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Your funny, interesting, smart (and humble) best friend Assistant

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

June 8 is National Best Friends day—a day to celebrate those who make us laugh, keep our secrets and help us answer the tough questions in life. Sounds an awful lot like the Google Assistant to us! So not only can the Assistant help you plan a day with your favorite human best friend, it can also be the sidekick you’ve been waiting for.

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  • Looking for a laugh? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Tell me a joke.” 
  • Need a friendly reminder? Ask your Google Assistant on your phone to “Remind me to call Thomas for his birthday on June 18.”
  • Up for some competition? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Play lucky trivia.” You can even have multiple players, so feel free to invite some friends. 
  • Ready to get personal? Best friends have nicknames and so can you—just ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Call me Wonder Woman” (because your real friends never would…)
  • Looking for a friend to tell you the truth? Just ask your Assistant on your phone “Who’s your best friend?”
  • Message your BFF in Google Allo and ask the Assistant for the scoop on “ice cream shops nearby” to have results shared with both of you in chat. Looking for something healthier? Ask your Assistant for “parks nearby.”
  • For those whose best friend is of the fluffy variety—and you want a little help communicating—try asking your Assistant “what did my cat say?” or “what did my dog say” on Google Home. 

No matter how you see your Assistant—a part of the team, a steady sidekick, or an animal translator—it’s ready to help you get the most out of National Best Friends Day. So go on, have a little fun with a friend!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/u5h0wf0-RL4/

Your funny, interesting, smart (and humble) best friend Assistant

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

June 8 is National Best Friends day—a day to celebrate those who make us laugh, keep our secrets and help us answer the tough questions in life. Sounds an awful lot like the Google Assistant to us! So not only can the Assistant help you plan a day with your favorite human best friend, it can also be the sidekick you’ve been waiting for.

bffs

  • Looking for a laugh? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Tell me a joke.” 
  • Need a friendly reminder? Ask your Google Assistant on your phone to “Remind me to call Thomas for his birthday on June 18.”
  • Up for some competition? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Play lucky trivia.” You can even have multiple players, so feel free to invite some friends. 
  • Ready to get personal? Best friends have nicknames and so can you—just ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Call me Wonder Woman” (because your real friends never would…)
  • Looking for a friend to tell you the truth? Just ask your Assistant on your phone “Who’s your best friend?”
  • Message your BFF in Google Allo and ask the Assistant for the scoop on “ice cream shops nearby” to have results shared with both of you in chat. Looking for something healthier? Ask your Assistant for “parks nearby.”
  • For those whose best friend is of the fluffy variety—and you want a little help communicating—try asking your Assistant “what did my cat say?” or “what did my dog say” on Google Home. 

No matter how you see your Assistant—a part of the team, a steady sidekick, or an animal translator—it’s ready to help you get the most out of National Best Friends Day. So go on, have a little fun with a friend!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/qpWPQ5yx2Pc/

Eclipse Megamovie: Citizen science for the 2017 total solar eclipse

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

August 21, 2017 will be a very special day. For the first time in 100 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States. It’s not only an opportunity for millions of people to appreciate this rare astronomical event, but a chance for scientists to gain a better understanding of how the sun’s atmosphere behaves. Enter the Eclipse Megamovie Project.

Led by the University of California at Berkeley, scientists from multiple universities are turning to citizen scientists for help gathering images of the sun and its atmosphere, the corona. Volunteers armed with standard photography equipment—a camera, telephoto lens, and tripod—will capture photos of the eclipse as the moon’s shadow passes over their part of the country. Once this huge dataset is collected, it’s Google’s turn. We’ll use our technology to algorithmically align and process the images submitted by citizen scientists to create a continuous view of the eclipse: the Eclipse Megamovie.

In addition to the movie, the full dataset of images will be made available to the public and the scientific community. Time will only tell what insights and projects may come from this rich collection.

If you’ll be on the path of totality and plan on taking pictures, the project needs your help. Head to the Megamovie website to learn more about how to join and take the best eclipse photographs possible.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/9M0sN-POUec/

Eclipse Megamovie: Citizen science for the 2017 total solar eclipse

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

August 21, 2017 will be a very special day. For the first time in 100 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States. It’s not only an opportunity for millions of people to appreciate this rare astronomical event, but a chance for scientists to gain a better understanding of how the sun’s atmosphere behaves. Enter the Eclipse Megamovie Project.

