Category: Dev & Design

Here’s how to watch the Google I/O keynote

Google's biggest event of the year is about to kick off as its annual developers conference, Google I/O, gets underway in Mountain View, California. SEE ALSO: Android O, Google Assistant and augmented reality: What to expect at Google I/O The whole shebang launches Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET with a keynote from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. There's a lot of anticipation around what Pichai will announce, ranging from Android Oreo to VR and AR.  Lucky for you, even if you're not at the Shoreline Amphiteatre, there are still a few ways you can follow, starting with our live blog which will offer news about the announcements and plenty of analysis, too — let by Mashable's own Karissa Bell and Raymond Wong, who will be live on the scene. Read more...More about Google, Developers, Sundar Pichai, Google I O 2017, and Android Oreo

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The incredible ways people with disabilities customize their tech to thrive

There's something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It's as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you're talking about something silly or something serious.  The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That's because she's used to not being heard. SEE ALSO: This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known — and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what's on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and words into phrases, her thoughts are played out loud. Read more...More about Apple, Iphone, Ipad, Social Good, and Accessibility

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Fear not, these omnidirectional tires will parallel park for you

These omnidirectional tires from inventor William Liddiard can be added to any vehicle, allowing the wheels to move in all directions. It'll also help you conquer your fear of parallel parking. Read more...More about Cars, Mashable Video, Parallel, Automobile, and Auto

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Mark Zuckerberg-backed edutech startup is now a Harvard case study

Education technology startup Byju's, backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), is now a Harvard case study. It is only the fourth Indian startup to make it to the hallowed Harvard Business Publishing platform, after Flipkart (India's largest online retailer), Paytm (India's biggest mobile wallet) and GOQii (India's leading health and fitness startup). SEE ALSO: This health and fitness startup is now a Harvard case study The case titled 'Byju's – The Learning App' will outline the startup's unique usage of content, media and technology that has enabled it to create a compelling product for students.  Read more...More about Business, Startups, Education, India, and Mark Zuckerberg

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Don’t be embarrassed to bring your lunch to work with this fancy box

Fittbo is a sleek redesign of the traditional lunchbox that features a compartment tray and outer shell. Read more...More about Food, Technology, Kickstarter, Design, and Mashable Video

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Vending machine-like skyscraper concept plans to 3D print custom homes

Design student, Haseef Rafiei, has proposed an ambitious building that would 3D print, install, and recycle its own housing units. Read more...More about Home, Technology, Mashable Video, 3d, and Future

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Finally, someone invented a braille smartwatch for the blind

The Dot Watch has reinvented tactile communication, bringing modern innovation to the visually impaired. Read more...More about Gadgets, Mashable Video, Wearables, Smartwatch, and Social Good

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This technicolor typeface honors the creator of the LGBTQ pride flag

Rainbows have become synonymous with LGBTQ pride and identity around the globe, thanks to artist and activist Gilbert Baker. He created the rainbow flag in 1978, as a way to represent the vibrancy of the queer community. Baker died on March 31, but his legacy and vision of the LGBTQ community lives on through a new, creative medium — a rainbow typeface created in his name. SEE ALSO: LGBTQ community responds perfectly after being accused of stealing God's rainbow The eye-catching typeface, simply called "Gilbert," features gently rounded letters with strokes in eight different colors paying tribute to Baker's rainbow flag. Read more...More about Design, Social Good, Lgbtq, Activism, and Fonts

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This coding startup trains autistic people to take on the tech industry

People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it's all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people. A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software engineering skills.  SEE ALSO: 8 ingenious innovations helping autistic children communicate Participants in the program will attend a 15-week, full-time bootcamp to build up their tech talents. The program also includes resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and access to professional mentors. Read more...More about Social Good, Diversity, Disability, Autism, and Coding

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Marvel (quietly) at the top eight most beautifully designed libraries

A good book and a beautiful library certainly sounds like a match made in heaven to us. You can dream on, with these eight libraries recognised in the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Just dream quietly please. SEE ALSO: 20 stunning editions of classic books you'll want to add to your library Awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), the program encourages and recognises excellence in the architectural design of libraries.  Projects can be located anywhere around the world, but only those designed by an architect licensed in the U.S. can be submitted in the competition.  Read more...More about Watercooler, Architecture, Buildings, Building, and Awards

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