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Forecasting earthquake aftershock locations with AI-assisted science

August 30th, 2018

From hurricanes and floods to volcanoes and earthquakes, the Earth is continuously evolving in fits and spurts of dramatic activity. Earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis alone have caused massive destruction in the last decade—even over the course of writing this post, there were earthquakes in New Caledonia, Southern California, Iran, and Fiji, just to name a…

Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality

August 30th, 2018

Editor’s note: On the anniversary of the first launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, we’ll hear from Dr. Ellen R. Stofan, planetary geologist and the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, about a new 360 film on board the Shuttle that launched the Hubble Space Telescope.Since the dawn…

Meet the bilingual Google Assistant with new smart home devices

August 30th, 2018

This summer, we’ve brought the Google Assistant to more devices across Europe and the rest of the world to help you get answers and get things done in more languages (most recently supporting Spanish, Swedish and Dutch).At IFA 2018, we’re adding multilingual support, so that the Assistant will be able to understand and speak more…

Throwing it back: Google leaders share their first summer jobs

August 30th, 2018

As the old saying goes, “get a summer job and you’ll stick with it forever.” Just kidding, no one says that. If they did, many of Google’s leaders—who earned their first paychecks serving burgers, planting trees and hawking hair accessories—would be doing something pretty different right now.If you looked at the resumes of the people…

U.S. wildlife to see (and maybe avoid) on your end-of-summer adventures

August 30th, 2018

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, which oversees more than 50,000 miles of trails across the U.S., and makes sure historic sites like the Pacific Crest Trail are around for years to come.One of the most magical parts of traipsing around the wilderness is the chance to see local fauna:…

Protect your online accounts with Titan Security Keys

August 30th, 2018

Phishing—when an attacker tries to trick you into giving them your credentials—is a common threat to all online users. Google’s automated defenses securely block the overwhelming majority of sign-in attempts even if an attacker has your username or password, but we always recommend you enable two-step verification (2SV) to further protect your online accounts.There are…

How “Broad City” animator Mike Perry gets creative with a Pixelbook

August 29th, 2018

Editor’s note: With Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, we’ve seen how tech can enable human creativity in outstanding ways. Mike Perry, an illustrator best known for his work on “Broad City,” recently spoke with us about how he uses Google hardware to stoke his creative process.Keyword: When did you first start considering yourself an artist?Mike: I’ve been…

Wear OS by Google: Health and help are just a swipe away

August 29th, 2018

As you go about your busy day, every minute matters. We’re evolving the design of Wear OS by Google to help you get the most out of your time—providing quicker access to your information and notifications, more proactive help from the Google Assistant, and smarter health coaching—all with a swipe of your finger.Easier access to…

Take a spin around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Google Maps

August 28th, 2018

I was eight years old when my dad took me to my first Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious car races in the world. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before—the track was buzzing with hundreds of thousands of loyal fans overshadowed only by the sound of the cars speeding by. The excitement…

Unlock your team’s creativity: running great hackathons

August 28th, 2018

Creative, talented employees have awesome ideas, but chances are they rarely have enough time to actually try them out and find out which ones are worth pursuing. To allow their imagination to run free and spur creative innovation, companies need to create space and opportunities for employees to try out crazy new proposals. That’s why…