In the wake of an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 dead and over 50 injured, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature, giving users in the area the opportunity to assure friends and family they were safe.
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Have you ever dreamt about impressing the people around your neighbourhood with preachy Banksy-inspired graffiti? SketchAR is an augmented reality drawing app that uses a smartphone and its camera to let you trace images. And when used with a device that supports Google's Project Tango technology, suddenly anyone can become a tagger who doesn't suck.
Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You'd be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The keynote was essentially just a boring two-hour lecture about small, incremental updates to existing products.
Today at the annual Google I/O developer conference, we learned about all the updates coming to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, dubbed Android O for now — at least until its official release later this year. This is the eighth version of the OS (Android 8.0), and even though we've seen some of the additions in the developer preview that launched in March, there's a whole swath of new goodies that Google highlighted at the show. So, without further adieu, here are all the new updates coming to Android.
I just migrated my photos off of Flickr. Yes, it's 2017, and I was still using Flickr. Why? Because I'd been using it since 2005, it's free, and the mobile app is… fine. But now that it seems like Flickr is joining the likes of AOL and Earthlink in the internet graveyard, it's clearly time to leave. Why did it take this long for me to leave to begin with?
The Raspberry Pi is the a very versatile computer that has been embraced by hobbyists everywhere. It's been used to create gaming consoles, home automation systems, media player and all sorts of other applications. Google has teamed up Raspberry Pi to create a kit that brings together a Voice Hardware Accessory on Top board with a microphone and speaker so you can create your own Alexa alternative.
You get a new email that looks like it's from a friend, a company, a government official, or even a family member. All that's in that email is a link. You click it, because of course you do. You're taken to a login page, where you enter your credentials. Then, that site turns out to be fake and collects your password. Congratulations, you've been phished.
A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube's secret dark mode. Now, there's an official way to opt into the new look.
It seems like a lot of web pages are disappearing from the internet these days. If you feel like taking on archiving duties for yourself, there are a variety of tools for doing so.
Google Classroom is now available to everyone with a Google account - not just those with gSuite for Education accounts. That means that, as well as enrolling and participating in classes, anyone can now create online courses.
It seems the old curse "may you live in interesting times" has come true. We now live in a world where "fake news" and "alternative facts" are part of our vernacular and something we must guard against. But one of the challenges of the online world is that misinformation can be spread quickly and become "fact" before there's a chance to verify it. Google is having a crack at verifying sources and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is as well.