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Google Play and Made With Code team up to inspire teen girls with Wonder Woman

Category: Google | Jun 1, 2017

Nearly 75 years after first appearing in All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman continues to be a symbol of female empowerment, breaking through stereotypes pervasive in comic books, gaming and pop culture.    

Wonder Woman

Now, Wonder Woman’s Super Hero story is coming to the big screen in her first-ever movie, which opens in theaters tomorrow. Throughout the film, we see Princess Diana’s strength through her leadership, perseverance, courage and camaraderie.

Wonder Woman is also one of the strongest characters on the small screen in the game DC Legends, which just released an update tied to the movie on Google Play. The update brings exclusive movie content, two major new game modes and special in-game events inspired by the film. Only a small percentage of video game characters are female, but in the DC Legends game, girls can select Wonder Woman and channel her strength while they play.

Wonder Woman’s strength is more relevant today than ever, especially in the technology space, since girls are less likely than boys to be encouraged to pursue computer science and only 22 percent of gaming developers are women. Made with Code, Google’s initiative to champion the next generation of female leaders and inspire them to see coding as a way to pursue their dreams, is releasing a new interactive coding project for wonder women everywhere to add coding to their superpower toolkit. With the project, teen girls can code three unique scenes from the film, using introductory coding principles to help Wonder Woman navigate obstacles and reach her goal.

Made with Code Wonder Woman project

As part of this collaboration, Google Play and Made with Code are teaming up with Warner Bros to bring together more than 100 teen girls from Los Angeles to advance screen the Wonder Woman movie, play the updated DC Legends game and complete the coding project. We hope Wonder Woman’s message of empowerment inspires teen girls, and women, to build confidence in pursuing careers in computer science, engineering, gaming—or whatever their dreams may be.

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Local business, global ambition: The new export opportunity for SMEs

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

The invention of shipping containers in the 1950s changed the economics of exporting, and helped kick-start a new wave of exports among large companies. Today, the internet has the same impact among small businesses, helping them find new customers overseas and grow. 

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Lucky D. Aria in his workshop

For instance, Lucky D. Aria has a small business, Matoa Indonesia, which transforms discarded wood into beautiful wooden watches. In 2016 he started using the internet to find new customers overseas—and has now started selling to customers in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. His exports to the United States already make up about 30% of his income. 

We need more Luckys. New research shows that small businesses in Asia-Pacific that are online are four times more likely to be exporting—and if the number of SMEs online doubled, the region would benefit from an additional 35 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion in export sales. 

So we teamed up with regional economic forum APEC, the Vietnamese Government, and the Asia Foundation on a project to help make it easier for SMEs to export.  

APEC app challenge

More than 22 app developers from economies as diverse as Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand,  the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam descended on Hanoi last week to take part in the ‘APEC App Challenge,’ a contest to build the best app or mobile site to help small businesses export.

The winning team—Australians Chris Gough and David Elliot—built APEC CONNECT, an app which uses blockchain technology to help SMEs build a reputation as a reliable supplier and overcome the tricky issue of invoicing to multiple countries with different standards. Bùi Đắc Thịnh and Trần Hoàng Hiệp of Vietnam won second place with AirLaLa, an app that helps local craftspeople find online customers, and Qamra Khan and Andrew Lee of Malaysia came in third with Connect, an app to help match small business buyers and sellers.

As Yohan Totting of the Asia Foundation remarked, “The difference between being online and offline is the difference between selling to a neighborhood and selling to the world.”

Watch how the project came together in this video.

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

Local business, global ambition: The new export opportunity for SMEs

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

The invention of shipping containers in the 1950s changed the economics of exporting, and helped kick-start a new wave of exports among large companies. Today, the internet has the same impact among small businesses, helping them find new customers overseas and grow. 

Lucky Aria

Lucky D. Aria in his workshop

For instance, Lucky D. Aria has a small business, Matoa Indonesia, which transforms discarded wood into beautiful wooden watches. In 2016 he started using the internet to find new customers overseas—and has now started selling to customers in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. His exports to the United States already make up about 30% of his income. 

We need more Luckys. New research shows that small businesses in Asia-Pacific that are online are four times more likely to be exporting—and if the number of SMEs online doubled, the region would benefit from an additional 35 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion in export sales. 

So we teamed up with regional economic forum APEC, the Vietnamese Government, and the Asia Foundation on a project to help make it easier for SMEs to export.  

APEC app challenge

More than 22 app developers from economies as diverse as Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand,  the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam descended on Hanoi last week to take part in the ‘APEC App Challenge,’ a contest to build the best app or mobile site to help small businesses export.

