to see how many fifteens I can make from my hand…

Pro Tip: While you’re here, check out my extensive Mac help area, please. I’ve written tons about how to do various things on the Mac platform.

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How we explored the whole wide world with Google Earth in the past yearHow we explored the whole wide world with Google Earth in the past year

GoogleBlog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00

From polar bears in Canada to the highest peaks on the planet, hundreds of millions of people searched to the edge of the world and beyond with Google Earth in the last year.


On Earth Day 2017, we shared a brand new version of Google Earth that works on the web, Android and iOS. Since then, hundreds of millions of people, big and small, took a spin on the globe; armchair explorers everywhere followed along with more than 300 Voyager stories in 8 languages; and we learned that you can have too much of a good thing

AIY Projects: A first step into STEMAIY Projects: A first step into STEMDirector

GoogleBlog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

Artificial Intelligence allows computers to perform increasingly complex tasks like understanding speech or identifying what’s in an image. AI built into hardware lets you build devices that feel more personal, can be trained to solve individual problems, and do things people haven’t thought of yet. Building AI-based things used to require expensive hardware and an advanced computer science degree, but with AIY Projects we’ve created two simple kits that allow students and makers to start building, playing and learning about AI.

Each kit takes you through step-by-step instructions to build a cardboard shell and then install the electronics to assemble your own device. The Voice Kit lets you build a voice-controlled speaker, while the Vision Kit lets you build a camera that learns to recognize people and objects. Along the way you learn the basics of building simple electronic circuits, some light programming, and setting up a Raspberry Pi (a small circuit board computer). But building the kit is just a starting point, and once it’s built you can start to customize its functionality and dive even deeper into programming and hardware.

Since launching these kits last year, we’ve seen interest from parents and teachers who have found the products to be great learning tools in and out of the classroom. While the changing nature of work means that our students may have jobs that haven't yet been imagined, we do know that computer science skills—like analytical thinking and creative problem solving— will be crucial in the future. AIY Projects kits aim to help prepare students, lowering the barriers to entry for learning computer science.

We’ve created a new version of our original kits that make classroom use easier with the AIY Vision Kit 2 and the AIY Voice Kit 2. Each one now includes everything you need to get going right in the box. We’ve also released a new Android App that greatly simplifies configuration of the device.

To help students learn more about AI we’re introducing a new AIY Models area to our site that showcases a collection of pre-built AI models designed to work with AIY kits. Now students can load up new models to explore different facets of AI, like a new smile detector model that lets you instantly tell whether someone looking into a Vision Kit is smiling. Over time we’ll be adding new models that explore new functionality and content about each model.

Finally, on the refreshed the AIY website we’ve improved documentation with better photos and instructions, to make it easier for young makers to get started and learn as they build.  

These are our first steps in starting to address the needs of the STEM market and improving our products for parents, students and teachers. However, it’s also the start of a conversation with the STEM community to learn more about their needs as we build, iterate, and make content for our new and existing products. Send us your feedback, thoughts, and ideas on how we can make these kits a meaningful part of STEM education at support-aiyprojects@google.com or stop by Maker Faire in May and ISTE in June.

The new Vision Kit and Voice Kit have arrived at U.S. Target Stores and Target.com this month and we’re working to make them globally available through retailers worldwide. Be sure to sign up on our mailing list to be notified when our products become available, or check out what we’re doing on social media by searching for #aiyprojects.

AIY Projects allow students and makers to start building, playing and learning about AI.
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Visualizing the #MeToo movement using Google TrendsVisualizing the #MeToo movement using Google Trends

GoogleBlog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

The #MeToo movement has inspired growing, worldwide awareness of sexual violence and sexual assault. This is not only a significant moment in history; it’s a significant moment in internet history: #MeToo marks a time when sexual assault survivors everywhere turned the internet into a platform for their voices and perspectives to be heard and respected.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global #MeToo movement through Google Trends data. On the site, you can look at global interest starting last fall and watch as consciousness spreads over time. In the past year, #MeToo has been searched in 195 countries—that's every country on earth. You can see the cities where it was trending on different dates and see what’s happening now at local levels with city-specific Google Search results for “Me Too.” And the sexual assault resources page has information for anyone who needs help or wants to learn more about sexual assault.

To make it easier for survivors to find support, Google.org is providing $500,000 in grants to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Girls for Gender Equity. The two grants will provide increased support to RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline and help Girls for Gender Equity launch a digital community where survivors can access tools to craft their own healing journeys.

