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How Google went all in on video meetings (and you can, too)How Google went all in on video meetings (and you can, too)Director of Product Management

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note: this is the first article in a five-part series on Google Hangouts.I’ve worked at Google for more than a decade and have seen the company expand across geographies—including to Stockholm where I have worked from day one. My coworkers and I build video conferencing technology to help global teams work better together.It’s sometimes easy to forget what life was like before face-to-face video conferencing (VC) at work, but we struggled with many of the same issues that other companies deal with—cobbled together communication technologies, dropped calls, expensive solutions. Here’s a look at how we transitioned Google to be a cloud video meeting-first company.2004 - 2007: Life before HangoutsIn the mid-2000s, Google underwent explosive growth. We grew from nearly 3,000 employees to more than 17,000 across 40 offices globally. Historically, we relied on traditional conference phone bridging and email to communicate across time zones, but phone calls don’t exactly inspire creativity and tone gets lost in translation with email threads.We realized that the technology we used didn’t mirror how our teams actually like to work together. If I want to sort out a problem or present an idea, I’d rather be face-to-face with my team, not waiting idly on a conference bridge line.Google decided to go all in on video meetings. We outsourced proprietary video conferencing (VC) technology and outfitted large meeting rooms with these devices.  If I need to sort out a problem or present an idea, I’d rather be face-to-face with my team, not waiting idly on a conference bridge line. A conference room in Google’s Zurich office in 2007 which had outsourced VC technology. While revolutionary, this VC technology was extremely costly. Each unit could cost upwards of $50,000, and that did not include support, licensing and network maintenance fees. To complicate matters, the units were powered by complex, on-prem infrastructure and required several support technicians. By 2007, nearly 2,400 rooms were equipped with the technology.Then we broke it.The system was built to host meetings for team members in the office, but didn't cater to people on the go. As more and more Googlers used video meetings, we reached maximum capacity on the technology’s infrastructure and experienced frequent dropped calls and poor audio/visual (AV) quality. I even remember one of the VC bridges catching on fire! We had to make a change. 2008 - 2013: Taking matters into our own handsIn 2008, we built our own VC solution that could keep up with the rate at which we were growing. We scaled with software and moved meetings to the cloud.Our earliest “Hangouts” prototype was Gmail Video Chat, a way to connect with contacts directly in Gmail. Hours after releasing the service to the public, it had hundreds of thousands of users. Gmail voice and video chat The earliest software prototype for video conferencing at Google, Gmail Video Chat. × Arthur van der Geer tests out the earliest prototype for Hangouts, go/meet.  While a good start, we knew we couldn’t scale group video conferencing within Gmail. We built our second iteration, which tied meeting rooms to unique URLs. We introduced it to Googlers in 2009 and the product took off.During this journey, we also built our own infrastructure (WebRTC) so we no longer had to rely on third-party audio and video components. Our internal IT team created our own VC hardware prototypes; we used  touchscreen computers and custom software with the first ver[...]


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Transforming Chile’s health sector with connectivityTransforming Chile’s health sector with connectivityCIO

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note: From instant access to medical records, to telemedicine in rural areas, connectivity in the health sector has the power to improve lives. In this guest post, Soledad Munoz Lopez, CIO of the Chilean Ministry of Health, shares with us how Chile implemented a national API-based architecture to help bring better health to millions.Not long ago, Chile’s Ministry of Health (MINSAL) faced an enormous challenge. Chile’s 1,400 connected health facilities and 1,000 remote medical facilities lacked connectivity, and many of its healthcare systems could not easily interoperate. This meant healthcare providers couldn’t always expect to have fast and easy access to medical records.Earlier efforts to centralize and manage medical records across facilities fell apart because they were costly and far too laborious. And as a result, we missed out on a lot of opportunities. We came to realize that we needed a new approach to IT architecture.To help ensure that data, applications and services are securely available when and where they’re needed, I’m helping to lead the implementation of a national API-based architecture, powered by Google Cloud’s Apigee. From facilitating smoother public-private partnerships to enabling wider use of services such as telemedicine, we see this as a critical and aggressive move to rapidly improve wellness for our millions of citizens and visitors.The API-first architecture aligns with a variety of MINSAL’s healthcare efforts, including a national program to connect unconnected healthcare centers, and a plan to digitize all clinic and administrative processes, both for major hospitals and local clinics and primary care centers. It also helps MINSAL’s strategic work, such as better leveraging data and connectivity for public alerts, population health management programs and the Public Health Surveillance initiatives needed for planning and execution of public health policy. Connecting Chile’s healthcare systemOne of the primary areas of concern addressed by the new digital architecture is the ease and speed of integration. As noted above, it’s important that whenever a patient is treated anywhere in Chile, the clinical teams and the patient have access to all the information that has been generated for that patient, regardless of where this information was recorded. This includes data from other health clinics, public or private institutions, laboratories, radiology and images and clinical equipment.This variety of data sources typifies the diverse heterogenous environment that an API-first architecture needs to address: applications, devices, patient record systems, management systems, scheduling and so on. Most of these pieces within the MINSAL ecosystem were never designed to interoperate. We chose an API-first approach because APIs abstract all of this back-end complexity into predictable, consistent interfaces that allow developers to more quickly and efficiently connect data, services and apps across the nationwide system. The result is a more seamless experience for doctors and patients and a secure but agile infrastructure for MINSAL.In a previous attempt to efficiently and scalably integrate health records, started in 2005, Chile utilized a centralized SOA-based architecture. This strategy turned out to be an expensive and inflexible way to try and achieve interoperability. The integration expenses were projected to require at least three times the current budget—untenable in a country where the total budget for development of clinical records is about $40 million annually.Yet far larger are the costs to the users of an unconnected system, including unnecessary travel, duplication of exams and out of pocket costs in general.  Working with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and local system integrators such as Tecnodata, MINSAL is implementing a health systems technology investment strategy that is much more efficient. The API-based architecture enables any IT professional in any of Chile’s organizations, facilities, institutions and provider[...]


