• Google kills off app that let you check in on loved ones during an emergency

    12 days ago - By The Verge

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    Google will discontinue its emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts in December, and has already yanked it from the Google Play Store. Instead, it's directing existing users to try similar but less helpful features in Google Maps. That's a shame, because while Trusted Contacts could let you find a family member even if they don't respond (say, if they are unconscious or in danger), Google Maps requires them to proactively broadcast their location to you .
    The announcement was quite abrupt:
    Ian Carlos Campbell
    Google's email announcement
    Google Maps has been able to do real...
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  • Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

    Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

    12 days ago - By Engadget

    You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you're asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spoti...
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