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Waiting In Line Sucks, And Google Wants To Help You Avoid It 

Your lunch break burrito bowl awaits, but avoiding the winding, noon-hour queue is an art. But soon, you’ll be able to work around those long lines on your grub-fetching quests — or at least anticipate them — using data from Google.


New Study Shows How Deeply Awful Those 'Get The App' Web Pages Are

Those web pages that stop you getting to the information you really want in favour of asking you to Download An App are deeply annoying. But now a study by Google shows just how counter-productive they actually are for the people that put them there in the first place.


Google Is Finally Divorcing Google+

The oft-mocked Google+ is getting stripped of features that will be incorporated elsewhere into the Googleverse. Google has decided to “move some features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience out of Google+,” according to a post on its official blog today.


Google Voice Gets Neural Network-Powered Transcription To Slash Errors

Google Voice has an incredibly useful function that provides you with a transcribed version of your voicemail — but if often gets things wrong. Now, Google is throwing neural networks at the problem to help improve its performance dramatically.


Don't Ask Google Maps 'Are We There Yet?'

The Google Maps lady might sound all friendly and helpful, but like any mum, she gets real sassy if you keep asking her if you’re there yet.


Go Install This Chrome Extension For Sending Self-Destructing Gmails

Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives users of Google’s free email service up to 30 seconds to change their mind on a sent email before it leaves their outbox. But a new Chrome extension called Dmail lets you send messages with a self-destruct timer — or the ability to remotely delete them whenever you want.


Google Scored A Patent For Memory-Storing Cameras, Sound Familiar?

A searchable database of all your memories — creepy? Or a blessing for your Dory-like attention span? Either way, Google has scored a patent for just such a device.


How Lycos Almost Won The Search Engine Wars

In 1998, a young developer named Jim Gilliam was hired at Lycos after he impressed management by finding bugs in their site. He took on the task of improving their search results to find a way to beat their biggest competitor, Yahoo.


YouTube Is Making Vertical Video Less Awful Because Humans Never Learn

Because we can’t be trusted to do anything right, YouTube is alleviating our long-standing pain and anguish over watching vertical videos in landscape by finally giving us the option to watch those horizontally-challenged bits of cinema in full screen on Android phones. And there was much rejoicing.


Google Maps Timeline Lets You Stalk Yourself

Google has a serial-killer-grade stash of knowledge about its users. This is not news, but to really ram the point home, Google is releasing a tool that lets you go back through history, and retroactively follow your every move.