Using Your Mouse on Xbox One May be Possible Very Soon
Jul27

Using Your Mouse on Xbox One May be Possible Very Soon

How long before the Xbox is just a specialized type of home computer? Or is it one already? Xbox head Phil Spencer let a juicy nugget slip in a recent Twitter conversation, confirming that support for mouse and keyboard controls “aren’t far away” on Xbox One. In the same thread, Spencer also notes that he likes “the idea” of streaming Windows games to Xbox One, but they “don’t have a plan...

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Google Maps Now Lets you Retrace All of Your Past Steps
Jul22

Google Maps Now Lets you Retrace All of Your Past Steps

You know Google is tracking your every move, right? If you own a mobile device, and have opted into location tracking in one or more of Google’s many services, such as Google Photos or Google Now, the company is keeping a record of your past movements. You can check the places you visited through a new feature in Google Maps, the aptly named Your Timeline. It lets you check where you were at any given time — like that pretzel...

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Amazon releases its own mobile cloud app to take on Google, Dropbox
Jul08

Amazon releases its own mobile cloud app to take on Google, Dropbox

Amazon has released a dedicated mobile app that allows users to access documents saved in its Cloud Drive service. The move comes as the cloud storage market becomes increasingly crowded, dominated by players such as Google and Dropbox. The Amazon Cloud Drive app, which is now available for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, lets users view all documents stored in their Amazon Cloud account and can be accessed anywhere you’re...

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Google Photos identified two black people as ‘gorillas’
Jul03

Google Photos identified two black people as ‘gorillas’

Google Photos uses sophisticated facial-recognition software to identify not only individuals, but also specific categories of objects and photo types, like food, cats and skylines. Image recognition programs are far from perfect, however; they sometimes gets things comically wrong, and sometimes offensively so — as one Twitter user recently found out. Browsing his Google Photos app, Brooklyn resident Jacky Alciné noticed that photos...

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Google Maps will alert you to upcoming railroad crossings
Jul03

Google Maps will alert you to upcoming railroad crossings

In an effort to prevent railroad crossing accidents, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has teamed up with Google to warn drivers when they’re approaching a crossing. Every railroad crossing in the country will be visible in Google Maps, and the app will issue both audio and visual notifications when the car approaches a crossing, according to a report by The New York Times and confirmed by Mashable. Right now,...

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At Last Gmail Lets you ‘Undo Send’ Emails You Wish You Didn’t Send
Jun26

At Last Gmail Lets you ‘Undo Send’ Emails You Wish You Didn’t Send

Perhaps the best Gmail feature that Google has been testing for years is one you might not even know exists: Undo Send. It delays sending your email for a few seconds after you click Send, so you can take it back if you, for example, spell someone’s name wrong. After the feature spent six years in public beta, Google announced in a blog post this week that Undo Send is becoming an official setting. For users who already had the...

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