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  • Google Maps for Android has just become a lot more useful

    Google Maps' latest Android update is introducing a little context and information tab at the bottom of the app's screen. The app, which still displays what its name suggests, now also serves users context-rich information. Thanks to the update, Google Maps will now display a number of places you can possibly visit, from restaurants to petrol stations. Frequent tasks and locations are now just a tap away. Your destination? As close to a tap away as we can get you. https://t.co/pHtEJGXq3b pic.twitter.com/2lUxATZwAo — Google Maps (@googlemaps) February 6, 2017 Google will also prompt users with the traffic conditions and calculated travel time to...

  • Google South Africa reveals top searches for 2016

    From the US elections and Donald Trump to Pokemon Go and the Olympics, 2016 has been another crazy year for Google searches. Now, the Mountain View firm has revealed South Africa's top queries for the year, ranging from overall searches to celebrities and more. "This year's overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel. Where last year's top searches -- loadshedding and xenophobia -- were distinctly local issues, this year's top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large, not just at home," the company explained in a statement. Check out the results below... Top trending overall...

  • Google’s Trusted Contacts is the app parents will love

    Once upon a time, you could keep track of your friends' and family's whereabouts using Google Plus. But that was the complicated past. Today, Google debuted a new Android app that aims to simplify keeping tabs on loved ones. Called Google Trusted Contacts, the app lets the most important people in your life request your location data from the app. If you fail to respond to the request, the app will automatically ping your loved one with your last recorded location. It's effectively Google's emergency location app. Trusted Contacts seems to pose a boat load of security problems. For one, your...

  • Google Trips: how does it fare against its competition?

    When Google Trips launched in September to little fanfare we covered it here at Memeburn, noting that it arrives as a big upgrade to their previous app, Google Now. But things have been oddly silent in the media since the launch. If you missed our original article, then, it’s entirely possible that Google Trips has slipped beneath your radar, leaving you wondering what this whole thing even is. You certainly wouldn’t be alone in your confusion. Compared to the fanfare that accompanied the launch of Google+, Google Trips, which culls information from your emails to help assemble trip itineraries, didn’t receive...

  • Here’s how Google Play is using AI to improve search

    Trying to find an app on the Google Play Store can be an exercise in frustration, especially if it's an eagerly anticipated app or new release. Things don't get much better for mega-popular apps, as the search results are often cluttered with irrelevant results. Fortunately, Google is working on a solution, using machine learning to get better results. The company detailed its efforts on the Google Research Blog. "Searches by topic require more than simply indexing apps by query terms; they require an understanding of the topics associated with an app," the team of software engineers wrote. The work required machine-learning...

  • Google Search shows how much SA cares about ‘Donald Trump’

    Google News Labs' US Elections hub is about as interesting as the elections itself. Graphing its slew of data garnered from daily search habits, the Mountain View company is giving users another way to explore the gravity of the ballot they're about to cast -- whether its for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Or well, even if you're just an onlooker. Speaking of onlookers... although taking a look at search habits on a state-by-state basis is interesting enough, what about the rest of the world? Who is searching for what? South Africa's Google Search habits centre around racism, Black Lives Matter and...

  • Google purchases eyeball tracking firm Eyefluence

    "Eyeball tracking" might sound like the stuff of science fiction horrors, but it's an essential focus for those in the virtual and augmented reality spaces. And who better to know this than Google? The company has bought eyeball tracking firm Eyefluence, which should help it in its present and future VR and AR ambitions. Financial information was undisclosed, but according to Mattermark, Eyefluence raised around US$21.6-million in two funding rounds. Eyefluence, founded in 2013 by Livescribe founder Jim Margraff, develops technology to "create a more natural, intuitive way to interact with augmented and virtual reality displays". "Over the last three and a...

