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18 years after Google Images, the Versace jungle print dress is back

September 21st, 2019

Nearly 20 years ago, a green Versace dress broke the internet, and Google Images was born. It was February 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore a jungle print dress, designed by Donatella Versace, to the Grammy Awards. Seemingly overnight it became a fashion legend, as well as the most popular search query Google had seen at…

Chrome 78 Beta: a new Houdini API, native file system access and more

September 20th, 2019

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Find more information about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 78 is beta as of September 19, 2019. CSS Properties and Values CSS variables…

Variable Fonts Link Dump!

September 20th, 2019

There’s been a ton of great stuff flying around about variable fonts lately (our tag has loads of stuff as well). I thought I’d round up all the new stuff I hadn’t seen before. Google fonts has a beta of hosted variable fonts and the announcement demo is on CodePen. Speaking of Google Fonts, Recursive…

UX Considerations for Web Sharing

September 20th, 2019

From trashy clickbait sites to the most august of publications, share buttons have long been ubiquitous across the web. And yet it is arguable that these buttons aren’t needed. All mobile browsers — Firefox, Edge, Safari, Chrome, Opera Mini, UC Browser, Samsung Internet — make it easy to share content directly from their native platforms….

Table with Expando Rows

September 20th, 2019

“Expando Rows” is a concept where multiple related rows in a <table> are collapsed until you open them. You’d call that “progressive disclosure” in interaction design parlance. After all these years on CSS-Tricks, I have a little better eye for what the accessibility concerns of a design/interactivity feature are. I’m not entirely sure how I…

Google.org helps Nesta bring skills training to trade unions

September 20th, 2019

Throughout history, technology has changed the nature of work. This has created new opportunities and jobs, but there are also concerns about technology’s impact on job security and displacement. Google.org’s $2 million grant to Nesta, a global innovation foundation, will set up partnerships with trade unions in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The…

Unleashing digital opportunities in Europe

September 20th, 2019

Today I am in Helsinki, Finland, to meet with Finnish Prime Minister Rinne to discuss his priorities for the European Union Presidency, from building sustainable economic growth to achieving a carbon-free future. The Nordic countries are great examples of how the internet can help drive economic growth. As part of our vision to build a…

Our biggest renewable energy purchase ever

September 19th, 2019

Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days. Over the years we’ve worked hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, build products with people and planet in mind, and drive change at scale through our supply chains. A cornerstone of our sustainability efforts is our commitment to clean energy….

Weekly Platform News: Emoji String Length, Issues with Rounded Buttons, Bundled Exchanges

September 19th, 2019

In this week’s roundup, the string length of two emojis is not always equal, something to consider before making that rounded button, and we may have a new way to share web apps between devices, even when they are offline. The JavaScript string length of emoji characters A single rendered emoji can have a JavaScript…

Get more done with a little help from Google Chrome

September 19th, 2019

There are a million and one reasons you open your browser every day, and keeping track of tabs shouldn’t distract you from your goals. With tab improvements and more options to customize Chrome, you’ll be equipped to take on the day. Chrome updates frequently to bring you new features and security improvements, and our latest…