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A Year in Search: The Moments that Defined 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Every year, we reflect on the moments that made us smile from ear to ear, or kept us gripped to our screens, in our annual
Year in Search
. It was a year in which we were affected by the death of a beloved comedian, and watched world news unfold about an horrific plane crash and a terrifying disease. We were captivated by amazing goals, and had our fun with digital birds, a bucket of ice, and a goat simulator.
to rediscover the events, people and topics that defined 2014:
All the world’s a stage
Nothing brings people together like sports, and 2014 had one of the biggest athletic events in recent memory. The
in Brazil had its fair share of unforgettable moments and had people glued to their TVs and mobile devices all summer. From Luis Suarez’s bite heard around the world, to Tim Howard's superman performance vs. Belgium, to Germany’s incredible run to their fourth title, the competition certainly lived up to its reputation and topped the charts. In other sports news, Kiwis were proud of New Zealand’s 45 medals in this year’s
-- though many people had to ask Google ask “
Where is Glasgow
“You're only given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it.” The passing of beloved comedian and actor
shook the world, bringing many people online to search for more information and to remember—and putting Williams in the #2 spot on our New Zealand trends charts. There was also an uptick in searches related to depression and mental health in the days following his death. People revisited his iconic roles in movies like
Dead Poets Society
and found solace in
that captured Williams’ spirit.
Into the unknown
How could a plane vanish? In the wake of the disappearance of
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
, that question propelled the mystery to the global trends charts. As the investigation continued on the ground and online, people stayed hopeful for a happy ending despite the dim odds; searches for “mh370 found” outnumbered searches for “mh370 lost.”
Closer to home, we remembered and reflected on the life of
. We also searched for more information about the global
crisis, Hunger Games star
, and the emergence of the wildly successful (or annoying?) mobile game
. For the tech savvy, the
was a popular gadget this year, and the rebranding of Telecom New Zealand to
looks to have paid off.
Here’s the full list of our top 10 trending searches in New Zealand:
1. FIFA World Cup
2. Robin Williams
3. Commonwealth Games
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. iPhone 6
6. Jennifer Lawrence
7. Charlotte Dawson
8. Flappy Bird
You can find more on these top searches and more at
In other news...
Kiwis were captivated by important global events ranging from
, while also being distracted by news of a good-looking young man called
Alex From Target
. We looked to the stars to tune in to the
and focused our attentions back closer to home to monitor the development of
To better understand our world, we asked questions like
What is ALS
Where is Sochi
and wanted to learn
how to draw
how to dream
!). We also quickly searched for new digital lingo like
to get up to speed (just in case our friends asked us about these new crazes)...
Explore the stories from the year, one chapter at a time
Year in Search
site you can take an in-depth look at the stories that made 2014 unforgettable. From the rise of the selfie, to understanding if we search for “how” more than “why,” each chapter shares a glimpse into the people and events that drove this year forward.
We've also made it easier to find the trending topics of the year directly from Google Search. For the first time, a simple search for [google 2014] will give you a peek at what made the top trending lists from around the world. And you can follow more insights from the year with #YearInSearch. So take a moment to appreciate what this year had to offer. It’ll be 2015 before you know it.
1. FIFA World Cup
2. Robin Williams
3. Commonwealth Games
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. iPhone 6
6. Jennifer Lawrence
7. Charlotte Dawson
8. Flappy Bird
How to… (Most Searched)
What is… ? (Most Searched)
News items of 2014 (Trending)
1. Malaysian Airlines Crash
2. Cyclone Lusi
3. Scottish Independence
4. Alex From Target
5. Ukraine News
6. Robin Williams Death
7. Ebola Outbreak
8. Wellington Earthquake
9. Cyclone Ita
10. Lunar Eclipse
2. Aaron Smith
3. Rachel Smalley
4. Lisa Lewis
5. Mark Hunt
6. Joseph Parker
7. Benji Marshall
8. Chris Cairns
9. Mona Dotcom
10. Stephen Donald
Global People (Trending)
1. Jennifer Lawrence
3. Schapelle Corby
4. Iggy Azalea
5. Renee Zellweger
6. Todd Carney
7. Margot Robbie
8. Oscar Pistorius
9. Ellen Page
10. Rolf Harris
Recipes (Most Searched)
1. Pancake Recipe
2. Banana Cake Recipe
3. Chicken Recipes
4. Cupcake Recipe
5. Mince Recipes
6. Chocolate Cake Recipe
7. Lasagna Recipe
8. Brownie Recipe
9. Slow Cooker Recipes
10. Cheesecake Recipes
Where is… ? (Most Searched)
Digital / Internet Lingo (Trending)
2. Goat Simulator
What was hot in 2014?
