Wednesday, January 12, 2011

News About Google - 12 January 2011

  • SketchUp Pro Training Schedule: Jan/Feb 2011
    January 11, 2011
    Our January and February 2011 SketchUp Authorized Training Center schedule is now available. The map below contains information on specific locations, dates, and courses provided:


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  • Gingerbread NDK Awesomeness
    January 11, 2011
    [This post is by Chris Pruett, an outward-facing Androider who focuses on the world of games. —Tim Bray]
    We released the first version of the Native Development Kit, a development toolchain for building shared libraries in C or C++ that can be used in conjunction with Android applications written in the Java programming language, way back in July of 2009. Since that initial release we’ve steadily improved support for native code; key features such as OpenGL ES support, debugging capabilities, multiple ABI support, and access to bitmaps

  • Google Code-in Wrapup
    January 11, 2011
    This was a great year for Google Code-In. We had a total of 361 students complete at least one task during our contest period. We are still compiling the statistics on our participants and plan to post a follow-up once we are done reviewing tasks soon. We are quite proud of the participation in the contest this year and hope many of our student participants will go on to continue contributing to the organizations for which they completed tasks.

    Grand prize winners will be announced on February 14. Stay tuned to this blog for the announcement
  • AdWords Downtime: January 15, 10am-2pm PDT
    January 11, 2011
    We'll be performing routine system maintenance on Saturday, January 15 from approximately 10:00am to 2:00pm PST. You won't be able to access AdWords or the API during this time frame, but your ads will continue to run as normal.


    Best,
    - Eric Koleda, AdWords API Team

  • High school mashup: Digital History Class
    January 11, 2011
    We’ve long been admirers of the creative things educators and students do with SketchUp. Michael Hathorn is a high school teacher in Hartford, Vermont who teaches an innovative class that he describes as a “digital history” of their small town. They document White River Junction’s history by constructing 3D models of the town’s buildings and geo-locating them in Google Earth.
    We’ve blogged about Hartford High before – and even found his work as an educator deserving of an official case-study video. Mike and five of his students presented

  • AdSense Facts & Fiction Part V: Unoriginal content
    January 11, 2011
    Fiction: Publishers can put ads on auto-generated pages or other copied content that was not created by them.

    Fact: We don’t allow sites with auto-generated or otherwise unoriginal content to participate in the AdSense program. This is to ensure that our users are benefiting from a unique online experience and that our advertisers are partnering with useful and relevant sites.

    In the past, we’ve talked about tips for maintaining an AdSense-friendly site with user-generated content (UGC). Today's topic is not only applicable to UGC sites
  • Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies
    January 11, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog, Google Student Blog and Google LatLong Blog)

    Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that there was a better way to find information on the web. They did their research, tested their theories and built a search engine which (eventually) changed the way people found information online. Larry and Sergey were fortunate to be able
  • Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies
    January 11, 2011

    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog.)

    Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that there was a better way to find information on the web. They did their research, tested their theories and built a search engine which (eventually) changed the way people found information online
  • Google Goggles Gets Faster, Smarter and Solves Sudoku
    January 11, 2011
    Yesterday we launched a new version of Google Goggles that’s faster and smarter than ever before. The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android can scan barcodes almost instantly. All versions of Goggles can now recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Finally, Goggles has also learned a fun new trick for Sudoku fans.

    Barcodes
    When shopping offline, it’s helpful to be able to learn more about a product by scanning its barcode. With the new Android version of Google Goggles, scanning barcodes is much faster. Open Goggles and hover

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