News and notes from Google Down Under
Going Google just got easier
Thursday, November 19, 2015
research by Deloitte
suggests that there is $49 billion up for grabs in Australia if companies worked more collaboratively. Google for Work — is a great way to realise those savings, with collaboration at its heart. Actually, we're so confident that Docs has all the features you need, without the ones you don't, that we're making it even easier for Australian businesses to give it a try.
Starting today, we’ll cover the fees of Google Apps for up to 3,000 users for businesses locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out, when that business then signs up to Google Apps for the rest of its EA plus one year. We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our
Google for Work Partners
. Visit our
to learn more about the terms and conditions for this offer.
Nine years ago with Google Docs, we saw an opportunity to build something that would enable people to work together in new ways. Fast forward to today and Docs is a productivity powerhouse. Now’s a great time to give it a fresh look if you want to take advantage of its unmatched collaboration tools. We’ve made it easy by covering most of the features some
claim to be missing
and adding nifty new stuff like Voice Typing and Explore. All in all, we think businesses will find Google for Work offers the perfect tools for work. A number of well-known Australian businesses like Dick Smith and Salmat have already turned to Google Apps to power their IT.
There’s a new way of working, and we think that once businesses see Docs and the rest of Google Apps for Work in action, they’ll never want to go back. We want to help Australian companies experience it now, even those locked into an existing EA. You can read more
Posted by Renee Gamble, Head of Google for Work, Australia and New Zealand
Welcome the newest member of our family: the YouTube Kids app launches in Australia
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
For years, my family and I have watched countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. We use video to learn and listen to
, to enjoy the
we love, and to ask and answer questions on
and beyond. With a world of video in our pockets, there’s a world of possibility and knowledge at our fingertips.
Today, we’re introducing the
YouTube Kids app to Australia
- an app built with parents and children in mind, that makes it safer and easier for kids to find videos on topics they want to explore. Since its release in the United States in February, the YouTube Kids app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, by families who rate it among the top kids apps available.
Now, Aussie families will have a new way to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. YouTube Kids is our first step in reimagining YouTube for families, built from the ground up with little ones in mind. Our family-friendly app makes it easier for parents and kids to enjoy the family content they love, and it’s now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store.
Here are some of the key features:
Bright and playful design
We’ve designed the app to be easier for kids to use, with a brighter and bigger interface that’s perfect for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. Your family can even enjoy their favourite videos on the big screen, using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.
With larger images and bold icons, it’s fast and simple. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about.
We’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a safer version of YouTube, a family-friendly place for kids to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore, or search for videos of particular interest to your family. Your favourite Aussie shows from
— Play School, Jemima's Big Adventure, and Giggle and Hoot — are in YouTube Kids alongside
Thomas & Friends
National Geographic Kids
. You’ll also find popular content from Australian creators such as
Charli's Crafty Kitchen
We’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids and put parents in the driving seat.
Learn how the app works:
When parents open YouTube Kids, we explain upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly but no system is perfect, so if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.
We’ll also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore - turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.
Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) )
Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breath.
Parents have the ability to set their own passcode.
YouTube Kids is available for free starting today in Australia on
. We’re so excited to help kids and families discover, learn and create in new ways. From our family to yours, happy exploring!
Posted by Malik Ducard, Dad of three, and Global Head of Family and Learning, YouTube, who recently watched an episode of
with his family.
Regional Online Heroes
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Outback Australians have always found ways to overcome distance with technology, from the
Royal Flying Doctor Service
School of the Air
. These days, it’s the internet that is helping Australia’s rural communities by giving a boost to their small businesses.
Last week, in partnership with the
Regional Australia Institute
, we welcomed ten winners from our
Regional Online Heroes
initiative to Google in Sydney, selected by a panel including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and
founder Jane Cay.
One of our Regional Online Heroes, Eric from Farmanco, swaps notes with a Googler on getting the most out of the internet
These business owners are getting on with growing their businesses, creating jobs and giving back to their local communities. For instance, Rae from
Mind my Farm
in Parkes has set up a business that matches farmers with expert farm sitters, allowing farmers to take a well-deserved break. Sheree from
uses the internet to find new customers for her beads and other jewellery - and now exports from Merredin, WA to places as far afield as the UK, Mexico, Bulgaria and Canada.
Resourceful business owners like Rae and Sheree are using the internet to make their regional businesses thrive in a digital age.
Another great example is the national winner of our Regional Online Heroes competition.
. The business was set up in the outback town of Tambo, QLD (population: 340) in the middle of a drought as a way of using discarded wool products, but is now a huge success, relying on the internet to sell teddies across Australia - and internationally. Alison, Kiralee and Tammy have used the internet to put Tambo on the map, create jobs and put a smile on the face of kids across the world.
Businesses that are making the most of the internet are twice as likely to be growing, and four times as likely to be hiring staff
So we want to say a big good on ya to our ten regional online heroes - and to all those other businesses in regional Australia using the internet to grow and give back.
Regional Online Heroes 2015
Mind My Farm
The Rural Woman
Posted by John Ball, Head of Small Business, Google Australia
Looking for Australia’s first Google News Fellow
Monday, November 9, 2015
Google News Lab
is a team within Google that collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. The
Google News Lab Fellowship
is one of the Lab’s programs that aims to develop the next generation of reporters by placing journalism students and graduates at host organisations for eight weeks to work on projects at the intersection of media and technology.
Now for the first time
we’re bringing the News Lab Fellows program to Australia
. We’re seeking a university student or graduate to spend the 2016 mid-year break embedded in the
Sydney Morning Herald
newsroom, working on data journalism and coding projects that will help the newsroom experiment and innovate with the latest storytelling technologies and techniques, and in doing so help push forward the state of journalism in Australia.
The Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have technology skills that they’d like to apply to create new innovative forms of journalism, under the guidance of some of Australia’s most experienced journalists, editors, photographers, and editorial developers. Preference will be given to students currently involved in computer science or related specialties, or current journalism students who can demonstrate strong proficiency in technology.
Interested students can apply
. Applications close on November 22, and the successful applicant will spend eight weeks in the Sydney Morning Herald newsroom from May 30, 2016.
Posted by Annie Baxter, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Australia
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