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Happy seventeenth birthday Drupal

January 16th, 2018

Seventeen years ago today, I open-sourced the software behind Drop.org and released Drupal 1.0.0. When Drupal was first founded, Google was in its infancy, the mobile web didn’t exist, and JavaScript was a very unpopular word among developers. Over the course of the past seventeen years, I’ve witnessed the nature of the web change and…

#teampixel community member Austin Cameron is living for the city

January 12th, 2018

Happy New Year, Team Pixel! There are so many picture-worthy moments ahead. Helping us get started on 2018 photography is Pixel enthusiast and photographer @ustincameron. He’s a regular #teampixel contributor who’s working through a personal goal of shooting a photo a day for 1,000 days—with more than 700 already under his belt!    He has…

The High Five: you get a search, you get a search, everybody gets a search!

January 12th, 2018

Oprah’s speech had people buzzing, while Jimmy Ma spun to internet fame at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Here are some of the most-searched trends of the week (with data from the Google News Lab). A brighter morning, even during our darkest nights “Is Oprah going to run for president?” was a top searched question…

How to decouple Drupal in 2018

January 12th, 2018

In this post, I’m providing some guidance on how and when to decouple Drupal. Almost two years ago, I had written a blog post called “How should you decouple Drupal?”. Many people have found the flowchart in that post to be useful in their decision-making on how to approach their Drupal architectures. Since that point,…

A doodle celebrating Zhou Youguang and the ABCs of learning Mandarin

January 12th, 2018

Mandarin Chinese is a tremendously rich logographic language, meaning every word is represented by a unique character or combination of characters. And there are a lot—the largest Chinese dictionaries contain more than 60,000 different ones. The sheer volume makes it challenging for non-native speakers to master Mandarin. As anyone who has studied the language knows,…

Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with a little help from Google Home

January 11th, 2018

In 2018, I’m committed to getting in better shape. As with all New Year’s resolutions, the hard part will be actually sticking to it. But this year, I’ll have help from my Google Assistant. No matter what your resolution is, here are a few ways your Google Home, Mini or Max can keep you on…

Protecting our Google Cloud customers from new vulnerabilities without impacting performance

January 11th, 2018

If you’ve been keeping up on the latest tech news, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the CPU security flaw that Google’s Project Zero disclosed last Wednesday. On Friday, we answered some of your questions and detailed how we are protecting Cloud customers. Today, we’d like to go into even more detail on how we’ve protected Google…

Call for Review: WOFF File Format 2.0 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

January 11th, 2018

The WebFonts Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of WOFF File Format 2.0. Based on experience with WOFF 1.0, which is widely deployed, this specification was developed to provide improved compression and thus lower use of network bandwidth, while still allowing fast decompression even on mobile devices. This is achieved by combining a content-aware…

Seven kinds of Local Guides you might spot on Google Maps

January 10th, 2018

What kind are you? Satellites are famously effective for mapping, but they don’t take photos of must-have breakfast sandwiches, update hours of operation or tell families when places are wheelchair accessible. That’s Local Guides territory. Local Guides are people who share information on Google Maps to help others discover where to go—and there are more…

Our 17 favorite education moments from 2017

January 10th, 2018

Editor’s Note: Happy New Year from all of us on the Google for Education team! We know you count on Google for Education in your classrooms, and we take that responsibility seriously. We remain deeply committed to bringing the best of Google to education, and to expanding learning for everyone. As we look to the…