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News Lab in 2017: working with news organizations to address industry challengesNews Lab in 2017: working with news organizations to address industry challengesDirector

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Editor’s Note: This week we’re looking at the ways the Google News Lab is working with news organizations to build the future of journalism. This is the first in a four-part series.2017 was a critical time for both the news and technology industries. The battle against misinformation, rapidly-changing business models for news organizations and fundamental questions about the relationship between journalism and technology have made Google’s role in supporting quality journalism as important as it’s ever been. We started the Google News Lab in 2015 to work alongside newsrooms to navigate those issues and build a stronger future for news. No single technology, platform or partnership will solve every challenge the news industry faces, so we’ve focused on using our resources and technology to help newsrooms and journalists try new things. Three of the biggest challenges we focused on in 2017 were trust and misinformation, inclusive storytelling and local news. Today, we’ll provide detail on how we approached those challenges—and to ensure we’re tackling the right ones in the future, we’d love to hear feedback and new ideas.Trust and misinformationThough it's been a focus since we founded the News Lab, curbing the spread of misinformation and helping people understand what content they can trust has become even more important this year, in light of events across the world. Our efforts to fight misinformation focus on three key groups—platforms, newsrooms and consumers.Platforms: Google has launched a number of features to prevent the spread of misinformation on our platforms, and News Lab has built partnerships to strengthen those efforts. The Trust Project worked with 75 news organizations to produce eight trust indicators that newsrooms can add to their content to help people distinguish between reliable and inaccurate content.We're working with organizations like World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and to help publishers develop and communicate “signals” that platforms can use to identify quality journalism. We also introduced a tag on Google News and Search that helps consumers understand the validity of a newsworthy claim by providing information on the claim, who made it and an assessment of whether it’s factual. And we partnered with the International Fact Checking Network to support and grow the network of fact-checkers in the world with technology and training. Our goal is to double the number of fact-checking institutions in the network by 2019. Newsrooms: Discovering and debunking misinformation is a daunting task for any newsroom, but we’re encouraged by a new generation of organizations developing methods to meet this challenge. We helped start the First Draft coalition of digital media verification experts to combine efforts and share best practices with newsrooms everywhere. This year, they produced “A Field Guide to Fake News,” a playbook on how newsrooms can fight misinformation. Their recent report “Information Disorder” offers an excellent approach for understanding and grappling with misinformation.Along with hundreds of news organizations around the world, we created pop-up newsrooms to discover and debunk fake news stories and provide readers with accurate information during the U.K., French and German elections. Early research shows that this is working, and the effort in France received an ONA award for helping build a blueprint for verification around key moments. We plan to continue these experiments in 2018, and we’re developing tools and training on how our products can help in this area. Journalists from across France undergo training in verifying online content in run-up to French election. Consumers: In an age of information overload, we need to do more to help news consumers distinguish fact from fiction[...]

Igniting innovation: Connecting Thailand's startups globallyIgniting innovation: Connecting Thailand's startups globallyCEO and Co-Founder

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000

The Google for Entrepreneurs logo at one of HUBBA's locations in Bangkok. Editor’s note: This post comes from Amarit Charoenphan, CEO and co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community. Today, they’re officially joining the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network.I started out as an entrepreneur in 2012, when Bangkok was affected by serious flooding. I needed somewhere to escape. But I realized that the coffee shops were too full and lacked a sense of community. I was inspired to co-found HUBBA to create a place where people with great ideas can collaborate.Later that year, we opened our doors to Thailand’s first coworking space in Ekkamai. Since then, we’ve grown from a single shared office space to become a tech ecosystem builder with three locations across Bangkok and more than 20,000 engaged members and alumni. Today, I’m proud to officially join the Google for Entrepreneurs global network and become Thailand’s first GFE network hub. As the newest member of the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network, we’re excited to give even more Thai startups access to resources to help them scale and go global. In fact, as of today, our community will have access to more than 25 member co-working spaces and Google’s six Campuses. HUBBA members will also have opportunities to participate in programs Google runs for startups, such as Google Demo Day and Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange.From our very first day as a collaborative space, HUBBA has been home to some of Thailand’s and the world’s most innovative tinkerers, creatives and doers. With Google for Entrepreneurs’ global network, we hope to help our tribe of Thai startups become even more successful. HUBBA-GFE Thailand Left to right: Kelly Payakvichien, Head of Brand at HUBBA, Charle Charoenphan, co-founder and HUBBA COO, Amarit Charoenphan, co-founder and HUBBA CEO, Chayanat Chaiwattanapong Head of Business Development at HUBBA, Jenny Park, Google for Entrepreneurs and Mike Kim, Google for Entrepreneurs in front of the newly renovated HUBBA Ekkamai location. Hubba-EntrepreneursWork Entrepreneurs at one of HUBBA's locations in Bangkok. Hubbaspace There are three HUBBA spaces across Bangkok and over 700 active members monthly and 20,000 alumni. [...]HUBBA, Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community, joins the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network.

