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Google Makes Exploring Easier Through Activity Cards

Users will also be able to add or delete items to their Google activity cards

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Google has now disabled the app called "Screenwise Meter" that let the company track data and traffic usage on smartphones of users who agreed to that.

Google has started rolling out a new feature called activity cards to make it easier for users to pick up the threads to past searches and continue exploring a topic.

“Activity cards will roll out today on mobile web and the Google app in English in the US,” Andrew Moore, Google’s Product Manager for Search wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

So when you revisit a query related to a task you had started in the past, Google will show you a card with relevant pages you had already visited and previous queries you had done on this topic.

“As you’re looking to build new habits or pick up new tasks in the new year – whether sticking to an exercise regimen, sprucing up your winter wardrobe, or collecting new ideas for your home – we hope this new feature helps you along your way and makes your search history more accessible and useful,” Moore said.

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“If you’re logged into your Google account and search for topics and hobbies like cooking, interior design, fashion, skincare and beauty, fitness, photography and more, you may find an activity card at the top of the results page that provides easy ways to continue your exploration,” Moore added.

Users will also be able to add or delete items to their activity cards.

If you want to mark a page to read or reference later, just touch and hold the link to quickly add items on your activity card to a collection.

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You can access your collections by tapping the menu on the top left of the Search page (on mobile web), or through the bottom bar of the Google app.

Users will be able to control what appears in their activity card by pressing to delete an item or turn off cards by tapping the three-dot icon, Google said.

Moore did not reveal if the feature would be rolled out globally any time soon. (IANS)

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Tech Major Google Abandons its Tablet-making Efforts

For Google-made hardware, the company is now focusing its roadmap on the Pixelbook family of laptops moving forward

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Confirming that there would be no upcoming sequel to its Pixel Slate, Google has seemingly abandoned its tablet-making efforts and focus mainly on making laptops.

“Hey, it’s true. Google’s hardware team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward, but make no mistake, Android and Chrome OS teams are 100 per cent committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu),” Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services tweeted on Thursday.

However, the company would still support the existing Pixel Slate devices.

“We will fully support Pixel Slate for the long-term as well,” Osterloh added.

The Google Pixel Slate was first announced in October 2018 and was later launched last November at a starting price of $599.

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Even though it had a nice display and support for a mouse and trackpad, CNET found it to be pricey in comparison to the Chromebook and to tablet competition. It was also heavy and had buggy software, the report said.

According to a Computerworld report, affected employees from the tablet division in Google have been reassigned from developing tablets to laptops.

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For Google-made hardware, the company is now focusing its roadmap on the Pixelbook family of laptops moving forward.

“For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops,” CNET quoted a company spokesperson as saying. (IANS)