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A new kids’ makerspace in Korea – helping turn play into innovation
Friday, October 30, 2015
Today we opened the doors to the Kids Maker Studio, which we
announced earlier this year
, in Korea’s largest science museum, the
Gwacheon National Science Museum
It is our aspiration that this space and the accompanying outdoor Science Playground opening in the spring – both made possible through a partnership wih the Gwacheon National Science Museum and a grant from
– will encourage more kids in Korea to ask audacious questions, seek out new challenges and set out to come up with previously unthought of solutions.
Our Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, was on hand to open the space…and help a few kids with their creative projects
The Kids Maker Studio will offer kids — and their parents – a wide range of workshops throughout the year. Upcoming sessions include everything from creating a stethoscope that can measure and convert electric resistance of various objects to sound, to making a model of a friend’s face using black strip resistor and LED lights.
Here are some pictures of the kids experimenting in the studio:
Over the past year, we have had an incredible opportunity to be involved in major initiatives that support Korea’s insatiable spirit for creativity and innovation. Through our
with the National Hangeul Museum, we opened an interactive space for kids to learn about the Korean alphabet. Earlier this year, we opened
, our first community space for startups in Asia. And next Spring, as mentioned, we will open the 2,000 square meter outdoor Science Playground at the Gwacheon National Science Museum.
We are so excited to see what the kids who come through these spaces create.
Posted by John Lee, Country Director, Google Korea
Catch your breath and take in the best views of Sabah on Street View
Thursday, October 29, 2015
eastern state of Sabah
sits just south of a typhoon belt. Seafarers used to call it the "Land Below The Wind," as it provided refuge from the raging storms of the north. From today you too can catch your breath, in awe, at the beauty of Sabah with the launch of new Street View imagery from 23 islands and nature reserves from the area.
Sabah is home to the highest mountain in Malaysia, so you can now scale the
Mount Kinabalu peak
from the couch. A UNESCO world heritage site, Mount Kinabalu sits in Kinabalu Park which teems with unique flora and fauna — including the gigantic Rafflesia plant and orangutans.
It’s quite a view from Mount Kinabalu peak!
Scaling the Mount Kinabalu peak is even tougher with an 18kg Trekker on your back
Or take a quiet cruise down the
. The longest river in Sabah, Kinabatangan winds through a forest-covered floodplain which is home to Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinos and Asian elephants. If you like wildlife, try and catch a glimpse of the orangutans at
Sepilok Orang Utan Reserve
Two orangutans having a tête-à-tête at the Sepilok Orang Utan Reserve
Once you’ve explored the jungle, why not go island hopping and visit
? The clear turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea are teeming with sea life and gentle sloping reefs which makes them diving hotspots.
Take a virtual dip at Mabul Island
The tiny Mataking Island can be walked around in an hour. We bet you could go even faster with Street View.
Sabah is home to incredibly unique natural diversity. We hope you enjoy scaling the peaks of Kinabalu, going deep into the jungle, or lazing around on the many island beaches with this
new Street View collection
Posted by Nhazlisham Hamdan, Street View Operations Lead Malaysia, Indonesia & Thailand
Bringing the Internet within reach of 100 million Indonesians from 20 kms above Earth
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Baca turun ke bawah agar dapat melihat postingan ini dalam Bahasa Indonesia
In Indonesia today, only about 1 out of every 3 people are connected to the Internet. And even though most of their connections are painfully slow, they’re doing some pretty incredible things. Startups like motorcycle delivery service
are building impressive adaptations to Indonesia’s unique challenges, while small businesses like fashionable hijab shop
are using the web to redefine marketplaces.
Still, a majority of Indonesians don’t have access to the educational, cultural, and economic opportunities of the Internet. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that Indonesia’s top three mobile network operators—Indosat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata—have agreed to begin testing
Project Loon balloon-powered Internet
over Indonesia in 2016. These tests represent an important step toward bringing all of Indonesia online.
