Working Group Note: XR Accessibility User Requirements

August 31st, 2021

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group has published XR Accessibility User Requirements (XAUR) as a Working Group Note. XR refers to hardware, applications, and techniques used for virtual reality or immersive environments (VR), augmented or mixed reality (AR), and other related technologies. XAUR introduces technical accessibility challenges, such as the need for multi-modal support,…

Google in Asia Pacific: 10 proud moments from 20 years

August 31st, 2021

Twenty years ago this month, Google opened the doors of its first overseas office — in Tokyo. The office was rudimentary by today’s standards (the music system was a portable cassette deck). But our founders knew the Asia Pacific region would be central to Google’s mission of making information universally accessible. More importantly, Google also…

Supporting the future of computer science with the 2021 Google PhD Fellowships

August 30th, 2021

Since 2009, Google has been supporting top graduate students who want to make an impact on the future of technology. The Google PhD Fellowship program recognises candidates doing important and innovative research in computer science and related fields. In Australia and New Zealand, the program focuses on early-stage candidates. Winners receive fellowships which include a…

Chrome 94 Beta: WebCodecs, WebGPU, Scheduling, and More

August 26th, 2021

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 Chrome 94 is beta as of August 26, 2021. WebCodecs Existing media APIs (HTMLMediaElement, Media Source…

First Public Working Draft: Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.1

August 26th, 2021

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.1. Enabling users of assistive technologies to find their way through web content requires embedding semantic metadata about web document structural divisions. This is particularly important for structural divisions of long-form documents and goes along with…

9 apps to help kids sharpen their coding skills

August 24th, 2021

Coding is a skill that’s now part of just about every discipline — and what’s more, it’s fun for kids to learn, and easy for parents and teachers to add to lessons at home or school. As kids get ready to go back to school and Chromebooks are once again on desks at home and…

Experience the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with Google and YouTube

August 24th, 2021

While some of the Tokyo 2020 Games are over, others are just beginning: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are right around the corner. And just like earlier this summer, there are few ways you can enjoy the action from home. 1. Watch livestreams and highlights on YouTube Starting August 24, catch livestreams as well as…

First Public Working Draft: VirtualKeyboard API

August 24th, 2021

The Web Editing Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of VirtualKeyboard API. The VirtualKeyboard API provides authors with greater control over the visibility of the virtual keyboard (VK), and greater ability to adapt the layout of web pages when VK visibility changes.

Ripples Nigeria and the power of geojournalism

August 20th, 2021

In 2015, Samuel Ibemere and his colleagues founded Ripples Nigeria, an online newspaper that aims to bring data journalism into the mainstream. And they’re particularly focused on geojournalism: the harnessing of earth data to accurately report on big stories and important changes in the environment. “The media sector cannot stand by idly while other industries…

Explore our planet’s most unique places and cultures

August 19th, 2021

Our physical world is changing faster than ever. Climate change and global socio-economic shifts are threatening our magnificent natural landscapes and disrupting small communities. In keeping with this, there is value to be found in confronting and documenting our at-risk environment. For World Photography Day, we invite you to explore A World of Difference, a…