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Google is rolling out a new feature in its Search that will let users instantly delete the last 15 minutes of browsing history on mobile.
This feature is available in the Google app for iOS and is coming to the Android Google app later this year. The tool is not yet available for desktop users.
Currently, with auto-delete controls, one can choose to have Google automatically and continuously delete your Search history, along with other Web & App Activity, from your account after three, 18, or 36 months.
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"For new accounts, the default auto-delete option for Web & App Activity is 18 months, but one can always choose to update settings," the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Google said that when you're signed in, you can now choose to require extra verification for My Activity.
"With this setting, you'll need to provide additional information -- like your password or two-factor authentication -- before your full history can be viewed," the company informed.
Google said that it will also proactively notify users if it discovers "that any of these passwords have been compromised and whether you've reused them across multiple sites".
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"In addition to keeping your data private and secure, we also work to keep you safe while you're browsing and searching for information on the web," the company said.
Google Safe Browsing helps protect over four billion devices every day by showing people warnings when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. (IANS/KB)
Twitter has rolled out improved prompts on iOS and Android that will encourage users to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply — such as insults, strong language, or hateful remarks — before tweeting it.
In other words, the upgraded feature is better at spotting “strong language” and now takes into account your relationship with the person you’re messaging.
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“For example, if two accounts follow and reply to each other often, there’s a higher likelihood that they have a better understanding of the preferred tone of communication,” Anita Butler and Alberto Parrella from Twitter said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
In 2020, Twitter first tested prompts that encouraged people to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply before they hit send.
“Starting today, we’re rolling these improved prompts out across iOS and Android, starting with accounts that have enabled English-language settings,” the company informed.
Early tests revealed that if prompted, 34 percent of people revised their initial reply or decided to not send their reply at all.
“After being prompted once, people composed, on average, 11 percent fewer offensive replies in the future,” Twitter said.
If prompted, people were less likely to receive offensive and harmful replies back.
Since the early tests, here’s what we’ve incorporated into the systems that decide when and how to send these reminders:
Twitter said it will continue to explore how prompts — such as reply prompts and article prompts — and other forms of intervention can encourage healthier conversations on Twitter. (IANS/KB)
Google has introduced new features for parents to make book reading easier for their children on its ebook digital distribution service Play Books. Now, you can listen to a book read out loud, with a choice of whether the pages turn automatically or manually.
“Hear a word spoken out loud by tapping on any word on the book page. Read or listen to thousands of kid-friendly definitions, many of which have illustrations to support comprehension and learning,” Google said. With “Tap to Read”, users can tap a word to hear it read out loud. The ‘Kid-Friendly Dictionary’ defines words for a young audience, often with illustrations on Google Play Books.
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“When you are browsing in the Google Play Store or Google Play Books app, you’ll find a large catalog of books designated for ages 0-8, and the vast majority of these titles have reading tools enabled,” the company informed.
You can also download a free sample of any children’s book to confirm if reading tools are enabled for that title before purchasing the book. Until recently, the Google Play Books user experience was primarily designed for proficient readers.
“With the launches of ‘Teacher Approved Apps’ and ‘Google Kids Space’ in 2020, we had an opportunity to rethink what learning to read means for younger readers, their parents, and anyone else who may be a beginning reader,” the company said. (IANS/SP)
Google on Monday introduced dark mode and multiple account support for its Assistant-powered smart displays like Nest Hub.
If users have separate personal and work accounts, they can now set up multiple accounts on Google Assistant devices to see and interact with upcoming events and meetings in one place — without having to switch between their personal or work accounts.
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“As you begin your day, just tap the new ‘Your morning’ page to get things off to a good start. You’ll see things like a reminder for your first meeting, a run-down of the morning news, and a glance at the weather ahead,” said Jack Krawczyk, Director, Product Management at Google.
The new visual layout also has a “Home control” page, where you can control the connected devices throughout the house.
Zoom is coming to Assistant-enabled Smart Displays later this year.
Use the “Communicate” page to start a new meeting, call one of your household contacts, or even message your kids in another room using a Broadcast card.
“Google Meet on Nest Hub Max will now auto-frame to keep the camera centered on you if you move around”.
“Dark Mode Theme changes the color scheme of the interface and reduces light emission, so it’s easier on the eyes at night while still providing you with visual and touch access,” the company said.
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Google also announced the new Sunrise Alarm on its Smart Displays.
With Sunrise Alarm – coming to Smart Displays — the brightness of the screen will gradually increase starting 30 minutes before the alarm goes off.
“You can also set different alarms for different days of the week and choose different ringtones for them,” Google said. (IANS)