That’s a great question because it turns out that by default the Windows 8.1 login screen gives you access to a surprising amount of the basic system state of the computer itself, including requesting a restart when there are updates to apply, enabling assistive technology, bringing up an on-screen keyboard, and more.
Most people do what you do though, they just zip past the login screen or even just leave their computer logged in 24×7 so there’s never a chance to see this screen, let alone find out what it offers.
So let’s have a tour!
To start out, here’s a login screen in Windows 8.1 for a computer — on a tablet there’d be a keyboard displayed by default:
Not much there, just a big grey screen.
Look closer, however, and you’ll see a sort of 1/4th missing pie icon on the lower left, a tiny computer screen with a cable next to it, then on the right a power icon.
Start by clicking on the pie icon (Note: I’m sure it has a better name but that’s what I see when I look at it. Maybe I’m just hungry!)
You can see that there are a lot of different assistive technologies you can turn on from this point, even before you log in to the system. Handy. What do they do? Turns out that Microsoft has a very useful tech note on all of this: Windows Accessibility Features.
I will say that I’ve never had to enable any of them so other than “On-Screen Keyboard” I’m not entirely sure what they all do. Again, check out the Microsoft tech note I reference above to learn more.
Adjacent to that is the connectivity icon, the PC screen with the Internet cable, even though you probably didn’t realize that’s what it was.
Click on it and information appears far, far across the screen on the top right:
Here it affirms that my system is connected to the network. Handy. And interesting that it doesn’t identify that it’s via Wi-Fi and the name of the wireless network.
Now click on the power icon on the lower right corner…
Surprise, there are updates queued to apply and I can actually update and restart right from the login screen without actually logging in. If there weren’t updates it’d just say “Restart”.
One more thing. See in the middle, immediately below the PIN input field? Click on “Sign-in options” and you’ll find that whatever you’ve set up, you can always log in with your live.com account credentials:
You can see that I can still enter my PIN — fast, easy — or by clicking on the key button can log in with my Microsoft Live credentials.
Oh, and one more. Click on the arrow icon to the left of the account photo and you’ll get to the account selection window:
That’s how you can pick a different user account, like Susie’s, if the one being shown isn’t the one you desire. Easy enough.
But it turns out “Me at the Zoo” proved to be a simple distillation of the premise of the new platform, where anyone could just turn on a camera and broadcast themselves with ease. Who could have predicted that, in that same environment, new genres, new forms of expression, and new paths to stardom would evolve? That engaging and unique personalities borne of this place could be more influential than Hollywood's biggest names? Or that more than a billion people from all corners of the globe would come together in that space to experience what the world creates, broadcasts, and shares?
Yeah. We were surprised, too.
For our 10th birthday this month, we've gone from A to Z celebrating the adorable, empowering, awesome, weird and wonderful moments that represent the many sides of YouTube. But, of course, if we're really going to capture 10 years of YouTube, we're going to need to do it in … a video:
Thanks for a wild and inspiring 10 years. Now, you've got 300 hours of video to capture and share in the next minute. So get back to it!
**Bonus Points: How well do you know YouTube, A to Z? Play the YouTube trivia game to find out at YouTube.com/10.
Posted by the YouTube Team
But the more moments we capture, the more challenging it becomes to relive those memories. Photos and videos become littered across mobile devices, old computers, hard drives and online services (which are constantly running out of space). It’s almost impossible to find that one photo right at the moment you need it, and sharing a bunch of photos at once is frustrating, often requiring special apps and logins.
We wanted to do better. So today we’re introducing Google Photos—a new, standalone product that gives you a home for all your photos and videos, helps you organize and bring your moments to life, and lets you share and save what matters.
A home for all your photos and videos
Google Photos gives you a single, private place to keep a lifetime of memories, and access them from any device. They’re automatically backed up and synced, so you can have peace of mind that your photos are safe, available across all your devices.
And when we say a lifetime of memories, we really mean it. With Google Photos, you can now backup and store unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free. We maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in beautiful, print-quality resolution. For all the storage details, visit our help center.
Organize and bring your moments to life
Google Photos automatically organizes your memories by the people, places, and things that matter. You don’t have to tag or label any of them, and you don’t need to laboriously create albums. When you want to find a particular shot, with a simple search you can instantly find any photo—whether it’s your dog, your daughter’s birthday party, or your favorite beach in Santa Barbara. And all of this auto-grouping is private, for your eyes only.
