Google Assistant Can Now Respond Without Unlocking Phone; Digital Wellbeing, Home View, Multi-Room Audio Coming to Smart Displays

Google Assistant is getting several new features across its lineup of smart displays and smartphones. The tech giant, at its Made by Google event, launched new hardware but did not reveal too many updates about the Google Assistant that will power them. The company has now announced a bunch of new Assistant features that will be rolled out soon. At
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Children’s and public health advocacy groups say Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commissionon Wednesday to investigate Facebook’s Messenger Kids for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. The complaint says the
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After Stories, Camera Effects, Avatars, and more such features, Facebook is now said to be cloning yet another Snapchat idea. The social media giant is reportedly working on reviving its Nearby Friends feature by introducing a Snap Map-Like interface. To recall, Snapchat had acquired a social map app called Zenly last year to launch the location sharing feature that is Snap Map. Facebook has reportedly
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With Android 9 Pie now rolled out to the Pixel family, WhatsApp has started testing support for Messaging Style inline images for the notification panel. WhatsApp used to show inline images in notifications earlier as well, but it looks to now support the new MessagingStyle notification format for expandable and collapsible inline images in the future. WhatsApp is currently
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Ride-sharing platform Ola on Tuesday announced its plans begin its operations in New Zealand, with service offerings in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Serving a billion rides annually, Ola has successful operations in India, Australia and the UK. To build Ola’s presence locally, Brian Dewil has been appointed as Country Manager for New Zealand. Dewil has over 15
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A long time after competing against Snapchat, Instagram is now said to be building a dedicated shopping app that may be called IG Shopping. The latest revelation comes amid the testing of a shopping feature on Instagram Stories that is aimed to expand shopping on the photo-sharing platform. Shopping is indeed one of the key focus areas for the platform
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Google seems to be testing some new layouts and options in Google Maps. The search giant is anticipated to replace the Driving and Transit tabs that appear at the bottom of the screen, with a Commute tab. Tapping on the new option is said to open up a new page and users get the option to choose
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Driving licence and car registrations stored digitally in DigiLocker and mParivahan must be accepted by traffic police, eliminating the need to carry physical versions of the documents while driving. This DigiLocker-centric directive came from the Road Transport and Highways Ministry as an advisory for states to ensure documents in electronic form can be presented using government platforms. Documents stored in
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Indian ride-hailing firm Ola said on Tuesday it plans to launch services in Britain this year, months after it expanded its operations in Australia, intensifying its rivalry with US peer Uber Technologies. Ola has obtained licences to begin operations in South Wales in September, as well as Greater Manchester, and plans to expand nationwide by the end of the year,
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WhatsApp has informed the government that it is building a local team, including India head, as part of steps to check fake news circulation but has not met the key demand of identifying message originators, according to official sources. The popular messaging app is under fire over abuse of its platform for circulation of fake news
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