The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2014 as compared to 2013.
What topped Google’s charts?
The "most searched" queries are the most popular terms for 2014—ranked in order by volume of searches.
Posted by Annie Baxter, Head of Communications, Google Australia and New Zealand
‘tis the season for casting
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Lorde’s latest hit
or your favourite
Lord of the Rings film
, Kiwi entertainment lovers can now use a
to bring their favourite content from a phone, tablet or laptop to the biggest screen in the home — the TV. A streaming media device that plugs into any HDTV in your house,
makes it easy to watch
holiday flicks with the kids
latest in the Batman series
on the big screen.
Fast and easy to setup, Chromecast tucks neatly away behind your TV and works with Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Chrome OS devices. It taps into the same experience of using apps and browsing the web that you’re familiar with on your smartphone, tablet, and laptop, so there’s nothing new to learn. You can cast from your Chrome browser, phone or tablet by simply opening a supported app or the browser and pressing the cast icon.
With Chromecast, your phone, tablet or laptop acts like a remote, but unlike other streaming solutions, you can still multitask. This means you can continue to laugh at
Mutant Giant Spider Dog
on the TV and send an email to your friends to tell them how great it is at the same time.
Chromecast in New Zealand supports YouTube, Google Play Music and Google Play Movies as well as apps from local partners
Quickflix and Pandora
. With the the
open software development kit (SDK)
, any developer can integrate their app or website with Cast to make their content available and we’re looking forward to seeing the range of great TV shows, movies, music and more from local content creators which will soon be available for Kiwi audiences.
pick up a Chromecast
Google Play Store
and in JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smiths, The Warehouse or Noel Leeming.
Posted by Mickey Kim, Head of Asia Pacific Chromecast Partnerships
#YouTubeRewind 2014: Celebrating what you created, watched and shared in New Zealand
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
2014 was chock full of YouTube moments that got everybody talking. We were pranked by a
in Poland, learned about
airline safety in paradise
, and watched total strangers share a
, and yes, we sang along to “
Let It Go
” roughly a bajillion times.
Here are the top trending videos for 2014 in New Zealand, based on views, shares, comments, likes and more. This year, the list represents the amazing variety of creativity brought to YouTube each day, including social commentaries, pranks, advertisements, and thrilling moments from traditional media and big names on YouTube. Collectively these 10 videos have hundreds of millions of views and more than 16 million cumulative subscribers who regularly return to check out their latest vids.
FROZEN - Let It Go Sing-along | Official Disney HD
Bars & Melody - Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act | Britain's Got Talent 2014
Wheels On The Bus | Plus Lots More Nursery Rhymes | 54 Minutes Compilation from LittleBabyBum!
Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega)
Safety in Paradise #airnzsafetyvideo
Giant Princess Egg Kinder Surprise Disney Frozen 3D Olaf Elsa Anna Giant Minnie Mickey Play Doh Eggs
BEST CLASSROOM APRIL FOOLS PRANK EVER
Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone
When it comes to music in New Zealand this year, it was all about the bass. 2014 was a year of powerful female artists, as you can see from our list of top music videos where women artists took seven of the top 10 spots. The top 10 music videos were collectively played billions of times.
Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J
Chris Brown - Loyal (Explicit) ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga
Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)
Ariana Grande - Problem ft. Iggy Azalea
Jason Derulo - "Wiggle" feat. Snoop Dogg (Official HD Music Video)
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Check out our
YouTube Rewind channel
for more top videos of the year from around the world, and our main YouTube channel to see a mashup of the top branded videos of the year and a list of the top ads YouTube for the year. Be sure to visit
and check back at our blog next week for Google's annual look at the people, places and events that captured the world's attention.
Posted by Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team
Gig success for Dunedin!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Dunedin was today announced as the winner of Chorus’
competition, edging out 49 other towns for the chance to become the first in New Zealand to get access to gigabit speed fibre internet. This means that in addition to having the world's steepest residential street, Dunedin will also have New Zealand’s fastest internet: ten times the speed of the fastest fibre broadband currently available.
The competition showed just how popular fast internet is among Kiwis. In fact, if the 132,780 people who signed up to support Gigatown all lived in one place, it would be New Zealand’s 4th largest city, bigger than Hamilton.
Faster internet delivers benefits well beyond better surfing, smoother video and less buffering. It helps make education more fun, interactive and engaging. Students can look forward to taking online classes, connecting with students across the globe or tuning in live to lectures.
Faster internet is also set to become a driving force behind the medical and healthcare applications of the future. Being able to see a doctor remotely, for example, can reduce the need for hospital visits for children with serious health conditions, the elderly and patients with mobility challenges.
And it’s great for small business in New Zealand, helping them create virtual shopfronts to deliver Kiwi products to customers locally - and to export to the world.
It’s great to see people around the country making the most the net. For the lucky residents of Dunedin in particular, it looks like the benefits of faster internet and being connected are set to deliver. Giga time.
Posted by Ross Young, Public Policy Manager, New Zealand
Walk in the footsteps of heroes in “A Journey Through Middle-earth”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In time for the epic conclusion to the Hobbit trilogy we’ve updated the Chrome Experiment, “A Journey Through Middle-earth.” Whether you’re a hobbit, wizard or dwarf (oh yeah, humans too) you can now relive all of the epic Middle-earth adventures, from Frodo’s journey to Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to Bilbo’s final battle in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in theaters December 17th. This year's Chrome Experiment was developed by North Kingdom in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).
on a beautiful, interactive map of Middle-earth where you can explore all 27 locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies. This year’s map is rich with 3D animations highlighting the paths of eight key characters, including Bilbo, Gandalf and Bard.
Completely new for this year’s version is a
peer-to-peer battle game
where you can challenge your friends to a test of skill. The peer-to-peer gameplay experience was built primarily using the latest web technologies, including WebRTC and
. It’s touch optimized for laptops, phones and tablets, bringing you a stunning interactive experience across all your devices.
Just go to
on your laptop, phone or tablet to check out the latest
A Journey through Middle-earth
And for those of you who are more interested in geeking out about web development than exploring Middle-earth, check out our
technical case study
Posted by Ian Ellison-Taylor, Chrome Product Manager and human defender of Minas Tirith
Google Play Gift Cards now available in New Zealand
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Amazing Spider-man 2
all have in common?
Kiwis can now use Google Play gift cards to purchase all of them and much more entertainment.
You can find NZD $20, $30, $50 Google Play gift cards at JB HiFi, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, and Countdown stores. They will make great birthday or Christmas gifts to let the ones you love purchase their favourite songs, movies, books, apps, games, and magazines as well as in-app goods.
You find stores to buy cards
and can redeem gift cards cards
Posted by Shane Treeves, Consumer Communications, Google New Zealand
A quick byte to eat: Kiwi caterers deliver on time with Google Maps Coordinate
Friday, October 10, 2014
Cross-posted from the
Google for Work blog
. Today’s guest blogger is James Stuart, Office Manager for
Blue Carrot Catering
, a catering company in Wellington, New Zealand.
