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To Save Tomorrow: It’s about Transformation and Choice

Whatever you think the future might bring, one thing is certain—it will be about transformation and choice.

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Digital Concert Hall

Samsung Smart TVs Enhances Home Entertainment with New Berliner Philharmoniker App

  Concert performances from the Berliner Philharmoniker are now available to more people than ever thanks to an updated version of the Digital Concert

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Google in Asia

Doubling down in Japan

With Ruth, our CFO, visiting the site of our new Tokyo office today.

In 2001, when Google was just three years old, we opened our first office outside the U.S. That office was right here in Tokyo. Before Chrome, Gmail and YouTube, there was Google Japan.

16 years later, Google has grown quite a bit—we now have offices in over 150 cities, spanning nearly 60 countries—and Google Japan has grown as well, to 1,300 Googlers strong.

Today, I’m excited to announce the next phase of our long term investment and presence in Japan: a new office in Shibuya, Tokyo, opening in 2019, that will allow us to double the size of our team here. We are also announcing an initiative, working with Minna No Code, to help bring computer science education to more than two million students across Japan.

Doubling our presence in Japan means growing our strong engineering teams here. When an earthquake hit Tohoku in 2011, members of these teams worked quickly to launch tools like Person Finder that we still use when disasters strike around the world. And they continue to work on and improve products like Search and Maps. It also means growing our teams who work every day to help Japanese companies grow. Their work, and the tools we provide, helped Japanese businesses increase their revenue by more than $6.7 billion in 2015 alone.

We are working on some exciting ideas around the design of the new office that will let us open our doors to the community, and will share more details as plans progress.

Artist Impression of Japan Office
Here are some early artist’s impressions of how we might design some of the spaces

Finally, this is a sign of our commitment to long-term investment in Japan. It’s about creating the future with Japan’s innovators of today and those from the next generation. That’s why, through Google.org, we are partnering with Minna No Code to train thousands of teachers in computer science who will go on to teach more than two million Japanese students. This initiative is in line with Japan’s plans to ensure that all Japanese students receive a computer science education by 2020.

We can’t wait to start the next phase of our journey in Japan and to see the future that we can create together.

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Product News

Announcing New Tools for the Creator Community

By Chris Hatfield, Product Manager, Video Creators around the world are sharing their videos on Facebook to build a community around their passion — whether their passion is comedy sketches, their favorite recipes, or even knitting sweaters. On Facebook, creators can connect with more than two billion potential fans and collaborators, get to know their […]

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Chrome

Reflecting on a year’s worth of Chrome security improvements

In the next few weeks, you’ll probably be spending lots of time online buying gifts for your friends, family and “extended family” (your dog, duh). And as always, you want to do so securely. Picking the perfect present is hard enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about staying safe while you’re shopping.

Security has always been a top priority for Chrome, and this year we made a bunch of improvements to help keep your information even safer, and encourage sites across the web to become more secure as well. We’re giving you a rundown of those upgrades today, so that you can concentrate on buying the warmest new slippers for your dad or the perfect new holiday sweater for your dog in the next few weeks.

More protection from dangerous and deceptive sites

For years, Google Safe Browsing has scanned the web looking for potential dangers—like sites with malware or phishing schemes that try to steal your personal information—and warned users to steer clear. This year, we announced that Safe Browsing protects more than 3 billion devices, and in Chrome specifically, shows 260 million warnings before users can visit dangerous sites every month.

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We’re constantly working to improve Safe Browsing and we made really encouraging progress this year, particularly with mobile devices. Safe Browsing powers the warnings we now show in Gmail’s Android and iOS mobile apps after a user clicks a link to a phishing site. We brought Safe Browsing to Android WebView (which Android apps sometimes use to open web content) in Android Oreo, so even web browsing inside other apps is safer. We also brought the new mobile-optimized Safe Browsing protocol to Chrome, which cuts 80 percent of the data used by Safe Browsing and helps Chrome stay lean.

In case you do download a nastygram, this year we’ve also redesigned and upgraded the Chrome Cleanup Tool with technology from IT company ESET. Chrome will alert you if we detect unwanted software, to remove the software and get you back in good hands.

