Search is a Jack of all trades

Today we’re dealing two new hands from the Google Search deck: solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Now you can play two of the oldest and most popular games for all ages, on desktop and in the Google app.

It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling. If that’s true, today your fate rests on your quick wit and the luck of the draw. When you search for “solitaire” on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours!

If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, tic-tac-toe is your best bet. In this game of naughts and crosses, you can select your level of difficulty or even go head to head against a friend. Xs and Os to the winner (hugs and kisses, that is!).

For some other fun tips, try asking Google, “what sound does a pig make?” Or if you’re looking to settle a bet and feeling lucky, “flip a coin” may come in handy.

These are just a sample of the delightful surprises that await you on Google. After all, Search is for so much more than research and practical matters -- it’s for fun, too!

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In the Kenai Fjords, the ice is so dense it forms blues brighter than the clear Alaskan sky above. The molten rock around the (very) active Kīlauea Volcano appears to swirl and move — and sometimes it really does! At Bryce Canyon, one of the darkest places in North America, you can see the massive Milky Way glittering across the night sky.

The U.S. National Parks are full of wonders, but most people don’t get the chance to visit in person. While nothing beats the real thing, for this month’s 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, we wanted to see if we could use Google’s technology to help share the parks with everyone.
Starting today anyone can take a virtual tour of some of our most breathtaking National Parks, no matter where you are, with Google’s The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks.

This Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary in honor of this month’s NPS Centennial is available on the web and in the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS/Android. You can immerse yourself in 360-degree video tours through some of the most remote and breathtaking places in five different National Parks. And if you want to learn more about what you’re seeing, you can browse the fascinating archive of artifacts from the National Parks’ many museums.

At each park, a local ranger guides you through places most people never get to go — spelunking through ancient caves at Carlsbad Caverns, flying above active volcanoes in Hawai’i, and swimming through the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas in Florida.

We’ve also created the Hidden Worlds Expedition for educators to help open up new learning opportunities and share these experiences with even more people. The Expedition can be accessed on the Expeditions App (available on Google Play in the U.S.).

Today's Doodle celebrating U.S. National Parks & monuments. More info at google.com/doodles.

The National Parks are American treasures, and everyone should see what they have to offer. We hope that by making it easy for people to get a taste of the wilderness, we can encourage a new generation of parks goers to head out and explore in person. Get ready for an adventure!

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WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

Version 4.6 of WordPress, named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.6 help you to focus on the important things while feeling more at home.


Streamlined Updates

Don’t lose your place: stay on the same page while you update, install, and delete your plugins and themes.


Native Fonts

The WordPress dashboard now takes advantage of the fonts you already have, making it load faster and letting you feel more at home on whatever device you use.


Editor Improvements

Inline Link Checker

Ever accidentally made a link to https://wordpress.org/example.org? Now WordPress automatically checks to make sure you didn’t.

Content Recovery

As you type, WordPress saves your content to the browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6.


Under The Hood

Resource Hints

Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.

Robust Requests

The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalized Domain Names.

WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type

A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.

Meta Registration API

The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.

Translations On Demand

WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from WordPress.org’s community of translators.

JavaScript Library Updates

Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

Customizer APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications

Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customizer controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.

Multisite, now faster than ever

Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.


The Crew

This release was led by Dominik Schilling, backed up by Garth Mortensen as Release Deputy, and with the help of these fine individuals. There are 272 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Pepper Adams on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