The app can also help you quickly enhance photos and combine them in new ways to help you relive your life’s moments. In one tap, get instant adjustments tuned to the photo’s color, lighting, and subject to make each photo look its best. Press the “+” button to create your own collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more.
If you swipe to the left, you’ll open the Assistant view, where we’ll suggest new things made with your photos and videos, such as a collage or a story based on a recent trip you took. After previewing the creation, you can choose to keep, edit, or discard it.
Easily share and save what matters
With Google Photos, you have the choice to share your photos and videos however you want across any service you choose, from Hangouts to Twitter to WhatsApp. But even then, it’s still remarkably difficult to share a lot of photos just with friends and family and keep the ones shared with you—it usually involves a lot of downloading and re-uploading across a number of different services. We wanted to make sharing much simpler and more reliable.
You can now take any set of photos and videos, or any album, and simply create a link to share hundreds of photos at once. The recipient can see what you shared without a special app or login, then immediately save the high-quality images to their own library with a single tap. So now it’s easier to hang on to the photos you care about even if you weren’t the one holding the camera.
If you want to give Google Photos a whirl, it's available now on Android, iOS and the web. With this launch we've made a lot of progress towards eliminating many of the frustrations involved in storing, editing and sharing your memories. But we have a lot more in store—so as you keep snapping photos and capturing videos, we’ll keep working on making them even easier to store, share and bring to life.
Posted by Anil Sabharwal, Head of Google Photos
Android growth and momentum
In just a short number of years, mobile technology has completely changed the way we find information and entertainment, communicate with friends and family, and get things done. Having a supercomputer in our pocket is now second nature; today more searches on Google come from mobile than from desktop computers, and by some estimates there are more mobile devices than there are people on the planet. For evidence of the mobile revolution, look no further than the growth of Android. There are now more than one billion Android users worldwide—a long way from when we launched the first Android phone back in 2008. And there are 4,000 unique Android devices on the market, from more than 400 manufacturers and over 500 carriers.
The devices themselves have changed a lot, too. In today’s multi-screen world, you can now use Android on your phone, your tablet, your wrist, in your car and in your living room, and move seamlessly between each. Many of these new form factors have arrived just in the last year. You can now choose from seven different Android Wear watches, not to mention bands, styles, and more than 1,500 watch faces built by developers.
By the end of this year, 35 car models will offer Android Auto, helping you access Search, Maps, music and other information through your car’s controls. And the first sets running Android TV have now arrived.
With all of these new places and devices for people to use Android, developers have even more opportunities to build the apps that people use for education and engagement and entertainment. So today we talked about the new tools and features we’re giving them to build more powerful experiences on the Android platform.
M is for more performance and an improved user experience
Android M is the most powerful Android release yet, with hundreds of improvements made to the platform. Among the highlights, we’ve improved battery life and streamlined permissions for apps to make it easier for you to decide what information the apps on your phone can use. We previewed Android Pay, which lets you pay for things with your phone, without even opening an app. And we’re making it much easier to find information in apps, as well as making some important updates to Google Now (more on that below!).
Organizing the world’s information, better
Your mobile phone packs a lot of information, but it’s not always easy to find that nugget of information when you need it—as you know if you’ve ever tried to navigate your email, organize hundreds of photos across devices, or search for restaurant reviews when you’re chatting about dinner plans with friends. Luckily, finding and organizing information is something Google is good at (some might even call it our mission).
So as part of M release, we’re expanding Google Now to give people on-demand assistance in the moment they need it—like seeing if there’s an open table at a new restaurant or when and where “Pitch Perfect 2” is playing—no matter where you are on your phone. We’re also making it much easier to find new apps and in-app content—which is good news for both users and developers.
We’ve also put our years of research into machine learning to work in other ways, making Search more useful and your inbox more insightful. And now it’s also helping you make sense of all your photos. Today we launched a new Photos app that gives you a single place for all your photos and videos, and helps you sort through them more quickly, bring them to life in cool new ways, and share them however you choose.
A new platform for the Internet of Things
We’re surrounded by devices, but they often exist independently of each other. Our day-to-day lives will be much simpler when these technologies can talk to each other—if our recipe app, for example, could communicate with our smart oven to turn the temperature to exactly the right setting. Or outside the home—from transportation systems that notify commuters of schedule changes, to farms where harvesters and irrigation systems are controlled from phones.
But many roadblocks remain—the user experience is inconsistent and confusing, manufacturers often redo their work for every device, devices don’t interoperate, and developers often have no way to create great experiences across devices.
