Friday, January 21, 2011

New About Google - 21 January 2011

  • Processing Ordered Broadcasts
    January 20, 2011
    [This post is by Bruno Albuquerque, an engineer who works in Google’s office in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. —Tim Bray]
    One of the things that I find most interesting and powerful about Android is the concept of broadcasts and their use through the BroadcastReceiver class (from now on, we will call implementations of this class “receivers”). As this document is about a very specific usage scenario for broadcasts, I will not go into detail about how they work in general, so I recommend reading the documentation about them in the Android developer

  • Photo-rendering with Shaderlight
    January 20, 2011
    If I had a nickel for every time someone asks me which renderer they should use with SketchUp, I’d have a fleet of helicopters perched on the turrets of my castle. One look at SketchUp’s Fan Photos page on Facebook is all you need to understand our community’s obsession with delicious photo-realism. There are piles of fantastic rendering tools to choose from, and more become available all the time. Happily, most of them have a “free mode” that you can use to try things out.


    Shaderlight, an awfully-impressive (and relatively new) offering

  • Supporting computer science education with CS4HS
    January 20, 2011
    Recent statistics have shown a decline in the number of U.S. students taking computer science AP classes, which also leads to a decline in students declaring computer science as their majors—a concerning trend in the U.S. as we try to remain competitive in the global economy. With programs like Computer Science for High School (CS4HS), we hope to increase the number of CS majors —and therefore the number of people entering into careers in CS—by promoting computer science curriculum at the high school level.

    For the fourth consecutive year,
  • An update from the Chairman
    January 20, 2011
    When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today. Search has quite literally changed people’s lives—increasing the collective sum of the world’s knowledge and revolutionizing advertising in the process. And our emerging businesses—display, Android, YouTube and Chrome—are on fire. Of course, like any successful organization we’ve had our fair share of good luck, but the entire team—now over 24,000 Googlers globally—deserves most of the credit.

    And as our results today show
  • YouTube Highlights 1/20/11
    January 20, 2011
    This is the latest in our series of YouTube highlights. Every couple of weeks, we bring you regular updates on new product features, interesting programs to watch and tips you can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

    Since our last update, we’ve featured new music programs, brought you closer to what’s going on in government and highlighted some of the best ads of 2010.

    Music videos now on YouTube app for Android
    We’ve welcomed VEVO’s extensive library of
  • Screening Room now showing short films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
    January 20, 2011
    Can’t make it to Park City, Utah to mingle with independent film’s glitterati at the Sundance Film Festival this year? We’ll bring the magic to you.

    To celebrate the kickoff of one of the world’s most acclaimed independent film festivals, YouTube and the Sundance Film Institute are teaming up to present a collection of past and present short films in the YouTube Screening Room. Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature:
    • Four career-starting short films from past Sundance Film Festivals
    • Four short films from past participants in the Sundance

  • Sensitive category blocking now available in three more languages
    January 20, 2011
    Since our announcement last August that sensitive category blocking had been expanded to more languages, we’re excited to say the language expansion has gone even further!

    This week, publishers in Thai, Turkish, and Russian-speaking countries can now block ads in sensitive categories for all supported languages. The full list of supported languages spans English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, and now Thai, Turkish, and Russian.

    With sensitive category blocking, you can prevent ads from
  • Spotlight on Moms in Las Vegas
    January 20, 2011
    We all know that moms are amazing multi-taskers, the savviest of shoppers, and maintain order in the most hectic of households. But today’s mom is also hip to adopt the latest and greatest gadgets.

    The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlighted this trend by showing off gadgets for moms in the first-ever “Mommy tech” lifestyle exhibit. Device manufacturers and retailers recognize this and are increasingly reaching out to this segment, which makes 80% of household purchases and spends $1.7 trillion annually.

    Gadget-makers are appealing
  • We're serious, about your fun
    January 20, 2011

    At Google, we make time to have fun too, whether it’s taking breaks, biking to meetings, bringing our dogs to work, but when it comes to your account and identity, we take it seriously.

    We want to help you protect your orkut account. To help us do so, you can now verify your email address, which helps prevent others from using it to sign in to orkut.

    Once you've verified, you'll get a new nifty badge on your profile. If you don't already see a badge in your profile, follow the instructions here to verify your email.

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