Lost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google AssistantLost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google Assistant

It’s easier than ever to meet new people and explore new places—but language barriers that prevent us from talking to each other still exist. With the Google Assistant, we’re focused on creating the best way to get things done—regardless of who you’re communicating with or what language you speak. To help you connect with people you’re talking to, we recently introduced a new feature called interpreter mode that translates your conversations in real time.We’ve been piloting interpreter mode at the concierge and front desks of hotels like Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Dream Downtown in New York City and Hyatt Regency…

Lost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google AssistantLost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google Assistant

6 highlights from Google for Philippines6 highlights from Google for Philippines

At the first ever Google for Philippines event this week, we shared our vision for how we’re going to help more Filipinos make the most of what the internet has to offer. This includes key updates and product launches that we hope can drive inclusive growth and support the Filipino people to participate in an increasingly digital world: Connecting Filipinos to the internet  1. Google Station. To help improve internet access, we’re bringing Google Station to the Philippines in partnership with SMART. Together, we’re making Station available at more than 50 locations, including airports in Manila, Clark and Davao, as well as LRT…

6 highlights from Google for Philippines6 highlights from Google for Philippines

Roses are red, violets are blue: six Pixel camera tips, just for youRoses are red, violets are blue: six Pixel camera tips, just for you

No matter what your plans are this Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably end up taking a few photos to celebrate or capture the moment—and that’s where Pixel’s camera comes in. Pixel 3’s camera has tools that can help you capture and get creative with your V-Day photos. Here are six tips for our beloved #teampixel.1. Virtual ValentinesPlayground is a creative mode in the Pixel camera that helps you create and play with the world around you. You can send a virtual Valentine, or make your photos and videos stand out with the new Love Playmoji pack and two sticker packs. Capture and…

Roses are red, violets are blue: six Pixel camera tips, just for youRoses are red, violets are blue: six Pixel camera tips, just for you

These three Googlers would like to thank the AcademyThese three Googlers would like to thank the Academy

Chances are, you’ve seen the work of Paul Debevec, Xueming Yu and Wan-Chun Alex Ma on the big screen—but you probably don’t know it. And that’s by design. Just this weekend, these Googlers took home an Academy Award for their face-digitizing technology, which has changed the way movies and video games use visual effects. And their goal is often to make sure you can just enjoy the characters, without thinking of them as computer-generated effects at all.The three, alongside their former colleague Timothy Hawkins, won Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards for their work at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the…

These three Googlers would like to thank the AcademyThese three Googlers would like to thank the Academy

From Doodling to Design: A Q&A with Nicola FormichettiFrom Doodling to Design: A Q&A with Nicola Formichetti

Nicola Formichetti is a designer, stylist and bonafide fashion icon. He’s created some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring red carpet looks of the past decade—and now, he’s also the latest addition to #teampixel, thanks to his new collection of My Cases designed for Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 users.  Nicola’s effortless and cool style pairs nicely with the sleek phone design, bringing a bright pop of color to Pixel devices. We caught up with Nicola to learn more about what inspired him to create his My Case collection and how technology shapes his current work.What excited you about designing a…

Childish Gambino dances into Playground on PixelChildish Gambino dances into Playground on Pixel

Playground gives you the power to create and play through your Pixel camera using augmented reality. You can bring your photos and videos to life by adding interactive characters called Playmoji to what’s around you, and now there’s a new Playmoji inspired by recording artist Childish Gambino. You can add him to your photos or videos by simply pointing your camera and dropping him into the scene.Examples of Playmoji inspired by recording artist Childish Gambino. We worked closely with Childish Gambino and his music video choreographer, Sherrie Silver, to make sure the Playmoji’s dance moves rival those of Childish Gambino himself. By using…

Transportation Weekly: Amazon’s secret acquisition and all the AV feels

Welcome to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I cover all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, robotaxi or rocket. Sure, let’s include hyperloop and eVTOLs, or […] …

Working with security researchers to make the web safer for everyoneWorking with security researchers to make the web safer for everyone

What do a 19-year-old researcher from Uruguay, a restaurant owner from Cluj, Romania and a Cambridge professor have in common? They’re all security researchers—a global community of professionals, academics, students and hobbyists who are essential to the safety of our products and the web as a whole. We’re grateful to be a part of this community and support their work in a bunch of ways, including the Vulnerability Rewards Program and our 2018 Privacy and Security academic research awards.Vulnerability Reward Program: Year in ReviewWhether it’s been written by a PhD or a hobbyist, software inevitably has bugs that make it behave…

Working with security researchers to make the web safer for everyoneWorking with security researchers to make the web safer for everyone

More details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls

Android Q news is starting to arrive bit by bit, largely due to an early AOSP build that’s been doing the rounds. Probably the most welcome enhancement — other than the much-anticipated system-wide dark mode — is an overhaul to the privacy and permissions settings.
Thanks to our friends at XDA Developers, we now know a little bit more about what to expect.

