+ Thursday August 22nd, 2019

Apps, Games & Google Services

A navigation-optimised version of Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps for Android

Google is rolling out improvements to Google Assistant within Google Maps to make it more tuned to the navigation experience. With a lower visual profile to help users focus on driving, Assistant will be optimised for navigation, and take up less space to minimise distraction for drivers. Simply say “OK …

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Google executive scotches rumours of Hangouts 2020 demise, instead users will move to Hangouts Chat and Meet

After yesterday’s rumours that Google would shutter Hangouts for consumers in 2020, it appears that Google has a product manager for Hangouts, and also, that reports of its demise may be premature. Yesterday we reported that Hangouts would be closed in 2020, as did a number of other tech sites, …

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Instagram will now describe photos using AI for users with visual impairments

Instagram has announced it will roll out features to make the app more accessible for users with visual impairments. The app will allow screen readers to describe photos, either automatically using AI or using custom descriptions added by users. The descriptions, known as “alt text,” are already widely used online …

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Fast Pair now syncs Bluetooth Accessories across your Android devices

Last year Google introduced Fast Pair, a protocol that allowed for quick and seamless pairing of Bluetooth headsets and speakers to any Android phone running 6.0 and above. Today they have announced an expansion of Fast Pair bringing an ability to connect Fast Pair compatible Bluetooth accessories to devices associated …

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Google starts offering Student pricing for YouTube Music and Premium services in the US, rolling out to other countries soon

YouTube has today announced that they’ve begun offering a special discount rate for access to their recently launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium services, at least in the US. YouTube will offer students access to YouTube Music Premium for per month offering ad-free access to their music library, background …

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A month’s rain in a day for Sydney? Use these weather apps to stay safe

Weather forecasts for Sydney suggest today is going to become increasingly wet, with heavy rain and thunderstorms set to swap Australia’s most populous city. Emergency services are encouraging commuters to reconsider the need for travel, and though the weather isn’t too bad at 6:30am, it’s predicted to get much, much …

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Sydney trains commuters can now use MasterCard, VISA and American Express to travel, as well as Opal

Sydney (and NSW) trains commuters can now use their contactless payment options to travel on TfNSW trains around Sydney and across New South Wales. Passengers can use MasterCard, VISA and American Express contactless cards to tap on and tap off instead of the Opal Card. Better still, and relevantly for …

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