Category: SciTech » Computers and Internet

Cooling off with #teampixel

2:45 pm Eastern | Media

We enjoyed all the fun in the sun with #teampixel this summer. From a whirlwind tour around the globe to getting one with nature, our Pixel photographers shared some stunning shots that gave us the chills (in a good way). Before we head into fall, we’re paying one last homage to the warmer months with a series spotlighting the cooler tones. Thanks for keeping us cool this summer, #teampixel. 😎Shout out to @nemod96, whose photo is featured above and makes an appearance on our Instagram today. Tag your photos with #teampixel and you could be featured, too.  read more »

How Google went all in on video meetings (and you can, too)

21 Sep 13:00 | Media

Editor’s note: this is the first article in a five-part series on Google Hangouts.I’ve worked at Google for more than a decade and have seen the company expand across geographies—including to Stockholm where I have worked from day one. My coworkers and I build video conferencing technology to help global teams work better together.It’s sometimes easy to forget what life was like before face-to-face video conferencing (VC) at work, but we struggled with many of the same issues that other companies deal with—cobbled together communication technologies, dropped calls, expensive solutions. Here’s a look at how we transitioned Google to be a cloud video meeting-first company.2004 - 2007: Life before HangoutsIn the mid-2000s, Google underwent explosive growth. We grew from nearly 3,000 employees to more than 17,000 across 40 offices globally. Historically, we relied on traditional conference phread more »

How Google went all in on video meetings (and you can, too)

21 Sep 13:00 | Media

Editor’s note: this is the first article in a five-part series on Google Hangouts.I’ve worked at Google for more than a decade and have seen the company expand across geographies—including to Stockholm where I have worked from day one. My coworkers and I build video conferencing technology to help global teams work better together.It’s sometimes easy to forget what life was like before face-to-face video conferencing (VC) at work, but we struggled with many of the same issues that other companies deal with—cobbled together communication technologies, dropped calls, expensive solutions. Here’s a look at how we transitioned Google to be a cloud video meeting-first company.2004 - 2007: Life before HangoutsIn the mid-2000s, Google underwent explosive growth. We grew from nearly 3,000 employees to more than 17,000 across 40 offices globally. Historically, we relied on traditional conference phread more »

How Google went all in on video meetings (and you can, too)

21 Sep 13:00 | Media

Editor’s note: this is the first article in a five-part series on Google Hangouts.I’ve worked at Google for more than a decade and have seen the company expand across geographies—including to Stockholm where I have worked from day one. My coworkers and I build video conferencing technology to help global teams work better together.It’s sometimes easy to forget what life was like before face-to-face video conferencing (VC) at work, but we struggled with many of the same issues that other companies deal with—cobbled together communication technologies, dropped calls, expensive solutions. Here’s a look at how we transitioned Google to be a cloud video meeting-first company.2004 - 2007: Life before HangoutsIn the mid-2000s, Google underwent explosive growth. We grew from nearly 3,000 employees to more than 17,000 across 40 offices globally. Historically, we relied on traditional conference phread more »

Android zero-touch enrollment: seamless and secure enterprise deployment

21 Sep 12:00 | Media

Companies around the world deploy Android to mobilize employees and transform their businesses. No matter the use case, we know that a successful deployment is about more than just selecting the right devices; it's about getting them configured and rolled out into the hands of users as quickly and easily as possible.Today we’re launching a new deployment method called zero-touch enrollment to make Android rollouts more seamless and secure. With zero-touch enrollment, companies can configure the devices they purchase and have them shipped with management and settings pre-configured, so employees can get up and running out of the box. read more »

Transforming Chile’s health sector with connectivity

21 Sep 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: From instant access to medical records, to telemedicine in rural areas, connectivity in the health sector has the power to improve lives. In this guest post, Soledad Munoz Lopez, CIO of the Chilean Ministry of Health, shares with us how Chile implemented a national API-based architecture to help bring better health to millions.Not long ago, Chile’s Ministry of Health (MINSAL) faced an enormous challenge. Chile’s 1,400 connected health facilities and 1,000 remote medical facilities lacked connectivity, and many of its healthcare systems could not easily interoperate. This meant healthcare providers couldn’t always expect to have fast and easy access to medical records.Earlier efforts to centralize and manage medical records across facilities fell apart because they were costly and far too laborious. And as a result, we missed out on a lot of opportunities. We came to realize that we needed read more »

