With Google Drive’s new shortcuts, you’ll never lose a file again

After years of pleading from users, Google Drive is finally getting a much-needed feature: shortcuts that point to files stored in another location.

If you use Google Drive frequently, you’ll know how frustrating it can be trying to find a single file in a jumble of folders. Yes, you could search for its name, but Drive’s limited sorting options and lack of filters mean you can still find yourself hunting for a needle in a haystack.

You’ll be able to create shortcuts pointing to files in other folders, or on shared Drives, without changing the original file’s location.

Quick clicks

Unfortunately you won’t be able to create a shortcut to any old file – you’re limited to Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, PDFs, JPGs, Microsoft Office files and folders. No creating shortcuts to your amusing cat GIFs, then.

The feature will arrive for paying G Suite users in the coming weeks (admins can now  [...]  read more

Today’s Cartoon: If You Thought Robocalls Were Bad…

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the rest of the week. And if that’s still not enough, you can find all of WIRED’s cartoons in one place, right here. Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.

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social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #wired https://www.wired.com/story/wired-cartoons-week-1

Go big on storage with these 512GB Samsung S10 deals for the price of 128GB

Are you one of those people who doesn’t really trust the intangible notion of the cloud? Do you prefer to ‘own’ the media on your smartphone rather than stream it?

If that sounds like you, then you’re probably also somebody that likes to have a mobile phone with plenty of storage to keep your songs, snaps and films in your pocket at all times. And you inevitably also know that can get pricey, with manufacturers adding on big chunks of cash to the RRPs if you want the luxury of the extra space. Well Mobiles.co.uk is here to help, especially if you like the idea of grabbing a Samsung Galaxy S10 deal.

For the next few days, the award-winning online retailer is giving free upgrades when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S10 on contract. So the normal price of a 128GB model, gets fast-tracked all the way up to 512GB. That’s a huge amount of storage for all the entertainment you need for your commute or travels, and on one of the world’s best handsets too.

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Dive Into the Existential Escapism of the Fish Tube

The people of Twitter long to be salmon. They ache to join the migrating fish on a speedy, effortless journey over hills and through valleys. They yearn for the frictionless embrace of a soft, pressurized tube capable of firing their (fish) bodies somewhere far, far away. They crave the salmon’s gentle splashdown. In other words, they want to hitch a ride on a device made to transport fish over the dams blocking the way to their spawning grounds. It’s called the Whooshh Fish Transport System, but on Twitter, it’s loving known as “the fish tube.”

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The fish tube’s reign began last week, but also five years ago. The current fish tube mania was sparked by a  [...]  read more

Spotify’s Premium Family plans get an explicit content filter

Other new features include “Family Mix,” giving you access to personalized playlists for the whole family. It’s updated regularly and allows granular control over who can contribute to each session so you don’t get too much Frozen or Baby Shark. There’s also a Family Hub, making it easier to add and remove users, adjust parental controls and keep your account info up to date.

Otherwise, you’ll still get six individual accounts for $15 per month, as before. Spotify requires that all members reside in the same household, even though tons of people share the feature among friends to save a few bucks. The company recently concluded verification tests to check that Family plans weren’t being abused, but has yet to say whether those will roll out more widely.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/19/spotify-premium-family-swearing-filter/

Google Play Store will no longer rush app approval for unproven developers

The Google Play Store is the main hub for Android apps, but spend a few minutes on it and you can easily stumble across malicious apps containing adware or worse. It looks like Google is making it harder for this kind of software to slip through its nets, however, with news that its app approval process will take a lot longer.

This news comes courtesy of a blog post from Choice of Games, a prolific app developer with over 100 apps on Google Play Store, which says that new apps submitted via the Android developer interface now face a three-day approval time, which is a significant increase on previous apps, which were often approved within a day.

Choice of Games’ blog post points to an Android developer support page, which confirms that “for certain developer accounts, we’ll take more time to thoroughly review your app(s) to help better protect users. You’ll receive a notification on your app’s Dashboard about how long this should take.”

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Apple Puts the AR in ‘Art’ (and in ‘Transparent Sky-Being’)

Thanks to a hot desert air mass stalling over San Francisco, the sky was a fogless blue, which made the words stand out even more as they floated upwards past St. Patrick Church in downtown San Francisco. White and uppercase, they rose in perfectly justified blocks, the voice of artist and poet John Giorno intoning them in my headphones: “A vast dome of blue sky / and your mind / is an iron nail in between.” On and on, the uppermost words breaking up and floating away, a Star Wars crawl of Buddhist introspection.

It was breathtaking for its scale—each word was dozens of feet high—yet the lunchtime crowds in Yerba Buena Gardens didn’t even notice. The only people who seemed as rapt as I was, in fact, were the three who were pointing an iPhone XS Plus in the same direction I was and wearing Beats headphones identical to mine. All that Apple was no coincidence: Giorno’s piece, Now at the Dawn of My Life, was one of six pieces in the company’s [AR]T [...]  read more