Google, Microsoft, Others to Advise FCC on White Spaces
A handful of technology companies, including Comsearch, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Motorola, and Neustar, have banded together to from the White Space Database Group. The organization's main goal will be to provide the Federal Communications Commission with perspectives and specific recommendations about the technical requirements it would like to see adopted for the database. The white spaces, which some companies are hoping will be used to provide wireless broadband services, will become available once the transition to DTV is complete. Google said that it doesn't want to be responsible for this database, but hopes the database will be up and running within a few months.
Google Debuts 'Spaces' App for Group Conversations
Google today introduced a new app called Spaces, which is meant to facilitate group conversations around specific subjects. Google imagines the app could be helpful to book clubs, or to people planning trips, and so on.
Google Camera Adds Selfie Flash, Double-Tap to Zoom
The native Google Camera application, most often found on Nexus and Pixel phones, now includes a selfie flash. The flash works similar to that of the iPhone in that it fires a burst on the screen itself.
Google Photos Update Adds Auto White Balance Correction
Google says a new version of its Google Photos app introduces several new editing tools for improving photographs. The Google Photos editor already automatically corrects exposure and saturation, but will now also automatically correct white balance.
Google Tasks Local Guides to Add Wheelchair Accessibility Details
Google wants to ensure those in wheelchairs have access to the accessibility information they need before visiting places around the world. The search giant is asking its Local Guides, those who contribute information about places on Google Makes, to make an effort to answer questions about wheelchair accessibility.