In Japan, millions of people live with Parkinson's or Essential Tremor which cause involuntary movement and make everyday tasks, like eating, hard.

Liftware is a stabilizing handle designed to help people with hand tremor eat more easily. Now, Liftware is available in Japan here through our partner France Bed.

A similar video is available in English here.

Liftware automatically stabilizes in your hand, so that the utensil shakes 70% less than a regular fork or spoon. This means you can worry less about spilling, and focus more on enjoying mealtimes with family and friends.

Liftware includes two parts: a stabilizing handle and a utensil attachment, like a spoon. The battery lasts through several meals and it’s portable, so you can take it with you.

Posted by Daniel Lee, Business Operations Manager, Liftware

इस पोस्ट को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए नीचे स्क्रॉल करें

When I was a student, I relished the day-long railway journey I would make from Chennai Central station (then known as Madras Central) to IIT Kharagpur. I vividly remember the frenetic energy at the various stations along the way and marveled at the incredible scale and scope of Indian Railways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Googleplex today

I’m very proud to announce that it’s the train stations of India that are going to help get millions of people online. In the past year, 100 million people in India started using the Internet for the first time. This means there are now more Internet users in India than in every country in the world aside from China. But what's really astounding is the fact that there are still nearly one billion people in India who aren’t online.

We’d like to help get these next billion Indians online—so they can access the entire web, and all of its information and opportunity. And not just with any old connection—with fast broadband so they can experience the best of the web. That’s why, today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to our U.S. headquarters, and in line with his Digital India initiative, we announced a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India.

Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world's largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of these railway lines, our Access & Energy team plans to bring the first stations online in the coming months. The network will expand quickly to cover 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016, with the remaining stations following in quick succession.

Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day. This will rank it as the largest public Wi-Fi project in India, and among the largest in the world, by number of potential users. It will also be fast—many times faster than what most people in India have access to today, allowing travelers to stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, or download some videos, a book or a new game for the journey ahead. Best of all, the service will be free to start, with the long-term goal of making it self-sustainable to allow for expansion to more stations and other places, with RailTel and more partners, in the future.
This map shows the first 100 stations that will have high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2016

We think this is an important part of making the Internet both accessible and useful for the more than 300 million Indians already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not.

But it’s not the only piece. To help more Indians get access to affordable, high-quality smartphones, which is the primary way most people there access the Internet, we launched Android One last year. To help address the challenges of limited bandwidth, we recently launched a feature that makes mobile webpages load faster and with less data, and we’ve made YouTube available offline with offline Maps coming soon.

To help make web content more useful for Indians, many of whom don’t speak English, we launched the Indian Language Internet Alliance last year to foster more local language content, and have built greater local language support into our products—including Hindi Voice Search, an improved Hindi keyboard and support for seven Indian languages with the latest versions of Android. And finally, to help all Indians reap the benefits of connectivity, we’ve been ramping up efforts to help women, who make up just a third of Internet users in India today, get the most from the web.

Just like I did years ago, thousands of young Indians walk through Chennai Central every day, eager to learn, to explore and to seek opportunity. It’s my hope that this Wi-Fi project will make all these things a little easier.

Posted by Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google


ज्यादा से ज्यादा भारतियों को इंटरनेट से जोड़ने की एक पहल - 1 करोड़ रेल यात्रियों प्रतिदिन से शुरुआत

जब मैं एक छात्र था, मैं चेन्नई सेंट्रल स्टेशन (तब मद्रास सेंट्रल के रूप में जाना जाता था) से आईआईटी खड़गपुर की दिन की रेल यात्रा पसंद करता था । मुझे विभिन्न स्टेशनों पर उन्मत्त ऊर्जा की याद आज भी ताजा है और मैं भारतीय रेल के अविश्वसनीय स्तर और विस्तार पर अचम्भा करता था ।
आज गूगलप्लेक्स में प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी

मुझे यह घोषणा करते हुए बहुत गर्व हो रहा है कि ये भारत के रेलवे स्टेशन हैं जो करोड़ों लोगों को ऑनलाइन लाने में मदद करेंगे । पिछले साल, भारत में 10 करोड़ लोगों ने पहली बार इंटरनेट उपयोग शुरू किया है । इसका मतलब यह है कि भारत में अब चीन को छोड़ कर हर देश से अधिक इंटरनेट उपयोगकर्ता हैं । पर चौंकाने वाली बात ये है की भारत में अभी भी 100 करोड़ से ज़्यादा लोग ऑनलाइन नहीं हैं ।

हम इन 100 करोड़ भारतवासियों को ऑनलाइन लाने में मदद करना चाहते हैं - ताकि उन्हें पूरे वेब तक पहुँच मिल सके, और वहां मौजूद जानकारी और अवसर भी । और किसी पुराने कनेक्शन से नहीं - तेज़ ब्रॉडबैंड से ताकि वे वेब का सबसे अच्छा अनुभव कर सकें । इसलिए आज, भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी के हमारे U.S. मुख्यालय में उपस्थित होने के अवसर पर, और उनकी डिजिटल इंडिया पहल के अनुरूप, हमने भारत भर में 400 रेलवे स्टेशनों में सार्वजनिक उच्च गति वाई-फाई उपलब्ध कराने के लिए एक नई परियोजना की घोषणा की है ।

हमारी पहुंच और ऊर्जा टीम की, भारतीय रेलवेज, जो कि दुनिया के सबसे बड़े रेलवे नेटवर्कों में से एक चला रही है, और रेलटेल, जो व्यापक फाइबर नेटवर्क के माध्यम से रेलवायर जैसी इंटरनेट सेवाएं प्रदान करता है, के साथ काम करते हुए आने वाले महीनों में पहले स्टेशनों को ऑनलाइन लाने की योजना है। यह नेटवर्क 2016 के अंत से पहले भारत में सबसे व्यस्त स्टेशनों में से 100 को कवर करने के लिए तेजी से विस्तार करेगा, और शेष स्टेशन उसके बाद जल्द ही कवर होंगे ।

जब सिर्फ पहले 100 स्टेशन ऑनलाइन होंगे, तब भी इस परियोजना के माध्यम से हर दिन 1 करोड़ से अधिक लोगों के लिए वाई-फाई उपलब्ध होगा। यह भारत में सबसे बड़ी सार्वजनिक वाई-फाई परियोजना होगी, और संभावित उपयोगकर्ताओं की संख्या के हिसाब से दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी परियोजनाओं में गिनी जाएगी । यह वाई-फाई तेज़ भी होगा - भारत में अधिकतम लोग आज जो उपयोग करते हैं उसकी तुलना में कई गुना तेज़ । इस से यात्री जितनी देर इंतज़ार कर रहे हैं उतनी देर में एक उच्च परिभाषा वीडियो स्ट्रीम कर पाएंगे, अपने गंतव्य के बारे में कुछ अनुसंधान कर पाएंगे या कुछ वीडियो, एक पुस्तक या एक नया खेल डाउनलोड कर पाएंगे । सबसे अच्छी बात, यह सेवा शुरू में मुफ्त होगी, और भविष्य में इसे आत्मनिर्भर बनाने का दीर्घकालीन लक्ष्य है ताकि रेलटेल और अधिक भागीदारों के साथ अधिक स्टेशनों और अन्य स्थानों में इसका विस्तार किया जा सके ।
इस नक्शे में वो पहले 100 स्टेशन दर्शाये गए हैं जहाँ 2016 के अंत तक उच्च गति वाई-फाई होगा
हमें लगता है कि यह 30 करोड़ से अधिक भारतीय जो पहले से ही ऑनलाइन हैं और लगभग एक अरब से अधिक है जो नहीं हैं, उनके लिए इंटरनेट को सुलभ और उपयोगी बनाने का एक महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा है ।