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Addressing the UK NCSC’s Cloud Security PrinciplesAddressing the UK NCSC’s Cloud Security PrinciplesHead of Public Sector,

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

As your organization adopts more cloud services, it's essential to get a clear picture of how sensitive data will be protected. Many authorities, from government regulators, to industry standards bodies and consortia, have provided guidance on how to evaluate cloud security. Notably, the UK National Cyber Security Centre offers a framework built around 14 Cloud Security Principles, and we recently updated our response detailing how we address these principles for both Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite. Google Cloud customers in the UK public sector can use the response to assess the suitability of these Google Cloud products to host their data with sensitivity levels up to “OFFICIAL,” including “OFFICIAL SENSITIVE.”

The UK National Cyber Security Centre was set up to improve the underlying security of the UK internet and to protect critical services from cyber attacks. Its 14 Cloud Security Principles are expansive and thorough, and include such important considerations as data in-transit protection, supply chain security, identity and authentication and secure use of the service.

The 14 NCSC Cloud Security Principles allow service providers like Google Cloud to highlight the security benefits of our products and services in an easily consumable format. Our response provides details about how GCP and G Suite satisfy the recommendations built into each of the principles, and describes the specific best practices, services and certifications that help us address the goals of each recommendation.

The NCSC also provides detailed ChromeOS deployment guidance to help organizations follow its 12 End User Device Security Principles. With an end-to-end solution encompassing GCP, applications and connected devices, Google Cloud provides the appropriate tools and functionality to allow you to adhere to the NCSC’s stringent security guidelines in letter and spirit.

Our response comes on the heels of GCP opening a new region in London, which allows GCP customers in the UK to improve the latency of their applications.

We look forward to working with all manner of UK customers, regulated and otherwise, as we build out a more secure, intelligent, collaborative and open cloud.

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Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud SearchSearch more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud SearchSoftware Engineer, G Suite

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly. Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in the workplace using everyday language. According to Gartner research, by 2018, 30 percent or more of enterprise search queries will start with a "what," "who," "how" or "when.”*Today, we’re making it possible to use natural language processing (NLP) technology in Cloud Search so you can track down information—like documents, presentations or meeting details—fast. Related Article Introducing Google Cloud Search: Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers Every day, people around the globe rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. In fact, we see more than one tr... Read Article Find information fast with Cloud SearchIf you’re looking for a Google Doc, you’re more likely to remember who shared it with you than the exact name of a file. Now, you can use NLP technology, an intuitive way to search, to find information quickly in Cloud Search.Type queries into Cloud Search using natural, everyday language. Ask questions like “Docs shared by Mary,” “Who’s Bob’s manager?” or “What docs need my attention?” and Cloud Search will show you answer cards with relevant information. Having access to information quicker can help you make better and faster decisions in the workplace. If your organization runs on G Suite Business or Enterprise edition, start using Cloud Search now. If you’re new to Cloud Search, learn more on our website or check out this video to see it in action. × *Gartner, ‘Insight Engines’ Will Power Enterprise Search That is Natural, Total and Proactive, 09 December 2015, refreshed 05 April 2017[...]


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How publishers can take advantage of machine learningHow publishers can take advantage of machine learningStrategic Lead for News and Local Media

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

As the publishing world continues to face new challenges amidst the shift to digital, news media and publishers are tasked with unlocking new opportunities. With online news consumption continuing to grow, it’s crucial that publishers take advantage of new technologies to sustain and grow their business. Machine learning yields tremendous value for media and can help them tackle the hardest problems: engaging readers, increasing profits, and making newsrooms more efficient. Google has a suite of machine learning tools and services that are easy to use—here are a few ways they can help newsrooms and reporters do their jobs1. Improve your newsroom's efficiency Editors want to make their stories appealing and to stand out so that people will read them. So finding just the right photograph or video can be key in bringing a story to life. But with ever-pressing deadlines, there’s often not enough time to find that perfect image. This is where Google Cloud Vision and Video Intelligence can simplify the process by tagging images and videos based on the content inside the actual image. This metadata can then be used to make it easier and quicker to find the right visual.2.  Better understand your audienceNews publishers use analytics tools to grow their audiences, and understand what that audience is reading and how they’re discovering content. Google Cloud Natural Language uses machine learning to understand what your content is about, independent of a website’s section and subsection structure (i.e. Sports, Local, etc.) Today, Cloud Natural Language announced a new content classifier and entity sentiment that digs into the detail of what a story is actually about. For example, an article about a high-tech stadium for the Golden State Warriors may be classified under the “technology” section of a paper, when its content should fall under “technology” and “sports.” This section-independent tagging can increase readership by driving smarter article recommendations and provides better data around trending topics. Naveed Ahmad, Senior Director of Data at Hearst has emphasized that precision and speed are critical to engaging readers: “Google Cloud Natural Language is unmatched in its accuracy for content classification. At Hearst, we publish several thousand articles a day across 30+ properties and, with natural language processing, we're able to quickly gain insight into what content is being published and how it resonates with our audiences."3. Engage with new audiencesAs publications expand their reach into more countries, they have to write for multiple audiences in different languages and many cannot afford multi-language desks. Google Cloud Translation makes translating for different audiences easier by providing a simple interface to translate content into more than 100 languages. Vice launched GoogleFish earlier this year to help editors quickly translate existing Vice articles into the language of their market. Once text was auto-translated, an editor could then push the translation to a local editor to ensure tone and local slang were accurate. Early translation results are very positive and Vice is also uncovering new insights around global content sharing they could not previously identify.DB Corp, India’s largest newspaper group, publishes 62 editions in four languages and sells about 6 million newspaper copies per day. To address its growing customers and its diverse readership, reporters use Google Cloud Translation to capture and document interviews and source material for articles, with accuracy rates of 95 percent for Hindi alone.4. Monetize your audienceSo far we’ve primarily outlined ways to improve content creation and engagement with readers, however monetization is a critical piece for all publishers. Using Cloud Datalab, publishers can identify new subscription opportunities and offerings. The metadata collected from image, video, and content tagging creates an invalua[...]



