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GoogleServe 2014: More opportunities to give back globally

In June, we celebrated the seventh annual GoogleServe, where employees come together and volunteer in our communities. This year, we doubled GoogleServe from one to two weeks so we could involve more volunteers and serve more community organizations. Show More Summary

Distance Measurement in the New Google Maps

You can now measure distances in the new desktop interface for Google Maps, just like in the Labs feature from the classic Google Maps. "You can measure the distance between two or more points on the map using Google Maps. For example,...Show More Summary

Google Ventures invests in Europe

Wander through the excellent Science Museum in London, and you’ll see inventions that transformed history. Like Puffing Billy, one of the world’s first steam locomotives; or Charles Babbage’s difference engine, a Victorian predecessor to the modern computer; or penicillin, the wonder drug that revolutionized the treatment of disease. Show More Summary

Chromecast Adds Support for Android Screen Mirroring

As previously announced at Google I/O, Chromecast is about to become a lot more functional. The latest version of the Chromecast app for Android (that's version 1.7) added support for screen mirroring. The feature is still in beta and...Show More Summary

Updated Translation Card for Google Search

Google updated the translation card and made it more useful and more interactive. When you search for [translate hello to italian] or other similar queries, Google lets you change the input language and the translation language, switch...Show More Summary

Meet the five Giving through Glass winners

We believe technology can help nonprofits make a difference more easily, and connect people to the causes they care about. It's with this in mind that we launched Giving through Glass—a contest for U.S. nonprofits to share ideas forShow More Summary

HTTPS YouTube Streams

Most Google services use HTTPS and Google wants to switch the entire Web to HTTPS. YouTube uses encrypted connections for signed-in users and even video streams use SSL. You can check this by right-clicking a video, selecting "Stats for nerds" and reading the "stream type" value for the HTML5 player or the third line for the Flash player. Show More Summary

Google Redesigns "Unusual Sign-in Location" Page

If you sign it to your Google account from a different country, you'll probably see a page that asks you to verify it's really you and not someone who managed to obtain your password. This page has been recently redesigned and looks better. Show More Summary

Build the best summer ever at Maker Camp 2014

This post comes to us from Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE: magazine and Maker Faire. For the third straight year, Google and Make have come together to put on Maker Camp, a free, online summer camp for teens on Google+. Show More Summary

From Google TV to Android TV

I was curios to find how Google plans to restart the Google TV project, so I checked the developer sites for Google TV and Android TV to find some differences. Android TV seems to be a simplified Google TV built along the lines of Apple TV. Show More Summary

Google's Killer Robots.txt Easter Egg

Like many other sites, Google uses the robots exclusion standard and has its own robots.txt files that instruct web crawlers to exclude some publicly available content. To celebrate robots.txt's 20th birthday, Google created a funnyShow More Summary

Art, made with code, opens at London’s Barbican

Though it can look like gobbledygook to the average person, code is the backbone of how we express ourselves, share and search online. We’ve always tried to push the limits of what code can do—from products like Chrome and Hangouts to tools that developers use to build incredible apps and games. Show More Summary

Google Buys Songza

Google announced that it has acquired Songza, a music streaming service that offers music curated by experts. Songza is only available in the US and Canada. It's free and supported by ads, but you can disable ads by paying $3.99 a month."We aren't planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work like usual for existing users. Show More Summary

Google Redesigns Settings Page for App Passwords

Google redesigned the page that allows you to generate app passwords. The page is now available at https://security.google.com/settings/security/apppasswords and it can be accessed only if you've enabled 2-step verification. "When you sign up for 2-Step Verification, we normally send you verification codes. Show More Summary

Hangouts Interface for Google Voice Migration

Google already announced that Google Voice's functionality will be added to Hangouts. Here's the interface that will be used for migration when this feature will be publicly released: "Migrate Google Voice to Hangouts. Receive voicemail and send text messages in Hangouts". Show More Summary

Google Maps Trivia Game: Smarty Pins

Google developed a trivia game called Smarty Pins (a play on "smarty pants"). You need to answer a few questions by moving the pin to the right location. Here's an example: "In 'The Shawshank Redemption,' Andy and Red happily reunite...Show More Summary

Google Discontinues Q&A Services

Google had a few local Q&A services in different countries: Otvety (Russia), Baraza (Africa), Tanya Jawab (Indonesia), Guru (Thailand), Giai Dap (Vietnam), Ejabat (Arabic), Wenda (China). On June 23, all the services were discontinued...Show More Summary

No More SMS for Hangouts

Back in April, Google removed the SMS feature from Gmail Labs. Now SMS for Google Hangouts is discontinued.Here's how Google described the feature: "If you enable SMS for Hangouts, you'll receive messages even when you're not connected to the internet. Show More Summary

Understanding Android Wear

Android Wear watches work best when paired with phones running Android 4.3 or later. You can also pair them with tablets, but they're more useful as phone companions. Android 4.3 brings support for Bluetooth 4.0 and that's the reason...Show More Summary

New Features for YouTube Uploaders

YouTube has a lot of new features in store for those who upload videos and for those who watch them.YouTube Creator Studio combines a lot of useful information about your videos: analytics data, video management, comment management and a dashboard that lets you see what's new. Show More Summary

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