Something’s coming … “West Side Story” on Google Arts & Culture

21 Sep 09:00 | Media

“In the olden days, everybody sang.”Those are the words of Leonard Bernstein, composer behind the iconic musical “West Side Story,” where everyone danced and snapped through the streets, too. Whether you’re a Jet all the way or you side with the Sharks, Tony and Maria’s love story is as poignant today as it was 60 years ago, when the Broadway musical first debuted. In partnership with Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Museum of the City of New York and the National Museum of American Jewish History, Google Arts & Culture is launching a new collection honoring “West Side Story.” Bringing together artifacts and mementos from the making of the musical and movie, behind-the-scenes read more »

Headphones optimized for the Google Assistant

21 Sep 08:00 | Media

Your Assistant is already available to help on phones, speakers and more. But sometimes you need something a bit more personal, just for you to hear. And that’s where headphones come into play. Like when you’re commuting on the train or reading at home. It would be nice to get on-the-go help from your Assistant, without glancing at your phone.To help with those “in between” moments, together with Bose, we’re announcing headphones that are optimized for the Assistant, starting with the QC35 II. So now, you can keep up to date on your messages, music and more—with headphones that you’ve paired with your eligible Android phone or iPhone. To get started, connect your QC 35 II headphones to your phone via Bluetooth, open your Google Assistant app and follow the inread more »

Headphones optimized for the Google Assistant

21 Sep 08:00 | Media

Your Assistant is already available to help on phones, speakers and more. But sometimes you need something a bit more personal, just for you to hear. And that’s where headphones come into play. Like when you’re commuting on the train or reading at home. It would be nice to get on-the-go help from your Assistant, without glancing at your phone.To help with those “in between” moments, together with Bose, we’re announcing headphones that are optimized for the Assistant, starting with the QC35 II. So now, you can keep up to date on your messages, music and more—with headphones that you’ve paired with your eligible Android phone or iPhone. To get started, connect your QC 35 II headphones to your phone via Bluetooth, open your Google Assistant app and follow the inread more »

Headphones optimized for the Google Assistant

21 Sep 08:00 | Media

Your Assistant is already available to help on phones, speakers and more. But sometimes you need something a bit more personal, just for you to hear. And that’s where headphones come into play. Like when you’re commuting on the train or reading at home. It would be nice to get on-the-go help from your Assistant, without glancing at your phone.To help with those “in between” moments, together with Bose, we’re announcing headphones that are optimized for the Assistant, starting with the QC35 II. So now, you can keep up to date on your messages, music and more—with headphones that you’ve paired with your eligible Android phone or iPhone. To get started, connect your QC 35 II headphones to your phone via Bluetooth, open your Google Assistant app and follow the inread more »

A ride to remember on World Alzheimer’s Day

21 Sep 03:05 | Media

Editor's note: Anne-Christine Hertz is a Swedish inventor who works at Health Technology Centre of Halland. Today, she shares a story of how the Centre used Street View to invent a device that helps elderly with Alzheimer’s.A few weeks ago I met 75-year-old Lars Jonsson and his wife Ingrid. They married when Lars was 40 and have lived a happy, fulfilling life together. Lars also suffers from dementia.Every three seconds someone develops dementia, a condition that creates disability and dependency among many elderly, robbing them of memory and judgment. It's not only overwhelming and stressful for those suffering, but also their loved ones. It was tough on Ingrid when her husband suddenly had trouble recalling the memories they’d spent a lifetime creating.We met Lars and Ingrid when they came to test a device we invented to improve the lives of dementia patients. It’s called read more »

Joomla! Releases Security Update

21 Sep 00:18 | SciTech

Original release date: September 21, 2017 Joomla! has released version 3.8.0 of its Content Management System (CMS) software to address a vulnerability. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain access to sensitive information.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Joomla! Security Release and apply the necessary update. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Google signs agreement with HTC, continuing our big bet on hardware

20 Sep 22:04 | Media

About a year and a half ago, I joined Google to pursue my dream job to create compelling hardware products, built with Google’s smarts at their core. As a first step, we brought together various consumer hardware-related efforts and established a single hardware organization within the company. Our team’s goal is to offer the best Google experience—across hardware, software and services—to people around the world. Last fall, we introduced our first family of Made by Google products, including Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Google Wifi, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra, and we’re preparing to unveil our second generation of products on October 4. We’re excited about the 2017 lineup, but even more inspired by what’s in store over the next five, 10, even 20 years. Creating beautiful products that people rely on every single day is a jread more »