A5hleyRich, Aaron Jorbin, achbed, Adam Silverstein, Adam Soucie, Adriano Ferreira, afineman, Ahmad Awais, aidvu, Aki Björklund, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), alexvandervegt, Alice Brosey, Ana Aires, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy Fragen, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Skelton, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, anneschmidt, Antti Kuosmanen, Arunas Liuiza, Barry, Barry Ceelen, bassgang, Bernhard Kau, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, Brandon Kraft, brianvan, Bruno Borges, Bryan Petty, Bryan Purcell, Chandra Patel, Chouby, Chris Christoff (chriscct7), Chris Mok, Chris Olbekson, Christoph Herr, Christopher Finke, Cliff Seal, clubduece, cmillerdev, Craig Ralston, crstauf, dabnpits, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Hüsken, Daniele Scasciafratte, dashaluna, davewarfel, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Brumbaugh, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Mosterd, David Shanske, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dion Hulse, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elrae, Eric Andrew Lewis, Erick Hitter, Fabien Quatravaux, Faison, Felix Arntz, flyingdr, FolioVision, francescobagnoli, Frank Bueltge, Frank Klein, Frank Martin, Fredrik Forsmo, Gabriel Koen, Gabriel Maldonado, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Hardeep Asrani, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Inderpreet Singh, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, James Huff, James Nylen, Janne Ala-Äijälä, Jasper de Groot, javorszky, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Green, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Ward, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jip Moors, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel Williams, Johan Falk, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Green, John_Schlick, Jon (Kenshino), Jonathan Brinley, Jonny Harris, Joost de Valk, Joseph Scott, Josh Pollock, Joshua Goodwin, jpdavoutian, jrf, jsternberg, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, julesaus, Justin Sainton, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kite, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne, Laurens Offereins, Luke Cavanagh, Lutz Schröer, Marcel Pol, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Uraine, martin.krcho, Matt Miklic, Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Batchelder, mattyrob, Mayeenul Islam, mdwheele, medariox, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, Mel Choyce, Michael, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, Michael Beil, Mike Bijon, Mike Hansen, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Mustafa Uysal, Nícholas André, Nextendweb, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Chavan, Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, Noah, noahsilverstein, odyssey, ojrask, Olar Marius, ovann86, pansotdev, Pascal Birchler, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, pcarvalho, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, PeterRKnight, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Petya Raykovska, Pieter, Pollett, postpostmodern, Presskopp, prettyboymp, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rafaelangeline, raffaella isidori, Rahul Prajapati, Rami Yushuvaev, Rian Rietveld , Richard Tape, Robin Cornett, Rodrigo Primo, Ronald Huereca, Ruud Laan, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sören Wrede, Samantha Miller, Samir Shah, Sara Rosso, schlessera, Scott Basgaard, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, screamingdev, Sebastian Pisula, semil, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Sidati, Silvan Hagen, Simon Vikström, sirjonathan, smerriman, southp, Stanko Metodiev, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stubgo, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Taco Verdonschot, Takashi Irie, Tammie Lister, Taylor Lovett, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Timothy Jacobs, tloureiro, Travis Northcutt, Ulrich, Unyson, Viktor Szépe, Vishal Kakadiya, vortfu, vovafeldman, websupporter, Weston Ruter, wp_smith, wpfo, Xavi Ivars, Yoav Farhi, Zack Tollman, and zakb8.

 

Special thanks go to Jerry Bates for producing the release video and Hugo Baeta for providing marketing graphics.

Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.6. Their efforts make it possible to use WordPress 4.6 in 52 languages. The WordPress 4.6 release video has been captioned into 43 languages.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.7!

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Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.

Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number

Simple interface

Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

Fast and reliable
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.

Human design
We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.

Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up

Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re beginning to roll out Duo for Android and iOS today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.

*Google YouGov Survey, July 2016, U.S., Among 18+ online population, n=1,058

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WordPress 4.6 RC2

The second release candidate for WordPress 4.6 is now available.

We’ve made over 30 changes since the first release candidate. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.6 on Tuesday, August 16, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.6 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.6, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4, and RC 1 blog posts.

A few changes of note since the first release candidate:

  • Support for custom HTTP methods and proxy authentication has been restored.
  • Various fixes for the streamlined updates, including better failure messages and error handling, basic back-compat styling for custom update notifications, and additional and standardized JavaScript events.
  • Unnecessary reference parameters have been removed from new multisite functions.
  • A compatibility issue with PHP 7.0.9 (and PHP 7.1) has been fixed.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.6 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.6. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release – we never want to break things.

Be sure to read the in-depth field guide, a post with all the developer-focused changes that take place under the hood.

Translators, strings are now frozen, including the About Page, so you are clear to translate! Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

Happy testing!

The verdict is in,
Can I haz all the features,
Your best WordPress yet.

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This year's Olympics in Rio brings together 10,500 athletes from 200+ countries to participate in 306 events, from archery to wrestling. To help you get even more out of the Games, we've created a Google Trends Olympic Hub where you can find fun facts, data insights, feature pages on sports and athletes, and more.

Olympics Trends Hub
Throughout the next few weeks, Google Trends will give you a unique view into the games with a new Trends Hub just for the Olympics. There, you’ll be able to see which athletes, events and moments are captivating audiences—and searches—worldwide. For example, which country is searching for beach volleyball the most? Landlocked Switzerland. And the title of most searched grandmother in the world goes to British swimmer Adam Peaty's nan.

Here’s some of what you can expect from Trends over the next few weeks:

  • Search insights revealing what the world is wondering about the events—from fencing to synchronized swimming (and every moment in between!)
  • Data interactives like our alternative medal table and top searched sports per country
  • Trending sports and athletes lists, showing what’s of interest at any given moment

Explore Trends in a new way
As you explore the site, you may notice something else—a new Google Trends Explore page. With a fresh design and features like a color-coded map, you can analyze search data in new ways. For example, you can compare interest in previous Olympic Games over the years:

Every four years, the Olympics captivate the world’s attention. We’re excited to be able to help fans get even more out of the Games with insights from Search.

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Go bananas for the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games

The summer just got sweeter. Today marks the season opener of the 2016 Doodle Fruit Games. For the next couple of weeks in the latest Google app for Android and iOS, journey to an otherwise unassuming fruit stand in Rio, where produce from all over the market are ripe to compete for the title of freshest fruit.

The name of today’s featured game is to see who’s the fastest fruit on the track in this berry special race. Don’t be MELONcholy if your sprint turns into more of a smoothie.

If you like the taste of that, be sure to weave your way through the ice cooler to see if you’re the chillest lemon around. Remember: No one likes sour losers!

