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Google Displays Colourful Doodle to Mark 70th R-Day

Observances last for four days, coming to a conclusion on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony, featuring the bands of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force

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Google on Saturday dedicated a colourful doodle marking the 70th Republic Day of India.
It recreated the celebrations depicting the iconic Republic Day Parade, representing various components of the country’s rich heritage, culture and history: environment, architecture, textiles, wildlife, monuments, and farming.
Designed by guest artist Reshidev RK, the doodle shows the sprawling Rashtrapati Bhawan in the backdrop of what appears to be a tableaux from various parts of the country.
There is the Qutab Minar, a peacock, the national bird, plentiful fields, farms and crop motifs depicting the nation’s overall agricultural base.
Republic Day in India, Wikimedia
An elephant-like structure rides the peacock tableaux. The doodle aptly depicts the famous parade floats that decorate the cities on the day throughout the nation — each representing a different component of India’s history: environment, architecture, textiles, wildlife, monuments, and farming.
January 26 marks the Purna Swaraj Day when the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, though it was adopted in 1949, the Google blog accompanying the doodle said.
On January 26, 1930, the Indian National Congress issued a bold resolution declaring complete freedom from the British Raj. From that point, it was only a matter of time before Independence Day, followed by full sovereignty.
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Glimpse of Republic Day’s parade.
Celebrations take place all across the nation, with the epicenter in the capital city of Delhi, where a parade runs along Rajpath near the President’s residence.
The tradition dates back to the morning of January 26, 1950, when thousands gathered to watch a simple yet grand ceremony at the Durbar Hall where the first President Dr Rajendra Prasad was sworn in.
Observances last for four days, coming to a conclusion on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony, featuring the bands of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Testing ‘Incognito Mode’ in Maps

In July 2019, Maps also added more than 45,000 community and public toilets as part of the Central government’s “Loo Review” campaign that covers 1,700 cities in India

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One of the main building at Google's headquarters for European operations in Dublin Ireland. Wikimedia Commons

Google Maps may soon have an “Incognito Mode” for better privacy on your location data.

The “Incognito Mode” in Google Maps is currently being tested in the Android app, reports XDA Developers.

Just like in Google Chrome, “Incognito Mode” for Maps will have several specific privacy features when rolled out globally.

“The Google Maps 10.26 version also hints at a new ‘Eyes Free’ walking navigation mode,” said the report.

The “Eyes Free” mode will reduce how often you need to look at your phone when you’re using it to navigate as you walk.

This mode would “add more detailed voice guidance during walking navigation”.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Last month, Google Maps added a new “Live View” navigation mode that overlays walking directions in augmented reality.

Google Maps has started rolling out privacy features to beta testers.

To make Maps more useful for users, Google is also adding support for bike-sharing stations to let people be informed on docked bike sharing services near them.

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After running tests in the US and elsewhere, earlier in May, Google rolled out speed limits and mobile radar locations in over 40 countries, including India.

In July 2019, Maps also added more than 45,000 community and public toilets as part of the Central government’s “Loo Review” campaign that covers 1,700 cities in India. (IANS)