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Trusted Contacts now on iOS

July 25th, 2017

Last December on Android we introduced the Trusted Contacts app, a new way for you to let your friends and family know you’re safe. Loved ones can request your location––even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. You can also proactively share your location in everyday or emergency situations. Now we’re…

How AI can help make safer baby food (and other products)

July 25th, 2017

Editor’s note: Whether you’re growing cucumbers or building your own robot arm, machine learning can help. In this guest editorial, Takeshi Ogino of Kewpie tells us how they used machine learning to ensure the quality and safety of the ingredients that go into their food products. Quality control is a challenge for most industries, but…

On your mark, get set, refer!

July 25th, 2017

Last December we launched the Project Fi referral program as a way to make sharing Project Fi with friends easier. Many of our users have gone above and beyond with their efforts, sharing Project Fi with friends, online communities, and even strangers at the airport. As our way of saying thanks, today we’re launching a Fi…

Helping journalists experiment with 360 content

July 25th, 2017

There’s already a huge amount of innovation in virtual reality and immersive storytelling—with many newsrooms experimenting and succeeding in the field—but for some, the ability to create 360 content can still be limited. Perhaps predicting the rise of 360 technology, in 2014 Australian creative agency Grumpy Sailor worked with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney on…

Helping people in a crisis

July 25th, 2017

In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial. Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed. SOS alerts is a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help you quickly…

G4NP Around the Globe – Zooming in on Action Against Hunger

July 24th, 2017

Every dollar and minute count to further your cause and focus on your mission. We’re pleased to highlight nonprofits who were able to make greater impact with fewer resources by using Google tools—from G Suite to Google Ad Grants–made available through Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) at no charge. Varying in size, scope, and timezones, these…

Experience Tunisia’s rich culture with Street View Imagery

July 24th, 2017

My Street View journey took me to Tunisia, home to beautiful sun soaked beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and Islamic monuments. And now you can explore Tunisia on Street view too. The first stop is the Amphitheatre of El Djem, the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, located in the heart of Tunisia. This beautiful monument…

Chatting with the National Spelling Bee champ on her success and what’s next

July 21st, 2017

Last month, Ananya Vinay clinched the National Spelling Bee with the word “marocain.” (I’m guessing she has never needed to use the “Did you mean” feature in Google Search.) When we ascertained that Ananya endeavored to visit the Googleplex, we invited her for lunch and a peregrination around campus. I had the chance to confabulate…

The High Five: Live every week like you’ll discover a dinosaur fossil

July 21st, 2017

This week a human races a shark, and a dinosaur was discovered a million years after it walked the Earth. It’s a whole new world out there. Here’s what people are searching for this week: Phelps has the gold, now he’s going for the White Shark Week returns Sunday night on the Discovery Channel, and this…

Around the world with #teampixel

July 20th, 2017

With vacation mode in full swing, #teampixel members are steadily trekking into the far corners of the globe. This week’s picks range from a peaceful afternoon in a Beijing temple to the windy roads of the Great St. Bernard Pass. Take a look at our summer faves in this week’s #pixelperfect slideshow, and don’t forget…