I recently had the honor of hearing from Tarana Burke, whose decade-long effort as the founder of the #MeToo Movement has given voice to the survivors of sexual assault. With Google Trends, we now have data to reflect the power of those collective voices—we can see how far-reaching this movement has become. 

Here’s a snippet of my conversation with Tarana Burke

Here’s a snippet of my conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement and senior director at Girls for Gender Equity

Me Too Rising shows what it looks like when we all become a little more aware of sexual assault and violence. When enough survivors speak up, the world not only listens; it searches for answers.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global Me Too movement through Google Trends data.
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5 things you can do with Chrome Browser to increase employee productivity5 things you can do with Chrome Browser to increase employee productivity

GoogleBlog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00

Whether it’s accessing business apps, collaborating on projects or just checking email, the web browser is increasingly becoming the place where employees get their jobs done. In fact, 76 percent of companies employ browser-based email, and 70 percent have adopted browser-based office applications, according to a recent Forrester study.

Since employees spend a lot of time in their browsers at work, we wanted to share some ways you can customize Chrome Browser to help employees stay focused. Chrome Browser has many built-in capabilities that IT admins can use to pre-install bookmarks, apps, and extensions,centrally manage policies, and provide an optimal web browsing experience.

Here are five things IT admins can do with Chrome Browser to help teams work more efficiently.

1. Use Chrome Sync to get fast and easy access across devices.

With Chrome Sync, an employee’s browser history, bookmarks, apps, extensions and even open tabs can follow them from device to device throughout the day—even as they switch across Windows, Mac and Chrome OS platforms. IT can also manage bookmarks centrally through policy, pushing out links to important sites and web apps that users can access from any device when logged into the browser.

2. Help users stay secure through Safe Browsing.

With Safe Browsing, Chrome Browser automatically notifies users when a site may be malicious, so they can avoid it. This means employees can avoid threats that might result in spending hours recovering from an infected device instead of getting things done. IT can allow users to decide if they want Safe Browsing turned on, or they can set a policy centrally to enable or disable it.

3. Block intrusive ads so employees can stay focused.

Intrusive ads can be a drain on anyone’s peace of mind. By enabling Chrome Browser’s automatic pop-up blocker through set policies, IT teams can help employees stay on task without being distracted. Chrome Browser now automatically filters links to third-party websites disguised as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on websites that capture clicks and open new tabs or windows.

4. Use a standardized homepage for employees.

IT admins can set employees’ homepages to internal sites so they have the latest tools and most up-to-date information. And with Group Policy or Cloud Policy, IT can easily set different homepages for different groups in the organization.

5. Pre-install apps and extensions for easy access and security.

IT admins can make it easy for employees to access the apps and extensions they need to be productive while maintaining the right security policies. They can deploy selected apps and extensions tailored to an employee’s department or role, whether they're internally built or public, like productivity or CRM apps, giving them easy access to the tools needed to do their work as soon as they open their browser. Visit Device management > Chrome > User Settings in the Admin Console or check out these instructions.

These are just a few ways IT admins can manage Chrome Browser to support user productivity. To get started with managing Chrome Browser for businesses, visit our website. And for information on how to set up, manage and configure Chrome Browser for your enterprise, check out our help center.
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G Suite Enterprise for Education is now availableG Suite Enterprise for Education is now available

GoogleBlog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:30

Since launching G Suite for Education, we’ve heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon.

Additionally, new tools—such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), security key management and enforcement, and Gmail S/MIME—will start rolling out to all G Suite for Education users over the next few months. G Suite for Education, a suite of tools used by 80M teachers and students, has been and will remain free for schools and we’ll continue to add new features to that edition at no additional cost.

New security features added to free version of G Suite for Education
Admins can expect increased security and greater controls with new tools that are being made available over the next few months to the free version of G Suite for Education:

  1. Gmail and DriveData Loss Prevention (DLP) lets admins prohibit users from sharing sensitive content with people outside their institutions. It checks for sensitive content like personal student information or preset keywords, and alerts admins so they can intervene.
  2. Hosted Gmail S/MIME offers schools an additional line of defense to protect sensitive emails. With this tool, institutions have the option to digitally sign and encrypt emails. In addition, it also adds verifiable account-level signatures authentication to better protect against email spoofing. It’s easy to manage for administrators and seamless for users.
  3. Security keymanagement and enforcement offers an additional layer of security for user accounts by requiring a physical key. Admins can now require faculty, staff and students to use physical keys that use cryptography as a part of 2-step verification when signing into G Suite.  
  4. Admins can control session length for users accessing Google services like Gmail and Drive, which means that users will be automatically logged out after a specified amount of time. If specific groups of users require certain session lengths, admins can apply different web session duration settings to different groups.