At New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning toolsAt New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning toolsHead of Education Australia and New Zealand

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0000

New Zealand educators are changing their approach to teaching, building personalized learning pathways for every student. Technology plays a key part in this approach. New Zealand has joined the list of countries including Sweden and the United States where Chromebooks are the number one device used in schools, according to analysts at International Data Corporation (IDC).“Chromebooks continue to be a top choice for schools,” says Arunachalam Muthiah, Senior Market Analyst, IDC NZ. “After Chromebooks’ strong performance in 2016, we see a similar trend in the first half of 2017 with Chromebooks gaining a total shipment market share of 46 percent, continuing to hold their position as the number-one selling device in schools across New Zealand.” Bombay School students learning about conductivity, electrical circuits and constructing a tune. Technology is transforming education across the globe, and in New Zealand schools are using digital tools to help  students learn, in the classroom and beyond.  At Bombay School, located in the rural foothills south of Auckland, students could only get an hour a week of computer access. Bombay School’s principal and board decided on a 1:1 “bring your own device” program with Chromebooks, along with secure device management using a Chrome Education license.Teachers quickly realized that since each student was empowered with a Chromebook, access to learning opportunities increased daily, inspiring students to chart new learning paths. “Technology overcomes constraints,” says Paul Petersen, principal of Bombay School. “If I don’t understand multiplication today, I can learn about it online. I can look for help. I can practice at my own pace, anywhere I am.”In 2014 Bombay School seniors collectively scored in the 78th percentile for reading; in 2016, they reached nearly the 90th percentile. Students at Point England School take a digital license quiz to learn about online behavior. In the Manaiakalani Community of Learning in East Auckland, some students start school with lower achievement levels than students in other school regions. Manaiakalani chose Chromebooks to support its education program goals and manage budget challenges. By bringing Chromebooks to the Manaiakalani schools, “we broke apart the barriers of the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. school day,” says Dorothy Burt, head of the Manaiakalani Education Program and Digital Learning Coordinator, based at Point England School. Using G Suite for Education tools on their Chromebooks, students can work with other students, teachers, and parents on their lessons in the classroom, the library, or at home.Dorothy says “we’re seeing not only engagement, but actual literacy outcomes improve—it’s made a huge difference to the opportunities students will have in the future.”We look forward to supporting more countries and schools as they redefine teaching and make learning even more accessible for every student, anywhere.[...]New Zealand has joined the growing list of countries where Chromebooks are the number one device used in schools.


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The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flowsThe Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flowsDirector of Data Protection and ComplianceHead of EMEA Data Protection and Compliance

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0000

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey.

Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.

This authorization benefits all of our G Suite and GCP customers in Spain, who don’t need to pursue it individually. Rather, customers need to opt in to the relevant model contract clauses (via the online processes described on our Help Centers for G Suite and GCP services, respectively) and notify their relevant transfer to the AEPD’s registry. For more details, please see the AEPD’s decision.

The EU’s Data Protection Authorities had already confirmed earlier this year that Google Cloud services’ contractual commitments fully meet the requirements to legally frame transfers of data from the EU to the rest of the world in accordance with the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  

This authorization is an important milestone for Google and its Spanish customers, as it reaffirms that the legal protections underpinning G Suite and GCP international data flows meet European and Spanish regulatory requirements. Furthermore, our customers can count on the fact that Google is committed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) across G Suite and GCP services.


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Schlumberger chooses GCP to deliver new oil and gas technology platformSchlumberger chooses GCP to deliver new oil and gas technology platformSenior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Google Cloud has a simple but steadfast mission: Give companies technology for new and better ways to serve their customers. We handle the network, computing and security chores; you use our software-defined infrastructure, global databases and artificial intelligence to grow your business with speed and at scale.A great example of this work is our collaboration with Schlumberger, which has selected Google Cloud as its strategic provider for its clients’ digital journey to the cloud.For over 90 years, Schlumberger has worked with clients in the oil and gas industry. In this work, Schlumberger generates and uses large amounts of data to safely and efficiently manage hydrocarbon exploration and production. Schlumberger has developed a unique software environment that runs on GCP called DELFI*, a cognitive energy and production (E&P) environment at the SIS Global Forum, which spans from exploration to production. Customers can combine DELFI with their own proprietary data and science for new insights and faster results.Today at the Schlumberger customer event SIS Global Forum, I talked about the new ways Google Cloud and Schlumberger are working together. This unique, multi-year collaboration encompasses a range of technologies:Big data: Schlumberger launched the DELFI cognitive E&P environment and the deployment of an E&P Data Lake based on Google BigQuery, Cloud Spanner and Cloud Datastore with more than 100 million data items comprised of over 30TB of petrotechnical data. Software platforms: Schlumberger announced the launch of its petrotechnical software platforms such as Petrel* E&P and INTERSECT* running on Google Cloud Platform and integrated into DELFIHigh performance computing: Since announcing our relationship at Google Cloud Next, we’ve worked together to optimize Schlumberger Omega* geophysical data processing platform to run at a scale not possible in traditional data center environments. Using Google Cloud NVIDIA GPUs and Custom Machine Types, Schlumberger has deployed compute capacity of over 35 petaflops and 10PB of storage on GCP.Artificial intelligence: Schlumberger leverages TensorFlow for complex petrotechnical interpretation of seismic and wellbore data, as well as automation of well-log quality control and 3D seismic interpretation.Extensibility: Schlumberger adopted the Apigee API management platform to provide openness and extensibility for its clients and for partners to add their own intellectual property and workflows in DELFI“To improve productivity and performance, DELFI enables our customers to take advantage of our E&P domain science and knowledge, while at the same time fully using disruptive digital technologies from Google Cloud,” said Ashok Belani, Executive VP of Technology, Schlumberger “This approach ensures that all data is considered when making critical decisions.”By running on GCP, Schlumberger’s customers can supercharge their applications, whether it’s training machine learning models on our infrastructure, or easier software development and deployment via Kubernetes and containers. We’re also building upon new collaborations with other companies like Nutanix to give Schlumberger the flexibility to run its applications wherever they need to be—on-premises and in the cloud.Our collaboration with Schlumberger is just the beginning. We’re thrilled the team has chosen Google Cloud to help deliver security, accessibility and innovation through their next generation energy exploration and production technology.  *Mark of Schlumberger[...]


