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Make your own turkey trot with Google Maps

November 23rd, 2020

Every Thanksgiving, before I settle into the couch to watch football or load my plate with multiple servings of stuffing, there’s another tradition I have to accomplish first: a turkey trot. If you don’t already know, a turkey trot is a Thanksgiving Day run. It’s usually a casual way to log a few miles before…

Working from home is ruff. Dooglers make it a little better.

October 16th, 2020

In December 2011, a small ceremony was held at a previously unnamed cafe at Google’s Mountain View campus. The NoName Cafe in building 43 would no longer be nameless: It would henceforth be known as Yoshka’s Cafe, in honor of Google’s original Top Dog, and the first dog to ever visit Google’s campus. Yoshka belonged…

Maggie Stanphill is making more mindful tech

September 11th, 2020

If you’ve seen your weekly screen time go up over the past few months, you’re hardly alone. Maggie Stanphill, Google’s director of user experience (UX), has seen her stats go up, too. Maggie leads UX efforts for Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative, and she’s noticed that the current state of the world requires an evolution in…

How to grow a “living” building

July 24th, 2020

Andreas Gyr Andreas Gyr remembers his first car fondly: a 1982 Ford Escort, which had the gas parts ripped out and replaced with 17 golf cart batteries and an electric motor. “It had about a 15-mile range and it topped out at like 58 miles per hour,” Andreas remembers. “I’d carry an extension cord around…

Inside the Google team that dreams up colors

July 13th, 2020

How do you bring a new color to life? Just ask Isabelle Olsson, who leads Google’s Color, Materials, and Finish team. “Every year we work on hundreds of new colors, but maybe one or two make it,” she says. They dream up colors for things like Nest Minis and Pixel phones and develop them from…

A family holiday, no matter what

June 12th, 2020

March 23 is an important holiday to the Zaraysky family: It’s the day Susanna, her sister, and her parents left the former Soviet Union for the United States. This past March marked the 40th anniversary of their departure from modern-day Russia, as well as her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and the family planned to celebrate….

The big story behind a little Blue Dot

May 27th, 2020

Editor’s note: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more about Google’s mental health resources and tools.  A few years ago, Jenny Fandrianto noticed a sticker on a colleague’s laptop that read “ask me about Blue Dot.” So, she did. She learned Blue Dot is a network of Googlers who simply listen to those who…

How the Nest Hub Max helps keep families connected

May 18th, 2020

As a kid, I could navigate from my home to my grandparents’ house blindfolded—that walk remains muscle memory for me. My grandparents’ place was really my second home, nearly as familiar to me as my own. Today, my 92-year-old grandma, Mary-Jane (she prefers Marty), still lives in that house. She lives there alone, and although…

Two Googlers on resetting expectations for life at home

May 5th, 2020

Like many people, Googlers Alan Mclean and Jennifer Daniel are navigating their new at-home lives, finding ways to work while also parenting their two young children. The couple is working from their home in the Bay Area, where they’re taking shifts parenting and creating a remote office from…wherever they can find some room. I recently…

Explore new sites, relive old hikes for National Park Week

April 21st, 2020

Every year, I try to visit a new National Park or at least start planning my trip to one. That’s a little more difficult right now, but given that it’s National Park Week, I decided to try and keep with my tradition by using Google tools to satisfy my wanderlust. Explore new places and parks…