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By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Android Developer News from Google I/O 2015

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The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.

This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.

The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.

Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.

By Brad Batesole | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Will Your Site Survive the New Google Mobile-Friendly Test?

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Google has announced that on April 21st it will start using a site’s mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. In a nutshell this means that sites optimized for use on a mobile device will rank higher than their mobile-unfriendly counterparts.

Here’s how to determine if your site will pass the Google Mobile-Friendly Test.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom and Daughter Bond — by Learning to Code!

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In May, after announcing with some shame that only 17 percent of its tech employees are women, Google dropped $50 million on a new campaign to encourage more girls to study programming.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rhea Hebert and her daughter Josephine were cozied up on a sofa together watching lynda.com videos on an iPad—and learning to code.

You know. Just for fun.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Share a Google Doc with a Non-Google User

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Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?

By Doug Winnie | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Google Glass Open Beta Announced

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Google announced yesterday that its Google Glass Explorers program is once again open to everyone. That means anyone can purchase Google Glass, and try it out in beta, as long as supplies last. You don’t need an invitation—you can just go to google.com/glass to buy your device.

If you’re interested in Glass, I have two courses to help you get up to speed before and after you get the hardware.

By Doug Winnie | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Living with Google Glass

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Living in San Francisco, you see people wearing Google Glass often: at coffee shops, at restaurants, on trains. The Glass Explorer program, a group of people invited by Google to purchase Glass before its official release, has been expanding over time. As a result, thousands of Explorers are now using Google Glass and informing Google on how to improve it.

I’m part of the program myself, having received my Glass invitation in December. So I plunked down my $1,500 and went to the Google Glass office in San Francisco to pick it up. The “fitting,” as they called it, took place in a cavernous and sparse office building near the Embarcadero with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. A Glass-wearing representative helped me through the setup process then showed me how to connect it to my phone. Afterwards, I was turned loose to wander the streets of San Francisco with my new piece of fancy eyewear.

But instead—I put it away.

By Chelsea Adams | Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Install Google Analytics to WordPress in 5 Minutes

Install Google Analytics into WordPress in 5 minutes

If you can copy and paste text, you can install Google Analytics to WordPress. All you need is an established self-hosted WordPress.org website or blog, a Google Analytics account, and five minutes or less.

Note: You can only install Google Analytics on self-hosted WordPress.org sites and blogs. WordPress-hosted WordPress.com blogs won’t let you alter your header file or otherwise make low-level changes to your website infrastructure.

By Willem Knibbe | Friday, April 11, 2014

Introducing Google Glass

Introducing Google Glass

Have you got your eye on Google Glass? Google recently announced that anyone in the United States can apply to become part of its Glass Explorer Program and order the $1,500 device starting at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, April 15. Prepare for this exciting new release with a first look at the popular wearable computing device’s features and functionality in our new course Introducing Google Glass, available today.

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