Samba Releases Security Updates

20 Sep 20:47 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 The Samba Team has released security updates to address several vulnerabilities in Samba. An attacker could exploit any of these vulnerabilities to obtain access to potentially sensitive information.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Samba Security Announcements for CVE-2017-12150, CVE-2017-12151, and CVE-2017-12163 and apply the necessary updates, or refer to their Linux or Unix-based OS vendors for appropriate patches. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Cisco Releases Security Updates

20 Sep 20:07 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:Unified Customer Voice Portal Operations Console Privilege Escalation Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170920-cvpEmail Security Appliance Denial-of-Service Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170920-esaSmall Business Managed Switches Denial-of-Service Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170920-sbmsread more »

IC3 Issues Alert on Disaster-Related Fraud

20 Sep 18:53 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an announcement on fraudulent cyber activity related to natural disasters. IC3 reports that scammers have recently used email and social-networking sites to solicit money from disaster victims with scams on false temporary housing and job opportunities. In addition, IC3 warns the public to be cautious of solicitations for charitable donations.US-CERT encourages consumers to review the IC3 Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Working together to combat terrorists online

20 Sep 17:20 | Media

Editor’s note: This is a revised and abbreviated version of a speech Kent delivered today at the United Nations in New York City, NY, on behalf of the members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is a group of four technology companies—Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube—that are committed to working together and with governments and civil society to address the problem of online terrorist content.For our companies, terrorism isn’t just a business concern or a technical challenge. These are deeply personal threats. We are citizens of London, Paris, Jakarta, and New York. And in the wake of each terrorist attack we too frantically check in on our families and co-workers to make sure they are safe. We’ve all had to do this far too often. The products that our companies build lower barriers to innovation and empower billions of read more »

Reliance On 'Gut Feelings' Linked To Belief In Fake News

20 Sep 17:18 | World

People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests. read more »

FTC Releases Alerts on Protecting Against Identity Theft

20 Sep 16:58 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released two alerts to educate consumers on recommended protections against identity theft after the recent after the recent data breach at Equifax. Users should consider placing security freezes with the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. Alternative security recommendations include using fraud alerts and free credit monitoring from Equifax. US-CERT encourages users to refer to the FTC alerts on Equifax credit freezes and fraud alerts vs. credit freezes. See the US-CERT Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft for read more »

FTC Releases Alerts on Protecting Against Identity Theft

20 Sep 16:58 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released two alerts to educate consumers on recommended protections against identity theft after the recent data breach at Equifax. Users should consider placing security freezes with the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. Alternative security recommendations include using fraud alerts and free credit monitoring from Equifax. US-CERT encourages users to refer to the FTC alerts on Equifax credit freezes and fraud alerts vs. credit freezes. See the US-CERT Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft for more information.read more »

Best Practices: Creating Art Assets for VR

20 Sep 16:00 | Media

Editor's Note: This is a design-focused post for anyone interested in creating art assets for virtual reality.As a VR and AR artist, I’ve noticed two trends. First, new tools and practices that can make us better artists are appearing all the time. But also, techniques and skills from the late 90’s and early 00’s are making a comeback, and they apply to virtual reality because computing resources in VR are limited. If you’re just starting out, there’s a lot to consider. So if you’re an artist and you’re new to VR, here are some of my favorite tips for creating great assets. read more »

Project Fi welcomes Android One, with the moto x4

20 Sep 14:40 | Media

With Project Fi, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair—with access to three national 4G LTE networks, and international roaming at no extra cost. But many of you have asked us for more options for high quality, affordable devices that work with Project Fi. We've heard you and we're excited to launch our newest phone for Project Fi: the Android One moto x4.We took some important steps with Android One earlier this month by expanding the program to bring a fresh, secure software experience designed by Google to more high-quality devices no matter the price point. The launch of Android One moto x4 on Project Fi is the next step in our commitment to work with more partners and expand Android One to new places. read more »

Hector Mujica on “showing grace to those in the margins” and his social impact work at Google

20 Sep 12:25 | Media

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work.  Any Venezuelan football fans out read more »

Political Polarization? Don't Blame The Web, Brown Study Says

20 Sep 12:13 | U.S. News

Despite the popular narrative that the web is to blame for rising political polarization, a study by a Brown University economist has found that recent growth in polarization is greatest for demographic groups in which individuals are least likely to use the internet and social media.read more »

