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Curio-cité Episode 1: Explore the forgotten corners of Paris

Category: Google | Oct 12, 2016

Our curiosity pushes us to try new experiences: to learn, to grow, to change our point of view, or simply to have fun.

Luckily for us, our cities are full of opportunities for new experiences. But sometimes, to get ourselves started and discover these secrets, we need a guide to inspire and motivate us.

That’s why Google Arts & Culture has created Curio-cité, a way of rediscovering our cities by following along with guides, artists and experts.

The first episode, which takes place in Paris, invites you to visit ten different hidden corners. Put on your boots and visit the mysterious “underground lake” of the Opera Garnier, which inspired the Phantom of the Opera. Stroll down the Petite Ceinture, the obsolete railway that once circled Paris. Explore the Tour Paris 13, the largest collective exhibition of street art ever produced.

You’re also invited accompany David de Rueda, urban explorer and photographer, on a journey to even more unusual places — like a 360° immersive tour of the historic Papeteries de la Seine, a paper mill that was closed in 2011. Explore digital content and exhibitions curated by David and our partner, the City of Paris.

Curio-cité is available for free on the web, iOS and Android, and for a full 360° experience, you can put on your Google Cardboard.

And if Curio-cité inspires you to go on a real-life urban adventure of your own, we’ll be inviting a few lucky explorers to explore more of hidden Paris. To learn more, follow Google France on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ or use the hashtag #GoogleCuriocité.

And who knows, maybe we’ll meet up again in a few months to explore a different city…


Introducing Project Fi’s group plan

Category: Google | Oct 11, 2016

With Project Fi, wireless service is simple and easy — you get seamless access to three 4G LTE networks, use data abroad at no extra cost, and you send and receive texts and calls across multiple devices. Last week we expanded our device options to include Google’s new Pixel phones, and today we’re excited to introduce Project Fi’s group plan: an easy way to share Project Fi with the people who matter most to you.

With Project Fi’s group plan, you can now have up to six people on one plan, making it easier to pay your bill, track data usage, and manage settings for everyone, all from one place. Project Fi’s group plan comes with all the features you know and love, along with a couple extras.

Easily add new members

Whether it’s your group of friends from college or your family, you can invite new members to your plan at any time at $15/month per line for Fi Basics (unlimited talk and text). And just like with individual plans, you only pay for the data you use at the same $10/GB rate. If you end up using less than you planned for, you’ll get the unused data credited back in dollars and cents.

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There are no commitments or contracts, just as with individual plans. Members can easily join and leave a plan as they please without having to worry about fees. And when it’s time to pay, there’s just one bill with straightforward pricing.

View and manage data usage

With Project Fi’s group plan, we put plan owners and members in control of their data. Members can easily view their own data usage from the Project Fi app, and managers can view usage per member. No more guessing how much data each person used!

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Both members and managers can set data notifications to help pace their usage. And managers can add data safeguards for even more control — you can set monthly allowances per member and pause data service if a member goes overboard. We also show data usage breakdowns per app to help you figure out what’s driving usage and make informed decisions.

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Phones are an important part of any group plan which is why in addition to supporting Google’s new Pixel devices, we’ll continue to offer the Nexus 5X and 6P through the Project Fi site. To help you set up for your first group plan, we’re offering $100 off the Nexus 6P, and $150 off the Nexus 5X, when you buy and activate through Project Fi.

Project Fi’s group plan is available starting today. For those of you who are already a part of Project Fi, you can start your group by inviting people (including existing Fi subscribers) from your Fi account page. For those thinking about joining Project Fi, you can visit our website to learn more.


Google for Entrepreneurs welcomes the latest European tech hub: Amsterdam’s TQ

Category: Google | Oct 11, 2016

TQ, the new home for technology startups in the Netherlands, a creation by The Next Web, was officially opened today by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

TQ offers facilities including co-working rooms, offices for new startups, innovation labs, a web development school and a cafe that’s open to the public. Amsterdam entrepreneurs can expect a diversity of tech-related programming, networking and, given the location on the historic Bloemenmarkt, spectacular views of the city. Starting today, interested startups can apply to rent space in the building.

