CTV News: ‘Nature at its finest’: Google Street View maps Canadian national parks. “In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.”
BetaNews: Amazon launches Alexa Skill Blueprints. “As Apple’s HomePod fails due to a still-disappointing Siri, Google and Amazon’s offerings remain the cream of the crop. Which of those two you prefer is a matter of personal preference, although I prefer Alexa having tried both. Today, Alexa is getting a unique new feature that sets it apart from Google even more. Called ‘Alexa Skill Blueprints,’ you can easily create custom Skills without any programming experience.”
TechCrunch: Google Maps to drivers: Turn right at the Burger King . “Picture this. You’re driving down the street and Google Maps tells you to turn right at the Burger King, instead of telling you to turn right on [insert street name you’ve never heard of]. Well, Google is starting to do this.”
Neowin: Microsoft Translator now includes AI-powered translations for offline users as well . “Just last month, Microsoft added six new text-to-speech languages to its Translator app for Android. Today, in a major announcement, the company has revealed that its Translator app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire now includes a new capability that allows end-users and third-party app developers to download free AI-powered offline translation packs. In addition, Android developers will now be able to integrate online and offline AI text translations into their apps by making use of the new Translator Local Feature preview with ease.”
The Verge: YouTube CEO addresses demonetization, ignores frustrated small creators. “YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced in a blog post today that YouTube will be launching a pilot program with a small group of users in an attempt to address and ameliorate its creators’ continued concerns regarding demonetization and other recent, largely unpopular changes to the YouTube Partners Program.” YouTube is not being nice to its golden goose.
Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Highlights Public Events Currently In Progress. “A feature has been spotted in Google Maps that appears to show the app highlighting public events that are currently ongoing. A Reddit user published a screenshot that was captured over the weekend.”
PC World: Opera is shuttering its VPN app for iOS and Android, sending users to SurfEasy. “Pour one out for Olaf. No, not the charming snowman from Disney’s Frozen, the mascot for Opera’s free VPN app. Opera has announced that the warmhearted Viking will be retiring at the end of April, taking the free VPN app for iOS and Android with him.”