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Box: Bringing image recognition and OCR to cloud content managementBox: Bringing image recognition and OCR to cloud content managementSenior Director of Product Management

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note: In this guest editorial by Box’s Senior Director of Product Management, Ben Kus tells us how they used Google Cloud Vision to add a new level of image recognition to Box.Images are the second most common and fastest growing type of file stored in Box. Trust us: that’s a lot of images.Ranging from marketing assets to product photos to completed forms captured on a mobile device, these images are relevant to business processes and contain a ton of critical information. And yet, despite the wealth of value in these files, the methods that organizations use to identify, classify and tag images are still mostly manual.Personal services like Google Photos, on the other hand, have gone far beyond simply storing images. These services intelligently organize photos, making them easier to discover. They also automatically recognize images, producing a list of relevant photos when users search for specific keywords. As we looked at this technology, we thought, "Why can't we bring it to the enterprise?"The idea was simple: find a way to help our customers get more value from the images they store in Box. We wanted to make image files as easy to find and search through as text documents. We needed the technology to provide high-quality image labeling, be cost-effective and scale to the massive amount of image files stored in Box. We also needed it to handle thousands of image uploads per second and had to ensure that users actually found the image recognition useful. But we didn't want to build a team of machine learning experts to develop yet another image analysis technology—that just wasn't the best use of our resources.That's where Google Cloud Vision came in. The image analysis results were high-quality, the pay-as-you-go pricing model enabled us to get something to market quickly without an upfront cost (aside from engineering resources), and we trusted that the service backed by Google expertise could seamlessly scale to support our needs. And, since many of the image files in Box contain text—such as licenses, forms and contracts—Cloud Vision’s optical character recognition (OCR) was a huge bonus. It could even recognize handwriting!Using the Google Cloud Vision was straightforward. The API accepts an image file, analyzes the image's content and extracts any printed words, and then returns labels and recognized characters in a JSON response. Google Cloud Vision classifies the image into categories based on similar images, analyzes the content based on the type of analysis provided in the developer's request, and returns the results and a score of confidence in its analysis.To securely communicate with Google Cloud Vision, we used the Google API Client Library for Java to establish an HTTPS connection via our proxy server. The simplest way to do this is to modify the JVM's proxy settings (i.e., https.proxyHost and https.proxyPort) and use Java's Authenticator class to provide credentials to the proxy. The downside of this approach is that it affects all of your outgoing connections, which may be undesirable (i.e., if you want other connections to not use the proxy). For this reason, we chose to use the ApacheHttpTransport class instead. It can be configured to use a proxy server only for the connections that it creates. For more information, see this post.To access Google Cloud Vision, you need credentials—either an API key or a service account. Regardless of which credentials you use, you'll want to keep them secret, so that no one else can use your account (and your money!). For example, do not store your credentials directly in your code or your source tree, do control access to them, do encrypt them at rest, and do cycle them periodically.So, in order to bring these powerful capabilities to Box, we needed a set of images to send to the API and a destination for the results ret[...]


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Driving the digital transformation of “sending” with Google technologiesDriving the digital transformation of “sending” with Google technologiesExecutive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Editor's Note: Today we hear from Roger Pilc, CIO at Pitney Bowes, a global provider of innovative shipping solutions for businesses of all sizes. Learn how this established company used Android, Apigee, G Suite and Orbitera to create new cloud-based solutions, add flexibility and intelligence to sending devices and develop an app store that better serves their clients.At Pitney Bowes, we’re always looking for new ways to transform the shipping and mailing industries. That’s been true from our first postage meter in 1920 to our digitally connected SendPro C-Series all-in-one office solution today. And with the help of Google, we’re delivering even more ways for our customers to reduce the complexity and cost of shipping, mailing, and global fulfillment.  Google, through its Android, Apigee, G Suite and Orbitera teams and technologies, has been foundational to the digital transformation of Pitney Bowes and the new capabilities we can now deliver to customers. It’s been an incredible and exciting journey for us, with many learnings along the way.Before we could help our clients transform their businesses, we first needed to digitally transform our own. We began by reviewing our assets, such as our multicarrier shipping capabilities, data quality, location intelligence and mapping software. How could we securely and efficiently make these solutions available on open platforms? Could we combine them with features from our technology partners to create new solutions? What would be the best approach to modernize our offerings with our existing physical and digital solutions, without disrupting the customer experience?One of the ways we answered those questions was by creating the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, based in part on Google’s Apigee API management platform. The Apigee platform and team helped us create new cloud-based solutions based on our assets and connect our new cloud solutions to our enterprise business systems such as billing. Today, we have 160 public APIs delivered from the Commerce Cloud in the areas of location intelligence, shipping, global ecommerce and payments. Apigee became the gateway that shares these capabilities with developers and technology partners in a developer-friendly way, while also helping to protect our new open developer environment from cyber threats. In addition, Pitney Bowes uses Apigee to grant internal developers access to more than 400 internal APIs.Our use of Android has modernized our physical sending devices and made them more flexible, user friendly and intelligent. The community of developers that can now create new applications and services for our sending devices has expanded from a handful to hundreds of Pitney Bowes developers—and millions of industry developers as well.We, our clients, and our partners choose from millions of existing Android apps that we deliver to help our users be more productive. The speed with which we deliver new value to our clients has accelerated dramatically.Furthermore, we’ll be leveraging Google Orbitera to provide an app store to our small businesses with access to innovative applications from Yext, Acquisio, G Suite and others. Providing our small business customers additional value from their relationship with Pitney Bowes will help them grow their businesses and operate more efficiently.    We're very excited by what the future holds. By collaborating with companies like Google, and leveraging modern cloud, APIs, IoT and mobile technologies, Pitney Bowes is transforming how we serve our clients and reinventing our business for our next century.[...]


