Google will host a Reddit AMA to answer developers’ questions about Android 11

Google wants to give developers a better idea of what they can expect from Android 11. In a post on the Android Developers subreddit, Google announced it’ll host an AMA with the community on July 9. If you were hoping to sneak in a question, you might want to hold your horses — unless you’re a developer at least. “Please note that we want to keep the conversation focused strictly on the engineering of the platform,” the announcement reads. “This is your chance to ask us technical questions related to Android 11 features and changes.” Google quietly dropped the public developer beta… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google,Reddit...
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Europe’s first Museum of Digital Art closes permanently due to coronavirus

It’s sad times. Severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Europe’s first physical museum dedicated to digital arts, the Museum of Digital Art in Zurich, has revealed it will close for good at the end of July. “It is with a heavy heart that the Museum of Digital Art announces today its untimely closure at the end of July 2020,” a MuDA rep wrote in an announcement. “Left with high rental costs, the non-profit project is forced into a premature end.” In March, museums across Switzerland were forced to temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike most other museums… This story continues at The Next Web...
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YouTube now lets creators respond to comments with AI-generated smart replies

Google is making it easier for YouTube creators to engage with their audience and quickly reply to comments under their videos. The company is rolling out Smart Reply — an AI-powered feature designed to help users generate appropriate replies without actually typing — to YouTube Studio. Here’s what the implementation looks like: Unlike Smart Reply for Gmail, YouTube’s integration supports multiple languages. For the time being, Smart Reply for creators only works in English and Spanish, but it seems Google plans to add more options in the future. In a blog post, Google researchers explained they had to come up… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube...
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Google delays reopening its US offices amidst coronavirus surge

Google is backtracking on its plans to reopen its US offices after coronavirus cases across the country have surged exponentially over the past couple of weeks, Bloomberg has learned. In an internal memo sent to employees, the company said its offices will remain closed at least until September 7. Earlier in May, CEO Sundar Pichai announced the Big G hopes to cautiously move some workers back in starting July 6. “While conditions do vary from state to state, we need to see that the US outlook as a whole is stable before we move forward,” VP of Global Security Chris… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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When two people love each other very much, they can get Spotify Premium Duo for $13

When two people love each other very much, they can still hate each other’s taste in music. Spotify doesn’t want you fighting with your partner over who gets to play DJ — so it’s rolling out a new subscription service specifically aimed at couples. The new service, dubbed Premium Duo, will offer each half their own Premium account, in addition to a shared playlist tailored to the taste of both. Premium Duo will cost $12.99, so couples are still getting a deal considering a standard individual sub will run you $9.99. That said, it’s less of a bargain than Premium… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify...
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Need a referral for a job at Google or Facebook? That’ll be $50

Research has shown that recruiters often ignore almost everything on your application — except where it came from. Indeed, even though referrals account for only 6% of all applications, they result in more than a quarter of all hires. This is why people are asking friends of friends and even cold-messaging random employees on LinkedIn in hopes of getting a referral. But what if you don’t know anyone who can do you a solid? Well, there’s a startup that wants to connect you to an employee at the company of your dreams who will vouch for your skills — for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Google...
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Google Photos won’t automatically back up your WhatsApp and Facebook images

Google Photos will no longer back up images and videos from folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — at least for the time being. Up until now, Photos did that by default, but that won’t be the case going forward. Indeed, users should soon see a notice about the change within the app. That said, the change appears to be temporary (even though it remains unclear until when it’ll last) and won’t affect previous backups. “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos,” a Google rep said in the Photos Help Community. “To save… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Facebook,Google...
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Call of Duty: Warzone now shows message of support for Black Lives Matter

Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward has updated Modern Warfare with a message of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The message, which appears on the game‘s Message of the Day segment, as well as the loading screen for its battle royale format, Warzone, shows solidarity for those protesting against racism and the senseless killing of George Floyd. Our community is hurting,” the message reads. “Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community… This story continues at The Next Web...
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This tiny game runs directly in your browser’s title bar — and it’s kinda fun

I was absolutely mind-blown when I first discovered the not-so-hidden Chrome dinosaur game. I’ll never forget that moment, because I spent the next several hours playing it — without even taking a break. I just loved how simple and unassuming it was. But now I’ve found something even simpler and more unassuming. Enter TitleRun, a micro-game that exists entirely in your browser‘s title bar (not to be confused with the URL bar, which is the mistake I first made). The game works best in Chrome or Firefox on desktop, but it’ll also run on mobile. The goal is pretty simple, use… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Tim Cook addresses George Floyd’s killing with a statement on racism

Apple has updated its home page with a statement from Tim Cook, addressing the tragic death of George Floyd and asserting the company’s commitment to “creating a better, more just world for everyone.” “Right now, there is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of millions,” the Apple CEO writes. “To stand together, we must stand up for one another, and recognize the fear, hurt, and outrage rightly provoked by the senseless killing of George Floyd and a much longer history of racism.” Cook’s address comes after numerous appeals, urging Apple to publicly state its position… This story continues at The Next Web...
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