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Google Plus, Google URL Shortener, Pixel 2 & 2 XL Aborted – New Inbox Introduced

Google Plus, Google URL Shortener, Pixel 2 & 2 XL Aborted - New Inbox Introduced

Tech giant Google is finally going to shut its failed social network Google Plus. It was launched back in the year 2011 to compete with facebook like apps. But, unfortunately, Google+ couldn’t make it even after a lot of tries. So, finally, the company is going to shut it forever. Not just, the company has some other plans also. What are these? We will tell you.

Google Plus:

Google+ was the company’s fourth attempt at the social media network. They made it necessary for Google play store app review and YouTube also. In such a manner, Google+ was able to gain users number but people were not actually using it. Later on, the company removed these restrictions.

Google URL Shortener:

Talking about other plans of Google, it is also going to shut the Google URL shortener too. This was used to convert long URLs into shorter ones. But, the company is shutting this one also as the number of users was quite less. Google URL shortener had to face tough competition with Bitly – a URL shortener website.

Also Read: Google April Fool Prank – Google Maps & Files Go – See Prank.

Inbox By Gmail:

Not just that, at the 15th Birthday of Gmail, Google decided to shed odd the 4-year-old inbox of Gmail. The company is going to opt for the more easily accessible user interface for Gmail. Soon, we all are going to see the Gmail in a whole new incarnation with necessary things only. Interestingly, Google has introduced an all-new “Inbox by Gmail” application for your daily emails assist.

Also, do check out this amazing video of “Inbox by Gmail.”

Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL:

Moreover, the tech giant is also going to kill its Google Pixel 2 & Google Pixel 2 XL. These two phones will not available on through Google’s online store anymore. Consequently, you will see extremely limited stocks at retailers also. 

So, that’s it for today. This was quick information about the end of Google Plus (Google+), Google URL shortener and changes of Gmail.

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Vast majority of Quebecers believe First Nations face discrimination: survey

MONTREAL — The vast majority of non-Indigenous Quebecers recognize that First Nations members in the province are subject to racism or discrimination, a new survey suggests.

The survey conducted by polling firm Leger for the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador found that 92 per cent of respondents agreed that Indigenous communities face racism or discrimination.

Eight out of 10 Quebecers have a positive opinion of First Nations, but 58 per cent say they don’t have an understanding of the issues facing those communities.

More than half believe relations between non-Indigenous Quebecers and First Nations are poor, and 91 per cent believe the provincial government has an important role to play in repairing and maintaining relations.

Eighty per cent of respondents believe First Nations people face additional obstacles, and 70 per cent believe First Nations members are not treated the same as non-Indigenous Quebecers in social structures.

Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, says he was surprised by some of the results, which he says demonstrate a greater understanding of the plight faced by First Nations.

The assembly intends to develop a plan to improve how governments deliver services to First Nations, to be presented early in the fall.

The online poll surveyed 1,002 respondents across Quebec randomly drawn from Leger’s internet user panel, with First Nations members excluded from the sample.

Data was collected between July 17 and July 23, and the results cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered truly random.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money is meant to help Indigenous communities prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

He says communities can also use the money for a variety of other measures, including helping elders and vulnerable people, food insecurity, educational and other supports for children and mental health assistance.

The new money will flow through the Indigenous community support fund, bringing the total amount to $685 million this year.

Some funding will also go to First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Metis people living in urban centres, distributed based on need through an application process.

Miller says Ottawa is committed to ensuring Indigenous leaders have the tools and support they need to implement the various aspects of their pandemic plans.

“This funding will provide crucial support to key community initiatives that strive to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities,” he said.

“This approach aligns with our commitment to support Indigenous leadership’s approaches to community wellness while providing the flexibility to respond to emerging needs, for example in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.”

To date there have been 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, with 34 people hospitalized. Of these, 393 have recovered from the virus. There have also been 17 cases in the Nunavik region in northern Quebec. All have recovered.

The federal government has acknowledged that COVID-19 case counts among Indigenous Peoples do not reflect the true impact on Indigenous communities and individuals, as they only capture statistics from those living on reserves or in Inuit territories. The majority of Indigenous people in Canada live off reserve.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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B.C. students to return to school Sept. 10 as part of gradual restart

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s Education Ministry says children will be returning to classrooms two days later than originally planned as part of a gradual restart to schooling.

Education Minister Rob Fleming told reporters Tuesday that students wouldn’t be expected back on the original date of Sept. 8 to help give administrators and teachers more time to prepare for education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ministry now says in a release that staff will meet on Sept. 8, while students will be welcomed in classrooms by Sept. 10.

A government steering committee, established to help schools plan their restart, will issue operational guidelines next week on issues ranging from health and safety protocols to supporting the mental health of students.

The change in the start date comes after concerns were raised by the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association.

Federation president Teri Mooring has called for more details on the government’s school plan, saying the information is needed for educators and parents.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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