From left to right: Ririek Adriansyah, CEO of Telkomsel; Dian Siswarini, CEO of XL Axiata; Alexander Rusli, CEO of Indosat; Mike Cassidy, VP of Project Loon; Sergey Brin, President, Alphabet Inc
Loon balloons act like floating mobile phone towers; flying on the stratospheric winds at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, each balloon beams an Internet connection down to the ground, and as one drifts out of range, another moves in to take its place. Loon can help telecommunications companies extend their networks; high in the sky, we can help overcome the difficulties of spreading equipment across an archipelago of 17,000 islands of jungles and mountains, providing connectivity to even the most remote islands.
Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are stratified, and each layer of wind varies in speed and direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network.
Over the next few years, we’re hoping Loon can partner with local providers to put high-speed LTE Internet connections within reach of more than 100 million currently unconnected people
that’s enough speed to read websites, watch videos, or make purchases. From Sabang all the way to Merauke, many of these people live in areas without any existing Internet infrastructure, so we hope balloon-powered Internet could someday help give them access to the information and opportunity of the web.
But it’s not the only step Google is taking toward making the Internet both accessible and useful for people in Indonesia.
phones are helping to make high-quality smartphones more accessible in a country where most people first access the Internet on a mobile device. And along with that, we’re working to ease the use of data with features sure as
, which streamlines search so pages load more quickly, or by
optimizing web pages
so that they require less data to load. Indonesia is also one of the first countries where
YouTube users can take videos offline
to watch later during periods of low or no Internet connectivity.
We’re also doing what we can to ensure that language isn’t a barrier to the opportunities of the web. Google Translate was introduced for Bahasa in 2008, and more recently we’ve expanded it to
, a language that’s spoken by nearly 40 million people living on the island of Java.
Soon we hope many more millions of people in Indonesia will be able to use the full Internet to bring their culture and businesses online and explore the world even without leaving home. And for those of you who’ve never been to this country of rich culture and natural beauty, we invite you to head over to Google Street View to explore the famous
temples at Borobudur and Prambanan
Posted by Mike Cassidy, Vice President, Project Loon
Menghadirkan akses internet ke 100 juta penduduk Indonesia dari ketinggian 20 km di atas Bumi
Saat ini, perbandingan jumlah penduduk Indonesia yang bisa mengakses internet adalah satu banding tiga. Dan sebagian besar koneksi Internetnya pun sangat lambat, namun, mereka tetap dapat melakukan berbagai hal mengagumkan. Perusahaan startup seperti
berhasil menyesuaikan diri dengan tantangan unik yang ada di Indonesia, dan perusahaan kecil yang bergerak pada bidang busana hijab seperti
juga menggunakan Internet untuk mendefinisikan kembali pangsa pasarnya.
Bagaimana pun, mayoritas penduduk Indonesia masih belum memiliki akses Internet terutama kesempatan di bidang pendidikan, budaya, dan ekonomi. Itulah mengapa kami bangga mengumumkan bahwa tiga operator seluler di Indonesia—Indosat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata—telah menyepakati memulai pengujian
Project Loon - Internet bertenaga balon
di Indonesia pada tahun 2016. Pelaksanaan pengujian ini adalah sebuah langkah penting membawa seluruh Indonesia menjadi online.
From left to right: Ririek Adriansyah, CEO of Telkomsel; Dian Siswarini, CEO of XL Axiata; Alexander Rusli, CEO of Indosat;
Mike Cassidy, VP of Project Loon; Sergey Brin, President, Alphabet Inc
Balon Loon berfungsi sebagai menara telepon seluler terbang, mengangkasa dengan angin stratosferik di ketinggian dua kali daripada pesawat komersial, masing-masing balon ini memancarkan koneksi Internet turun ke permukaan, dan bila salah satu balon ini keluar jalur, yang baru akan menggantikannya. Project Loon dapat membantu perusahaan telekomunikasi melebarkan jaringannya, jauh tinggi di angkasa, dengan mengatasi tantangan dalam hal penyebaran peralatan dalam menyediakan konektivitas ke penjuru paling ujung sekalipun ke seluruh Nusantara, yang merupakan kepulauan sebanyak 17.000, yang terdiri dari hutan dan pegunungan.