Enterprise-grade tools for educational institutionsFor educational institutions with administrative needs similar to businesses, G Suite Enterprise for Education offers robust tools customized for education. Here’s what users can expect:

Advance your institution with advanced controls

The Security Center in G Suite Enterprise for Education gives organizations more visibility and control over security. To prevent institutions from potential threats, we’re arming IT admins with actionable insights to protect sensitive data against attacks. With security center tools, IT departments gain insights into how data may be exposed with external file sharing, can see phishing messages targeting users within their organization, and access metrics to demonstrate the organization’s security effectiveness.

With Advanced Mobile Device Management (MDM), universities and institutions have scaled control over devices in their domain. Using customizable MDM rules, admins can automate mobile device management tasks, like approving all Android devices that enroll for management at the start of a new school year. Once the rules are in place, pre-specified events trigger actions like sending notification emails to administrators, blocking or approving a device, or even wiping account data from devices if its lost by a student. And with Mobile Audit, admins can see a report of device activities, including device policy compliance.

Enhanced analytics and search capabilities

Cloud Search is coming to G Suite Enterprise for Education soon, and with it, institutions will benefit from a unified search experience across G Suite—powered by machine intelligence. This tool helps educators and students stay on top of schedules, documents and emails, and can even suggest files that need attention. By searching through everything from a lecture presentation to the school corporate directory, users can spend less time searching for information and more time focusing on teaching and learning.

Gmail logs in BigQuery allow institutions to run sophisticated custom queries, conduct deep analysis and build custom dashboards. Gmail logs contain valuable information that can help administrators diagnose issues. The integration with BigQuery makes it easier for administrators to analyze the logs and unlock insights to help them run their organizations.

Collaborate. Coordinate. Communicate.

Advanced capabilities in Hangouts Meet improve internal and external collaboration, allowing for meetings with up to 50 participants and recordings saved to Google Drive. With these communication tools, instructors can save lecture and lesson recordings straight to Drive and collaborate from anywhere.

Since announcing G Suite Enterprise for Education in January, we've opted to make the U.S. dial-in feature in Meet available to all business and education customers, and will be rolling it out in the coming months. This lets users join meetings via phone from anywhere, without worrying about poor Wi-Fi connections. With G Suite Enterprise for Education, Meet dial-in is available in dozens of countries, allowing educators to easily connect if their institution has a footprint around the globe.

Get G Suite Enterprise for Education for your institutionIf you’re interested in purchasing individual licenses, G Suite Enterprise for Education is $4/user/month for faculty and staff, and $4/user/month for students. If you’re purchasing licenses for all faculty and staff in 2018, we’re offering a special introductory price of $2/user/month for faculty and staff, and free for eligible students. Renewals at the introductory price will be honored for 3 years. Learn more about pricing, renewals, and features for this edition on our Help Center.

For help choosing the edition that’s right for your institution, explore what’s included with G Suite Enterprise Education and fill out an interest form to be contacted by a partner.

Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and will becoming to more countries soon.
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How to Rip Your DVDs Faster with WinX DVD Ripper

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:03

I’ve been frustrated for years about the hundreds of DVDs I own, classic movies, rare cult films and lots of documentaries, all of which I can watch on my TV’s Blu-Ray player but none of which I can watch on my computer, tablet or smartphone. Heck, my computers don’t even have optical drives, so even if I wanted to insert a movie into the slot, there’s no darn slot!

If the industry had a program where I could trade in a physical disk for a digital copy, I’d be sending them a couple of really big boxes. Instead, like too many other consumers, I end up stuck. I have a legal, legit copy of the movie, TV series, or documentary, but no way to watch it on the road, on a plane, or anywhere else outside of the living room.

When Digiarty Software asked if I wanted to check out their WinX DVD Ripper Platinum software, I was most interested. Even better, it featured “hardware acceleration” for the right sort of systems, which would theoretically make the process even faster and easier. My suspicion was that ripping software can only work in real time but depending on your hardware setup, I verified that the program can indeed rip a two hour video in five to ten minutes. More on that in a bit, however.