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330 million internet users accelerating the growth of Southeast Asia's internet economy330 million internet users accelerating the growth of Southeast Asia's internet economyVice President, South East Asia and IndiaJoint Head

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:00:00 +0000

With hundreds of millions of Southeast Asians coming online, we should pay attention to the opportunities in the region’s dynamic internet economy. In last year’s “e-Conomy 2025 Southeast Asia” report, Google and Temasek examined the incredible growth in Southeast Asia’s internet economy. It turns out that Southeast Asia’s internet economy growth has exceeded expectations. The region’s internet economy will reach $50 billion in 2017, outpacing earlier growth expectations by 35 percent. In the “e-Conomy Southeast Asia Spotlight 2017” report, we’ve found that the region is well on track to realizing a $200 billion internet economy by 2025. Southeast Asia’s internet economy market size (in USD billions) Here are some other striking numbers about Southeast Asia’s internet economy from the latest report: 330 million internet users. With more than 70 million new internet users since 2015, Southeast Asia now has the third largest number of internet users in the world—bigger than the whole population of the United States.  3.6 hours on the mobile internet every day. Southeast Asians spend more time on the mobile internet than anyone else on the planet. Thailand is top of the list with 4.2 hours per day, with Indonesia a close second at 3.9 hours per day. To compare, the U.S. spends 2 hours per day, the U.K. 1.8 hours per day, and Japan 1 hour per day on mobile internet. 140 minutes shopping online every month. Southeast Asians spend almost twice as much time as Americans in e-commerce marketplaces. The region will have an $88.1 billion e-commerce market by 2025. 6 million rides booked through ride-hailing platforms every day. The ride-hailing market in Southeast Asia has grown four-fold since 2015 and will be $20.1 billion by 2025. More than $12 billion raised by Southeast Asian startups since 2016. At 0.18 percent of GDP, the amount of investment into Southeast Asian startups is on par with India’s and a vote of confidence in Southeast Asia’s huge internet potential.Learn more about Southeast Asia’s growing internet economy in the “e-Conomy Southeast Asia Spotlight 2017.”  Download the infographic here.[...]Introducing the Google-Temasek e-Conomy Southeast Asia Spotlight 2017

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$13 million dollars in 10 years: CS professional development grants are open$13 million dollars in 10 years: CS professional development grants are openCS Education Program Manager

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:30:00 +0000

Ten years ago, Jeff Walz, a manager on Google’s University Relations team, had a hunch about widening access to computer science (CS) education for students—he thought that if teachers could train other teachers, who would then train their students, together they could create a ripple effect. After attending a Carnegie Mellon University workshop for high school teachers designed to expose them to the “bigger picture of computer science,” Walz was inspired to create opportunities for teachers to expand their skill set. So he created Google’s first grant program to fund professional development opportunities in computer science for high school teachers. Jeff at CMU celebrating the 10th anniversary of the DARPA Urvan challenge Over the 10 years since, we’ve provided more than $13 million through our professional development grants program, formerly known as CS4HS, to fund teacher PD in computer science education around the world. Over 50,000 educators in more than 50 countries have benefited from our professional development program, designed to grow their confidence and skillset. This program is just one example of our ongoing commitment to ensure more students have access to computer science education.And today, grant applications are open to school districts, universities, and other education nonprofits around the world for the 2018-2019 school year. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the program, we’re expanding to include applications to fund PD programs for primary, secondary, middle school teachers, as well as teachers who are still in school. Grants are available in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The impact of professional development grants for educatorsHere are a few stories of how PD providers have used our funding to support and enable educator impact: Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, STEM and CS Supervisor for Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest school district in the U.S., wanted to boost interest in CS across her district. As a grantee, Milenkovic developed an online PD course to help educators achieve state certification in Florida for teaching CS. The CS certification course and face-to-face mentoring builds CS teaching expertise in the district, increasing the availability of CS classes district-wide. Learn more about Lisa’s PD journey for educators in Broward County Public Schools. Paul O’Callaghan is a primary school teacher at Lucan Community National School in Dublin, Ireland. To further build his confidence in teaching CS and computational thinking (CT), Paul participated in the CTwins project, a joint initiative of 2016 grantees Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. “It was motivational to be surrounded by like-minded educational professionals and to work collaboratively with people of all ages who were passionate about integrating CT meaningfully into their curricula.” The CTwins workshops encouraged Paul to develop at his school school to integrate CS throughout the entire curriculum for students aged 5 to 12. Paul says that “the potential for CS in our school knows no bounds” thanks to professional learning opportunities for teachers like himself.   Join our online CS seminar to learn moreTo learn more about computer science professional development, join us on December 16th for our first-ever online CS seminar, “Building Pathways to Teaching Computer Science.” School districts, universities and community organizations can learn how to create effective PD programs tailored to local needs of educators to integrate CS and CT into their classrooms. Seminar speakers include[...]

