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Google for Nigeria: making our products more helpful to more people

July 24th, 2019

Today, at our third annual Google for Nigeria event, we announced new products and features to make Google more helpful to more people in Nigeria and across Africa. Building maps that work better for Nigerians Google Maps helps you navigate, explore and get things done. Nigeria has over 10 million motorcycles and we all know…

With Sound Amplifier, more people can hear clearly

July 24th, 2019

For the 466 million people in the world who have hearing loss, the inability to hear a conversation or the sounds around you can be isolating. Without clear sound, it’s challenging to connect to the people around you and fully experience the world. And simply asking others to speak louder (or turn up the TV…

Unsuck It

July 23rd, 2019

Julia Carrie Wong and Matthew Cantor’s How to speak Silicon Valley: 53 essential tech-bro terms explained was pretty hilarious. A little something in there to offend everyone. Speaking of kinda douchey words, I’m reminded of one of my favorite sites on the internet: Unsuck It. Not only does it call out a ton of terms…

“We choose to go to the moon”: Lessons from X

July 23rd, 2019

Editor’s note: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. As part of Google’s celebration of this historic event, we asked X’s Astro Teller to share his thoughts on moonshots. This post was also published on X’s blog. In the fall of 2010, I asked Larry Page a…

How we help the veteran community succeed in startups

July 23rd, 2019

As part of our continued commitment to support the military community, we’re partnering with Patriot Boot Camp, Bunker Labs and Veteran Capital to empower transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Of the 250,000 service members who will transition out of the military this year, one in four want to…

Turn up the bass with Android TV soundbars

July 23rd, 2019

The new JBL LINK BAR is the super bass you’ve been waiting for. With Android TV now available on soundbars, you can turn your TV into a smart TV and get the legendary sound quality of a JBL speaker. Say my name, say “Hey Google” The Google Assistant on Android TV is your trusted companion…

Pseudo Code

July 23rd, 2019

Yonatan Doron wrote a post on Medium not long ago called “Art of Code — Why you should write more Pseudo Code.” Love that title, as a fan of pseudo-code myself. That is, writing “code” that describes something you want to do or communicate, but that isn’t of any particular language and doesn’t use any…

Zoom, CORS, and the Web

July 23rd, 2019

It’s sorta sad by funny that that big Zoom vulnerability thing was ultimately related to web technology and not really the app itself. There is this idea of custom protocols or “URL schemes.” So, like gittower:// or dropbox:// or whatever. A native app can register them, then URLs that hit them get passed to the…

Project Strobe: Updates to Our User Data Policy

July 23rd, 2019

On May 30, Google announced the next iteration of Project Strobe, a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to user data. This announcement included the following two updates to our User Data Policy: We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the least amount of data. While this has previously been encouraged of developers, now…

First Public Working Draft: Timing Entry Names Registry

July 22nd, 2019

The Web Performance Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Timing Entry Names Registry. This document provides a registry of PerformanceEntry.entryType used in Performance Timeline [PERFORMANCE-TIMELINE-2].