Speed is good, but to me the real virtue of DVD Ripper is really the simplicity of use. I used it to rip a few episodes of the terrific PBS documentary series Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents. Individual episodes are perfect to have in digital form and at under an hour per ep, easy to enjoy during a lunch break or similar.

Here’s how the process went…

Start out by downloading, launching and entering your license code. It’s easy to see what’s going on:

From this point, I simply inserted the DVD into my external drive (which I purchased for $40 or so from Amazon quite a long time ago) and the program immediately recognized the content and offered up a suggested title:

Easy enough. Next step is to choose an output device if you don’t want the default output format. Since I’m going to watch these episodes on a new Samsung Galaxy phone, I chose the default General Samsung Mobile Video H.264 format:

A click on “OK” to proceed and the program immediately analyzed the disk and figured out all the tracks and duration. This is shown in a simple list with audio options, subtitles (if any), and much more information:

A close look reveals that this particular DVD contains four episodes of the series, each 53.56, 53.57 or 53.58 minutes long. There are also interstitials and DVD titles, menus, etc, that range from 7-10 seconds. Don’t need those! That leaves four video tracks to convert, and at 4*53min it should take about 212 minutes to complete at real time, or faster if the hardware supports it.

Last step: make sure that you’ve enabled any available hardware accelerators as the program supports both Intel and nVIDIA. Ready? It’ll look like this:

Click on the Run button, then go get a cup of coffee or switch to a different task. It’s going to take a while… Or, perhaps it isn’t. On a different computer, with a different disk, note the speed attained (the FPS number):

DVDs are generally 23.97 fps, so you can do the math: If it’s ripping at 315 fps that means it’s going 13x faster than 1:1 real time. That means that the above movie, at 1 hour, 20 min, or 80 min, will be completely ripped in just over six minutes. Impressive!

The original Queen Victoria disk, however, was on a clunky old single CPU unit and took rather a bit longer than six minutes. Once it was done, sure enough, the output folder had the four ripped episodes of the show:

That’s great. MP4 is super easy to work with on a Mac or Windows computer – or even a Linux system or mobile device running iOS or Android – and while the files aren’t small, they are self-contained TV episodes or movies. Pretty nice!

The WinX DVD Ripper Platinum program made the process really easy, though you definitely will find it way more useful on decent, modern hardware.

Either way, though, if you’re like me and have a library of DVDs that you’d like to digitize and then enjoy on whatever device you’d like, wherever you may be, WinX DVD Ripper might prove a great solution for you. Check it out, whether you’re Mac or Windows: Download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

Note that you can use the special code AAY53-D37SY-ZP3JK-STUSU to register the program and gain full access for 15 days. A perfect way to see how fast your computer is too!

Full license price: $39.95 Mac or Windows.

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BeeTouched: how the internet keeps the buzz in a family businessBeeTouched: how the internet keeps the buzz in a family business

GoogleBlog - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:00

Editor’s note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia-Pacific who use the internet to grow, we spoke with Aaron Huang, the manager of BeeTouched, a honey business in Taiwan. After he and his cousins took over the family business, Aaron used the internet to build a new brand and spread awareness of Taiwan’s delicious honey. Since it was established in 1982, BeeTouched has grown from 10 to 50 full-time employees.


Please tell us more about BeeTouched.

My family has been in the honey business for three generations. My grandfather was a beekeeper and began selling honey more than 50 years ago. After they inherited the business, my father and two uncles decided to expand it by selling raw honey to other businesses.


Today, I’m proud to run the business with four of my cousins. Our generation decided to establish the company as a unique brand that connected independent beekeepers and consumers, rather than just a honey supplier for other businesses. We may be biased because we hail from a beekeeping family, but we think that beekeepers are really interesting people! Every Taiwanese beekeeper we work with has an inspiring, touching story to share.

Aaron Huang, third-generation Taiwanese honey seller and CEO of BeeTouched.

What impact do you think the internet has had on your business?

The internet allows us to understand and engage our customers better. Tools like Google Analytics help us appreciate our clients’ needs and preferences. With the internet, we are in a better position to give our customers what they want.


The internet has also expanded our ability to reach new audiences in an easy and cost-effective manner. We use YouTube to share videos about our products and the benefits of honey. AdWords has also been a very effective tool. Since we started using it, traffic to our site has increased 40 percent.


