Google won’t release its own smartwatch this year


Tech news sites have been in frenzy over the past few months over what many believed was proof that the company planned to launch its own competitor to the Apple Watch. The product was expected to be named the Google ‘Pixel’ watch and sold as a compliment to the existing Pixel phone but don’t hope up to some reasons because now that dream is dead. Qualcomm was also expected to release its processor too for the pixel smartwatch but according to Miles Barr, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS, Google has no plans to release a smartwatch this year.

Slack quietly adds auto-expiring statuses

Workplace chat and collaboration company Slack has quietly updated its status feature to include an expiration date, so you can set certain statuses like commuting, meetings, and vacation to expire after a distinct amount of time. Restarting Slack on mobile or desktop should pull up the new feature for all users. Now when you pull up the status screen, you’ll get the same default statuses with pre-filled expiration times, including one hour for ‘in a meeting’, 30 minutes for ‘commuting’, and an unspecified length of time for ‘vacationing’, which is a nice touch. If you’d like more granular control, you can write in your own status or click one of the default ones and click the downward-facing arrow to pull up greater lengths of time, including ‘today’ and ‘this week’, and a custom one for picking your own date and time for the status to clear. It’s a subtle change, but a welcome one.

Windows 10’s next major update

Previously codenamed Redstone 5, the ‘Windows 10 October 2018 Update’ will include a number of new features for devices, like a new cloud clipboard that syncs across machines, a dark File Explorer, an updated snipping tool, improvements to Microsoft Edge, and performance information in the Xbox Game Bar. This could be a big change in the Microsoft family especially for windows 10 because of the consumers’ constant struggle of needing space in their current updates. Microsoft is expected to conclude development of the October update by the end of September, and it should be available to Windows Insiders by early October followed by regular consumers.