Android-based Google Maps to begin displaying traffic lights

Google Maps app on phone

The feature is meant to help drivers to better anticipate what will be on the road ahead. The Google Maps app already provides substantial information to road users regarding the route they intend to take to reach their destination. Soon, this info will also include traffic lights along the way. Traffic lights represent one of the largest unknown variables when using the navigation app. This new Google Maps feature is seen as potentially beneficial for a number of reasons. To start, it will help road users to be able to…

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Google Meet launches new AI-based background noise cancellation feature

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The technology giant has unveiled an upgrade that could offer a serious advantage over Zoom. The new AI-powered Google Meet background noise cancellation feature has started rolling out across its various platforms. The roll-out is starting in G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. The initial Google Meet update rollout will head to the web, followed by iOS and Android later on. The new noise cancellation feature has been designed for the seamless removal of unwanted sounds from the audio of a streamed meeting. This can include…

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Google location data for 131 countries published in coronavirus lockdown reports

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Alphabet Inc. provided the data in order to help determine whether lockdowns are working. At the end of last week, Alphabet Inc. published Google location data reports for 131 countries to help show whether visits to workplaces, parks and shops had reduced throughout March. That was the month in which many governments issued stay-at-home orders to their populations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This analysis from billions of individual phones is the largest available public dataset. The Google location data analysis provides health authorities with the largest available…

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Google mobile first indexing going full steam ahead in September 2020

Mobile First Indexing - Google Search on smartphone

The search engine giant is switching completely, and currently 70 percent of sites are already there. Google has announced that it will be switching completely over to mobile first indexing as of September 2020. At that time, all sites crawled by the search engine’s spiders will be indexed primarily with smartphones and mobile devices in mind. It was initially believed that Google wouldn’t make the switch until the end of the year. A recent blog post from Google has updated that timeframe, revealing that it is moving fully to mobile…

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Play Store adware crackdown drops 600 Android apps from the marketplace

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Google has taken down hundreds of mobile applications and has banned several developers. Google has launched a massive adware crackdown, removing 600 Android apps and banning developers who were using out-of-application ads to send users spam. The effort was made to help slash the number of abusive Android developers breaking Play Store regulations. The adware crackdown was meant primarily to remove the apps and their developers when out-of-application ads were used for spamming users. An out-of-app ad is one with origins in one application but that will be displayed on…

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