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7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G SuiteProduct Manager, Gmail SecuritySecurity Product Marketing, G Suite

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

We work hard to help protect your company against phishing attacks—from using machine learning, to tailoring our detection algorithms, to building features to spot previously unseen attacks. While we block as many external attacks as we can, we continue to build and offer features designed to empower IT administrators to develop strong internal defenses against phishing.Here are seven things we recommend admins do in G Suite to better protect employee data.1. Enforce 2-step verificationTwo-step verification (2SV) is one of the best ways to prevent someone from accessing your account, even if they steal your password. In G Suite, admins have the ability to enforce 2-step verification. 2SV can reduce the risk of successful phishing attacks by asking employees for additional proof of identity when they sign in. This can be in the form of phone prompts, voice calls, mobile app notifications and more. G Suite also supports user-managed security keys—easy to use hardware authenticators. Admins can choose to enforce the use of security keys to help reduce the risk of stolen credentials being used to compromise an account. The key sends an encrypted signature and works only with authorized sites. Security keys can be deployed, monitored and managed directly from within the Admin console. × 2. Deploy Password Alert extension for ChromeThe Password Alert chrome extension checks each page that users visit to see if that page is impersonating Google’s sign-in page and notifies admins if users enter their G Suite credentials anywhere other than the Google sign-in page.Admins can enforce deployment of the Password Alert Chrome extension from the Google Admin Console (Device management > App Management > Password Alert)—just sign in and get started. You should check “Force installation" under both “User Settings” and “Public session settings.” Admins can also enable password alert auditing, send email alerts and enforce a password change policy when G Suite credentials have been used on a non-trusted website such as a phishing site.3. Allow only trusted apps to access your dataTake advantage of OAuth apps whitelisting to specify which apps can access your users’ G Suite data. With this setting, users can grant access to their G Suite apps’ data only to whitelisted apps. This prevents malicious apps from tricking users into accidentally granting unauthorized access. Apps can be whitelisted by admins in the Admin console under G Suite API Permissions. 4. Publish a DMARC policy for your organizationTo help your business avoid damage to its reputation from phishing attacks and impersonators, G Suite follows the DMARC standard. DMARC empowers domain owners to decide how Gmail and other participating email providers handle unauthenticated emails coming from your domain. By defining a policy and turning on DKIM email signing, you can ensure that emails that claim to be from your organization, are actually from you. 5. Disable third-party email client access for those who don't need itThe Gmail clients (Android, iOS, Web) leverage Google Safe Browsing to incorporate anti-phishing security measures such as disabling suspicious links and attachments and displaying warnings to users to deter them from clicking on suspicious links.By choosing to disable POP and IMAP, Google Sync and G Suite Sync for Microsoft Outlook, admins can ensure that a si[...]


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Analyze your business data with Explore in Google Sheets, use BigQuery tooAnalyze your business data with Explore in Google Sheets, use BigQuery too 2015 Grand Prize winner

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

A few months back, we announced a new way for you to analyze data in Google Sheets using machine learning. Instead of relying on lengthy formulas to crunch your numbers, now you can use Explore in Sheets to ask questions and quickly gather insights. Check it out. × Quicker data → problems solvedWhen you have easier access to data—and can figure out what it means quickly—you can solve problems for your business faster. You might use Explore in Sheets to analyze profit from last year, or look for trends in how your customers sign up for your company’s services. Explore in Sheets can help you track down this information, and more importantly, visualize it.Getting started is easy. Just click the “Explore” button on the bottom right corner of your screen in Sheets. Type in a question about your data in the search box and Explore responds to your query. Here’s an example of how Sheets can build charts for you. Syncing Sheets with BigQuery for deeper insightsFor those of you who want to take data analysis one step further, you can sync Sheets with BigQuery—Google Cloud’s low cost data warehouse for analytics.Compare publicly-available datasets in BigQuery, like U.S. Census Data or World Bank: Global Health, Nutrition, and Population data, to your company’s data in Sheets and gather information. For example, you can see how sales of your medical product compared with last year’s disease trends, or cross-reference average inflation prices in key markets of interest to your business.  Check out this post to see how you might query an example.[...]


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New features in Jamboard to help you make the best of your jamsNew features in Jamboard to help you make the best of your jamsProduct Manager

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A few months have passed since we first released Jamboard—Google’s cloud-based, collaborative whiteboard. Since then, our engineering and product teams have been developing new features to make your jam sessions even better.For those of you new to Jamboard, check out this video. For those of you who have been testing Jamboard with your teams, here are eight new updates to help you jam even easier.1. Use Jamboard in Canada and the U.K. now.Starting today, you can use Jamboard to collaborate with teammates in Canada and the United Kingdom. This means that your Chicago office can have a product development working session with their Toronto counterparts, or your marketing team in New York can redline the latest website proposal live with the London headquarters. Of course, any team can still view and participate remotely via the Jamboard iOS or Android apps.2. Duplicate and select objects on Jamboard easier.Now, you can duplicate objects on your Jamboard screen or mobile device. Select an object and click on the duplicate icon on the upper right-hand corner. You can also select drawings and objects—like post-its, stickers, and images—and easily move or resize them using the “Lasso” selection tool. 3. Try out “Glide Typing.”Jamboard now offers “Glide Typing”—a way to type by swiping your finger across letters on your keyboard—so you can add text to a jam even quicker.4. Share your work with teammates fast.Ready to get feedback on a project from colleagues? Click “Add people” in the Jamboard app, and it will auto-suggest contacts based on history, matching address book contacts and your email domain. When you add an individual, they receive a notification in their email just like in Google Docs.5. Redline text to edit jams like you would on paper, but better.You now have the option to edit text within jams using the stylus. To delete, simply strike over a letter you’d like to remove from a word. To insert letters, write them either above or below the word and draw a small arrow to insert them. To merge, select a text object and drag it to another text object. Check it out. 6. Add your favorite GIFs.Jamboard now supports adding GIF images via Google Drive, so you can add dynamic images to your jams. Or, you know, a team pick-me-up. 7. Move objects to adjacent jam frames.By popular demand, objects can now be moved to adjacent jam frames or pages. Just select and glide the image toward the left or right edge of your screen. 8. Additional reporting for Jamboard admins.For the G Suite admins out there, you can now see historical data for Wi-Fi network strength (RSSI), Wi-Fi network speed and board online/offline status in the Jamboard Admin console.Start jammingCreative agencies, professional services companies and teams in a variety of industries are using Jamboard to collaborate from different locations more effectively.  For a full list of Jamboard updates, check out What’s New in Jamboard, or you can visit google.com/jamboard to see how you can start jamming with your colleagues today.[...]


