Google Maps will now let you follow its top local guides
Think: maps as a social serviceThough there’s never a definitive answer to those questions — one person’s tourist trap is another person’s life-changing experience — it does help to know what your options are. And now, Google Maps is making it easier than ever to figure those options out with the release of a feature that lets you follow its top Local Guides. Though the program is currently limited to Bangkok, Delhi, London, Mexico City, New York, Osaka, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Tokyo, it means that Google is getting more serious about making its Maps a quasi-social experience.
is still something of a pain. You might not always realize what choices you have, let alone which places have the best prices. Google is trying to help, at least. It's introducing a search feature on mobile that piles results for popular clothes, accessories into one section. You could find the ideal floral dress or puffer jacket with just a few keywords. You can filter results by department, size and style, and other tools help you quickly find buyer reviews and flip through photos.
The feature has started rolling out and should be broadly available this week. More searches and products (including devices) are expected in the future. And in case you're wondering: no, stores won't have to pay to show up. While they will have to participate, it appears to be just a question of whether or not they care to be included.
ToTok returns to Google Play Store after accusations of spying .
The messaging app says allegations that it's a surveillance tool are categorically false.ToTok was available for download once again in the Google Play Store as of Saturday, according to a tweet from the company. A "what's new" section on the Google Play app page says the app made several updates, including how it makes requests for user data and syncs contact list info.