Dalam waktu beberapa tahun ke depan, kami berharap Project Loon dapat bermitra dengan penyedia lokal untuk membangun koneksi Internet berkecepatan tinggi berbasis LTE agar dapat menghubungkan lebih dari 100 juta penduduk yang belum terhubungi
kecepatan ini baik untuk situs-web, menonton video, dan melakukan pembelian online. Dari Sabang sampai Merauke, banyak dari masyarakat ini tinggal di wilayah tanpa infrastruktur Internet yang sudah ada saat ini, jadi kami berharap Internet bertenaga-balon ini dapat suatu saat nanti membantu mereka agar memiliki akses informasi dan kesempatan yang ada di Internet.
Namun, ini bukanlah satu-satunya langkah yang dilakukan Google untuk menjadikan Internet dapat diakses dan berguna bagi masyarakat di Indonesia. Perangkat telepon
membantu ponsel pintar bermutu tinggi agar lebih mudah diakses di negara yang kebanyakan masyarakatnya memiliki akses pertama Internetnya di perangkat seluler. Bersamaan dengan ini, kami juga sedang bekerja untuk memudahkan penggunaan data dengan fitur seperti
, yang mempersingkat penelusuran sehingga memuat laman lebih cepat, atau dengan
pengoptimalan laman Internet
agar data lebih sedikit ketika ada pemuatan laman. Indonesia juga merupakan salah satu negara pertama terkait
para pengguna YouTube yang dapat memutar video dalam keadaan offline
agar dapat ditonton di waktu kemudian saat konektivitas Internet sedang rendah atau tidak ada koneksi sama sekali.
Kami juga melakukan segala sesuatu yang dapat dilakukan untuk memastikan bahwa bahasa bukanlah rintangan yang menghalangi kesempatan yang ada di Internet. Google Translate diperkenalkan untuk Bahasa Indonesia pada tahun 2008, dan belum lama kami melebarkannya ke
, sebuah bahasa yang dipakai oleh lebih dari 40 juta orang yang tinggal di pulau Jawa.
Tidak lama lagi, kami berharap jutaan masyarakat Indonesia akan dapat menggunakan Internet secara utuh sehingga dapat membawa budaya dan bisnis mereka secara online dan mengeksplorasi dunia tanpa meninggalkan kediamannya. Dan, bagi mereka yang belum menginjakkan kakinya di negeri yang kaya budaya dan keindahan alam ini, kami mengundang Anda menggunakan Google Street View agar dapat mengeksplorasi
candi-candi seperti Borobudur dan Prambanan
yang sangat terkenal.
Diposting oleh Mike Cassidy, Vice President, Project Loon
Chopin briefly beats Shopping in search, largely thanks to Asia
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
For one brief moment in the world of Google searches
, Chopin beat shopping. And that’s largely thanks to Asia.
The International Chopin Piano Competition
draws a larger crowd than you might think. Here’s the chart of search interest in the competition, the composer and online shopping. As the finals were livestreamed online, people rushed to check out the
and see who won.
Poland hosts the competition every five years in honor of one of its most famous composers and Poland generates the most search interest in the competition. But then Japan and Korea show the most search interest in the world behind Poland, far above the U.S. or France.
Within Korea, search interest in the competition even beat out K-Pop boy band Exo.
And no wonder: check out the winning performance from Korea’s
at the 17-minute mark in the video below.
You can watch all the performances on the
Chopin Institute’s YouTube channel
and dive into the history of the competition and into Fryderyk Chopin’s history via
two online exhibitions
on the Google Cultural Institute.
Detail of gigapixel image of Fantaisie-Impromptu cis-moll [Opus 66] (1833 - 1834), Fryderyk Chopin’s autograph composition dated 1835 (collection: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina)
Tune in for
the broadcast of the winners’ performances
on October 21, starting at 7pm Central European Time.
A bird’s eye view of Hong Kong
Friday, October 16, 2015
Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most dramatic in the world, and with new 3D imagery on Google Maps and Google Earth, you can now swoop down over this magnificent harbour city, and zigzag your way between the skyscrapers. So go on, put on your virtual wings and explore parts of the city you’ve never visited before. You’ll find flying lessons
For those of you with aviophobia, here are some of my favorite aerial shots:
Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island skyline seen from across the water in Kowloon. You can pick out the Hong Kong Convention Centre on the left, and the International Finance Center (IFC) on the right. The International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the skyscraper in the foreground.