The winning team—Australians Chris Gough and David Elliot—built APEC CONNECT, an app which uses blockchain technology to help SMEs build a reputation as a reliable supplier and overcome the tricky issue of invoicing to multiple countries with different standards. Bùi Đắc Thịnh and Trần Hoàng Hiệp of Vietnam won second place with AirLaLa, an app that helps local craftspeople find online customers, and Qamra Khan and Andrew Lee of Malaysia came in third with Connect, an app to help match small business buyers and sellers.

As Yohan Totting of the Asia Foundation remarked, “The difference between being online and offline is the difference between selling to a neighborhood and selling to the world.”

Watch how the project came together in this video.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/-I2nTSn6_Yg/

Local business, global ambition: The new export opportunity for SMEs

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

The invention of shipping containers in the 1950s changed the economics of exporting, and helped kick-start a new wave of exports among large companies. Today, the internet has the same impact among small businesses, helping them find new customers overseas and grow. 

Lucky Aria

Lucky D. Aria in his workshop

For instance, Lucky D. Aria has a small business, Matoa Indonesia, which transforms discarded wood into beautiful wooden watches. In 2016 he started using the internet to find new customers overseas — and has now started selling to customers in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. His exports to the United States already make up about 30% of his income. 

We need more Luckys. New research shows that small businesses in Asia-Pacific that are online are four times more likely to be exporting — and if the number of SMEs online  doubled, the region would benefit from an additional 35 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion in export sales. 

So we teamed up with regional economic forum APEC, the Vietnamese Government, and the Asia Foundation on a project to help make it easier for SMEs to export.  

APEC app challenge

More than 22 app developers from economies as diverse as Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand,  the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam descended on Hanoi last week to take part in the ‘APEC App Challenge,’ a contest to build the best app or mobile site to help small businesses export.

The winning team — Australians Chris Gough and David Elliot — built APEC CONNECT, an app which uses blockchain technology to help SMEs build a reputation as a reliable supplier and overcome the tricky issue of invoicing to multiple countries with different standards. Bùi Đắc Thịnh and Trần Hoàng Hiệp of Vietnam won second place with AirLaLa, an app that helps local craftspeople find online customers, and Qamra Khan and Andrew Lee of Malaysia came in third with Connect, an app to help match small business buyers and sellers.

As Yohan Totting of the Asia Foundation remarked, “The difference between being online and offline is the difference between selling to a neighborhood and selling to the world.”

Watch how the project came together in this video.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/-J_RDE5TEGM/

Android Pay says “Nǐ Hǎo” to Taiwan

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

Whether you’re heading out for dinner or doing your  weekly shopping, your Android phone is all you need to bring with you when you walk out the door. Starting now, Android Pay is available in Taiwan.

Android Pay helps you pay for things quickly and securely with your Android phone, plus lets you earn all the same loyalty points you would with your card.   

You’ll be able to use Android Pay anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favorite shops like PX Mart, Carrefour, Watsons, and more. Simply unlock your phone and hold it to the payment terminal until you see a “check.” It’s that easy. And businesses across that already have contactless terminals don’t need to do anything else to start accepting Android Pay in their stores.

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Surfing your favourite mobile sites and apps? Android Pay lets you speed through checkout at places like Watsons, CrazyMike, and more. You can also save your HappyGo cards to Android Pay, and rack up points while you shop.

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To start using Android Pay, just download the Android Pay app on Google Play and add an eligible Visa or MasterCard credit card from one of our supported banks, including CTBC and First Bank. Don’t see your bank yet? Stay tuned. We’re working to partner with more banks and cards all the time.

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Once you’ve added an eligible card, you’re ready to pay with your phone. Android Pay keeps a list of your latest transactions right in the app, so you can easily keep track of your purchases.

And when you use Android Pay in stores, your actual card number isn’t shared. Instead, Android Pay sends a virtual account number to represent your account info—so your actual card details stay safe. Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits and protections you’re used to with your bank.

If you’re a merchant or a developer, we’ve teamed up with many leading payment platforms, processors, and technology providers to make it even easier to accept Android Pay. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Get started with Android Pay in Taiwan today: Install the app, add your card and enjoy quick, convenient checkout.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/W_kPon84z0U/

Android Pay says “Nǐ Hǎo” to Taiwan

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

Whether you’re heading out for dinner or doing your  weekly shopping, your Android phone is all you need to bring with you when you walk out the door. Starting now, Android Pay is available in Taiwan.

