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Google Maps will show traffic lights on routes, starting in the United States

Google Maps will show traffic lights on streets and crossings where you can find them.

The Droid-Life site discovered the new feature and Google confirmed to The Verge that it is testing the tool for now only in the United States that joins Japan as the only two countries where this feature is available.

The feature appears only to some users, says Droid-Life. Users confirmed to the site to see the traffic lights in version 10.44.3 but not in beta 10.45.0. Google did not say when it will roll out the feature to all users.

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Traffic lights appear on the streets where they are located and only as an icon, since they do not change color in real time. Traffic lights on Google Maps appear in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago, with the plan to expand to other regions,  – The Verge said.

Droid-Life says Apple Maps has offered this feature since last year with iOS 13, and even Siri can use the traffic lights as prompts to say “turn right at the next traffic light” and make it sound more natural.

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The Galaxy Note 20 event will be online on August 5, Samsung confirms

Samsung announced its second Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event, where the launch of the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and other products is expected.

This Galaxy Note 20 event will be held entirely online for the first time on August 5 at 10 a.m.Pacific time due to the coronavirus pandemic .

Samsung announced the event on July 7 and began sending invitations to journalists, somewhat confirming the arrival of the Galaxy Note 20 in bronze or copper (the same leaked a few days ago on the company’s own page).

In recent years, the second annual Unpacked has been held in New York at a face-to-face event.

In addition, just as the company did with the Galaxy S20S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, Samsung is not expected to present this new generation of Note with the name Galaxy Note 11 as many expected, but would take the numbering 20 to represent launch year.

According to rumors, Samsung would launch three versions of this snartphone and would follow the same naming of the S20: Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Plus and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Among the most anticipated news would be, as usual, new functions in the S Pen, improvements to the cameras and updated specifications.

Rumors indicate that Samsung would abandon the time-of-flight sensor on these phones and that the Galaxy Note 20 may debut the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Exynos 992 processors to offer performance improvements over the S20 and other flagship phones that have already been presented. this year with the Snapdragon 865 processor.

Also, the successor to the Galaxy Fold would come with a name that would be combined with the excellent Galaxy Z Flip that we met a few months ago to be called Galaxy Z Fold 2. 

According to rumors, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 would bring a hinge as outstanding as that of the Galaxy Z Flip, an external display with small bezels, and a large internal part without an eyebrow that would greatly enhance the experience of the Samsung flip phone.

During this event, Samsung is also expected to unveil the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. This phone would offer the same benefits of the Galaxy Z Flip that it announced a few months ago, but now with 5G connectivity and the same powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.

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How to make video calls of up to 32 people in Google Duo

The video calling tool,  Google Duo , recently increased the limit of people allowed during a call to 32 and then we tell you what you must do to carry them out.

Open the Google Duo app on your phone and on the home screen, swipe from bottom to top and tap “Create group”. Now is the time to add the participants, which can be up to 32. To do this, select one by one the contacts you want to add and press “Done”. Then click “Start” and the video call will start for everyone, although they must accept it individually. You can save and name the group when you create it or when the call ends so that you can use it in the future and not have to select the contacts one by one. To do this, touch the pencil icon, enter a name and press “Save”. 

In addition to adding contacts manually, you can send them links so they can join the group themselves. To do that, open the Duo application on your phone and press “Create group” and “Next”. You will see an option that says “Share this group link for your friends to join”, here click on the square to copy the link or on the icon with the arrow to share in other applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram. You can send the link to as many people as you want, but only 32 of them can connect to the video call.

If the recipient touches the link on a mobile device and has Duo installed, the app will automatically open with the video call, and if they do not have Duo installed, the Duo tab will open in the Play Store or App Store application for download.

Google Duo also added a few months ago new features, such as  new effects and drawing tools  during a call in addition to improving the quality of the audio.

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Samsung launches a case to disinfect your cell phone using UV

Samsung has launched a new device with which you can disinfect your cell phone and other small objects using ultraviolet light.

It is a portable UV sterilization box that, according to Samsung, eliminates 99 percent of the germs and bacteria present on the surface of the devices in 10 minutes, in addition to recharging the battery of compatible devices while disinfecting thanks to an integrated wireless charging system. The box integrates an LED light that allows you to see the state of charge of the device without having to remove it and its dimensions (22.8 x 12.8 x 4.9 cm) allow to disinfect cell phones up to 6.9 inches.

