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Google Maps adds traffic alerts feature to help commuters avoid congested routes

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Google has updated its maps by adding a new traffic alerts feature, which will give traffic status to the users while searching for directions on particular routes.

According to Techcrunch, this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead and of course, alternate routes to each destination.

The users will also be informed about blockades or construction zones on the selected route.

Google maps will also tell the users about how long they will have to wait if they stay on a path where a traffic jam has popped up.

Techcrunch reported that the company also pulled data from Google Maps searches in the past to see what people would be getting up to this weekend. Top searches from last year include the beach, the cemetery, the gas station, restaurants, furniture stores, and ice cream shops.

Google also used last year’s data to determine the most popular getaway spots like San Francisco and New York.

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Google, Gmail Will Now Share Single Profile Photo

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google has started combining G Suite users’ Gmail photos with their Google account profile photos.

“We are combining the Gmail photo with the Google account profile photo for G Suite users. Now, when you go to change this setting in Gmail, you’ll be directed to the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings to set your profile picture,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

Currently, profile pictures set in Gmail are only displayed in Gmail. This means a profile picture in Gmail may be different than the Google account profile photo, which can make it difficult to know which picture will be displayed where.

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Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions. Pixabay

This new change simplifies things by allowing a user to set a single profile picture in one place and then displaying that single photo across all Google apps.

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“When you visit Settings > General > My Picture in Gmail on the web, you will be directed to change your picture in the ‘About me’ section of your Google profile settings. If your Gmail and profile photos are currently different, and you have permission to edit your photo, you will see a pop-up when you visit your About me settings which will prompt you to select one of the images or choose an entirely new photo,” the company added. (IANS)