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Ladies of Landsat builds inclusivity in the geosciences

November 21st, 2019

Editor’s note:Today’s post is by Morgan Crowley, a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University who studies wildfire progressions. This post is based on her recent appearance on the podcast Scene From Above. Above photo courtesy of McGill University. Working and studying in the geosciences can be lonely sometimes. I didn’t realize how lonely I was, and…

Helping families stay connected with the Google Assistant

November 21st, 2019

Every night at our house, bedtime means storytime with Dad. A time when our daughters get to share an experience that’s just between them, get to share storylines and characters with Dad, and I get a few minutes to myself. But when my husband deploys, everything changes. And getting recordings of stories from Dad halfway…

Buy movie tickets with the Google Assistant on Chrome

November 21st, 2019

Using our Duplex technology, the Google Assistant can already book your restaurant reservations over the phone. Now we’re extending that technology to complete tasks online, like buying movie tickets. On Android phones, the Assistant can now help you purchase movie tickets on the web. As you’re thinking about holiday activities for the family, ask the…

An update on our political ads policy

November 20th, 2019

We’re proud that people around the world use Google to find relevant information about elections and that candidates use Google and search ads to raise small-dollar donations that help fund their campaigns. We’re also committed to a wide range of efforts to help protect campaigns, surface authoritative election news, and protect elections from foreign interference….

Chord Assist makes playing the guitar more accessible

November 20th, 2019

Joe Birch, a developer based in the UK, has a genetic condition that causes low vision. He grew up playing music, but he knows it’s not easy for people who have visual impairments or hearing loss to learn how to play. He wanted to change that, so he created Chord Assist, which aims to make…

Create your own maps and stories in Google Earth

November 20th, 2019

As humans, we’ve always bonded by sharing stories about the places that matter to us. It likely started around a campfire—elders recounting tales of sites sacred to their people. Today, we use technology to celebrate our ancestry, raise awareness about places we care about and rekindle memories of home. For nearly 15 years, people have…

Balance your spend across YouTube and TV with Reach Planner

November 20th, 2019

YouTube is focused on helping brands reach their audiences and drive business impact. That’s why we launched Reach Planner in April 2018 to give advertisers a better way to plan their YouTube and video media. To help make it even easier for users to discover the optimal mix of TV and YouTube to maximize the…

Digital skills for Indonesia’s internet economy

November 19th, 2019

Since joining Google just over a year ago, I’ve heard so many inspirational stories about the ways Indonesians are using the internet to improve their lives and others’.  Entrepreneurs like Sherly Santa—who took her durian business online—have helped make Indonesia’s internet economy the largest in Southeast Asia.  And a new generation of young Indonesians is…

Tools to help healthcare providers deliver better care

November 19th, 2019

There has been a lot of interest around our collaboration with Ascension. As a physician, I understand. Health is incredibly personal, and your health information should be private to you and the people providing your care. That’s why I want to clarify what our teams are doing, why we’re doing it, and how it will…

Hey Google, play me the news

November 19th, 2019

Podcasting and digital audio are booming, but in many ways, the audio web is like the text web of the 1990s. When newspapers first came online, their early sites were hard to navigate and search, didn’t link stories together and often published stories on the web after they went to print. The audio is similar…