Google Maps is testing a new safety feature for taxi passengers

From The Verge: Google appears to be testing a new safety feature for Google Maps that will alert you if your car or taxi deviates from its route by more than 500 meters (0.3 miles). The feature was first spotted by XDA Developers, and it appears to be exclusive to India for now. “Off-route alerts” can be found within the “Stay safer” menu; the menu is accessible after you’ve selected your destination but before you enter navigation mode.

Google Assistant takes the wheel in Waze to bring hands-free reports and directions

From PC World: Google Assistant already helps us out when we’re using the Maps app without taking over our screen or taking our eyes off the road, and now Google is bringing its AI chatbot to Waze too.

Rolling out to Android phones beginning today, Google Assistant will be fully integrated into Waze so users won’t have to tap on their screens to get things done. Many of Waze’s most popular features will be supported, such as reporting traffic jams, calling out potholes, and checking for alternate routes.

Microsoft Will Be Bigger Than Apple, Amazon & Google (But Not Walmart)

From Forbes: Microsoft – which has flirted with trillion dollar valuations – will be bigger than Apple, Amazon and Google – but not Walmart – if it does a few things – and Apple, Amazon and Google don’t do the same ones, which they will have a much harder time doing. Let me explain.

Ready to Respawn? Putting Razer's Gaming-Enhancing Drink to the Test

From PC MAg: Back in 2010, hardware company Razer announced a gaming-enhancing intravenous liquid called Venom, in what turned out to be an April Fools' Day joke. Due to a surge in interest in real mental-enhancement beverages since (and a horrifying amount of fan interest in an IV-delivered serum), Razer has now actually produced its own drink, named Respawn. Obviously, we had to try it for ourselves.

Microsoft Issues New Windows 10 Update Warning

From Forbes: Windows 10 desperately needed changes to its upgrade system and they are finally rolling out. That said, they’re not a magic bullet and Microsoft has now warned users about an update which is going to be hit multiple times over the next few weeks, and before the company can do anything about it.

Will you subscribe to Google Stadia?

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22% (33 votes)
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64% (94 votes)
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Western Digital Blue SN500 NVMe SSD 500GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

My colleague Jonathan Kwan was recently recalling his test driving experience with a mutual friend who was looking to replace his car. This friend apparently had driven his Honda Civic for many kilometers until everything in it was less than functional. To my surprise, they looked at cars from manufacturers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. As he continued his story, I had to wonder why someone would want such a big of an upgrade, especially when they were of the mindset of driving a car into the ground before replacing it. When I went test driving for my car, my dad and I stuck to places where I would actually buy a car from, such as Chevrolet, Honda, or Toyota. I knew I had no reason to be looking at pricier brands, because I knew I could not afford it. Furthermore, I just something that was capable and easy on the wallet. Even at the end of the story, Jonathan's friend concluded he would be probably end up buying a CR-V rather than one from a premium brand, much to the chagrin of the Editor-in-Chief. Today, we have another budget-focused NVMe drive. While this was once seen as an oxymoron, with NAND prices dropping steadily and technology improving, we have exactly this in the Western Digital Blue SN500 NVMe SSD 500GB. Historically speaking, the Blue lineup of Western Digital has been a consumer focused one, and so I have to ask, what is the SN500 capable of? How does it compete with products like other budget drives or even the upper echelon flagships like the Western Digital Black SN750? Read on to find out!

Facebook is stopping Huawei from pre-installing its apps

From The Verge: Facebook won’t allow Huawei to pre-install its apps on smartphones anymore, Reuters is reporting. It’s the latest example of Western tech companies cutting ties with the beleaguered Chinese telecom giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban against it.

Apple To Abandon Massive iPhone Feature

From Forbes: In releasing its first iOS 13 beta this week, Apple might as well have written on a billboard that its class-leading 3D Touch haptic technology has been pulled from the next iPhones. Why? Because iOS 13 made every gesture and shortcut which relied on 3D Touch accessible instead via a standard long press. There’s simply no reason for the technology to exist anymore.

Google reportedly calls Huawei ban a US national security risk

From CNET: Google apparently has warned the Trump administration that its Huawei ban could endanger US national security.

The search giant's senior executives are pushing for an exemption from the Huawei blacklisting that basically banned US companies from doing business with the Chinese company, according to the Financial Times, which cited three anonymous sources.


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