पर यह सिर्फ एक हिस्सा है । अधिक भारतीयों को सस्ती, उच्च गुणवत्ता वाले स्मार्टफोन्स प्राप्त करने के लिए, जो अधिकतम लोगों के लिए इंटरनेट का उपयोग प्राथमिक तरीका है, हमने पिछले साल एंड्राइड वन फ़ोन लांच किया था । सीमित बैंडविड्थ की चुनौतियों से निपटने में मदद करने के लिए, हम हाल ही में मोबाइल वेब पृष्ठों को तेजी से और कम डेटा के साथ लोड करने की सुविधा लाये हैं, यूट्यूब ऑफ़लाइन उपलब्ध बनाया है और ऑफलाइन मैप्स जल्द ही आने वाला है

भारतीयों, जिनमे से कई अंग्रेजी नहीं बोलते, के लिए वेब सामग्री और अधिक उपयोगी बनाने में मदद करने के लिए और अधिक स्थानीय भाषा की सामग्री को बढ़ावा देने के लिए हमने पिछले साल भारतीय भाषा इंटरनेट एलायंस की शुरूआत की है, और हमारे उत्पादों में अधिक से अधिक स्थानीय भाषा समर्थन का निर्माण किया है - हिंदी वॉयस खोज, उन्नत हिंदी कीबोर्ड और एंड्राइड के नवीनतम संस्करण में सात भारतीय भाषाओं के लिए समर्थन में सुधार । और अंत में, सभी भारतीयों को कनेक्टिविटी का लाभ लेने में मदद करने के लिए, हमने महिलाओं, जो कि आज भारत में इंटरनेट उपयोगकर्ताओं का सिर्फ एक तिहाई भाग हैं, की मदद करने में अपने प्रयास और तेज़ किये हैं ताकि वे वेब से अधिकतम लाभ उठा सकें ।

हज़ारों युवा भारतीय हर दिन चेन्नई सेंट्रल से निकलते हैं, जैसे मैं कई साल पहले निकलता था, सीखने और जानने के लिए उत्सुक, और अवसर की तलाश में । मेरी आशा है कि यह वाई-फाई परियोजना इन सब बातों को थोड़ा आसान कर देगी ।

सुन्दर पिचई, सीईओ, गूगल के द्वारा प्रकाशित

Today is World Tourism Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to one of the world’s greatest treasures—the Borobudur temple complex in Yogyakarta, Indonesia? If you can’t make the flight, don’t worry—now the temple is just a click away on Google Street View and Cultural Institute.

Built in the 9th century, predating Angkor Wat by 300 years, Borobudur is not just one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world, it’s also the world’s largest. Earlier this year, our Street View operator strapped on the Trekker and set out to capture 360-degree imagery of all 2,500 square meters of this UNESCO World Heritage site. With Borobudur’s nine stacked platforms, 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues, there was plenty to explore.

Here you get a sense of just how many stairs Trekker had to climb:

Experience for yourself just how steep the stone steps are:

The higher up you go, the narrower the pathways around the temple get:

The view from the central dome on the highest level is marked by the tops of hundreds of stupas. Pan around to gaze out over the fields that surround the temple complex:

The sheer size of Borobudur is impressive, but its beauty really lies in the detail. Discover the bas reliefs and statues up close in new exhibits on the Cultural Institute, featuring artifacts and content from Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko (the national authority responsible for the protection and conservation of Borobudur and surrounding heritage sites):

Historical imagery of Borobudur on the Cultural Institute also document the temple complex through the decades. In this undated photo, wayangs—or puppet shows—were performed at the base of Borobudur:

And see how much—or how little—has changed by comparing two images side by side:

We’re grateful to our partners—the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, and Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko—for making it possible for us to publish this new imagery for the world to see on Google Maps and Cultural Institute.

In addition to Borobudur, there’s Street View imagery of Lampung, Lombok, and Palembang on Google Maps. And you can discover many more Wonders of Indonesia on the Cultural Institute, such as a visual story of the Ramayana dance.

What are you waiting for? Selamat mengeksplor, or happy exploring!

