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Take your achievements with you, Class of 2019

It's graduation season, which means that students who have spent years researching, writing and learning are off to the next big thing. But whether you’re bound for college or the workplace, you may want to hold on to your papers and presentations for record keeping or sentimental value. And we have a way to take that work with you.

With Google Takeout, you can keep the papers you wrote and submitted in Google Docs, the emails you sent with classmates in Gmail, and the Slides presentations you worked so hard on. Instead of losing all digital work or spending hours downloading and migrating emails and school work, you can copy these from their G Suite for Education accounts into another Google account before you leave the school’s domain. This allows you to easily retain emails, projects, essays, resumes, and any other files stored on Google Drive if your school revokes access to your old account.

Protecting students’ privacy and data is critical for schools, so we ensure administrators have control over this feature. Administrators adjust their Admin Console settings for Takeout based on the needs of their schools, like allowing access for just one grade level.  

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Pack a Pixelbook

Whether embarking on the path to college, trade school, or a career (like an astronomer at NASA), graduates need a laptop that works as hard as they do. Over 30 million students have known and loved Chromebooks and Chrome OS throughout K-12, so to ease the transition from school to the working world, between June 9 - 16, 2019, you can save up to $250 on Google Pixelbook.* 


Why Pixelbook?

  • Pixelbook has a super thin design with a 360° hinge— perfect for watching movies or converting into tablet mode.

  • Powered by Intel® Core™ processor and Chrome OS, Pixelbook starts fast and stays fast.

  • Get through a full day of classes with up to 10 hours of battery life.**

  • It’s light, so take Pixelbook wherever you go.

  • Write, draw, and design with the Pixelbook Pen.

  • Protect yourself with built-in virus protection and automatic updates.

  • Read emails, check your calendar, edit documents, watch movies, and more, even when you're offline.

  • Download your favorite apps, including Evernote and Slack, for your field of study or work.

  • Use tools for study, research, writing and content creation, including Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Lightroom.

  • Access and edit across Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and other productivity suites.

*$100 off i5 128GB model. $250 off i5 256GB and i7 512GB models. From regular retail price. US authorized retailers only. Offer expires on 06/16/2019. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Non-transferable. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Void where prohibited. Restrictions apply.

**Battery performance is based on a mix of video, web browsing, productivity and other use. Actual results may vary.

Congratulations, class of 2019. We’re here for you with the tools you need as you take your next step.

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When this NASA astronomer uses Pixelbook, the sky’s the limit

Nicholas Scott's job is out of this world. He’s an astronomer working with NASA, and he uses Pixelbook for everything from servicing telescopes on the road to drawing maps for “Dungeons and Dragons” with Pixelbook Pen. Below, Nic shares how Pixelbook helps him get his job done.

Working at a NASA facility must be exciting, tell us about your work.

I work in high angular resolution imaging at NASA, including speckle imaging and long-baseline optical interferometry.  

Explain what that means for the non-astronomers among us.

Looking up from the ground, the atmosphere acts like a giant ocean and the turbulence in the ocean of air above us distorts the incoming light from stars. This leads to blurry and corrupted astronomical images, but speckle imaging can eliminate that by capturing images faster than the turbulence in the atmosphere can change. Another technique I use is long-baseline optical interferometry, which links up a bunch of small telescopes to create one one giant telescope. These techniques allow you to observe stars and stellar systems and in great detail. With this work, I travel to places like Chile and to the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii to service and build telescope instruments.

What’s your typical day like and why do you carry a Pixelbook with you?

It’s hard to know what my day is going to be like. I travel extensively, and I’m gone up to 70 percent of the time between conferences, meetings, and working on telescopes. Technology is completely infused throughout my day, and I need something that is lightweight, has good battery life, and good build quality that I can carry around everywhere. I also love that I only have to carry one charger because I can charge my phone with the same charger as my Pixelbook.

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How does it make your day more productive?

It makes my workflow easy because I can have multiple tabs and apps open at the same time. I love that I don't get interrupted by program updates or trying to configure a new installation. Since I travel often, I do a lot of work out of coffee shops, and I don't have to worry about where the nearest plug is. Overall, I do everything from answering emails, developing software, running a laser cutter, and even drawing maps for Dungeons and Dragons right on my Pixelbook.


What are your favorite things about Pixelbook?

My favorite thing about Pixelbook is the ability to run Linux on it—everyone needs to know about this. It allows me to run a secure development environment to code. (You can get started using the Chrome Developer Toolbox).


Outside of astronomy, what are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about travel (particularly to remote regions of Southeast Asia), motorcycling, environmentalism and conservation, photography, and tabletop gaming.


Any advice for young astronomers?

Find what you're passionate about and dedicate yourself to that goal. Look for every opportunity you can to enable you to reach it. Be adaptable and driven, but know you will have to make some hard compromises and sacrifices to be successful. In my path, I had to take several chances to get to this stage of my career and this required a balance between listening and taking advice from people I respected and directly going against their advice to do what I felt was best for me.