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Holiday greetings from Project FiHoliday greetings from Project FiHead Elf

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:30:00 +0000

It’s time to kick off this holiday season,

And with new phones and features there’s no better reason,

To gift our subscribers with holiday cheer,

It’s a game on the slopes; we’ll bring all the gear.

Strap on your best boots and hit the fresh snow,

Looking out for snowboarders and pine trees below,

If you hit all the jumps, it will be a quick breeze,

And you’ll fly down the steep slopes with expert ease.

The end of the game brings Fi users a prize,

Click here to get started and reach the surprise.

And to all our friends and family, both far and near,

Have a happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!  




(image) Join Project Fi on the slopes as we celebrate the holiday season. Challenge friends and family to beat your game score, and look out for the yeti!

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Three ways employees will benefit from digital transformation in 2018Three ways employees will benefit from digital transformation in 2018Analyst, Constellation Research, Inc.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note: Business is no longer as usual. New technologies in the workplace, like machine learning and augmented reality, create opportunities for companies to enhance employee productivity. Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research, Inc. discusses three key areas where technology will impact work as we know it.From Baby Boomers to Gen Z, today’s workplace contains a mixture of generations. Although each has grown up with very different technological and cultural experiences, all face similar challenges at work, like information overload and having to stay up-to-date with technology that’s constantly changing. But all is not lost! The future of work is an exciting one which will leverage new tools, technologies and techniques to help people get work done. At Constellation Research, three of the top areas we’re tracking around employees in the digital workplace are: 1. using technology to augment how teams accomplish work, 2. using data to guide actions and prioritize projects and 3. using technology to encourage more creativity among teams. Here are some of the things we’re observing.Augmenting our ability to get more doneNo longer a thing of the future, AI is already all around us in a big way—powering the voice input on our phones or the content in our news streams.While conversations about AI often turn to science fiction, the reality for knowledge workers is that AI is already enhancing how they work, and will continue to do so. We’re already seeing email clients that recommend replies, calendars that automate meeting scheduling, and video services that transcribe content. The way we create, consume and interact with content is also changing. Legacy whiteboards in meeting rooms are being replaced by large, intelligent and interactive screens that allow people to collaborate whether they're in the same room or across the world. Augmented and virtual reality are moving beyond science fiction (and gaming) to mainstream use cases such as education, product design and retail. While today’s headsets may be cumbersome, soon augmented reality will be everywhere, turning any clear surface into a potential display.In addition, new input methods including voice dictation and gesture recognition (hands and face) are allowing us to interact with our devices in new ways. I actually wrote a lot of this post by speaking out loud to my phone. Using data to derive insights and guide actionsHow many miles have you flown this year? How many steps have you taken today? Our personal lives are filled with measurements of our accomplishments and actions. Everything is quantified. But can you say the same for work?Imagine if you could understand which social media posts are most effective or which meetings lead to more customer wins. We don’t always have the information we need at work to help us be more effective employees. In order to provide employees with meaningful information, data needs to be collected and patterns need to be discovered. But the fragmentation of work across social networks, file sharing, web conferencing and business applications creates quite a challenge.The solution requires charting the interactions between people, content and devices. These collections are called “graphs” in computer science, and they reveal things like who people work with and what content they interact with. This information can be used to discover patterns, leading to insights about the way people work. In turn, this data can help employees better determine what work should be prioritized and what can be postponed.Everyone becomes a storyteller Think about the types of content people use at work: email, chat, documents, spreadsheets, presentations. Compare that to your personal life which is probably dominated by photos and videos. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a similar level of fun and creativity at work? In the past, creating compelling graphics or videos was limited to[...]