Posted by Shinto Nugruho, Head of Public Policy & Government Relations, Google Indonesia

We're looking forward to hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at our headquarters in California this weekend.

As Sundar says in a welcome video we've just put up on YouTube, "there is no more important role for tech companies today than helping to connect the next billion Internet users," and "we, at Google, as well as many others around the world, are passionate about playing our part."

Here's the full video:

Watch this space for more on the visit, and our efforts in India.

If you’re going to capture imagery of an archipelago with 7,017 islands to share with the world on Google Maps, you’d better be prepared for the terrain that comes with it. Since we first hit the roads in the Philippines in January last year, we’ve taken our Street View camera on a real adventure.

Strapped to the back of our Street View Trekker operator, we’ve taken it down cliffs on Antonia Island…
...climbed the grassy hillsides of Mount Pulag…
...gone out to sea in Barangay Linga in Laguna at low-tide...
...and found our way back to shore on the back of a bangka.
While there’s nothing like a real-world adventure, whether you’re a history junkie, a beachcomber, or a sports buff, we’ve got something—or somewhere—for you to explore on Street View.

Sun & sand
It’s no secret that the Philippines has some of the most world's most beautiful beaches. Come explore some of our favorite sandy destinations and start planning your next holiday in the sun. Here's Bantigui Island in the Gigantes Islands:

And this is Antonia Island...take a few steps forward for a sense of the climb our Trekker operator had to do to get these shots:

A 360-degree view of 300 years of Philippine history
Street View’s 35 historic Philippine sites, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites reflect the country’s Spanish influence and unique identity. Here are just two of them.

You can wander the cobblestone streets of Vigan, closed to all traffic except the horse-drawn calesa:

And then take in the stunning bas-relief work on the facade of the baroque Miag-ao Church on the island of Iloilo. You can zoom in close enough to see the Spanish, Chinese and Muslim influences in the imagery. A coconut tree represents the tree of life:

Sport pop culture
A visit to the Philippines can’t end without a nod to one of its greatest sporting icons: Manny Pacquiao. Street View will take you to his hometown of General Santos City, where you can drive by his Wildcard Gym (on the left below, it's named after the gym Manny trained at in Los Angeles):

Mapping this archipelago has been no small feat, but thanks to the support of the Philippine Department of Tourism, we can share a glimpse of what this country has to offer. We look forward to more adventures ahead as we take Street View to new places across these islands.

Posted by Ken Lingan, Country Manager, Google Philippines

With 303 films from 75 countries, the lineup for the 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) taking place on October 1-10 is packed with enough fantastic movies to keep even the most discerning film buff happy. But what if you can’t hop on a plane and get to Busan, South Korea? Never fear, we’ve designed two unique digital experiences to bring the best of the festival to the comfort of your couch.

1. “Google Play inside BIFF” - Experience the Festival Online

A webpage, “Google Play inside BIFF,” will bring all the action of the festival to the world: users will be able to revisit 360-degree panoramic view of the opening ceremony — a first, as far as we know for any festival — and take a virtual walk through the venue, and find out about actors and directors and their films. Video of the opening ceremony will be available on Google Play inside BIFF throughout October.

2. The best of BIFF at Google Play

For five weeks from September 24, movie fans will be able to find and watch the best of BIFF movies from the past 20 years.

We want to help BIFF and other splendid Korean cultural content go global using our technologies. With the fusion between culture and digital technology, movie fans will be able to enjoy the festival in much more diverse ways.

Posted by Paul Kim, Head of APAC Device, Content and Retail Marketing, Google

UPDATE1:  We're now livestreaming from the world's first cat cafe.

UPDATE2: For a taste of some serious drama, scroll to the bottom.

The Japanese mobile game Neko Atsume (“cat gathering”) has clawed its way to the top of Japanese pop culture. We’re not lion: at some points this year, the app drew as much global search interest as that other quintessentially Japanese beast, Godzilla.

For those of you who don’t know, Neko Atsume is a game in which you attract virtual stray cats by leaving them offerings. It’s so addictive that people can’t paws.

