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Helping educators and students stay connected

March 20th, 2020

As many educational institutions around the globe are undergoing, extending or planning closures due to COVID-19, half of the world’s student population is unable to attend school. Educators face the challenge of teaching remotely at an unprecedented scale, and in some cases, for the first time. In the last week we’ve created new distance learning…

In Mexico, one Googler gives girls their “tümü” moment

March 20th, 2020

When a butterfly comes out of its cocoon, it uses the most fragile part of its body—its wings— to break free. In the Otomi dialect, which is spoken in the central region of Mexico, this magical moment is called Tümü. So when Paoloa Escalante and her co-founder decided to create an organization to help support…

Neumorphism and CSS

March 20th, 2020

Neumorphism (aka neomorphism) is a relatively new design trend and a term that’s gotten a good amount of buzz lately. It’s aesthetic is marked by minimal and real-looking UI that’s sort of a new take on skeuomorphism — hence the name. It got its name in a UX Collective post from December 2019, and since…

React Suspense in Practice

March 19th, 2020

This post is about understanding how Suspense works, what it does, and seeing how it can integrate into a real web app. We’ll look at how to integrate routing and data loading with Suspense in React. For routing, I’ll be using vanilla JavaScript, and I’ll be using my own micro-graphql-react GraphQL library for data. If…

Bringing more people online and introducing Camera Go

March 19th, 2020

There are more than 3.5 billion people who use smartphones, but that’s only 45 percent of the world’s population. We created Android (Go edition) to bring more affordable, high-quality smartphones to people around the world. Thanks to our partners who have made more than 1,600 device models available in 180+ countries, there are now more…

Together we rise: a Q&A with Libby VanderPloeg

March 19th, 2020

Women Techmakers is Google’s global program to build visibility, community and resources for women in technology. For Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the inner qualities that make women stand out—their very own superpowers. To do this, we teamed up with Libby VanderPloeg, whose superpower is the art she creates. She’s the mastermind behind multiple viral…

First Public Working Draft: RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR)

March 19th, 2020

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group with the Research Questions Task Force (RQTF) has published a First Public Working Draft of the Working Group Note RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR). RAUR outlines user needs, requirements, and scenarios for real-time communication (RTC) to be accessible to people with disabilities. Accessible telecommunication technology is increasingly important…

A Few Background Patterns Sites

March 18th, 2020

If I need a quick background pattern to spruce something up, I often think of the CSS3 Patterns Gallery. Some of those are pretty intense but remember they are easily editable because they are just CSS. That means you could take these bold zags and chill them out. CodePen Embed Fallback My usual go-to through…

What Does `playsinline` Mean in Web Video?

March 18th, 2020

I got myself confused about this the other day, went around searching for an answer and came up empty on finding something clear. The answer actually is quite clear and I feel a little silly for not knowing it. With it in place, like this: <video src=”…” controls playsinline></video> Mobile browsers, will play the video…

Make “work from home” work for you

March 18th, 2020

In my job at Google, I advise people on how to use their time as efficiently as possible. When working from home, my productivity strategies are even more important because I don’t have the ordinary structure of a day at the office, like commuting to work, walking to meetings, or running into coworkers. When your…