Google Andorid team blogged that the “Android Developer Labs for Melbourne” is scheduled on January 31, Sydney (February 3), and Auckland (February 8).
“The material is not introductory; it’s aimed at people with existing apps who want to make them better in the era of Ice Cream Sandwich and tablets. You’ll want to show up with the SDK installed, and a couple of devices,” the team said.
“In this ADL, we’ll guide you through best practices to build high-quality phone and tablet apps for Android. Specifically, we will cover:
- Market cloud services
- Designing polished and immersive user experiences
- Building rich apps for phones and tablets with a single code base,” informs Android team.
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If this describes you, drop by the ADL page and sign up.
In other Google new, Google on January 16, celebrated Martin Luther King Day of Service in the U.S.
“Googlers around the country worked with community service organizations to lend a helping hand in their area and commemorate the holiday. The Black Googler Network (BGN), an employee resource group made up of volunteers, spearheaded this effort to set up service projects in multiple offices. In the California Bay Area, we joined The Center for Music National Service in the MLK Day of Service & Song in various projects to beautify John O’Connell High School in San Francisco’s Mission district. Projects included mural painting, landscaping and organizing books and materials, and the celebration included time for students and volunteers to share their art and voice their feelings about the importance of the day,” blogged Google.
Update: Just found this nice infographic:
Google’s site blocking features released last year and that allow you to “block sites from appearing in your search results” is no longer seems to work.
After clicking a result and going back to the search results page, Google displayed a special link next to the result for blocking the entire domain. Now, the “block” link is no longer displayed. The page that allows you to manage blocked sites is still available, but the preferences page doesn’t mention the feature and the blocked domains still appear in Google search results.
“When you’re signed in to Google, you can block a specific website from appearing in your future search results. This is a helpful option when you encounter a site that you don’t like and whose pages you want to remove from your future results. If you change your mind, you can unblock the site at any point,” explains help center.
Matt Cutts said that this could be a temporary issue. “The right people are looking at what needs to happen to re-enable this, but it might take some time,” reports Google OS.