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Telling Google that meat is off the menu

Q: The cards in the Google app on my Android phone show me recipes, but I recently became a vegetarian and many of the suggested dishes include meat. How can I get meatless suggestions?

A: The personalized information cards displayed in the Google app show you things based on your stated interests or search history, but you can update your dietary preferences in the app’s settings. Start by opening the Google app.

In the Android version of the Google app, tap the Menu icon in the upper-left corner of the screen and choose Customize from the menu. Scroll down to the More Preferences section and select Cooking. On the Cooking preferences screen, you can turn the recipe recommendations on or off — and you can also choose to see only vegetarian, vegan or pork-free recipes displayed in your feed. Tap the Done button in the upper-right corner when you have made your adjustments.

Google has been highlighting recipes in search results for years, but some users first began to notice a regular “Culinary Inspiration” card offering recipes in the Google app feed this year. The recipe cards, most likely catered to those who have searched for cooking information, recipes or food before on Google, were spotted not long after the company announced it was rolling out a more visual way to display results from recipe searches. In April, Google also introduced a recipe audio narration by its Google Assistant software running on the Google Home speaker.

The Google app is also available for those using iOS devices, although the customization controls are not as specific. To make adjustments to your feed, tap your profile photo in the upper-left corner of the screen and on the Setting screen, tap Feed.

Adding even more life to live photos

Q: How long does the camera record when you take a Live Photo on the iPhone? Can you change the amount of time captured in the file or make a video out of one?

A: The Live Photos feature captures 1.5 seconds of the scene before and after the picture is taken, including a snippet of audio and any movement on the part of the subject. Live Photos have been available since the iPhone 6S model arrived in 2015, but for those who prefer unmoving pictures, you can turn off the effect by tapping the Live Photos bull’s-eye icon in the Camera’s menu bar.

If you are running iOS 11 on your iPhone, you have additional editing features you can use with your Live Photos if you want to make them play longer. When you have a Live Photo open on your phone, put your finger on the screen and swipe up to see the Effects panel, where you have the choice of Loop, Bounce or Long Exposure. Tap an effect to add it to your image.

The Loop effect turns your Live Photo into a repeating video. The Bounce effect plays the photo’s motion forward and then in reverse, and Long Exposure blurs the motion in the image, which gives the picture an artsy look. You can change or remove any of the effects you add to a Live Photo by swiping up and returning to the Effects panel.

Third-party apps like Lively and Motion Stills also give you the ability to edit Live Photos on your iPhone and turn them into animated GIFs to share with friends. The latest version of the Photos program that comes with the High Sierra version of the Mac operating system can also edit the Live Photos shared to the computer with the iCloud Photo Library or imported from the phone. The Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects are available on the desktop as well.

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