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Google Assistant can now find your iPhone

Google Assistant can now find your iPhone

Google has just announced four "new" features for the Google Assistant, including some new Routine functionality, the ability to pay for takeout orders via a little Duplex magic, and a feature for lost iPhones. As usual, some of these are new-new, others are things Google's been silently testing for a while and which many of our readers may have already been using for some time.

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RIP LG: South Korean giant officially exits the smartphone market

RIP LG: South Korean giant officially exits the smartphone market

After months of rumors, LG has made it official: it will exit the smartphone business on July 31.

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Google's Screenwise Meter app and its rewards program are now dead

Google's Screenwise Meter app and its rewards program are now dead

Google has wrapped up its Audience Measurement program, one that operated in a similar way to how a ratings company like Nielsen tracks media consumption. Participants who were incentivized to use the Screenwise Meter app to record their web browsing habits are being told to offload the software and claim their rewards within the next month.

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Google killing off free voice calls from smart speakers and displays in the UK

Google killing off free voice calls from smart speakers and displays in the UK

One little-known but neat piece of infrastructure Google provides for its Assistant speakers and displays is the ability to make free calls to most any U.S. and Canadian, or U.K. number. But Britons won't be able to take advantage of that feature for much longer.

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Google got rid of its obnoxious App Preview Messages

Google got rid of its obnoxious App Preview Messages

There may be effective ways to convince people to use an app, but it seems that Google's App Preview Messages were not one of them. The program, which notified Android users when someone is trying to communicate with an app they haven't installed, is officially deprecated, having never left its early access stage in the 4 years it has existed.

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Android 11 can automatically enable dark theme at certain times or sunset

Android 11 can automatically enable dark theme at certain times or sunset

The first developer preview of Android 11 is finally out, and now that there are OTA images we can flash to devices, we're starting to discover more features than what Google mentioned in the official announcement. One of those hidden features is a scheduled mode for dark theme, something that was strangely missing from last year's Android 10 release.

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[Update: Google+ is dead] Google+ dies today, by the hand of Google's apathy

[Update: Google+ is dead] Google+ dies today, by the hand of Google's apathy

After nearly 8 years in service, Google has called time on its social network effort, Google+. By now, any user that might have had some worthwhile memories on the platform should have downloaded their data — yesterday was the last day to do so. But from the last day to the first, the site was mired with challenges through and through.

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Inbox is about to die, and Google still hasn't brought its best feature to Gmail

Inbox is about to die, and Google still hasn't brought its best feature to Gmail

As some of us are painfully aware, Inbox is set to die next Tuesday, April 2nd. Google has been pushing Inbox users back to Gmail since the original announcement last September. Initially, that transition was eased with promises that Gmail would eventually inherit Inbox's bundling, the email client's most useful feature. Six months later, a mere week before Inbox's euthanasia, Gmail still doesn't have bundles.

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Google To Lay Reader To Rest This Summer As Part Of A 'Second Spring Of Cleaning'

Google To Lay Reader To Rest This Summer As Part Of A 'Second Spring Of Cleaning'

"We're living in a new kind of computing environment," says Urs Hölzle, SVP Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow in a new post to Google's official blog. The search giant has resolved to make a second sweep at spring cleaning that began two years ago. After this round of cleaning is complete, the total number of features and services Google will have closed will number 70.

In the post, Google announces the closure or deprecation of eight features and services, but buried four items deep is the one that will probably affect the most users: Google Reader.

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[New App] Planning An Outdoor Photo Session? The Photographer's Ephemeris Can Tell You Sun And Moon Direction, Timing, And Temperature

[New App] Planning An Outdoor Photo Session? The Photographer's Ephemeris Can Tell You Sun And Moon Direction, Timing, And Temperature

First launched as a desktop app in 2009, Crookneck Consulting LLC's The Photographer's Ephemeris, is finally available for Android.

TPE allows photographers to plan outdoor sessions with an impressive level of detail and accuracy, providing information related to sun and moon rise and setting, color temperature, and interactive maps that will show you the trajectory of relevant celestial bodies, allowing you to plan your shoot around the best possible lighting situation.

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If you're a fan of the desktop software, or just want an awesome tool to help you squeeze as much optimal lighting as possible out of your photo sessions as we approach the end of daylight savings time, The Photographer's Ephemeris is definitely worth looking in to.

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