We hope you find these fruits as apPEELing as we do. And don’t forget to share your cherry impressive results with friends to see who claims the top seed. These two games are just a taste of what's in store, so come back to the Google app throughout the week to catch the featured game of the day.

   

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Let Google be your guide to Rio de Janeiro

The modern Olympic Games have been a defining moment for athletes and fans alike dating back to 1896. Next week, the 2016 cauldron will be lit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where thousands of athletes will come together to represent the strength and pride of their home countries with the world as their audience.

In celebration of the next chapter in Olympics history, we’re bringing the best our products have to offer to help people around the world stay up-to-date with the Olympic Games Rio 2016:

  • Discover the event schedule, medal counts, and athlete information in Search
  • Get results and view TV schedules in 30+ countries
  • Watch official broadcasters’ event highlights on YouTube in 60+ countries
  • Explore Rio and venues in Google Maps
  • Keep up to date with the latest search Trends from around the world

On Google, searching for information about your favorite athletes and sports, the medal race, or your country’s schedule has never been easier. Pro tip: if you search on the Google app on Android and iOS, you’ll also see an option to get automatic updates on top event and medal wins, so you’ll never miss a beat.

To give you a glimpse into the Games, watch official broadcasters’ video highlights on YouTube in more than 60 countries around the world. And as an added bonus, YouTube is sending 15 top creators to Rio, giving you a taste of what it’s like to be there with mobile live streaming.

With Street View in Google Maps, everyone can enjoy the magic of Rio de Janeiro. Even if you’re a world away, preview the places where the world's most talented athletes will make history and explore the breathtaking beauty of Brazil.

Google Trekker operator captures 360-degree imagery from inside Rio’s Olympic Park

Great triumphs, victories and stunning surprises await us all this summer. This is just a hint of what’s to come—we hope you’ll let Google be your guide.

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Explore Rio from every angle

With its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscape, Rio de Janeiro is a city that appears on every traveler's bucket list. Now, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can now explore the "Marvelous City" and its rich cultural heritage even if you can't make the trip. We partnered with eight of Rio's top cultural institutions to create an interactive online collection of some of the city’s most famous art exhibits and landmarks, including some inspiring real-life stories from the city's favelas, all available on Google Arts & Culture. Bem-vindos ao Rio!

Arts, monuments and more
The collection includes 360° panoramas with Street View technology, some 3,000 images from photo archives and art exhibits, virtual reality tours with Google Cardboard and videos showcasing a new generation of Cariocas making their mark in the city's cultural landscape. From iconic monuments and spectacular views, to the history of Guanabara Bay and the majestic Theatro Municipal, these online exhibits capture Rio from every angle.

Take an interactive tour of Rio's best-known monument—the Christ the Redeemer statue perched atop Corcovado mountain—or explore its storied musical history through album covers designed by Elifas Andreato.

Left: Bronze statue of Carlos Drummond de Andrade Right: Exploring Elifas' album covers through time

You can also go back in time by taking a peek at one of the richest collections of archival photographs of Rio, or tag along on a guided tour of the works of Rio-based artist and author Ziraldo, whose comics and children's books have marked the lives of generations of Brazilians.

Take a virtual reality tour with Cardboard

Mapping the whole city
A huge part of Rio’s history and culture resides in the hillside favelas that dot the landscape. In fact, one in five Rio residents live in favelas, but only 0.001 percent of the city's favelas appear on the map. That means 1.4 million people have no addresses to list on job applications or bank accounts, and aren’t able to access many economic opportunities, essential services, even basic rights as citizens. So we teamed up with local NGO Grupo Cultural AfroReggae to map the favelas. Two years later, streets and 10,000+ local businesses in 26 favelas now appear on Google Maps, thanks to "Tá no Mapa," our "On the Map" project.

The Rocinha favela before and after our mapping project

Beyond the Map

Along the way, we met some amazing people with remarkable stories, so we decided it was time to go "Beyond the Map" and shine a spotlight on an often overlooked side of Rio. With AfroReggae's help, we brought Street View and 360° technology to favelas for the first time, creating an immersive experience that lets you go beyond GPS coordinates and get to know the people and culture of communities that many people otherwise wouldn't get the chance to visit. You can even experience what it feels like to zip through the narrow streets of a favela on a motorcycle taxi!

This new online collection opens its virtual doors today at g.co/riodejaneiro on Google Arts & Culture. It is available on the web on mobile, tablet and desktop, and on the Google Arts & Culture app on iOS and Android devices. The Beyond the Map project can also be viewed at g.co/beyondthemap.

With the world’s eyes on Rio, we’re excited to give you a glimpse of all the splendor and creativity the city has to offer!

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Update Aug 1: Added information about the "Beyond the Map" experience.

WordPress 4.6 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.6 is now available.

We’ve made a few refinements since releasing Beta 4 a week ago. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.6 on Tuesday, August 16, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.6 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.6, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.6, check out the Beta 1Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 blog posts.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.6 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.6. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release – we never want to break things.

Be sure to read the in-depth field guide, a post with all the developer-focused changes that take place under the hood.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

Happy testing!

Der Sommer ist da,
Zeit für ein neues Release.
Bald ist es soweit.

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