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Media literacy for Asia’s next generation

October 22nd, 2019

When I served as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, it often struck me that young people there had vastly more access to news and information than I did when I first lived in that country 20 years earlier—a sign of how things can change for the better from generation to generation. The internet has enabled people…

WordPress 5.3 RC2

October 22nd, 2019

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.3 is now available! WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled to be released on November 12 2019, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.3 yet, now is the time! There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.3 release candidate: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge…

Nest Mini is here: listen to stories from Disney’s “Frozen 2”

October 22nd, 2019

Nest Mini hits shelves today, just in time to help you catch up with what’s been happening in Arendelle as Disney’s “Frozen 2” hits theaters. Join Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf around the campfire for a dozen tales that you can only hear on the new Nest Mini (and other Google Assistant smart speakers), available starting…

Better coverage with Fi’s dual connect technology

October 22nd, 2019

Fi helps you get the highest-quality connection on your phone, no matter where you are. For Designed for Fi devices, our network switches between three 4G LTE networks and gives you free, secure access to 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. Our enhanced network provides you with more security and privacy across all your…

Record a lecture, name that song: Pixel 4 uses on-device AI

October 22nd, 2019

Pixel 4 is our latest phone that can help you do a lot of stuff, like take pictures at night or multitask using the Assistant. With on-device AI, your camera can translate foreign text or quickly identify a song that’s playing around you. Everything needed to make these features happen is processed on your phone…

Digging Into the Preview Loading Animation in WordPress

October 22nd, 2019

WordPress shipped the Block Editor (aka Gutenberg) back in version 5.0 and with it came a snazzy new post preview screen that shows the WordPress logo drawing itself while the preview loads. That’s what you get when saving a post draft and clicking the “Preview” button in the editor. How’d they make it? I had…

Touring Bird lands with Google to plan your perfect trip

October 22nd, 2019

Traveling to new places is fun and exciting—but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research: finding things to do and see, reading travel guides and blogs, comparing prices and asking friends for recommendations. Even after all that research, there’s always a fear…

Google News has the Champions League all season long

October 22nd, 2019

Celebrate every goal and dribble along with your favorite team: The 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League season, Europe’s top-division football club tournament, is underway. The tournament, which has been held annually since 1955, consists of 32 teams that compete in five rounds for the title of the best club in European soccer. This year marks the…

What is love? (And five other Google searches.)

October 22nd, 2019

What is love? Do I have free will? Is there anybody out there? These are some of life’s universal questions—questions that many of us, in fact, may bring to Google Search. And while Search can help us get started, we were curious to see what would happen if we brought in performing and visual artists…

Netlify Build Plugins Announcement

October 22nd, 2019

Netlify just dropped a new thing: Build Plugins. (It’s in beta, so you have to request access for now.) Here’s my crack at explaining it, which is heavily informed from David Well’s announcement video. You might think of Netlify as that service that makes it easy to sling up some static files from a repo…