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An eye fit for Liberty

November 29th, 2017

Fourteen weeks into my wife Ashleigh’s pregnancy, she woke up one night and said, “we are having a girl, and we are going to name her Liberty.” A few months later, she turned out to be right—as she often is.  Ashleigh’s pregnancy was without complication. However, at only one week old, Liberty was diagnosed with…

[Q&A] Behind the scenes: the making of Jamboard

November 29th, 2017

We sat down with TJ Varghese, senior product manager at Google, to talk about how he and his team helped create Google’s first collaborative, digital whiteboard—Jamboard—and the role technology plays in fostering creativity during, and outside of, meetings. Creativity and collaboration seem to be big passions of yours. Can you tell us about your background?…

Empowering changemakers with Daydream Impact

November 29th, 2017

It’s one thing to read a news report about polar ice caps melting, but it’s another to hear the wind whipping against a towering glacier as you watch huge chunks of ice break off and tumble into the water below. With VR video, it’s possible to experience things that are rare or places that are…

Tackling the “homework gap” with the National AfterSchool Association

November 29th, 2017

Editor’s note: We’re providing a $500,000 grant to support the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) as a part of our ongoing commitment to help underserved communities deliver on the promise of educational technology. In this post, Gina Warner, president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association, describes how we’re helping students access the technology they need…

A look inside 2017 Europe Code Week

November 29th, 2017

Last month, we announced our support of Europe Code Week 2017, an initiative from the European Commission to encourage programming by showing educators, families and young people how to bring ideas to life with code, demystifying these skills and bringing motivated people together to learn. We provided sponsorships to 60 organizations in 33 countries that…

The British Museum and Google Arts & Culture: Decoding the secrets of the ancient Maya

November 29th, 2017

In the 19th century, the explorer Alfred Maudslay set out to capture and preserve the stories the Maya of Central America, one of the largest and most successful indigenous cultures in the world, with more than 2000 years of rich and vibrant history. For decades, he travelled through the region carrying tons of equipment on…

With Google Maps APIs, Toyota Europe keeps teen drivers safe and sound

November 28th, 2017

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Christophe Hardy, Toyota Motor Europe’s Manager of Social Business. He’ll explain how Toyota used Google Maps APIs to build an Android app to keep teen drivers safe. It’s a milestone that teenagers celebrate and parents fear: getting that first driver’s license. For teens, a license means freedom and a…

Searching for new ways to give this season

November 28th, 2017

Search has always been a place to find information about events, news, people, entertainment, music and organizations you want to learn more about. Now you can take your searches one step further by donating directly to organizations you care about using Google Search. Starting today, when you search for a growing list of U.S.-based nonprofits,…

Stay on top of finance information on Google

November 28th, 2017

Global Search interest in finance and stocks has more than doubled in the last five years. That’s why we’re introducing an expanded finance experience directly inside Google Search on desktop and the mobile web. Now under a new search navigation tab called “Finance,” you’ll have easier access to finance information based on your interests, keeping…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November 28th, 2017

Shekoli (hello)! My Oneida name is Yakohahi, my English name is Olivia, and I am a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, one of the six tribal nations that make up the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. In Indigenous communities, we often introduce ourselves in this manner, in both English and our traditional tribal languages,…