Sunday, April 26, 2020

Google Doodle Today - Stay and Play at Home with Popular Past Google Doodles: Coding (2017)

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, Google launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!

Stay and play at home with today’s featured throwback:

2017 Google Doodle game celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Interactive Google Doodle To Celebrate #EarthDay 2020

See what all the buzz is about in today’s interactive Earth Day Google Doodle, made in collaboration with The Honeybee Conservancy based in New York! Guide your bee to pollinate flowers while learning fun facts about bees and our planet that they help to sustain.

Today’s Doodle also reminds us all of how small actions performed by individuals everywhere add up to big results. And while beekeeping may be not be for everyone, there are so many easy ways to help save bees, even while social distancing in today’s world:

  1. Support your local beekeeper. When purchasing honey and beeswax products, choose locally-made options to invest in local beekeepers, who sustainably raise bees and bolster the community. 
  2. Donate time or funds to local environmental groups. Bees are part of a complex ecosystem, and contributions to organizations that support any conservation effort will help strengthen the environment.
  3. Make safe havens for native bees. Most native bees have a solitary lifestyle: 30% live in holes inside trees, and 70% live underground. Give them shelter by providing exposed, undisturbed soil or nesting boxes that you can buy or make yourself.
  4. Create a bee bath. Fill a shallow bird bath or bowl with clean water, and arrange stones inside so that they poke out of the water. Bees will land on the stones to drink on breaks from foraging and pollinating.
  5. Plant a pollinator garden. Diversify sources of bee nutrition while beautifying spaces with pollinator-friendly plants. Make a garden in spaces ranging from window boxes to full yards, and consider using a mix of multi-season blooms to provide year-round sustenance.

There’s no sweeter feeling than knowing you’ve helped save the bees. Learn more here about honeybees, native bees, and ways you can help. At the very least, Google hope you’ll swarm over to today’s Google Doodle to learn more about our helpful, winged friends!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Apple Announces the New Budget iPhone SE for 2020

Apple in April 2020 has officially unveiled a a new lower-cost iPhone, the iPhone SE that starts at $399 for a version with 64GB.

Based on The Verge reports, the iPhone SE has the same basic shape and look as the iPhone 8, which means it has a 4.7-inch screen, large bezels on the top and bottom, and a home button with Touch ID. It’s a design that has stayed consistent since the iPhone 6, which makes the iPhone SE essentially the fifth generation of that same look.

New iPhone SE 2020 is available for preorder this Friday, April 17th, and it will ship on April 24th. There will be a 128GB model offered for $449 and a 256GB model for $549. Like other iPhones, it will come with a free year of Apple TV Plus. It will come in black, white, and Product Red.

iPhone SE (2nd Generation) Specification:

  • Black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED
  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
  • Glass and aluminum design
  • Water resistant to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes (IP67)3
  • Single 12MP camera (Wide) with Portrait mode, Smart HDR, and 4K video up to 60 fps with extended dynamic range up to 30 fps
  • 7MP FaceTime HD camera with Portrait mode, Auto HDR, and 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
  • Battery life: Up to 13 hours video playback2
  • Wireless charging11
  • Fast-charge capable

Based on Apple Newsroom, New iPhone SE is the most affordable iPhone features A13 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone, and the best single-camera system in an iPhone.

Popular Design with a 4.7-inch Display

iPhone SE features an aerospace-grade aluminum and durable glass design with an all-black front, and is available in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED. The rear glass finish includes a centered Apple logo and is made using a seven-layer color process for precise hue and opacity, delivering rich depth of color with a color-matched aluminum band. It is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating for water resistance up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.1

The 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience. The vibrant wide color gamut Retina HD display offers incredible color accuracy, and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. iPhone SE uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions — such as animating Live Photos, previewing messages, rearranging apps and more — as well as contextual menus.

iPhone SE also features the familiar Home button designed with sapphire crystal to be durable and to protect the sensor, and a steel ring to detect a user’s fingerprint for Touch ID. Using Touch ID is an easy, private and secure alternative to entering a passcode to unlock iPhone, fill in passwords using iCloud Keychain, log in to apps, authorize App Store purchases, and make Apple Pay transactions.

A13 Bionic — The Fastest Chip in a Smartphone

Introduced with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone and provides unparalleled performance for every task iPhone SE handles. Perfect for photography, gaming and augmented reality experiences, A13 Bionic makes every action feel fluid.

A13 Bionic was built with a focus on machine learning, with a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine capable of 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU and a new Machine Learning Controller to balance performance and efficiency. Together, A13 Bionic and iOS 13 enable new intelligent apps that make use of machine learning and Core ML.

New Camera Experience Powered by A13 Bionic

iPhone SE features the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture Wide camera, and uses the image signal processor and Neural Engine of A13 Bionic to unlock even more benefits of computational photography, including Portrait mode, all six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control.5 Using machine learning and monocular depth estimation, iPhone SE also takes stunning Portraits with the front camera. Next-generation Smart HDR comes to iPhone SE, intelligently re-lighting recognized subjects in a frame for more natural-looking images with stunning highlight and shadow details.

Videos are even more immersive with stereo audio recording and cinematic video stabilization on the front and rear cameras. The rear camera supports high-quality video capture at 4K up to 60fps, and extended dynamic range comes to iPhone SE for more highlight details up to 30fps. Customers can also take advantage of QuickTake video on the front and rear cameras, allowing video recording without switching out of Photo mode.

With advanced Camera and Photo features in iOS 13, native editing is even more comprehensive and intuitive through powerful tools that were once available only for photo editing.

#GoogleDoodle Series Recognizing & Honoring Those on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever. Google launching a Doodle series to recognize and honor many of those on the front lines.

18 April 2020
Thank You: Coronavirus helpers

17 April 2020
Thank You: Teachers and childcare workers

16 April 2020
Thank You: Food service workers

15 April 2020
Thank You: Packaging, shipping, and delivery workers

14 April 2020
Thank You: Public transportation workers

13 April 2020
Thank You: Grocery workers

10 April 2020
Thank You: Farmworkers and farmers

09 April 2020
Thank You: Custodial and sanitation workers

08 April 2020
Thank You: Emergency services workers

07 April 2020
Thank You: Doctors, nurses, and medical workers

06 April 2020
Thank You: Public health workers and to researchers in the scientific community

How to Unlock New Foursquare Swarm App Sticker "FOURSQUARE DAY 2020 Sticker" #4SQDAY2020


"For 4SQ Day 2020 we'd like to recognize the real life superheroes working in our hospitals, doctor's offices and other essential business around the world"

How To Unlock:
- Limited time sticker during Foursquare Day 16 April 2020
- Check-in anywhere without or with shout #4sqday #4sqday2020

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