Thursday, November 26


Apps & Games, Google, Hangouts, Meet, News, video call

Google removes group video calls from Hangouts and sends Meet links instead

In an ongoing effort to do away with Hangouts, Google is removing video calling features and using them to drive users to its Meet platform. According to Android Police, Hangouts version 36.0.340725045 on Android, as well as the Hangouts web app, have lost support for group video calls. The first time you open the Android application after the update, Hangouts displays a banner that says, "Video calls in Hangouts now use Google Meet." The app also touts the benefits of Meet over Hangouts, specifically mentioning the live captioning and screen sharing features. While the statement is not entirely correct, Hangouts still supports one-to-one video calling, it is indicative of where Google is trying to go with Hangouts. Along with th...
ai, Apps & Games, Artificial Intelligence, Google, News, verse by verse

Google Releases New AI-Powered Tool That Helps You Compose Poetry

Google has launched a new AI-powered tool 'Verse by Verse' that allows you to compose poetry inspired by classical poets. Once you get started, you can select up to three poets for inspiration, such as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Edgar Allan Poe. From there you have to select the syllable count and rhyme. The tool then asks you to write your first line, after which the AI ​​will suggest a few more options. Once you write your first line, you can write a second or choose from a number of options inspired by the poets you have selected. It's worth noting that the tool is designed to inspire you, not to create an entire poem for you from suggestions, although you can do exactly that. When all your lines have been selected or...
Deals, game streaming, gaming, Google, Google Stadia, News

Google Stadia store’s Black Friday deal offers discounts on dozens of games

Google has launched its Black Friday deals for its Stadia game streaming service. It's important to note that while there are many offers available to free Stadia users, some are exclusive to those who subscribe at $ 11.99 / month.Pro'tier. See below some of the more notable offers:Assassin's Creed Odyssey - $ 19.99 (normally $ 79.99) [Stadia Pro only] Borderlands 3 - $ 26.39 (normally $ 79.99) The Division 2 - $ 11.99 (normally $ 39.99) Doom Eternal Standard Edition - $ 26.39 (normally $ 79.99) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - $ 10.55 (normally $ 65.99) Far Cry 5 - $ 19.99 (normally $ 79.99) [Stadia Pro only] Hitman - Game of the Year Edition Pack - $ 15.99 (normally $ 79.99) [Stadia Pro only] Just Dance 2020 - $ 20.09 (normally $ 66.0...
Apps & Games, AR, Google, mandalorian, News

Google’s new augmented reality experience lets you hunt down the Mandalorian

Google and Lucasfilm have partnered on a fun new augmented reality (AR) experience based on the popular Disney + original The mandalorian. Nicknamed The Mandalorian AR experience, the app turns you into a bounty hunter and sends you in search of the Mandalorian and the Child. However, Google chose to restrict the experience to only 5G Android phones; perhaps it became the preferred communications technology after the fall of the Empire. Android PoliceHowever, you found that you don't need a 5G connection to use the app on your 5G phone - great news for any Canadian interested in trying it out - you don't even need a 5G phone. The app works fine on 4G devices if you do a side download, but the Play Store seems to block installati...
Fitness, Google, News, Wearables & Gadgets, WearOS

Training tracking in Google Fit is visually renewed

Google is remaking the main training screen in the Google Fit app on Android smartwatches. This Wear OS update takes the Fit app a few steps in usability by focusing on a three-screen-based layout. The center screen is your main point of contact and shows key metrics related to whatever type of training you are doing. Swiping to the left screen reveals media playback controls, while swiping to the right reveals more workout metrics like calories burned and BPM. If you're the type of person who accidentally touches your watch screen while exercising, Google has created a new button that also locks the screen while using it on the left page. You can use the physical buttons on the watch to navigate the pages and pause / resume your...
add-on, Apps & Games, contacts, gmail, Google, News, sidebar

Google will add the Contacts sidebar plugin to Gmail in the coming weeks

Gmail will soon receive another useful sidebar add-on: Contacts. Google's popular email client received a few updates in recent years, including a new sidebar tool with quick access to other Google services like Calendar, Keep, and Tasks. With one click, Gmail users on the desktop can easily check their calendar to have free time during the day, make a note, or add an email to a to-do list. Also, the sidebar supports third-party plugins to connect to other apps like Zoom, Trello, or Slack. In the coming weeks, the Google Contacts app will also join the sidebar. Contacts will give Gmail users access to all the details of a contact from the sidebar. This can include your email, phone number, and more. The Contacts sidebar add-on ...
Apps & Games, Google, Google Assistant, News

