Category archives for: Web Sites

Google Removing Instant Search

Google is eliminating its instant search feature, which generated search results in real time as people typed their search queries. The feature was introduced in order to save time, but as the majority of searches are now performed on mobile devices the tool doesn’t make as much sense. “We launched Google Instant back in 2010 […]

Google Adds Chatting to Its Video Conferencing Tool

Google said Hangouts Meet, its video conferencing service, will soon have the ability for participants to send and receive text and web links via chat. Google relaunched its video calling and chatting services earlier this year with an emphasis on business users. At the time, Google said chatting would come to Meet later this year; now, Google […]

Twitter Updates Notification Tools

Twitter has updated to give users more power over notifications. Users can now mute the replies of a wider array of accounts. The improved tools are available in the service’s settings, where advanced filters provide granular control over whose notifications are muted. For example, people can mute accounts that are new, accounts that don’t follow […]

Google Maps Now Using Crowd-Source Accessibility Data

Google has added a tool to Google Maps that makes it easier for people to add details concerning accessibility. The Google Maps app for Android allows people to add this data via the “Your Contributions” section by tapping “uncover missing info.” Sorting options under that heading include accessibility, where people can add details such as whether […]

Google Adds More Social Features to Photos App

Google this week made its new Google Photos app available to Android and iOS devices, as well as on the web. The revised photo management application adds several hallmark features, including suggested sharing and shared libraries. The suggested sharing tool will automatically scan images and offer to share them with family and friends based on […]

RIP – Google Talk Is No More

Google Talk, which most know better by its colloquial name “Gchat,” is officially done. Back in March, Google warned us that this would be happening, and this week Google has fully transitioning Talk to Hangouts. Google Talk first launched in 2005 as a simple chat experience for Gmail users, and over the years became loved […]

Facebook Now Supports Closed Captions for Live Video

Facebook said publishers and viewers alike can take advantage of closed captions on live videos. Content producers will need to enable closed captions on their broadcasts, as will people on their phones, tablets, or PCs. Once turned un, live videos will include captions so those who with hearing difficulties can follow along. The feature is free […]

Facebook Making Albums More Social and Event Oriented

Facebook is rolling out a change to its Albums tool in order to make them more social. Albums can now store not only photos, but also videos, news stories, status updates, location check-ins, and more. Facebook hopes people will use the tool to share a wider range of content that might all focus on a […]

Google Sheets Now Uses Machine Learning – iOS Version Gains Better Chart Editing

Google hasrolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets. For example, machine learning makes it possible to ask Sheets questions in a natural way to explore the data contained in any given document. For example, users can ask “what is the distribution of products […]

Facebook Updates Trending News Feature and Expands Fundraising

  Facebook has updated how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of bringing higher-quality content in the news box. From now on, clicking on a trending topic opens a new carousel with stories from a variety of publications that users can […]

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