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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.


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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How to receive notifications of a specific email on your iPhone

Throughout the day you will receive many emails, but it is possible that at some point you are waiting for a response from one in particular email address. The iPhone Mail application allows you to configure an option with which you will receive a notification when a specific email receives a response. This is how you can do it.

Before starting you should know that this option must be activated at the time of writing the email, so it cannot be applied to emails that have already been sent. 

To start, open the Mail app on your iPhone and click on the button to compose an email located in the lower right corner (the one with the paper and pencil icon). Press “Subject” and you will see that an icon with a bell appears just to the right. Click on it and click “Notify Me”. Now you will see that the bell is blue, which means that the option is activated. To finish complete the mail and send it to its recipient.

When your mail is answered, the system will notify you with a notification regardless of whether you have disabled the application’s notifications. 

In addition to this function you also have another to filter important emails. It is about making the emails of some contacts reach you to a specific mailbox called VIP. To do this, just click on the address of the contact in the Mail app and click “Add to VIP list”. You will be able to find the VIP mailbox along with the other mailboxes and in it you will only see the emails of the contacts you have selected.


These are the 5 best new features of Android 11

Google released the first public beta version of Android 11 this week and it comes with many hidden features for developers to take advantage of, but regular users aren’t left out either. You can install the first beta version right now as long as you have one of supported devices. I signed up to participate in the beta program on a Pixel 4 XL and have been reviewing the update. 

We’re big fans of the new Quick Controls page that is easy to access and incredibly useful, along with revamped media controls, while app hints and Bubble calls will take time to get used to.

While we’re sure Google has more surprises for Android 11 in coming days, until then here’s are five features we’ve tested and know you’ll love when it launches later this year. 

Android 11's quick controls are great.
Android 11’s quick controls are great.

Android 11: Quick controls are great

The first thing you should do after installing Android 11, either in public beta or when it is officially released, is to long press the power button on your phone to bring up the new Quick Controls screen. On my Pixel, at least, this screen provides power control options on top, provides shortcuts to your Google Pay cards and boarding passes, and then underneath that you’ll find my favorite Android 11 feature: controls fast for smart home devices.

My phone automatically selected some devices that I’ve linked to Google Assistant, like the Nest and my Nest video doorbell. I can even watch a live stream from my doorbell directly on this screen, without having to open the Nest app (which is slow and difficult to use). It’s great.

You can add or remove devices from your smart home by tapping the menu button and selecting add or edit controls. 

Bubbles: Bubbles to message your friends

Do you remember the bubbles? This feature was supposed to be part of Android 10, but Google removed it at the last minute. Well, they are back with Android 11.

The bubbles are similar to Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads” feature. When activated, a small avatar, or Bubble, appears on your screen no matter what application you are using. Tap the avatar and a small window will open for you to read and send new messages in that thread, without fully opening the application. You can drag the bubble around your screen or drag it to the bottom of the screen to remove it.

In the first public beta, the only app that seems to work with Bubbles right now is Facebook Messenger. Even then, it doesn’t fully work. We hope Google fixes the issues before the full release of Android 11.

To use Bubbles in a conversation, there will be a small Bubbles icon in the lower right corner of the notification. Touching it will immediately enable bubbles for that thread.

Another way to activate Bubbles for specific conversations is to long-press a notification and mark it as a priority. Doing so will not only activate Bubbles for that thread, but will also allow that conversation to interrupt Do Not Disturb ensuring that you don’t miss any messages. 

App suggestions are also new to Android 11.
App suggestions are also new to Android 11.

New app suggestions are great

Right after installing the public beta of Android 11 and unlocking my Pixel 4 XL, I received an option to enable app hints on the home screen. Unsure of what exactly that was, I reluctantly agreed. Turns out it’s pretty cool.

Previously, Android made suggestions in the app drawer that it believed you would want to use, depending on the time of day and other mysterious factors. In Android 11, there is now a row of app hints at the bottom of the home screen where the main app-base would normally be displayed.

Apps have a shiny border around them and change frequently when you return to the home screen while using your phone. You can tap and hold any of the app icons to pin that suggestion on your home screen.

You can also block apps from appearing as suggestions if you don’t want something like Gmail to appear even if you use a different email app.

To access App Tips and customize how it works for you, touch and hold the Home screen, and select Startup Settings, then Tips. There you can control the suggestions in the app drawer and on the home screen or block the apps from appearing in the list. 

The new media controls are very cute.

