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How ultrasound sensing makes Nest displays more accessible

December 4th, 2019

Last year, I gave my 74-year-old father a Nest Hub for Christmas. Over the following months, I noticed he would often walk up to the device to read the information on the screen, because he couldn’t see it easily from across the room. I wondered if other people were having the same issue. My team…

Filtering Lists Dynamically With Vue on the Server Side is Easier Than You’d Think

December 4th, 2019

I recently attended the ARTIFACT conference in Austin, TX, and was inspired by a few talks about accessibility through the lens of site performance. It became clear to me that there is this tendency to rely on big JavaScript frameworks to handle the work — like React, Vue, and Angular — but that can be…

The New Klim Type Website is Impossibly Lovely

December 4th, 2019

I’ve spent the last hour hunched over the new Klim Type foundry website with my arms outstretched as if it was a fire in a very dark cave. Klim Type makes and sells wondrous fonts — like Tiempos, and National 2 or Pitch — and this fresh redesign now showcases them in all their glory….

Minimize distractions and get things done with Android’s Focus mode

December 4th, 2019

It’s that time of the year again—the home stretch before the holidays. It’s when we rally to make end-of-year deadlines or put our heads down to study for final exams. It also happens to be when we plan holiday travels, shop for gifts and coordinate festivities with family and friends, all while trying to balance…

Live from the North Pole, it’s Santa’s Village!

December 4th, 2019

Good day from Santa Tracker HQ! I’m Dimplesticks the Elf, news anchor for the North Pole Broadcasting Channel. This year, our candy-cane broadcast antenna extends beyond Santa’s Village with Google as our official global rebroadcast partner. Every day over the next three weeks, you can ask your Google Assistant for my reports from the top…

Drupal 8.8.0 is available

December 4th, 2019

What’s new in Drupal 8.8.0? The last normal feature release of Drupal 8 includes a stable Media Library as well as several improvements to workspaces and migrations. The new experimental Claro administration theme brings a fresh look to site management. This is also the first release to come with native Composer support. Download Drupal 8.8.0…

Uniting to address plastic waste and pollution

December 3rd, 2019

Plastic is everywhere. Nearly 400 million tons of plastic are produced each year and the majority of it ends up in landfills and incinerators, or by leaking into the environment. Each of us ingests 5 grams of microplastic each week, the equivalent of a credit card worth of plastic. Without comprehensive and large-scale interventions, we…

Dark Mode Favicons

December 3rd, 2019

Oooo! A bonafide trick from Thomas Steiner. Chrome will soon be supporting SVG favicons (e.g. <link rel=”icon” href=”/icon.svg”>). And you can embed CSS within an SVG with a <style> element. That CSS can use a perfers-color-sceme media query, and as a result, a favicon that supports dark mode!   <svg width=”100″ height=”100″ xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg”> <style> circle…

A letter from Larry and Sergey

December 3rd, 2019

Our very first founders’ letter in our 2004 S-1 began: “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one. Throughout Google’s evolution as a privately held company, we have managed Google differently. We have also emphasized an atmosphere of creativity and challenge, which has helped us provide unbiased, accurate and free…

Psh, think you can guess the top GIF expressions of 2019?

December 3rd, 2019

LOL. Yasss. SMH. The internet has long been where words (and of course, acronyms) solidify their place in the English language. But the web’s breakneck pace can make it difficult to totally grasp what phrases are becoming popular, or even what they mean. A great way to get a visual education in internet lingo is…