One of the key ingredients to a successful event is that your food and drink are served on time (nothing fizzles out a cocktail party like an empty glass!). At Blue Carrot Catering, our job is to not only make mouth-watering food for all occasions, but to make sure that it gets to people where and when they need it. We’re one of the biggest corporate catering companies in Wellington, making 60 deliveries each day to everything from weddings and birthday parties (and occasionally serving canapes at the zoo). Getting all these tasty treats laid out on trestle tables and perched on cake stands around the city not takes both a team expert chefs and a team of
Until recently though, we relied on a manual, time-consuming and inefficient means of getting food delivered to the right place at the right time. We used to give each of our drivers a piece of paper at the beginning of the day with a schedule and list of drop-off locations. This became quite a hassle if anything changed along the way. If a client’s address was different to the one listed, the delivery time or order changed, or the driver got stuck in traffic, we’d have to jump on the blower and let the customer or driver know what was going on. It was inefficient, to say the least, and made it hard to give customers exact arrival times for their food.
To help us get a more accurate picture of where drivers are and make it easier to update information about deliveries on the fly, we started using
Google Maps Coordinate
. Maps Coordinate helps us manage our drivers and the way we schedule deliveries by plotting drivers on a map and making it easy to update jobs and see driver locations in real time.
Now, instead of having a piece of paper with a list of the day’s deliveries, drivers have everything they need on their handset — from the route for their deliveries plotted out on a map, to a list of the day’s jobs. If a delivery address changes we can update drivers automatically, and if a customer calls to see where their delivery is, we can jump online and see exactly where it is and let them know if the driver is two blocks down the road, or two kilometres away stuck in a traffic jam. Maps Coordinate also integrates with our email and calendar system, Google Apps so we can plan and manage things like menus and rosters in a more integrated way.
At Blue Carrot we pride ourselves on attention to detail and this includes being able to offer punctual and reliable deliveries. Since making the move to Maps Coordinate over a year ago we’ve not only been able to give our customers more accurate estimations of our delivery times, but we’ve been able to track the status of all our orders and benchmark our delivery times so our overall service is now better.
Posted by James Stuart, Office Manager, Blue Carrot Catering
New Zealand votes: A YouTube channel for the best of election video
Monday, September 8, 2014
Each election, more and more New Zealanders use the web to search for news and information about the big political issues, parties and leaders. This year, to make it easier to find political information from across the web, we’ve launched a dedicated YouTube channel which brings together video content from official party channels, all in one place.
Video will be updated daily as the campaign continues to progress. Check it out now at
We’ve also had a look at what voters around the country are searching for on Google. We compared searches for key issues, and the results revealed that:
Health was by far the most searched-for issue since the beginning of 2014
Transport and education came second and third, followed by employment
Dunedin had the highest search interest in health
Invercargill had the highest interest in the environment
Auckland had the highest interest in child poverty
Posted by Ross Young, New Zealand Public Policy Manager
Introducing Google for Work (the artist formerly known as Enterprise)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Cross-posted from the
Google for Work blog
Work is where you spend a lot of your time. So we’ve always believed that it should be meaningful—not a daily grind, done in isolation on an old desktop in a sea of cubicles. Even more, we believe that technology should make work better. It should make it easy not just to get things done, but to get things done with people who inspire you, at the times and in the places where you work best, and in a way that lets you make an impact, no matter what your job is, or what industry you’re in.
Ten years ago, we started bringing Google’s consumer technology—along with the features, controls and services businesses need—to work. We first brought search and then Gmail to businesses. Today we also offer the scale and reliability of Google’s infrastructure to developers with Google Maps and Google Cloud Platform, and have extended into hardware with Android and Chromebooks. Along the way we’ve invested in what matters to our customers and partners—security, transparency, compliance and customer support. And our team, the breadth of our offerings, and our commitment to business customers have all increased substantially.
