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An easy booking button for businesses on Google

23 Oct 03:30 | Media

Since the introduction of Reserve with Google, fitness, wellness and beauty businesses in the U.S. have been able to let customers book their services through their listing on Google. Customers simply click the blue booking button to set up an appointment, schedule a massage, or reserve a spot in a spin class—all right when they find your business online.Now, we're adding a way for business owners to sign up with one of our scheduling partners directly from their Google My Business account and add a booking button to their listing.How bookings can help your businessWhen potential customers search online for the ideal salon or the perfect gym class, they’re trying to decide which one is best for them. Booking buttons can help your business stand out from the crowd. People can book an appointment in underread more »

Pay with Google and speed through checkout

23 Oct 00:00 | Media

If you’ve ever paid for something on your phone or tablet, you know just how frustrating checkout can be. Maybe you had to fill in a bunch of forms. Maybe your session timed out. Maybe you encountered an error and had to start all over again. Back in May, we shared a sneak peek of how paying with Google would help you skip all that. And starting today you can now speed through online checkout on many of your favorite apps and websites with a few quick clicks.Check out quickly with any card in your Google AccountWhen you pay with Google, you can use any of the credit or debit cards you’ve added to your Google Account from products like Google Play, YouTube, Chrome or Android Pay. Google sends the merchant your payment info and shipping address using the information from your account—no typing required. Thread more »

An easy booking button for businesses on Google

22 Oct 20:30 | Media

Since the introduction of Reserve with Google, fitness, wellness and beauty businesses in the U.S. have been able to let customers book their services through their listing on Google. Customers simply click the blue booking button to set up an appointment, schedule a massage, or reserve a spot in a spin class—all right when they find your business online.Now, we're adding a way for business owners to sign up with one of our scheduling partners directly from their Google My Business account and add a booking button to their listing.How bookings can help your businessWhen potential customers search online for the ideal salon or the perfect gym class, they’re trying to decide which one is best for them. Booking buttons can help your business stand out from the crowd. People can book an appointment in underread more »

Fall into autumn with #teampixel

20 Oct 14:30 | SciTech

With autumn in full swing, we’re taking note of the warmer colors being whisked into our feeds. This week, #teampixel wonderfully captures fall’s color palette, from burnt siennas to bright oranges. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up to the fire and flip through our favorite fall finds. read more »

Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

20 Oct 14:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiplread more »

Expanding access to renewable energy in the EU

20 Oct 14:00 | SciTech

Earlier this year, we hosted an event in Brussels that brought business leaders, policy makers and civil society together to discuss ways to ensure EU renewable energy policy meets the changing needs of consumers. Last week, we were back in Brussels to continue the discussion at RE-Source, the largest gathering in the EU to-date of companies committed to buying renewable energy to cover their operations.With 14 data centers on four continents and offices in 150 cities around the globe, Google consumes a lot of power. And combating climate change requires the world to transition to a clean energy economy. So we’ve made it a top priority not only to become more energy efficient but also to ensure that the energy we purchase comes from clean sources such as renewables. We have also foundread more »

Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

20 Oct 14:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiplread more »

The High Five: this week’s trends have a sweet tooth

20 Oct 13:00 | Media

A celebrity baby on the way, a sidelined NBA player, and ice cream for dessert: here’s a look at the week’s top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab. Sing us a lullaby, you’re the Piano Man Search interest in “Billy Joel age” went up nearly 8,000 percent this week after it was announced that the 68-year-old musician and his wife Alexis are expecting a child. Age was top of mind in the other searches as well: people asked “How old is Billy Joel’s wife?” and “How old is Billy Joel’s daughter?” as well as “How many children does Billy Joel have?” I scream, you scream, we all search for the Museum of Ice CreamAfter it it was reported that sprinkles from San Francisco’s Museum of read more »

New Android Management API delivers simple, powerful tools for enterprise

20 Oct 12:00 | Media

Managing mobile devices and applications can be a challenge for businesses and partners of all sizes. Today, our Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) partners write their own management app in order to enable management of Android devices; we call this a “device policy controller” (DPC) app. A DPC app is essentially an agent deployed by the EMM, with the real value living in the console and back end, which the app communicates with directly.  Now, with our newest tool, the Android Management API, customers and EMMs can manage devices using a server-side API and eliminate the need to write a management app. The Android Management API takes on this complexity so partners can focus on what’s important to their customers and not worry about the underlying Android framework.Now, creating policies for your device fleet is as siread more »

Shields are in, brooms are out: this year's top Halloween costume trends

20 Oct 11:00 | Media

What are you dressing up as this year? Every Halloween, people across the United States turn to Google to search for what to wear on the spookiest night of the year. And with our tool Frightgeist, you’ll get a view of Halloween costume trends across the U.S., and you can see the most-searched costumes near you (and avoid those embarrassing Halloween party costume clashes). This year, the top 10 costume list reflects everything from movie hits like “Wonderread more »