We already learned that the next big version update could prevent background apps from reading your clipboard, although background location access could return. Read MoreMore details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls was written by the awesome…

More details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls

Inspired to move: Celebrating dance and Black History MonthInspired to move: Celebrating dance and Black History Month

My love for dance started in my youth when I took ballet lessons in Colorado. Like the other ballerinas, I’d slip on my satin slippers, wrap my ballet skirt on and glide across the wood floors to the beat of the music. Though unlike the other dancers, I was one of the only black girls in class.Luckily, that didn’t stop me from coming back again and again—ballet enthralled me. I didn’t exactly exude the talent of an emerging prima ballerina. I wasn’t a dance prodigy, and my father would lovingly remind me of that. But my father also pointed out something else…

Protecting your data, no matter where you go on the webProtecting your data, no matter where you go on the web

Editor’s note: Today is Safer Internet Day, but we’ll be talking about it all week with a collection of posts from teams from across Google.We’re always working to make sure your data is protected, whether you’re using Google products or checking out your favorite websites and apps.Today, we’re introducing two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.Password CheckupWe help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to…

Try your hand at the art of shadow puppetry, with help from AITry your hand at the art of shadow puppetry, with help from AI

I grew up in Nantong, a beautiful, small coastal city in China, where the Yangtze River flows into the East China Sea. One of my earliest childhood memories was when my parents, during the long winter nights, would entertain me by narrating stories using hand shadows as puppets.Later, I would see my first traditional shadow puppetry performance during a Lunar New Year family trip to Wuzhen. Over the years as I made my way around the world—whether in Indonesia, Egypt, or Greece—I found a form of shadow puppetry in local cultures, beautifully combining legends and traditions, music and art, imagination and…

Try your hand at the art of shadow puppetry, with help from AITry your hand at the art of shadow puppetry, with help from AI

Watch the tech-centric Super Bowl ads from Amazon, Microsoft and others

Another year, another batch of Super Bowl commercials from tech giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. In fact, Amazon will have different ads focusing on different areas of the business: one highlighting products that won’t be taking advantage of its voice-powered assistant Alexa, and another previewing “Hanna,” an upcoming show on Amazon Prime. Microsoft, meanwhile, […] …

How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019

Get active. Get some extra sleep. Find inner peace. They’re excellent New Year’s resolutions, and they’re also achievable with help from Google. More than 325,000 people with fitness goals for 2019 joined the #GetFitWithGoogle challenge during January to earn as many Heart Points as they could with Google Fit.After looking at the statistics, Google Fit challengers were a seriously impressive bunch.In Russia, people went cross-country skiing. In India, people loved their badminton. Brits hit up rowing machines while Americans got into weightlifting. Edinburgh, London and Kawasaki took top prizes for the most active cities around the world—while in the U.S. New…

How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019

Reach customers via additional marketing channels with Analytics 360 + Salesforce Marketing CloudReach customers via additional marketing channels with Analytics 360 + Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Last year, we shared our plan to make Google Analytics 360 audiences available for activation in Salesforce Marketing Cloud, so that marketers can deliver more timely and relevant messages via additional marketing channels like email and SMS. Today, we’re excited to share that this capability will become available to customers in the next two weeks. Use the power of Analytics 360 audiences in Marketing Cloud campaignsWith over 250 site engagement dimensions and metrics available in Analytics 360, marketers can create precise audiences to deliver more relevant messages to their customers. By sharing Analytics 360 audiences within Google Marketing Platform, marketers can…

Reach customers via additional marketing channels with Analytics 360 + Salesforce Marketing CloudReach customers via additional marketing channels with Analytics 360 + Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

Yesterday Apple pulled Facebook’s ability to distribute internal apps for employees on iOS in the wake of an investigation performed by TechCrunch, which alleged that Facebook was not only paying teenagers to use an app to record their activity, but that the app was also abusing Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program to be distributed in the first place. In follow-up coverage, it was noted that Google was also using the same method to distribute a consumer-facing app called “Screenwise Meter,” which Google subsequently pulled. Read MoreApple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules was written by the awesome team…

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

The end of January is nigh upon us, but that also means it’s time for another round of app sales. Today’s list is much shorter than Monday’s; better yet, it still has a couple things worth noting.
Free
Apps

All Language-Camera Translator PRO $1.49 -> Free; 1 day
Applock – Fingerprint Pro $4.49 -> Free; 4 days
Binary Calculator Pro $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
Business Calculator Pro $1.49 -> Free; 5 days
Photo Editor Pro – Filters, Sticker, Collage Maker $4.99 -> Free; 6 days
Salesforce Scanner $3.99 -> Free; 6 days

Games

Fractal Space HD $2.49 -> Free; 1 day
PUSH $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
Cubes $0.99 -> Free; 2…

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

An Olympian-turned-Googler trains the next generation of figure skatersAn Olympian-turned-Googler trains the next generation of figure skaters

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.On Saturday, Timothy Goebel received one of the biggest honors of his life. In an arena full of fans in Detroit, as his family, former teammates, and former coaches cheered him on, he stood on the ice and was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, alongside two others. “I am truly humbled,” Goebel says. “This weekend’s events are some of the most cherished from my athletic career.”The moment was a major milestone for Goebel, though he doesn’t skate much these days. Instead…

An Olympian-turned-Googler trains the next generation of figure skatersAn Olympian-turned-Googler trains the next generation of figure skaters

Choose your own adventure with 13 Google for Education toolsChoose your own adventure with 13 Google for Education tools

Editor’s note: This week, we’re joining thousands of educators and students at BETT in London. Visit us at booth C230, where you can demo a range of Chromebooks designed for education, including the brand new Chrome OS tablet. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates.Power up a Chromebook and watch as it transports students to the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef or a state-of-the-art science lab. It’s like magic, except the magicians are the teachers who inspire engaged and focused learning. As the leaders of these journeys, teachers give students the opportunity to explore the…

Choose your own adventure with 13 Google for Education toolsChoose your own adventure with 13 Google for Education tools