Team Pixel is in bloom this spring
(ven., 16 mars 2018)
Our community of photographers is on the rise, and the #teampixel tribe is officially 35,000 members strong (and counting)! This week’s highlights range from colorful plum blossoms in
Sakura, Japan to a confetti-filled wedding.
Left: @archibajda - Upside down in Kraków, Poland. Right: @tanyakhanijow - confetti party in portrait mode, India
@zuvamart - tea time in Hyperbad, India
Left: @motivates - plum blossoms in Sakura, Japan. Right: @juicegee - Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
@peter.hudston - neon skies in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
If you’re looking for a daily dose of #teampixel photos, follow our feed on Instagram and keep spreading the loves and
likes with fellow Pixel photographers.
The High Five: “A Brief History” of this week’s searches
(ven., 16 mars 2018)
Sifting through the week’s news can feel like sinking into a black hole. Luckily, we have some standout trends this week, gathered with data from Google News Lab. They start with a tribute to legendary physicist and black hole escape artist Stephen Hawking, who passed away Wednesday at age 76.
“Look up”Stephen Hawking’s intelligence was a cut above the rest, in life and in Search: interest in “Stephen Hawking IQ” was 170 percent higher than “Stephen
Hawking quote” over the past week. But of his many memorable quotes, here’s the most searched: “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious. And however difficult life may
seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
Turbulent times“What happened on United Airlines?” was a trending question this week. The company faced scrutiny after a French bulldog—the second most searched dog
breed this week—suffocated in an overhead compartment and a pet German Shepherd was accidentally shipped to Japan. For those searching for canine breeds this week, Rhodesian Ridgebacks
were top dog.
A cue from teensSearch interest in “walkout” has reached an all-time high in
the U.S. this month. On Wednesday, students around the country participated in a walkout to call on elected officials to take action on gun laws—the top cities searching for “walkout” were Charlottesville, VA, Fort Smith, AR, and Madison, WI.
It’s bracket season March Madness is in full swing, especially for North Carolina, Duke and
Kentucky fans, whose teams have been the most searched in the past week. The top-searched celebrity brackets are from basketball commentator Jay Bilas, former President Barack Obama, and Warren Buffett. And the winner is anyone’s guess:
Michigan State, favored by both Bilas and Obama, wasn’t among the top 10 teams being searched this week.
Go greenSaturday marks St. Patrick’s Day and, in true spirit, corned beef and cabbage is the top trending St. Patrick’s Day recipe this week, followed by … jello shots
🤔. If you’re feeling lucky, you might be among those searching for lucky horseshoes, lucky cats and lucky clovers (the top searched “lucky” items in the past week). And although New York
has the biggest parade and Boston the biggest reputation, the top states searching for the holiday are Connecticut, Kansas, and Delaware. Illinois, where Chicagoans annually dye their
river green, comes in at number four.
OK Go makes some noise in the classroom
(jeu., 15 mars 2018)
Editor’s Note: Many of us on Google’s Science Journal team are huge fans of OK Go, the popular rock and
YouTube sensation. Their music videos are a spectacular blend of science, engineering, and creativity—a great formula for engaging classroom activities. So when professor AnnMarie Thomas
approached us about the OK Go Sandbox, a collection of materials for K-12 educators, we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity. OK Go frontman
Damian Kulash tells us more in this guest post.
I’m always so proud and excited when I hear from a teacher who uses an OK Go music video in the classroom, and over the years, I’ve heard it more and more frequently—from pre-school
teachers to grad school professors. We know our videos are joyful and nerdy (we’ve done a Rube Goldberg machine and a dance in zero gravity, for instance), but we didn’t plan them for the classroom environment. It’s a wonderful surprise to hear they’re
sneaking in there on their own, and we want to support that in any way we can.
Last year I met Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, who leads the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas. Together we brainstormed ways to open up our videos for classrooms, and we set up
a survey to ask educators for their ideas. Within just a few days, nearly a thousand teachers sent us their thoughts, and, with support from Google, we took this feedback and together
developed our new OK Go Sandbox. It’s a collection of materials created for and with K-12 educators: design challenges, educator guides, and more.
Here’s Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and me meeting with teachers to go over OK Go Sandbox materials.
It was especially cool to work with Google’s Science Journal team to develop tools that allow students to explore the world around them through music. Their new pitch detection feature
makes it possible to make sounds using glasses of water (like we did in the Rube Goldberg machine for “This Too Shall Pass”, and
in the musical performance of a robotic car for “Needing/Getting”), and there’s now an option to play data values as pitches
which lets students use their phone’s sensors to compose new sounds and interpret their data in a new way.
So whether we’re exploring frame rates by making flip books, or using a light sensor to make music (with Google’s Science Journal app),
we hope that the challenges in the OK Go Sandbox help stoke curiosity and encourage learning through joy and wonder. And we particularly look forward to learning more from educators as
this stuff gets into the world.
Educators! Please reach out to us at hello@OKGoSandbox.orgwith your input and ideas so that we can grow and adapt this to be maximally useful in
inspiring your students. The best part of a sandbox is that we can try building lots of new things, even if we occasionally have to knock some things down and start over.
Keeping cloud entry points secure with Google Chrome Enterprise
(jeu., 15 mars 2018)
When we introduced Chrome Enterprise last August, our aim was to provide a single solution
that connected employees while giving admins the flexibility and control they needed to keep their businesses protected. Since then, security has only become more of a priority for
enterprises. In fact, last year alone, 98% of businesses were affected by malware, and employee endpoints—like laptops, tablets, and
smartphones—were increasingly the target of attacks.
Enterprise IT admins know this all too well. With hardware, firmware, browsers, apps and networks to protect, admins now face more risks than ever, while managing more devices than ever.
