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Google Assistant App Backed up With Siri Shortcut For iOS Users

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

The Google Assistant app on iOS is now backed with Siri shortcut to make the use of Assistant more convenient for iOS users.

“We added support for Siri Shortcuts to make it even easier to access your Assistant,” read the app description on Apple’s App Store.

You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant, come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action, trigger Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Like saying ‘Goodnight Google’ to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door,” added the report.

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Users can already add an Assistant widget on the iPhone screens and with the new feature, users could cross stream and use Siri to connect to Google Assistant.

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS.

Earlier in May, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa performed the first ever integration of two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference held in Seattle.

Their integration worked with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana” and while Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs. (IANS)

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Google Brings Personal Safety Tools for Pixel phones

Google Pixel phones to get new tools for personal safety

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Car crash detection tool willbe seen in Pixel 3 first. Pixabay

Google has announced to bring its personal safety app to all Pixel devices which was limited to just Pixel 4, along with car crash detection tool which is coming to Pixel 3 first.

Other features include scheduling a check-in from the safety app.

“For example if you are about to go on a run or hike alone, safety check will make sure you made it back safely,” Tok Tokuda, technical programme manager for Pixel, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

If you don’t respond to the scheduled check-in, the app will alert your emergency contacts.

“In the event that you need immediate help or are in a dangerous situation, emergency sharing notifies all of your emergency contacts and shares your real-time location through Google Maps so they can send help or find you,” Tokuda informed.

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You can also use Google Assistant to start recordings and automatically get transcripts of recordings in Google Docs. Pixabay

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One can also use Google Assistant to start recordings and automatically get transcripts of recordings in Google Docs.

Google is also improving the adaptive battery functionality.

This feature will improve prediction of when the battery charge will deplete completely, and further reduces app activity in the background. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Beta to Add New QR Code Feature for Easy Contact Sharing

The feature is available in the 2.20.171 version of the app

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WhatsApp is making a new feature that allows users to add contacts to their list by scanning a QR code. Pixabay

WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will make it easier for users to add contacts to their list by scanning a QR code.

According to a report in WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp beta, QR Code scanning was first introduced in the iOS beta and now has made its way to the Android beta of the app. The feature is available in the 2.20.171 version of the app.

Android beta users will be able to find their own custom QR codes in the Settings section of the app on the top right side in front of the name.

Users who have enabled the feature will be able to display their own QR code to others and scan codes of other WhatsApp accounts.

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Users who have enabled the feature will be able to display their own QR code to others. Pixabay

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The QR codes can be revoked if users decide not share their number with someone else anymore, the beta notes confirm.

As per the report, the exact date it will be made available to the public hasn’t been confirmed, but it could be in the next few days. (IANS)

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Instagram Releases New Safety Feature to Combat Online Bullying

Fifth edition of the Community Standards Enforcement report has been released by Instagram and Facebook

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Instagram has launched a new feature to reduce online bullying. Pixabay

Social media giants Facebook and Instagram, today released the fifth edition of the Community Standards Enforcement report, which tracks the companys progress to keep both platforms safe. In addition to this report, Instagram also announced new safety features to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying.

“We want Instagram to be a safe place for self-expression and we’re constantly looking for new and improved ways to achieve that. This edition of the Community Standards Enforcement Report highlights our progress in enforcing our policies in ten areas, including removing content that puts the safety of young people at risk, and removing bullying content. This report demonstrates improvements in how much content we proactively find and remove before it is reported to us. Additionally, we’re now announcing new features that mark the continuation of our effort to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying.” said, Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook – India, South and Central Asia.

Managing unwanted interactions

The new feature helps people manage multiple unwanted interactions at once and to manage a rush of negative comments. The platform has tested the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments. Early feedback has been encouraging, and the social media apps have found that it helps people, especially with larger followings, maintain a positive environment on their account.

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The feature enables you to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments. Pixabay

To enable this feature on iOS, tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner. Select Manage Comments and choose up to 25 comments to delete at once. Tap More Options to block or restrict accounts in bulk. To block or restrict accounts on Android, press and hold on a comment, tap the dotted icon and select Block or Restrict.

Highlighting positive comments

In addition to removing negative comments, it’s a way to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions. Soon, the platform will begin testing Pinned Comments. This feature gives people a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community by pinning a select number of comments to the top of their comments thread.

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Choosing who can tag and mention you

Tags and mentions can be used to target or bully others, so Facebook and Instagram are set out to put new controls that allow one to manage who can tag or mention you on Instagram. You can choose whether you want everyone, only people you follow or no one to be able to tag or mention you in a comment, caption or Story.

This announcement comes in addition to Instagram’s ongoing efforts to engage with the youth on topics such as gender sensitivity, mental health, and bullying, which began at the start of the year with the eUnlabel India’ initiative. In partnership with Yuvaa, a youth media and insights company, this included a roadshow to colleges across the country, to inspire conversations among youth and initiate positive online dialogue. (IANS)