Set Your Google Map’s Location History to Auto-Delete

Sure, being able to look back along your timeline to recall something (like the name of that Sardinian cafe by the water) has its conveniences. But who among us isn’t concerned about the long-term use of our private data?

Well, following a recent update, Google Maps users can have their timelines automatically expire.

Setting Your Timeline History to Auto-delete

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Alexa gets a ‘no human review’ option

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With a recent change to Alexa, you can now opt-out of having your voice recordings reviewed by Amazon’s employees.

Why the change? Is it the reports of Google and Apple employees listening in on personal exchanges recorded by the voice-activated assistants? Or perhaps it’s a response to European courts rulings limiting what companies (like Amazon) can do with the data collected by said voice-activated assistants.

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To Opt-Out of Human Review

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Select Settings, Alexa Privacy, then Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
  3. Locate the setting “With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used … manually reviewed.” and tap OFF.

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iOS 12.1.4 update corrects FaceTime Listen-in bug

Apple reports FacePalm🤦‍♂️, the FaceTime bug that allowed people to listen in before accepting a call, is fixed in the iOS 12.1.4 update.  So you can download, update, and re-enable Group FaceTime without fear of eavesdrop.

More via Update to iOS 12.1.4 to re-enable FaceTime-TC

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Hallo Google, hilf mir Englisch zu sprechen – Google Home’s Interpreter mode

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With Google‘s  “Interpreter mode”  your Home devices can act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and Google Assistant tries to be the middle man between the two.

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To get started, you just say something like “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.”

via Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly — TechCrunch

Gmail new features: Undo, Strikethrough and more

Coming soon to now arriving in your Gmail Inbox:

  • Strikethrough
  • Undo/Redo
  • Save email as file (.eml format)

These small but welcome upgrades, currently rolling out to g-suite users, are expected to hit the rest of us in the coming weeks.

 

Google+: “I’m not quite dead, yet”

To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”

Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continue on and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.

More at TechCrunch

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Google asks, ‘Shall we play a game?’ with hidden Chrome adventure

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Wanna sleuth your way around a tech giant’s Mountainview campus? Google has embedded this retro text adventure game and all you need is a web browser (and infinite patience) to play.

To launch Google’s text adventure game

  1. Launch your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser.
  2. Search for ‘text adventure’.
  3. RIGHT+CLICK on the results page and select Inspect
  4. CLICK the Console tab.  The text “Would you like to play a game?” appears.
  5. Enter ‘yes’ at the > prompt

Cheers (with special thanks, to Di, for passing this along)!

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