Google shuts AI-driven service 'Duplex on the Web'
According to a note on a Google support page, Duplex on the Web is "deprecated" and will no longer be supported as of this month. "Any automation features enabled by Duplex on the Web will no longer be supported after this date," said the update.
YouTube fixes crash issues on iOS app
From its TeamYouTube account, the video-streaming platform tweeted: "Hi, we're aware that many of you using the YouTube app on iOS devices may be experiencing crashes. We're so sorry about this & have begun working on a fix! updates soon." It later claimed that all the issues have been fixed.
Google begins Stadia hardware refunds
According to an email sent to customers, the hardware refunds will be processed within two weeks, reports The Verge. As per the tech giant's Stadia shutdown FAQ page, purchases of the Stadia controller, the Founder's Edition, the Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages are all eligible for refunds.
'Questt' best app, 'Apex Legends Mobile' top game on Google Play in India
Questt is using AI to better identify academic needs, provide personalised learning paths, and gamify the learning experience for students with engaging quests. "We have grown to help over 2 million students with personalised learning paths. We remain focused on improving learning outcomes for millions of students in India and hope to bring a paradigm shift by making education more data-driven with the help of technology," said Akhil Singh, Co-Founder and CEO, Questt.
Google, YouTube to invest $13.2 mn to help fight misinformation
The new fund, to open in early 2023, will support their network of 135 fact-checking organisations from 65 countries, covering over 80 languages. "Building on our previous work to address misinformation, this is Google and YouTube's single largest grant in fact-checking," the company said in a statement.
Chrome's new feature for iOS will let users open links from other apps in Incognito
According to 9to5Google, the default behaviour loads links alongside other open tabs where your cookies and account sign-ins are shared. By enabling "Ask to Open Links from Other Apps in Incognito" from Chrome Settings in the Privacy and Security tab, tapping a link in an external app will first take users to a fullscreen prompt.
Google Messages begins testing full emoji reactions
Full emoji reactions have already rolled out for some users, reports 9To5Google. For some time now, users have been able to react with only seven emojis by long-pressing on an RCS (Rich Communications Services) chat -- thumbs up/down, smiling face with heart-eyes, face with tears of joy, face with open mouth, crying face, and angry face.
Google's parent company Alphabet 'prepares' to lay off 10K employees
According to a report in The Information, Google plans to ease out 10,000 employees through a new ranking and performance improvement plan. "A new performance management system could help managers push out thousands of underperforming employees starting early next year. Managers could also use the ratings to avoid paying them bonuses and stock grants," the report mentioned.
Google introduces new AR features to shop for beauty products, shoes
Foundation is the most-searched category within makeup. It's also one of the most personal products you can buy -- a slight change in colour or tone can make a huge difference, Google said in a blogpost. With assistance from beauty brands, Google's new photo library features 148 models representing a range of skin tones, ages, genders, face shapes, ethnicities, and skin types.
Google adds Material You toggle to Docs, Sheets, Slides
It is designed like a pill, therefore the Material 3 (M3) switch is larger than the previous one, reports 9To5Google. New colour mappings, a taller and broader track and the capacity to hold an icon in the switch thumb are all features of M3 toggles.