On the 12th day of holiday shopping, Made by Google gave to me…

On the final days of holiday shopping, Made by Google gave to me … lots of awesome gift options.

Twelve ways (at least!) to make your home smarter and safer

Holiday lights are aglow when you turn them on with Google Home (and a compatible smart plug). And to turn on the rest of the lights using just your voice, get our Smart Home Starter Kit. A Nest Hello video doorbell will help you spot holiday visitors at your front door and our Nest Cam will reveal who’s eating Santa’s cookies.


Eleven personalized My Cases

With My Case, gift-giving gets personal. Create a case from your saved photos, a favorite map location, or pick one of our curated collections from various artists. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on #teampixel. And while we love a good ugly sweater, all images for My Cases are subject to our copyright and content policy.


Ten levels of volume on Google Home Max

Blast the holiday music with Google Home Max. If you have your hands full making cookies or decorating the tree, you can use your voice to tell it to play your next tune (you may need a subscription to hear your favorite song).


Nine decades of Mickey Mouse

To celebrate 90 years of Mickey, we teamed up with Disney and Otterbox to make your Google Home Mini look like your favorite mouse with a custom base accessory. You can also make storytime more magical with Read Along, which adds sound effects and music to stories like “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Parents can create an account for kids under 13 through Family Link, and then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home.


Eight gigs of Pixelbook RAM

This one is a bit harder to wrap, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving. With 8GB of RAM on your Pixelbook, you can do multi-task with multiple tabs open. And, Pixelbook’s battery lasts all Silent Night.


Seven colors of Nest Thermostats

Our Nest thermostats come in two versions and seven colors. So turn up the heater in style this holiday season, and get the peace of mind that you’re saving energy while celebrating.


Six uses for Pixel Stand

You can do countless things with Pixel Stand, but here are six of our favorites: it provides Pixel 3 with a fast (up to 10W) wireless charge, you can check the weather before you head out, rock out to your favorite carol, get out of bed on dark December days with Sunrise Alarm, check on packages with Nest Hello (sold separately), and display your favorite holiday memories with Google Photos.


Five years of Chromecast

It’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up inside and binge watch your favorite show (but you may need a subscription). Chromecast brings countless hours of entertainment to your TV-loving friend or family member. And isn’t that really the holiday gift that keeps on giving?

Four colors of Google Home Hub

Who needs elves when you’ve got Google Home Hub to bring you help at a glance? With the Google Assistant built-in, you can use your voice to get the best of Google—Calendar, Maps, Search, YouTube, Google Photos, and more—right on Google Home Hub’s display. Compact, and available in four colors —Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand—Hub’s right for any room at home.


Three generations of Pixel

The best things in life come in threes. This year, we introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with the power of Google Assistant. Pixel’s award-winning camera gives you the ability to capture your holiday magic in style. And, Pixel 3 brings the best premium smartphone experience to Android, in—you guessed it—three beautiful colors, including the new Not Pink.


Two accessories to use with Pixel Slate

Pixel Slate—our first Made by Google Chrome OS tablet—is a touchscreen experience that brings the best Google design and Chrome OS functionality together. Whether you’re typing your letter to Santa on the Pixel Slate Keyboard or writing out your holiday wish list using Pixelbook Pen, these two gifts are the perfect stocking stuffers to go along with Pixel Slate.


One place to buy it all

The Google Store is a one-stop shop for all things Made by Google. In addition to the perfect holiday gifts mentioned above, the Google Store also features products from our Made for Google partners. And perfect for the holiday season, you can send gifts on Google Store with custom gift messages printed on Google-branded greeting cards. Check out all of the amazing holiday deals at store.google.com.


Accessories made for you


There's a lot of new hardware from Google coming your way, and so are new accessories to go along with them. We're launching a variety of beautiful and useful accessories make charging your phone, listening to your favorite song, and looking stylish with your device better than ever.

From our signature fabric cases, to smart bulbs connected to your Google Assistant, we’ve created lots of compatible accessories designed to pair perfectly with your Google devices and help you put your personal stamp on your devices.

Wireless charging, redefined: meet Pixel Stand

Ever tried to use your phone while it’s plugged into a wall charging? Us too. It can be a mess. With Pixel Stand, we’re solving that problem by tilting the angle of the screen to give you the info you need while your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL phone is charging.