How do you think BeeTouched has helped beekeepers in Taiwan?

Keeping bees is hard work. More than a few beekeepers have told me that they do not want their children to follow them in the same line of work. By providing beekeepers with a predictable and regular demand for honey, we hope that we make their livelihoods more stable. BeeTouched is also passionate about promoting Taiwanese honey as a unique product for consumers to enjoy rather than raw material for a factory line. Over the years, I think we’ve managed to persuade consumers that it’s worth it to pay a bit more for good Taiwanese honey. Every year, the Taiwanese beekeeper association gives us a certificate to thank us for our efforts.

Beekeepers tend to the apiaries which supply BeeTouched’s honey in Taiwan

What’s next for your business? Do you plan on expanding at home or overseas?

We have over 10,000 registered customers on our site. Thanks to the Internet and Google, we’ve already been able to export honey to the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. We’re excited to export honey to more countries and we are also exploring the possibility of working with beekeepers from other parts of the world.


BeeTouched, a third-generation family-owned honey business, uses the internet to reach honey-lovers around the world.
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Designing for human and environmental healthDesigning for human and environmental health

GoogleBlog - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:42

Imagine a world of abundance—a world where products are infinitely recycled and the design process itself begins with considering the health and well-being of people and the environment. Imagine those products flowing through an economy that is both profitable and stems depletion of raw materials. That’s the world we want for all of us, and Google is working with the experts who are getting us there.


This vision is embodied in a model called the circular economy—and achieving it requires changing our relationship to natural resources, as well as engagement from designers, material scientists, chemists, policy makers, industry partners and consumers. It requires the development of new materials and processes that optimize for human and environmental health, and capture more value from materials by keeping them in use longer.


Today, we published a joint white paper with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to share a vision for how safer chemistry and healthy materials are essential to unlocking the circular economy. For the past two years, we’ve partnered with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation on a range of circular economy issues and initiatives, and today’s paper is the next step in this partnership. It's also the culmination of more than a decade of hands-on experience at Google in driving safer chemistry and healthy material innovation across supply chains.


Our Real Estate and Workplace Services team has been working to remove toxins from materials in our built environment for years. It started when we were opening new spaces and started asking questions about the “new space smell,” like carpeting and paint. The answers (or lack thereof) told us that we needed to do more to ensure that our expanded spaces were healthy and sustainable for our employees—and that the manufacturers we were working with knew what was in their materials.


At the same time, our consumer hardware business—like Pixel and Google Home—is rapidly expanding. The growth of our consumer hardware business means that we aren’t just applying this approach to building materials, but also to the manufacturing of consumer tech products, like phones and smart speakers. It also means that we have a responsibility to understand and address the impacts associated with material selection, production, transportation, use, serviceability and the recycling of our products.


We take this responsibility seriously, not only because it’s part of who we are at Google, but because we believe we must do so if we are going to realize sustainable, profitable enterprise. That's why we're investing in the creation and adoption of safer chemistry and healthy materials, and working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

We’re publishing a white paper on safer chemistry and healthy materials for human and environmental health in real estate construction and consumer hardware.
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Home Security with a Connected Yale Deadbolt

AskDaveTaylor - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:26

I’ve had a number of smart deadbolts on my front door, so when Best Buy reached out and asked me if I was interested in trying out the new Next x Yale Lock, featuring Nest Home integration, I was most interested. Then they upped the ante by offering to have Geek Squad come out and do the installation. Sold! And so, after a quick phone call for scheduling, my Geek Squad installer showed up and started disassembling the front door.

Turns out that the installation went very quickly and was quite easy – particularly since I already have a Nest Home setup that includes a Nest Dropcam camera and Nest Protect smoke sensor in the house. In fact, adding the deadbolt was a breeze and even adding in a special door code for our house cleaner that wouldn’t work late at night or on weekends turned out to be just a few taps away.

Did you like the video? Tried to boil the entire story down into a quick spot, so please do watch it if you were tempted to just skip past the above video. If nothing else, you get to see just how red my front door really is!

Either way, let’s start with the unit itself. Yale’s been making deadbolts and secure locks for a ridiculously long time. In fact, the company was founded in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1868 by Linus Yale, Jr., the inventor of the pin tumbler lock, and Henry R. Towne. 1868. That’s a lot of time to figure out how to make a secure lock! Heck, Andrew Johnson was President back then and the Civil War had only ended three years earlier!

