Group PlanningBefore we go into all that though, I want to go over my favorite of the new features: Group Planning. When you're searching for places to go to, like a hotpot restaurant, for example, you can long press each result in the new Maps app to create a shortlist. After your first long press, a badge similar to the Messenger chat heads on Android pops up on the side of your screen, with a number indicating how many items have been added to the list.Once you're done picking your candidates, you can tap the badge to bring up your list. From that page, you can share your selection with your friends, and they can upvote and downvote each option. You can also switch between a list view and maps view. The latter makes it easier to see your proximity to each location, so you can factor...
For the past 20 years, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information. Increasingly, the information it serves up is ordered around you—your browsing habits, where you go, who you talk to, what you say, and what you search for.The trend came into stark relief Tuesday at Google’s annual developer conference, where the company introduced a suite of new services that, frankly, sound awfully convenient. Take Google Lens, a visual search tool that “proactively” surfaces information about the objects around you, or Google Assistant, which thanks to its new “continued conversation” feature, doesn’t need a wake word every time.“You open the camera and you start to see [Google] Lens surface proactively all the information instantly and it even anchors that information to the thing
Federal agents executed search warrants at Adelanto City Hall and the home of Mayor Rich Kerr on Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement officials. A view of Adelanto City Hall is seen in this Google Maps image. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed agents were executing federal search warrants in the city on Tuesday, but declined to comment further because the affidavits in support of the warrants are under seal. Kerr was seen being removed from his home in handcuffs Tuesday morning, according to the Victorville Daily Press. The official, however, told The Times that Kerr had not been arrested. In a written statement, city spokesman Michael Stevens said the city was unaware of the nature of the FBI investigation but was “prepared to cooperate with any investigation being conducte
Every big tech company is an AI company these days, but none more so than Google. To underline the point ahead of its I/O developers conference, the company has rebranded its Google Research division as Google AI, reflecting the centrality of artificial intelligence to the company’s future. In a blog post announcing the news, the company said the rebrand was to “better reflect [its] commitment” to integrating AI into various services. It follows an organizational reshuffle last month which saw AI product development split up from Google’s search efforts, and veteran Googler Jeff Dean taking the helm of the new division. A newly-revamped homepage for Google AI also emphasizes more than just the company’s consumer products, highlighting recently-published research in topics like healt
Royal Inquiries is your comprehensive guide to everything you ever wanted to know about life under the crown. Not to make this all about me, but we are all truly living in one of the most important times of my life. In less than two weeks, my lifelong ginger best friend Prince Harry will marry my Californian best friend Meghan Markle. I’m so happy and excited for me! But were you aware that before Meghan came onto the scene, Prince Harry dated other women? It’s mind-blowing, I know. Luckily, as one of the world’s foremost royal experts (and the closest thing the prince has ever had to a sister) I obviously know each of Prince Harry’s mostly blonde exes quite well. Here, let me introduce you to all of them.
Chrome OS has been rapidly evolving over the past few months, mostly in regards to Linux application support. There are even more improvements in the works, from minor UI changes to a major reworking of Chrome OS' Bluetooth functionality. First, Googler François Beaufort revealed that the Chrome team is experimenting with an updated address bar. Much like on mobile, search results include thumbnails and brief descriptions. You can try it out for yourself by enabling the #omnibox-rich-entity-suggestions flag and restarting Chrome. This is only on the Dev/Canary channels for now, but it also works on all desktop platforms. Improved search results in Chrome address bar Next, XDA Developers discovered that support for Android app shortcuts is coming. This Gerrit commit reveals that ap
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Google will implement new transparency rules concerning US election ads this week. In a blog post, Google Senior Vice President Kent Walker says that anyone who wants to purchase election ads in the US will now be required to prove that they’re a US citizen or resident by providing a “a government-issued ID and other key information.” Google also says that it will begin to release a new Transparency Report that will outline who is purchasing political ads, and how much they’re spending, and will also roll out a “searchable library” for users to search through to find the identity of advertisers. The move follows updated policies from Facebook, which said earlier last month that it will require advertisers and page managers to verify their identity if they want to run ads around poli
Photo: GettyIf you want to place a political advertisement through Google’s massive advertising network during the upcoming US elections, you’re going to have to show some ID first. The search giant announced new policies Friday that will require advertisers prove they are a US citizen or permanent resident when buying election ads.Under the new guidelines, Google will ask advertisers—be they individuals, organizations, or political action committies—to prove they are who they claim to be. It will also require the ads to include a clear disclosure of who is paying for it.The change comes after Google and other social media companies revealed their advertising platforms were abused by foreign actors, including the Russian government-backed troll farm Internet Research Agency, during the