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Andreas Gyr Andreas Gyr Andreas Gyr remembers his first car fondly: a 1982 Ford Escort, which had the gas parts ripped out and replaced with 17 golf cart batteries and an electric motor. “It had about a 15-mile range and it topped out at like 58 miles per hour,” Andreas remembers. “I’d carry an extension cord around and plug it into friends’ wall outlets to make it home.” It might have been inconvenient, but it made him excited about the future. “It was different, it was hopeful, we charged it with solar panels!” he says. “I learned early adoption …

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Elise Roy has been a design thinker since she was young. When she started to lose her hearing at the age of 10, she got creative about how she could adapt her environment and tools to work for her. As an adult, she channeled that creativity to pave the way …
A top request we get from app publishers is to provide guidance on how to achieve the optimal mediation setup to maximize ads revenue. This can be a daunting task as it requires careful and continuous experimentation. Changing advertiser behaviors, seasonality, and traffic fluctuation also play a role in how …
Machine learning has shown enormous promise for social good, whether in helping respond to global health pandemics or reach citizens before natural disasters hit. But even as machine learning technology becomes increasingly accessible, social innovators still face significant barriers in their efforts to use this technology to unlock new solutions. …
Today, we’re marking the one-year anniversary of our [Bay Area housing commitment](https://www.blog.google/inside-google/company- announcements/1-billion-investment-bay-area-housing/). Since last year, we’ve met with hundreds of advocates, developers and community leaders to understand how to quickly create affordable housing and support solutions to homelessness. In the Bay area, there’s a severe housing shortage of nearly …
In our over 20 years working with small businesses, we’ve met countless entrepreneurs who have turned problems into opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for small businesses, and we’re committed to finding new ways to support these problem-solvers who are the cornerstones of their communities. That’s why this …
Over the past few months, we’ve made significant changes to help businesses reach more consumers and help people find the best products, prices and places to buy online. We made it free for retailers to [list products](https://www.blog.google/products/shopping/its-now-free-to-sell-on- google/)on Google Shopping in the U.S., and we brought these free listings to …
Summer is here. Since many of us are unlikely to venture far amid the global pandemic, Google Arts & Culture and its partners have tried to come up with some unexpected ways to travel the globe. “[It’s a Wonderful World](https://artsandculture.google.com/project/travel-the-world)” is a new online exhibition that offers some inspiration on …
When you think of a choir, you likely put a descriptor before it: a school choir, a church choir, a community choir. Singing in a chorus usually means you’re standing within a large group of people, belting out songs and nailing those harmonies together. But what happens when you can’t …
The kitchen is a popular place for smart displays in many homes, and for good reason. Whether you’re listening to music, getting the news or catching up on a popular TV show, your Nest Hub or Next Hub Max keep you entertained while you’re prepping dinner or doing the dishes. …
Getting started with new technology can be tough, with pages of instructions and tutorials to pore over. “Explore,” a new app built into Chromebook, helps you get set up and take full advantage of your computer, whether you’re a Chrome OS newbie or already use a Chromebook every day. ### …
Every industry has been affected by COVID-19, and the art world is no exception. Content creation requires a new level of imagination as many artists figure out how to approach their work within the confines of shelter in place. Google Pixel’s Creator Labs program, an incubator for photographers and directors …
Singaporeans have built [one of the most competitive economies in the world](https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/10/competitive-economies-world/). But right now, the country’s workers are facing a challenging outlook. There are [fewer jobs available](https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore- has-yet-witness-full-effects-covid-19s-impact-job-market-josephine-teo), while the jobs that are available require different skills. COVID-19 means more people are working from home, more roles are reliant …
July 17: It’s up there with Mother’s Day, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. That’s right, we’re talking about World Emoji Day. Never heard of it? Before my career in the world of emoji neither had I. But soon enough, I learned that the calendar emoji (of which there are three …
Our customers continue to inspire us with how they are successfully mobilizing their workforce with Android. To help our customers and partners connect and learn from one another, we’ve launched the [Android Enterprise Help Community](https://support.google.com/work/android/community?hl=en). It’s an open forum for discussing platform features, planning, deployment and sharing ideas about mobility …
Last year, I was on the New York City subway conducting user research for [Touring Bird](https://blog.google/technology/area-120/touring-bird-google/), a project I was working on with [Area 120](https://area120.google.com/), Google’s in-house lab for experimental projects. One of the young commuters standing next to me was silently scrolling on her device, switching between a social …
Time is precious—especially when you’re working from home and balancing work and family. The less time you spend fussing with tasks like scheduling, searching for a meeting code, or switching from app to app, the more time you can spend on things that matter. Google Calendar is filled with intuitive …
Evidence shows that culture can be calming, consoling and a source of comfort—for example [studies at Harvard](https://www.health.harvard.edu/mental-health/the-healing-power-of- art) have shown creative activities like painting can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. When lockdown began earlier this year, internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma wanted to share some of the …
Advertising dollars that support local media are declining at a dramatic rate–a trend that has only been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. At the [Local Media Consortium](https://www.localmediaconsortium.com/), we’ve seen this impact firsthand. The majority of our 4,000 local media members are experiencing a 30 to 60 percent drop in advertising …
Yesterday we kicked off Google Cloud Next ‘20: OnAir, a free, nine-week, in- depth digital event series covering all things cloud computing. While many Next ‘20: OnAir sessions will cover topics near and dear to the hearts of developers, businesses and startups, there are a number of interesting and inspiring …