Android Pay helps you pay for things quickly and securely with your Android phone, plus lets you earn all the same loyalty points you would with your card.   

You’ll be able to use Android Pay anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favorite shops like PX Mart, Carrefour, Watsons, and more. Simply unlock your phone and hold it to the payment terminal until you see a “check.” It’s that easy. And businesses across that already have contactless terminals don’t need to do anything else to start accepting Android Pay in their stores.

TW_stores

Surfing your favourite mobile sites and apps? Android Pay lets you speed through checkout at places like Watsons, CrazyMike, and more. You can also save your HappyGo cards to Android Pay, and rack up points while you shop.

TW_apps

To start using Android Pay, just download the Android Pay app on Google Play and add an eligible Visa or MasterCard credit card from one of our supported banks, including CTBC and First Bank. Don’t see your bank yet? Stay tuned. We’re working to partner with more banks and cards all the time.

TW_banks

Once you’ve added an eligible card, you’re ready to pay with your phone. Android Pay keeps a list of your latest transactions right in the app, so you can easily keep track of your purchases.

And when you use Android Pay in stores, your actual card number isn’t shared. Instead, Android Pay sends a virtual account number to represent your account info—so your actual card details stay safe. Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits and protections you’re used to with your bank.

If you’re a merchant or a developer, we’ve teamed up with many leading payment platforms, processors, and technology providers to make it even easier to accept Android Pay. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Get started with Android Pay in Taiwan today: Install the app, add your card and enjoy quick, convenient checkout.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/S8Nr0TDVsew/

Android Pay says “Nǐ Hǎo” to Taiwan

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

Whether you’re heading out for dinner or doing your  weekly shopping, your Android phone is all you need to bring with you when you walk out the door. Starting now, Android Pay is available in Taiwan.

Android Pay helps you pay for things quickly and securely with your Android phone, plus lets you earn all the same loyalty points you would with your card.   

You’ll be able to use Android Pay anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favorite shops like PX Mart, Carrefour, Watsons, and more. Simply unlock your phone and hold it to the payment terminal until you see a “check.” It’s that easy. And businesses across that already have contactless terminals don’t need to do anything else to start accepting Android Pay in their stores.

TW_stores

Surfing your favourite mobile sites and apps? Android Pay lets you speed through checkout at places like Watsons, CrazyMike, and more. You can also save your HappyGo cards to Android Pay, and rack up points while you shop.

TW_apps

To start using Android Pay, just download the Android Pay app on Google Play and add an eligible Visa or MasterCard credit card from one of our supported banks, including CTBC and First Bank. Don’t see your bank yet? Stay tuned. We’re working to partner with more banks and cards all the time.

TW_banks

Once you’ve added an eligible card, you’re ready to pay with your phone. Android Pay keeps a list of your latest transactions right in the app, so you can easily keep track of your purchases.

And when you use Android Pay in stores, your actual card number isn’t shared. Instead, Android Pay sends a virtual account number to represent your account info—so your actual card details stay safe. Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits and protections you’re used to with your bank.

If you’re a merchant or a developer, we’ve teamed up with many leading payment platforms, processors, and technology providers to make it even easier to accept Android Pay. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Get started with Android Pay in Taiwan today: Install the app, add your card and enjoy quick, convenient checkout.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/OVU4VLz5qKU/

KISS frontman Gene Simmons on new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered. KISS joined forces with us to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. And we had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

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Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It’s a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

Check out Gene and his fellow band members with their Live Cases, along with photos of a few other designs you can choose from: 

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KISS band members holding their Live Cases 

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From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/RO2HDwNFRLY/

KISS frontman Gene Simmons on new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered. KISS joined forces with us to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. And we had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

IMG_20170528_133338 (1).jpg

Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It’s a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

Check out Gene and his fellow band members with their Live Cases, along with photos of a few other designs you can choose from: 

1Z2A8531.jpg

KISS band members holding their Live Cases 

KISSLineUp _WhiteBackground 5.jpg

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KISSLineUp _WhiteBackground 9.jpg


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/f6JkIeDF3A4/

KISS frontman Gene Simmons on new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel

Category: Google | May 31, 2017

If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered. KISS joined forces with us to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. And we had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

IMG_20170528_133338 (1).jpg

Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It’s a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

Check out Gene and his fellow band members with their Live Cases, along with photos of a few other designs you can choose from: 

1Z2A8531.jpg

KISS band members holding their Live Cases 

KISSLineUp _WhiteBackground 5.jpg

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KISSLineUp _WhiteBackground 9.jpg


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/rYGAmGyuGI4/