Google Maps now tells you how hard it is to park in some cities

Google Maps has been updated on Android with a new feature that estimates how much trouble you’ll have finding parking in certain cities. At launch, the “parking difficulty icon” will be displayed in 25 metro areas around the US. This information isn’t real-time; Google uses a similar method for parking as it does to estimate the busiest times at local businesses using historical data. But it should still be accurate enough to “give you a heads up on what kind of parking crunch to prepare for when you’re on the…

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LG’s G6 will reportedly be the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant

We’ve already seen what LG’s upcoming flagship phone looks like, and now we’re hearing more about its capabilities. A report from CNET suggests the LG G6 will be the first handset outside of Google’s own Pixel range to come equipped with Google Assistant. This will give users all the usual voice command functionality expected from a digital assistant (setting alarms, making searches, and so on) but also access to Google’s chatbot-style interface. It’s interesting to note that although these sorts of voice interfaces have been available in phones for a…

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Following Trump’s executive order on entry visas, Google orders staff back to US

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has issued a memo to Google staff members currently overseas, ordering them to return to the US immediately if affected by an executive order from President Donald Trump that banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. Bloomberg Technology obtained a copy of the memo, in which Pichai commented that “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.” The executive order bans citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya from entering the United States for the next 90 days, and bans…

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