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This type of case has not been shown to protect against the coronavirus, the virus that as of July 2, 2020 has infected more than 10 million people worldwide, causing more than 516,000 deaths. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially classified  COVID-19 as a pandemic .    

This UVC sterilizer is already on sale in Thailand for 1,590 Thai baht, about $ 50 a change and it is currently unknown in which countries it will go on sale. 

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The new Windows 10 start menu is now official

Microsoft has announced the new Windows 10 Start menu  that has been rumored for months.

The company already showed a preview of this start menu in March this year, which is already coming to the Windows 10 Insiders program, as the company explained in a blog post on July 1. The most significant change is that the new menu is visually more uniform when it stops giving so much emphasis to Live Tiles, a characteristic element of Windows 10. (Live Tiles are those “tiles” where applications or widgets are found inside the start menu and that currently have very striking colors).

“We are revamping the Start menu with a more uniform design that removes the solid color tiles behind the icons in the application list and applies a partially transparent uniform background to the tiles,” explains Microsoft in its publication.

Microsoft says it is still possible to customize the menu and that you can choose a color accent in dark mode for the Start menu, the taskbar and the activity center.

Along with an updated Start menu, the latest version of Windows 10 also includes changes to the Alt-Tab command (which helps you to access any open application or window faster). From now on the command will optionally show all the open tabs of Microsoft Edge (until now only the one that was active at the time of pressing the command was shown).

Finally, the system notifications now add an “X” button so you can close them when they bother you easily. These changes are already available to users of the Insider program and although Microsoft has not disclosed the date that all users will have access to these changes, it is expected to happen in some of the semi-annual updates within this year.

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Animated WhatsApp stickers: How to download and send them

WhatsApp gets updated on June 29 with a new feature of sharing and seeing different animated stickers in chats on your Android phone.

At the moment, it is possible to download the  animated stickers only in the beta version of WhatsApp, but this is the step before it is release for everyone in the regular version, so it would only be a matter of time for everyone to enjoy this feature.

Here’s how you can start enjoying these  animated stickers.

How to download animated WhatsApp stickers

  • Open a chat.
  • Select the emoji icon on the left side of the text input field.
  • Select the stickers icon , the one on the right in the bottom bar.
  • Press the ” + ” icon at the top right of the box.
  • Select the down arrow to download the sticker package you want to use.
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OnePlus confirms the name of its next mid-range phone

OnePlus made official the name of its upcoming mid-range phone: OnePlus Nord. 

“Nord will be our first product under $ 500 in recent years,” said Pete Lau, OnePlus chief executive, in a kind of documentary released by the company itself. “For OnePlus and the entire team, this is a huge challenge.” 

OnePlus became known several years ago as a company that offered high-end phones at auction prices. Its first product, the OnePlus One, hit the market at a price of $ 299. However, the company has had to raise its prices due to the cost of the components, among other reasons, until it reached prices of US$ 700 and more. 

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The video does not address in detail on the first phone OnePlus Nord, but is rumored to be a mid – range so far known as OnePlus Z

The first OnePlus Nord, previously called OnePlus Z, would be announced on July 10, with a Snapdragon 765 processor inside, 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, fingerprint reader on the screen, between 6GB or 12GB of RAM and one 64 megapixel main camera. The price of OnePlus Nord would be about US $ 300. 

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Google removes apps that caught stealing Facebook credentials

Google removed 25 apps from the Google Play store that were capturing user Facebook login information.

The applications, which pretended to be photo editors, file managers, flash apps, mobile games, among others, were created by the same developer, Rio Reader LLC. Together, the 25 apps exceed 2 million downloads.

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According to a research report cited by ZDNet, the apps worked legitimately, but in the background they analyzed the apps running on the phone. If the recently launched or background app was Facebook, the malicious app displayed a Web page posing as the official Facebook login.

If a user didn’t detect that it was a fake page, they could enter their login details, which were sent to a now inaccessible server, says ZDNet.

According to the report, the 25 applications were reported since May by an investigative firm. Google removed the apps in early June, although some of the noted apps were available for more than a year, says ZDNet.