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Global network

The goal of TQ is to strengthen the technological community at the city, national, and international levels. Dutch Googlers will offer mentoring to TQ entrepreneurs, who will also have access to programs like Google Demo Day, designed to attract capital investment in new businesses.

We’ve worked closely with TQ from its initial conception and are proud to welcome them into our Google for Entrepreneurs network. Google for Entrepreneurs brings together 40 tech hubs and tech campuses worldwide, including in London, Warsaw and Berlin. This gives the startups access to a strong network across 125 countries, increasing the potential impact for entrepreneurs. Being online is important, but sometimes personal contact and shared experiences can make all the difference.

Vibrant startup scene

Since Google itself started out in a garage, we know the value of encouraging entrepreneurship and strong community ecosystems. The arrival of TQ in Amsterdam is an important step in the development of Amsterdam’s vibrant startup scene. There is now a place where the city’s startup community can join forces with startups throughout the Netherlands, where entrepreneurs can learn and connect, and where world-changing businesses can get their start.


Celebrating National Coming Out Day with Google Expeditions

Category: Google | Oct 11, 2016

LGBTQ history has yet to find a place in many school curriculums, but technology and new tools like virtual reality can open pedagogical doors to cast light on what has been for too long taboo. I’m the Arts/Technology Department Chair and Performing Arts teacher at Broome Street Academy in New York City, where we seek to empower youth to realize and achieve their academic goals as well as reaffirm their identities — especially for LGBTQ students who may struggle outside the classroom.

Recently, we created a lesson for Google Expeditions advancing LGBTQ rights that explores the history, events and places celebrating National Coming Out Day on October 11th. The Expedition, which our students tried for the first time last week, lets you explore landmarks like the Stonewall Inn, which shaped the LGBTQ movement. It’s based on a lesson plan that sheds light on the challenges the LGBTQ community has faced and helps spark meaningful dialogue.

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In addition to this Expedition, Google Arts & Culture is commemorating National Coming Out Day with an exhibit in partnership with the Archive of American Television, who gathered stories from notable LGBTQ figures about their coming out experiences and how they’ve personally combatted homophobia. From Sheila Kuehl to Alan Ball, this exhibit gives students an opportunity to hear first-hand from well-known LGBTQ figures. You can also explore other online exhibits about LGBTQ history on Google Arts & Culture: Learn about LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights with the U.S. National Archives and about the early years of NYC’s Pride March with the LGBT Community Center in New York.   

To create a more tolerant society, it’s important for us to understand the past. Hawa Diallo, a Broome Street Academy sophomore, said it best: “Knowing LGBTQ history is important so that we won’t be judgmental and accept people for who they are.” Another sophomore, Roneisha Pickens, said to me: “We are all equal and people should be treated equally. We all have the right to be who we want.” Through Google Expeditions, we can provide our students with an outlet for these important conversations to come out of the closet and into the light.


Announcing Google Code-in 2016 and Google Summer of Code 2017

Category: Google | Oct 10, 2016

One of the goals of the Open Source Programs Office is to encourage more people to contribute to open source software. One way we achieve that goal is through our student programs, Google Summer of Code (for university students) and Google Code-in (for pre-university students).

Over 15,000 students from more than 100 countries have worked with 23,000 mentors and contributed to 560+ open source projects, so we’re excited to announce the next round of these programs.

Google Code-in begins for students November 28, 2016

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For the seventh consecutive year, Google Code-in will give students (ages 13-17) a chance to explore open source. Students will find opportunities to learn and get hands on experience with tasks from a range of categories. This structure allows students to stretch themselves as they take on increasingly more challenging tasks.

Getting started is easy: once the contest begins, simply choose an interesting task from our participating organizations’ lists and complete it. Mentors from the organizations are available to help online.

Google Code-in is for students asking questions like:

  • What is open source?
  • What kinds of stuff do open source projects do?
  • How can I write real code when all I’ve done is a little classroom work?
  • Can I contribute even if I’m not really a programmer?