  • Google Camera’s trigger button is now a voice command

    Tapping a screen too energy sapping for you? Google Camera's latest update adds the ability to snap pictures using a simple voice command. The feature, which was first available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL running Android Nougat 7.1, has now extended its compatibility with any device running the OS. That means practically any device running Android Nougat 7.1 can use the new Google Camera app. Snapping a picture using Google Camera can be done using a simple five-word phrase Google Camera's voice snap feature, although seemingly over-complicated, actually simplifies the action of taking a photo in some cases. The activation command, "Okay...

  • Google now lets you ‘Fact Check’ News articles

    Mountain View's Google has announced that its News portal will now include "Fact Check" tags to "help readers find fact checking in large news stories". Joining the other tags which include In-Depth, Opinion, and Wikipedia, the Fact Check tag will be located in the expanded story section of articles in Google News. Stories that "that follow the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks" will be listed under the tag. The tags will effectively reward websites and publications that perform rigorous scrutiny of their sources and claims, based on required markup and their own fact check systems. Google's Fact Check tags could be...

  • Google buys branded content platform FameBit

    Marketing and branded content platform FameBit has this week been acquired by Google. This is in an attempt to bring brands and creators, especially YouTube content creators, closer to realising the potential for collaboration. The financial details of the deal is unknown. Santa Monica- based FameBit, now three years old, has over 45 000 creators under its belt. Those creators have a combined reach of 3.3-billion individuals. They've generated more than 406-million views as well as 1.5-billion minutes in watch-time. Famebit will bolster Google's YouTube platform, making it easier for creators and brands to partner "Every day we see more brands grow, transform and...

  • Google Pixel is a physical search bar, according to ad

    Google doesn't do subtle any more. Sure, Google Tricks weren't exactly marks of elegance, nor are the coy names for its Google Pixel smartphones' colours. But the company sure knows how to make an advertisement, regardless of how obvious the metaphor is. Published shortly after the Pixels' launch on 4 October, and airing on US television a few hours after, Google's new advertisement shows the progression of the company, from a humble internet search engine to the behemoth it is today. Google is evolving to keep its core business fresh, and Google Pixel is evidence of that And the metaphor? A literal...

  • Google Drive gets updated search with autocorrect

    Google is the king of search and it's now bringing its skills to Google Drive. In a new update, Google Drive is getting faster search functionality, complete with New Language Processing (NLP) capabilities. Announcing the update, Josh Smith, Product Manager at Google Drive, pointed out that the engineering of Google Search is coming to Google Drive. "Innovation is critical for business success, so we're constantly trying to build tools that enable our customers to do more," Smith said. The update is being rolled out today and will allow Google Drive users to make use of the new search feature and its NLP capabilities. The...

  • Google Photos gets update: so what’s new then?

    It's been a busy work for Google. The company launched Google Trips and announced the launch of Google Allo, its messaging app. And now it has announced that Google Photos is receiving an update. The update will see Google Photos deliver all-new movies and a faster way to share photos and videos. Now users can simply pick the photo that they want to share and select the people they want to share the photo with - no need to select a third-party app. The new update, according to Google, is ultimately to reduce the time users spend toggling from one app to another...

  • Google Trips is Google’s nifty dedicated travel app

    Google Now already delivers a bunch of features for travellers, but the Mountain View company is upping the ante in a big way with the launch of Google Trips. The new app serves as a hub for travel information, offering trip details from your Gmail account and taking the form of Google Now style cards. So that means you have a card dedicated to your upcoming Johannesburg trip, for instance. Tap the card and you'll get a ton more details to check out, such as reservations, things to do, saved places from Google Maps, day plan options, food and drink choices and...

  • Update: Google Analytics’ real time updates down worldwide

    Update: 9 September, 10.00am: Google Analytics' real time web feature, at least for us, is still down. Although the workaround does in fact provide a temporary solution to the bug, the company's Analytics app on Android also seems to work well. Google has yet to incidicate when a fix will be implemented, but based on comments it made yesterday, it seems that the fix is delayed. Original article: If you've just risen from bed to lazily check your site's viewer numbers, don't worry, it's not just you. Some features of Google Analytics is down for many worldwide today. Most notably causing issue...