Led by the University of California at Berkeley, scientists from multiple universities are turning to citizen scientists for help gathering images of the sun and its atmosphere, the corona. Volunteers armed with standard photography equipment—a camera, telephoto lens, and tripod—will capture photos of the eclipse as the moon’s shadow passes over their part of the country. Once this huge dataset is collected, it’s Google’s turn. We’ll use our technology to algorithmically align and process the images submitted by citizen scientists to create a continuous view of the eclipse: the Eclipse Megamovie.

In addition to the movie, the full dataset of images will be made available to the public and the scientific community. Time will only tell what insights and projects may come from this rich collection.

If you’ll be on the path of totality and plan on taking pictures, the project needs your help. Head to the Megamovie website to learn more about how to join and take the best eclipse photographs possible.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/87MskoKExr4/

Dive into World Oceans Day with Google Earth and Maps

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

This World Oceans Day, explore our oceans and learn from experts leading marine conservation efforts around the world with Street View and Google Earth.

We hope these stories and sights will inspire you to get involved and help protect our vast and fragile oceans. So jump on in, the water’s fine!Start your underwater adventure in Voyager. With the Ocean Agency, tour Raja Ampat, Indonesia’s rich marine center containing 76 percent of the world’s coral species and 36 percent of the world’s reef fish species—more than any other marine region in the world. Then head to the Gulf of California with Dr. Sylvia Earle to see leaping mobula rays and learn about efforts to combat shark finning. Finally, head south to swim alongside the playful sea lions of the Galápagos Islands, one of the most biodiverse and unique places on the planet.

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Once you’ve gotten your sea legs in Voyager, sail on over to Street View for even more beautiful blues. Go tete-a-tete with turtles in the Great Barrier Reef off Heron Island, Australia, snorkel through colorful coral in DA Bai Shah, Taiwan, and enroll yourself in a school of fish in Bali.

We hope these stories and sights will inspire you to get involved and help protect our vast and fragile oceans. So jump on in, the water’s fine!

Photo credit for header image of Raja Ampat: Jayne Jenkins

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/-yA1abOZoeo/

Dive into World Oceans Day with Google Earth and Maps

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

This World Oceans Day, explore our oceans and learn from experts leading marine conservation efforts around the world with Street View and Google Earth.

We hope these stories and sights will inspire you to get involved and help protect our vast and fragile oceans. So jump on in, the water’s fine!Start your underwater adventure in Voyager. With the Ocean Agency, tour Raja Ampat, Indonesia’s rich marine center containing 76 percent of the world’s coral species and 36 percent of the world’s reef fish species—more than any other marine region in the world. Then head to the Gulf of California with Dr. Sylvia Earle to see leaping mobula rays and learn about efforts to combat shark finning. Finally, head south to swim alongside the playful sea lions of the Galápagos Islands, one of the most biodiverse and unique places on the planet.

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Once you’ve gotten your sea legs in Voyager, sail on over to Street View for even more beautiful blues. Go tete-a-tete with turtles in the Great Barrier Reef off Heron Island, Australia, snorkel through colorful coral in DA Bai Shah, Taiwan, and enroll yourself in a school of fish in Bali.

We hope these stories and sights will inspire you to get involved and help protect our vast and fragile oceans. So jump on in, the water’s fine!

Photo credit for header image of Raja Ampat: Jayne Jenkins

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/DHrkP_ECOn8/

Google News Lab powers digital journalism training for Africa

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

For journalists, recent advances in digital technology present compelling new opportunities to discover, tell and share stories—like this one from the Mail & Guardian that uses Google My Maps to highlight top water wasters in metro areas during the drought. But learning how to use new digital tools for reporting can be intimidating or even daunting. This is particularly true in Africa, where digital integration in news and storytelling often remains a challenge. Few journalism institutions offer training programs in digital tools, and news organizations often lack the capability to use new digital technologies in their reporting.

That’s why we’re supporting a new initiative that will offer journalists across Africa training in skills like mobile reporting, mapping, data visualization, verification, and fact checking. In partnership with the World Bank and Code For Africa, this project aims to train more than 6,000 journalists by February 2018, in 12 major African cities: Abuja, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Nairobi and Yaounde. By providing the instruction and support to better use available digital tools available, we hope to empower journalists across Africa to produce cutting-edge and compelling reporting.

