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Earth View, New Tab Page Powered by Google Maps

"Earth View displays a beautiful and unique Satellite image from Google Maps every time you open a new tab." It's a Chrome extension that replaces the new tab page with a random Google Maps image. If you want to find more the satellite image, click the globe icon at the bottom of the page and you'll open the current view in Google Maps. Show More Summary

Translate Selected Text in Chrome

Chrome has a built-in translation feature, so why would you install an extension for Google Translate? You can select text from a page, click the small Google Translate icon and get the translation almost instantly. You can also click the extension's button and type some text you want to translate or click "translate this page". Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: search trends October 17-23

So what’s the word on the (internet) street these days? Search trends has you covered with the latest news that had everyone talking this past week. The hard goodbyeThis week, searchers paid their respects to legendary clothing designer Oscar de La Renta, who he passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Show More Summary

Testing on the Toilet: Writing Descriptive Test Names

by Andrew Trenk This article was adapted from a Google Testing on the Toilet (TotT) episode. You can download a printer-friendly version of this TotT episode and post it in your office. How long does it take you to figure out what behavior...Show More Summary

An inbox that works for you

Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters. Show More Summary

DISTRICT VOICES: Inside Panem with our finest citizens

Meet District Voices, the latest campaign in our Art, Copy & Code project—where we explore new ways for brands to connect with consumers through experiences that people love, remember and share. District Voices was created in partnership with Lionsgate to promote the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: search trends October 10-16

Diet secrets from Zach Galifianakis, and cord cutting from a cable company?! Here's a look at another topsy-turvy week in search.A cast of charactersSearch will always have its fair share of characters and this week was no different....Show More Summary

Android: Be together. Not the same.

Good things happen when everybody’s invited. A few years ago, we had the thought that phones (and stuff that hadn’t even been invented yet like tablets and smart watches) would be way more interesting if everyone could build new things together. Show More Summary

OMG! Mobile voice survey reveals teens love to talk

“Ok Google, do I need an umbrella today?” “How tall do you need to be to ride the Cyclone?” “How long does a goat live?” People of all ages are starting to talk to their devices more regularly—in fact, our data also show mobile voice searches more than doubled in the past year. Show More Summary

Google Express: more cities, more stores and a new name

One year ago, the first Google Shopping Express order was delivered—a box of granola. Our idea was to make shopping your favorite local stores as easy and fast as shopping online, and to help you get what you need delivered the same day. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: search trends October 3-9

The Royals are in the playoffs, Carlton’s doing the Carlton and a Cosby Show star is in the news… what decade is this anyway? Here’s a look at a week of search trends so weird, it’s almost a Twin Peaks experience:Play ballThe National League and American League division series thrilled fans of October baseball this week. Show More Summary

Roam the Arabian desert with Street View

Imagine sitting atop a camel looking across a vast expanse of desert dunes. A glimmer of green flashes in the distance. It could be a mirage or a bountiful oasis just awaiting your discovery. Now with Google Maps, you can see for yourself and journey across the sands of the Liwa Desert, one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Show More Summary

Campus, coming to a tech community near you

When entrepreneurs are empowered to dream big and take action, they’re capable of tackling significant problems—and they can be an important pillar of a thriving economy. As a former startup ourselves, entrepreneurship is still part of Google's DNA. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: search trends September 26 - October 2

Diseases, protests and DUIs? Search wasn’t a pretty place this week.Somebody call a doctorThis week, searchers went into a frenzy following news that someone had been diagnosed with Ebola on U.S soil—causing a surge in interest for the deadly disease. Show More Summary

Open Gmail Images in Google Drive Viewer

Gmail now treats embedded images just like image attachments. You can mouse over an image and click "Download" and "Save to Drive" or you can click the image to open it in the Google Drive viewer, which has additional features like printing, Google+ sharing, zooming, opening the file in a Google Drive app and more. Show More Summary

Announcing the GTAC 2014 Agenda

by Anthony Vallone on behalf of the GTAC Committee We have completed selection and confirmation of all speakers and attendees for GTAC 2014. You can find the detailed agenda at: developers.google.com/gtac/2014/scheduleThank you to all who submitted proposals! It was very hard to make selections from so many fantastic submissions. Show More Summary

Google Tests Icon for Smartphone-Optimized Results

A Google experiment shows a special icon next to smartphone-optimized search results. Obviously, the icon is only displayed when searching from smartphones. Back in 2012, Google ran a similar experiment, but it never became a regular feature.Google has a few articles about building smartphone-optimized sites. Show More Summary

Bonus Storage for Google Maps Views

Sushubh Mittal noticed 8GB of bonus storage in his Google account. The bonus storage is for Google Maps Views and doesn't expire. Other users got 15GB, 67GB, 72GB of free storage, so it looks like Google's bonus is not the same for everyone. Show More Summary

Android Verification Code for Google Accounts

When you're signing in to a Google account from a different country, Google asks you to confirm your identity. You can enter your recovery email address or phone number, enter a verification code received in an SMS messages or voice call and now you can enter a code generated by your Android device. Show More Summary

Chrome's Offline Easter Egg

Chrome's latest Canary release has an updated offline error page. It still includes a small dinosaur image, a funny way to show how quickly your computer can become a relic from the past without an Internet connection. The error page has an Easter Egg: if you press space, it lets you play a game. Show More Summary

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