Work today is very different from 10 years ago. Cloud computing, once a new idea, is abundantly available, and collaboration is possible across offices, cities, countries and continents. Ideas can go from prototype to development to launch in a matter of days. Working from a computer, tablet or phone is no longer just a trend—it’s a reality. And millions of companies, large and small, have turned to Google’s products to help them launch, build and transform their businesses, and help their employees work the way they live. In other words, work is already better than it used to be.
But technology for the workplace isn't just about a better way of doing business. It's about empowering anyone, whether they're a developer with an idea in their basement or a baker with a better cupcake or a company with thousands of employees, to have an impact. We never set out to create a traditional “enterprise” business—we wanted to create a new way of doing work. So the time has come for our name to catch up with our ambition. As of today, what was called Google Enterprise is now, simply, Google for Work. When we use the tools that make our lives easier—Google Apps, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, Cloud Platform and more—work gets better. And that’s what we’re working on—
the best of Google, now for work
Posted by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman
Google for Nonprofits launches in New Zealand
Thursday, August 28, 2014
For most Kiwi charities, the web is becoming a vital platform for improving visibility, raising awareness, and connecting with donors and volunteers. The big challenge, though, is how to make the most of this technology when there are so many competing demands for funding and resources.
That’s why we’re so pleased to be making
Google for Nonprofits
available here in New Zealand, in partnership with
Tech Soup NZ
. As we announced last night in Auckland at an event at the
Mental Health Foundation
, eligible community and voluntary organisations in NZ will now have free access to online marketing and technology from Google worth more than $120,000 each a year.
What’s in the package? Eligible charities will receive:
Up to USD $10,000 of Google AdWords each month, so they can get their site in front of people who are searching for services like theirs.
Free use of Google Apps, so they can run their email and important documents in the cloud and work collaboratively on documents while dramatically reducing IT costs
Google Earth Outreach, a free license for the pro version of Google Earth so they can visualize their data in map version online
YouTube for Nonprofits, so they can make great campaigns that catch the eye of donors and supporters
We want Kiwi charities to be as connected and collaborative as possible, so they can continue to do their great work changing the world. With Google for Nonprofits, they can have the same web tools as much larger, better resourced organisations, so they can do their great work more easily.
Posted by Ross Young, Public Policy Manager, Google New Zealand
Meet our winning Web Rangers
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Three months ago, NetSafe and Google invited Kiwi teenagers to become New Zealand’s first ever Web Rangers. Since then, we’ve held workshops in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, where teens learned about safer and smarter Internet use, and how to spread the word creatively on the Internet.
We received close to 50 campaign submissions from across the country — all of them involving lots of effort and many amazing ideas. We’re inspired by the way teens manage their lives online, and how they’re sharing these messages with their friends and communities.
We’re now pleased to announce our winners from each city, including runners-up. They’ve won some fantastic prizes, including a trip to Sydney to present their campaigns to the team at Google ANZ HQ.
Auckland: Hayley Smith’s Social Experiment - Queen St, Auckland (Anonymous Voice):
Hayley came up with the idea of setting up a “social experiment” to illustrate how people might react to having hurtful comments yelled at them on a busy Auckland street. In just two weeks, the video gained over 70,000 views on YouTube. Hayley is a student of Auckland’s Te Kura.
Christchurch: Tip Varnakomala’s Compliment generator and website - Project Positive:
Wellington: Angus Slade’s Animation and song - If Life Was Like The Web.
Reflecting on his personal experience with bullying in the classroom, Angus decided to enter the Web Rangers campaign in a bid to reach out to other victims. Not a fan of “serious” messages, Angus spent more than 100 hours drawing, learning animation and producing a humourous song. Angus is home-schooled.
We’re incredibly proud of all the campaigns everyone submitted and recognise the hard work that went into each one. Creating a safer web for teens is important and we look forward to seeing the impact of your campaigns within your communities.
