Better ways of getting around

If you thought Google Scholar had about twenty different screens, you'd be half right. We have just made it easier to find your way around them.

Settings, advanced search, case law, and "my library" moved into the side drawer, which is now present on all screen sizes and all devices. If you're wondering how to get to a Scholar feature that you don't immediately see, it's probably in the drawer; click the menu icon in the upper left of the screen to open it.

"Cite" and "save" options under each search result moved to the left and became icons.  The quote icon shows formatted citations in a variety of styles - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, Vancouver, - and links to export the citation to EndNote and other bibliography managers.  The star icon saves the search result to your personal library, so you can read or cite it later.  To review your saved articles, open the drawer and click "my library".

Author profile pages got a cleaner look, especially on mobile devices.  Rest assured, we did not change your citation counts - at least, not intentionally.  It is, however, a good time to review your photo - it's now a circle - and to update your affiliation and research interests.  Please visit your profile to review and update it.

Posted by: Alex Verstak, Software Engineer

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This past Friday marked the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, which started nearly 50 years ago to celebrate the rich history of Hispanics in the U.S. and the tremendous impact they’ve had on American culture and society. This year, we want to celebrate everyone who identifies as part of the Hispanic and/or Latinx community by shining a light on the amazing content that they produce on YouTube. YouTube is overflowing with stories that are rich in Latinx and Hispanic culture and perspective – and it includes voices that span a vibrant spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.

Through humor, beauty, food, music and much more, Hispanic and Latinx creators make an impact every day. They set trends, define American culture, and connect with millions of fans all at the same time. For example, just last month, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” became the most-watched video of all time on YouTube. But while Latin music is one of the fastest growing communities on the platform, music is only one small part of a rich catalog of stories Hispanic and Latinx creators are making and sharing. We’d like to take a moment to highlight a few of those creators here:

Lele Pons, a breakout star of 2017, showcases her pride for her heritage through humorous videos depicting what being Latinx means to her. Using humor to connect with people of all backgrounds, Lele has grown her audience to over 5 million subscribers with viral comedy videos and collabs that range from high school scenes to telenovela parodies and the hilarious Training to be a Latina. Similarly, Eric Ochoa (SUPEReeeGO), frequently parodies his experiences of growing up Mexican and was recently featured in the YouTube Red show, “Single by 30.” Like Lele, he’s taught us that exploring your background and viewpoint is a great way to build a global community of allies (and subscribers). The popularity of their content on YouTube indicates the community’s desire to see a world online that more authentically represents the world in which we live.

Many Hispanic and Latinx creators are also driving major trends on the platform. Slime videos, for example, were one of the biggest trends on YouTube this year, and DIY guru Karina Garcia was one of the key influencers driving the popularity of this category, with wildly popular videos like this one. Overall, her slime videos have amassed a whopping 225 million views. Beyond slime, she continues to connect with her community with life hack videos covering a huge range of subjects.

Beauty remains one of the top content categories on the platform and tastemaker Manny Mua has not only disrupted the beauty world, but he has also redefined the concept of “beauty guru.” Renowned for his gorgeous makeup tutorials, Manny was recently named Maybelline’s first ever male brand ambassador.

These creators represent just a few examples from a diverse community of Hispanic and Latinx voices on YouTube whose experiences, perspectives, stories and voices all drive a broader connected community. You can find videos from them and other Hispanic and Latinx influencers by visiting youtube.com/spotlight all month, with new playlists debuting every Monday through October 9. We also want to highlight fresh new content to include in this playlist, so tag your uploads #HHM or #HispanicHeritageMonth and you may see your video featured.

Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer at YouTube, recently watched Let's Talk: Being Hispanic & Latinx Books.

Source: YouTube Blog


Andra Day sings “Strange Fruit” in support of Google.org grantee Equal Justice Initiative

Music has the power to ignite change—to encourage introspection and galvanize people.

Earlier this year Google.org grantee the Equal Justice Initiative launched the Lynching in America digital experience. This platform, built with support from Google, brings together the Equal Justice Initiative’s data and research on the 4,000+ victims of lynchings with the oral histories of families who still suffer the legacy of lynching today.

This week, Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day released a new cover of the anti-lynching protest song “Strange Fruit,” originally sung by Billie Holiday in 1939. Andra's cover—recorded to raise awareness for the Lynching in America project—encourages us to take an honest look at this painful period in American history.