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Pixel Stand makes it easier to receive notifications, listen to music and access the web with help from the Google Assistant while your Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are charging. Features include:

  • An enhanced music experience on your Pixel 3. See your favorite artists' album covers on display while listening to their music. 
  • While docked, turn your phone into a digital photo frame with Google Photos and relive your favorite moments with family and friends.
  • Quick access to your Google Assistantso you can get a rundown of your day, the traffic for your commute and listen to your favorite podcast just by saying “Hey Google, good morning.”
  • Smart home integrations to help you manage your home. If you have a Nest Hello video doorbell, you can get a live feed on your Pixel screen when docked.
  • A gentle wake-up with Pixel Stand’s Sunrise Alarm, which mimics a sunrise on your screen over the course of 15 minutes, brightening your room so you can get on with your day.
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Rich digital audio, and the Google Assistant in your ear

Last year, we introduced Pixel Buds—wireless headphones that give you instant access to the best features available from the Google Assistant. This year, we’ve included a pair of wired Pixel USB-C Earbuds in the box with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL—the first wired USB-C headphones to include access to the Google Assistant. These not only provide rich audio quality, but also allow the Google Assistant read notifications, give in-ear directions, and provide real-time translation through Google Translate, optimized for Pixel users. You’ll also get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, so you can use any other 3.5mm compatible headphones with your Pixel 3.

Protect your Pixel, just in case

We’ve updated our line of fabric cases with stylish new colors, or you can customize your own My Case with a personal photo, curated design, or stylized map. Perfectly made for your phone, our cases work with Qi wireless charging and Active Edge™.

Something for everyone

Our Made for Google line of accessories includes more than 400 compatible add-ons for your Pixel, Pixelbook, Pixel Slate and Google Home Mini, from more than 40 popular brands, including:

  • Cases by brands like Bellroy, Incipio, Speck, Nomad, Otterbox and Sonix so your Pixel and Pixel Slate are covered for any occasion.
  • A wide variety of audio products, from Libratone's USB-C earbuds to Skullcandy’s on-ear cans. All of these sound great and look even better.
To see more of our Made by Google and Made for Google accessories, head over to Google Store.

How “Broad City” animator Mike Perry gets creative with a Pixelbook

Editor's note: With Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, we’ve seen how tech can enable human creativity in outstanding ways. Mike Perry, an illustrator best known for his work on “Broad City,” recently spoke with us about how he uses Google hardware to stoke his creative process.

Keyword: When did you first start considering yourself an artist?

Mike: I've been drawing since I was a child. I'm not really good at anything else. Luckily it's a functional skill that involves creative problem-solving by thinking about complicated things and how we produce art.

Production is one of my favorite parts about just “making” in general. Like, okay, we have an idea. What do we do with it? We can do anything.

Say you’re starting on a new piece, walk me through that process ...

Ultimately a lot of it just comes from the process of making, right? The pure act of doing it on a regular basis means that I have a very robust catalog of images and ideas and ways of making that all collide and come together in the different ways that they need to.

Every project ends up being different, but really it's the same elements, the same essential bits and pieces coming together to make that thing. And sometimes the ideas are first, other times the process is first.

There's nothing better than accidentally discovering that, you know, if you put glow-in-the-dark pigments into resin, you can make glow-in-the-dark resin. And then all of a sudden, you're like, "That's a process experiment that turns into a really beautiful, accidental discovery."

Now we're thinking, "Okay, well, didn't know you can do that." Well, what else don't we know we can do with resin? How can we play with these things? And then ideas form just because of the process.

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How has technology affected your work?

I mean, computers are just crazy tools. We could meticulously go through and take an entire drawing apart piece by piece, and then slowly make each one of those elements come to life in its own right.

That idea is pretty simple and basic, but 10 years ago, that's 200 people with months of time and energy. I've been making stuff long enough and I've been confronted by the technology for long enough that the only way it works for me is if it's just seamless. It's like, oh, I have a pencil—which is really important. And I have a Pixelbook—which is really important. And the weight of those tools is equal because they provide an essential step in the creative process.

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When I started doing animation, I didn't necessarily know what I was doing, so I said, "I can draw, so I'll draw one picture, and then I'll just draw another one, and then another one, and hope that it works out." Which was fun. There was a lot of mystery in it. You would spend a week of your life just on the light table, drawing. Tracing over and over, layer after layer. And then you would hit "play" and it would go, "Brruuum." Or be disappointing. You know, like, what have I been doing with my life?

But now, obviously you do it digitally. You can just see everything happens in real life. You're not getting lost in the what-ifs all the time—this stuff is about balance.

Why does everybody love cartoons?

It's visual stimulation. It must trigger some sort of child brain magic point. Who knows why cartoons work? I know why I like them, it’s because they represent the impossible. One of the fun things about being an artist is imagining things that are not possible. Animation is an incredible tool to say, "You know what? I just want this guy to be in space right now," and you just put him in space. You don't have to get on a ship and fly the whole crew to space. We can just do that and it's not a big deal.

Do you ever hit creative roadblocks?

I don't, to be honest. I understand them, I think that there are challenges that need to be met. But it's about the scale of time and understanding that when you hit a roadblock it probably means you're supposed to take a break. We're not machines capable of constantly generating content and material. We need to recharge our existence so we can be creative people.
Maybe you encounter a roadblock and you feel this is not gonna work right now. Maybe it takes two months or two hours, whatever that span of time is as long as you remember that tomorrow's another day, you're probably fine.

What do you draw for fun?

I'm a big fan of drawing dogs drinking cocktails, so I think that's, like, my dog drawing niche. I just think that dogs with cocktails are funny.