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Experimenting with machine learning in mediaExperimenting with machine learning in mediaProduct ManagerGlobal Partnerships

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

From the Gutenberg printing press in 1440 to virtual reality today, advances in technology have made it possible to discover new audiences and new ways of expressing. And there’s more to come.Machine learning is the latest technology to change how news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports content is created, distributed and monetized. YouTube, for example, has used machine learning to automatically caption more than one billion videos to make them more accessible to the 300 million+ people who are deaf or hard of hearing.While many media executives are increasingly aware of machine learning, it's not always apparent which problems are most suited for machine learning and whose solutions will result in maximum impact.Machine learning can help transform your business with new user experiences, better monetization of your content and reduce your operational cost.Executives, here are three things to keep in mind as you consider and experiment with machine learning to transform your  digital business: The time to experiment with machine learning is right now. The barriers to using machine learning have never been lower. In the same way companies started thinking about investing in mobile 10 years ago, the time to start exploring machine learning is right now. Solutions like Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine have made powerful machine learning infrastructure available to all without the need for investment in dedicated hardware. Companies can start experimenting today with Google Cloud Machine Learning APIs at no charge—and even developers with no machine learning expertise can do it. For example, in less than a day, Time Inc. used a combination of Cloud Machine Learning APIs to prototype a personalized date night assistant that integrated fashion, lifestyle and events recommendations powered by its vast corpus of editorial content.Bring together key stakeholders from diverse teams to identify the top problems to solve before you start. Machine learning is not the answer to all of your business woes, but a toolkit that can help solve specific, data-intensive problems at scale. With limited time and people to dedicate to machine learning applications, start by  bringing together the right decision makers across your business, product and engineering teams to identify the top problems to solve. Once the top challenges are identified, teams need to work closely with their engineering leads to determine technical feasibility and prioritize where machine learning could have the highest impact. Key questions to answer that will help prioritize efforts are: Can current technology reasonably solve the problem? What does success look like? What training data is needed, and is that data currently available or does it need to be generated. This was the approach that was taken during a recent Machine Learning for Media hackathon hosted by Google and the NYC Media lab, and it paid off with clearer design objectives and better prototypes. For example, for the Associated Press, there was an opportunity to quickly generate sports highlights from analysis of video footage. So they created an automated, real-time sports highlights tool for editors using Cloud Video Intelligence API.Machine learning has a vibrant community that can help you get started. Companies can kickstart their machine learning endeavors by plugging into the vibrant and growing machine learnig community. TensorFlow, an open source machine learning framework, offers resources, meetups, and more. And if your company needs more hands-on assistance, Google offers a suite of services through the Advanced Solutions Lab to work side-by-side with companies to build bespoke machine learning solutions. There are also partner[...]


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Expanding Kubernetes in the enterprise: Google Container Engine + Pivotal Container ServiceExpanding Kubernetes in the enterprise: Google Container Engine + Pivotal Container ServiceHead of Global Technology Partners

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Cloud users are overwhelmingly opting for a hybrid cloud strategy. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, 85% of enterprises now have a multi-cloud architecture strategy. Many of these customers are looking to container technology to help modernize their application development and DevOps functions across their cloud investments.   Portability and simplificationTo help organizations manage their container deployments across private and public clouds, Google is fostering an open path to hybrid cloud. This approach builds on the momentum and popularity of Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration system for cross-cloud portability and ease of management.One of the companies we've been working closely with to deliver on this vision of an open, hybrid cloud is Pivotal — which we recently named our Global Technology Partner of the Year. Last year, we announced that PCF was available on Google Cloud Platform, enabling enterprise customers to build and deploy apps that can scale, store and analyze data quickly both on-prem and in the cloud. And today we're excited to extend the work we're doing with Pivotal to more businesses looking to move to the cloud.Continuous innovation and collaboration with cloud industry leaders Today, we're happy to announce another collaboration with Pivotal, based on the open-source project Kubo, a tool that instantiates, deploys and manages Kubernetes clusters with high availability on public and private clouds. We’re working closely with VMware and Pivotal to support Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS), a new service that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). PKS lets enterprises easily use the same container orchestration technology that Google uses for its web-scale services in their on-premise deployments. Specifically, PKS includes:Ops Manager tile & BOSH release within Pivotal Cloud FoundryOn-Demand Service Broker, for deploying on-demand Kubo clusters from CFGoogle GCP Service Broker, for access to Google services to apps running on KuboVMware NSXIntegration to Wavefront and vROps monitoring tooling Complete workload portability with Google Container EngineOne of the key features of PKS is release-level synchronization with Google Container Engine (GKE), ensuring that PKS is always on the same Kubernetes release as Container Engine. Release-level synchronization lets developers and operators build their applications for on-premises or public cloud targets without having to worry about platform drift or compatibility.Access to Google Cloud Platform servicesPKS will also come bundled with a new service broker that provides out-of-the-box access to GCP services including:Google BigQueryGoogle BigtableGoogle Cloud SpannerGoogle Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud SQLGoogle Cloud Pub/SubGoogle Cloud Vision APIGoogle Cloud Speech APIGoogle Cloud Natural Language APIGoogle Translate APIThese services will be available on day one, for all PKS deployments, giving you access to Google’s advanced cloud services for all of your container-based applications.Getting startedVisit the official PKS site for more details. Pivotal Container Engine is slated for general availability by end of 2017. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements soon or reach out to us for more information.[...]Introducing Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS), a new service that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).


