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Addressing equity in CS curriculum with Kapor Center

February 14th, 2020

Editor’s note: This post is authored by Dr. Allison Scott, Chief Research Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. The Kapor Center received a Google.org grant, as part of Code with Google’s $25 million commitment to increasing Black and Latinx students’ access to computer science education. In our increasingly technology-driven world, computer science is…

Chrome 81: Near Field Communications, Augmented Reality, and More

February 13th, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 81 is beta as of February 13, 2020. Web NFC for mobile NFC stands for…

First Public Working Draft: XR Accessibility User Requirements

February 13th, 2020

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of XR Accessibility User Requirements. This document lists user needs and requirements for people with disabilities when using virtual reality or immersive environments, augmented or mixed reality and other related technologies (XR). This document is most explicitly not a collection of baseline…

Feeling all the feels? There’s an emoji sticker for that.

February 12th, 2020

Have you ever been so overwhelmingly filled with love that it moved you to tears? Or, perhaps you’ve laughed so hard you felt sick—and wished your phone had an emoji to convey that feeling? Whether you’re sending a note to your galentines or your one true love, Gboard on Android now takes your favorite emoji…

GNI Subscriptions Lab expands to Europe to help publishers grow revenue

February 12th, 2020

The news industry continues to face tough challenges as the way people find and access information changes. At the same time, we’re seeing promising results from publishers who are developing new business models and ways of working to support high-quality journalism in the digital age. Our Google News Initiative is designed to support this innovation…

WordCamp Asia Cancelled Due to COVID-19

February 11th, 2020

I’ve arrived at the difficult decision to cancel the inaugural WordCamp Asia event, which was planned to take place in Bangkok on February 21st. The excitement and anticipation around this event have been huge, but there are too many unknowns around the health issues unfolding right now in the region to explicitly encourage a large…

The Hooks of React Router

February 11th, 2020

React Router 5 embraces the power of hooks and has introduced four different hooks to help with routing. You will find this article useful if you are looking for a quick primer on the new patterns of React Router. But before we look at hooks, we will start off with a new route rendering pattern….

Building the Web We Want

February 10th, 2020

On the Microsoft Edge team, we’re committed to an open web and helping to drive innovation forward, which is why we’ve kicked off a new initiative in collaboration with Google, Mozilla, Samsung Internet, Igalia and — most importantly — the web community, called The Web We Want. The Web We Want is an open initiative for web developers and…

Helping Browsers Optimize With The CSS Contain Property

February 10th, 2020

There is a growing number of things that we have to do to help the browser achieve peak performance. Responsive image syntax has several. For example, needing to tell the browser how large the image will be in our layout with the sizes attribute and how big the images are with w descriptors. Regular images…

Is Having an RSS Feed Just Giving Content Away for Free?

February 7th, 2020

I mean, kinda. I was just asked this question the other day so I’m answering here because blogging is cool. The point of an RSS feed is for people to read your content elsewhere (hence the last part of the acronym, Syndication, as in, broadcasting elsewhere). Probably an RSS reader. But RSS is XML, so…