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Google announced today that users will be able to turn off the recording features of their smart displays and speakers by voice command. The feature is quite similar to Chrome's incognito tabs.
In response to officials asking people not to travel to Washington DC, Airbnb is canceling all bookings in the metro area throughout the inauguration week. Those who made bookings will be refunded.
Facebook stated that it is pausing contributions to political action committees after last week's violent events in Washington DC. Microsoft also said that it's freezing its political spending.
College students can now access Hulu's ad-supported plan for $1.99 per month, a discount of $4 from the plan's usual cost. The offer is restricted to students living in the United States.
Spotify Kids now supports shared playlists, which will give children the ability to access mixes created from an adult's account. Doing so requires parents to access parental controls of the Kids app.
Roku has agreed to acquire the rights to content from Quibi, a deal that will make shows produced by the short-form streaming service available on The Roku Channel sometime this year.
The investigation has been launched following rivals' concerns that the Privacy Sandbox project could curb their digital advertising. It will assess whether Google is abusing its dominant position.
The automaker reached a significant production milestone in 2020, reaching its goal of manufacturing half a million cars during this year. A total of 499,550 EVs were delivered to customers.
In order to set itself up to compete against Spotify and others in the podcasting sphere, Amazon is acquiring Wondery, a top-rated podcast creator well-known for true crime podcasts like Dirty John.
MIT researchers have found that InGaAs could potentially replace silicon to create smaller and more energy-efficient transistors. A paper detailing the findings will be presented this month.
Spotify has added the ability to upload custom playlist images from Android and iOS apps. All Spotify users will be able to make use of the feature, which was previously only available on desktop.
Although Tesla has increased the price of Full Self-Driving for most customers, those who purchased Enhanced Autopilot will now be able to upgrade for $5,000. The reason for the change is not known.
The change is being made to reduce hate speech and hurtful content on the platform. The firm also said that it would work on finding whether bias exists in its monetization features.
Rumors predict that OnePlus is preparing for a three-tiered device launch approach for early next year. OnePlus is matching Samsung's approach by offering devices at all possible price ranges.
GM and Nikola announced a smaller deal that eliminates plans for GM to build the startup's electric pickup truck. Nikola "will refund all previously submitted order deposits for the Nikola Badger."
Verdi has called on workers at an Amazon warehouse in Germany to strike again to disrupt the processing of orders during Black Friday. Roughly 500 workers participated in an earlier strike.
The Seattle firm will spend $500 in bonuses for its front-line workers that are working through the holiday season amidst COVID-19. Employees working throughout December will qualify for the bonus.
The new policy, which goes into effect on December 1, will let most firm employees work from home permanently. They can, however, change their designation on a month to month basis.
Tesla is looking to rapidly expand its charging network in China. The new factory, which is expected to complete in February 2021, will have the capacity to manufacture 10,000 chargers a year.
Lyft launched the safety initiative in collaboration with ADT to assist riders and drivers in select cities earlier this year. The feature is now being made available across the United States.
Epic Games will soon let Fortnite players view their friends when they play Fortnite together online. The new feature will be initially available on PC, PS4, and PS5, according to the developer.
The Seattle firm is expanding its contactless in-garage delivery service to more than 4,000 cities across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, and more.
The firm is attempting to enable connected learning by offering discounted wireless data plans, including free hotspots. It is also committing $10 million to help underserved communities.
Amazon has beefed up machine learning in its voice assistant, making it able to predict "latent goals" that aren't explicitly asked. The feature is presently available in English to U.S. users.
Uber is launching a new feature that will permit customers to reserve scheduled rides up to 30 days in advance. Starting next week, the feature will be available in more than 20 U.S. cities.
The new storage management tool combines media files received through WhatsApp, sorts them in descending order, and lets users mass delete them. It will be made available globally later this week.
Apple has launched a service program for AirPods Pro that will replace units affected with crackling or Active Noise Cancellation issues for free as long as they are up to two years old.
Snapchat can now scan food and wine labels. The feature works in a similar manner to other food and wine apps, displaying nutritional details about a product upon scanning its barcode.
Facebook announced today that it has expanded its dating services to Europe, a little over a year after it launched in the U.S. The service was previously available in 20 countries.
uBreakiFix has launched its "We Come to You" program, which consists of a fleet of more than 640 vehicles. Repairs like screen or battery replacement will be made in two hours or less.
Pixel 5's Portrait Light feature is coming to older Pixels dating as far back as the Pixel 2 family. The rollout seems to still be ongoing, so it's possible that it's not yet available on your device.
The Pakistani regulator has issued instructions for restoring access to TikTok 10 days after banning the app. The decision has been taken after receiving assurance from the TikTok management.
Finland's Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the Moon. The network is expected to be installed in late 2022 with the help of a private spacecraft design firm.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) is investigating Instagram over the handling of children's data. If the app is found to have broken privacy laws, the regulator could issue a heavy fine.
The first look at Samsung Galaxy S21 reveals that the phone houses a new camera setup, which extends from the frame, and a 6.2-inch display. The phone is expected to be launched in January 2021.
After nearly four years, Google has announced a shutdown of Trusted Contacts in an attempt to have users switch to a similar service on Google Maps. The app will stop being supported after December 1.
Google is introducing new features to make it easier for users to find the nearest voting locations. The features have been added across the firm's search engine, Maps, and voice assistant.
Starting today, users on Android and iOS apps can search for songs by whistling or singing a melody into the app. The feature is available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android.