Akanesi Wake from Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland:
Bullying Free Cyberland -
spoken word poetry
Justin Myburgh from Te Kura Pounamu in Wellington:
campaign website and posters
Abby Withington from Christchurch’s Dunstan High School:
Do the Dare -
Maggy Liu from Auckland’s Rangitoto College:
Define Words Not People -
SAT vocabulary with cyberbullying take
Hayley van Waas from Wellington’s Palmerston North Girls’ High School:
Making a World of a Difference -
Nikki Wheeler from Christchurch’s Dunstan High School:
Don’t Spread It - Stopping rumours from spreading with a
To find more about Web Rangers NZ and the winning campaigns, visit
and you can keep up to date with all the campaigns (or if you’re interested in becoming a Web Ranger yourself) over on our
Posted by Sean Lyons, Chief Technology Officer, NetSafe
Unlimit your business with Google Drive for Work
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Cross-posted from the
Google Enterprise Blog
The workplace is full of files that capture your best ideas or your team’s most productive collaborations. But those files aren’t useful if you’re unable to access or share them effectively. That’s why, just two years ago, we introduced Google Drive. Today more than 190 million people actively use it at home, school and work. Drive keeps all your work safe, and makes it available everywhere and easy to share. Companies around the world like Crate & Barrel, Seagate, Tory Burch, HP and Jaguar Land Rover rely on Drive to work faster and collaborate better with their coworkers and customers.
But we’ve also heard from businesses that they want more control and security, visibility into how files are shared, and a product that will grow with them. So we’ve been working to make Drive even better for business, and today at
Google Drive for Work
— a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month.
More control, more visibility
Google Drive for Work combines the familiar storage, sync and share experience of Google Drive with new admin controls, advanced file audit reporting and eDiscovery services. New fine-grained controls let admins customize the Drive experience, such as which employees can install the desktop sync client. With the new audit view you can see activity like moving, deleting or sharing a file within or outside the company, and an audit API will also be available for developers.
Google Apps Vault
, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, is also included with Drive for Work, expanding to cover all content stored in Drive, including Docs, Sheets and Slides, as well as any other file type.
More than enough space for all your work
Every year companies create more data than the last, adding megabytes, gigabytes and terabytes. Well, today, we’re taking bytes out of the conversation. For $10/user/month, businesses get unlimited storage for all their employees and can store files up to 5 TB in size (To put that in perspective, no desktop or laptop on the market today even has a hard drive big enough to capture and store a file that size).
As of today, all files uploaded to Google Drive will be encrypted, not only from your device to Google and in transit between Google data centers, but also at rest on Google servers.
Some of the most common file types stored in Drive are Microsoft Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® files. We’ve now built the power of
into Docs, Sheets and Slides, so you can open and edit those documents in their native format using
Office Compatibility Mode
today, and coming soon to iOS. No need to buy additional software or decide how to open your file. Editing Office files is just a click or tap away from Drive on your computer, tablet or phone.
Ready for your business, available today
Google Drive for Work includes the benefits and guarantees of Google Apps for Business, like 24x7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. You also get access to all of Google’s productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Hangouts, so you collaborate in even more ways. Drive for Work also offers enterprise-grade security and compliance, including a SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification, adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, and can support industry-specific requirements like HIPAA.
Drive for Work is available globally, today. If you’re a current Apps customer you can upgrade from the Admin console to get new features like unlimited storage. If you’re new to using Google at work you can
about Google Drive for Work on the web, or
for more information.
Posted by: Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management, Google Drive
What video quality do you watch your YouTube in?
Friday, June 13, 2014
how to do the perfect smokey eye
can be difficult if the YouTube makeup tutorial you’re watching keeps buffering or going fuzzy, which is why we’re always working to make videos play in the best quality possible. If you’re regularly seeing a buffering wheel when you play YouTube videos, it’s important to know why.
Starting today, Kiwis can use the
Google Video Quality Report
to better understand the video quality available from their Internet service providers.
You can also see the video quality other ISPs in your area are delivering, based on these levels:
HD Verified: Users on YouTube HD Verified networks should expect smooth playback most of the time when watching high-definition YouTube videos (720p and above).
