Hangouts
Google begins slow death of Hangouts as group video calls now switch to Meet
Now if you open a group chat in Hangouts and tap on the video call icon, it automatically creates a Google Meet group video call link.
YouTube Chapters
YouTube’s latest experiment uses AI to divide lengthy videos into chapters
Youtube says it will rely on machine learning to recognize certain text-based signs in a video for automatically generating chapters.
Google Chrome policy update
Google directs Chrome extensions to disclose what they do with user data
In order to ensure users are aware, developers will have to reveal- in simple words – the type of data that their Chrome extensions collect.
Twitter Fleets Pocketnow
Twitter fixes bug that caused Fleets to be visible after 24-hour expiration period
Twitter notes that some names may not appear in the ‘Seen by’ list for Fleets if it gets too long due to a large number of users seeing it.
amazon Music
Amazon Music now tells you trivia and album info about songs with its X-Ray tool
X-Ray on Amazon Music will tell you trivia and details such as vocalist, writer, producer, artists behind each musical instrument, and more.
Netflix in 4k
India proposes regulation on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and more online content
Apart from OTT platforms, this new order also covers all digital content sources, which includes online news sites, videos and images being shared online.
Department of Justice calls Google ‘monopolist’ in its antitrust lawsuit
Google argues that the antitrust lawsuit is deeply flawed, and that it doesn’t square with either the facts or the law.
US Justice Department to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google: Reports
DOJ will reportedly accuse Google of abusing its dominant market position to stifle competition and engaging in anti-competitive practices.
Google
Google Search, Lens, and Maps get new features to make your pandemic life easier
Busyness information will now be shown directly on Google Maps without even searching for a place, and while on the move as well.
Google Vote
Google Assistant and Search get new features to help voters
If performing a web search sounds like a hassle, a simple “Hey Google, where do I vote?” voice query will be enough to get you started.
Onzoom
Zoom unveils OnZoom platform to let users host paid online events
OnZoom has started to roll out as a public beta platform, but is only available for paid Zoom users as of now.
Carl Pei
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has left the company, claim multiple reports
Carl Pei is leaving OnePlus and now reportedly plans to focus on his own venture, contrary to rumors that he might join Samsung.
Twitter
Twitter wants you to quote tweet instead of retweeting, will restrict tweet actions
All Trends in the “For You” tab will include a description to tell Twitter users why exactly a particular topic or person is trending.
dark mode on Chrome OS
Google boosts the security of Chrome browser for Android and iOS
Chrome v86 on iOS adds support for Face ID, Touch ID and device passcode that has to be entered before autofill password jumps into action
Google Meet won’t limit the duration of your calls to 60 minutes until March next year
Google Meet app for Android and iOS has also received the noise cancellation feature that was rolled out for the web version back in June.
Facebook’s new Accounts Center will let you cross-share posts and stories on Instagram
The Facebook Accounts Center will also let users enter their Facebook Pay information only once and automatically carry it over to Instagram.
Twitter is expanding its ‘read an article before retweeting’ prompt globally
Twitter says that its experiment proved successful as the number of people who actually read an article before retweeting it rose by 33%.
Amazon launches its game streaming service called Luna, and here’s everything we know
Luna is currently in the early access phase and is available solely on an inivte-only basis exclusively in the US market.
LinkedIn redesign
LinkedIn now has Stories too, gets a major redesign with a ton of useful new features
LinkedIn now lets users switch from messaging to video call with one click during a text exchange, and a dark mode is coming soon as well.
Everyone is doing stories, so Pinterest now has its own version too
Called Story Pins, they won’t disappear after 24 hours and can be pinned to your board like regular posts.
Facebook is giving creators more control over the usage of their images
Creators can choose to monitor the usage of their images, block it or attribute the right credit via an ownership link on the post.
Apple Store online is finally launching in India on September 23
You can buy Apple products, customize your Mac, purchase Apple Care+, get students discounts, and avail assistance from the online store.
Twitter verification
Twitter boosts account security protocols to avoid election period disasters
Twitter will prompt owners of ‘high-profile’ accounts to activate 2FA and will automatically enable its Password Reset Protection.
Google brings artists J. Balvin, Ellie Goulding and Grimes to teach you about art and culture
Can a top musician finally make you pay attention in an art and culture class about famous paintings and their deep interpretations?
YouTube launches its own TikTok rival called YouTube Shorts in India
YouTube Shorts should be 15 seconds or less, and there will also be an option to speed up or slow down the speed of your clips.