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WP Briefing: Episode 29: How to Make a WordPress Blog

April 18th, 2022

In the twenty-ninth episode of the WordPress Briefing, Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy reminds us of our WordPress roots — blogging — and discusses the basics of starting your first blog on WordPress. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Credits Editor: Dustin Hartzler…

Office spotlight: Singapore

April 17th, 2022

From the Shiok cafe in Google’s Singapore office, you can catch a glimpse of the docks along Singapore’s west coast — and beyond that, the Singapore Strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It’s a reminder of Singapore’s long-standing role as a hub for global trade. We first opened a Singapore office…

Pixel creators document what it means to be truly seen

April 14th, 2022

Back in February, many of you saw our Super Bowl ad, “Seen on Pixel.” The spot told the story behind Real Tone, Google’s years-long effort to ensure all our camera and imaging products accurately represent all skin tones. “Seen on Pixel” doesn’t just represent Google’s commitment to image equity, it’s an invitation for all Pixel…

Women Techmakers educate India’s next generation

April 13th, 2022

Women Techmakers Ambassador Dhivya Krishna estimates she’s taught about 5,000 students in India about technology. Dhivya has co-organized two WTM chapters, WTM Coimbatore from 2018-2021 and WTM Chennai since 2021. She has also co-led two Google Developer Group (GDG) chapters, GDG Coimbatore from 2017-2021 and GDG Chennai since 2021. Dhivya, a writer and life skills…

WordPress 6.0 Beta 1

April 12th, 2022

WordPress 6.0 Beta 1 is now available for download and testing. This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, and test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical website. Instead, it is recommended that you test Beta 1 on a test server and site. You can test the…

Add a CSS Lens Flare to Photos for a Bright Touch

April 12th, 2022

I’m a big fan of movies by J.J. Abrams. I enjoy their tight plots, quippy dialog, and of course: anamorphic lens flares. Filmmakers like Abrams use lens flare to add a dash of ‘homemade’ realism to their movies, a technique we can easily recreate in tools like Photoshop, then add to our sites as raster…

W3C TPAC 2022 will be a hybrid meeting

April 11th, 2022

We are able today to confirm that W3C’s annual conference, the Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meeting known as “TPAC” will be held as a hybrid meeting on 12-16 September 2022. The main in-person hub will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Canada and we are also planning to have a hub in…

New Fitbit feature makes AFib detection more accessible

April 11th, 2022

Today, Fitbit received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for our new PPG (photoplethysmography) algorithm to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib). The algorithm will power our new Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications feature on Fitbit.[71d620] You’ve got rhythm, but is it irregular? AFib is a form of irregular heart rhythm that affects nearly 33.5 million…

Fi unlimited plans now start at $20

April 8th, 2022

Your family’s phone plan should be safe, and seamless and offer great value, no matter what your data and budget needs are. That’s why today, we’re announcing reduced pricing for our unlimited phone plans and feature updates to all our phone plans to give you even more value. Simply Unlimited — if you want unlimited…

How AI and imagery build a self-updating map

April 7th, 2022

Building a map is complex, and keeping it up-to-date is even more challenging. Think about how often your city, town or neighborhood changes on a day-to-day basis. Businesses and shops open and close, stretches of highway are added, and roadways change. In today’s Maps 101 installment, we’ll dive into two ways Google Maps uses advancements…