Native IFTTT integration appears in Google Assistant, allows users to create applets [Gallery]

As we noted in a past teardown of the Google app, IFTTT integration was in the works for Assistant. That functionality has now popped up on one of our devices, and it allows users to easily make new commands and manage existing ones.

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Google Maps now allows Local Guides to create lists of saved places

Google Maps is a service we all use almost daily, but a lot of work goes into making it as great as it is. Lately, Google has been pushing users into its Local Guides program which lets them “level up” by writing reviews, uploading pictures, and adding/editing places on Maps. To help those users better do those tasks, the company has today added the ability to sort saved places into lists within the mobile app.

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Google partnered w/ UNHCR to create a tour of Syria and its crisis

It has been over six years since the start of the Syrian Crisis, and it doesn’t look like it is going to get any better any time soon. Because of everything happening in the country, many have turned to Google to ask about the crisis, the country, and the refugees. To answer all of these questions and more, Google has partnered with UNHCR to create Searching for Syria

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How-To: Create desktop bookmarks directly to specific Gmail accounts [Video]

As someone who uses multiple Gmail accounts, I often find myself switching to the account I actually want to use after loading the Gmail home page. By default, Gmail will load the first account that you initially log in to. If you wish to view another Gmail account, you’ll need to utilize the account switcher option in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could set up a bookmark to go directly to a desired account instead of having to rely on the account switcher? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that. more…

Sprint HTC Bolt Review: Two struggling companies create a subpar & overpriced phone

Over the past three years, HTC has only partially tweaked the design of its flagship smartphones. Concurrently, Sprint has seen its fortunes decline; falling to fourth place in subscribers. The HTC Bolt for Sprint is very much emblematic of these two trends; it’s a minor iteration for HTC, and tries to bring improved networking to serve as a competitive advantage.

Notable points to know about this phone: there’s IP57 water proofing, and no headphone jack. There’s also a stunning amount of pre-loaded software, which probably shouldn’t be surprising since the primary reason for its existence is as a technological showcase for Sprint’s LTE Plus network…

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As it gears up for enterprise usage, Google makes it easier to create group chats in Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a fantastic service, but little by little, it’s fading into the background like the dozen other Google messaging services before it. However, Google has no plans to kill the service, instead wanting to shift its focus to the enterprise customer. As it does that, it’s also moving the features to best fit that use case.

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HTC Mood Player lets you create a custom Spotify playlist just by taking a selfie [Hands-on]

To celebrate the launch of its mid-range Desire 626, HTC has just announced that it is collaborating with Spotify to let you create custom playlists using just a picture of your face. HTC Mood Player is a fun concept and one which I’m sure will give you at least a few minutes of fun while you interact with what is essentially just an advertisement for the Desire 626. Of course, we couldn’t let this announcement go by without taking the site for a spin…

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Google+ update makes Circles more prominent, new Create program highlights top creators

When Google+ launched in 2011, one of its marquee features was grouping people into circles. There was a nifty drag-and-drop interface and the ability to limit posts to specific circles. Last year’s Google+ redesign hid the feature, but an update to the Android app now resurfaces it. The social network is also launching Google+ Create to recognize top content creators and give them access to early features.

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