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International Students’ Day: In pursuit of freedom

November 17th, 2020

On November 17, 1939, in Prague, a chemistry student named Jaroslav Franc woke up to blasts of machine gun rounds and nearby shouting. His college building was being stormed by Nazi soldiers, who were retaliating against Czechoslovak students for their repeated revolts against the current Nazi occupation of their country. Jaroslav and 1200 other university…

New settings for smart features and personalization in Gmail

November 16th, 2020

People have come to expect a lot from their email. But whether you’re an inbox zero master or a never-archiver, you want your email experience to be easy and secure. Since 2004, many have grown to love Gmail for its time-saving and security features. From assistive writing capabilities to high priority notifications to blocking more…

The opportunity for “Digital Sprinters”

November 16th, 2020

People around the world are confronting once-in-a-generation challenges: a global pandemic, an economic downturn of unprecedented proportions, rising demands for equity, and dramatic strains on financial resources. The rain from this perfect storm is falling hardest on emerging markets. In many cases, they’re struggling to manage the pandemic with fewer public health resources and also…

How we’re supporting the transgender community

November 15th, 2020

I log onto work, with my long black hair down and my nails freshly painted red. I keep my pronouns (they/them) visible on my email signature, my company profile and for a time even on my shirt. Joining my first meeting, I immediately hear: “David, he’s here!” I wince, I correct my colleague and continue…

Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code: an update

November 15th, 2020

We’re approaching the end of the year, and the finalization of Australia’s draft News Media Bargaining Code: a proposed law that would govern the relationship between news businesses and digital platforms. How the final Code is designed and enforced matters to millions of Australians who rely on digital tools like Google Search, and may well…

Behind the scenes with a Pixel camera product manager

November 13th, 2020

Pixels have always been known for their incredible cameras. The recently-launched Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 are no exception, and include new features like Night Sight in Portrait Mode and Cinematic Pan. Anyone can enjoy these new capabilities—or at the very least, the photos they produce. But we thought photography buff and Pixel Camera…

How two Web Creators are celebrating Diwali

November 13th, 2020

For Web Creators, holidays can be a great way to connect with readers, providing tips and advice on how to prep for upcoming celebrations. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the new Hindu year and is celebrated by spending time with friends and family, eating delicious foods, decorating with…

5 ways to celebrate TensorFlow’s 5th birthday

November 13th, 2020

Five years ago, we open-sourced TensorFlow, our machine learning framework for research and production. Our goal was to expand access to state-of-the-art machine learning tools so anyone could use them. Since then, TensorFlow has become the most popular machine learning library in the world, with over 160 million downloads. Seeing so many people use TensorFlow…

Supporting Australia’s economic recovery

November 12th, 2020

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a really tough year, testing the resolve of all Australian businesses and communities. Despite the challenges, though, we’ve seen some of the best of Aussie entrepreneurship and resilience. Lost in Books—a multilingual bookstore that temporarily moved online—is just one example of the many inspirational businesses that have adapted how…

A sign language app to bridge the hearing gap

November 11th, 2020

My partners and I started DeafTawk, a mobile application that provides online sign language interpretation at an affordable cost, to eradicate hurdles in communication for the deaf community. I was born blind, like my co-founder AQ, while our other-co-founder, Wamiq, is hearing impaired. Growing up in Pakistan, each of us was well aware that there…