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An open call for aspiring computer scientists

March 2nd, 2021

For four weeks each summer, Google works with aspiring first-year college students interested in computer science, particularly from groups that have been historically marginalized from the tech industry. But this isn’t your typical summer school: It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on, and fun program, and applications are now open for this year’s program, which runs from…

Your new Pixel features

March 1st, 2021

The best part of your Pixel is that it keeps getting even more helpful and even more unique. With regular updates, Pixels get smarter, more capable, and more fun. This latest drop is no exception and includes the ability to easily access and share audio recordings, a new way to use the Pixel Camera app…

Get to know our Women Techmakers Ambassadors

March 1st, 2021

Last March, Google’s Women Techmakers (WTM) community was preparing for International Women’s Day with hundreds of in-person events all across the globe. But as COVID-19 spread and people everywhere went into lockdown, WTM Ambassadors had to change their plans. Fast forward a year later, our community is preparing for International Women’s Day (IWD) events again…

For Rich Jones, starting a finance podcast just made cents

February 26th, 2021

Several years ago, Rich Jones was on the hunt for personal finance podcasts. But none were right for him. “It felt like every podcast that I listened to either made me feel dumb, or made me feel like I was being lectured by an old white guy in a suit,” he says. “Or it just…

Furthering our work with HBCUs

February 26th, 2021

Melonie Parker graduating from Hampton University, a historically Black research university in Hampton, Virginia. We have a responsibility to not only increase the representation of our workforce but also work with higher education institutions to provide access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in the tech industry. As Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, it gives me great…

Using AI to explore the future of news audio

February 25th, 2021

Radio reaches more Americans every week than any other platform. Public radio stations in the United States have over 3,000 local journalists and each day they create audio news reports about the communities they serve. But news audio is in a similar place as newspaper articles were in the 1990s: hard to find, and difficult…

Using artificial intelligence (AI) in breast cancer screening

February 25th, 2021

Every year, approximately 40 million women undergo breast-cancer screening in the U.S. using a procedure called mammography. For some, this can be a nerve-wracking experience; many wait days or weeks before a radiologist can review their scan and provide initial screening results. Between 10 and 15 percent of women must return for a second visit…

Our efforts to fight child sexual abuse online

February 24th, 2021

Across Google and YouTube, we are always working to protect our users from harmful content, especially the kind of horrific, illegal content referred to as child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Since our earliest days, we’ve been committed to fighting online child sexual exploitation and abuse both on our platforms and in the broader online ecosystem….

How anonymized data helps fight against disease

February 24th, 2021

Data has always been a vital tool in understanding and fighting disease — from Florence Nightingale’s 1800s hand-drawn illustrations that showed how poor sanitation contributed to preventable diseases to the first open source repository of datadeveloped in response to the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in…

Our all-new TalkBack screen reader

February 23rd, 2021

To blind traveling bluesman Joshua Pearson, songwriting is more than just a good melody. “Songwriting gave me a language to talk about my frustrations. And by putting my music out there, I could hopefully let somebody else feel some of what I was feeling.” For Joshua, TalkBack is his main pen and paper for writing…