Training will take place in three formats:

  • Beginning June 15, we’ll hold in-person training sessions on topics ranging  from displaying data with an interactive map to effective reporting with a mobile device. In each city, we’ll conduct trainings in three newsrooms and hold trainings twice a month for the duration of the initiative.
  • In August, a massive open online course (MOOC) will be made freely available online, covering a range of web concepts and practices for digital journalists.
  • We will also hold monthly study groups in collaboration with Hacks/Hackers (a global meetup organization) to provide more focused, in-person instruction. These monthly meetings will take place in Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

In 2016, we announced our commitment to train 1 million African youth on digital skills during the year to help them create and find jobs. We hope this new initiative also helps contribute to the continued growth of Africa’s digital economy.

Please visit www.academy.codeforafrica.org to learn more and to register.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/vf_u7uA9mxw/

Google News Lab powers digital journalism training for Africa

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

For journalists, recent advances in digital technology present compelling new opportunities to discover, tell and share stories—like this one from the Mail & Guardian that uses Google My Maps to highlight top water wasters in metro areas during the drought. But learning how to use new digital tools for reporting can be intimidating or even daunting. This is particularly true in Africa, where digital integration in news and storytelling often remains a challenge. Few journalism institutions offer training programs in digital tools, and news organizations often lack the capability to use new digital technologies in their reporting.

That’s why we’re supporting a new initiative that will offer journalists across Africa training in skills like mobile reporting, mapping, data visualization, verification, and fact checking. In partnership with the World Bank and Code For Africa, this project aims to train more than 6,000 journalists by February 2018, in 12 major African cities: Abuja, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Nairobi and Yaounde. By providing the instruction and support to better use available digital tools available, we hope to empower journalists across Africa to produce cutting-edge and compelling reporting.

Training will take place in three formats:

  • Beginning June 15, we’ll hold in-person training sessions on topics ranging  from displaying data with an interactive map to effective reporting with a mobile device. In each city, we’ll conduct trainings in three newsrooms and hold trainings twice a month for the duration of the initiative.
  • In August, a massive open online course (MOOC) will be made freely available online, covering a range of web concepts and practices for digital journalists.
  • We will also hold monthly study groups in collaboration with Hacks/Hackers (a global meetup organization) to provide more focused, in-person instruction. These monthly meetings will take place in Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

In 2016, we announced our commitment to train 1 million African youth on digital skills during the year to help them create and find jobs. We hope this new initiative also helps contribute to the continued growth of Africa’s digital economy.

Please visit www.academy.codeforafrica.org to learn more and to register.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/WHMUriz5Vio/

We wear culture: Discover why we wear what we wear with Google Arts & Culture

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

Are you wearing jeans today? Is there a floral tie or a black dress hanging in your wardrobe? Remember those platform shoes from the ‘90s? These have one thing in common: They all tell a story, sometimes spanning hundreds of years of history.

As the legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland once said, “You can even see the approaching revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” That’s one reason we’re excited to unveil “We wear culture,” a new project on Google Arts & Culture that brings you the stories behind the clothes you wear.

More than 180 museums, fashion institutions, schools, archives and other organizations from the fashion hubs of New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and elsewhere came together to put three millennia of fashion at your fingertips. You can browse 30,000 fashion pieces: try searching for hats and sort them by color or shoes by time. In 450+ exhibits, you can find stories from the ancient Silk Road to the ferocious fashion of the British punk. Or meet icons and trendsetters like Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent or Vivienne Westwood.

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The rise of the denim from gold panners’ workwear to high street and high fashion (The Museum at FIT)

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Iconic platform shoe of Brazilian diva Carmen Miranda (Museu Carmen Miranda)

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Björk wearing Maiko Takeda on her Vulnicura album cover (Japan Fashion and Lifestyle Foundation)

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Cover of U.S. “Vogue” highlighting Christian Dior’s New Look (Condé Nast Archive)

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The art of natural dyeing in India (Avani Society)

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The iconic delphos dress created by Mariano Fortuny in 1909 (Palazzo Fortuny)

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Jobok, ceremonial Korean robe for couturiers, 1890 – 1910 (Ewha Womans University Museum)

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Models at African Heritage House in Kenya.

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An exploration of 18th century Belgian lace making (Momu Museum Antwerp).

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Karajá tribe breastplates in Brazil (Museu do Índio).

We’ve also created virtual reality films bringing to life the stories of iconic pieces. Step inside the places where fashion history lives on YouTube or with a virtual reality viewer:

There’s more to clothes than meets the eye. See how shoemakers, jewellers, tie-dyers and bag-makers master their crafts through generations, turning design sketches and tailoring patterns into clothes you can wear. Zoom into ultra-high resolution images made with our Art Camera and see the craftsmanship in unprecedented detail, like this famous Schiaparelli evening coat, a surrealist drawing turned into a bold fashion statement. Step inside the world’s largest costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory in 360 degrees, and see what it takes to preserve these objects for future generations. Explore the machinery that keeps one of the largest industries in the world in motion and meet the communities that are built on the production of textiles, like the Avani Society in India.

