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Expanding our cloud infrastructure to support Australia’s digital future

July 28th, 2021

Even pre-pandemic, the adoption of cloud services was on the rise as organizations looked to drive digital transformation for business resilience and innovation. The impact of COVID-19 has only served to accelerate this momentum. As we continue to support the digital future of businesses, we are launching our second Australian Cloud region in Melbourne, Victoria….

Using AI to map Africa’s buildings

July 28th, 2021

Between 2020 and 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double, adding 950 million more people to its urban areas alone. However, according to 2018 figures, a scarcity of affordable housing in many African cities has forced over half of the city dwellers in Sub-Saharan Africa to live in informal settlements. And in rural areas, many…

Leveling the playing field in sports — and at Google

July 27th, 2021

As a middle schooler, Mackenzie Thomas would wake up at 5 a.m. to watch SportsCenter. “I hoped to see my childhood heroes Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry, and Lisa Leslie,” she says, “but instead I memorized tons of MLB and NBA scores.” Even then, she saw how differently the media celebrated women athletes compared to men….

Mental health trends & how they affect communities of color

July 26th, 2021

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. To bring awareness to mental health, Asad Abdullah II — a Google engineer, trauma-informed meditation instructor, and mental health advocate — chatted with licensed psychologist Dr. Ghynecee Temple about mental health trends, how they affect communities of color and ways to cope. Search interest…

How leading Google One is like solving a puzzle

July 23rd, 2021

When office life became video call life in 2020, people around the world experienced the drain of remote meetings. Larissa Fontaine might be the one exception. “Video calls can be hard because you’re just moving from one thing to the next…but I also get a lot of energy from them,” she says with a smile….

Why Shakira says there’s no limit to what girls can do

July 21st, 2021

When you hear Shakira’s name (or when her catchy lyrics inevitably get stuck in your head), you may think of her as an international pop sensation, Latin American icon, or stunning performer. But there’s a fourth characteristic to add to that list: philanthropist and advocate for education. Shakira has been a champion of this work…

Explore the undeciphered writing of the Incas

July 19th, 2021

Issac Newton once said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” By adopting this age-old phrase, he acknowledged that all “new” discoveries depend on all that preceded them. At Google, we firmly believe that history has much to teach us. For me personally, as a Latin American, I…

Polishing up emoji and making them easier to share

July 16th, 2021

We talk a lot about the most frequently used emoji — 😂, 😭,❤️… But what about 📬? Who will speak for 📓? With over 3,521 emojis, there is a lot you have to scroll past to get to 👑. While working from home, plus the delay of Unicode’s next emoji release, we had some time…

A new tool (and some tips) to search safely with Google

July 15th, 2021

People around the world turn to Google Search to find information and make important decisions. We’re deeply committed to making sure you can do that safely and with the privacy you expect. Today, we’re announcing a new tool to add extra protection to the Search history saved to your Google Account. And we’re sharing a…

Create your summer reading list with Google Play Books

July 14th, 2021

Every summer my family spends a week at a lake house, boating, barbecuing, and reading books. My wife and I each choose a few books to share in our family library and read them at the same time on our devices. It gives us a chance to introduce each other to new genres and authors….