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FB QVC? Facebook tries Live video shopping

Posted on: December 18, 2018, in Blog

Want to run your own home shopping network? Facebook is now testing a Live video feature for merchants that lets them demo and describe their items for viewers. Customers can screenshot something they want to buy and use Messenger to send it to the seller, who can then request payment right through the chat app. […]

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Googles Project Fi gets an improved VPN service

Posted on: December 17, 2018, in Blog

Google’s Project Fi wireless service is getting a major update today that introduces an optional always-on VPN service and a smarter way to switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections. By default, Fi already uses a VPN service to protect users when they connect to the roughly two million supported Wi-Fi hotspots. Now, Google is expanding […]

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Google partners with media outlets to provide on-demand news audio

Posted on: December 17, 2018, in Blog

Getting news in the morning has long been my most used feature on Google Assistant. Asking Home “what’s in the news” brings up a quick flash briefing from a handful of selected outlets. It’s quick, it’s easy and it helps fill me in on the way out the door. Google’s long promised to improve on […]

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Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features

Posted on: December 16, 2018, in Blog

Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” That policy felt pretty disingenuous given how aggressively Facebook has replicated everyone else’s […]

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Googles cross-platform Flutter UI toolkit hits version 1.0

Posted on: December 16, 2018, in Blog

Flutter, Google’s UI toolkit for building mobile Android and iOS applications, hit its version 1.0 release today. In addition, Google also today announced a set of new third-party integrations with the likes of Square and others, as well as a couple of new features that make it easier to integrate Flutter with existing applications. The […]

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Google incognito search results still vary from person to person, DDG study finds

Posted on: December 15, 2018, in Blog

A study of Google search results by anti-tracking rival DuckDuckGo has suggested that escaping the so-called ‘filter bubble’ of personalized online searches is a perniciously hard problem for the put upon Internet consumer who just wants to carve out a little unbiased space online, free from the suggestive taint of algorithmic fingers. DDG reckons it’s […]

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Googles Flutter toolkit goes beyond mobile with Project Hummingbird

Posted on: December 15, 2018, in Blog

Flutter, Google’s toolkit for building cross-platform applications, hit version 1.0 today. Traditionally, the project focused on iOS and Android apps, but as the company announced today, it’s now looking at bringing Flutter to the web, too. That project, currently called Hummingbird, is essentially an experimental web-based implementation of the Flutter runtime. “From the beginning, we […]

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Zendesk shifts to platform play with Zendesk Sunshine launch

Posted on: December 14, 2018, in Blog

Zendesk has always been strongly focused on customer service in the cloud. They began to look at this more broadly in September when they purchased Base to move into sales automation and CRM. Today, the company announced Zendesk Sunshine, a new platform for creating customer-focused applications on top of Zendesk’s toolset. All of this appears […]

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Googles call screening transcripts are live and theyre pretty rad

Posted on: December 14, 2018, in Blog

If you’re the proud owner of a Pixel handset you, like 9to5Google, may have spotted this already. The call screening transcripts feature, first noted back in November, are starting to arrive for Pixel users, Google confirmed with TechCrunch. Making good on the “end of year” promise, the offering has been rolling out for a few […]

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Google is building digital art galleries you can step into

Posted on: December 13, 2018, in Blog

Google wants to help you take a closer look at the art world. The company’s Arts & Culture app has long been one of the company’s cooler niche apps and one that I often feel guilty about overlooking every time I rediscover it. Today, the company has added another experience into the mix focused on […]

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