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Google Duo announces new features to make staying at home more bearable

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Online communication has become even more vital these days due to social distancing and restrictions on travel. Instant messaging and video calling services have seen a sudden and gigantic spike in users and usage and they have been quick to roll out features to accommodate the sudden burst of activity. Following that trend, Google Duo is announcing a few new treats for users of its video chat service along with promises of more to come soon.

The number of video calls going through Google Duo and over the Internet has exponentially increased in the past few weeks and some of them even involve more sensitive business or personal matters. Google Duo is already using end-to-end encryption and in the coming weeks it will be rolling out a new technology designed to improve quality and reliability even when your connection isn’t.

Many people have also flocked to video conferencing services to make social group calls or work team meetings but not all services are created equal. The most popular one even proved to also be the least secure, causing an almost global reaction to its security and privacy flaws. Google says you don’t have to go far to get your group video chat going. Although it already increased its group size to 12, Google Duo will expand that again in the coming weeks.

Some calls are intimate, though, and can sometimes be once in a lifetime moments. To capture these memories for posterity, Google Duo now lets you take a still photo that automatically gets sent to both parties in the call. The one caveat is that it only works on one-to-one calls on smartphones but Google promises it will come to group calls and other devices soon enough.

And when the other party isn’t even able to receive your call, you can still send them more than just a photo to show that you care. Google Duo has always had the option to send video messages but now it will allow users to save those thoughtful clips rather than have them disappear 24 hours after seeing them. These features and more are Google Duo’s way to help ease the stress of not being able to socialize and give people fewer reasons to risk going out to connect with family and friends.

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Here’s How You Can Create Your Own Ebook In Microsoft Word

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After the last page of your main content, you should add an “About the Author” page. This is where you include fun things about yourself, your career highlights, and even other eBooks you’ve written in the past. It’s also a good idea to mention your social media links and website, so your readers can find you online easily.

When writing your author content, Rocket Expansion suggests using a tone that matches your brand. It could be witty, formal, fun, or anything else that reflects your eBook topic and previous work. For instance, if you’re writing about the stock market, you should use a formal tone. If you’re a fiction writer, use a witty and fun tone instead.

You might also want to add a picture to your author page. To do that in Microsoft Word, here are the steps to follow (via Microsoft):

  1. Click on your author page.
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. In the Illustrations section, select Pictures > This Device.
  4. Locate the photo you want to add.
  5. Select Insert.
  6. Resize the photo how you want by dragging the corners.
  7. Crop and style the photo using the styles available in the “Picture Styles” section.
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24% Of Apple Fans Think This Is The Best New Feature Of The MacOS Ventura

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With more than 25.08% of the votes, a slim majority of our poll respondents chose the newfound ability to generate live captions within a FaceTime call as their favorite macOS Ventura feature. For those unaware, this feature automatically generates captions and transcribes them on screen — making it easy for everyone to follow the conversation. The feature seems to be a hot favorite among Apple users despite the fact that it is still in Beta and that it only supports a limited set of languages.

One of the major feature additions to the Mail app on macOS Ventura is the ability to undo sending an email. With 24.26% of our respondents voting for this as their favorite, it is evident that it’s a welcome feature. However, in the default setting, users will need to click on the “Undo Send” option at the bottom of the sidebar of the Mail app within 10 seconds of sending an email for it to work. Thankfully, users have the option to change this time duration from within Mail settings.

In the third position — with 19.31% of the votes — was the much talked about Continuity Camera feature, which lets Mac users transform their iPhones into a webcam. While the main purpose of the feature was to enhance the video conferencing capabilities of Mac systems using the iPhone’s powerful camera hardware, Continuity Camera was mostly in the news because of a nifty new feature called “Desk Mode.” This mode used the iPhone’s ultra wide-angle camera to show a top-down view of the desk and the users’ faces simultaneously.

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Vietnamese Automaker’s EV Shipment Is Big Competition For The US

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Bloomberg reports that VinFast is exporting 999 electric vehicles to the U.S. market. The electric vehicles were dispatched on Nov. 25, and they’re expected to arrive in California right around Christmas. The specific model that is en route to the U.S. is the VinFast VF 8 — a 402 hp electric SUV with a battery range of 292 miles. This is similar to the VF 32 model that was unveiled last year. With a price tag of about $41,000, the VinFast VF 8 will be competing with the likes of the Volkwagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Another model, the VinFast VF 9, is scheduled to be shipped out from Vietnam in January. But unlike the VF 8, the VF 9 model will include a bigger battery to increase the range up to 342 miles after a full charge. Just like the VF 32 model that was unveiled last year, the VF 9 is designed with all-wheel drive dual electric motors to optimize performance. All VinFast electric vehicles that will be sold in the U.S. will have a battery warranty of 125,000 miles or 10 years.

However, the VinFast VF 8 and VF 9 will not qualify for the new tax credit because they’re not assembled in North America. Then again, VinFast is working to solve that problem since it’s building an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in North Carolina. “As soon as we start manufacturing cars in the U.S., our customers will be eligible (for) the tax incentive,” Le Thi Thu Thuy, the CEO of VinFast told Reuters. The Vietnamese company has also received about 65,000 pre-orders from the international market, and 17,000 bookings from the U.S. 

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