Planning a group outing just got easier.
As part of a recent mobile update you are now able to share a list of places (e.g., restaurants) with your friends and they can vote their preferred meeting place. This should cut down on the volume of email/sms traffic it takes for a group to pick a watering hole.
Just create a list, then share it; your friends will be taken right to Google Maps mobile, where they will be able to cast their vote 👍👎 on proposed venues. They can even add additional locations to the decision matrix.
Gmail announced that desktop users will soon be able to turn off Smart Reply, the slightly creepy way of using AI to suggest replies. Mobile users can already disable this option in their Gmail account settings).
The option to disable this feature, although welcome to many, may fall on deaf ears to others. It turns out Smart Reply is quite popular. According to the Wall Street Journal, Smart Reply is responsible for 10% of all Gmail responses.
To Turn Off/On Smart Reply
- in Gmail, click Settings.
- Select Gmail account (if you have multiple accounts you’ll need to repeat for each).
- Scroll down to Smart Reply and select/deselect as preferred.
Following the successful adoption of the new Gmail, Google has announced it will discontinue the not so great experiment, Inbox, by March of 2019.
The announcement marks a decision to reinvest their R&D efforts back into the existing platform.
Good riddance (of course I said the same thing to my CompuServe and AOL accounts, way back when)
For more, read: TC: Say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail
Take that, Kyrie Irving!…
Perhaps in a bid to win over Flat-Earthers, when zoomed out in Google Maps, you’ll see a round Earth instead of a flat map.
Because Sharing is Caring!…
Google Map’s Location Sharing just received an update that allows you to view your location sharer’s battery status.
Why? Well, if your friend’s battery goes dead, the phone, and it’s location information, is sure to follow. At least, armed with this foreknowledge, you’ll know why they went off the grid and not take it personally.
Want to know how far that hike is?
To Measure Distances in Google Maps
- In Google Maps search for or navigate to the desired area.
- RT + CLICK on the starting point and select Measure distance.
- CLICK on the the endpoint (repeat this step for multiple turns/points).
An update to Google Calendar is rolling out soon that will allow you to add Out-of-Office time to your calendar. Invites received during this time will be automatically declined with the message of your choice (or no message at all, but isn’t that rude?)
Also included with this enhancement is a more flexible ‘working hours’ settings. Currently you can only set one repeating block of working time. The enhanced calendar will allow for different set hours on different days, which works well for those with flex-time schedules.
This update will first appear for the paying (G-Suite) customers in the next few days, and roll out to the rest of us shortly after.