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Brains, beauty and beats: Google Home Max is hereWith Tilt Brush, an artist turns his virtual world into reality

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000

Just in time for the holidays, Google Home Max is now available online from Best Buy, the Google Store, Verizon and Walmart. Max brings together the convenience of controlling your music with your voice, with premium, high quality audio. Google Home Max sounds pretty amazing right out of the box because it’s our first speaker with Smart Sound. Powered by Google’s artificial intelligence (AI), Smart Sound means Max can automatically adapt itself based on where it's placed in the room. There’s no extra setup or testing required. Even if you move Max from one spot to another, it’ll continuously tune itself to the room, so your music will sound one step closer to the studio. This week at the Royal Academy in London, I’m unveiling a metal sculpture l created using Tilt Brush’s unique “brushstrokes.” This is part of the Royal Academy’s “From Life” exhibition, which opens on the eve of their 250th anniversary, and explores the history of life drawing—the practice of drawing from live models.   Using advanced 3D scanning and Tilt Brush technology, I was able to virtually sculpt “from life.” I first scanned my head using LightStage (facial-scanning technology from the optical company OTOY), then imported this into Tilt Brush and began painting my self-portrait with a virtual brush. This was then 3D printed directly from Tilt Brush and cast in bronze at Pangolin, one of the world’s leading foundries.Using virtual reality, I could explore sculpting using the skills developed in my painting practice and within my own studio environment. What’s really exciting is how the final bronze structure precisely captures the free, expressive movements that were previously only possible in paintings. The result is a hybrid of painting and virtual creation, and could open up a world of possibilities for other artists to experiment and take this new medium much further. Copy of Pangolin 9.jpg Jonathan's painted sculpture, cast in bronze at Pangolin. IMG_1140 (1).jpg Jonathan stood next to his artwork exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, From Life exhibition. Copy of _O7A1698.jpg Casting the sculpture at Pangolin A front.jpg Preparing the 3d model for 3d printing. pasted image 0 (10).png Jonathan sculpting his self portrait in virtual reality with Tilt Brush. Jonathan Yeo’s artwork, “Homage to Paolozzi (Self Portrait),” will be exhibited in From Life at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, which runs from December 11, 2017 - March 11, 2018.[...]Google Arts & Culture collaborates with renowned artist Jonathan Yeo, and Roy[...]

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Announcing Google Cloud Next 2018Announcing Google Cloud Next 2018VP of Marketing, Google Cloud

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:00:00 +0000

Google Cloud Next '18 is coming! Mark your calendars for July 24-27, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Google Cloud Next is where customers, partners, developers, influencers and the greater global cloud community get inspired and learn. Together, we’re working to make the cloud useful and accessible to everyone.

Dive deep into Google Cloud technology through hundreds of breakout sessions, code labs, demos and hands-on training, covering everything from infrastructure to devices, and security to machine learning. You’ll get the chance to connect with the entire Google Cloud team, including our engineers, product leadership, developer advocates and more to unlock new opportunities for your business.

At Next '17, more than 250 Google speakers and 70+ customer speakers presented at 200 breakout sessions. We made 100 announcements at Next '17, and we’re gearing up for more big news next year. Next '18 will feature tracks that encompass all aspects of our Google Cloud portfolio: application development, containerization, collaboration & productivity, data & analytics, infrastructure & operations, hybrid cloud, machine learning & artificial intelligence, maps, security, mobility & devices and much more. Be on the lookout for information on how to register coming in March 2018.

Know someone we can all learn from, or want to contribute yourself? We’re actively soliciting proposals for speaking sessions that will educate and engage attendees. If you have an interesting idea or expertise that you would like to share at Next '18, please submit your proposal by January 26, 2018. The earlier the better.

We’re excited to create an inclusive space that brings people together, fosters collaboration and inspires innovation at Next '18. We can’t wait to see you in July!

