News and notes from Google Down Under
Developers come together at Developer Day in Sydney
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Posted by Ben Appleton, Software Engineer
Yesterday's Developer Day was a fantastic time for all involved, especially those who came with their geek caps on. From chats about how developers can use
to build social apps across networks, to discussions of the
Google App Engine
, which provides free storage for anyone to build and scale apps on the internet, it was a day full of lively conversations and exciting possibilities.
Developers from all over Australia had the chance to mingle with one another, and talk with Googlers about how Google products can help to power their applications and online content. Lars Rasmussen, one of the creators of Google Maps, gave an introduction to our
Google Web Toolkit
, which helps developers to write applications more quickly and easily, while Google Australia's own Dmitri Abramov shared a few tips and tricks for the recently announced
Flash Maps API
. Developers also got a chance to play with the
Google Earth API,
announced at Google I/O a couple weeks back, and to hear about the new Android SDK, Google's open mobile platform (and see a few new Android apps demos).
Lastly, to spice things up, Google also held a speedgeeking competition to recognise some of the most creative Australian mashups of Google products and APIs. Yesterday we were proud to announce that
were the winners, thanks to their innovative use of multiple Google APIs, creating useful apps involving products such as Google Maps and Google Earth.
With ideas bouncing back and forth, lots of APIs and developer tools to mull over, and Googlers and developers immersed in thoughts for the future, it was great to step back and see what is possible when developers come together as a community.
An open web on which developers can build new and innovative apps is truly a beautiful thing.
We be jammin' - Google Code Jam returns
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Posted by Bartholomew Furrow, 20% Tech Lead for Google Code Jam
In 776 BC, the Greeks established a competition to celebrate the potential of the competitive human spirit, and to honor the great god Zeus and the divine hero Pelops. Athletes of unmatched speed and mighty frame traveled from the far reaches of the Greek world for a chance to achieve eternal glory as champions at the Olympic games.
Coders: you have a similar chance to achieve supreme coding glory. Today, we're happy to announce that the Google Code Jam is back, and we're inviting coders from here and around the world to test their mettle, to push themselves in pursuit of the coder's ideal of excellence.
The contests are intense: you'll have two short hours to solve some fiendish algorithmic challenges. You'll read a problem, write your code, download our test cases, and tell us what you think the right answers are. If you're right, it's time to move on to another problem -- but if you're wrong, it's time to make a decision. Debug, or look for an easier challenge...?
Registration is now open
, so you can find out more about the contest, and practice on some sample problems. Practice hard! If you make it to the top 500, you'll travel to the Google Sydney office for our semifinal round. If you're in the top 100, we'll fly you to our Mountain View
to compete with the world's very best.
Supporting National E-Security Awareness Week
Friday, June 6, 2008
Posted by Alan Noble, Head of Engineering - Australia & New Zealand
Google has a large number of initiatives to help keep you and your computer secure (many of which are detailed on our official
Online Security Blog
). For example:
In conjunction with
, we place
in our search results for websites that our testing has determined to host or distribute badware. If you search for a site that Google has determined to be potentially dangerous, you will see a warning in the search results.
We offer all Australians a free collection of software (
), which contains Norton Security Scan and Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, to detect and remove viruses, worms, spyware, adware, trojans and keyloggers.
Our Gmail users enjoy sophisticated
scanning, as well as our well-recognised and innovative
enterprise security products
are helping many Australian businesses keep their networks secure.
Our security experts regularly provide
tips to avoid getting hooked
by online scams.
But there's more that you can do to stay safe online, which is why we're partnering with the Australian Government for National E-security Awareness Week, from June 6-13. We share a commitment to helping you be secure online so that you can get the most out of the Internet.
The week is designed to raise awareness of the steps that you can take to keep yourself and your family secure online.
For more information, visit the
Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website
. You can sign up for the new
Stay Smart Online Alert Service
. You’ll be sent regular emails that will alert you to the latest e-security risks, and provide useful advice for how to manage them. For more information about the types of online scams, visit
. To learn more about how to protect yourself against identity theft, visit
Protect your ID
The online environment is constantly changing so make sure you’re keeping up to date—with your software, your passwords and the latest risks. Follow these simple steps:
1. Install, update and use your security software.
2. Use strong passwords and change them regularly (see the
Official Google Blog for more info
3. Use common sense when sharing personal information online.
4. Think before you click on email offers — if it looks too good to be true it probably is!
5. Be smart and stay informed.
This just in: ABC News on Google Earth
Monday, June 2, 2008
Posted by: Richard Suhr, Head of Enterprise, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia
You never know when the next breaking story might be right around the corner, but with
ABC’s new Google Earth layer
, you’ll get to see the news as it happens - whether it’s just around the corner, or in another corner of the globe
Today, ABC announced the launch of ABC Earth, integrating ABC content, including video, audio and text, as a layer in
. This trial launch will feature live stories (with updates every two hours), archived reports from around the world, profiles of Australian regional centres, and reports from the award-winning Foreign Correspondent.
This announcement, and the recent announcement of the
RAIA’s architectural layer in Earth
, both are a part of our ongoing effort to provide Australians new ways to connect with their local area and the world at large, while providing those outside Australia with new outlets to learn and explore.
With the recent launch of
Google Earth 4.3
, reading the news and soaring over some of Australia’s finest architecture has never been so fun and easy (
and filled with sunshine
). The search for new ways to see the world never ends, and we look forward to the new perspectives to come.
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