Addressing the UK NCSC’s Cloud Security Principles

20 Sep 12:00 | Media

As your organization adopts more cloud services, it's essential to get a clear picture of how sensitive data will be protected. Many authorities, from government regulators, to industry standards bodies and consortia, have provided guidance on how to evaluate cloud security. Notably, the UK National Cyber Security Centre offers a framework built around 14 Cloud Security Principles, and we recently updated our response detailing how we address these principles for both Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite. Google Cloud customers in the UK public sector can use the response to assess the suitability of these Google Cloud products to host their data with sensitivity levels up to “OFFICIAL,read more »

Addressing the UK NCSC’s Cloud Security Principles

20 Sep 12:00 | Media

As your organization adopts more cloud services, it's essential to get a clear picture of how sensitive data will be protected. Many authorities, from government regulators, to industry standards bodies and consortia, have provided guidance on how to evaluate cloud security. Notably, the UK National Cyber Security Centre offers a framework built around 14 Cloud Security Principles, and we recently updated our response detailing how we address these principles for both Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite. Google Cloud customers in the UK public sector can use the response to assess the suitability of these Google Cloud products to host their data with sensitivity levels up to “OFFICIAL,” inclread more »

WordPress Releases Security Update

20 Sep 08:50 | SciTech

Original release date: September 20, 2017 WordPress versions prior to 4.8.2 are affected by multiple vulnerabilities. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected website.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the WordPress Security Release and upgrade to WordPress 4.8.2. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Why we should develop “circular cities” and how Google technology can help

20 Sep 06:00 | Media

The process of digging up materials, turning those materials into a product, and shipping it to an “end user” (who eventually tosses it in the trash) is called the “linear” economy, and it’s depleting our world of resources faster than they can be replenished. We need to ditch this old model and move to a “circular” economy. Instead of using raw resources (think timber and ore) to create new products, the circular economy keeps materials in circulation for multiple uses, whether they are maintained, reused, refurbished, or recycled.Today, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas accounting for 75 percent of natural resource consumption, 50 percent of global waste production, and 60-80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. So, the concept of the circular economy is especially relevant in cities.Digital technology helps city leaders and citizens gather, refine, and analyze data to create cities that are read more »

Supporting new ideas in the fight against hate

20 Sep 05:00 | Media

Addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all. Google has taken steps to tackle violent extremist content online—putting our best talent and technology to the task, and partnering with law enforcement agencies, civil society groups, and the wider technology industry. We can’t do it alone, but we’re making progress.Our efforts to disrupt terrorists’ ability to use the Internet focus on three areas: leveraging technology, conducting and sharing research, and sharing best practices and encouraging affirmative efforts against dangerous radicalization. Today we’re announcing a new effort to build on that third pillar. Over the last year we’ve read more »

Apple Releases Security Updates

19 Sep 16:56 | SciTech

Original release date: September 19, 2017 Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. A remote attacker may exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Apple security pages and apply the necessary updates:iOS 11Safari 11tvOS 11watchOS 4Xcode 9 This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

2 new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

19 Sep 14:00 | Media

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features and  keeps businesses’ data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the open web. But knowing which browser to choose often requires a deep  understanding of security design and implementation tradeoffs that enterprise IT decision makers don’t have the time or resources to fully identify and investigate. Furthermore, well-researched, independently-verifiable data on enterprise browser security is in short supply. And in its absence, many IT administrators resort to guesswork and experimentation in their decision-making.This complex landscape of enterprise browser security is the topic of two white papers recently published from security engineering firms X41 D-Sec GmbHread more »

Two new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

19 Sep 14:00 | Media

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features and  keeps businesses’ data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the open web. But knowing which browser to choose often requires a deep  understanding of security design and implementation tradeoffs that enterprise IT decision makers don’t have the time or resources to fully identify and investigate. Furthermore, well-researched, independently-verifiable data on enterprise browser security is in short supply. And in its absence, many IT administrators resort to guesswork and experimentation in their decision-making.This complex landscape of enterprise browser security is the topic of two white papers recently published from security engineering firms X41 D-Sec GmbHread more »

Two new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

19 Sep 14:00 | Media

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features keeps businesses’ data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the open web. But knowing which browser to choose often requires a deep  understanding of security design and implementation tradeoffs that enterprise IT decision makers don’t have the time or resources to fully identify and investigate. Furthermore, well-researched, independently-verifiable data on enterprise browser security is in short supply. And in its absence, many IT administrators resort to guesswork and experimentation in their decision-making.This complex landscape of enterprise browser security is the topic of two white papers recently published from security engineering firms X41 D-Sec GmbH read more »

