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Weekly Update - August 18, 2018: Photos, Voice, One

Now in the heat of the dog days of summer, there aren’t many significant updates. Now is probably a good time to learn some new tricks, like how to use Google Data Studio or complete more YouTube Creator Studio courses. Or maybe take a trip to the beach?
Here’s what’s new this week:
  • Google Photos photo books are now available in Germany. And you can now add captions to your photo books (assuming you are in a country where they are available).
  • A redesigned Google Voice app is available for iOS devices, with Google Calendar and Contacts-linked “Do Not Disturb” for G Suite users. This appears to be the related to the enterprise version of Google Voice for G Suite announced at Google Cloud Next.
  • The new Gmail “confidential mode” is now available on mobile devices. This lets you set an expiration date and passcode for the messages you send. 
  • In the YouTube Android app you will be able to mention someone when you reply to their comment. This should “improve readability” and the person you mentioned will get a notification, which should help “keep the conversation going.” 
  • It’s now possible to sign up for Google One in the United States, which includes additional Google Drive storage and 24/7 support for many Google products. 
  • Why do people volunteer in the Google Top Contributor Program? Hear from Google Docs, Chrome and Google Maps Top Contributors about why they contribute.
  • Google helps you stay up to speed with the 2018 Asian Games 
Plus there are tips and updates for live streamers, YouTubers, Google Plussers, business owners and more. Read on for details. Read on for details.

Image: "Canis Major, Lepus, Columba Noachi & Cela Sculptoris", plate 30 in Urania's Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy ... by Jehoshaphat Aspin (1825, Public Domain)


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