View across Admiralty, with the Central Ferry Pier and the International Finance Center on the right
Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower on Kowloon side
Happy Valley is not just a racecourse but a space for sports lovers
One of the most popular beaches on Hong Kong Island - Repulse Bay located in the Southern District of Hong Kong.
Whether you have a specific spot in mind or are just looking to virtually wander, we hope you enjoy experiencing Hong Kong from a new perspective.
Posted by Dominic Allon, Managing Director, Google Hong Kong
Beauty is in the eye of the video creator
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
YouTube is often the first place people turn to for beauty tips. But did you know just how many types of beauty videos there are? There are tutorials, product reviews, lookbooks and even transformation videos, just to name a few.
If you’re wondering what the difference is between these, you’re about to find out with the help of some of Asia’s top beauty creators — and you might be surprised to learn that some formats are more popular in certain countries over others.
Japan: The Product Review
Product review videos are pretty straightforward — they give viewers detailed information on products and how they’re used. Some creators keep viewers in suspense by “unboxing” the product before beginning the review.
In Japan, young people especially love finding out about “
100 yen makeup
” (essentially makeup purchased at one-dollar shops) — who says makeup products have to be expensive?
Korea: The Tutorial
Next up there’s the quintessential beauty video format, the tutorial.
So Young’s Beauty Room
The popularity of Korean music and dramas around the world means that everyone—well, a LOT of people—want to look like a K-Pop star. No wonder then, that Korean makeup creators’ tutorial videos are so popular.
, one of Korea’s top YouTube creators, puts an interesting spin on these star look videos by uploading how-tos for how to look like male stars. Check out
for getting mega K-pop idol G-Dragon’s smouldering look:
Australia: The Lookbook
If you’ve ever wondered how a piece of clothing might look on you or how to style an outfit, then “lookbook” videos are for you. For instance, Australia’s Wengie will show you
three ways to wear high-waisted denim shorts
outfits that’ll take you from day to night
Hong Kong: The Vlog
Hong Kongers love watching behind-the-scenes videos about their favorite YouTube creators. One of these is
— over half of her videos are
, giving her fans a candid glimpse into her busy life, such as this video here.
Multi-talented Hana hasn’t just limited herself to beauty tutorials, like this
smoky eye how-to
, but has also done
Taiwan: The Giveaway
It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves giveaways. This is a surefire way of engaging more fans with your channel “in real life,” as it were, and of connecting your fans on different social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram and cross-pollinating by mentioning them on a YouTube video.
Here is Taiwanese beauty creator Peri’s New Year’s lucky draw giveaway video:
Southeast Asia: The Haul
A haul is what you get when a YouTube creator, like Thailand’s Momay, goes on a shopping spree and shows off all her purchases. Now you may ask how a haul is different to a product review. Hauls generally involve multiple products — often from the same store or the same type of product — and the videos show how all the items work together.
Beauty videos are not just for the ladies. Guys, in case you’re wondering what’s in it for you, there are also plenty of grooming videos to check out: take a look at videos by
With these successful creators as well as region-wide searches for new talent like
Beauty Bound Asia
, this is truly an exciting time for Asia’s beauty creators. We look forward to seeing what amazing videos Asia’s beauty creators are going to be making next.
Posted by Dave Powell, Director, YouTube Online Partner Development, Asia Pacific
Liftware comes to Japan
Friday, October 2, 2015
In Japan, millions of people live with Parkinson's or Essential Tremor which cause involuntary movement and make everyday tasks, like eating, hard.
is a stabilizing handle designed to help people with hand tremor eat more easily. Now, Liftware is available in Japan
through our partner France Bed.
A similar video is available in English
Liftware automatically stabilizes in your hand, so that the utensil
shakes 70% less
than a regular fork or spoon. This means you can worry less about spilling, and focus more on enjoying mealtimes with family and friends.
Liftware includes two parts: a stabilizing handle and a utensil attachment, like a spoon. The battery lasts through several meals and it’s portable, so you can take it with you.
Posted by Daniel Lee, Business Operations Manager, Liftware
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