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New cookie choices in Europe

April 21st, 2022

If you’ve visited a website in Europe, chances are you’ve seen a cookie consent banner. Cookies help sites remember information about your visit, so they can do things like display text in your preferred language, make sure you’re a real user and not a pesky bot, or estimate whether or not an ad campaign is…

Office spotlight: Singapore

April 17th, 2022

From the Shiok cafe in Google’s Singapore office, you can catch a glimpse of the docks along Singapore’s west coast — and beyond that, the Singapore Strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It’s a reminder of Singapore’s long-standing role as a hub for global trade. We first opened a Singapore office…

Pixel creators document what it means to be truly seen

April 14th, 2022

Back in February, many of you saw our Super Bowl ad, “Seen on Pixel.” The spot told the story behind Real Tone, Google’s years-long effort to ensure all our camera and imaging products accurately represent all skin tones. “Seen on Pixel” doesn’t just represent Google’s commitment to image equity, it’s an invitation for all Pixel…

Women Techmakers educate India’s next generation

April 13th, 2022

Women Techmakers Ambassador Dhivya Krishna estimates she’s taught about 5,000 students in India about technology. Dhivya has co-organized two WTM chapters, WTM Coimbatore from 2018-2021 and WTM Chennai since 2021. She has also co-led two Google Developer Group (GDG) chapters, GDG Coimbatore from 2017-2021 and GDG Chennai since 2021. Dhivya, a writer and life skills…

New Fitbit feature makes AFib detection more accessible

April 11th, 2022

Today, Fitbit received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for our new PPG (photoplethysmography) algorithm to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib). The algorithm will power our new Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications feature on Fitbit.[71d620] You’ve got rhythm, but is it irregular? AFib is a form of irregular heart rhythm that affects nearly 33.5 million…

Fi unlimited plans now start at $20

April 8th, 2022

Your family’s phone plan should be safe, and seamless and offer great value, no matter what your data and budget needs are. That’s why today, we’re announcing reduced pricing for our unlimited phone plans and feature updates to all our phone plans to give you even more value. Simply Unlimited — if you want unlimited…

How AI and imagery build a self-updating map

April 7th, 2022

Building a map is complex, and keeping it up-to-date is even more challenging. Think about how often your city, town or neighborhood changes on a day-to-day basis. Businesses and shops open and close, stretches of highway are added, and roadways change. In today’s Maps 101 installment, we’ll dive into two ways Google Maps uses advancements…

A new fellowship for experiments in journalism and AI

April 6th, 2022

Last year, 24 international newsrooms participated in the JournalismAI Collab Challenge, a Google News Initiative partnership with Polis, the journalism think-tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Their goal was to help journalists around the world build solutions, powered by artificial intelligence, to enhance their reporting capabilities. Together, they prototyped helpful tools…

Make Google Maps your copilot with these new updates

April 5th, 2022

Say goodbye to road trip and vacation planning woes with new updates to Google Maps 👋 . Whether you’re driving around a new city or heading out on a weekend road trip, we’re launching new improvements including toll prices, a more detailed navigation map, and iOS updates to help you plan your drive, save money…

What Breaking the Bias means to these Googlers in Africa

April 4th, 2022

Breaking the Bias was the theme for International Women’s Day 2022. It was a call to create a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – where difference is valued and celebrated. In Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) this year we celebrated the theme of breaking the bias…