CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends

CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends. “With these key updates to FaceTime, it seems Apple doesn’t want Zoom to take all the success. Some of the features do indeed go some way to make FaceTime more like Zoom, while other features — like SharePlay — are all new and could offer great new ways of virtually hanging out with friends.”

Google Scholar Blog: 2021 Scholar Metrics Released

Google Scholar Blog: 2021 Scholar Metrics Released. “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2021 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2016–2020 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of July 2020.”

The Register: Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after ‘significant lapse in communication’

The Register: Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after ‘significant lapse in communication’. “Open-source audio editor Audacity this week posted an apology on GitHub in response to the entirely predictable furore over the platform’s privacy policy. An updated privacy policy accompanied the apology, in which the team insisted it had just been misunderstood, and that a look at the source would have shown its intentions.”

France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned

France24: Venice dodges demotion on world heritage list after large cruise ships banned. “Venice avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO on Thursday, just weeks after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre. The city has been on UNESCO’s heritage list since 1987, but the UN body warned last month of the need for ‘more sustainable tourism management’, recommending that Venice be added to its endangered list.”

Reuters: Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results

Reuters: Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results. “Alphabet’s Google will now show its search engine users more information about why it found the results they are shown, the company said on Thursday. It said people googling queries will now be able to click into details such as how their result matched certain search terms, in order to better decide if the information is relevant.”

9to5 Google: Google will shut down ‘Bookmarks’ in September, won’t affect Maps ‘starred’ locations [U]

9to5 Google: Google will shut down ‘Bookmarks’ in September, won’t affect Maps ‘starred’ locations [U]. “After 16 years of service, Google is about to shut down a service that isn’t very well known. On September 30, 2021 ‘Google Bookmarks’ will be closed off for all users. The announcement has been fairly quiet, but as was spotted this week, a banner now appears on Google Bookmarks explaining that the service will ‘no longer be supported’ later this year.”

Engadget: Dropbox makes automatic camera uploads available to all free users

Engadget: Dropbox makes automatic camera uploads available to all free users. “Dropbox is introducing a variety of new features across its product stack. Of all the tweaks the company announced today, the most intriguing ones involve its automatic backup utility for photos you take with your phone. Most notably, starting today that functionality is now available to all Basic users — that is, those who don’t pay for the service.”

Android Police: Pocket Casts has a new owner… again

Android Police: Pocket Casts has a new owner… again. “Automattic announced that it is looking forward to creating integrations with its WordPress.com product — it only promoted a new CMS plugin from Spotify-owned podcasting company Anchor in February — and that the app’s co-founders, Russell Ivanovic and Philip Simpson, will be joining the company as well.” If you like podcasts and listening to them on the go, I can’t recommend Pocket Casts enough. Excellent app.

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours. “The July 15 listing on hometown tax site Furusato Tax had requested an amount of 10,000,000 yen ($90,814.15 USD), and as of writing it has achieved 133% of the goal. Studio Ghibli is an animation house responsible for such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and the promised How Do You Live?”

The Verge: Facebook brings cloud gaming to Apple devices with a web app

The Verge: Facebook brings cloud gaming to Apple devices with a web app. “Starting Friday, Facebook is bringing its nascent cloud gaming service to iPhones and iPads through a web app people will be able to add to their homescreens like a native app. The site will let you play simple web games like Solitaire and match-threes and stream more graphically intensive titles like racing games.”

Shape: Here’s the Deal with Instagram’s New Sensitive Content Filter — and How to Change It

Shape: Here’s the Deal with Instagram’s New Sensitive Content Filter — and How to Change It. “Instagram has always had rules around nudity, for example, weeding out some images of female breasts unless they’re under certain circumstances, such as breastfeeding pics or mastectomy scars. But some eagle-eyed users recently noticed that the social media giant is automatically censoring out more content than you may want. This week, Instagram released a Sensitive Content Control option that enables users to decide the content that appears in their Explore feed.”

BetaNews: Here’s how to watch the Tokyo Olympics in VR

BetaNews: Here’s how to watch the Tokyo Olympics in VR. “The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics are shaping up to be one of the most unusual in Olympic history for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that public spectators will not be allowed at any of the events (yeah, and the fact that the 2020 Olympics are happening in 2021). And even though this won’t be the first time that Olympics content will be available in VR, it is a particularly relevant way to experience the 17 days of international matchups this year — if you still have a standard cable subscription.”