Neowin: Google Chrome’s new feature tests promise up to 28% battery usage improvements

Neowin: Google Chrome’s new feature tests promise up to 28% battery usage improvements. “Google is testing a change to its Chrome browser that will let it consume anywhere between 13% to 28% less battery on devices. The update relates to tweaking the JavaScript timer wake up frequency for the tabs that have been hidden or inactive for five minutes or more, resulting in lesser power consumption.”

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws. “TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws. The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30.”

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout. “While most of us aren’t going to the gym right now, that doesn’t mean workouts have been suspended entirely. You still need fresh tunes to keep you motivated at home or on the running trail. To help with that, Spotify has a new tool called Soundtrack Your Workout — the company’s latest quiz-based playlist builder. Like previous options for creating a mix, you answer a few questions and the website will offer you a collection of music according to your preferences. And with this version, you can also choose podcasts instead or have the site make you a blend of both.”

Outlook India: Google to provide quick facts about images you search

Outlook India: Google to provide quick facts about images you search. “Google on Wednesday announced a new feature that will make it easy to find quick facts about what people see on Google images in the form of a Knowledge Graph. Starting first in the US, the feature would include people, places or things related to the image from the Knowledge Graph’s database of billions of facts, helping users explore the topic more.”

The Next Web: Twitter’s new secret project is a subscription platform

The Next Web: Twitter’s new secret project is a subscription platform. “Twitter is cooking up some kind of subscription service for its platform, and it’s recruiting engineers to work on it. We don’t know anything about it thus far, but the potential of it is pretty staggering.” Well, yeah. For one thing it would stop all the “this site is free” tweets…

VentureBeat: Mozilla Common Voice updates will help train the ‘Hey Firefox’ wakeword for voice-based web browsing

VentureBeat: Mozilla Common Voice updates will help train the ‘Hey Firefox’ wakeword for voice-based web browsing. “Mozilla today released the latest version of Common Voice, its open source collection of transcribed voice data for startups, researchers, and hobbyists to build voice-enabled apps, services, and devices. Common Voice now contains over 7,226 total hours of contributed voice data in 54 different languages, up from 1,400 hours across 18 languages in February 2019.”

Mashable: Instagram’s ‘Pinned Comments’ feature is now available to everyone

Mashable: Instagram’s ‘Pinned Comments’ feature is now available to everyone. “If you’re trying to inject some positivity into your Instagram posts, the new Pinned Comments feature could help. The feature, which Instagram started testing back in May, is officially now available everywhere. Instagram’s VP of Product, Vishal Shah, took to Twitter to announce that you can now pin a few (of what will likely be your favorite) comments to the top of the comments thread on your posts.”

BBC: Facebook civil-rights record hammered in own review

BBC: Facebook civil-rights record hammered in own review. “Facebook’s civil-rights policy is ‘too reactive and piecemeal’, leaving activists ‘frustrated and angry’, an audit commissioned by the company says. Details from a draft copy of the review, due to be published later, have been revealed by the New York Times. Facebook has already said it will not make ‘every change’ called for in the 100-page report.” And it’s Facebook’s own audit.

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported. “We’ve already seen Windows 10 May 2020 Update causing a range of problems for users, including login issues, problems with Storage Spaces and issues with OneDrive. But there are also some people for whom even the installation is problematic.”

CNN: The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

CNN: The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says . “The United States is ‘looking at’ banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that ‘we’re taking this very seriously.'”

Bloomberg: Google, Deutsche Bank Agree to 10-Year Cloud Partnership

Bloomberg: Google, Deutsche Bank Agree to 10-Year Cloud Partnership. “The contract is set to last at least 10 years and Deutsche Bank expects to make a cumulative return on investment of 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) through the alliance, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified disclosing private information. The companies also plan to make joint investments in technology and share the resulting revenue, which could lead to engineers from both firms developing products together, they said.”

Neowin: Google+ finally dies, makes way for Google Currents for G Suite users

Neowin: Google+ finally dies, makes way for Google Currents for G Suite users. “Google’s social networking service, Google+ was shut down back in April 2019 after a series of data leaks and due to the low engagement numbers. However, the service was kept alive for some G Suite customers as a means for organizations to communicate within themselves. The service was slated to be rebranded to Google Currents, which entered the beta phase right after the death of the social network for consumers.”