Anyway, back to the lock. There are two parts to a deadbolt, whether a modern smart lock or a classic deadbolt: the exterior and the interior. You can dual-key ’em but most have a knob on the inside for locking / unlocking, and a keyhole or other mechanism on the exterior to ensure that people you don’t want in your home can’t get in. Deadbolts work with a “what you have” security model too; if you have the key, you’re in. But smart deadbolts are, well, smarter and work with a combination of “what you have” (in this case, the app, logged in to the correct account) and “what you know” (the deadbolt code).

On the right you can see the exterior of the lock with the keypad illuminated (a tap on the “Yale” logo lights up the pad, ready for data entry). Tap in the correct numerical sequence – like “1 5 0 5 7 7” – and you can hear the deadbolt whirr and unlock. Enter the wrong code and you’ll just get a beep. The gear icon? It just tells you to use the app to configure the lock. Really easy and straightforward.

Meanwhile, the interior unit is a bit bigger and more complex, as you can see on the left. Pop the top off and you can replace the AA batteries that power the device, and you can see that the familiar knob is present on the lower portion: vertical means the door’s unlocked, horizontal means it’s locked. Pretty standard stuff, really.

Worth noting is the little white button in the middle. Push on that and you’ve engaged Privacy Mode where the code is not enough to unlock the door. The only way someone outside the house can unlock the deadbolt in Privacy Mode is with the app itself. A nice additional security feature if you’re worried that questionable people have somehow acquired your secret code.

But then again, you shouldn’t be using one code for everyone anyway. Since it’s so easy to set up these access sequences, I encourage you to set up a different code for friends, family, the cleaning service, home maintenance, a temporary houseguest, whatever. Each can have access hour specified, and each can also be deleted at the tap of the app whenever you’re ready to do so.

Here’s an example of how that looks in the Nest Home app with my cleaning service all set up:

As you can see, they have a six-digit code assigned, and it’s only good from 8am-4pm during the week. Not only that, but it’s also only good for a week: Apr 13-Apr 20, then it stops working.  So much better than leaving the front door unlocked or a key “hidden” under the doormat!

There’s lots more I really like and appreciate about the new Nest x Yale Deadbolt on the front door, but between notifications of lock and unlock events — with code name included — on my phone and the ability to easily check status and lock it from anywhere in the world (including bed just before I turn off the lights to go to sleep), it’s a definite winner. They aren’t super hard to install on most doors, but having Geek Squad show up and do all the work for me? That was pretty darn nice too.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Yale Locks. The door, however, is my own! #ad #sponsored

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Add Favorites Bar to Microsoft Edge?

AskDaveTaylor - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:42

As you watch the evolution of Web  browsers, it’s hard not to puzzle over how the engineers responsible for interface changes actually use their own browsers. There’s no better example than the favorites bar, a simple set of shortcuts for the sites you visit the most often. A sidebar for favorites feels very inefficient and wasteful of space by comparison, and a tool where you have to bring up Favorites so you can choose them? That’s even more work and defeats the purpose of “one click away”.

And yet, Microsoft Edge not only has a clumsy favorites bar, but in my experience, sometimes all the favorites vanished completely, leaving me with an empty bar encouraging me to ‘add your favorites here’. Still, as the new default Web browser for Windows 10, Edge is still an important player, so let’s dig into your question. Yeah, and I’m resisting a snappy answer about “switch to Google Chrome to solve the problem”. Just so you know.

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Preserving endangered wonders of the world, for generations to comePreserving endangered wonders of the world, for generations to come

GoogleBlog - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

When Ben Kacyra watched on TV as the Taliban destroyed 1,500 year-old Buddhist statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001, he felt compelled to do something. Mr. Kacyra, who happens to be one of the creators of the world's first three-dimensional laser scanning system, realized that his technology could be used to record monuments at risk of damage due to natural disasters, war, or tourism, so that they could be preserved for future generations.

He founded CyArk, a non-profit that has created the world’s largest and most detailed 3D digital archive of endangered wonders of the world—a lasting record of monuments at risk of disappearing. Now, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with CyArk to open up access to their virtual wonders and share their stories with everyone.

The Ananda Ok Kyaung temple, in Bagan, Myanmar remains closed to visitors due to the damage from a 2016 earthquake. You can now virtually step inside and discover its famous wall paintings.