Making the web safer, for everyone

Our security work helps protect Chrome users, but we’ve also pursued projects to help secure the web as a whole. Last year, we announced that we would mark sites that are not encrypted (i.e., served over HTTP) as “not secure” in Chrome. Since then, we’ve seen a marked increase in HTTPS usage on the web, especially with some of the web’s top sites:

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If you’re researching gifts at a coffee shop or airport, you might be connecting to unfamiliar Wi-Fi which could be risky if the sites you’re visiting are not using the secure HTTPS protocol. With HTTPS, you can rest assured that the person sitting next to you can’t see or meddle with everything you’re doing on the Wi-Fi network. HTTPS ensures your connection is encrypted and your data is safe from eavesdroppers regardless of which Wi-Fi network you’re on.

An even stronger sandbox

Chrome has never relied on just one protection to secure your data. We use a layered approach with many different safeguards, including a sandbox—a feature that isolates different tabs in your browser so that if there’s a problem with one, it won’t affect the others. In the past year, we’ve added an additional sandbox layer to Chrome on Android and improved Chrome’s sandboxing on Windows and Android WebView.

So, if you’ve entered your credit card to purchase doggy nail polish in one Chrome tab, and you’ve inadvertently loaded a misbehaving or malicious site in another tab the sandbox will isolate that bad tab, and your credit card details will be protected.

Improving our browser warnings to keep you even safer

It should always be easy to know if you might be in danger online, and what you can do to get back to safety. Chrome communicates these risks in a variety of different ways, from a green lock for a secure HTTPS connection, to a red triangle warning if an attacker might be trying to steal your information.

By applying insights from new research that we published this year, we were able to improve or remove 25 percent of all HTTPS warnings Chrome users see. These improvements mean fewer false alarms, so you see warnings only when you really need them.

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Some of Chrome’s HTTPS warnings (on the left) are actually caused by reasons unrelated to security—in this case, the user’s clock was set to the wrong time. We’ve made the warnings more precise (on the right) to better explain what’s going on and how to fix it.

Unfortunately, our research didn’t help users avoid dog-grooming dangers. This is a very challenging problem that requires further analysis.

A history of strong security

Security has been a core pillar of Chrome since the very beginning. We’re always tracking our own progress, but outside perspectives are a key component of strong protections too.

The security research community has been key to strengthening Chrome security. We are extremely appreciative of their work—their reports help keep our users safer. We’ve given $4.2 million to researchers through our Vulnerability Reward Program since it launched in 2010.

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Of course, we’re also happy when aren’t able to find security issues. At Pwn2Own 2017, an industry event where security professionals come together to hack browsers, Chrome remained standing while other browsers were successfully exploited.

Zooming out, we worked with two top-tier security firms to independently assess Chrome’s overall security across the range of areas that are important to keep users safe. Their whitepapers found, for example, that Chrome warns users about more phishing than other major browsers, Chrome patches security vulnerabilities faster than other major browsers, and “security restrictions are best enforced in Google Chrome.” We won’t rest on these laurels, and we will never stop improving Chrome’s security protections.

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So, whether you’re shopping for a new computer, concert tickets, or some perfume for your pooch, rest assured: Chrome will secure your data with the best protections on the planet.

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Android

Getting your Android app ready for Autofill

Posted by Wojtek Kalicinski, Android Developer Advocate, Akshay Kannan,
Product Manager for Android Authentication, and Felipe Leme, Software Engineer on Android Frameworks

Starting in Oreo, Autofill makes it easy for users to provide credit cards,
logins, addresses, and other information to apps. Forms in your apps can now be
filled automatically, and your users no longer have to remember complicated
passwords or type the same bits of information more than once.

Users can choose from multiple Autofill services (similar to keyboards today).
By default, we include Autofill with Google, but users can also select any third
party Autofill app of their choice. Users can manage this from
Settings->System->Languages>Advanced->Autofill service.

What’s available today

Today, Autofill with Google supports filing credit cards, addresses, logins,
names, and phone numbers. When logging in or creating an account for the first
time, Autofill also allows users to save the new credentials to their account.
If you use WebViews in your app, which many apps do for logins and other
screens, your users can now also benefit from Autofill support, as long as they
have Chrome 61 or later installed.

