Google Maps adds stops, gas prices

At long last Google is providing its Maps users with an update that will make traveling a little easier: now you’ll be able to add stops along the way to your destination and check the latest gas prices. Being able to enter multiple destinations en route is a highly anticipated feature among loyal Google Maps users. To access it from navigation mode, tap on a magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the screen. A menu will drop down showing several options including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and more. If what you are looking for isn’t among the

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Google Translate Now Works in Android Apps

Google Translate is now available in select apps on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Starting in October, Google Translate allows texts, chats and other content to be interpreted into 90 languages. Popular apps such as TripAdvisor, WhatsApp and LinkedIn are included in this update. “We face communication barriers every day. Switching back and forth between apps and screens to translate shouldn’t be another one,” Product Lead Barak Turovsky said in a blog post. In order to utilize this service, Marshmallow users will need to install the Translate app on their device. Once the app is up and running, users can highlight text

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Apple Perceptio Acquisition Could Make Siri Smarter Without Compromising Privacy

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence (AI) tech company Perceptio in a move that will help deliver more intelligent features to future devices. This acquisition will set iPhones apart from Google devices by limiting the amount of user information required to power smart features. Google now and other automated features offered by Google require access to a large about of personal data in order to work. Perceptio’s AI, however, lets users “run advanced artificial intelligence systems on smartphones without needing to share as much user data.” Perceptio has been developing image-recognition systems based on deep learning. Future iPhones and IPads will

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Google Wallet Redesigned as Peer-To-Peer Payment App for iOS

The new Google Wallet for iOS was recently launched with a new focus on peer-to-peer payments. The completely rebuilt app went live on Android in September, and is now also available on iOS. Android Pay was launched by Google earlier this month in an attempt to turn Google Wallet into a peer-to-peer payments service. Google Wallet allows users to send money to anyone in the U.S. using only an email address. An added bonus is the person accepting the transfer does not need to be a user of the Wallet service to receive payments. A Google Wallet Card can be

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Facebook Notifications Added to Chrome Mobile Browsing

Facebook and Google have worked together to bring push notifications to users viewing Facebook in their Chrome mobile browser. This functionality was previously reserved for Facebook’s app, but Chrome users will now have the option of being alerted when someone tags you, comments on a photo, replies to your comment, etc. Viewing the mobile version of Facebook on Android devices will allow for the same notification of events users would otherwise receive in the app version. This will prove particularly useful for those not wishing to download Facebook’s app due to bandwidth constraints. Now, users will be asked if they

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Is Google+ On Its Last Legs?

Google’s vice president of Photos and Streams, Bradley Horowitz, recently announced Google is planning to disassemble and refocus its social networking platform Google+. Despite the enormous popularity of Google, the company’s attempt to compete with Facebook and Twitter has not been as successful as hoped. Google+ has failed to gain popularity and, according to Horowitz, the company is changing the site to provide a “more focused, more useful, more engaging Google+.” Google Photos stopped requiring Google+ accounts back in March. Other services, including YouTube, are now following its lead. Without popular features like YouTube, Google+ could easily lose whatever traction

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Google Makes Booking Hotels Easier

Google is currently beta testing a feature that could allow users to instantly book a hotel room without leaving their search page. In addition to delivering results from a specific hotel, the search page will collect rates from popular sites such as Hotwire.com and Hotels.com. Users will then be able to complete a reservation, including payment, within the Google results page without being redirected to another website. This new service is being launched as part of a partnership between Google and travel tech company Sabre. The concept is to make it easier and more convenient for a user to book

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Gmail Makes “Undo Send” an Official Feature

Google is now officially adding the “Undo Send” option to the main settings of the Web version of Gmail. The Undo Send feature was first introduced to Gmail in March 2009 and has been in the Labs section of Gmail ever since. Gmail Labs is where new features are tested, which means users must manually switch on any feature they wish to use. Undo Send will now give users a period of time after clicking “Send” to change their mind. The option to reverse an email will show up on the screen for between 5 to 30 seconds. The amount

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Google Makes Privacy Settings More User Friendly

Google recently simplified its privacy settings, redesigning the “My Account” hub. In an attempt to make its over one billion users more comfortable, the company is now making it easier to understand how their personal information is being used. Users can also choose to undergo a check-up that will break down which of the company’s services are gathering information from them. To address a variety of issues regarding privacy, users can visit http://privacy.google.com. Google has admitted its previous setup confused and frustrated a lot of people. Before the recent redesign, privacy controls were spread out across Google’s website with very

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Apple Accounts for majority of Google’s Advertising Revenue

Google made $11.8 billion in mobile search revenue in 2014, 75 percent (nearly $9 billion) of which came from iOS. According to an analysis by Goldman Sachs, this total can be attributed to the deal between Google and Apple making Google the default search engine for mobile Safari. This arrangement is believed to cost Google between $1 billion and $2 billion per year. Rumors state that Apple might be considering a switch to Yahoo or Bing, or to offer its own solution. Apple is known to be working on a large-scale web search program with the social analytics firm Topsy.

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