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Welcome to our latest alliance and GCP customer: MarketoWelcome to our latest alliance and GCP customer: MarketoHead of Global Technology Partners

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Effective business-to-business marketing requires deep insights, which Google Cloud's infrastructure and solutions can deliver at scale. Today we’re announcing a new alliance with Marketo, a leader in enterprise business-to-business marketing automation. As part of our work together, Google Cloud will help Marketo migrate its entire marketing automation product infrastructure from on-premises data centers to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in the coming months. Marketo will then be able to serve customers with its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products from Google Cloud.

In the first phase of our collaboration, we plan to accelerate integrations between Marketo solutions and G Suite. Marketo users will then be able to leverage G Suite offerings like Gmail, Sheets and Hangouts Chat for faster marketing content development and deeper engagement with customers and prospects.   

The new Marketo-Google Cloud alliance also extends to GCP. Advanced analytics tools like Google BigQuery and Machine Learning APIs can unveil new insights and bring expanded functionality and depth to marketing activities. We’ll also explore together ways to provide deeper integration between Marketo and other Google products, in addition to our own team expanding our use of Marketo’s platform to further engage with our customers.

Our relationship with Marketo demonstrates Google Cloud’s commitment to deep collaboration with leading SaaS companies (Evernote and Box) by providing the best public cloud platform to host their applications, leverage machine learning and data analytics and integrate with our productivity suite.

We look forward to working with Marketo to better serve our current and growing set of joint customers!

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Introducing Chrome EnterpriseIntroducing Chrome EnterpriseProduct Manager

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Since we launched Chrome OS in 2009, our goal has been to build the simplest, fastest, and most secure operating system possible. And we’ve been inspired by all the ways we’ve seen businesses embrace Chrome, from Chromebooks in the office, to shared Chrome devices in the field, to signage and kiosks for customer engagement in retail. But with so many different business needs—not to mention so many different devices—companies have also told us they want a single, cost-effective solution that gives them the flexibility and control to keep their employees connected. That’s why today we’re announcing Chrome Enterprise.Chrome Enterprise offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts,  deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. We invite you to join our Chrome Enterprise webinar on August 23 to learn more and take part in our live Q&A.Here’s a little more on what the new Chrome Enterprise license will offer. On-premise infrastructure integrationBusinesses not yet ready for a cloud-only solution have wanted to manage Chrome OS with the on-premise identity and management systems they’re already using. To help, Chrome Enterprise is now fully compatible with on-premise infrastructure through MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. This integration allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralizing management of user and device policies for IT admins.We’ve also simplified our on-premise integration trials so admins can sign up and get going quickly in under two minutes with our new simple setup flows. Unified endpoint managementWe know IT admins face the challenge of managing a broad range of devices in today’s business landscape. And it’s critical to have the power to manage all devices using a single unified endpoint management solution. Which is why Chrome Enterprise now gives customers the ability to manage all their Chrome devices from a single management solution.VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch will be the first third party solution provider to manage Chrome devices. Workspace ONE will provide a centralized approach to managing corporate-owned or bring-your-own device. This collaboration combines the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome with the cloud-based unified endpoint management of VMware AirWatch.The compatibility of Chrome Enterprise with VMware Workspace ONE will enable organizations to deliver device policies using customizable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more – simplifying policy enforcement across the company. Building on previously released integrations of Workspace ONE with Chrome OS, IT admins can also provide employees with access to all enterprise applications – cloud, web, native Android, virtual Windows – from a single app catalog to deliver a consistent experience to employees anywhere, anytime, on any device. Chrome device users can even access full Windows desktops and applications, helping to accelerate the adoption of Chrome devices in the enterprise.“The consumerization of the enterprise has left IT managing multiple operating systems on a variety of devices—some provided by the business and others brought in by employees. As Chrome OS continues to gain momentum, our customers are eager to manage these devices consistently along with all other endpoints[...]


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Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationGet on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationProduct Manager

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.Today, we're introducing new updates to better help with "version control," to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.Track changes, make progressIt can take dozens of edits to make a document just right—especially a legal agreement, project proposal or research paper. These new updates in Docs let you more easily track your team’s changes. Now, your team can:Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide. Being able to assign custom names to versions of your document is a great way to keep a historical record of your team's progress. It's also helpful for communicating when a document is actually final. You can organize and track your team’s changes in one place under “Version history” (formerly known as “Revision history”) on the web. Select File > Version history > Name current version. For even quicker recall, there’s an option to select “Only show named versions” in Docs, Sheets or Slides. Preview “clean versions” of Docs to see what your Doc looks like without comments or suggested edits. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Preview accept all OR Preview reject all.Accept or reject all edit suggestions at once in your Doc so your team doesn’t have to review every single punctuation mark or formatting update. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Accept all OR Reject all.Suggest changes in a Doc from an Android, iPhone or iPad device. Click the three dots menu in the top right of your Doc screen to suggest edits on-the-go. Turn on the “Suggest changes” toggle and start typing in “suggestion mode.”Compare documents and review redlines instantly with Litera Change-Pro or Workshare Add-ons in Docs. Here's a quick way to preview and accept all changes (or reject them) and name versions of your document Use new templates, add-on time-saving functionalityTeams use templates in Docs and Sheets to save time on formatting. At the same time, developers are building add-ons to customize functionality. We thought, why not bring these two together? That’s why today, we’re introducing new templates with built-in add-ons and the ability to create your own, so your templates not only look good—but they make sure the work gets done.These templates allow you to customize and deploy tools specific to your organization’s workflows. We’ve launched five examples of this in the general template gallery, like the new Mutual Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template from LegalZoom and DocuSign. With this template, businesses can quickly create an NDA and collect signatures using the DocuSign Add-on for Docs. Bonus: it also automatically detects the required signature fields on the template, which saves even more time when you request signatures. This is just one of a few new templates—we’ve also worked with Lucidchart, PandaDoc, EasyBib and Supermetrics to help you save time and maximize efficiency throughout your team’s workflows.In addition, you can also create your very own template with built-in Add-on customized to your company’s workflows. For exa[...]


