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Exploring personal histories for Black History Month on Google Cloud

February 28th, 2020

During Black History Month, we honor those who have come before us, the legends who inspire us, and especially the people in our midst every day. We sat down with a few Cloud Googlers who help bring our cloud technology to more people and businesses to tackle issues ranging from helping promote sustainable fishing globally…

How to Customize the WooCommerce Cart Page on a WordPress Site

February 28th, 2020

A standard e-commerce site has a few common pages. There are product pages, shop pages that list products, and let’s not forget pages for the user account, checkout flow and cart. WooCommerce makes it a trivial task to set these up on a WordPress site because it provides templates for them and create the pages…

When CSS Blocks

February 27th, 2020

Tim Kadlec: One particular pattern [for loading non-critical CSS] I’ve seen is the preload/polyfill pattern. With this approach, you load any stylesheets as preloads instead, and then use their onload events to change them back to a stylesheet once the browser has them ready. So you’re trying to make your stylesheet more async, but it causes two…

Data centers are more energy efficient than ever

February 27th, 2020

While Google is the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, we’re also taking action on climate change by minimizing the amount of energy we need to use in the first place. For more than a decade, we’ve worked to make our data centers as energy-efficient as possible. Today, a new paper in Science validated our…

First Public Working Draft: WCAG 2.2

February 27th, 2020

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2. WCAG provides recommendations for making web content more accessible to people with disabilities. It addresses accessibility of web content on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Following these guidelines also makes your web content…

Let’s Say You Were Going to Write a Blog Post About Dark Mode

February 26th, 2020

This is not that blog post. I’m saying let’s say you were. This is not a knock any other blog posts out there about Dark Mode. There are lots of good ones, and I’m a fan of any information-sharing blog post. This is more of a thought exercise on what I think it would take…

Google Translate adds five languages

February 26th, 2020

Millions of people around the world use Google Translate, weather in a verbal conversation, or while navigating a menu or reading a webpage online. Translate learns from existing translations, which are most often found on the web. Languages without a lot of web content have traditionally been challenging to translate, but through advancements in our…

Best Google Chrome Extensions 2020

February 26th, 2020

It makes sense to work as efficiently as possible because you spend the entire day on your device, and most of it is focused on internet browsing. The good news is that web browser plugins or extensions will help to improve the online experience to increase your productivity. You can use these extensions to save…

React v16.13.0

February 25th, 2020

Today we are releasing React 16.13.0. It contains bugfixes and new deprecation warnings to help prepare for a future major release. New Warnings Warnings for some updates during render A React component should not cause side effects in other components during rendering. It is supported to call setState during render, but only for the same…

WordPress 5.4 Beta 3

February 25th, 2020

WordPress 5.4 Beta 3 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.4 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose “bleeding edge nightlies”…