Google will discontinue its emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts in December, and has already yanked it from the Google Play Store. Instead, it’s directing existing users to try similar but less helpful features in Google Maps. That’s a shame, because while Trusted Contacts could let you find a family member even if they don’t respond (say, if they are unconscious or in danger), Google Maps requires them to proactively broadcast their location to you.
The announcement was quite abrupt:
Ian Carlos Campbell Google’s email announcement
Google Maps has been able to do real time location sharing since 2017, but again, you have to opt-in to constant tracking, sharing your location with other people all the...
Google Assistant is now available on newer Samsung smart TVs in the US, the companies announced. As reported by The Verge, the AI helper will be available on Samsung 2020 smart TV models, including the 2020 8K and 4K QLED models, the 2020 Crystal UHD TVs, 2020 Frame and Serif sets, and 2020 Sero and...
On Saturday, Netflix said it would declare more than $1.3 billion in UK revenue. The news is likely to put pressure on other tech giants like Amazon and Google many of which use tax jurisdictions to their favor. Business Insider reports Netflix has about 50 productions based in the UK, including "The Crown" and "The Witcher." Variety reports Netflix is planning to double UK spending.
Tech giant Google is gradually rolling out a new feature to Google Chrome 87 that allows the user to type commands in the address bar that performs specific browser actions. According to Mashable, this new feature is called 'Chrome Actions' and allows the user to type in a command, causing an action to be displayed in the address bar search results. When the user selects that action, it will be executed in the browser. The new option can help user directly search in Google or the engine of choice and even present calculations and unit conversions even before pressing 'Enter'. Its next trick might appeal to a certain class of users who are more used to entering commands in a terminal or envision themselves giving orders to the browser through typed commands.
Google on Tuesday (local time) said that its payments application Google Pay's iOS, and Android applications along with its website version are set to lose their payment features in America. According to the Verge, applications will only work till December and will lose their features in January in America. As per a Google support document quoted by The Verge, the old apps will not be able to send or receive payments or withdraw money soon. Alternatively, a notice on the website of the payments service also said that it will also lose the feature of sending and receiving peer-to-peer payments.
Google Maps will soon roll out a new Trips tab in timeline on Android that can present customers an abstract of previous holidays and complete kilometres travelled. According to Mashable, Google Photos will quickly be receiving timeline as nicely that can enable customers to see the paths they took on a day, alongside images. The users may see and share previous journey itineraries and eating places. They will also get an option to have obtained confirmations, in their Gmail by tapping on the Trips tab on the desktop web site, google.com/journey. The Trips tab in the timeline on Google Maps will present an estimate of locations and routes the user could have been to and could have taken, primarily based in one's location in the historical past. According to Google, it is possible for a user to see an abstract of one's previous holidays, details about the locations he/she may have visited, complete kilometres travelled, and the modes of transportation you used by way of the tab. Mashable reported that one can edit the timeline at any time and select to delete the Location History as well. The timeline will be considered on Google Maps app model 9.12 and up, and the Trips tab will quickly be accessible within the app for Android customers. Google mentioned that timeline will quickly be rolling out to the Google Photos map view as nicely. This will allow the user to see the paths they took on a selected day alongside their images.
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