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Google Maps Gets A New Update That Lets You Access Music

Through a new "commute tab", users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information.

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Google is introducing a new update for its Maps that would now provide more information for commuters. Also, users on Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music will be able to control music playback from within the navigation app which is likely to take less attention than switching between apps.

“Today, we’re rolling out new features on Google Maps to help you take control of your daily commute — enabling you to plan ahead, prepare for the inevitable disruptions, and possibly avoid them altogether,” Ramesh Nagarajan, Group Product Manager, Google Maps, wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

According to the company, the new updates are rolling out globally via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting this week.

Through a new “commute tab”, users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information for each leg of their journey.

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“We’ll tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one or if you’ll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. In case of a delay, we’ll tell you about alternative routes to help you get to work faster.

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“On Android, you’ll also receive notifications about delays and disruptions on your route as they happen, so you can know about an incident before you get caught up in the delay,” Nagarajan added. (IANS)

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Google Not Going to Offer Controversial Face Recognition Technology

According to Walker, Google has long been committed to the responsible development of AI

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At a time when pressure is mounting on tech companies to utilise facial recognition technology with care to avoid its misuse, Google has said it will not offer the controversial technology for now.

Toeing Microsoft’s line which has asked governments across the world to regulate this technology, Google said facial recognition merits careful consideration.

“Like many technologies with multiple uses, facial recognition merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values, and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes,” Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Google, said in a blog post on Friday.

“We continue to work with many organisations to identify and address these challenges, and unlike some other companies, Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through important technology and policy questions,” informed Walker.

Earlier this month, Microsoft President Brad Smith said that given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019.

“Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” warned Smith in a blog post.

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“The time for action has arrived,” he said, adding that the industry must also exercise restraint while using this technology.

Microsoft is one of several companies playing a leading role in developing facial recognition technology.

The company, Smith said, would start adopting new principles to manage the issues surrounding facial recognition technology in the first quarter of 2019.

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According to Walker, Google has long been committed to the responsible development of AI.

“These principles guide our decisions on what types of features to build and research to pursue. As one example, facial recognition technology has benefits in areas like new assistive technologies and tools to help find missing persons, with more promising applications on the horizon,” he added. (IANS)