Another day, another dollar, another long weekend up here in rainy Brisbane. But shorter work weeks don’t mean the news is any less exciting – here’s what’s been happening in digital this week!
Cortana Broke Up with Google (and Everyone Else)
This week, Microsoft announced that its digital assistant, Cortana, will only be able to work with the brand’s own web browser in Windows 10. Users will still be able to use their preferred engine through their browser of choice – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc. – but Cortana will now exclusively using the services of Edge and Bing. Microsoft says this change is meant to help the user by ensuring the reliability and compatibility of Cortana’s searches, as the program was apparently designed to work with Edge and Bing.
You Can Now Navigate Google Maps with Your Keyboard
It looks as if Google has finally listened to The Pussycat Dolls’ advice to loosen up its buttons, and has recently bestowed Google Maps with new keyboard functions. You can now use your keyboard buttons to learn more about a certain area, zoom in on a specific place and discover key sites (train stations, shops, and the like). What’s really awesome though, is that it will now be compatible with screen-readers, making Maps easier to use for visually-impaired people.
YouTube Mobile Got a Makeover
YouTube has updated its iOS and Android apps with a new and improved home page that highlights the videos you really want to see in a clean, considered design. The video platform has also integrated a new recommendation system based on Google’s ‘deep neural network technology’ so that it can automatically detect patterns and suggest even more videos from your favourite content creators. Excuse us while we go and enjoy a few dozen cat videos.
Tinder Went to the Friend Zone
This week, Tinder announced its new Tinder Social feature. This new addition allows you to match your friendship group with other nearby groups to break the ice before you properly meet. To participate, all you have to do is start a group chat with your buddies, then swipe to find if there’s any other groups going out close by. In the end, Tinder says they hope this will help people turn their digital interactions into real world experiences.
Now, we’re off to go and enjoy another three-day weekend. Cheers!