Enter Project Brillo, a new platform derived from Android that lets developers and manufacturers build connected devices. As part of Brillo, we’re introducing a communications protocol (Weave) developed in partnership with Nest, a set of developer APIs, a core set of schemas and a certification program to ensure device and app interoperability.
Although it will launch later this year, we previewed Brillo today because we’re committed to fostering a vibrant ecosystem in which we all work together to move the industry forward.
New mobile experiences
Mobile has evolved so much in the past few years, with connected screens for different experiences depending on your needs. But we are just at the start of what will prove to be a much more immersive mobile experience. At last year’s I/O we introduced Cardboard, which lets you turn your phone into a virtual reality experience. Now there are more than 500 Cardboard apps for film, games, tours and learning, and more than 1 million Cardboard viewers have been shipped. Today we announced iOS support for developers and debuted Google Expeditions, which lets students take virtual trips with Cardboard to places like the moon and underwater. We also shared a preview of Jump, which lets you capture the world in video that you can step inside of.
The next billion users
The first billion users of the Internet came online through desktops. The next billion are taking a different path to computing—coming online through mobile and smartphones—and present a unique set of opportunities and challenges. We’re working hard on ensure these people have a great experience across our products.
In addition to making devices more affordable with Chromebooks and Android One (now in seven countries), we’re making changes to ensure that our software works even where there aren’t great Internet connections. We’ve launched a streamlined version of our Search results page in 13 countries, and 73 million people now use data saver mode in Chrome to browse the web more efficiently. Finally, we previewed the new offline maps—that’s right, and it’s as simple as it sounds—maps that you can take offline, even with turn-by-turn directions.
Solving complex problems for a mobile world
From our earliest days in Search, our aim has always been to build products for everyone, applying unique technical insight to tackle big problems. That’s just as relevant in today’s mobile-centric world—from finding the information scattered across apps, to helping someone organize and share the photos of their kids; from taking people on a virtual trip to the Pyramids to helping the next billion people come online.
And by providing a platform on top of which any developer can innovate, we can reach people around the world and put the power of the Internet in their hands—no matter what device they use, where they live or who they are.
So here’s to the mobile revolution. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
Posted by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Products
Now we’re announcing the next step for our project: this summer, a few of the prototype vehicles we’ve created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with our safety drivers aboard.
Our safety drivers will test fully self-driving vehicle prototypes like this one on the streets of Mountain View, Calif., this summer.
We’ve been running the vehicles through rigorous testing at our test facilities, and ensuring our software and sensors work as they’re supposed to on this new vehicle. The new prototypes will drive with the same software that our existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses. That fleet has logged nearly a million autonomous miles on the roads since we started the project, and recently has been self-driving about 10,000 miles a week. So the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw on—in fact, it’s the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience.
Each prototype’s speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and during this next phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed. We’re looking forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, and to uncovering challenges that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle—e.g., where it should stop if it can’t stop at its exact destination due to construction or congestion. In the coming years, we’d like to run small pilot programs with our prototypes to learn what people would like to do with vehicles like this. If you’d like to follow updates about the project and share your thoughts, please join us on our Google+ page. See you on the road!
Posted by Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project
Uh oh, your girlfriend is offering up incorrect information, I’m sorry to report! You can rename your computer to your heart’s delight, whether you’re running Windows 8, Windows 10 early release or even Windows XP. They all support renaming because it’s a pretty easy thing and important too.
I could show you the convoluted way to navigation through the Settings to find the spot where you can rename your Win8 laptop system, but that’s making it harder than it need be.
One great thing about Windows 8 — perhaps to compensate for the weird start screen — is that the search capability includes a rich help system for the OS too, so my first step is always to simply search for what you want to do within the search charm.
You can see, the very first match is what you want: “Rename this computer”.
Easy. Click on it!
Don’t get hung up on the computer description, as I don’t know I have ever seen a computer where there was an actual description. Instead you want to click on the “Change…” button adjacent to the text “To rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup, click Change.”
So, um, click on “Change…”
You can see that the current name for this particular computer is “Fusion”. It’s time to change this too, which is accomplished by typing in a different name in the first text area:
LEVIOSA is a good name, right? Certainly if you’re a Harry Potter fan.
To have it set as the new system name, click on “OK”.
Then it gets a tiny bit confusing. The computer will tell you that it needs to restart:
But when you click “OK” you’re back looking at the previous window. Sort of:
See what’s different? It’s at the bottom: Changes will take effect after you restart this computer.