Our struggle does not stop. It simply continues. Black history does not repeat itself. It evolves. Andra Day

Since EJI launched the Lynching in America platform earlier this summer, the oral histories and site content have been viewed more than 35 million times. We’re proud to help EJI make this data and research more broadly accessible, and to support their efforts to memorialize the more than 4,000 victims of lynching and racial terror.

Tomorrow, Andra will perform “Strange Fruit” at the Global Citizen Festival, the annual concert in Central Park promoting freedom and justice for all. Tune into the live stream to watch her performance and  join us in supporting EJI in their movement for truth and reconciliation in America.

Tackle football season with your Assistant by your side

Football season is officially underway and your Google Assistant is ready to help you keep up with your favorite teams. With your Assistant on your phone or Google Home, start with “Ok Google” and...

football
  1. Stock up on the essentials by asking your Assistant to “Add chips and dip to my shopping list”
  2. Ask your Assistant about the competition: “Who does [insert your 🏈 team] play on Sunday?”
  3. Prepare for the game: “What’s the weather in Chicago going to be like today?”
  4. Double check the game date: “When does [insert your 🏈 team] play again?” 
  5. Get to know your Assistant by asking “Who’s your favorite football team?”

Ready, set, hut.

Beta Channel Update for Chrome OS

The Beta channel has been updated to 61.0.3163.101 (Platform version: 9765.70.0 ) for most Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.

If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser). 

Ketaki Deshpande
Google Chrome

Even more reasons for creators to love the YouTube Studio app

Creators live life on-the-go. Even with packed schedules, you still find the time to create amazing videos, manage your channel and engage your communities. At YouTube, it’s our job to make your lives easier. That’s why we designed our mobile app with you in mind. Many of you have told us that it’s indispensable to your YouTube journey, including top creators like Swoozie who said: “Studio is where it’s at. I love it, I live by it!” Today we’re giving the Creator Studio app a refresh. Not only will it be called YouTube Studio moving forward but we’re also releasing many new features that you’ve been asking for, including:
  • Scheduled Posts: We know your fans eagerly await your videos. Now you’ll be able to schedule posts right from your phone so you can set it and forget it. Pick the time, date, and video type (private, unlisted or public).
  • Subscriber Count Card: Creators frequently tell us how much they love checking their subscriber count to see how many people have become Nerdfighters, Mirfandas, or whatever you may call your fans. For a long time, you could only easily do that on desktop. Now, we’re adding a prominent subscriber count card right at the top of your YouTube Studio app dashboard so you can check up on that subscriber love anytime and anywhere.
In the coming months, we’re going to continue to make the app better and roll out even more updates, such as allowing you to use creator hearts and pin comments straight from the app.

Building on beloved features

We hope the new features above build on the many of the reasons you love using the app already, including:
  • Actionable Insights: Our analytics insight cards provide simple and easy ways for you to understand your channel stats and suggest ways you can grow your channel. You’ll also get links to education resources based on your channel needs to help you bolster your skills. Did one of your videos experience a sudden spike in views while you were out? With our on-the-go insights, you’ll receive a personalized message when a significant event happens on your channel and tips on how to make the most of what’s happening on your channel. We’ll also be doubling down on adding more helpful tips to grow your channel in the YouTube Studio app very soon.
  • Custom Thumbnails: An engaging thumbnail can make all the difference. As one of the most requested features for the app, you can upload your own thumbnails for videos from your mobile device.



With over 1.5 billion logged-in users a month, we want to give you the best tools to reach them — and do it on your own time. The continued improvement of the YouTube Studio app is all part of a greater effort we announced at VidCon to build better creator tools across desktop and mobile. We hope you join the millions of creators not only using YouTube Studio, but improving it for other creators out there too.

Jacquelle Amankonah Horton, Product Manager

The High Five: Searching to help Mexico City and other top trends this week

Each week, we take a look at the most-searched trends (with help and data from the team at Google News Lab). Here are a few top trends from this week:

Mexico City earthquake

A fatal earthquake rocked Mexico City this week, and people turned to Google to find out how they can aid the recovery. Two of the top questions in the U.S. were “What fault line is Mexico City on?” and “Where to donate for the earthquake in Mexico?” Those questions were both in the top five searched questions in Mexico City as well, along with “What is needed in the shelters?” and “Where is the school that collapsed from the earthquake?”