We also teamed up with YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen to go through the wardrobe and discover even more stories behind the clothes you wear today. Before you hide under your hoodie or put on a pair of ripped jeans, hop over to our YouTube channel to take a closer look at the historic thread running through today’s fashions.

“We wear culture” is now live and online at g.co/wewearculture and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS and Android. With this project, the world of fashion joins more than a thousand institutions of art and history that share their collections on Google Arts & Culture, letting you explore even more of our culture in one place. Click away and you’ll see how fashion is stitched into the fabric of our societies. And join in the conversation on social media with #WeWearCulture!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/O72eer0BNCE/

We wear culture: Discover why we wear what we wear with Google Arts & Culture

Category: Google | Jun 8, 2017

Are you wearing jeans today? Is there a floral tie or a black dress hanging in your wardrobe? Remember those platform shoes from the ‘90s? These have one thing in common: They all tell a story, sometimes spanning hundreds of years of history.

As the legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland once said, “You can even see the approaching revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” That’s one reason we’re excited to unveil “We wear culture,” a new project on Google Arts & Culture that brings you the stories behind the clothes you wear.

More than 180 museums, fashion institutions, schools, archives and other organizations from the fashion hubs of New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and elsewhere came together to put three millennia of fashion at your fingertips. You can browse 30,000 fashion pieces: try searching for hats and sort them by color or shoes by time. In 450+ exhibits, you can find stories from the ancient Silk Road to the ferocious fashion of the British punk. Or meet icons and trendsetters like Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent or Vivienne Westwood.

Denim_The_Museum_at_FIT_Desktop.png

The rise of the denim from gold panners’ workwear to high street and high fashion (The Museum at FIT)

Shoe_Jimmy_Durante_Show_Museu_Carmen_Miranda_Desktop.png

Iconic platform shoe of Brazilian diva Carmen Miranda (Museu Carmen Miranda)

Vulnicura_Bjork_Japan_Fashion_and_Lifestyle_Foundation_Desktop.png

Björk wearing Maiko Takeda on her Vulnicura album cover (Japan Fashion and Lifestyle Foundation)

Conde_Nast_Christian_Dior_New_Look_Desktop.png

Cover of U.S. “Vogue” highlighting Christian Dior’s New Look (Condé Nast Archive)

Avani_Society_Bright_reds_and_oranges_desktop.png

The art of natural dyeing in India (Avani Society)

Palazzo_Fortuny_Delphos_gown_desktop.png

The iconic delphos dress created by Mariano Fortuny in 1909 (Palazzo Fortuny)

Ewha_Womans_University_Museum_Ceremony_Robe_Desktop_02.png

Jobok, ceremonial Korean robe for couturiers, 1890 – 1910 (Ewha Womans University Museum)

Models_African_Heritage_House_Desktop.png

Models at African Heritage House in Kenya.

Karaja boys.png

Karajá tribe breastplates in Brazil (Museu do Índio)

We’ve also created virtual reality films bringing to life the stories of iconic pieces. Step inside the places where fashion history lives on YouTube or with a virtual reality viewer:

There’s more to clothes than meets the eye. See how shoemakers, jewellers, tie-dyers and bag-makers master their crafts through generations, turning design sketches and tailoring patterns into clothes you can wear. Zoom into ultra-high resolution images made with our Art Camera and see the craftsmanship in unprecedented detail, like this famous Schiaparelli evening coat, a surrealist drawing turned into a bold fashion statement. Step inside the world’s largest costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory in 360 degrees, and see what it takes to preserve these objects for future generations. Explore the machinery that keeps one of the largest industries in the world in motion and meet the communities that are built on the production of textiles, like the Avani Society in India.

We also teamed up with YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen to go through the wardrobe and discover even more stories behind the clothes you wear today. Before you hide under your hoodie or put on a pair of ripped jeans, hop over to our YouTube channel to take a closer look at the historic thread running through today’s fashions.

“We wear culture” is now live and online at g.co/wewearculture and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS and Android. With this project, the world of fashion joins more than a thousand institutions of art and history that share their collections on Google Arts & Culture, letting you explore even more of our culture in one place. Click away and you’ll see how fashion is stitched into the fabric of our societies. And join in the conversation on social media with #WeWearCulture!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/T7rfIBAnJlA/