This new Google Maps feature may completely change how you use the app

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  • Google Maps has launched a new Facebook-style news feed within the app, incorporating recommendations and suggestions from Maps users.
  • The feed builds on other tools Google has added to Maps this year that help people learn more about the places they want to go to, which they can then use Google Maps to help them actually navigate to.
  • 2020 is the 15th anniversary of Google Maps.

One of the things I’ve been fascinated to watch over the past year or more, in a way that certainly pre-dates the coronavirus pandemic, is the extent to which Google has woken up to all the latent potential inside one of its least-sexy apps, but one which is almost as utilitarian and relied upon as the company’s signature search app. I’m talking, of course, about Google Maps, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year by rolling out

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Google Pixel 5 may soon gain smart Adaptive Sound feature

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  • Google is developing an automatic equalizer adjustment feature for Pixels.
  • Dubbed Adaptive Sound, the feature tweaks audio settings based on environment acoustics.
  • The Google Pixel 5 will likely receive the feature in an update, but it’s unclear if any other Pixels will join it.

The forthcoming Google Pixel feature drop could include a new toy for music lovers. Dubbed Adaptive Sound, the feature was uncovered on a Google Pixel 5 by XDA‘s APK sleuths.

The feature confusingly shares its name with a Google Pixel Buds feature. But while Adaptive Sound on the Buds automatically adjusts the volume levels on the fly to suit the wearer’s environment, Adaptive Sound on Pixel phones will tweak the equalizer instead.

While playing music on a Pixel phone, Adaptive Sound may up the bass and treble in noisier environments, or drop both in quieter settings. The feature uses

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Microsoft will remove user names from ‘Productivity Score’ feature after privacy backlash

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Microsoft says it will make changes in its new Productivity Score feature, including removing the ability for companies to see data about individual users, to address concerns from privacy experts that the tech giant had effectively rolled out a new tool for snooping on workers.

“Going forward, the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility measures in Productivity Score will only aggregate data at the organization level—providing a clear measure of organization-level adoption of key features,” wrote Jared Spataro, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president, in a post this morning. “No one in the organization will be able to use Productivity Score to access data about how an individual user is using apps and services in Microsoft 365.”

The company rolled out its new “Productivity Score” feature as part of Microsoft 365 in late October. It gives companies data to understand how workers are using and adopting different forms

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Microsoft Announced a ‘Productivity’ Feature That Lets Managers Keep Track of Everything You Do. It Didn’t Go Over Well

One of the most challenging things about the shift over the last eight months to working remotely is how we all measure productivity. In the past, managers could often see exactly what an employee was working on since they often worked in close proximity to each other. That’s not the case when we’re all working remotely.

Actually, calling it a shift is probably not entirely accurate. It was more of a sudden–and, in many cases–painful reaction to a world that had changed almost literally overnight, as companies were forced to send their employees to work from home. It’s also not likely to change any time soon.

Figuring out how to stay productive under those circumstances has been a challenge, to say the least. In many cases, people are simply trying to figure out the best way to balance work, life, and everything else that comes with keeping your family safe

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Nanox to Feature Nanox.ARC Digital X-Ray Technology in a Live Demonstration at the 2020 …

NEVE ILAN, Israel, Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NANO-X IMAGING LTD (NASDAQ: NNOX) (“Nanox” or the “Company”), an innovative medical imaging technology company, announced today that the Company will host a live demonstration that will showcase the Nanox digital x-ray source tube and a range of 2D and 3D imaging applications performed by the Nanox.ARC at the 2020 Radiology Society of North America Virtual Annual Meeting. The live event will take place at the Nanox RSNA virtual booth on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:00am E.T. An investor webinar will follow the live event on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:00pm E.T.

