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Lights, camera … control your home with the Google Assistant

December 20th, 2017

It’s usually pretty easy to flip a light switch. But when you’re out at night and realize your dog is sitting at home in the dark, or want to set mood lighting for movie night from the comfort of the couch, it’d be nice to have some help. The Assistant on your phone or smart…

Tips for newsrooms to tell the local story when it matters most

December 20th, 2017

During crises like Hurricane Irma or the Santa Rosa fires, local reporters are often the first on the scene and capture critical coverage. They have in-depth knowledge of the community and its landmarks, providing insights and context to these breaking news events.   When Hurricane Irma was approaching Miami, the reporting team at the Miami…

Home for the holidays: tips from Google Home and Refinery29

December 19th, 2017

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of wrapping last minute-gifts and packing suitcases for those who are heading home for the holidays. There’s no place quite like home during this joyous, hectic time of year, and our friends at Refinery29 are recording daily podcasts—available exclusively via the Assistant on Google Home—until Christmas…

Why it’s time for enterprises to adopt Android’s modern device management APIs

December 19th, 2017

Enterprise devices regularly access mission-critical data and are a key conduit for company communications. To ensure that organizations can power their mobility efforts with great features and security, Android offers managed device and work profile modes for mobile management. Many organizations, however, are still using the Device Administration API, which was made available for developers…

NCAA teams up with Google Cloud

December 19th, 2017

Sports have the power to bring friends and family together, unite communities and inspire future generations. That’s why we’re so excited to be partnering with the NCAA® to make Google Cloud its official public cloud provider. As part of its journey to the cloud, the NCAA is migrating 80+ years of historical and play-by-play data,…

Digital Coaches help Black and Latino businesses grow online

December 18th, 2017

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from JinJa Birkenbeuel, the CEO of Birk Creative, a creative marketing and branding agency. For the last six months, I’ve been one of eight minority small business owners around the U.S. piloting Google’s Digital Coach program, which offers free workshops for small businesses on how to use Google’s tools for digital…

News Lab in 2017: the year in review

December 15th, 2017

In the news and technology communities, the collective sense of urgency about the future of journalism reached new heights this year. Never before has the press been so important—or so under threat. Technology and platforms like the ones Google has built present extraordinary opportunities to strengthen journalism, but they require newsrooms and tech companies working…

ARCore Developer Preview 2

December 15th, 2017

Augmented reality is a powerful way to bring the physical and digital worlds together. AR places digital objects and useful information into the real world around us, which creates a huge opportunity to make our phones more intuitive, more helpful and a whole lot more fun. We’ve been working on augmented reality since 2014, with…

Google and Gallup’s computer science education research: six things to know

December 15th, 2017

Maru Ahues Bouza, an Engineering Manager at Google, wouldn’t be where she is today without her father’s encouragement to learn computer science (CS). Growing up in Venezuela, there were no CS classes for children, so when Maru was just 10 years old, her father enrolled her and her sister in an adult CS class. At…

Behind the Scenes: Improving the Repository Infrastructure

December 15th, 2017

As we worked on React 16, we revamped the folder structure and much of the build tooling in the React repository. Among other things, we introduced projects such as Rollup, Prettier, and Google Closure Compiler into our workflow. People often ask us questions about how we use those tools. In this post, we would like…