ABCs of pitching success

19 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this sitePR pros have to learn firsthand when our pitches aren’t fresh—or even worse, when they outright stink. No matter where you are in the PR food chain, you’ve probably experienced the highs and […]read more »

Pinterest opens search ads to self-serve advertisers, adds ‘autotargeting’ option

19 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteEight months after Pinterest rolled out search ads, the company is making the ad placement available to advertisers buying ads through its self-serve ad-buying tool, Pinterest Ads Manager, the company announced this week. […]read more »

Getting the most out of Google’s new sitelinks

19 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteYour AdWords ads look different today than they did 10 years ago. They look different than they looked last year. Heck, they even look different than they did this summer! In case you […]read more »

‘Cease and desist’: Journalism’s strained relationship with police

19 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteStock photo via Pixabay REPORTERS AT THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES did something recently that most conscientious journalists do when working on something sensitive: they knocked on the doors of those people they intended to write about. […]read more »

Facebook officially launches Explore Feed on desktop to boost Pages’ posts

19 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteFacebook has made it hard for Pages to get their posts in people’s News Feeds, from cutting organic reach in favor of paid distribution to prioritizing posts from friends and family members. But […]read more »

5 Steps To Sharing Analytics Throughout The Newsroom

19 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteThis article was originally published on the NewsWhip blog. So you want to spread content analytics to more people in your organization. How do you make sure you go about it the right […]read more »

ICFJ: Newsrooms Around the World Are Falling Behind in Digital Era

19 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteThis piece is co-authored by Sharon Moshavi and Fatima Bahja. Despite great strides, journalists around the world are not keeping pace with the transformations of the digital era. That is the conclusion of […]read more »

Finding the Best Search Terms for Your Business: 10 Tools and Tips

19 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this site Despite the ever-present advice that long-tail keywords are king, many businesses still struggle to strategically use them to get content to the top of organic and paid search results. The truth is, […]read more »

A Sophisticated Bot Taking Over Major Sports Sites Is Costing Advertisers Up to $250 Million a Year

19 Oct 23:38 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteA discovery from fraud company Forensiq claims advertisers are losing big money from a stealthy bot that’s using a new tactic to siphon millions of dollars away from sports websites including NFL team […]read more »

Can Fake News Be Stopped in the Next 10 Years?

19 Oct 23:38 | Media

This post was originally published on this site| 16 hours ago Will fake news be thwarted in the next 10 years? A survey of more than 1,100 internet and technology experts by Pew Research Center was nearly split right down the middle. […]read more »

10 things you can do with your new Pixel 2

19 Oct 13:00 | Media

It’s here! Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hit shelves today in the U.S. Here’s a few things you can do with your Pixel 2, right out of the box. 1. Transfer your stuff from your old phone in less than 10 minutes—photos, videos, music, contacts, calendar events, apps, messages, and more. Just plug in the the cord and follow the simple instructions on the screen to make the switch. If you need help, there’s a team available 24/7 to talk you through it.2. Say cheese! Pixel 2 has the highest-rated smartphone camera ever, with a DxOMark Mobile score of 98. Take brilliant photos in any light, and play around with new exposure controls and features like Smartburst, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots. Get motion photos with every shot. Pixel 2 also comes with incredible video stabilization, thanks to a combination of both optical and electronic image stabilization. read more »

Helping NASA and JPL bring the surface of Mars to your browser

19 Oct 12:09 | Media

On August 6, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Ever since, it’s been searching for evidence that Mars has ever been suitable for life. It’s also been photographing the Martian terrain in great detail. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab use these photos to create a 3D model of Mars. It’s a one-of-a-kind scientific tool for planning future missions.Today, we’re putting that same 3D model into an immersive experience for everyone to explore. We call it Access Mars, and it lets you see what the scientists see. Get a real look at Curiosity’s landing site and other mission sites like Pahrump Hills and Murray Buttes. Plus, JPL will continuously update the data so you can see where Curiosity has just been in the past few days or weeks. All along the way, JPL scientist Katie Stack Morgan will be your guide, explaining key points about the rover, the mission, and some of the early findings.The experience read more »

Delivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

19 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs.At DOTComm, our employees provide technical support for more than 5,000 government workers throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Because these workers are spread across 120 different locations, our employees need access to the tools they need to do their jobs whether they’re in the office or on site with our customers. Several years ago, we realized the legacy systems we were using were getting in the way.When employees had to travel to provide technical support for the government agencies we serve, they didn’t have mobile accessread more »

Delivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

19 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs.At DOTComm, our employees provide technical support for more than 5,000 government workers throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Because these workers are spread across 120 different locations, our employees need access to the tools they need to do their jobs whether they’re in the office or on site with our customers. Several years ago, we realized the legacy systems we were using were getting in the way.When employees had to travel to provide technical support for the government agencies we serve, they didn’t have mobread more »

Google Home Mini has arrived—here’s what you can do with it

19 Oct 11:00 | Media

A few weeks ago we unveiled Google Home Mini, the newest addition to the Google Home family. About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house. Starting today, you can grab it online from the Google Store or online or on shelves of Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other stores. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

A focus on portrait mode: behind the scenes with Pixel 2’s camera features

18 Oct 12:00 | Media

This week the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s newest smartphones, arrive in stores. Both devices come with features like Now Playing, the Google Assistant, and the best-rated smartphone camera ever, according to DXO. We designed Pixel 2’s camera by asking how we can make the camera in your Pixel 2 act like SLRs and other big cameras, and we’ve talked before about the tech we use to do that (such as read more »

Fighting phishing with smarter protections

18 Oct 11:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is the third post; read the first and second ones.Online security is top of mind for everyone these days, and we’re more focused than ever on protecting you and your data on Google, in the cloud, on your devices, and across the web. One of our biggest focuses is phishing, attacks that trick people into revealing personal information like their usernames and passwords. You may remember phishing scams as spammy emails from “princes” asking for money via wire-transfer. But things have changed a lot since then. Today’s attacks are often very targeted—this is called “speread more »

Making computer science accessible to more students in Africa

18 Oct 03:00 | Media

Computer Science (CS) fosters innovation, critical thinking and empowers students with the skills to create powerful tools to solve major challenges. Yet, many students, especially in their the early years, do not have access to opportunities to develop their technical skills. At Google, we believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why,  in line with our commitment to prepare 10 million people in Africa for jobs of the future, we are funding 60 community organisations to hold training workshops during Africa Code Week 2017.These workshops will give over 50,000 students a chance to engage with CS and learn programming and computational-thinking skills. Africa Code Week is a grassroots movement that encourages programming by showing how to bring ideas to life with code, demystifying these read more »

Stream YouTube TV using your voice on Google Home

17 Oct 13:00 | Media

Google Home, Google Home Mini, and soon Google Home Max, let you enjoy your entertainment hands-free with the Google Assistant. With Chromecast, you can already stream your favorite YouTube clips, Netflix shows (if you have a subscription, of course), and more straight to your TV with a simple voice command.  Starting today, voice control gets even better on Google Home with support for YouTube TV. Available in most major U.S. cities, YouTube TV now offers live local broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as popular cable networks like ESPN, AMC and FX, and regional sports networks.Getting started is simpleOnce you’ve set up Google Home and Chromecast, open the Google Home app to link the two. After that, simply use your voice to control your YouTube TV experience. Just start witread more »

Stream YouTube TV using your voice on Google Home

17 Oct 13:00 | Media

Google Home, Google Home Mini, and soon Google Home Max, let you enjoy your entertainment hands-free with the Google Assistant. With Chromecast, you can already stream your favorite YouTube clips, Netflix shows (if you have a subscription, of course), and more straight to your TV with a simple voice command.  Starting today, voice control gets even better on Google Home with support for YouTube TV. Available in most major U.S. cities, YouTube TV now offers live local broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as popular cable networks like ESPN, AMC and FX, and regional sports networks. read more »

Time for a refresh: meet the new Google Calendar for web

17 Oct 12:00 | Media

Check your schedule. Starting today, a fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web to help you manage your time more efficiently and get more done.We’re taking a lot of what you know and love from Calendar’s mobile application, like the modern color palette and sleek design, and bringing it to the web with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size. We’ve also added more features for enterprises to help teams schedule and prepare for meetings. read more »

Pixel Visual Core: image processing and machine learning on Pixel 2

17 Oct 12:00 | Media

The camera on the new Pixel 2 is packed full of great hardware, software and machine learning (ML), so all you need to do is point and shoot to take amazing photos and videos. One of the technologies that helps you take great photos is HDR+, which makes it possible to get excellent photos of scenes with a large range of brightness levels, from dimly lit landscapes to a very sunny sky. HDR+ produces beautiful images, and we’ve evolved the algorithm that powers it over the past year to use the Pixel 2’s application processor efficiently, and enable you to take multiple pictures in sequence by intelligently processing HDR+ in the background. In parallel, we’ve also been working on creating hardware capabilities that enable significantly greater computing power—beyond eread more »