The investor webinar will feature a replay of the recorded RSNA live steam and presentations of clinical applications of the Nanox.ARC system by well-known radiologists and their views of how they believe it will address a significant unmet need in medical imaging. The webinar will also feature

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TikTok Launches New Feature To Filter Possible Seizure Triggers


  • TikTok announced the launch of a new feature to protect those with photosensitive epilepsy
  • It will give users a chance to skip videos with photosensitive content
  • TikTok aims to become the “most inclusive and accessible online platform”

TikTok is adding a new feature that will allow users to skip videos that may trigger seizures.

The video-sharing, social-networking service already warns creators about content featuring effects that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy, but TikTok is taking it another step further by giving users the chance to completely opt out of seeing such videos.

“With this new feature, viewers who come across a photosensitive video will receive a notification inviting them to ‘Skip All’ future photosensitive videos,” Joshua Goodman, director of product at TikTok, said in a statement.

The feature that’s set to roll out “in the coming weeks” is a part of the company’s

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Oppo Find X3 may feature new dual camera technology using Sony sensor

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Oppo is putting out all the stops with the next year’s Find X3 flagship series. The company has already dropped major hints at what to expect from the Find X3 smartphones. That includes the DCI-P3 colour gamut with a 10-bit system for phone’s core hardware encoding systems, which is a major step-up for the smartphone industry. Oppo is now planning to surpass another technology. A new report has claimed that the Oppo Find X3 series will have an advanced dual-camera system that will work differently.

The Find X3 and Find X3 Pro smartphones will have better dual-camera modules that Oppo is said to be testing right now. This system will likely use the Sony IMX7xx series of camera sensors along with a larger CMOS bottom and a higher pixel count, according to a leak on Weibo. We could be looking at more powerful cameras than the 108MP camera that is

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See what iPhone 12 Pro’s new lidar feature can do with this 3D-scanning app

The iPhone 12 Pro’s depth-scanning lidar sensor looks ready to open up a lot of possibilities for 3D-scanning apps on phones. A new one designed for home scanning, called Canvas, uses lidar for added accuracy and detail. But the app will work with non-pro iPhones going back to the iPhone 8, too.

a hand holding a cellphone: The Canvas app 3D scans homes using the iPhone 12 Pro's lidar. Expect a lot more of this. Occipital

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The Canvas app 3D scans homes using the iPhone 12 Pro’s lidar. Expect a lot more of this. Occipital

The approach taken by Canvas indicates how lidar could play out in iPhone 12 Pro apps. It can add more accuracy and detail to processes that are already possible through other methods on non-lidar-equipped phones and tablets.

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Canvas, created by Boulder-based company Occipital, originally launched for the iPad Pro to take advantage of its lidar scanning earlier this

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Getting started with MagSafe, the iPhone 12’s best new feature

Apple’s latest iPhone upgrade includes an overhaul of its accessories thanks to MagSafe — magnetic technology that lets you attach things like wireless chargers to protective cases to the back of your iPhone. Despite being expensive and not fully baked, it’s the coolest new iPhone feature in years.

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MagSafe was introduced with the 2006 MacBook Pro as a power cable that magnetically attached to the computer with a satisfying snap. Apple modified the tech to work with this year’s iPhone 12 and, in October, released a suite of magnetic accessories including new cases, wireless chargers and a wallet. Apple also licensed MagSafe technology to developers like Belkin in hopes of building a third-party ecosystem of magnetic accessories.

Apple unveils new iPhone 12 that is 5G capable



Like a lot of first-generation Apple devices, the result is a mixed bag. Some of the

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Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally

  • Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally this week.
  • And the social media company hopes the feature will drive user egagement.
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Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally this week, with the hopes of driving higher user engagement with the platform.

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Twitter hopes it can create an easier way for users to post on the platform with Fleets.


Users can post Fleets that contain text, photos, videos, and reactions to tweets, and they will disappear after 24 hours, with sticker and livestreaming options available later. Twitter first began beta testing Fleets in Brazil back in March, before expanding to India, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Following moves by Pinterest and LinkedIn, this is another social media platform launching ephemeral content

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