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