From court to screen

Wednesday marked the anniversary of the famed tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and starting today, Emma Stone and Steve Carell portray them on the big screen. The release caused a racket in Search: Interest in “women’s tennis” spiked 140 percent higher than “men’s tennis.” (Game.) Billie Jean King was searched 230 percent more than Bobby Riggs. (Set.) And interest in Emma Stone was 290 percent higher than Steve Carell (match!).

Demagor-gone searching

One a scale from one to Eleven, how excited are you for “Stranger Things” season two? Unless you’ve been trapped in the Upside Down, you know that the show is coming back soon. We’ll help you out with a few of the top-searched questions this week: “When is season 2 of Stranger Things coming out?” (October 27), “Who went missing on Stranger Things?” (RIP Barb), and “How many Emmys did Stranger Things win?” (Zero.) It may have lost to “Handmaid’s Tale” at the Emmy’s, but it’s spooking the competition in other ways—“Stranger Things costume” was searched 1,040 percent more than “Handmaid’s Tale costume” in the last week. There’s only a few weeks to go, so get your Eggos ready.

Will it be a Graceful comeback?

Fans thought they said goodbye to “Will & Grace” in 2006 but now they’re searching, “What time will Will & Grace be on Hulu?” That’s right, the beloved NBC series is making a comeback on Hulu next week (all one hundred and ninety four episodes are now on Hulu as well). Other popular questions include, “How many episodes are there in Will & Grace season 1?” and “Is Leslie Jordan returning to the Will & Grace reboot?” (Karen Walker isn’t happy about that one.) There are a lot of “Will & Grace” lovers in Rhode Island, Iowa and North Dakota, the states that searched the most for the show this week.

Flu fighters

Flu season is around the corner, and people are aching to learn more. Search was congested with lots of queries, but the top ones were: “How long is a flu shot good for?” “How bad is flu season this year?” and “How to stay healthy during flu season? People are searching the most for “stomach flu,” followed by “keto flu.” Top regions searching for “flu season” were Delaware, North Carolina and Louisiana.

The High Five: Searching to help Mexico City and other top trends this week

Each week, we take a look at the most-searched trends (with help and data from the team at Google News Lab). Here are a few top trends from this week:

Mexico City earthquake

A fatal earthquake rocked Mexico City this week, and people turned to Google to find out how they can aid the recovery. Two of the top questions in the U.S. were “What fault line is Mexico City on?” and “Where to donate for the earthquake in Mexico?” Those questions were both in the top five searched questions in Mexico City as well, along with “What is needed in the shelters?” and “Where is the school that collapsed from the earthquake?”

From court to screen

Wednesday marked the anniversary of the famed tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and starting today, Emma Stone and Steve Carell portray them on the big screen. The release caused a racket in Search: Interest in “women’s tennis” spiked 140 percent higher than “men’s tennis.” (Game.) Billie Jean King was searched 230 percent more than Bobby Riggs. (Set.) And interest in Emma Stone was 290 percent higher than Steve Carell (match!).

Demagor-gone searching

One a scale from one to Eleven, how excited are you for “Stranger Things” season two? Unless you’ve been trapped in the Upside Down, you know that the show is coming back soon. We’ll help you out with a few of the top-searched questions this week: “When is season 2 of Stranger Things coming out?” (October 27), “Who went missing on Stranger Things?” (RIP Barb), and “How many Emmys did Stranger Things win?” (Zero.) It may have lost to “Handmaid’s Tale” at the Emmy’s, but it’s spooking the competition in other ways—“Stranger Things costume” was searched 1,040 percent more than “Handmaid’s Tale costume” in the last week. There’s only a few weeks to go, so get your Eggos ready.

Will it be a Graceful comeback?

Fans thought they said goodbye to “Will & Grace” in 2006 but now they’re searching, “What time will Will & Grace be on Hulu?” That’s right, the beloved NBC series is making a comeback on Hulu next week (all one hundred and ninety four episodes are now on Hulu as well). Other popular questions include, “How many episodes are there in Will & Grace season 1?” and “Is Leslie Jordan returning to the Will & Grace reboot?” (Karen Walker isn’t happy about that one.) There are a lot of “Will & Grace” lovers in Rhode Island, Iowa and North Dakota, the states that searched the most for the show this week.

Flu fighters

Flu season is around the corner, and people are aching to learn more. Search was congested with lots of queries, but the top ones were: “How long is a flu shot good for?” “How bad is flu season this year?” and “How to stay healthy during flu season? People are searching the most for “stomach flu,” followed by “keto flu.” Top regions searching for “flu season” were Delaware, North Carolina and Louisiana.