We built our Chrome Enterprise ecosystem with this complex landscape in mind, and today we’re adding new enhancements and partnerships as we continue to make Chrome Enterprise the most
secure endpoint solution for businesses in the cloud.
Here’s a look at how these updates can help protect businesses, and their data, at every cloud access point.
Offering more ways for businesses to manage their devices from a single unified management solution
For many businesses, managing a broad range of devices within one unified endpoint management solution is a necessity. Last year, we announced our first enterprise mobility management
(EMM) partnership with VMware AirWatch, the first third-party solution with the capability to manage Chrome OS. Today, we’re expanding this with four new partnerships with EMM
providers, which gives IT admins the ability to manage and implement security policies across their full fleet of devices from a single place.
Cisco Meraki offers a comprehensive set of solutions that
includes wireless, switching, security, endpoint management, and security cameras, all managed through Meraki’s web-based dashboard interface.
Citrix XenMobile provides device and
application management for comprehensive mobile security, and pairs well with other recent Citrix integrations.
IBM MaaS360 with Watson delivers a cognitive approach
to unified endpoint management, enabling the management of endpoints, end users and everything in between.
Device Manager Plus (a division of Zoho Corp) is a unified endpoint management console for configuring, managing and securing mobile devices, desktops and apps.
With these partnerships in place, enterprises can pick the solution that fits their business best.
Helping enterprises manage Chrome OS alongside legacy infrastructure with more Active Directory enhancements
Building on our initial integration with Active Directory last August, we’ve added a
number of enhancements to help admins manage Chrome OS alongside legacy infrastructure. Administrators can now configure
managed extensions directly through Group Policy Objects. Users can authenticate to Kerberos and NTLMv2 endpoints on their local network directly from Chrome OS. We’re also expanding our
support for common enterprise Active Directory setups like multiple domain scenarios. And we’ve improved our existing
certificate enrollment flows with Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS).
Continuing to deepen and expand management capabilities in Chrome Browser and Chrome OS
The less time IT has to spend on mundane, manual tasks means more time to focus on business critical projects. That’s why Chrome Enterprise was designed to give IT admins the ability to
grant, manage and adjust user permissions at scale, with fewer repetitive tasks. Chrome Enterprise already lets admins fine tune more than 200 security policies and grant secure,
authorized employee access to online resources, and we’re continuing to add additional controls to help. In recent months, we’ve added the following controls to help admins:
Per-permission extension blacklisting lets admins restrict access to extensions based on the permissions
required, for example, extensions that require the use of a webcam. This allows admins to now authorize an employee’s access to more extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store but
maintain fine-grained admin controls across web properties.
Sign-ins can be disabled from an outdated OS to help administrators comply with security policies
that dictate how many versions behind their users are allowed to run on.
Admins can ensure that only managed devices can connect to their single sign-on servers by gating that access with device-wide certificates. These certificates effectively attest to the Chrome endpoint’s managed state.
Newly added support for automatic forced re-enrollment will now allow a Chrome device that has been wiped or recovered to re-enroll into the corporate domain without requiring
administrator credentials. This will help ensure corporate devices remain enrolled without requiring any admin intervention.
With Chrome Enterprise, our focus is not only on Chrome OS, but how businesses use Chrome Browser across all their platforms. Last December we announced a number of security enhancements for Chrome Browser with the
aim to help enterprises stay safe. We’ve now added a policy that allows IT to require users to sign-in to Chrome
Browser, ensuring security policies are applied to browsing sessions across platforms. And in the coming months, we’ll be adding enterprise reporting capabilities in Chrome Browser
that give IT admins access to data about installed extensions, status of configured policies, telemetry data and much more. With this information, IT can better understand security status
of each endpoint under their control.
Continually managing vulnerabilities to help businesses stay protected
All of today’s announcements help admins stay on top of their organization’s security, and these features are in addition to the benefits admins already get with Chrome Enterprise.
For example, keeping hardware up to date is one of the easiest ways IT admins can keep endpoints secure, yet it can also be one of the most time-intensive tasks in an admin’s day. That’s
why we built Chrome OS so that it automatically deploys
security updates to ensure all devices run the latest version of Chrome OS. Chrome Browser prevents exposure to phishing and malware, and if threats are detected on third-party apps,
admins can uninstall apps remotely with managed Google Play.
The proactive protection, control, and endpoint management advantages offered by Chrome Enterprise are why companies such as Sanmina Corporation are deploying Chrome across their
“As a multinational manufacturing and supply chain company that makes everything from the electronics in your car to mission critical systems for aerospace and medical products, security
is of the utmost importance to us,” said Manesh Patel, CIO of Sanmina. “Deploying Chrome OS and G Suite in our facilities all over the world has allowed us to transform our workforce and
collaborate securely in the cloud. It gives us peace of mind to know that our data is secure, and allows us to focus on building world-class products."
More to come
In the coming weeks there’ll be additional blog posts that offer deeper looks into what these enhancements can mean for businesses. In the meantime, you can learn more about security in
Chrome Enterprise on our website.
Android Wear, it’s time for a new name
(jeu., 15 mars 2018)
Android Wear was founded on the belief that wearable technology should be for everyone, no matter what style you wear on your wrist or what phone you have in your pocket. Since then, we’ve partnered with top watch and electronics brands to create more than 50 watches to help you manage your fitness, connect with
the people who matter most, and show you the information you care about. The best part: We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible with wearables and there’s even more exciting
As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. So as the watch industry gears up for
another Baselworld next week, we’re announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the
people who wear our watches. We’re now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone.
You’ll begin to see the new name on your watch and phone app over the next few weeks.