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Google Maps just for you

Published on 12/12/2018 @ 9 AM EST

Google Maps got a personalized upgrade. For You offers suggestions based on tastes and interests. The function can even tell you about event updates and menu changes.

Slack’s biggest competitor?

Published on 12/12/2018 @ 9 AM EST

Microsoft Teams, a workspace chat app, is on pace to be the second biggest by 2020, with Skype hanging onto first place. It’s free for Office 365 users and available globally.

Self-driving public transportation

Published on 12/12/2018 @ 9 AM EST

Elon Musk and the Boring Company will include “fully road legal autonomous transport cars” to their tunnel unveiling. The high-speed pods and the tunnel will be revealed on Dec. 18th.

Instagram offers Instagram Direct

Published on 12/11/2018 @ 10 AM EST

The photo-focused social media app is testing out Instagram Direct, a walkie-talkie feature. Users will be able to record short voice messages up to one minute and send via DM and group chats.

Smarter wearable technology

Published on 12/11/2018 @ 10 AM EST

The latest update to the Google and Levi’s Jacquard smart jacket comes with a function to prevent you from losing your smartphone. The sleeve will blink and vibrate if separated from your device. Likewise, it works in reverse so you won’t leave the jacket behind.

(Required) solar for all

Published on 12/11/2018 @ 9 AM EST

California’s Building Standards Commission will require all new houses from 2020 to be equipped with solar panels. There are also incentives for other energy efficient solutions while homes mostly in the shade are exempt.