The Official Google Blog (34)

The High Five: sun's out, man buns out

Winter and summer. George and Amal. Barbie and Ken. These classic duos were among the top searches from this week.Changing of the seasonsThis Wednesday was summer solstice in the northern hemisphere—which means in other parts of the world, winter is coming. The cities searching the most for first ...

Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code

Editor's Note: Alan Inouye leads public policy for the American Library Association, and today he tells us about a new partnership with Google that will equip librarians to offer coding programs for kids in their communities Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. She's a Youth Services Librarian ...

As G Suite gains traction in the enterprise, G Suite's Gmail and consumer Gmail to more closely align

Google's G Suite business is gaining enormous traction among enterprise users. G Suite usage has more than doubled in the past year among large business customers. Today, there are more than 3 million paying companies that use G Suite.   G Suite's Gmail is already not used as input for ads ...

Celebrating businesses giving back this Ramadan

In the heart of Istanbul, where I was born and raised, is the Hagia Sophia, a breathtakingly beautiful monument with a storied history. Over the centuries it has been a cathedral, a mosque, and a museum. When you stand inside, you see Arabic calligraphy alongside Christian relics. From afar you see ...

The world as you see it with VR180

Virtual reality helps creators bring their audiences to new, amazing, and even impossible-to-visit places. As a viewer, you get a whole new angle on shows, sports, and concerts you care about. You can walk around the Eiffel Tower, dive to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, or get a new ...

Start off your summer with #teampixel

Need a fresh perspective? It's all yours, courtesy of #teampixel. From a Buddhist monastery in Russia to a picturesque lighthouse in North Carolina, to the best swing set … ever, here's your weekly look at some of the Pixel perfect' images shared by Pixel users on Instagram. Left: @ahwagner - ...

Digital security and due process: A new legal framework for the cloud era

Editor's note: This is an abbreviated version of a speech Kent delivered today at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.For as long as we've had legal systems, prosecutors and police have needed to gather evidence. And for each new advance in communications, law enforcement has adapted. With ...

Namaste from your Google Assistant

Ommmmmm, it's International Yoga Day. While your Assistant might not be able to do an Eagle Pose, it can help you relax, learn about yoga poses and be the calming presence you've been looking for. If you're an aspiring yogi, the first step is getting on the mat. Ask your Assistant on Google Home to ...

Celebrating 10 years of GoogleServe

Every June, we celebrate GoogleServe—a month-long campaign to empower Googlers to volunteer in their communities. Googlers have clocked more than 200,000 hours during GoogleServe since it first began in 2007, and the program has inspired a culture of giving and volunteering all year long. As we ...

The SAP-Google data custodian partnership

In March of this year, SAP and Google partnered to advance innovation, agility and global reach for enterprises adopting the public cloud. As part of our collaborative development and solutions integration, we are working on a data custodian model that allows customers with specific needs to manage ...

How The New York Times used the Google Sheets API to report congressional votes in real time

There's a common phrase among reporters: The news never sleeps.' This is why many news outlets rely on cloud-based productivity tools like Google Docs and Sheets to share information, check facts and collaborate in real time. And The New York Times is no exception.In May 2017, the U.S. House of ...

Call it even with Project Fi's group repay

More than 75% of adults share their wireless plans with at least one other person.1 And while it's nice to share a plan with the people you love, splitting the bill can be tough. It takes work to calculate how much each person owes and can feel awkward to remind others to pay you back.To take the ...

How to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloud

The BeyondCorp security engineering team at Google just announced their fourth research paper: Migrating to BeyondCorp: Maintaining Productivity While Improving Security.For those that aren't familiar with it, BeyondCorp is a security approach used by Google that allows employees to work from ...

Standing with refugees and nonprofits that serve them on World Refugee Day

The Syrian civil war has created the biggest humanitarian crisis in our lifetime. More than 5 million people have been forced to leave behind family, possessions, school and work—basically their entire lives. But Syrians aren't alone in fleeing violence and persecution. Global displacement is at ...

Connecting more Americans with jobs

Whether you're a student looking for a part-time job, an electrician seeking work closer to home, or a teacher moving to another state to be close to family, finding a job can be difficult. With job postings scattered across the web, newspapers and help wanted signs, it's not always easy to find ...

Track projects with G Suite and Asana

Technology has transformed the way businesses operate—your teams likely do not look like they did 10 years ago. Now, companies rely on a mobile workforce and require productivity tools to help them collaborate no matter the location, and more importantly, without holding up work.Businesses are ...

Four steps we're taking today to fight terrorism online

Editor's Note: This post appeared as an op-ed in the Financial Times earlier today. Terrorism is an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all. Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. We are working with ...