Android 11 improves its multimedia controls

In the announcement of the public beta for Android 11, Google showed a new music control interface that looked amazing. Rather than making the playback controls more like a pending notification, they are placed in the Quick Settings panel at the top of the screen. And when you interact with them, there is a new option to control where the music plays.

For example, if you have Google’s new Pixel Buds 2 and a Nest Hub, you can quickly switch between the two devices with a few taps.

If you install the beta version of Android 11, you will not be able to find the function when you start playing music, but do not be discouraged, it is there, but it is hidden.

You’ll need to enable Developer Options on your phone by opening the Settings app and going to About phone . Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find Build Number . Press it until a small notification appears saying something like “Congratulations! You are now a developer.”

Next, you’ll have to go to Developer Options in Settings> System. Once there, look for media resume, turn it on, and then restart your phone.

The next time you start playing music, you’re going to see the new multimedia controls. 

Finally you can record your screen with an official Google tool.

Finally! A way to record your screen

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to capture something on the screen, but there are times when a recording is better suited to the task at hand. For example, if you want to show your gaming skills, or highlight the steps to play an error screen recording.

You can find the Screen Record tool in the Quick Settings panel after installing Android 11. If it’s not visible, tap the pencil icon to add it to your panel. 

Tap the Record Screen icon and select if you want your microphone to record audio and if you want your touch interactions to be highlighted in the video. To stop recording, tap the Record screen notification. The video will be saved on the camera roll, where you can edit and share the recording.

We will continue to test Android 11 and see what other things are hidden or added during the rest of the beta process. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for Android 11 to launch later this year, you can install it right now

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Facebook launches app to make predictions about world events

On Wednesday, June 24, Facebook launched the  Forecast beta, an iOS app that focuses on making predictions about events that will occur in the future. Starting today, Facebook will invite people to make predictions about the COVID-19 pandemic , so Forecast members can now post questions, make predictions about what might happen in the future, and discuss the results.

“We believe that a community built around predictions is not only a good way to foster community wisdom, but can also help foster healthier online conversations on a wide range of topics,” wrote Rebecca Kossnick, chief. product from Forecast, on the Facebook blog. 

Those interested in participating will have to register in the Facebook group for the  Forecast beta  and download the app. However, initially the platform will be available only to users in the United States and Canada on their iOS devices, but the predictions and discussions will be open to everyone on the Forecast website and can be shared on different platforms. 

Forecast was developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which has launched applications such as Venue, an app for viewing events in the company of experts; Collab, an app to create collaborative music and  CatchUp, an app for voice calls, among others. 

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Panasonic Toughbook A3: A Tablet for Professionals

Panasonic has unveiled its new Toughbook A3 business tablet, a device that incorporates Android 10.1 and that the company claims has the ability to be designed according to the needs of each company.

The Panasonic Toughbook A3 has an eight-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity and a plug-in stylus. As the company explained, this tablet has the flexibility to be designed according to the needs of each business, so it can include a barcode reader if this is required and it is also practically unbreakable since it includes military resistance technology MIL-STD -810H.

This tablet is not designed for everyday use to watch movies – although it can also be used for this. The truth is that this device has been designed to work outdoors, so its 10.1-inch panel offers good visibility even when you’re working in the bright sunlight.

Features Panasonic Toughbook A3

  • 10.1-inch, 1,920×1,200 screen; 10 multi-touch points
  • MIL-STD-810H Durability
  • IP65 water resistance
  • Drop resistance up to 6 feet high
  • SDM660 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8 megapixel main camera with LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • Traditional audio jack
  • Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB Type C
  • 5,580mAh battery, up to 9 hours extended work, ability to change the battery

Productivity +, the professional platform

During the launch of this tablet, Panasonic explained that, in addition to the device, the company offers a solution called Productivity +, a series of Android-based software with solutions for modernizing digital workflows for businesses.

Productivity + allows companies that are making a transition from Windows CE to Android to be able to do it in a simple way, using a robust platform and devices that are created to be used on construction sites and other tasks that require robust equipment.

The starting price of the tablet is $ 2,699, although it varies depending on the configuration.

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Twitter will give US employees a paid holiday on Election Day

Twitter will give its employees in the United States a paid day off on the day of the November election in the country and will also offer its employees the required time to go out and vote.

“Given the importance of voting, from now on and for national election days that occur on a weekday, employees will have a day off with pay,” Twitter wrote in a memo that was reported by CNBC . “As the United States presidential election falls on a business day (Tuesday, November 3), we will plan to close all United States offices that day,” the twitter said.

Twitter previously allowed employees up to two hours of paid time off to vote.

The decision comes after Twitter’s announcement to give the Juneteenth as a holiday, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.