(image) Google Cloud Next '18 is coming! Mark your calendars for July 24-27, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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New government removals and National Security Letter dataNew government removals and National Security Letter dataDirector, Law Enforcement and Information Security

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Since 2010, we’ve shared regular updates in our Transparency Report about the effects of government and corporate policies on users’ data and content. Our goal has always been to make this information as accessible as possible, and to continue expanding this report with new and relevant data.

Today, we’re announcing three updates to our Transparency Report. We’re expanding the National Security Letters (NSL) section, releasing new data on requests from governments to remove content from services like YouTube and Blogger, and making it easier for people to share select data and charts from the Transparency Report.

National Security Letters

Following the 2015 USA Freedom Act, the FBI started lifting indefinite gag restrictions—prohibitions against publicly sharing details—on particular NSLs. Last year, we began publishing NSLs we have received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of these nondisclosure obligations. We have added a new subsection to the NSL page of the Transparency Report where we publish these letters. We also added letters to the collection, and look to update this section regularly.

Government requests for content removals

As usage of our services increases, we remain committed to keeping internet users safe, working with law enforcement to remove illegal content, and complying with local laws. During this latest reporting period, we’ve continued to expand our work with local law enforcement. From January to June 2017, we received 19,176 requests from governments around the world to remove 76,714 pieces of content. This was a 20 percent percent increase in removal requests over the second half of 2016.

Making our Transparency Report easier to use

Finally, we’ve implemented a new “deep linking” feature that makes it easier to bookmark and share specific charts in the Transparency Report. Sorting data by country, time period, and other categories now generates a distinct web address at the top of your browser window. This allows you to create a link that will show, for example, just government removals data in France, by Google product, for the first half of 2015. We hope this will make it easier for citizens to find and reference information in the report, and for journalists and researchers to highlight specific details that they may be examining as well.

By continuing to make updates like these, we aim to spark new conversations about transparency, accountability and the role of governments and companies in the flow of information online.

(image) We’re updating our Transparency Report with new data, an expanded National Security Letters (NSL) section, and a new “deep linking” feature.

AdWords Express helps small businesses grow online in 14 new countriesAdWords Express helps small businesses grow online in 14 new countriesAdWords Express Product Manager

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

AdWords Express was created in 2011 to make advertising on Google accessible to businesses owners without advanced online advertising skills or the resources to hire an expert. AdWords Express has since expanded and, as of this month, is available in 14 new countries and 10 new languages. This expansion follows a recent launch that allows your business to prioritize ad goals, whether those are customer calls, visits to your store, or actions to your website. AdWords Express launched in these 14 countries.  Gourmet treats become a local hit in Ukraine with AdWords Express Earlier this year, Daryna Pletnyova was looking for a fruit bouquet for her father’s birthday but couldn’t find a local shop in Kiev that could make one. After buying the supplies and arranging her own fruit bouquet, she decided she loved arranging so much that she started Tasty Bouquets, which makes custom bouquets out of gourmet treats, like sausage.Daryna heard about AdWords Express at a small business event and decided to give it a try. She had used online advertising tools before but found they didn’t drive actual sales. “With AdWords Express though, I only spent 15 to 20 minutes setting up three ads,” says Daryna, “and I got my first calls from customers the next day.”Advertisers like Daryna are getting results based on their advertising goal. Since Daryna’s goal is to receive calls, AdWords Express optimizes her ads to deliver more calls, not just clicks. “Now my phone is always ringing, and I’m selling 2-3 bouquets every day,” she says. Daryna used Google’s free website builder to create a landing page for her ads The web isn’t just a place for businesses with big budgets or advertising expertise. With AdWords Express now available in 42 countries and 41 languages, we’re excited to help more small businesses across the world reach new customers online. You can start advertising on Google today by signing up here.[...]AdWords Express brings easy, effective ads to 14 new countries. Here’s how some small businesses worldwide are reaching new customers with ads.

Celebrating and empowering women in mobile gaming with CHANGE THE GAMECelebrating and empowering women in mobile gaming with CHANGE THE GAMEGoogle Play

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Together, Android and Google Play bring millions of games to more than one billion people in 190 countries, making games accessible to almost everyone. As we continue to create entertainment experiences that cater to each individual person; and with more people gaming on mobile devices than ever before, there’s an opportunity to be even more inclusive—starting with women.

