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Google Maps now has public transit directions & more

google-maps-1797882_960_720 The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching.

The new transit feature, means that users can keep track of their progress while multi-tasking and using other apps. Along with displaying the travel progress without needing to return to the Maps app, a notification will pop up as users approach their next stop.

 

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Google’s Project Tango is shutting down

PT  Google said today that it’ll be shutting down Project Tango next year, on March 1st. Project Tango was an early effort from Google to bring augmented reality to phones.

Google has revealed that it’s ending support for Tango in favor of its new ARCore platform. Google introduced a new augmented reality system, known as ARCore, in late August. It just brought that system to the Pixel and Pixel 2 in the form of some augmented reality stickers.

ango would be replaced by ARCore at some point, but Google has now made the shift official with an update to its ARCore Developer Preview. Tango support will end on March 1st, 2018, Google said.

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Google Chrome beta and start muting autoplay videos

IMG_2223 Google first revealed a few months ago that the upcoming release of Chrome 64 : autoplaying videos and their abrupt sounds. Unfortunately, the final release for Chrome 64 still isn’t due until January, however the newly released beta for the browser’s upcoming version is available to download now, and include the option for muting autoplay videos.

 

The setting to have autoplay content automatically muted is in Chrome 64’s permissions bar. There’s also support for HDR videos when Windows 10 is in HDR mode, a multitasking “split view” feature on Chrome OS, and new tools for developers.

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Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios

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Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios in a landmark deal worth over $52 billion.

Disney also will gain a majority control of Hulu in the deal, with Fox’s 30 percent stake giving Disney a controlling interest of 60 percent. Disney CEO Bob Iger is extending his time as CEO of the Walt Disney Company through 2021.

Fox acquisition also means that Disney finally controls the rights to the original Star Wars film.

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Twitter Threads tweetstorms with a new feature

IMG_2298 Twitter’s tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app. Threads, as the company is calling them, let you string together tweets by tapping a new plus button in the tweet composer.

we expanded our character count to make it easier for people to fit what they’re thinking into a Tweet. Twitter says “hundreds of thousands of threads” are posted daily. The need for an official thread feature has been apparent for years: third-party developers have been building apps to thread tweets since at least 2008.

Twitter says that they will be rolling out to iOS, Android, and web over the course of the next few weeks.

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Apple App Store now offers pre-orders

app-store.png  Apple has launched a simple but useful new feature for the App Store: the ability to preorder apps . The App Store already has a wishlist system for apps you’re interested in installing or buying someday, but, of course, that only works for ones that have already launched.

Developers can offer both free and paid preorders. App Store and be notified when the app or game does launch. Even better, the app will actually be installed automatically, so users don’t have to perform an extra step.

 

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Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam

shazam Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today.  According to Recode. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips.

The acquisition cost is far from the $1 billion Shazam was valued at during its last funding round. Shazam’s music and sound recognition, which is already integrated with Siri.

Shazam has visual recognition tech and an AR platform for brands