If that’s meow-sic to your ears, then you should be paws-itively ecstatic about tomorrow’s event. Real-life cats will be offered food in a cat cafe, and not just any cat cafe, but the world’s first cat cafe in Osaka. The decisions those cats make will then be broadcats broadcast live on MewTube YouTube.

Don’t try this at home. These cats are untrained. But if you’re feline up to it, do watch it at home, live from 11:00am to 22:00 Tokyo time, right here or on the Google Play Japan YouTube channel.

Highlights: The post-lunch showdown at the table.

The tension in the room began to grow and cats got into position

They faked each other out

There was a sudden attack followed by an equally sudden retreat

Pleas for mercy were ignored
There was one final attempt to restore honor
And then peace returned to Real Neko Atsume... or did it?

Whether you’re into the latest hits from 3daime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE, or prefer Eikichi Yazawa’s classics, music lovers in Japan are now able to listen to 35 million songs on any device with the launch of Google Play music in Japan.

With a catalogue that spans all the major record companies, as well as top local and independent labels, Play gives subscribers access to a world of music through albums, charts, new releases, staff picks and featured playlists. You can create your own radio stations, download music to listen offline, and even combine your existing music library with ours with free cloud storage for up to 50,000 songs.

Whether you’re looking for tunes to relax at home to, or songs to hone your karaoke skills, you can also find expertly curated playlists for all kinds of moods and activities. To get a feel of what Japanese morning sunshine feels like, here's a YouTube list featuring five of the songs on the Google Play waking up happy playlist:

Posted by Takeya Kito, Music Partner Manager, Google Play

As part of our series of interviews with people across Asia-Pacific who use the Internet to create, connect, and grow, we asked Sauwaluck Khewmesuan, or “Jazz,” how online tools helped grow her food business, Khon Wang, into a franchise with hundreds of outlets across Thailand. Khon Wang sells everything a franchisee needs to make traditional Thai dishes, from rainbow rice noodles to hoi krok, which are best described as mussel pancakes.

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How does a public sector employee end up with a food franchise?
I spent five years working in the Royal Kitchen in Bangkok. It was there that I learned to cook Thai food the traditional way. I’ve always had a passion for cooking and baking, and wanted to make these traditional dishes accessible to many more people. This is how the idea for Khon Wang was born. Seven years later, Khon Wang now has 300 franchisees throughout Thailand.

How did you manage to grow so quickly in just seven years?
Advertising has played an important role. I started out by placing ads in magazines, but soon found that potential franchisees were actually looking for their next business opportunity online. So I launched our website,, and began to learn more about using the Internet to grow my business. This is how I discovered Google AdWords. I tried it out and found it surprisingly easy to use. I also liked the fact that I could control my spend level, increasing or decreasing the amount as and when I wanted. The feedback was immediate and positive, so I moved more of my advertising from print to the Internet.

What results have you seen from online advertising?
There’s been a direct impact on revenue, with more potential franchisees approaching us, and more people learning about our brand. I am happy to help my franchisees earn more. Their growth translates into my growth.

Being away from home is always hard, but for many Filipinos it’s a way of life. Tapsilog, the sputtering of a tricycle, grandma’s cooking... these are just some of the things that the twelve million Filipinos working overseas long for. But above all, they hope to be with their families.

We invited Pinoys from all over the world to tell us what they miss most about the Philippines, and turned their responses into a song. Watch bands Sponge Cola, ItchyWorms and Kjwan, vocalist Ebe Dancel, and YouTube star Mikey Bustos jam in this music video — a kind of soulful, sung “letter” to friends and family — wherever they may be in the world.

This video is the first 360 degree YouTube video in the Philippines. Here’s how to take it for a spin: if you’re using Chrome, you can can tap and drag inside the clip. If you’re watching on an Android phone using the YouTube app, simply move your phone around to watch the video from different angles.

Get ready to fall for this catchy tune and sing along to the karaoke version!

Posted by Ryan Morales, Country Marketing Manager, Google Philippines