Click on “Close” on the bottom then yet another window will pop up:
Now, finally, click on “Restart Now” (if you’ve saved and quit every other program) and…
Great. Done. When your system fully restarts it’ll have the new name. No OS install needed!
Ah yes, the so-called three-finger salute of Ctrl-Alt-Del on a Windows PC. One of those essential secret bits of information to help you retain your sanity when everything else on your Windows system goes south, though it’s definitely not the recommended manner of restarting if your system is still responsive (instead use “Restart” from the Power menu or its equivalent, depending what version of Windows you’re running).
Drop this all into the world of VMWare Fusion — or Parallels — on your Mac and it’s a bit more nuanced because it’s not always obvious how to get to some of those capabilities, and while you can ostensibly restart your entire Mac, the entire point of virtualization is that you shouldn’t need to do so. Fortunately, unless VMWare Fusion freezes up (something I’ve never experienced) you should be able to get to its controls…
I got stuck in Tiny Death Star and needed to do a force restart within VMWare Fusion myself, and to make it more complicated, I was running in full screen mode so I couldn’t see any of the Mac controls. Here’s what I was seeing:
Where are those pesky controls?
Turns out they’re just hidden. Move your cursor up to the very top of the screen and wait a second or two and all sorts of things appear:
What you seek is off the Virtual Machine menu, as becomes obvious when you see what it offers:
Choose “Restart” from the menu.
It’ll confirm that’s what you want to do:
Good? Click “Restart” and it’ll reboot the entire virtual machine — and, of course, the Windows 8.1 operating system running within VMWare Fusion — and get you back to the start screen.
If you can get to the Virtual Machine Library window, btw, you can also pause or restart from this view too. Notice in the below the pause button, for example:
Hope that helps out, and I hope you don’t get trapped in Tiny Death Star or any other game for which The Force is apparently the requisite for escape!
Laura has since adopted technological solutions to her vision challenges, using a combination of screen-readers and magnification software to read, work and more. Now a program manager at Google, she is following her passion, helping Chrome and Chrome OS teams make their products more accessible. “Technology has truly transformed my life,” she says. “Assistive technology can tear down boundaries, and empower people to find their independence and fulfill their dreams.”
We agree with Laura about the power of technology to change lives. And in order to support more people like her—people who see obstacles as opportunities—we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. We’re putting $20 million in Google.org grants behind nonprofits using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities, and today we’re issuing an open call to identify new areas of opportunity at g.co/ImpactChallengeDisability.
We’re kicking things off with support for two remarkable organizations. Each of these organizations is using technology to dramatically reduce the cost of and access to prosthetic limbs and auditory therapy, respectively—which could be transformative for hundreds of millions of people.
- The Enable community connects people who want prosthetics with volunteers who use 3D printers to design, print, assemble, and fit them, for free. This dramatically cuts costs, increases speed of distribution, and meets unmet needs. We’ll support the Enable Community Foundation's efforts with a $600,000 grant to advance the design, distribution and delivery of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics.
- Diagnosing auditory challenges can be a struggle in low income communities—the equipment is expensive, bulky and unrealistic, particularly in the developing world. With our support, and a $500,000 grant, World Wide Hearing will develop, prototype and test an extremely low cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that’s widely available—and affordable—in the developing world.
The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities will seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious “what ifs” for the disabled community. We will choose the best of these ideas and help them to scale by investing in their vision, by rallying our people and by mobilizing our resources in support of their missions.
But of course, we realize there’s always room to improve our products as well. We have a team committed to monitoring the accessibility of Google tools; and we provide engineering teams with training to incorporate accessibility principles into products and services. That doesn’t just mean improving existing Google tools, it means developing new ones as well. For example, Liftware is a stabilizing utensil designed to help people with hand tremors eat more easily, and self-driving cars could one day transform mobility for everyone.
Historically, people living with disabilities have relied on technologies that were often bulky, expensive, and limited to assisting with one or two specific tasks. But that’s beginning to change. Thanks to groups like Enable and World Wide Hearing, and with tools like Liftware, we’re starting to see the potential for technologies that can profoundly and affordably impact millions. But we’ll all get there sooner if we make it a team effort—which is why we’re launching Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities today. Together, we can create a better world, faster.
Posted by Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google.org
For a really popular site aimed at kids, it’s surprising that Nick.com isn’t easier to figure out, but sure enough, if you check out the home page, there’s no “sign up” button. Even more surprising in this day and age — and with the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) laws — there’s no spot that asks for your age or for your parent’s email address to confirm you can sign up at all if you’re under 13.