Remembering Stonewall, 1969

The park is not a big one. It's a few thousand square-foot triangle in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, populated by a handful of trees and benches. Looking at it, you wouldn't know that one night in June 1969, it hosted a crucial turning point in LGBTQ history. Across the street at ...

Four steps we're taking today to fight online terror

Editor's Note: This post appeared as an op-ed in the Financial Times earlier today. Terrorism is an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all. Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. We are working with ...

Making time for change: Indonesian watchmaker's risk pays off

Editor's note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow their business, we caught up with Lucky D. Aria, the founder of Matoa, to find out how he went from working in a cookie factory to starting his own watchmaking enterprise. Matoa now ...

Make the most of Father's Day with a little help from your Assistant

This Sunday is Father's Day—a day to surprise and spoil our favorite dads. With a little help from your friendly Assistant, you can plan the perfect day, share some stories and more. One up your dad with your own dad jokes. Just ask your Assistant on phones to tell me a joke.' You can even ask to ...

The High Five: these shall be released, top search trends this week

Here's a look a few of the most-searched topics from the week of June 12: Rep. Steve ScaliseEarlier this week, a gunman opened fire on a Congressional baseball practice, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and several others. The event prompted people to search about the details—Scalise's age, his ...

Wonders of Malta and Google Street View to enrich Malta's digital profile

The reasons people travel haven't changed much over the years. But how we look for information, about where we'll go or what the local customs are has increasingly moved online. Google Trends tells us that the majority of tourism-related search queries are general--things like hotels or ...

How a PRI correspondent uses Pixel to capture stories from the field

Richard Hall is the Middle East correspondent for Public Radio International, based in Beirut, Lebanon. He travels all over the region, reporting on the Syrian civil war, the refugee crisis, and everyday life. Recently he started using a Pixel to capture photographs for his stories—so we asked him ...

How Google Cloud is transforming Japanese businesses

This week, we welcomed 13,000 executives, developers, IT managers and partners to our largest Asia-Pacific Cloud event, Google Cloud Next Tokyo. During this event, we celebrated the many ways that Japanese companies such as Kewpie, Sony have transformed and scaled their businesses using Google ...

More Levels, and more ways to contribute for Local Guides

Luis Duran, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is passionate about helping people with disabilities better navigate and explore his city. Kim Flowers, in Melbourne, Australia, believes everyone should think locally and prides herself on helping businesses in her community. Chioma James from ...

Direct your own movies in Toontastic 3D with our new Cars 3 and Fruit Ninja themes!

As parents, we watch our kids craft stories every day—remixing and reimagining the world around us in fantastic adventures that rival many Hollywood screenplays. The stories we tell them inspire their imaginations—while toys, crayons and sofa cushions become props for their performances. In ...

Is Project Fi right for you?

Choosing a new wireless plan is a big decision. There are a lot of things to consider—like coverage, prices and devices. But how do you know if you'll get what you're looking for? With Project Fi, we want to make your entire wireless experience simple and easy. That includes deciding whether ...

More Levels, and more way to contribute for Local Guides

Luis Duran, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is passionate about helping people with disabilities better navigate and explore his city. Kim Flowers, in Melbourne, Australia, believes everyone should think locally and prides herself on helping businesses in her community. Chioma James from ...

Using data to change the conversation about race in America

Note: This post references sensitive subject matter pertaining to lynching in America. Growing up, Shirah Dedman always hated family tree projects. While other students could trace their roots as far back as the Mayflower, her story always stopped at her great-grandfather. At the age of 32, with ...

Finding the Qibla in augmented reality

The Qibla Finder uses your phone camera to paint a clear blue line towards the Qibla When people search for the Qibla—the direction Muslims turn to at prayer—they often look for a website or an app to point them in the right direction. Which explains why the word compass' often pops up when we ...

Four signs you're wasting time at work and how G Suite can help

We all waste time at work, whether it's on purpose or on accident . Luckily, G Suite can help you accomplish more at work, quicker. Here are four tell-tale signs you're spending time on the wrong things, and tips on how to avoid these time-sinks. 1. You've spent more time emailing co-workers than ...

Using machine learning to help people make smart decisions about solar energy

 A few years ago, when my family was first deciding whether or not to go solar, I remember driving around the neighborhood, looking at all the solar arrays on nearby rooftops. It made me realize: Wow, solar isn't some futuristic concept, it's already part of the fabric of my town! Seeing that ...

Brush up on Gboard's latest tips and tricks

Today Gboard for Android is getting an upgrade. In addition to our continued efforts to improve typing quality with machine intelligence, this update brings new ways to get creative and cut down text time. In the emoji search box, you can now tap the emoji handwriting icon to draw emoji directly ...