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Google New “People Also Ask” Officially Live in US Search Pages

Googles’ new “People also ask” suggestions feature on the search results in the desktop and mobile allow deeper exploration of topics.

The feature was first launched in 2015 into the search results featuring a section of additional related queries, since then Google enhancing it more with smarter feature today added “dynamically loading suggestions” says, “you’ll see that it begins with a search about bats. From there the suggestion “Do bats attack people?” is tapped on, after which a new set of related suggestions is dynamically rendered. You’ll see “Do bats bite you?” is suggested, and tapping on that dynamically renders the new suggestion of “What percent of bats are rabid?””

Google People Also Ask in Search Results
Google’s People Also Ask in Search Results

This feature is currently only availabe in U.S. search results.

Google’s Satyajeet Salgar announced it on Twitter:

In other news today, a new functionality, Link to cell ranges in Google Sheets, lets you create a “table of contents” for spreadsheet, as well “direct others to specific content within the spreadsheet, and retain links to cells when spreadsheets are imported from other applications.”

Go to “Insert link” -> “Select a range of cells to link” and type or highlight the desired range, to link to cells in the spreadsheet.

For this Help Center for more details.

Link Cells in Google Sheets
Link Cells in Google Sheets

Google celebrating Valentine’s Day by showing its love for the pangolin, an endangered animal whose natural habitat stretches across Asia and Africa. “Pangolins are the most poached and trafficked mammal in the world,” writes Google.

Google Pango Doodle - Valentines Day 2017
Google Pango Doodle – Valentines Day 2017

In today’s doodle on dektop and mobile, Google featured Chinese pangolin, and each of the doodles include a sharing icon, a heart icon that displayed a variety of pangolin facts and a search icon that serves up results for “what is a pangolin” query.

To raise awarness, this Valentine’s Day, Google shows its love for this endangered annimal with a Pangolin doodle and accompanying game on desktop. To ensure this first date goes off without a hitch, Google says, “one pangolin journeys around the world to learn how to best romance its partner. In today’s Doodle game, you’ll go on the same journey.”

“First, the pangolin travels to Ghana to meet a friend, who teaches the fine art of making a chocolate cake. After all, everyone knows the way to pangolin’s heart is through its stomach! Next the pangolin ventures to India where its musical pal shows how to construct a lovely melody that’s sure to touch the heart of its beloved. To express its love, the pangolin writes a sweet tune that’s sure to make the heart sing!”

pango in ghana making a chocolate cake
Pango in Ghana making a chocolate cake

In China, the pangolin learns to dance. By collecting colorful fans and following the rhythm of its heart, the pangolin lets its dance moves do the talking.

On its final quest, “the pangolin journeys to the Philippines to learn how to build a beautiful bouquet. This flower arrangement is sure to warm the home and the heart of its pangolove.”

google pango valenite day doodle game
Google Pango Valenite’s Day Doodle Game

Finally, Google Cloud Endpoints now generally available, is a fast, scalable API gateway, built on the same services that Google uses to power its own APIs. It features a server-local proxy (the Extensible Service Proxy).

For developers building applications and microservices on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Cloud Endpoints is the best-suited modern API gateway that helps secure and monitor their APIs through its tightly integration with GCP ecosystem, as well as with Firebase and Auth0.

“Cloud Endpoints authenticates each call to an API. It also validates service-to-service calls, helping to keep microservices more secure. It’s also tightly integration with GCP ecosystem makes it easy to run containerized workloads. The API proxy is built into Google App Engine flexible environment and can be added to any Kubernetes or Google Container Engine deployment with a couple of lines of YAML,” Google explained.

“You can create API keys via Google Cloud Console, just as Google do to Google Translation and Google Maps APIs. It logs API calls to Stackdriver Logging and displays a monitoring dashboard in the console, giving you critical status information about the health and performance of your API,” Google added.

Deployment occurs through gcloud, and the monitoring and logging is all in Cloud Console.

Go ahead, read the documentation.

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