Google Earth Live: invites you to hang out with Alaskan Brown Bears

July 5th, 2017

Watch bears at Brooks Falls LIVE in Google Earth. Spring comes quickly to Alaska. The snowpack melts, rivers swell with crisp water, delicate blue forget-me-nots bloom near the water’s edge, and brown bears emerge from a six or seven  month hibernation in the Katmai National Park. On their annual migration from the ocean to their…

Measuring the impact of our digital skills training

July 5th, 2017

Because everyone deserves the benefits of the best digital technology to help them grow their business, but not everyone has the skills they need, Google launched an ambitious training programme across Europe. We’ve now reached over 3m Europeans, the EU recognised our contribution with the EU Digital Skills Award, and many of those who spent…

How Singapore’s QLIPP is taking tennis to the next level, globally

July 5th, 2017

Editor’s note: This one’s just in time for Wimbledon fans. As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we spoke with Dr. Donny Soh, co-founder and CEO of QLIPP, whose six-person startup developed a tennis sensor and mobile app to help players track and improve…

Creating maps that reflect indigenous geography

July 2nd, 2017

Brazil has one of the world’s most diverse populations, with more than 500,000 indigenous people living on 472 territories certified by the government—representing 13 percent of Brazil’s total land. Most of these territories are in the rapidly-changing Amazon region, the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Deforestation has had a…

Your red, white and blue Google Assistant

July 1st, 2017

Fourth of July is just a few days away. From fireworks to BBQs, here’s how your Assistant can help you get the most out of the holiday weekend: Let’s start with the facts. Ask your Assistant on Google Home “Why do we celebrate the fourth of July?” Get in the summertime spirit. Ask your Assistant…

The High Five: wave your wand and your flag

June 30th, 2017

Accio, trends! Translation for non-Harry Potter fans: we’ve summoned five of the top search trends this week, with data compiled by the Google News Lab team.  20 years of magic June 26th marked the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series—shall we celebrate with some butterbeers? At Hogwarts, Harry and friends got their answers from…

Pride 2017: Show love, show progress, #ShowUp

June 30th, 2017

Growing up in Chandigarh, India, a small, conservative city about five hours north of New Delhi, I knew early on that something about me was different. After undergrad, I moved to Champaign, IL to get a master’s degree in engineering, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of India for a small, quiet university town in…

#teampixel’s rainbow palette

June 29th, 2017

Fittingly for the end of Pride Month, this week’s #pixelperfect shots are all shades of the rainbow—from azul on the coast of Spain to rosa in Stockholm, and from yellow in Australia to Orange in Munich. Take a look at these bold, bright images from #teampixel photographers around the world: Left: _hmaz – Blooming bright in…

Making progress on diversity and inclusion

June 29th, 2017

Since 2014, when we first released data on Google’s racial and gender makeup, we’ve taken steps to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Our employees, products and business depend on us getting this right. To push our work forward, we’re thrilled that Danielle Brown will be joining Google as our new Vice President of…

Talks at Google: one of Google’s most beloved perks, shared with the world

June 29th, 2017

Every morning, a new name pops up in my inbox. It could be a scientist, an artist, a politician, an actor, a business leader, a cast from a Broadway show, an investor, or any expert. These people I’m getting emails about have one thing in common—they’re coming to give a talk at a Google office….