CNET: Google Guacamole will let you use voice assistant without saying ‘Hey, Google,’ report says

CNET: Google Guacamole will let you use voice assistant without saying ‘Hey, Google,’ report says. “Google has reportedly kicked off internal testing for a new feature, called Guacamole, that would allow you to use the voice assistant without saying ‘Hey, Google.’ It would let Google Assistant users perform quick voice tasks like answering calls or turning off alarms and timers without needing to say the trigger words, according to reports Friday from 9to5Google and Android Police.”

Music Ally: Party like it’s, er, 2010 with Billboard’s new Twitter chart

Music Ally: Party like it’s, er, 2010 with Billboard’s new Twitter chart. “‘Billboard and Twitter have partnered on a first-of-its-kind Billboard chart that will showcase the most talked-about songs on the social media platform,’ announced Billboard yesterday. And strictly speaking, that’s true: it’s the first Billboard chart focused exclusively on Twitter (as opposed to the multi-social-network Social 50 chart that launched in 2010) and it’s the first Twitter music chart with Billboard as its partner (as opposed to Twitter #Music, the 2013 discovery app that Twitter launched after buying startup We Are Hunted).”

TechCrunch: Instagram adds a captions option for Stories and soon, Reels

TechCrunch: Instagram adds a captions option for Stories and soon, Reels. “Instagram is making its video Stories and Reels more accessible with the launch of a new ‘captions sticker’ that will allow users to watch without having the sound on. The addition will not only make it easier for users who are hard of hearing or deaf to engage with video content, it also offers a way for users to watch videos when they’re somewhere they don’t want to have their sound on — and either don’t want to wear or don’t have access to headphones or earbuds.”

Engadget: Google’s AI photo app uses crowdsourcing to preserve endangered languages

Engadget: Google’s AI photo app uses crowdsourcing to preserve endangered languages. “Google has a new way to preserve endangered languages: give cultures the AI tools they need to protect the languages themselves. The company has launched Woolaroo, an open source photo translation web app (also available through Google Arts & Culture for Android and iOS) that uses machine learning and image recognition to help preserve languages on the brink. As a user, you just have to point your phone’s camera at an object to have the AI recognize and describe it in a given language, complete with pronunciation.”

CNET: Facebook takes on Nextdoor with Neighborhoods tool

CNET: Facebook takes on Nextdoor with Neighborhoods tool. “The world’s largest social media website said Wednesday it’s rolling out a feature with its mobile app called Neighborhoods in four US cities and Canada. Facebook users have to be at least 18 years old to use the new tool, which will allow people find neighbors who have common interests, discover local groups and businesses, participate in polls along with receiving and offering help to those in their communities.”

NPR: Facebook Ban On Donald Trump Will Hold, Social Network’s Oversight Board Rules

NPR: Facebook Ban On Donald Trump Will Hold, Social Network’s Oversight Board Rules. “Facebook was justified in its decision to suspend then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the company’s Oversight Board said on Wednesday. That means the company does not have to reinstate Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram immediately. But the panel said the company was wrong to impose an indefinite ban and said Facebook has six months to either restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a specific period of time.”

MakeUseOf: How to Get Started on Artfol, “the Social Network for Artists”

MakeUseOf: How to Get Started on Artfol, “the Social Network for Artists”. “Several attempts have been made to create an artist-friendly social media platform. Sites like DeviantArt, Amino, and ArtStation brought a lot of hope that a big one will emerge. However, they’re not suited to everyone and have their flaws. If you’re an artist looking for a platform to share your work and connect with like-minded individuals, Artfol might be what you’re looking for instead.”

Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them (ScreenRant)

ScreenRant: Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them. “Snapchat has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create five augmented reality monuments around LA. The LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives artworks were built using Snapchat’s technology and can be viewed through the Snapchat Camera. They are intended for exploring the histories of LA communities and to highlight their perspectives.”