Introducing Flutter, Google’s new Mobile UI Framework

Recently Google announced Flutter, their mobile UI framework that “helps developers craft high-quality native interfaces for both iOS and Android”. Flutter targets the sweet spot of mobile development: performance and platform integrations of native mobile, with high-velocity development and multi-platform reach of portable UI toolkits. Here’s a simple Hello World app: import ‘package:flutter/material.dart’; void main() […]

How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?

In succession to Google Maps’s Quiet Transformation, a new – and very extensive and highly interesting – comparison by the same author. He start off by taking a look at the level of detail when it comes to buildings. But these buildings are more than just a pretty detail—they appear to be the foundation for […]

Google Maps’s Quiet Transformation

Justin O’Beirne kept an eye on how a specific area evolved on Google Maps and on Apple Maps over time: Patricia’s Green is the centerpiece of a vibrant and trendy neighborhood in central San Francisco, just blocks away from City Hall. I wrote a script that takes monthly screenshots of Google and Apple Maps. Thirteen […]

AutoDraw: Fast Drawing for Everyone

After Quickdraw a few months ago – in which A.I. guesses what you are doodling – now comes AutoDraw from Google. AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. AutoDraw’s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, […]

Does Google execute JavaScript?

Stephan Boyer created a website with some JS injected content and waited for Google to crawl it. It got indexed, but without JS execution. Only after having submitted the site manually via the Google Search Console it got indexed with JS executed. His conclusion: Google may or may not decide to run your JavaScript, and […]

How to completely remove Birthdays from Google Calendar

When looking at appointments today I saw a birthday appointment for someone I barely knew. Strange. I’d already deactivated iCal and Facebook birthday calendars […] But today, there was a new calendar in my Gmail group called “Birthdays”. […] Upon further investigation, I learned that the Birthday calendar displays birthdays of people in your Google+ […]