Avast’s Piriform Releases Security Update for CCleaner

19 Sep 13:44 | SciTech

Original release date: September 19, 2017 Piriform, a subsidiary of Avast, has released CCleaner 5.34 and has pushed v1.07.3214 to CCleaner Cloud users. These versions do not contain the Floxif malware found in the 32-bit versions of CCleaner 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191. Floxif malware collects information from the victim's system and can download additional malware to the system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Piriform Security Notification and apply the necessary update. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Apache Releases Security Updates for Apache Tomcat

19 Sep 13:43 | SciTech

Original release date: September 19, 2017 The Apache Foundation has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Apache Tomcat. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected server. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Apache advisories for CVE-2017-12615 and CVE-2017-12616 for more information and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

How publishers can take advantage of machine learning

19 Sep 12:00 | Media

As the publishing world continues to face new challenges amidst the shift to digital, news media and publishers are tasked with unlocking new opportunities. With online news consumption continuing to grow, it’s crucial that publishers take advantage of new technologies to sustain and grow their business. Machine learning yields tremendous value for media and can help them tackle the hardest problems: engaging readers, increasing profits, and making newsrooms more efficient. Google has a suite of machine learning tools and services that are easy to use—here are a few ways they can help newsrooms and reporters do their jobs1. Improve your newsroom's efficiency Editors want to make their stories appealing and to stand out so that people will read them. So finding jusread more »

How publishers can take advantage of machine learning

19 Sep 12:00 | Media

As the publishing world continues to face new challenges amidst the shift to digital, news media and publishers are tasked with unlocking new opportunities. With online news consumption continuing to grow, it’s crucial that publishers take advantage of new technologies to sustain and grow their business. Machine learning yields tremendous value for media and can help them tackle the hardest problems: engaging readers, increasing profits, and making newsrooms more efficient. Google has a suite of machine learning tools and services that are easy to use—here are a few ways they can help newsrooms and reporters do their jobs1. Improve your newsroom's efficiency Editors want to make their stories appealing and to stand out so that people will read them. So finding jusread more »

Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud Search

19 Sep 12:00 | Media

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly. Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in the workplace using everyday language. According to Gartner research, by 2018, 30 percent or more of enterprise search queries will start with a "what," "who," "how" or "when.”*Today, we’re making it possible to use natural language processing (NLP) technology in Cloud Search so you can track down information—like documents, presentations or meeting details—fast. read more »

View the world through someone else's lens in Google Earth

19 Sep 11:00 | Media

Every day, hundreds of millions of people are snapping photos of the world around them. What if you could explore the world through the eyes of all those people? Starting today you're invited to explore a global map of crowdsourced photos in Google Earth. Take a walk around Shinto shrines or hang out on a beach in Bora Bora—wherever you look, you're bound to find a unique perspective on the world. read more »

Search and discover with the Google app for iOS

19 Sep 10:00 | Media

Not all journeys have a destination. Whether browsing the web or looking for answers, the latest update to the Google app on iOS helps you keep exploring.Starting today, while you’re reading a webpage on the Google app for iOS, you’ll see suggestions for related content when you pull up the bottom of the page—no need to type anything into the search box to learn more. Suppose you’ve just finished reading an introductory article about the Mars rover. When you start scrolling back up, you’ll see additional articles on this topic that may interest you, like upcoming Mars missions or an in-depth story about the rover exploring a gully that might’ve contained water. Alternatively, if you’re reading a recipe for roasting shishito peppers, you’ll be able to jump straight to other ways to prepare them, such as grilling them, with aread more »

At New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning tools

18 Sep 17:00 | Media

New Zealand educators are changing their approach to teaching, building personalized learning pathways for every student. Technology plays a key part in this approach. New Zealand has joined the list of countries including Sweden the United States where Chromebooks are the number one device used in schools, according to analysts at International Data Corporation (IDC).“Chromebooks continue to be a top choice for schools,” says Arunachalam Muthiah, Senior Market Analyst, IDC NZ. “After Chromebooks’ strong performance in 2016, we see a similar trend in the first half of 2017 with Chromebooks gaining a total shipment market share of 46 percent, continuing to hold their position as the number-one selling device in schools across New Zealand.” read more »

