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Editor's Note:This guest post comes from Dr. Allison Scott, Chief Research Officer of theKapor Center, a nonprofit aiming to increase diversity and inclusion in technology. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as STEM) play a critical role in our society, touching every aspect of our lives. STEM occupations are among the fastest- growing and highest-paying, and contribute significantly to our nation’s economy. To get students on track for STEM careers, they have to start early: students who take advanced STEM courses in high school are much more likely to major in equivalent subjects in college and specifically, Black and …

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The talent of independent and small game developers shines this year at Google Play’s [Indie Games Festival,](https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games- festival/)a celebration of the creativity of game developers. We received hundreds of submissions for the three competitions in [Europe](https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-europe/), [Japan](https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-2020-japan/) and [South Korea](https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-korea/). This year’s winning games have something for everyone, from a …
Almost two years ago, our friends at Google challenged the [Local Media Consortium](https://www.localmediaconsortium.com/) (LMC) to come up with a “moonshot”—a project that would be big and game-changing and maybe even a little outside our comfort zone. Gathered in a conference room in New York, a dozen of us pitched 100 …
![Andreas Gyr](https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish- prod/images/2020-07-15_1.max-1000x1000.jpg) 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,” …
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. ### …
Google Analytics helps you measure the actions people take across your app and website. By applying Google’s machine learning models, Analytics can analyze your data and predict future actions people may take. Today we are introducing two new [predictive metrics](https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/9846734) to App + Web properties. The first is Purchase Probability, …
We’ve always said that if Google Maps is about finding your way, Google Earth is about getting lost. With Google Earth, you can see our planet like an astronaut from space, then travel anywhere on it in seconds with a click or tap. Even after an entire afternoon exploring cities, …
_Editor’s Note: Do you ever feel like a fish out of water? Try being a tech novice and talking to an engineer at a place like Google. Ask a Techspert is a series on the Keyword asking Googler experts to explain complicated technology for the rest of us. This isn’t …
Last year we [announced](https://www.blog.google/products/marketingplatform/360/deliver- more-interactive-ad-experiences-display-video-360/) the beta launch of Swirl, an immersive 3D ad format that allows people to interact with an ad in a new way. Today, we are making Swirl available to all Display & Video 360 customers globally. Swirl lets consumers engage with a product like it's …
Summer arrived here in the U.S. last month, so school's out—but people are still using technology to connect, play and learn. Here’s what was new. **Find time to play (not just work) at home.** Remote fun, not just remote work, is essential these days. Last month, we announced that our …
In recent years, we’ve made Google Images [more useful](https://www.blog.google/products/search/making-visual-content-more- useful-search/) by helping you explore beyond the image itself. For example, there are [captions on thumbnail images](https://blog.google/products/search/get-more-useful-information- captions-google-images/) in search results, Lens lets you [search within images](https://www.blog.google/products/search/learn-and-do-more-lens-google- images/) you find, and you can explore similar ideas with the Related Images feature. …