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Google boosts BI chops with new Looker features, roadmap

Google boosts BI chops with new Looker features, roadmap


Looker has revamped its core dashboard capabilities

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Modern business intelligence (BI) provider Looker, at its [email protected] online conference today, will announce important new features that bring it more to parity with longer-established self-service and enterprise BI platforms. Now that Looker is firmly on-boarded and an important part of Google Cloud, the time is right to shore up its enterprise BI credibility.

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Dashboards on the big screen, apps on the small one

First off, Looker has improved its dashboard facility, adding cross filtering capabilities. Cross-filtering allows users to click on particular data elements in one visualization in order to filter the data used by the other visualizations. It makes dashboards more interactive and better able to work as entry-level discovery interfaces, before users drill down to more sophisticated, dedicated analysis views. The figure at the top of this post shows a Looker dashboard created with the new authoring platform.

Next, Looker is introducing its first native mobile apps. While Looker’s Web interface was fully responsive and mobile-friendly before, the mobile apps for iOS and Android will likely provide a more enticing, lower-friction interface for corporate BI users. Mobile BI apps are great for conveying key performance indicators (KPIs) and high-level data visualizations. Most of Looker’s major competitors have had mobile apps for years, and so the time was right for Looker to get that capability out to its users.

Enabling developers

Looker is also beefing up its developer story, another critical pillar for a successful business intelligence platform. To begin with, Looker is adding to its previously announced Extension Framework, which allows application developers to create components that can be located within the Looker environment. Looker is publishing its own extension for entity relationship diagrams, which can be used to visualize data models.

For developers who want

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Google building San Jose office campus; renderings

Google building San Jose office campus; renderings

  • Google just released renderings of a proposed new campus it hopes to build in San Jose, called Downtown West.
  • Unlike other Google campuses, the San Jose location would be mixed-use and open to the public.
  • The 79-acre area plan includes housing, office space, and nature areas, and is a major move by Google at a time when companies are rethinking office space needs in light of the pandemic forcing the workforce to work remotely.
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Google released some new details about its planned San Jose campus on Thursday, with renderings and a 473 slide deck. 

The renderings give an idea of how Google envisions the new campus, with more detailed information in the slide deck produced for the city of San Jose. It will encompass far more than the quirky office style that Google is known for: there are plans for up to 5,900 residencies, retail spaces, pop-up events, and publicly accessible nature through trails and paths. 

The design seems to consciously base itself off of aspects of San Jose that already exist. The Los Gatos Creek is highlighted in a larger nature area, and Google details plans to follow San Jose’s climate change initiative by designing large open spaces to combat urban heat islands, accessible public transportation, and a possible onsite wastewater collection and recycling facility. Now, Google is asking for resident feedback before the plan is considered for approval by the San Jose city council in the spring.

Some big tech companies aren’t slowing down their real estate plans this year, despite the pandemic. Facebook paid $376.6 million for REI’s former unfinished Seattle-era headquarters, and Amazon just leased two million additional square feet of office space in Bellevue.

Meanwhile, as more work shifts remote Pinterest canceled a large San Francisco lease, and

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Here are 2020’s creative trending Halloween costumes, according to Google

Here are 2020’s creative trending Halloween costumes, according to Google

Halloween may look a little different this year but there’s nothing stopping us from dressing up!

No matter what your plans are you can still celebrate Halloween with a fun and creative costume.

Google just released its annual “Frightgeist” of trending costumes so we can all get a little Halloween inspiration.

In lieu of those classic Halloween activities, the CDC recommends people try what it describes as “lower risk activities” to celebrate the holiday this year amid the global pandemic. Those activities include socially distanced pumpkin carving, decorating your house, having a virtual costume contest, doing an outdoors Halloween scavenger hunt and having a “scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search” indoors with members of your household.

The “Frightgeist” takes a look at all of the costumes trending in the month of September in the United States.

“This September’s trending Halloween costumes are action-packed: Martial arts gurus and dungeon masters take the lead, followed by Jedis and cowgirls that are out of this world—literally,” according to Google.

Some of our favorites include Woody and Jessie, corgi stegosaurus and Baby Yoda.

Check out the full list of costumes below!

Trending costumes

Cobra Kai Dungeon Master The Mandalorian Space Cowgirl Trolls Belle Marshmello Inflatable shark Firefighter Sanderson sisters

MORE: Disney princess wigs line launch in time for Halloween.

Couples costumes

Bonnie and Clyde Lilo and Stitch Cosmo and Wanda Coraline and Wybie Lydia and Beetlejuice Mario and Luigi Woody and Jessie Angel and Devil Phineas and Ferb Sharkboy and Lavagirl

Pet costumes

Cat taco Corgi stegosaurus Twinkie Beetlejuice Fish Woody dog Chucky Frog Pumpkin Raccoon

MORE: Pinterest recipes for Halloween including fangtastic appetizers, desserts, and drinks.

Kids costumes

Supergirl Flamingo Hocus Pocus Witch Glinda Robot Maui Bat Sally Werewolf

Baby costumes

Baby shark Baby Yoda Baby pumpkin Boss baby Baby dinosaur Baby Olaf Baby chicken

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G Suite Revamped As Google Workspace With A Host Of New Features

G Suite Revamped As Google Workspace With A Host Of New Features

Google is rebranding its office productivity suite to Google Workspace, with a selection of new features aimed at the increasing number of homeworkers.

The company claims the Workspace brand better represents the sudden swing in work habits caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, with a large proportion of the workforce working from home instead of together in the office. “Work is no longer associated to a physical place we go to,” said Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace.

Some of the new features being added to Google Workspace reflect this swing in working environments. For example, teams can now meet picture-in-picture whilst working on Google Docs, Sheets. and Slides. Thumbnails of videoconferencing colleagues appear to the side of the document being worked on, allowing employees to pick up on visual clues and facial expressions from co-workers that they might miss if the Google Meet session was minimized or in another window.

Google Workspace will also soon let teams create documents directly in “rooms” – Google’s nomenclature for the virtual area in which team communications are focused. This means employees working together can chat and start collaborating on a document without having to switch tabs, helping everyone stay focused on the task in hand.

Smart Chips

Google is trying to make it easier to help remote colleagues collaborate with so-called Smart Chips. These appear when you mention a colleague by using the @ symbol in a document, providing automatic prompts to, say, assign a task or share the document with the colleague in question.

Linked previews will also make it less cumbersome to see the contents of another team document created in Workspace. Hovering over the link brings up a pop-up window with a preview of the document, allowing workers to

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Google testing new ‘call history’ feature for Google My Business

Google testing new ‘call history’ feature for Google My Business

Google testing new ‘call history’ feature for Google My Business

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