The Autofill API is open for any developer to implement a service. We are actively
working with 1Password,
Dashlane,
Keeper,
and LastPass
to help them with their implementations and will be working with other password managers shortly.
We are also creating a new curated collection on the Play Store, which the “Add service” button in Settings will link to. If you
are a password manager developer and would like us to review your app, please get
in touch
.

What you need to do as a developer

As an app developer, there are a few simple things you can do to take advantage
of this new functionality and make sure that it works in your apps:

Test your app and annotate your views if needed

In many cases, Autofill may work in your app without any effort. But to ensure
consistent behavior, we recommend providing explicit hints to tell the framework
about the contents of your field. You can do this using either the android:autofillHints
attribute
or the setAutofillHints()
method
.

Similarly, with WebViews in your apps, you can use HTML Autocomplete
Attributes
to provide hints about fields. Autofill will work in WebViews as
long as you have Chrome 61 or later installed on your device. Even if your app
is using custom views, you can also define
the metadata that allows autofill to work
.

For views where Autofill does not make sense, such as a Captcha or a message
compose box, you can explicitly mark the view as IMPORTANT_FOR_AUTOFILL_NO
(or IMPORTANT_FOR_AUTOFILL_NO_EXCLUDE_DESCENDANTS
in the root of a view hierarchy). Use this field responsibly, and remember that
users can always bypass this by long pressing an EditText and selecting
“Autofill” in the overflow menu.

Affiliate your website and mobile app

Autofill with Google can seamlessly share logins across websites and mobile apps
‒ passwords saved through Chrome can also be provided to native apps. But in
order for this to work, as an app developer, you must explicitly declare the
association between your website with your mobile app. This involves 2 steps:

Step 1: Host a JSON file at
yourdomain.com/.well-known/assetlinks.json

If you’ve used technologies like App Links or Google Smart Lock before, you
might have heard about the Digital Asset Links (DAL) file. It’s a JSON file
placed under a well known location in your website that lets you make public,
verifiable statements about other apps or websites.

You should follow the Smart
Lock for Passwords guide
for information about how to create and host the
DAL file correctly on your server. Even though Smart Lock is a more advanced way
of signing users into your app, our Autofill service uses the same
infrastructure to verify app-website associations. What’s more, because DAL
files are public, third-party Autofill service developers can also use the
association information to secure their implementations.

Step 2: Update your App’s Manifest with the same
information

Once again, follow the Smart
Lock for Passwords guide
to do this, under “Declare the association in the
Android app.”

You’ll need to update your app’s manifest file with an asset_statements
resource, which links to the URL where your assetlinks.json file is hosted. Once
that’s done, you’ll need to submit your updated app to the Play Store, and fill
out the Affiliation
Submission Form
for the association to go live.

When using Android Studio 3.0, the App Links Assistant can generate all of this
for you. When you open the DAL generator tool (Tools -> App Links Assistant ->
Open Digital Asset Links File Generator), simply make sure you enable the new
checkbox labeled “Support sharing credentials between the app and website”.

Then, click on “Generate Digital Asset Links file”, and copy the preview content
to the DAL file hosted on your server and in your app. Please remember to verify
that the selected domain names and certificates are correct.

Future work

It’s still very early days for Autofill in Android. We are continuing to make
some major investments going forward to improve the experience, whether you use
Autofill with Google or a third party password manager.

Some of our key areas of investment include:

  1. Autofill with Google: We want to provide a great experience
    out of the box, so we include Autofill with Google with all Oreo devices. We’re
    constantly improving our field detection and data quality, as well as expanding
    our support for saving more types of data.
  2. WebView support: We introduced initial support for filling
    WebViews in Chrome 61, and we’ll be continuing to test, harden, and make
    improvements to this integration over time, so if your app uses WebViews you’ll
    still be able to benefit from this functionality.
  3. Third party app support: We are working with the ecosystem
    to make sure that apps work as intended with the Autofill framework. We urge you
    as developers to give your app a spin on Android Oreo and make sure that things
    work as expected with Autofill enabled. For more info, see our full
    documentation on the Autofill
    Framework
    .