By contrast, sites like Club Penguin and Animal Jam are careful to make sure that children signing up do so with the knowledge of their parents. But… you asked how to do it, not whether they have it set up properly!
So let’s have a look. First off, here’s what the home page looks like:
But where’s the “I want to sign up” link?
Turns out that there isn’t one. Which is weird. But click on “Sign In” on the top right and, well, check it out:
Don’t get distracted by SpongeBob! Look on the lower left.
That’s what ya want. Click on Sign Up on the lower left and now you can see how to get a new account:
To start, choose your gender, then enter a username.
What should you have as your username? Once you move into the box it’ll tell you more:
Understand what it’s saying? If your name is Mary Smith, then “mary” or “smith” should not appear in your username, nor should your street name, city, or the name of your school. Actually, your first name might be okay, but the less personal, the better.
And then there’s the challenge of finding something unique! It took me a while to find a username that wasn’t already in use, I’ll tell you, so be creative!
Don’t be discouraged if you get this error:
Eventually you’ll figure one out and be good to go.
Click on “Next” and you’ll see that they ask for more info:
Once you have a username set, pick a password too, and again be ready for it to be complainy about options, at least if you’re used to using digits, upper and lower case, etc. Nick.com tells you that it doesn’t like passwords, but it’s not very clear about what it does like.
Then there’s the password hint. There are a couple of different questions you can pick from, I suggest you use the one that’s the hardest for people to guess or find out if they’re trying to pretend that they’re you!
I’ve hidden a few things to protect my own account — you don’t really need my password, do you? — but you’ll see the same basic thing and you probably want to save this screen or write down the info somewhere secure so your friends (or little sister!) doesn’t steal it and log in as you.
Click “Finish” and you can start playing games like the popular Battle for New York:
Have fun on Nick.com and remember one more thing: when you’re done watching videos and playing games, make sure you log out!
This is easily done on the top right of the screen:
Now you know. Have fun and enjoy!
As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride—who would have been 64 today—captured the nation’s imagination as a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers. But her historic flight represented just one aspect of a remarkable and multifaceted life. She was also a physicist, a science writer, and an inspirational advocate for keeping kids excited about science as they go through school.
Sally was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles. She grew up playing with a chemistry set and small telescope—and playing football in the streets with the neighborhood kids. Later she considered playing professional tennis, but decided instead to study science.
In 1977, Sally was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University when she saw an article in the student newspaper saying that NASA was looking for astronauts—and for the first time was allowing women to apply. Sally didn’t hesitate to send in her application, and became one of six women selected as part of the new crop of astronaut candidates. On June 18, 1983, she soared into history as the first American woman in space.
A look behind the scenes of today's Sally Ride doodle, narrated by the artist of the doodle, Olivia Huynh, and Tam O'Shaughnessy
Looking back at Earth through the window of the space shuttle, Sally was moved by the view of our beautiful blue planet wrapped in its thin blanket of air. She realized how important it is for all of us to take care of our fragile home in space, and became an environmentalist. Many years later, we wrote books for young adults about Earth’s changing climate.
After leaving NASA, Sally became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. She loved being a scientist, but she was concerned that many young people—especially girls and minority students—abandon their early interest in science and math.
Studies show that the reason kids turn away from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is not that they don’t like it or aren’t good it. Instead, young people get turned off because society sends false messages about who scientists are, what they do, and how they work. So Sally decided to use her high profile to motivate young people to stick with their interest in science and to consider pursuing STEM careers.
In 2001, Sally and I and three friends started Sally Ride Science to create programs and publications that bring science to life and show young people that STEM is fascinating, creative, and fun. Since then, we’ve trained thousands of teachers on how to spark and sustain interest in STEM and reached millions of students with our books and programs.
Sally died almost three years ago on July 23, 2012, from pancreatic cancer. But I know she would be honored by today’s Google Doodle. With whimsy, it expresses Sally’s sense of fun and adventure, and her ability to inspire young people. And who knows—maybe her Doodle will motivate some girl or boy somewhere in the world to become a scientist and adventurer just like Sally.
Sally said it best . . .
Everywhere I go I meet girls and boys who want to be astronauts and explore space, or they love the ocean and want to be oceanographers, or they love animals and want to be zoologists, or they love designing things and want to be engineers. I want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!
