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WordPress 5.5.3 Maintenance Release

October 30th, 2020

WordPress 5.5.3 is now available. This maintenance release fixes an issue introduced in WordPress 5.5.2 which makes it impossible to install WordPress on a brand new website that does not have a database connection configured. This release does not affect sites where a database connection is already configured, for example, via one-click installers or an…

Accessory inspiration, courtesy of the Pixel team

October 30th, 2020

A few weeks ago, Google introduced the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5. And new Pixels mean new Pixel accessories, starting with the new Made by Google cases. As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the outer fabric of our new cases is made with 70 percent recycled materials. In fact, assuming each…

Behind the scenes with the new Nest Thermostat

October 30th, 2020

Available today, the new Nest Thermostat is smarter and more affordable than ever. By using AI, it keeps homes comfortable while helping people save energy and even find out if something might be wrong with their eligible HVAC system. To learn a little more about what powers the Nest Thermostat, we took some time to…

Rebuilding Japan’s Shurijo Castle in the Cloud

October 29th, 2020

When fire struck Okinawa’s Shurijo Castle in October 2019, it damaged a part of Japanese history dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom of 1429-1879. The Japanese government is planning to rebuild the site—but that process will take time. To preserve and highlight the castle’s heritage and culture in the meantime, Google Arts & Culture and the…

Using Your Own Design System with KendoReact Components

October 29th, 2020

Maybe you’ve already heard of (or even worked with!) KendoReact. It’s popped up in some of my day-to-day conversations, especially those about working with design systems and React. You could think of it as a component library like Bootstrap or Material Design, except the components in KendoReact are far more robust. These are interactive, state-driven…

Helping Australian teens hone media literacy skills

October 29th, 2020

On April 28, 1996, at the historical Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed. Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, along with their mother, died that day. Because of this terrible act of violence, Alannah and Madeline’s father, Walter Mikac AM, and a small group of volunteers created the Alannah…

More on content-visibility

October 28th, 2020

Back in August 2020, when the content-visiblity property in CSS trickled its way into Chrome browsers, Una Kravets and Vladimir Levin wrote about it and we covered it. The weirdest part is that to get the performance value out of it, you pair it with contain-intrinsic-size on these big chunks of the page where you…

Exploring AI for radiotherapy planning with Mayo Clinic

October 28th, 2020

More than 18 million new cancer cases are diagnosed globally each year, and radiotherapy is one of the most common cancer treatments—used to treat over halfof cancers in the United States. But planning for a course of radiotherapy treatment is often a time-consuming and manual process for clinicians. The most labor-intensive step in planning is…

Comparing Static Site Generator Build Times

October 28th, 2020

There are so many static site generators (SSGs). It’s overwhelming trying to decide where to start. While an abundance of helpful articles may help wade through the (popular) options, they don’t magically make the decision easy. I’ve been on a quest to help make that decision easier. A colleague of mine built a static site…

The Digital Services Act must not harm Europe’s economic recovery

October 28th, 2020

In this extraordinary year, people and businesses are asking more, not less, from technology and technology companies. For many of us, and for many businesses, digital tools have been a lifeline during the lockdown, helping us work, shop, find customers, connect with loved ones and get the latest public health information. Helpful digital tools that…