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The Grow with Google Veteran-Led Business Hall of Fame

December 13th, 2019

On Saturday, the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen will take the field in Philadelphia for the Army-Navy Football Game, a tradition that goes back 129 years. Students from the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy and fans from all over the U.S. turn out in droves each year to root for their…

Google Maps 101: how imagery powers our map

December 13th, 2019

Earlier this year, we gave you a look at how Google Maps maps the world. Today, we’ll dive deeper into the main ingredient of the map-making process– imagery–and how it powers one of our most popular features. More than just pictures When you think of imagery and Google Maps, you probably think of the Street…

Meet the Googlers making coding education more equitable

December 13th, 2019

Within the Education Equity team at Google, three women are changing the education landscape for the next generation of black and Latinx engineers—and I’m lucky enough to call them coworkers. April Alvarez, Peta-Gay Clarke, and Bianca Okafor are part of my team at Google that’s leading two education initiatives: Code Next is a free computer…

Google Docs unveils one writer’s creative process to the world

December 13th, 2019

When Viviana Rivero set out to write her short story “Just do it!” she decided to experiment with her process. Instead of writing alone and revealing her work to readers later, she invited thousands of people to watch her write—and comment on her writing—in real-time with Google Docs. More than 10,000 people watched the Argentinian…

Detecting Inactive Users

December 13th, 2019

Most of the time you don’t really care about whether a user is actively engaged or temporarily inactive on your application. Inactive, meaning, perhaps they got up to get a drink of water, or more likely, changed tabs to do something else for a bit. There are situations, though, when tracking the user activity and…

Google.org Fellows bring transparency to local jail data nationwide

December 13th, 2019

Click here to explore Interactive Map with Localized Data In recent years, we’ve seen a bipartisan focus on criminal justice reform in the U.S., but to measure progress—and understand the breadth of the issue—we need data on who is being incarcerated and why. The last nationwide jail census was conducted in 2013, and the federal government’s most recent…

Happy holidays from the World Wide Web Consortium!

December 13th, 2019

Many thanks for all the ways you have made the Web work for everyone in 2019, and for all the work we will accomplish together in 2020. W3C wishes you a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year! From all of us at the World Wide Web Consortium.

WordPress 5.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

December 12th, 2019

WordPress 5.3.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 46 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes—see the list below. WordPress 5.3.1 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.4. You can download WordPress 5.3.1 by clicking the button at the top of this page,…

Weekly Platform News: Strict Tracking Protection, Dark Web Pages, Periodic Background Sync

December 12th, 2019

In this week’s news: Firefox gets strict, Opera goes to the dark side, and Chrome plans to let web apps run in the background. Let’s get into the news. Firefox for Android will block tracking content Mozilla has announced that the upcoming revamped Firefox for Android (currently available in a test version under the name…

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays

December 12th, 2019

This holiday season, your phone’s camera can do more than just capture your favorite moments. Whether you’re jet-setting off to a new place, brainstorming gift ideas, or learning a family holiday recipe, here are 7 ways Google Lens can help: Get style recommendations If you’re in need of style inspiration for your holiday festivities, look…