Google Adds New Smart Home Scheduling Options

The latest update to the Google Assistant adds more natural voice controls for smart home devices. This means you can program smart lights, smart plugs, and more to turn on or off at specific times. Not only can you schedule the lights to turn on at a specific time, you can also set the lights to turn off after a certain time. For example, if you have to get into a room quickly, you can say "Ok Google, turn on the lights in the living room for two minutes." Alternatively, you can also say things like "Ok Google, turn on the living room lights in three minutes." On top of that, you can also say, "Ok Google, set the bedroom lights to come on at 8 AM tomorrow." Google says you can program events up to a week in advance. However, yo...
Apps & Games, Google, Google Chrome, News

Google will enforce updated privacy standards for Chrome extensions in January 2021

Google is introducing a new policy starting in January 2021 that will require Chrome Web Store extensions to disclose information about data usage. Extension creators must display the information provided by the developer about the collected data in clear and easy-to-understand language. The developers will be asked to explain the type of data they are collecting, such as logins or personally identifiable information. "The new policy also requires developers to certify their data usage practices and display that information directly on the Chrome Web Store listing to help users understand an extension's privacy practices," Google described in a blog post. Developers will need to commit to abiding by the new policy, which also preve...
Apps & Games, Chrome, Google, Google Chrome, News, Windows 7

Google extends Chrome support for Windows 7 until January 2022

Google has announced that it will extend Chrome support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2020. The tech giant was not originally going to extend support after July 15, 2021, but is rolling out the six-month extension due to customer feedback. Google notes that this year has presented many challenges for organizations and that some planned IT projects may have been delayed. "Facing tough business and technology decisions, supporting a changing work environment, and navigating uncertainty are some of the problems IT leaders have faced over the course of 2020," the tech giant noted in a blog post. Although Windows 7 is more than a decade old, Google says that 22 percent of organizations using the Windows operating system have ...
Google, Google Assistant, News, Samsung, Smart Home, Smart TV

Google Assistant comes to Samsung smart TVs

Samsung is bringing the Google Assistant to some of its smart TVs that are already compatible with Alexa and Bixby. This means that you can view images from your Google Photos, search Google, and more from your Samsung TV. You can also control smart devices like smart lights and plugs from your TV with voice controls. Unfortunately, the Google Assistant will only be coming to the company's 2020 4K and 8K TVs. Samsung says that TVs that support the functionality you will get Google Assistant integration without an update. The feature is now rolling out in the UK, France and Italy, but Samsung says it will hit 12 more countries by the end of the year. Source: Samsung
contest, Deals, Google, News, Pixel 5 5G

Contest: Win a Google Pixel 5 5G Bell

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Not only are there a host of Black Friday tech deals in Canada, we also have a Google Pixel 5 5G to give away. Bell's Pixel 5 5G features a 6-inch screen, 4,000 mAh battery, 8GB of RAM, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor, dual-camera setup, and 128GB storage. The smartphone we have available to give away is a blue / green 'Sorta Sage' color. To enter the contest, do one of the following: Follow us and retweet the contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), Follow us on Instagram (@mobilesyrup), 'Like us on facebook ( or subscribe to our Youtube channel. All current MobileSyrup Twitter, Facebook and YouTube followers are automatically entered into the contest. This contes...
Apps & Games, calendar, Chrome, fit, gmail, Google, ios 14 widgets, News

Google showed off several new iOS 14 widgets and teased the upcoming ones

Google introduced several new iOS 14 widgets for its apps, many of which are available now (or will be soon). These widgets look great, and unfortunately put their Android counterparts to shame. in a blog post, Google showed widgets for Gmail, Drive, and Google Fit on iOS. It also teased upcoming widgets for Calendar and Chrome.Most of these widgets offer basic functions. For example, the Gmail widget allows you to quickly search your emails and presents shortcuts to compose a new email or jump to your inbox (it even lists how many unread emails you have). Google Drive is similar, with a search bar and shortcuts to recent documents.Google Fit is a bit different, allowing users to quickly check their heart points and steps f...