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This looks like a useful app from Google to backup your old print photos.
Now your photos look better than ever – even those dusty old prints
We knew there had to be a better way, so we’re introducing PhotoScan, a brand new, standalone app from Google Photos that easily scans just about any photo, free, from anywhere. Get it today for Android and iOS.
PhotoScan gets you great looking digital copies in seconds - it detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes glare. Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed up at high quality—for free.
Material Design’s new suite of tools and open source projects help make product design more productive and inspiring.
Design is the art of continuous problem solving—an active cycle of investigating and validating needs, crafting and developing ideas, and creating solutions. Over the course of its life, a digital product is shaped by many hands. The effects of this collaboration can be seen in the quality of a product’s identity and implementation, as well as in the strength of the community it builds.
We created Material Design as a metaphor to rationalize design and implementation, establishing a shared language to help teams unite style, branding, interaction, and motion under a cohesive set of principles.
We believe a better design process yields better products, which is why we’re expanding Material to be a system that supports the principles of good design and strengthens communication and productivity with new tools and inspiration. We hope these resources will help teams realize their greatest design potential, and we’re eager to see the results.
Material icons are beautifully crafted, delightful, and easy to use in your web, Android, and iOS projects. Learn more about material design and our process for making these icons in the system icons section of the material design guidelines.
So Google have release Allo:
Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time.
But why would you install it?
Here are just a few ways your Google Assistant can help in Google Allo:
Make plans with friends. You can easily move from discussing dinner with friends to making plans for the night, right in your chat. Just add the Assistant to your group chat and ask for movie times, local restaurants and more. You can also research travel destinations, flights and hotels together with friends.
Get answers. Get the latest info on everything from news, weather, traffic, sports, or your upcoming flights status. Ask the Assistant to send you daily updates on the information you care about.
Have some fun. Ask your Assistant to share that funny YouTube video or play games with friends right in your group chat — for instance you can compete to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.
Love him or loath him, Gruber is brutally honest about Vesper's failure:
What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money.
Our basic plan was:
In hindsight, I am now convinced this plan was fundamentally flawed.
If I could do it all over again, here is what I would do differently...The plan would have looked like this:
The biggest advantage to this plan would have been that (I think) we’d have made far more money in step 1 than we actually made by doing Vesper for iPhone first.
An iOS only notes app was always going to be a challenge. I use a mac, iPad but also use an Android phone, so I would go further than what Gruber states:
A notes app is only of interest to many people if it’s available both on their desktop and mobile device.
It doesn't really matter how the popular notes apps were built, what matters today, is that they are all cloud based and cross platform. So the question is, can you build a sustainable notes app based startup on iOS first/only?
I have been using offline maps for ages now with various apps, and Google Maps used to let you download areas for offline access, but now you can toggle to “Wi-fi only” to use Google Maps entirely offline on Android.
Scenario 1: You live or are traveling around a place with expensive data or spotty service
...Now, when you know you’ll have spotty service or just want to save on data, you can toggle to “Wi-fi only” to use Google Maps entirely offline on Android.
Scenario 2: You’re running out of storage
...To ensure that Google Maps users with any storage capacity can download and use offline areas when they need them most, we’ve added the ability to download your offline areas to an external SD card (if your device supports them) on Google Maps for Android.
Scenario 3: You just want someone else to do the driving
In addition to showing options from Uber, we're now showing GO-JEK rides in three cities in Indonesia with ten more cities coming soon (Android, rolling out on iOS) and Grab rides in 24 cities throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand (Android, rolling out on iOS). We've also expanded the availability of Gett, Hailo, and MyTaxi in select cities across Ireland, Poland, Italy, Austria, Russia, and Israel (Android, iOS).
I've not used the ride sharing options (and I don't have a phone that supports external SD card) but these are certainly welcome additions.
"Speaking of lists, you probably know you can start a new list by tapping the list-like icon in Keep's floating action bar -- but did you know you can also convert any existing note into a list with a couple quick taps?
While editing a note, touch the plus icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and then tap "Checkboxes." That's it; you can now check this off your list."