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Around the Globe - Improved Operations for Girl Scouts of JapanAround the Globe - Improved Operations for Girl Scouts of JapanGoogle for Nonprofits

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000

For this segment of G4NP Around the Globe, we’re highlighting Girl Scouts of Japan: a nonprofit that supports more than 30,000 young women across the country with its vibrant community and empowering programs. With such a large network of members, the nonprofit needed technology to effectively keep members updated on events, ensure personal information stays secure, and manage their Local Council’s communications. The suite of tools provided by Google for Nonprofits has allowed Girl Scouts of Japan to improve their productivity and increase their member base, giving them more time to focus on supporting young women.  Operations - G Suite GSuite has helped Girl Scouts of Japan operate more efficiently and provide a positive experience for their members. More than 7,000 attendees signed up through Google Forms for e-learning programs about safety procedures before they headed off on a scouting adventure. Google Sheets helped the chapter to quickly access and organize this data. And by migrating to Gmail, the nonprofit feels secure with their custom Google privacy settings and the tool’s ability to weed out spam and malware.Girl Scouts of Japan has also used technology to revolutionize a central component of the Girl Scout organization: badges. Typically, Girl Scouts can earn woven badges for their sashes by completing tasks or trainings. With the help of Google tools, Girl Scouts of Japan has created an interesting twist to this tradition: using Forms to create quizzes on their Google Site provided easy access to all members in Japan. This created an opportunity for more girls to earn badges. Furthermore, the nonprofit creates engaging content with Google Sites and shares their manuals and materials on Google Drive so each Local Council can always access the most updated trainings. With G Suite scaled to the entire organization, the nonprofit seamlessly keeps all communications and information safely stored in one place—allowing them to spend less time handling administrative tasks, and more freedom to plan engaging events. Girl Scouts Japan - Virtual Tour of WAGGGS World Centers × Visibility - Google AdGrants, YouTube, Google MapsGirl Scouts of Japan recognized an opportunity to connect with their young target audience by building a strong online presence. Ad Grants helps them reach new members with over 3,000 monthly visitors to their site—a 500% increase in just two months. To further enhance their online engagement, the nonprofit created a YouTube channel to showcase their thriving community and impactful programs with original content. Their videos showcase the strength of their community and the empowering programs they provide. And with Google Maps, members can easily find events happening nearby, resulting in over 18,000 views about event information.Lastly, to spread awareness and encourage women to get involved, Girl Scouts of Japan uses Google Earth to provide a global view of their expansive network. Using instructions from Earth Outreach tutorials, they created this Virtual Tour to share with members to encourage a global perspective and community of Girl Scouts.From G Suite to YouTube, Girl Scouts of Japan has successfully harnessed the power of technology to cultivate a strong community of women who support each other and grow together. Read the full story by visiting our Community Stories page on our Google f[...]


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8 tips to help you keep up in Google Keep8 tips to help you keep up in Google KeepProduct Manager, Google Keep

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Google Keep makes organizing information a cinch. You can easily jot down ideas or share to-dos with co-workers. We asked Mario Anima, product manager for Google Keep, to share some of his favorite Keep tips. This is what we learned.1. Record voice notes.For recording thoughts on the go, you can record voice memos within Google Keep on your Android or iOS device. Open up the Keep mobile app, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of your screen and record your message. When you’re done talking, the recording will automatically end and a new screen will pop up with the text of your message and an audio file. Click on “title” at the top of your audio file and name your note. Your note is automatically synced with the web app, too, so you can access it on your desktop. 2. Transcribe notes from pictures.Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Keep can transcribe text from pictures for you, so you don’t have to worry about typing up notes from a meeting or whiteboard session (shameless plug: you can also use Jamboard for that).Just take a photo, select “Grab Image Text”  and Keep will transcribe your note. 3. Create drawings and even search handwritten notes.You can sketch images in Keep. Select the pen icon at the bottom of your mobile screen and a bunch of options will appear. Play with colors, shades and more. Once you’re finished with your drawing, you can share it right away with coworkers. Or, you can come back to handwritten memos later by searching for what you wrote.Speaking of search, you can also find images by searching for words contained within them. Say you snap a photo from a whiteboard and the image contains the word “Proposal.” Just search Keep for “proposal” and your image will appear. 4. Drag and drop notes from Keep into Google Docs.Now you can use Keep directly within Docs—take notes you’ve created in Keep and drag them into client proposals and more.If you’re in a Doc: click “Tools” on the menu bar, and then “Keep Notepad.” A sidebar will pop up with all of your note options. You can scroll through the list or use the search bar to jump right to the note you need. Once you’ve found it, drag-and-drop the note into your doc.If you’re in the Keep app: select the note you want to send, click the three dots menu and click “Copy to Google Doc.”You can also create notes in the Keep notepad while viewing a Doc. One bonus is that when you create a note in Docs, Keep creates a source backlink—so you can access the note in Keep and it will link back to the source document where the note was created. 5. Use the Chrome Extension.Create notes while you browse the web by downloading the Chrome Extension. One cool thing is that when you create a note using the extension, it saves the site URL with it. So if you browse back to that same URL, the extension will show your note in context. 6. Send notes from Keep to other apps you use.Some teams save content from other messaging or social media apps in Keep to reference later. Or, vice versa, you might use Keep to draft emails or social media posts on-the-go. Click on the three dots in the bottom right corner of your Keep[...]


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