Google has introduced an “indoor maps” feature to the “Find My Device” app so that it can direct users to the spot where they might have accidentally dropped their smartphones.
The search engine giant has not specifically listed which buildings the new feature applies to, so users would have to test their luck, The Verge reported on Tuesday.
“The ‘Find My Device’ app helps you locate your lost Android and lock it until you get it back and indoor maps would help you to find your device in airports, malls, or other large buildings,” the app description on Google Play Store read.
The “Find My Device” app also allows users to see their smart devices on a map based on their current or last known location, navigate to their devices with Google Maps, play a sound at full volume, even if the device is on silent mode or lock it with a custom message and contact number on lock screen.
The Google News Initiative Student Fellowship initiative, aimed at developing and supporting students of colour who are interested in careers in journalism, has opened applications for a 10-12 weeks paid programme.
The selected fellows will be given a travel payment of $1,000, plus a stipend of $5,000 for the course of the programme which will run from roughly September to December, Google said on Monday, adding that applications close on August 1.
“All fellows, who will have the opportunity to work remotely, will be selected by nine host newsrooms: Eugene Weekly, Houston Press, Isthmus, al Día en America, La Noticia, Vida Newspaper, the Washington Informer, the Omaha Star and the NNPA Newsroom,” Ashley Alese Edwards, U.S. Partnerships Manager, News Lab at Google, wrote in a blog post.
“Fellows will have the opportunity to work on editorial, revenue, and technology projects at the host publications.”
The newsrooms in the US often do not reflect the diversity of the audiences they cover.
A 2019 survey by the American Society of News Editors estimates that less than a quarter of newsroom employees identify themselves as a person of colour, compared to the US population, which is 24 per cent. The percentage is even smaller for newsroom leadership.
Google said its News Initiative Student Fellowship programme intends to address the barriers of access to early career opportunities many students of colour face, as well as support investigative journalism, technological innovation, and digital transformation in local newsrooms that serve diverse and underrepresented populations.
“Lack of internship and fellowship opportunities contributes to why many U.S. newsrooms don’t reflect the communities they cover,” Edwards said. (IANS)
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.
Google has revealed that Stadia Pro members will get six bonus games in June, or twice as many as usual.
Six new games for free with Stadia Pro are Get Packed, Little Nightmares, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, SUPERHOT, Panzer Dragoon Remake, and The Elder Scrolls Online,
The game will be launched on June 16 and will be available on the subscription-based game service Stadia immediately, Google said on Friday.
Stadia also brought some big updates to users who use the service via Google’s Chrome browser. The platform added support for wireless Stadia Controller play and 1440p resolution — exclusively for Stadia Pro subscribers.