Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New About Google - 23 Feb 2011


  • And February’s “On The Rise” winner is...theDOMINICshow
    February 22, 2011
    The people have spoken, and the people love Dominic! That’s right, D-trix from theDOMINICshow won this month’s “On The Rise” contest, the program that lets you decide which up-and-coming YouTube user gets a spot on the homepage. Thanks to your support (and votes!), D-trix is featured today.

    D-trix is a talented dancer with a big love for comedy. When he’s not spoofing Justin Bieber or teaching us how to rap, he’s dancing out a surprisingly romantic Valentine’s message.



    And, now, a few more words from the man himself
  • Shaderlight Winter Wonderland winners announced
    February 22, 2011
    Our friends at Shaderlight have just wrapped up their Winter Wonderland rendering competition; the winning entries are delightful:

    First Place: Luke Holdmann, Milwaukee, USA

    Second Place: Abedallah, Christchurch, New Zealand

    Third Place: Zoungy, USA

    Kate from ArtVPS (makers of Shaderlight) tells me that the Mac version is on schedule for release in March. Can't wait!



  • Final Android 3.0 Platform and Updated SDK Tools
    February 22, 2011
    We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 3.0 is now available to developers. The APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this new platform and publish them to Android Market. The new API level is 11.
    For an overview of the new user and developer features, see the Android 3.0 Platform Highlights.
    Together with the new platform, we are releasing updates to our SDK Tools (r10) and ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0). Key features include:
    • UI Builder improvements in the ADT Plugin:
      • New Palette with categories and

  • The Data Viz Challenge: can you make tax data exciting?
    February 22, 2011
    (Cross-posted from The Official Google Blog)
    This time of year, everyone in the United States is starting to fill out—with varying levels of enthusiasm—our federal income tax forms. Yet, after we write our checks to the IRS, most of us don’t really know exactly where our money is going.
    Fortunately, there’s a new online tool to help us find out. Last year, Andrew Johnson and Louis Garcia, two developers from Minneapolis, Minn., created a website called whatwepayfor.com that uses public data to estimate how our tax money is spent. You

  • Speech technology at Google: teaching machines to talk and listen
    February 22, 2011
    This is the latest post in our series profiling entrepreneurial Googlers working on products across the company and around the world. Here, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how one Googler built an entire R&D team around voice technology that has gone on to power products like YouTube transcriptions and Voice Search. - Ed.

    When I first interviewed at Google during the summer of 2004, mobile was just making its way onto the company’s radar. My passion was speech technology, the field in which I’d already worked for 20 years. After
  • Got ideas? We're listening.
    February 22, 2011
    In the past several months we’ve added several new features to Google Custom Search – and we have you to thank! More than a year ago, we told you about a new Google Custom Search Product Ideas page, and since then you’ve voted thousands of times on all sorts of great ideas for improving the product. That doesn't even include the stellar suggestions we get on a regular basis in the help forum. In fact, query autocompletion was a help forum suggestion from swoodby that’s now available with just a few clicks in the Control Panel.
  • The Data Viz Challenge: can you make tax data exciting?
    February 22, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Code Blog)

    This time of year, everyone in the United States is starting to fill out—with varying levels of enthusiasm—our federal income tax forms. Yet, after we write our checks to the IRS, most of us don’t really know exactly where our money is going.

    Fortunately, there’s a new online tool to help us find out. Last year, Andrew Johnson and Louis Garcia, two developers from Minneapolis, Minn., created a website called whatwepayfor.com that uses public data to estimate how our tax money is spent. You enter your income
  • Two new optimizations guides: One Click Optimizer and Optimization Lab
    February 22, 2011
    We'd like to introduce you to two new optimization guides: the One Click Optimizer and the Optimization Lab.

    These guides have been designed to provide you quick and easy-to-implement optimization tips to help you maximize your site’s revenue and performance.

    One Click Optimizer

    Do you own a news site, a classifieds site, a game site, a forum, or a blog? This guide will give you best practices for ad location specifically for your type of website. Try it now to optimize the placement of your ad units, link units, and search boxes!


  • Googlers at Tech@State: Open Source Technology Conference
    February 22, 2011


    Earlier this month two members of the Google Open Source Programs Office, Chris DiBona and Jeremy Allison, traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak on a panel about open source in government at the State Department’s Tech@State: Open Source conference.

    Chris and Jeremy were joined by an impressive lineup of speakers who joined together to illustrate how open source software can improve the education, health, and welfare of the world's population. The video of their discussion is featured above, and more information about the event
  • Boutiques.com reveals the fashion trends on everyone’s mind
    February 22, 2011
    (Cross-posted on The Official Google Blog)

    Since we introduced Boutiques.com last November, we’ve been busy developing new features that we proudly unveiled as New York Fashion Week hit the runways.

    More of the boutiques you love
    We’re welcoming hundreds of thousands of stunning new boutiques, including those from designers Helmut Lang, Michael Kors, Billy Reid and Thakoon.


    Trend data to excite designers and fashion enthusiasts alike
    Over the past few months, we’ve watched usage of Boutiques soar. Shoppers aren

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