Google Expands Currents' Availability, Language Support
Google today increased the availability of its Google Currents application. Currents is a news ereader that can collect information from a wide variety of news sources in a fashion similar to Flipboard and Pulse. Google Currents version 1.1 is available around the world, as are a greater variety of news sources from around the world. Google says that readers can also choose to automatically have content that's published in other languages translated to one of 38 supported languages. Last, the application will now automatically sync content in the background rather than when users open and use the app. Google Currents 1.1 is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It is free.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Google News to Highlight Local Sources
Google has updated its Google News product across all platforms with improved visibility of locally-sourced stories. The local source tag in Google News highlights local news outlets that have covered large, national news stories.