With tasks in five different categories, there’s something to fit almost any student’s skills:

  1. Code: writing or refactoring 
  2. Documentation/Training: creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/research: community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  4. Quality Assurance: testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  5. User Interface: user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Google Summer of Code student applications open on March 20, 2017

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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) provides university students from around the world with an opportunity to take their skills and hone them by contributing to open source projects during their summer break from university.

Students gain invaluable experience working with mentors on these open source software projects, earning a stipend upon successful completion of their project.

We’re proud to keep this tradition going: we’ll be opening student applications for Google Summer of Code 2017 on March 20, 2017. Applications for interested open source organizations open on January 19, 2017.

Students, it’s never too early to start preparing or thinking about your proposal. You can learn about the organizations that participated in Google Summer of Code 2016 and theprojects students worked on. We also encourage you to explore other resources like the student and mentor manuals and frequently asked questions.

You can learn more on the program website.

Share the news with your friends and stay tuned, more details are coming soon!


A letter to an Inspiring Educator

Category: Google | Oct 7, 2016

Editor’s note: This post comes from Maria Vitória, a 2016 Google Science Fair global finalist who is a high school student from Londrina, Brazil. Her teacher, Mr. Fabio Bruschi, won the 2016 Google Science Fair Inspiring Educator Award, which acknowledges an educator who goes above and beyond in encouraging his students to achieve great things. In honor of Mr. Bruschi, Maria wrote a letter to say thank you for everything that he does. This is part of our ongoing series sharing stories that celebrate our teachers around the world, leading up to our global online gathering of educators for Education on Air on December 3. Join the movement by sharing what teachers mean to you with #ItTakesATeacher.

Dear Fabio,

Sometimes people ask me, “What makes Fabio special as a teacher?” Every time I try to think of a response, there isn’t just one reason to point to. In a nutshell, you are exactly what the award you received says: an inspiring teacher. Without a shadow of doubt, you are an educator who inspires, motivates and encourages me. You truly care about seeing your students happy and you carry a sense of pride for what we accomplish.

What makes you an amazing person is the gift of making us, students, believe that we can achieve anything we put our hearts and minds to. No matter how old we get, where we came from or what we like, you show us that our willpower can take us anywhere we want.

What makes you an inspiring teacher is your ability to coach, the love you give while working, the way you guide students, the simple gesture of seeing bad situations in the best light possible, the ways you’ve shown me that studying can be fun and that learning new things is the best part of each new day.

Thank you for believing so much in my potential, for encouraging me to enter the Google Science Fair, and believing my project was good enough. When the deadline was coming up, I didn’t have enough time to send it in but your motivation and encouragement inspired me to make it a top priority. Thank you for enabling me to have experiences and achievements that I couldn’t ever have imagined.

Thank you also for being both a teacher and a father to me. You care about not just what I am doing in the lab, but also how I feel about things and how I’m doing in my personal life. If I win a contest, you cheer as if you’re cheering for a daughter who’s been successful. If I don’t win, you comfort me with advice that encourages me to move on, telling me that I’m a winner for everything I’ve already accomplished.

You deserve this award for a thousand reasons. For me it was an honor to be part of this moment with you! Congratulations on your achievement – showing all of us in Brazil that it is possible to make a difference, that while education can be sometimes be undervalued, it is still worth it. The world would be lucky to have more teachers like you.


Maria Vitória

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Runtastic brings you the beats with Google Play Music

Category: Google | Oct 7, 2016


Celebrating AMP: A year in review

Category: Google | Oct 7, 2016

It’s been one year since we launched the open source Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP), our initiative to improve content-loading speed to benefit users, businesses, publishers, websites and the mobile web as a whole.


Code Next: a commitment to cultivating young Black and Hispanic tech leaders

Category: Google | Oct 6, 2016

Code Next connects computer science to students’ everyday lives through projects like designing and programming a robot or 3D printing an Android chess set.


Turning graphs into music with Science Journal

Category: Google | Oct 6, 2016

Introducing a new activity in Science Journal called Light Instruments: an activity that enables you to design and build a musical instrument played by changing the light that reaches it. The ability to turn graphs into sound was actually originally a feature we designed for accessibility.