Standard Definition: Users on networks rated as Standard Definition should expect smooth playback on standard-definition YouTube videos (360p) and may experience occasional interruptions on high-definition YouTube videos (720p and above).
Lower Definition: Users on networks rated as Lower Definition may experience fuzzy picture quality and frequent interruptions while playing YouTube videos at 360p and above.
If you’re keen to learn more about how we came up with these classifications, read more
, and learn how videos get from us to you with
You can also help make sure you're getting the best video quality possible with these seven simple steps:
We hope to keep finding better ways to bring you the best video experience possible, and part of that is helping you understand the way YouTube videos play when you watch it today. If the YouTube videos you watch are constantly lagging, we want to help you better understand why.
Posted by Jay Akkad, Product Manager, YouTube
More Chromebooks for Kiwis
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
For the last two years, the kids at
Pt England school
in Auckland have been using Chromebooks to learn in a more collaborative way. Easy to use, fast and very secure, Chromebooks have proved a hit in the classroom and have even helped improve learning outcomes. Now with today’s official launch of Chromebooks in New Zealand everyone can get their hands on one.
the latest antics from Jamie
on YouTube at home, to
listening to Lorde
on the go, today we’re all spending more time online. In this increasingly connected world, computing should be fast, secure and hassle-free, so you can access your stuff and get things done from wherever you are. Chromebooks are
designed for this world, and since launching a few years back
have become the go-to laptop for many people around the world.
Kiwis will have a range of Chromebooks to choose from — the Acer C720, the Acer C720P, the Toshiba Chromebook 13, the HP Chromebook or the HP Chromebook 14. All the Chromebooks are light and portable with a battery that will last the whole day. They also feature Intel’s 4th generation Celeron processor which means they’re nice and zippy. The HP Chromebook 11 comes in variety of colours too, so you can pick one that matches your wardrobe.
If you’ve been looking for a computer that makes it easier to get stuff done, pick up a Chromebook from Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leeming in store or online.
Posted by Annie Baxter, Head of Communications, Google New Zealand
Kiwis can now have better meetings with Chromebox for meetings
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The best meetings are face-to-face—you can brainstorm openly, collaborate closely and make faster decisions. But these days, we often connect with each other from far-flung locations, coordinating time zones and dialing into
awkward conference calls
from our phones.
Meetings need to catch up with the way we work—they need to be face-to-face, easier to join, and available from anywhere and any device. Starting today, they can be. Any New Zealand business can upgrade the way they do meetings with the new
Chromebox for meetings.
Chromebox for meetings brings together Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage Chromebox, making it easy for any company to meet face-to-face and get things done. Here are a few highlights:
Instant meeting room
. Chromebox for meetings comes with a Chromebox, a high-definition camera, a combined microphone and speaker unit and a remote control. You can set up your entire room in minutes and easily manage all meeting rooms from a web-based management console. All you need is the display in your room, and you’re good to go.
Simpler and faster meetings
. Walk into the room, click the remote once and you’re instantly in the meeting. No more complex dial-in codes, passcodes or leader PINs. Share your laptop screen wirelessly, no need for any cords and adaptors. Integration with Google Apps makes it easy to invite others and add rooms to video meetings, directly from Google Calendar.
Meetings with anyone, anywhere
. Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting from other conference rooms, their laptops, tablets or smartphones. Need to meet with a customer who doesn’t use Chromebox for meetings? That’s easy too—all they need is a Gmail account. You can also connect to rooms that have traditional video conferencing systems using a new tool from
, and participants who prefer phones can join your meeting with a conference call number from
Chromebox for meetings
is available for $1,700 which includes the ASUS Chromebox and everything you need to get going. That means for the same price that companies have typically paid for one meeting room, they'll be able to outfit 10 rooms—or more. SYNNEX and Fronde will help bring Chromebox for meetings to customers and resellers in New Zealand and help you and your coworkers see eye-to-eye. Happy meetings, everyone!
Posted by Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management
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