If you encounter any issues or have any suggestions for how we can make this
better for you, please send
us feedback
.

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Cisco Education

With E-rate Funding, Magic Happens at Ascend Public Charter Schools

Four sites with four separate networks. No VPN capabilities, no streamlined network management, and no IT budget. Limited wireless access, inhibiting student learning and staff collaboration. Only a five person IT team. Starting to sound like a nightmare? This was the reality for Ascend Public Charter Schools, located in Brooklyn. Emeka Ibekweh, Managing Director of […]

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Google AR and VR

Go behind the scenes with Austin City Limits: Backstage

Austin City Limits” needs little introduction. It’s the longest-running television music program in history, it’s helped launch the careers of iconic musicians like Willie Nelson (featured in the very first episode back in 1974), and it’s even enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But, for all its history, the closest you can get is either in the crowd, or in front of your TV screen. We wanted to go further, and pay tribute to this legendary show’s 43rd season and its impact on pop culture. So we’re releasing a new virtual reality video series called “Austin City Limits: Backstage” in partnership with SubVRsive Media.

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“ACL Backstage” lets you explore the untold stories of the crew, the city, the fans and, of course, the musicians who make Austin City Limits possible—all in virtual reality. Venture backstage at Austin’s legendary Moody Theater to hear stories from some of your favorite artists. Then, watch and listen up close as they take the stage and play their hits under the bright lights. After that, you can take a whirlwind tour through the city’s thriving local music scene, where you’ll hear up-and-coming stars who might make it big one day.

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ACL Backstage will have 10 episodes, each featuring a different artist or group.The first three are available now, with more coming soon:

  • Ed​ ​Sheeran” This is Ed Sheeran’s second ACL Live performance, and since he last took the stage in 2014, his career has skyrocketed. Now, with multiple Grammy wins and three platinum records under his belt, he reflects on his rise to the top of the charts. His passion for the music and his fans shine through in this episode.

  • Zac​ ​Brown​ ​Band​” Three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band make a stop on their 2017 Welcome Home Tour to grace the ACL stage for the very first time. Sit backstage with the band as they chat about ACL’s rich history, and join them onstage for their lively show.

  • Unsung Heroes” Hear ACL stories directly from crew members, many of whom have been working the show for decades. They explain the ethos of Austin City Limits and why it remains so popular among musicians.

Use your Cardboard or Google Daydream View to check out all the videos on the ACL YouTube Channel. Kick back, hang with your favorite artists, and rock out.

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Customization

[Interview] Gear Sport: Designing a Smartwatch for the Everyday Athlete

Featuring a full suite of premium fitness features, a stylish yet practical design, and an enhanced and intuitive user interface, Samsung’s recently released

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Cisco Partner Summit 2017

Selling Higher – Changing Our Selling Motions for Better Customer Outcomes

If you attended this year’s Partner Summit, live or virtually, you might have heard Wendy Bahr talk about the need for Cisco and our partners to focus more on our customers’ business outcomes and own the opportunity together. At face value, it sounds simple. What she’s really talking about is an evolutionary change in how […]

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Adobe Illustrator CC

#WeekofIcons – Icons for the Ages

Iconography isn’t going anywhere. Learn how icon styles are used to enhance the user experience in a world dominated by technology.

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Adobe Capture CC

Hand Lettering with Adobe Capture: Featuring a Hand Lettering Piece by Esther Loopstra

By using Adobe Capture, you can make hand lettering even more dynamic and create a digital form of your design to be used in larger compositions.

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#NetworkSecurity

TrustSec: The Cybersecurity Enforcer

So many newsworthy hacks in recent years have had a staggering impact on literally millions of consumers and businesses. While these hacks have perhaps made us numb to their effects, the reality is these breaches represent the new normal in today’s digitized world. And given that attackers are growing in number, sophistication and intensity, many […]

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#CiscoLiveLA

My Top Cloud Takeaways from Cisco Live Cancun

Read my top cloud takeaways from Cisco Live Cancun.

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Cisco

Cisco Networking Academy Wins U.S. Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award

Cisco is proud to have been selected as the winner for this year’s Citizens Awards, in the Best Commitment to Education Program category, for the Cisco Networking Academy program.

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