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Celebrating companies giving again this Ramadan

In the heart of Istanbul, where I was born and raised, is the Hagia Sophia, a breathtakingly beautiful monument with a storied history. Over the centuries it has been a cathedral, a mosque, and a museum. When you stand inside, you see Arabic calligraphy alongside Christian relics. From afar you see its minarets surrounding a Byzantine church. While each visitor identifies in her own way with the Hagia Sophia, it gives everyone a sense of wonder.

For me, the month of Ramadan is similar. It’s a month when Muslims take time to reflect on their own paths of personal and spiritual growth. While this experience is unique to each individual, the act of giving back to one’s community is shared by Muslims the world over. In Turkey there is an expression: “We are created equally, but our lots in life are given differently.” During Ramadan, Muslims from all walks of life help those in their own communities who are less fortunate.

In this spirit, I want to share the story of Russell Khan, the co-founder of Honest Chops, an organic butcher shop in New York. Honest Chops, like countless other Muslim-owned businesses this Ramadan, is giving back to its community by donating 10,000 pounds of meat to local nonprofits. Particularly heartwarming for me is that Google’s free online business listing—which allowed Honest Chops to be found on Search and Maps—helped Russell grow his business and his impact.

I’m proud that Google played a role in helping Russell grow his business. Digital skills—social media, building a website or putting a business on the map—empower people to bring their

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Little Snitch: What WordPress Theme is That?

Going through the WordPress theme index is nice and all, but most of the time, we end up finding the fascinating themes out in the wild. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell which setup is hidden behind the attractive appearance. A simple web app changes that.

What WordPress Theme is That?

Using the slim snooper called “What WordPress Theme is That?”, you can figure out which theme is responsible for the layout of any website you like. On top of that, the tool also checks which plugins are being used. This way, you don’t only know the visual cornerstone, as you also get to look how the respective website provides its functionality.

The Application Doesn’t Raise Any Questions. (Screenshot: Noupe)

However, the tool is not perfect. Heavily modified designs can not be assigned to a theme anymore, resulting in no information being displayed in these cases. The determination of the used plugins is not flawless either. Whether the app finds it or not depends on the method and aim of the plugin. Thus, you shouldn’t rely on the list. The chances are high that there are more add-ons working in the background than you get to see.

Using the web app is as simple as using Google. Just copy or enter the URL of the website you want to check into the centered input field, and click the magnifier icon, or confirm your entry via enter or return.

The List of Ingredients of One of My Blogs. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Subsequently, you’ll receive an overview of the data that the web app was able to draw from the website. For my private blog, it found quite

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50 Seamless Illustrator Brushes for Premium Members

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Access All Areas members have a huge collection of seamless brushes for Adobe Illustrator to download this week, courtesy of Tatiana Lapina from Creative Veila. These Romantic Dreams brushes are perfect for designing wedding invitations and celebration cards, composing love-themed illustrations, decorating typography compositions, creating printable and apparel designs, promo banners and so much more!

Tatiana Lapina is a freelance graphic designer and enthusiastic photographer with a passion for creating unique things. She offers interesting and unique resources in her Creative Veila store, including lots of brilliantly illustrated vector graphics packs, mockup templates and scene creators.

Find out more about Creative Veila

50 Seamless Brushes for Premium Members

Each brush can be applied to any vector shape with one click in Adobe Illustrator. Since they’re vector graphics, the brushes can also be adjusted with ease by altering the stroke sizing. Choose from a range of seamlessly repeating patterns, including heart shapes, elegant florals and quaint illustrations. Compatible with Adobe Illustrator CC.

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Celebrating companies giving again this Ramadan

In the heart of Istanbul, where I was born and raised, is the Hagia Sophia, a breathtakingly beautiful monument with a storied history. Over the centuries it has been a cathedral, a mosque, and a museum. When you stand inside, you see Arabic calligraphy alongside Christian relics. From afar you see its minarets surrounding a Byzantine church. While each visitor identifies in her own way with the Hagia Sophia, it gives everyone a sense of wonder.

For me, the month of Ramadan is similar. It’s a month when Muslims take time to reflect on their own paths of personal and spiritual growth. While this experience is unique to each individual, the act of giving back to one’s community is shared by Muslims the world over. In Turkey there is an expression: “We are created equally, but our lots in life are given differently.” During Ramadan, Muslims from all walks of life help those in their own communities who are less fortunate.

In this spirit, I want to share the story of Russell Khan, the co-founder of Honest Chops, an organic butcher shop in New York. Honest Chops, like countless other Muslim-owned businesses this Ramadan, is giving back to its community by donating 10,000 pounds of meat to local nonprofits. Particularly heartwarming for me is that Google’s free online business listing—which allowed Honest Chops to be found on Search and Maps—helped Russell grow his business and his impact.

I’m proud that Google played a role in helping Russell grow his business. Digital skills—social media, building a website or putting a business on the map—empower people to bring their

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The world as you see it with VR180

Introducing VR180 GIF

Virtual reality helps creators bring their audiences to new, amazing, and even impossible-to-visit places. As a viewer, you get a whole new angle on shows, sports, and concerts you care about. You can walk around the Eiffel Tower, dive to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, or get a new perspective by meeting people face-to-face in a way that isn’t possible with a flat view of the world.

We know that virtual reality videos can be really powerful, which is why we have invested in supporting 360 and VR formats for over two years. And today, VR video is the most popular way to experience VR. But, we’ve heard from creators and viewers who want to make and see even more immersive videos on YouTube. So, we’ve been working with Google’s Daydream team on a brand new video format, called VR180, that we believe will make VR content even easier to create.

VR180 videos focus on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time.

For creators, you’ll be able to set up and film your videos the way you normally would with any other camera. And, soon, you’ll be able to edit using familiar tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos – your videos will work great in VR.

But supporting the format is just the beginning. We want to make cameras that are easy to work

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