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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Given its popularity and use as the lingua franca in the world, especially over the Internet, you’d think that English is the most used language in the world. Not quite. That distinction belongs to the Chinese language, spoken by nearly two billion people all over the planet. But despite having the numbers, it is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Which is why, despite being the most requested language in its five years of existence, it is only now that language learning service Duolingo is able to add Chinese to its roster.

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YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube won't cost any more cash than it does already, but soon you'll see concert tickets offered on music artist videos. This is the way of the future. This is the day YouTube joined forces with Ticketmaster in a partnership that found a super inventive way to jam another thing to buy into your content stream.

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Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Most of the time, when Google launches a new smartphone, Android modders and developers scramble to take whatever new launcher it has and make it available for other smartphones. This time, things have come full circle with a new third-party Pixel Launcher made for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. The modified Pixel Launcher pretty much keeps the simplicity of the original while adding a few customization options to satisfy the different aesthetic tastes of different users.

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Apple Clips 2.0 “Selfie Scenes” tap iPhone X and Star Wars

Apple Clips 2.0 “Selfie Scenes” tap iPhone X and Star Wars

Apple has released Clips 2.0, a new version of its free video creation app, and if you've got an iPhone X it's a must-have download. The new video editing app taps into the TrueDepth camera that occupies the "notch" in the iPhone X's display. Until now, that's primarily been used for the Face ID security system, but Clips 2.0 puts it to much more entertaining use.

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Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

There is nothing more annoying in browsing the web, and more dangerous, that unwanted and unintended popups. Actually, there is a second thing that comes close to it: unwanted and unintended redirects. This has actually been malware distributors’ and scammers’ Plan B after popups have widely fallen out of fashion and rendered practically useless. In order to combat both the threat and the frustration caused by such redirects, Google will be implementing new safeguards in future versions of the Chrome web browser to make sure you really only go where you want to go.

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Clip Studio Paint EX for iPads is a game changer

Clip Studio Paint EX for iPads is a game changer

Just a few days ago, I wrote about how to get started on your dream comics and manga artist career using nothing but your mobile device. Now software developer CELSYS just dropped a huge mobile bombshell. It has released Clip Studio Paint EX for iPads, bringing one of the most popular comics creation software on desktops to mobile. While it’s not exactly a perfect setup, its arrival, and future success, could change the face of content creation on the iPad for good.

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HTC U11+ Edge Launcher and more unofficially available for U11

HTC U11+ Edge Launcher and more unofficially available for U11

HTC has just announced two U11 variants, including a larger U11+. Unfortunately, that one isn’t coming to the US, because HTC thinks it would be a bad business move for the market. Fortunately, there isn’t much that difference between the two, like the larger screen, the semi-translucent back cover, and Android 8.0 Oreo and a new radial menu launcher. But before you think that it is unfortunate that the last part isn’t available on the slightly older U11 yet, fortunately for you, you’re wrong and can now install that new launcher on your U11. Unofficially of course and at your own risk.

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PlayStation mobile app gets a face lift, loses Live feature

PlayStation mobile app gets a face lift, loses Live feature

The launch of the Razer Phone has put mobile gaming under the microscope again. It’s a large industry, definitely, but not all gaming giants are in on it. Surprisingly, Nintendo seems to now be one of its biggest proponents. Others, like Sony, are content to have smartphones simply tie into their consoles. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving it at just that. Showing its PlayStation App some love, Sony has announced a revamped interface for the smartphone app while also noting a loss of one functionality.

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Make comics and manga right on your phone and tablet

Make comics and manga right on your phone and tablet

Inktober has come and gone but you don’t have to wait another year to get your creative juices flowing. Creating art, or even just learning it, is a year-round endeavor of a lifetime. And thanks to the magic of modern technology, you can immediately get started on that journey with nothing but your smartphone or tablet and your dreams. So if you’re a budding comics or manga creator or are curious whether you have what it takes to be one, get out your Android or iOS device and start right here and now with these apps, most of which you might not have even heard of before.

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YouTube Kids adds personalized profiles, more controls

YouTube Kids adds personalized profiles, more controls

Kids these days are getting more and more tech-savvy and, while there’s still some debate on whether they should be exposed to mobile devices and the Internet at that early age, it is an inevitable fact of life. YouTube Kids takes a proactive approach to help parents control the kind of content their children get exposed to right from the very start. With the latest update to the app, it gives parents even more control while also giving kids a little bit of personal space to call their own.

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