There’s little existing research about women and mobile gaming—so we partnered with Newzoo to learn more about the experiences and perceptions of female mobile players in the U.S. Our study found that 65% of women play mobile games, making-up half of all mobile gamers. In fact, female mobile gamers play more frequently than men with 43% of of them playing more than five days a week compared to just 38% of men.

Despite the fact that women are playing mobile games like never before, only 24.8% of people in the industry identify as women or transgender. This has an impact on women’s behaviors and perceptions of mobile games—for example, we found that the majority of female gamers think that only 30% of those games are actually made for them. Additionally, we found that women are less likely than men to explore multiple genres, talk with friends about mobile games, or identify as a “gamer.”

To tackle this issue, we’re launching CHANGE THE GAME, a new Google Play initiative promoting diversity in games, celebrating all women who play games, and empowering the next generation of game-makers through ongoing research, development programs, and partnerships. The program includes:

  • An interactive experience shining light on the relationship between women and mobile games in the U.S. 
  • A short film celebrating the diversity of women who play mobile games and inviting all women to be part of the game
  • A collection highlighting games with great female protagonists on Google Play’s Indie corner 

This builds on our work to inspire teen girls with the power of games through Wonder Woman, our support of Girls Make Games and the launch of a mobile game development program for emerging game designers. While moving the needle won’t be easy, we hope our commitments to change the game will influence long-term change for women as both players and creators.

(image) CHANGE THE GAME is a Google Play initiative promoting diversity in games.

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More great stuff to watch and a holiday sale on popular Daydream appsMore great stuff to watch and a holiday sale on popular Daydream appsProduct Manager

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

With cold weather outside and the holidays fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to take a moment and kick back with Daydream. We’re launching an update to make it easier to discover great content both in and out of VR, plus loads of new VR experiences to keep you entertained.Find great VR content easilyWith the latest Daydream app, you can now see what’s new and trending on the Google Play store in VR. And when you’re on the go without your headset, you can still search for apps and games, or explore content categories that refresh weekly right in the app on your phone. Watch immersive VR videosThere's more and more VR content available all the time. From music and comedy to travel, check out some of our recent favorites.Go behind the scenes with your favorite musiciansWhy Don't We: Step inside the house of Why Don't We in VR180. Take a behind-the-scenes tour with band members as they walk you through their house and talk about the milestones and memories made in their house, including songs recorded, deals signed and videos shot. Austin City Limits: Backstage - Episodes 1 to 3: Venture backstage at Austin’s legendary Moody Theater to hang with your favorite artists like Ed Sheeran and Zac Brown Band, and meet the crew that brings the legendary ACL television show to life in Unsung Heroes.Looking for a laugh?The Confessional - Episode 4: Hear from Judd Apatow in the latest episode of “The Confessional,” a series where today’s biggest comedy stars share intimate (and funny) stories from their lives in a virtual confessional booth.See new sights and meet extraordinary peopleDiscovery TRVLR - Continents 1 to 4: Travel around the world—starting with Auckland, Hanoi, Mexico City and Yerevan—and connect with personalities and adventurers across the globe.Female Planet - Episode 2: Discover the world of Inna Braverman, co-founder of Eco Wave Power, a company that converts wave power into usable energy.Looking for cutting-edge VR creations?Jump Start: See what happens when filmmakers get Jump cameras to pursue their creative projects. So far, these filmmakers have launched VR content covering a wide range of topics—everything from exotic animals in LA and archeological site visits to dance moves.YouTube Creator VR Lab: Watch the newest creations from up and coming VR filmmakers: take a lap around the track with Toyota factory driver Ken Gushi, imagine what Los Angeles will look like in the future, or follow the life of a college student who’s also an undocumented immigrant.Explore new apps—and get favorites on saleDevelopers have been busy building some awesome new experiences for Daydream. Here are some of our favorites:A timeless classic now in VRRez Infinite: Blast through waves of enemies and giant transforming bosses, with colors and sounds that sync and blend to the beat of the app’s techno soundtrack. Coming soon to DaydreamASTEROIDS!: Following the initial teaser, the highly-anticipated full-length film will be launching next week. From the director of Madagascar comes the follow-up episode to the Emmy award-winning film INVASION!. The film follows the journey of quirky aliens Mac and Cheez (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), and their sidekick Peas as they traverse the challenges of space.Flutter VR: Explore the beauty of the Amazonian rainforest as you discover real butterfly species and see the environment change from day to night and rain to sunshine as y[...]

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