What happens when you open a new install of browsers for the 1st time?

September 27th, 2019

Interesting research from Jonathan Sampson, where he watches the network requests a browser makes the very first time you launch it on a fresh install, and otherwise do nothing. This gives you a little insight into what kind of information that browser wants to collect and disseminate. This was all shared as tweets, but I’m…

Weekly Platform News: Layout Shifts, Stalled High-Bitrate Videos, Screenshots in Firefox

September 26th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: fighting shifty layouts, some videos might be a bit stalled, and a new way to take screenshots in Firefox. Let’s get into the news! Identifying the causes of layout shifts during page load You can now use WebPageTest to capture any layout shifts that occur on your website during page load,…

5 memories to celebrate Google Classroom’s 5th birthday

September 26th, 2019

Five years ago, the world watched feats of human strength and spirit at the Olympics in Socci and the World Cup in Rio. A robot made the first-ever landing on a comet. Citizens of the internet dumped buckets of ice on their heads to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. And while millions of…

W3C Strategic Highlights, September 2019

September 26th, 2019

W3C released today its September 2019 edition of the W3C Strategic Highlights. The report covers the massive and critical work that takes place at the Web Consortium toward the growth and strength of the Web, how W3C meets industry needs and provides updates in key areas, as well as the latest around Web for all…

Meeting GraphQL at a Cocktail Mixer

September 26th, 2019

GraphQL and REST are two specifications used when building APIs for websites to use. REST defines a series of unique identifiers (URLs) that applications use to request and send data. GraphQL defines a query language that allows client applications to specify precisely the data they need from a single endpoint. They are related technologies and…


September 26th, 2019

Buy or build is a classic debate in technology. Building things yourself might feel less expensive because there is no line item on your credit card bill, but has cost in the form of time. Buying things, believe it or not, is usually less expensive when it comes to technology that isn’t your core focus….

Game on: Your Xbox One now works with the Google Assistant

September 26th, 2019

When you’re in the zone playing a video game, multitasking becomes difficult. You might miss capturing a fun in-game moment to share with friends, or forget to turn down the volume late at night. We think the Assistant can be a great teammate to help you stay focused on playing while still getting things done….

A new tool to help Italian companies grow with AI

September 26th, 2019

Saccheria Franceschetti, a family business based in Brescia, Italy, has seen a lot of change in the 80 years since it was founded. Originally set up to produce bags from old fabric, it has now adopted 21st-century solutions like artificial intelligence to keep its competitive edge. As the third-largest distributor of flexible packaging in Europe…

More improvements for Android on entry-level phones

September 25th, 2019

In many places in the world, entry-level smartphones are often the first and only way people get access to the internet. As we build Android for everyone, making sure that these devices are affordable and high quality is a top priority. That’s why we launched Android (Go edition) in 2018—a platform tailored for smartphones with…

A Dark Mode Toggle with React and ThemeProvider

September 25th, 2019

I like when websites have a dark mode option. Dark mode makes web pages easier for me to read and helps my eyes feel more relaxed. Many websites, including YouTube and Twitter, have implemented it already, and we’re starting to see it trickle onto many other sites as well. In this tutorial, we’re going to…