Google’s strongest security, for those who need it most

17 Oct 07:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week.When operating at the scale of Google, we usually strive to build products that serve the needs of billions of people. Today we’re introducing a different kind of product—one that we specifically tailored to protect the online security of a much smaller set of users.We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks. For example, these might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety. Sometimes even the most careful and security-minded users are successfully attacked through phishing scams, especially if those phishing scams were individually targeted at read more »

Google’s strongest security, for those who need it most

17 Oct 07:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is the second post; see our first one here.When operating at the scale of Google, we usually strive to build products that serve the needs of billions of people. Today we’re introducing a different kind of product—one that we specifically tailored to protect the online security of a much smaller set of users.We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks. For example, these might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety. Sometimes even the most read more »

AGDATA Australia: from family farm to global partners

17 Oct 00:25 | Media

Editor’s note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we chatted with Glenn Skerman, who, together with his brother Brendan, are directors of AGDATA Australia, a farming accounting software company. Founded in 1984, their working family farm has grown into a software business that employs 18 team members with over 10,000 customers. AGDATA products are used by farmers all around the world, from the Falkland Islands to Papua New Guinea.Keyword: Can you tell us a bit about yourselves, what inspired you to become entrepreneurs and create this platform for farmers? Glenn Skerman: Actually, our father founded the business back in the 1980s. Originally, he was only trying to solve a problem for himself on the family cattle and grain farm. He was tired of trying to make existing accounting products mread more »

Siempre Selena

17 Oct 00:00 | Media

My love of music started with Selena Quintanilla. One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting her classics like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. But Selena’s influence in my life goes so much further than that. I’m the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mother and grew up in a small, primarily white town in rural Texas. Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus, I could do whatever I set my mind to. She showed me that my hybrid cultural identity was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud to be Mexicana. Today we celebrate Selena’s legacy with a Google Doodle. Set to her iconic song (and my roadtrip favorite jam) “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” toread more »

In Philadelphia, buyout offers show digital transformation is still a bloody business

16 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteJournalists at the Philadelphia Media Network got a memo from management on Monday about what’s next for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. It includes the addition of 10 new digital […]read more »

This tool could help fact-checkers surface WhatsApp hoaxes

16 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteWe’re at the mercy of our readers. That’s essentially fact-checkers’ current strategy when it comes to debunking viral hoaxes on WhatsApp, the increasingly popular messaging app that is becoming a focus for those […]read more »

How publishing free content drives sales

16 Oct 23:40 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteThe world sure has changed since 1995 when I founded my digital marketing agency. Hashtags back then were pound signs, dial-up Internet tied up our land lines and Web 2.0 hadn’t yet shown […]read more »

Oculus looks to improve VR app discovery with content-based search

16 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteStefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com Oculus is giving developers more options for getting their virtual reality apps in front of the right people. Oculus plans to roll out content-based app search for Gear VR […]read more »

Fast-growing startup aims to ‘replace the sports page’

16 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this siteImage via Pixabay. Alex Mather has what he calls, with a touch of understatement, “pretty big goals” for his subscription-based sports news startup, The Athletic. “The best case is that we can really […]read more »

Scott Brinker: Marketing is now customer experience’s champion

16 Oct 23:39 | Media

This post was originally published on this sitePerhaps you noticed it, too. At our most recent MarTech Conference, there seemed to be a transformation percolating throughout the sessions and presentations. After several false starts in previous years, it seemed to […]read more »

Negative tweets can spoil TV enjoyment

16 Oct 16:07 | Media

Using an experiment involving Twitter comments and a clip of the television show 30 Rock, researchers were looking to see if fake negative social media comments could hurt a person’s perception of a television show. Professors Franklin Waddell of The […]read more »

Negative tweets can spoil TV enjoyment

16 Oct 16:07 | Media

Using an experiment involving Twitter comments and a clip of the television show 30 Rock, researchers were looking to see if fake negative social media comments could hurt a person’s perception of a television show. Professors Franklin Waddell of The […]read more »

Framing climate change: Public health focus draws supportive reaction

16 Oct 16:07 | Media

The American public is divided on the issue of climate change. Some call for actions to slow it, while others simply dismiss the matter. Effectively engaging the public on climate change remains a communication challenge. Teresa A. Myers and Edward […]read more »

How to predict news sharing based on article characteristics

16 Oct 16:05 | Media

News dissemination and consumption pattern are changing drastically thanks to news consumers who spread the news by sharing links on social media. That’s because people increasingly follow links on social network sites rather than visiting the news sites directly. Three […]read more »

In a crisis? Put your customer first

16 Oct 16:04 | Media

The last thing a business wants to endure is a crisis. In a world with social media and fast-moving news, a crisis can sink a company. So it is important that companies have a communication strategy for emergencies. They should […]read more »

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