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Google rolls out Incognito Mode for Maps, password checkup tool

Google rolls out Incognito Mode for Maps, password checkup tool

Google today began rolling out a host of new features for various apps centered around security and privacy. One of the biggest launches is undoubtedly that of Incognito Mode in Google Maps. Incognito Mode for Google Maps was first revealed back in May, so users have been waiting on this particular feature for several months at this point.

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Google pays homage to the Versace dress that created Google Images

Google pays homage to the Versace dress that created Google Images

Technology and Fashion couldn't be farther from each other but there have always been times when the two become intertwined one way or another. The most recent example is Google's Projects Jacquard and Soli but, almost a decade ago, Google had an odd brush with fashion as well, way back in 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore what became a highly-popular jungle dress by Versace. Now the tech giant is teaming up with the two personalities that unwittingly gave birth to one of Google Search's most popular features: image search.

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Google Search video results will now have links to key points

Google Search video results will now have links to key points

Google Search has become an almost indispensable tool in today's age, much to the chagrin of privacy-conscious Internet users. The way it has been indexing and presenting information on the Web has made it learn anything and everything, sometimes even without having to go to the associated website or service. Videos, however, are not as easy to deal with, which is why Google is presenting a compromise that helps surfers first check if they got the right one before jumping directly at that point in time in the video itself.

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Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

As the entity with the biggest influence on what we discover on the Internet, Google is seen both as custodian and also censor of the Wide Wild Web. The latter is an especially thorny subject when it comes to political topics, with the search giant accused of favoring either left or right wing agendas. One of the latest controversies involves images of former US President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein that certain parties claim have been removed by Google from its search results. The truth, however, might be too simple to be believed.

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Google Images makes it easier to share the GIF to express yourself

Google Images makes it easier to share the GIF to express yourself

Once the bane of the Web and proper web design, GIFs, specifically animated GIFs, have not only returned but also became the Internet’s darling. These short, looping animated clips are often used to comically express sentiments and reactions in ways emojis and even stickers could not. Unless you keep a library of such GIFs categorized by emotion or reaction, searching for the right one can be a hassle. Fortunately, Google Image Search is coming to the rescue.

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Google Android app beta makes it easier to share search results

Google Android app beta makes it easier to share search results

Many of us have likely found ourselves involved in an online debate where someone drops two oft-heard words: "Google it." There are already a few ways to share search results, such as Let Me Google that for You, which delivers search result steeped in condescension. If you don't want to be so heavy handed in your approach to sharing search results, then here's some good news: Google appears to be building a share function into its flagship app.

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Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google is currently the subject of allegations of lyric-lifting by the song lyrics site Genius. The folks at Genius suggested that the work they'd put into transcribing and/or attaining song lyrics from artists was essentially copied and pasted by Google in a "Knowledge Panels" feature in Google Search. Google responded once yesterday and again today with similar information on the subject.

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Google Search under fire for allegedly lifting lyrics

Google Search under fire for allegedly lifting lyrics

Google often extols how its ever-growing number of Search features make it easier for users to immediately see the answers they're looking for. Business and site owners, however, are sometimes left shaking their heads every such new feature is announced. Some dread the loss of click-throughs to their sites. Others, like lyrics site Genius, are up in arms over how Google is allegedly lifting lyrics from its service without proper credit or, worse, making users click through to their ad-supported website.

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Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Mobile-First Indexing by default is the new way of things at Google Search. This won't come as a surprise to those that've been watching the throne - Google's been headed toward this day for a long time. But today's the day. Today is when the official Googlebot army begins indexing new webpages with a mobile-first approach.

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Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Finding something to eat is difficult enough without having to browse through the various services that would like to deliver it to you. There are a lot of them these days too, so Google is trying to streamline the food delivery process by surfacing new features in Search, Maps, and Assistant when you look for food, hopefully decreasing the time between that initial search and when it shows up at your door.

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Google now lets you set auto-delete Location History and activity data

Google now lets you set auto-delete Location History and activity data

Although Facebook has now probably surpassed Google as the most reviled and most distrusted Big Tech company, the search giant still has it beat when it comes to the data it has and is able to accumulate every day. Thanks to its own share of controversy, investigations, and lawsuits, Google at least has clear and easy methods to erase some, not all, of that data. Now it is giving users one more tool in case they forget to delete their location or activity data on their own.

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Even Google’s search results aren’t safe from Thanos

Even Google’s search results aren’t safe from Thanos

Avengers: Endgame is now upon us, and it seems like everyone is sharing in the hype this time. Fortnite has launched yet another Avengers crossover event, Trello has released a drone that looks like Iron Man, and now even Google is getting in on the fun. If you pop over to Google and search for "Thanos" today, you'll be greeted by a very neat Avengers-themed Easter egg.

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