Google Places API gets Monetization and Upgrade

Google Places API gets Monetization and Upgrade

Google is upgrading the Places API for Android and iOS, and at the same time is deprecating the free Places SDK in Google Play Services, with a full shutdown date of the end of July 2019. The reason Google has given for the move is that when the Maps Platform launched in July 2018, Google held back the Places software development kit (SDK) for Android and iOS, leaving the mobile Places SDK tied to the previous plan’s limit of 150,000 daily requests. However, the new Places SDK has been released for both Android and iOS, and are now officially part of the Maps Platform, and the old SDKs are deprecated.  If…

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Could Facebook’s unified services spell dark days for WhatsApp users

Could Facebook’s unified services spell dark days for WhatsApp users?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced plans to merge his three dominant messaging services: Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. The goal, according to Facebook, is to create a more unified service across all three platforms. “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” a Facebook spokesperson said. With these services integrated, users will be able to easily message one another from different apps. But while the merger may make these services more convenient, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be more secure. Encryption as an afterthought The decision to merge these services has both lawmakers and privacy advocates scratching…

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Fear And Loathing In The App Store 22 - Apple Revokes Facebook's Developer Certificate

Fear And Loathing In The App Store 22 – Apple Revokes Facebook’s Developer Certificate

Apple just revoked Facebook’s developer certificate because it broke the terms of the agreement and now none of its internal iOS apps run. Apple has even more power than you might have imagined. Update: Google’s certificate also revoked. Soon after this news item was posted Apple revoked Google’s developer certificate, as we suggested it would. The reason is the same as in Facebook’s case. Google was using the license to distribute data gathering apps to end users. It gives you a clear idea how powerful Apple’s control is. Being able to shut down the use of internal iOS apps at two of the biggest Silicon Valley companies is no small thing.…

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A flaw in FaceTime lets people hear you, before you even answer

A flaw in FaceTime lets people hear you, before you even answer

Think twice before cursing that ex who won’t stop calling: A newly found bug in Apple’s FaceTime means someone could dial you and listen to your phone’s microphone—even if you don’t pick up. In other words, if you see FaceTime ringing on your device, the caller could already be listening to whatever it is you are saying, or doing. How the FaceTime bug works Open the FaceTime app and start to call a contact. Before that person picks up, swipe up and add your own phone number to the call. Once you’re added, FaceTime assumes the connection is an active conference call and starts sending you the audio of whoever you’re…

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Google Play Music bug strangely blocking new music from casting to speakers, TVs

Google Play Music bug strangely blocking new music from casting to speakers, TVs

A bug issue with Google Play Music prevents users from casting any 2019 tracks from the music streaming application using a phone. Clearly your The issue was uncovered by a tip sent to Android Authority and prevents any music from 2019 from being cast from your smartphone to a Smart Display, Google Home, Chromecast or even the Nvidia Shield TV. As for regions where this bug is affecting users, the reports are coming from Europe and India, but it’s entirely possible that this is a worldwide issue. You can remedy this by playing a recent song on your device and then casting to a Google Home device, rather than simply casting straight away.…

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Google finally buries Plus

Google finally buries Plus

After sounding the megaphone of a demise of Google+ in December last year, Google is back again; this time to tell users to start packing their awesome goodies off of the platform as they prepare to nuke it of the cliff on the 2nd of April, 2019. Well why not on 1st April? lol, you know; we kinda like Google+ a bit to hope it was just a joke for an April 1st. This is no joke, Google mean it. They are burying Plus. To know just how serious they are, the organisation sent a mail to all consumers of the platform with the obituary notice that reads; “Your Google+ page…

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