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Google Maps to now have translucent status bar

Raise your hand if you've constantly been annoyed when you see the black status bar on Google Maps, particularly when it's being very obtrusive as you're navigating your way through a strange place? Probably all of us Maps users have been "victimized" by this black monstrosity. Finally, Google has also probably had enough of it, and in the upcoming newest update of Google Maps, it has been replaced by a translucent bar, finally.

YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content, FTC urged to investigate

YouTube has been making a lot of changes the past months. The Collections feature would be discontinued by tomorrow, May 20. Earlier in February, YouTube rolled out a Kids app version in the US only but a few months later, advocacy groups are urging the FTC to investigate the said app for deceptive ads. We didn't here any comment from YouTube regarding the issue and now it's being criticized for inappropriate content.

India gets two new Chromebooks for below $250, with more to come

Google has introduced two new sub-$250 Chromebooks into the Indian market. Manufactured locally by Nexan and Xolo and just like the other Chromebooks, the machines are powered by the web-based Chrome OS platform. Google said that they will be bringing more machines like this from other manufacturers like ASUS, Samsung, and other locally based OEMs so that the Indian market will have a lot more to choose from and solidifying the South Asian country as a market to watch out for when it comes to tech products and all.

Google intros new Literata typeface for Play Books

If you're a regular reader on Google Play Books, you'd be happy to know that there is a new font you could use. The new font called Literata is said to be ideal for longer reads on all devices so whether you're reading on your smartphone or tablet, your eyes won't get tired because the new book typeface was custom-made just for Google.

Google Buy Button coming soon to your search results

Have you ever wished that when you digitally search for something, for example, a geeky shirt or a hard to find book, that you'd be able to buy it directly from the results page, rather than having to click on so many things before you can actually make a purchase? No? Well, Google is about to make that come true as they will reportedly be introducing the Buy Button to your search result page in the very near future.

Google not doing extensions for mobile Chrome, if you were wondering

Just in case you were thinking it, Google wants to stop you right there. The answer is “no, they will not be enabling Chrome extensions for the browser’s mobile app”. This was the gist of the answer from a veritable Chrome insider as he went on one of reddit’s famous “AMA” (ask me anything) sessions. The mobile browser will remain extension-less for the foreseeable future.

Huawei to unlock maybe a new product during press event on June 2

Huawei will be unveiling, or rather, unlocking something this coming June 2, according to the press invites that they've recently sent out. But as to what this thing will be is still up for speculation, as of course they do not reveal much in the invite. All that they're saying is an invitation to "see what we're unlocking next". Given that the event will be the week after the Google I/O, speculation is rife that it may have something to do with the tech giant.

Google Fit updated with Android Wear, experimental step detection

With the numerous health and fitness related apps, wearables, and health bands, there really is no reason for you and me not to join the bandwagon. Actually, it's more than just following a trend. It's about finally deciding to be fit and healthy for your own good. Honestly, I can't say that I've seriously thought about it but with all these fitness goals being set by other people, I'm feeling guilty that I'm trying to convince myself it's time to get on my feet, work out, and eat right.
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