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Weekly Update - December 19, 2020: YouTube, Meet, Photos

It's the last Weekly Update for 2020! Not surprisingly, much of the news this week is about communication. Google Meet is rolling out live captions in more languages; unlimited Zoom calls will be available for Christmas and New Years; and Duo has holiday AR filters. 

Google Photos has new automatic creations, including Cinematic Photos, and new themes for collages. And if you have your location history turned on, you can see a map of your daily travels along with your photos.

If your YouTube channel has at least 1000 subscribers you can now manage your Community posts in YouTube Studio, and now most channels in the YouTube Partner Program can offer Memberships.

And Twitter announced is shutting down Periscope, the last of the live streaming apps that made a big splash in 2015.

Finally, there won’t be a post on December 26 as I will be celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and working on my year-in-review post.

Thank you for being loyal readers, and on to 2021! 

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  • Google Photos offers new creations. Cinematic Photos uses machine learning to create a smooth panning effect. There are new collage designs. And story-like Memories will start being created based on photos of things (like sunsets) and activities (like hiking or baking).
  • You can now “see your path through the world” in Google Photos, with your maps timeline. If you open Search, then “Your Map” you should see the option to hide your timeline. You need location history enabled on your Android or iOS device to see this feature. Learn more.
  • If you have a low-end Android phone, you can now take HDR photos with the Google Camera Go app.
  • Flickr is introducing an auto-moderation bot to review new uploads for explicit content. Such content is usually restricted.


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