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Bringing the World Wide Web to more kids in rural Vietnam

Category: Google | Jan 6, 2017

During a visit to Vietnam over the holidays, I journeyed south through the Mekong Delta, on a five-hour road trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh. Most of the people here make their living by planting and farming rice. However, since this region has experienced severe droughts and saltwater intrusion year after year, life has been particularly grueling for many families.

Kids in this part of the country typically don’t have access to a computer until they’re about 15 years old, and when they do, they usually only receive very limited training. Of Tra Vinh’s 25 primary schools, only five have computer rooms. This is in stark contrast to the more urban areas of Vietnam, where nearly every school has access to computers and an Internet connection.

Teaming up with Saigon Children’s Charity, we worked on a project to fund more Internet-enabled computer rooms, and train teachers to use and maintain these facilities at two schools in Tra Vinh. Each academic year, we hope more than 700 students between 6 and 11 years old will get to make use of two new “labs” at Hùng Hoà B and Tập Ngãi C schools.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh

Most of the 5 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh was on roads like this

Tập Ngãi C school

Tập Ngãi C school in Tra Vinh is home to 500 students, between 6 and 11 years old.

Eager students at Tập Ngãi C school

Eager students at Tập Ngãi C school

Classroom at Tập Ngãi C school

A typical classroom at Tập Ngãi C school

Plaque

Unveiling a small plaque outside the computer lab. Left to right: Ms. Nguyễn Lê Yêu Thương (Saigon Children’s Charity); Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Vinh (Deputy People Committee of Tieu Can District), me, and Mr. Thái Văn Phúc (Principal of Tập Ngãi C School)

Kids rush in

The kids rushed in to find that each of them could freely use a computer

Computer lab at Tập Ngãi C

Here’s what the computer lab at Tập Ngãi C school looks like

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Nothing can beat seeing the kids’ excitement as they rushed into the newly-equipped computer room. It was remarkable to see how quickly they learned how to use a mouse and keyboard to navigate the Internet. Even more thrilling was witnessing how empowered they were to explore the world around them by typing in whatever question they had in mind into the search bar. I had to smile when Nghĩa, an 8 year-old student, told me: “I have hundreds and hundreds of questions to ask and now I’m not afraid of anyone yelling at me for asking so many questions”.

“I have hundreds and hundreds of questions to ask and now I'm not afraid of anyone yelling at me for asking so many questions".

Nghĩa

8-year-old student at Tập Ngãi C school

It’s incredible how much these 10 year-olds picked up in just an hour. I’m truly excited about all the many other things they’ll learn and do for their communities when they bring along their curiosity to these new rooms that give them a window to all of the information and possibilities on the World Wide Web. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/KQ6ywwD5QKk/

Bringing the World Wide Web to more kids in rural Vietnam

Category: Google | Jan 6, 2017

During a visit to Vietnam over the holidays, I journeyed south through the Mekong Delta, on a five-hour road trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh. Most of the people here make their living by planting and farming rice. However, since this region has experienced severe droughts and saltwater intrusion year after year, life has been particularly grueling for many families.

Kids in this part of the country typically don’t have access to a computer until they’re about 15 years old, and when they do, they usually only receive very limited training. Of Tra Vinh’s 25 primary schools, only five have computer rooms. This is in stark contrast to the more urban areas of Vietnam, where nearly every school has access to computers and an Internet connection.

Teaming up with Saigon Children’s Charity, we worked on a project to fund more Internet-enabled computer rooms, and train teachers to use and maintain these facilities at two schools in Tra Vinh. Each academic year, we hope more than 700 students between 6 and 11 years old will get to make use of two new “labs” at Hùng Hoà B and Tập Ngãi C schools.

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh

Most of the 5 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Tra Vinh was on roads like this

Tập Ngãi C school

Tập Ngãi C school in Tra Vinh is home to 500 students, between 6 and 11 years old.

Eager students at Tập Ngãi C school

Eager students at Tập Ngãi C school

Classroom at Tập Ngãi C school

A typical classroom at Tập Ngãi C school

Plaque

Unveiling a small plaque outside the computer lab. Left to right: Ms. Nguyễn Lê Yêu Thương (Saigon Children’s Charity); Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Vinh (Deputy People Committee of Tieu Can District), me, and Mr. Thái Văn Phúc (Principal of Tập Ngãi C School)

Kids rush in

The kids rushed in to find that each of them could freely use a computer

Computer lab at Tập Ngãi C

Here’s what the computer lab at Tập Ngãi C school looks like

Google Search

Nothing can beat seeing the kids’ excitement as they rushed into the newly-equipped computer room. It was remarkable to see how quickly they learned how to use a mouse and keyboard to navigate the Internet. Even more thrilling was witnessing how empowered they were to explore the world around them by typing in whatever question they had in mind into the search bar. I had to smile when Nghĩa, an 8 year-old student, told me: “I have hundreds and hundreds of questions to ask and now I’m not afraid of anyone yelling at me for asking so many questions”.

“I have hundreds and hundreds of questions to ask and now I'm not afraid of anyone yelling at me for asking so many questions".

Nghĩa

8-year-old student at Tập Ngãi C school

It’s incredible how much these 10 year-olds picked up in just an hour. I’m truly excited about all the many other things they’ll learn and do for their communities when they bring along their curiosity to these new rooms that give them a window to all of the information and possibilities on the World Wide Web. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/JiUxyH56lZk/

Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/4CX8HzXtbSk/

Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/Xe5lm5WSoKg/

Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/pDTnjIO-0V4/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

Goals in Google Calendar_Google Fit Integration_FINAL GIF

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals in Google Calendar_Visual Tracker.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

Download Google Calendar at the Play Store or App Store.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/U3eXZmgubtk/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

Goals in Google Calendar_Google Fit Integration_FINAL GIF

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals in Google Calendar_Visual Tracker.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

Download Google Calendar at the Play Store or App Store.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/PWgq08SeZ-Q/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals_in_Google_Calendar_Visual_Tracker_1.width-804.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/kjFCHmPVL6k/

Welcome Limes Audio to G Suite

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of Limes Audio. The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you.

As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

We’re excited to work closely with the Limes Audio team to introduce new solutions that offer our customers the best online voice quality on the market.

Welcome Limes Audio!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/XzwrHWNswGs/

Welcome Limes Audio to G Suite

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of Limes Audio. The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you.

As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

We’re excited to work closely with the Limes Audio team to introduce new solutions that offer our customers the best online voice quality on the market.

Welcome Limes Audio!

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