Championing diversity in tech and creative industries at ADCOLOR

18 Sep 16:45 | Media

The 2017 ADCOLOR Conference & Awards begins today in Los Angeles, CA—two days of learning and celebration with a community of racially diverse, LGBT, women, and ally professionals across tech and creative industries.A variety of perspectives is key to creating better products and outcomes for everyone. We support ADCOLOR as part of our commitment to recognizing and connecting outstanding individuals who challenge sameness and bring unique perspectives to an otherwise homogenous industry. We’re proud to have several Googlers among the dozens of professionals and companies recognized at ADCOLOR this week: read more »

Supporting local journalism with Report for America

18 Sep 12:00 | Media

I cut my teeth in journalism as a local reporter for my hometown paper, the Northfield News, and saw firsthand how local journalism impacts a community. Local reporters go to city council meetings to hold city governments accountable. They’re the first to show up when disaster strikes, getting critical information to their readers. And they provide the first draft of history for cities and towns, providing reporting that keeps their communities safe, informed and connected. But not all communities in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have a strong local media presence—declining sales and revenues have led to local papers closing and local newsrooms shrinking. Despite this gloomy picture, there are lots of ideas about how to strengthen the local news ecosystem, and today we’re announcread more »

Startup with Google, a resource to help young companies succeed

18 Sep 12:00 | World

Since 2011, Google has partnered with over 50 community organizations to help startup communities around the world flourish. Startups within those communities and spaces we run have created more than 40,000 jobs and raised more than $3.9 billion in funding. Today we’re introducing a new resource to help young companies continue to make their big ideas a reality—Startup with Google.Ivonna Dumanyan and Gabrielle Levac are lifelong athletes. When they started playing Division 1 sports in college, they were often sidelined by injuries, leaving them isolated from their teams and forcing them to miss precious opportunities to compete after months of training. They realized these recurring injuries could be avoidable—and decided to do something about it. They developed a small, wearable device that could detect fatigue, then alert coaches and training staff of elevated injury risk.Theread more »

The state of data journalism in 2017

18 Sep 09:00 | Media

Data journalism has been a big focus for us at the Google News Lab over the past three years—in building tools, creating content and sharing data with the data journalism community. We wanted to see if we’re taking the right approach: how big is data journalism, what challenges do data journalists face and how is it going to change?Up until today, we really haven’t had clear answers to those questions. So, in collaboration with PolicyViz, we conducted a series of in-depth qualitative interviews and an online survey to better understand how journalists use data to tell stories. We conducted 56 detailed in-person interviews with journalists in the U.S., UK, Germany and France and an online survey of more than 900 journalists. read more »

SB17-261: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of September 11, 2017

18 Sep 06:51 | SciTech

Original release date: September 18, 2017 The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week. The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). For modified or updated entries, please visit the NVD, which contains historical vulnerability information.The vulnerabilities are based on the CVE vulnerability naming standard and are organized according to severity, determined by thread more »

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

18 Sep 05:00 | Media

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey.Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.This authorization benefits all of our G Suite and GCP customers in Spain, who don’t need to pursue it individually. read more »

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

18 Sep 05:00 | Media

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey.Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.This authorization benefits all of our G Suite and GCP customers in Spain, who don’t need to pursue it individually. read more »

Introducing Tez—a mobile payments and commerce app from Google, made for India first

18 Sep 03:00 | Media

With more than 300 million smartphone users  and rapidly improving connectivity in India, the internet is becoming a daily part of life for many Indians. That includes messaging friends and family, searching the web for information, reading news, watching music videos, or playing games. But when it comes to paying for things—vegetables, bus fares, splitting the bill at dinner or paying on delivery for something purchased online—those smartphones often go unused. Out instead comes… wads of paper. Indians love cash.To make digital payments truly work for India, we wanted to build a product that can compete with cash. It needs to be simple, affordable, and work everywhere and for everyone.  So today in India we’re introducing a new mobile app from Google, Tez—a simple and secure way to pay for things, big and small, online and offline. Tez is a payments and commerce app built for India firsread more »

Five ways to co-host a dinner party with your Assistant

15 Sep 17:30 | Media

Now that the temperatures have dropped and fall is moving in, it’s time to bring the party inside.Let your Assistant be the perfect co-host for your next dinner party—here are a few ways your Assistant can help prepare:Take advantage of seasonal produce: “Ok Google, find a recipe for sweet potato fries.”Prepare for a feast: “Set a potato timer for 45 minutes” and “set a pie timer for 1 hour”Make an entrance: “Play my ‘girls night’ playlist”Set the mood: “Change the living room lights to coral”Have some fun: “Play Lucky Trivia”Last step—enjoy!read more »

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