Source: Search


Hosted S/MIME now supports advanced controls for Root Certificate Authorities (CAs)

Gmail’s Hosted S/MIME solution currently requires certificates to be from certain trusted root Certificate Authorities (CAs) that meet very specific guidelines; however, a popular request from our enterprise customers has been allowing you to upload, from within the Admin Console, additional root certificates that you want Hosted S/MIME to trust. Today we’re making this possible for Gmail administrators using Hosted S/MIME.

Accepting additional Root Certificates

Google has a set of requirements for acceptable S/MIME encrypted messages which follow strict security guidelines; however, you may have noticed that recipients that don’t meet these requirements appear as not “trusted” and can’t be sent those messages. Once this new admin console control is available, you will be able to upload additional root certificates to ensure the email you want to have trusted by Gmail servers are designated as such for your users. For details on how to get started, see our Help Center article.

Please note: While accepting additional root certificates will remove the ‘not trusted’ indicator in Gmail, we recommend evaluating current certificate best practices as outlined here.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available for G Suite Enterprise customers only

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Enable hosted S/MIME for enhanced message security
Help Center: S/MIME certificate profile requirements
Help Center: CA certificates trusted by Gmail for S/MIME

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Committed use discounts for Google Compute Engine now generally available



The cloud’s original promise was higher agility, lower risk and simpler pricing. Over the last four years, we've remained focused on delivering that promise. We introduced usage-based billing, which allows you to pay for exactly what you use. Sustained use discounts automatically lower the price of your instances when you use them for a significant portion of the month. And most recently, we introduced committed use discounts, which reward your steady-state, predictable usage in a way that’s easy-to-use and can accommodate a variety of applications.

Today, committed use discounts are now generally available. Committed use discounts are ideal for predictable, steady-state use of Google Compute Engine instances. They require no upfront payments and allow you to purchase a specific number of vCPUs and a total amount of memory for up to 57% off normal prices. At the same time, you have total control over the instance types, families and zones to which you apply your committed use discounts.

Simple and flexible 


We built committed use discounts so you actually attain the savings you expect  regardless of how you configure your resources, or where you run them within a region. For example, say you run several instances for one month with aggregate vCPU and memory consumption of 10 vCPUs and 48.5 GB of RAM. Then, the next month your compute needs evolve and you change the shapes and locations of your instances (e.g., zones, machine types, operating systems), but your aggregate resource consumption stays the same. With committed use discounts, you receive the same discount both months even though your entire footprint is different!


Committed use discounts automatically apply to aggregate compute usage with no manual intervention, giving you low, predictable costs. During the beta, customers achieved over 98% utilization rates of their commitments, with little or no effort on their part.

Quizlet is one of the largest online learning communities with over 20 million monthly learners.
 "Our fleet is constantly changing with the evolving needs of our students and teachers. Even as we rapidly change instance types and Compute Engine zones, committed use discounts automatically apply to our aggregate usage, making it simple and straightforward to optimize our costs. The results speak for themselves: 60% of our total usage is now covered by committed use discounts, saving us thousands of dollars every month. Google really got the model right." 
 Peter Bakkum, Platform Lead, Quizlet 


No hidden costs 


With committed use discounts, you don’t need to make upfront payments to see deep price cuts. Prepaying is a major source of hidden costs, as it is effectively an interest-free loan to the company you're prepaying. Imagine you get a 60% discount on $300,000 of compute usage. At a reasonable 7% per year cost of capital, an all-upfront prepay reduces your realized savings from 60% to 56%.
"We see great financial benefits by using committed use discounts for predictable workloads. With committed use discounts, there are no upfront costs, unlike other platforms we have used. It’s also possible to change machine types as committed use discounts work on both vCPU and memory. We have been very happy with committed use discounts."  
 Gizem Terzi Türkoğlu, Project Coordinator, MetGlobal 

Getting the best price and performance in the cloud shouldn’t require a PhD in Finance. We remain committed to that principle and continue to innovate to keep pricing simple for all your use cases. In coming months, we'll increase the flexibility of committed use discounts by allowing them to apply across multiple projects. And rest assured, we'll do so in a way that’s easy-to-use.

For more details on committed use discounts, check out our documentation. For pricing information, take a look at our pricing page or try out our pricing calculator. To get started and try Google Cloud Platform for free, click here.