With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller detail than ever before, including the color and texture of surfaces and the geometry captured by laser scanners with millimeter precision in 3D. These detailed scans can also be used to identify areas of damage and assist restoration efforts.

Eim Ya Kyaung in Bagan, Myanmar. The temple was built in 1242 and was damaged by an earthquake.

The image above shows a structure in Bagan, Myanmar, where a 2016 earthquake damaged many of the city’s famous temples. Before disaster struck however, CyArk’s team had scanned and photographed the site—inside and outside, from the ground and from above. Using the data they collected, we reconstructed Bagan’s key monuments in 3D so you can now travel through this breathtaking place and even step inside the temples using a computer, smartphone or virtual reality viewer like Daydream.

As part of this new online exhibition you can explore stories from over 25 iconic locations across 18 countries around the world, including the Al Azem Palace in war-torn Damascus, Syria and the ancient Mayan metropolis of Chichen Itza in Mexico. For many of the sites, we also developed intricate 3D models that allow you to inspect from every angle, using the new Google Poly 3D viewer on Google Arts & Culture.

Scroll through some of the iconic locations:


Over the past seven years, we’ve partnered with 1,500 museums in over 70 countries to bring their collections online and put more of the world’s culture at your fingertips. This project marks a new chapter for Google Arts & Culture, as it’s the first time we’re putting 3D heritage sites on the platform.

To help the work of restorers, researchers, educators and the entire community working to preserve our cultural heritage, we’re opening up access to the source data collected by CyArk from around the world. Now anyone can apply to download the data, with the help of the Google Cloud Platform.

You don’t need to be an archaeologist to uncover fascinating details in this collection! Discover Google Arts & Culture’s "Open Heritage” project online—or download our free app for iOS or Android.

Explore endangered wonders of the world and learn about how modern day archaeologists are using cutting edge technology to preserve iconic pieces of our history.
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Create and Share “Notes” on a Mac System?

AskDaveTaylor - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:04

Most people don’t realize it but that handy Notes program that’s included with MacOS X is quite a sophisticated application with many more features than it seems. At first glance, it’s just for text and perfect for shopping lists, etc. But no! You can format text, add images, drop in an audio file or sketch and more. It stays in sync across devices too, so a Note you begin on your iPhone shows up just about instantly on your Mac too. And, yes, it lets you share…

The best case scenario with sharing a Note is that everyone has a Mac of some sort or an iOS device, because then it really is going to be joint editable and can be quite fun. Even a shopping list can evolve even as you’re looking at the Note itself. For everyone else, the link produces a readable copy of the Note, so not quite as useful, but still pretty slick.

To start this demo, let’s jump to a note in Notes that my daughter’s been using to design her new bedroom. She sketched the design on an iPad version of the program but it shows up here on my Mac system too:

On the left you can see some of the other notes I have in the system, all neatly synced. To share this one, simply tap or click on the share icon. I’ve highlighted it above.

A window pops up:

There are a lot of ways you can share a Note with someone, from Facebook to Twitter links, email to text messages. I’ll do the latter, so tap on “Messages”. It appears, ready to send, so I’ll specify my friend Brian as the recipient:

You can see upon examination that it’s utilizing the icloud.com service that Apple uses as the cloud storage. That works. Brian simply taps on the link and if he’s on a Mac or iOS system, it’ll open up within the Notes app. For everyone else, it’ll just pop open a Web page with the document shown.

On the receiving end, when Lamar shares a Notes document with me – a shopping list for a potluck – here’s what I have pop up on my screen after I click on a link quite similar to the above:

After a few seconds it figures out what’s going on and offers me the chance to open – or reject – the document that will appear in my Notes app:

I’m going to do it! A click on “Open” produces the desired result and here’s the signup list!

Wait, what did I sign up for again? I’ll have to scroll down to find out.

In this case, a click on the same share button produces different information:

One more trick that’s super useful: Choose “Highlight all changes” to ensure that you can differentiate who typed what into the document. It gets much more colorful:

If you’re really paying close attention, you’ll notice that the colors used for highlights are identical to those shown adjacent to each user in the shared view. That’s pretty slick for a program most people figure isn’t really good for much at all!

So definitely check out Notes on your Mac or iPhone. You’ll be surprised at all it can do.

Pro Tip: While you’re here, I invite you to check out our extensive Mac help tutorials too. Thanks!

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