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The 2020 Doodle for Google national finalists are here

August 31st, 2020

When we opened the Doodle for Google contest in January of this year, we couldn’t wait to see all of the fantastic doodles that students across the country would submit for our 2020 theme “I Show Kindness By…”. We received tens of thousands of submissions from students in all 50 states, as well as Washington…

Ionic + Angular: Powering the App store and the web

August 31st, 2020

Did you know Ionic and Angular power roughly 10% of the apps on iOS and almost 20% of apps on Android? Let’s repeat that: Angular powers a significant chunk of apps in the app stores. Why is it helpful to know this? Well, if you were on the fence about what technology choice you should make…

Ground Rules for Web Animations

August 31st, 2020

Animations can make a site stand out. Or, they can just as easily kill the experience. When working with web animations, there are a few things that could go wrong like adding animations that serve no purpose, setting durations that are too long or too quick, or not using the right type of animation in…

Explore Kids Space: A way to nurture your kid’s curiosity

August 31st, 2020

Parents have told us that they’re constantly wrestling with the role of technology in their children’s lives, and this is especially true for the many families who are spending more time at home. But kids are natural explorers and when they have access to great content, it can be a magical experience–they can read up…

Number Scrubbing

August 28th, 2020

If you use <input type=”number”>, some browsers give you an input that has UI for incrementing the number, like up/down arrows (often called “spinners”). That’s a bit helpful sometimes. But people have certainly explored fancier ways of updating that number. “Scrubbing” is one of those ways. I always think of Photoshop here, which has supported…

a11y is web accessibility

August 28th, 2020

Eric Bailey eviscerates the notion that the term “a11y” isn’t accessible. It’s a hot take that I’ve had myself, embarrassingly enough. I never see people asking why WWI is written out the way it is, either. Won’t people confuse that with the first Wonder Woman movie? Or the first season of Westworld? Or some new…

Google Arts and Culture brings Europe’s largest street festival online

August 28th, 2020

Europe’s largest annual street festival, held in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London, has taken place every year since the 1960s. For the first time ever, this year’s edition will take place online and in people’s living rooms. But celebrating from our homes doesn’t mean any less Carnival spirit—and in fact, the new format means…

Get a Snapshot of your day with Google Assistant

August 27th, 2020

Two years ago, we introduced Google Assistant Snapshot, a new way to stay on top of your day with Google Assistant. Now, we’re adding a few updates to make Snapshot more helpful, and proactive, in keeping you ahead of your upcoming tasks while also providing you with recommended activities and more, all in one place…

A Complete Walkthrough of GraphQL APIs with React and FaunaDB

August 27th, 2020

As a web developer, there is an interesting bit of back and forth that always comes along with setting up a new application. Even using a full-stack web framework like Ruby on Rails can be non-trivial to set up and deploy, especially if it’s your first time doing so in a while. Personally I have…

“Accelerating Retail” in Europe, Middle East and Africa

August 27th, 2020

Online tools have been a lifeline for many in lockdown, helping people stay connected with loved ones, work remotely, access news and information, and shop for essentials. The use of technology by people and businesses leaped forward perhaps five years over a period of eight weeks, and internet usage increased by 60 percent. Changes in…