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Google Assistant is coming to more countries this year

Includes India, Philippines, and Singapore

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Google I/O came and went with an absurd flurry of new phones, apps, and everything in between. However, even if you watched the presentations, you might have missed this key announcement from the event:

Google Assistant is coming to more countries! Previously limited to select countries and devices, Google’s own voice assistant will operate in 80 countries by the end of the year. Particularly, the long list includes key markets in Southeast Asia.

At the event, Google Assistant’s VP of Engineering Scott Huffman showed off a massive map of countries that will have the software this year. While he doesn’t list them down one by one, the markers are noticeable.

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For example, by the end of 2018, the Southeast Asian region will enjoy Google Assistant support in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Huffman states that the global expansion draws from the incredibly positive response they got from an initial expansion to India. “Daily usage there has tripled since the beginning of the year,” he says.

Sadly, Google has not released a digital render of the map or a complete list of countries yet. Without a list, the video confirms only the countries that are big enough to see.

Additionally, Google will expand the Assistant’s available languages to 30. However, they have not listed any languages yet.

With the expansion, Google can replace the dated Google Now across the globe. Google Assistant depicts a friendlier and more efficient approach to Google’s voice control, in line with Siri and Alexa.

As of now, Google has not released a timetable of when the software will roll out. If you’re in one of the countries pictured, you can at least expect it by the end of 2018.

SEE ALSO: 6 awesome things that happened at Google I/O 2018

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Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix!

Starting February 2020

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Netflix’s anime library is about to get a major boost as the films from the award-winning Studio Ghibli is set to join the streaming platform.

Starting February 1, 2020, selected films from Studio Ghibli will be available for streaming globally (except US, Canada, and Japan). This was made possible through distribution partner Wild Bunch International.

Renowned titles like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service will be making their way to Netflix. A total of 21 films will all eventually come to Netflix. They will be available in 28 subtitled languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.

The films coming to the Netflix are as follows:

February 1, 2020:

Castle in the Sky (1986),
My Neighbor Totoro (1988),
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
Only Yesterday (1991),
Porco Rosso (1992),
Ocean Waves (1993),
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

March 1, 2020:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984),
Princess Mononoke (1997),
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999),
Spirited Away (2001),
The Cat Returns (2002),
Arrietty (2010),
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

April 1, 2020:

Pom Poko (1994),
Whisper of the Heart (1995),
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004),
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008),
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011),
The Wind Rises (2013),

What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli film?

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McDonald’s introduces their new mobile app

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McDonald’s Philippines starts the new year with a bang by announcing their new and fresh mobile app.

No, this is not the replacement for the existing McDelivery app. What it does is give customers special offers and discounts that can be availed through front counters, take-out booths, and drive-troughs in all McDonald’s stores nationwide.

The interface of the new McDonald’s app

By downloading the new app through the App Store or Google Play, you can get deals such as the Buy One Get One Cheeseburger for PhP 99 or the Big Mac for only PhP 75. Registration is free and doesn’t require any special membership to get future discounts and promos.

Another feature is the Store Locator which helps you find the nearest McDonald’s store in your area. You can also book your next big party at McDonald’s through the McDo Party website.

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Twitter won’t give us an edit button

@jack says they will “probably never do it”

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There have been many demands made of Twitter but perhaps one of the most requested feature is the addition of an edit button, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s likely not happening ever.

In a video Q&A with Wired, Dorsey answered several questions but addressed once and for all the loud majority clamoring for an edit button on the bird app. “The answer is no,” said Dorsey with absolute finality.

“The reason there’s no edit button [and] there hasn’t been an edit button traditionally is we started as an SMS text messaging service. So as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe and that feeling in the early days,” Dorsey expounded.

He added that not adding an edit button lets users feel at ease that anything they retweeted or quote tweeted would be the same messaged and won’t be altered later on.

Dorsey did add that they thought about adding something like an “undo send” feature similar to the one found on GMail but ultimately decided against it. Dorsey that if we have other ideas, we’re free to mention him on Twitter.

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Twitter is banning political ads
Twitter is cracking down on sexual and violent content
Twitter isn’t sure how to remove inactive accounts

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