This week the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s newest smartphones, arrive in stores. Both devices come with features like Now Playing, the Google Assistant, and the best-rated smartphone camera ever, according to DXO.
We designed Pixel 2’s camera by asking how we can make the camera in your Pixel 2 act like SLRs and other big cameras, and we’ve talked before about the tech we use to do that (such as HDR+). Today we’re highlighting a new feature for Pixel 2’s camera: portrait mode.
With portrait mode, you can take pictures of your friends and family (that includes your pets too!) that keep what’s important sharp and in focus, but softly blur out the background. This helps draw your attention to the people in your pictures and keeps you from getting distracted by what’s in the background. This works on both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, on both the rear- and front-facing cameras.
Today we’re excited to announce new advancements across our global partner ecosystem including an extended partnership with Tata Consultancy Services and the introduction of the new Adobe Exchange marketplace.
Online security is top of mind for everyone these days, and we’re more focused than ever on protecting you and your data on Google, in the cloud, on your devices, and across the web.
One of our biggest focuses is phishing, attacks that trick people into revealing personal information like their usernames and passwords. You may remember phishing scams as spammy emails from “princes” asking for money via wire-transfer. But things have changed a lot since then. Today’s attacks are often very targeted—this is called “spear-phishing”—more sophisticated, and may even seem to be from someone you know.
Even for savvy users, today’s phishing attacks can be hard to spot. That’s why we’ve invested in automated security systems that can analyze an internet’s-worth of phishing attacks, detect subtle clues to uncover them, and help us protect our users in Gmail, as well as in other Google products, and across the web.
Our investments have enables us to significantly decrease the volume of phishing emails that users and customers ever see. With our automated protections, account security (like security keys) and warnings, Gmail is the most secure email service today.
Here is a look at some of the systems that have helped us secure users over time, and enabled us to add brand new protections in the last year.
The best protections against large-scale phishing operations are even larger-scale defenses. Safe Browsing and Gmail spam filters are effective because they have such broad visibility across the web. By automatically scanning billions of emails, webpages, and apps for threats, they enable us to see the clearest, most up-to-date picture of the phishing landscape.
We’ve trained our security systems to block known issues for years. But, new, sophisticated phishing emails may come from people’s actual contacts (yes, attackers are able to do this), or include familiar company logos or sign-in pages. Here’s one example:
Attacks like this can be really difficult for people to spot. But new insights from our automated defenses have enabled us to immediately detect, thwart and protect Gmail users from subtler threats like these as well.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve added brand new protections that have reduced the volume of spam in people’s inboxes even further.
Safe Browsing helps protect more than 3 billion devices from phishing, across Google and beyond. It hunts and flags malicious extensions in the Chrome Web Store, helps block malicious ads, helps power Google Play Protect, and more. And of course, Safe Browsing continues to show millions of red warnings about websites it considers dangerous or insecure in multiple browsers—Chrome, Firefox, Safari—and across many different platforms, including iOS and Android.
Phishing is a complex problem, and there isn’t a single, silver-bullet solution. That’s why we’ve provided additional protections for users for many years.
We’ll never stop working to keep your account secure with industry-leading protections. More are coming soon, so stay tuned.
By introducing a range of new applications in Creative Cloud, along with significant innovations across our flagship tools, we’re enabling creative professionals and enthusiasts alike to express themselves with apps and services that connect across devices, platforms and geographies.
Adobe and Coca-Cola have invited the global creative community to create a work of art inspired by Coca-Cola and their iconic branding. By providing special branded assets and a unique creative brief, participants can build a piece of art and share it with the world.
The path to digital transformation is both exhilarating and daunting. The opportunity for brands has never been greater through digital and mobile customer relationships, but successful digital transformation requires brands to work differently. Adobe is addressing this with several exciting announcements at the Adobe MAX conference today.
We are proud to announce the addition of Motion Graphics Templates to Adobe Stock. Hear from our contributors Andrew Kramer, Nik Hill, and Valentina Vee about why motion graphics are important for all video editors and film makers.
Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that 8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 8LPP (Low Power
Computer Science (CS) fosters innovation, critical thinking and empowers students with the skills to create powerful tools to solve major challenges. Yet, many students, especially in their the early years, do not have access to opportunities to develop their technical skills.
At Google, we believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why, in line with our commitment to prepare 10 million people in Africa for jobs of the future, we are funding 60 community organisations to hold training workshops during Africa Code Week 2017.These workshops will give over 50,000 students a chance to engage with CS and learn programming and computational-thinking skills.
Africa Code Week is a grassroots movement that encourages programming by showing how to bring ideas to life with code, demystifying these skills and bringing motivated students together to learn. Google has been involved in this campaign as a primary partner to SAP since 2015, providing sponsorships to organizations running initiatives to introduce students to CS.
This year, we received more than 300 applications from community organizations across Africa. We worked with the Cape Town Science Centre to select and fund 60 of these organizations that will deliver CS workshops to children and teens (ages 8 to 18) from October 18-25 in 10 African countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Gambia and Togo).
Some of the initiatives we are supporting include:
Google is delighted to support these great efforts. Congratulations to the recipient organizations. Step into the world of Google in Computer Science Education at edu.google.com/cs.
Designed to complement your Creative Cloud workflow and fill in gaps with specialized features for the task at hand, there’s little you can’t do on the Creative Cloud platform with 3rd party apps.
Jason Levine launches the first of three, 3-week interactive live stream series to show how to take your video creation skills to the next level. First up: Motion Graphics – starting on October 27, 2017.
John will be inducted into the Cable Pioneers at a dinner event on Tuesday, October 18, at the Brown Palace Hotel. Our deepest congratulations, John!
Next week Cisco will be exhibiting at the 2017 GE Minds + Machines conference in San Francisco (October 25 and 26). Cisco is a platinum sponsor, and if you’ve never attended this conference, it’s one of the premier Industrial IoT (IIoT) events. Topics of discussion will include: IIoT architecture IIoT data management and analytics Industrial control […]