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Google app gets updated to version 8.0, includes new feature "Your People" which is not yet live - Phone Arena

TheGoogleapp forAndroidhas been updated to version 8.0. One new item is the addition of the "Your People" page, which apparently is a way forGoogle Assistantusers to set up a link between nicknames and relationships to people in their contacts. This way they can tell the virtual assistant to call, text or email  "Mom" and the virtual assistant will make the call, send a text or send an email to the correct number or email address. To see the "Your People" page, go to the Google Assistant settings and click on Personal info. From there, tap on "Your People" (see the screenshots at the top of this story).

The new feature is also supposed to be able to remind you of the birthday of one of "Your People." But the feature does not appear to be functional at this stage. However, if you want to link a nickname/relationship with a phone number from your contacts, there is a way to do it. To make the connection between a nickname/relationship and a name on your contacts list, follow these directions:

Open the Google app Google Search.Tap Microphone Speak or say "Ok Google," then say a nickname for one of your contacts. For example, "Diane is my mom."If you have multiple contacts with the same first name, pick the right person.Under "Remember a relationship," tap Done Done.After the nickname is added, you can contact them by saying things like "Text my sister" or "Email my mom."

Valid nicknames/relationships that you can link to include:

Mother/Mom/Mama/MumFather/Dad/DaddyBrotherSisterPartnerGrandfather/Grandpa/GranddadGrandmother/GrandmaWifeHusbandSonDaughterNieceNephewUncleAuntCousinAssistantManager/BossGirlfriendBoyfriend

To remove a nickname or relationship, simply tell Google something like "Jeff is not my boyfriend." When the contact appears, under "Remove nickname," tap on Done. As soon as the Your People feature goes live, we will let you know. Just have your people contact our people.

The new version of the app also contains some code that could hint at future features. For example, it appears that users will be able to use Google Lens not just on rear camera(s), but also with front-facing sensor(s). Other code string suggests that Google will allow users to set up custom routines to go off based on a schedule. We could also see Google Assistant on a smart display show video of the news, and not be limited to audio. We also could see the removal of Lite Mode, which allowed for the use of simplified search results, and the ability to browse the web using 80% less data. This mode used to be enabled automatically when a slow connection was detected. And Send to Device will disseminate information from a phone or smart display to another device.

source: 9to5Google

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Xbox Announces Their May Lineup of Games With Gold - Bleeding Cool News

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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list - Android Police

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Valve Acquires Firewatch Developer Campo Santo - GameSpot

Valve has purchased Campo Santo, the acclaimed developer of Firewatch. In a blog post on the studio's website, Campo Santo said it will continue production on its current project, In the Valley of Gods, but with the benefit of having the likeminded people at Valve working alongside them.

"In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn't happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match," it explained.

"We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we'd all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes."

The move is interesting as Valve has had somewhat of a reduced presence in game development and publishing, focusing instead on the business of operating Steam as a digital delivery platform, alongside maintaining titles such as DoTA 2. However, more recently the company has made clear its intentions to return to development and publishing, with Gabe Newell saying Valve is "going to start shipping games again." The first of these new titles is Artifact, a Dota 2-themed card game. However, Newell said the studio has additional games in development.

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Apple is replacing the batteries for some 13-inch MacBook Pros - The Verge

Apple has unveiled a program to replace the batteries of some non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros for free. The company says that a “limited number” have had their batteries expand.

9to5Mac spotted the program, which will allow users to get the computer’s battery replaced for certain non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple notes that a small number of computers manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 have a faulty component which causes the battery to expand. The page for the program has a field for owners to submit their computer serial number to check its eligibility.

If their computer qualifies, users can bring their MacBook Pro to visit an authorized dealer or a retail store, or can mail it to Apple’s repair center. Users who have already replaced their battery can contact the company to see about getting a refund. Apple notes that any damage that inhibits the battery’s replacement will need to be repaired first, and that the program doesn’t extend the computer’s standard warranty.

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