Posted by Tam O’Shaughnessy, Co-Founder & CEO of Sally Ride Science
The Twitter application for the Apple Watch is one of the first third-party apps to take advantage of force-touch, the gesture when you push hard on the watch face, rather than tap or scroll. It takes some getting used to the gesture, and of course there’s no way in the app to know that it is force-tap aware, so in my experience, it’s best to just try using force-touch in your favorite apps and see if something useful happens. Not the best user interface experience, but maybe it’s best to think about it as akin to finding a secret level in Super Mario Bros or something like that!
The other thing to realize is that you can only send tweets by speaking them and having Siri transcribe since, of course, there’s no keyboard on the Watch.
To start, the Twitter app in the app area:
Tap on it and you’ll jump into Twitter, with it showing you each of the two main areas you can explore on the wearable:
Nice, but… where’s the ability to send a new tweet?
You can try going to your Timeline, but it’ll look more like this:
Nice that you can retweet, respond, favorite, etc, but there’s no indication of the fact that a force-touch will get you to the composition area.
Still, now you know, force-touch the Watch face at this point and lo and behold:
Very cool. Tap on it (a regular tap: once you’re here, you don’t need any more force-touch gestures).
To speak a tweet, tap on the microphone icon, to send an animated emoji, tap on the smiley, otherwise choose “#NowPlaying” which then includes info about whatever you’re listening to or “Share location” which shares your geolocation from the map app.
I’ll tap on the microphone and say “Trying to send a tweet from my Apple Watch” to my Watch.
No doubt people who can see me are wondering what the heck I’m doing, but that’s okay. All part of having the latest and greatest gadget!
A tap on “Done” and it’s shown, ready to tweet:
Nicely translated, Siri!
To send out the tweet it’s just a matter of tapping “Tweet”.
Now it’ll show up as any other tweet would on your Watch and throughout the Twitterverse:
All in all, remarkably easy to do, all without pulling your iPhone out of your pocket.
Deadly biker brawl
A shooting between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, left nine dead and more than 170 people in jail this week. There were more than 500,000 searches for “Waco shooting” on Sunday as people asked questions like “What biker gangs are in Texas?” and “What county is Waco, Texas in?” to try to understand why the shooting may have happened.
An NBA family affair
The NBA playoffs continue to be a top topic in search as the conference finals began this week, with the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets matchup garnering the most attention. (The Cavaliers made the trends charts on Wednesday, but otherwise all eyes are on the West.) After going down 2-0 to the Warriors, the Rockets are in the spotlight, with 200,000+ searches following their game 1 loss. But the search standout, not surprisingly, is NBA MVP and Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. And not just for his sweet three-point stroke. There were 50,000+ searches for his mom, Sonya Curry, after she appeared looking ageless at Tuesday’s game, while others were interested in his daughter Riley’s post-game press conference hijinks. In fact, three out of the top five Curry-related searches on Wednesday were about his family.
David Letterman ended his 33-year career in late-night TV on Wednesday night. His farewell show featured favorite clips from the past, some classic Dave self-deprecation and a Top 10 list to top all Top 10 lists starring celebs like Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and (Dave’s apparent favorite) Peyton Manning. Dave was at the top of the search list, too, with more than 500,000+ searches—consider it a small consolation for not getting “The Tonight Show.” Top questions leading up to the last show included “How tall is David Letterman?” and “Who is taking over for Letterman?” (Answer: someone else who brought a crew of celebs to his final show last December.)
The Billboard Music Awards swept the search charts on Sunday, with big-time winner Taylor Swift at the top of the pack. Swift had a big night, taking home eight trophies and a million searches. She also debuted her much-buzzed-about music video for “Bad Blood,” which featured Kendrick Lamar and a full squad of Taylor’s celebrity friends, including Cindy Crawford, Lena Dunham and Karlie Kloss. The video broke the Vevo record with more than 20 million views in 24 hours, and appeared in Hot Trends twice. But even Taylor has to share the spotlight sometime: people were also searching for show performers Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Wiz Khalifa.
Elsewhere in Billboard news, the soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 2” climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week as fans became hooked on the fun cover songs and mashups. The movie has been big in search over the past week, with lots of interest in the cast, particularly Rebel Wilson.
Tip of the week
Now you can find real-time content from Twitter in your Google search results on mobile. So if you want to see what others are saying about tonight’s Cavaliers/Hawks game, just ask Google.
Posted by Emily Wood, Managing Editor, who searched this week for [leighton meester] and [how many cows are there in the world]