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How to set up your Google Home device

Whether you own the regular sized Google Home or the diminutive Google Home Mini, setting the smart speakers up is as straight-forward as A-B-C. Almost all the setup can be done in the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, and it just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Join us after the break where […]

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Official Pixelbook Sleeve is now available from the Google Store for ‘just’ $100

When Google launched the Pixelbook back in October, there was no denying that it was the Chromebook to beat all other Chromebooks. With such a high level of specification and the unquestionably slick design, though, it could only be one thing – hellishly expensive. Which, with a starting price of $ 999, it was. An official sleeve […]

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Best 5 mounts for the Google Home Mini

Many of us either bought or received the Google Home Mini as a gift over Christmas and while it’s a nifty device that offers great value for money, finding space for it on a flat surface near a plug isn’t the easiest thing to do. Luckily, the Google Home Mini doesn’t have to lay flat […]

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Google Play expands 4K and HDR movies to more countries around the world

Google brought 4K movie rentals and purchases to Google Play Movies late last year, but like most of Google’s brand new features, it was limited in rollout to just a few countries. In this case, only the US and Canada had access to Google’s full selection of digital 4K content. That’s apparently changing as of […]

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Google facing a lawsuit over original Pixel microphone issues

The original Google Pixel was a pretty fantastic phone, and one Google should be proud of. However, it wasn’t without its flaws, including a few isolated problems for some users. One of those problems, however, happened enough that now Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over the defect. Yikes. That class action complaint was filed […]

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Google doesn’t use Pixel Visual Core for its own camera app, but Snapchat does

When the Pixel 2 was announced, Google trumpeted how great its camera was, but they conveniently forgot to mention that a dormant Image Processing Unit called the Pixel Visual Core was inside the phone. It wasn’t active after the Pixel launched but was reportedly made available to other apps in Android 8.1. The biggest difference […]

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Google contemplates a GeForce Now streaming competitor with Yeti service

Google is considering testing the streaming gaming market and jumping directly into competition with NVIDIA and Sony, according to a new report. It would function like GeForce Now or PlayStation Now, but instead use a Chromecast or Google home console as a delivery device. Details are scarce, but the service is internally referred to as […]

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Google Assistant learns a few new tricks for media lovers

Google Assistant is an always-growing product, and whether you’re using it on your phone or with one of Google’s smart speakers, that means you’re constantly getting new features added to the platform. The latest set of new things your personal assistant can do will make it just a little bit easier to wake up in […]

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Google sets records in fighting bad apps during 2017

Earlier this week Google’s Andrew Ahn, Product Manager for Google Play, released the latest information describing Google’s efforts to slow or stop the spread of malicious apps via the Google Play Store. As the official source for apps for Android devices, Google goes to great lengths to try to keep bad apps out of the […]

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Pinterest hires Google computer vision expert to sort your Pins

Pinterest is very committed to improving its search technology through AI — so committed, in fact, that it just hired one of the foremost experts in the field. The social network has announced that it's recruiting Chuck Rosenberg, Google's AI visio…
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Google announces new Bulletin hyperlocal citizen news platform

Google announced a new platform they are working to roll out soon that will provide a source for “hyperlocal” news stories. The platform is called Bulletin and will enable people to “put  spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t being told.” Google has things constructed at present to drive the new platform via a smartphone app. […]

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You can now buy your audiobooks directly on Google Play

Last week’s leak took the surprise out of audiobooks making their way to the Google Play Store, but at least now it’s official. Google has posted a blog detailing the new section of their digital storefront, and everyone can grab a 50% discount on their first audiobook purchase. Unlike other services, Google is touting this […]

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Google hires former Xbox, PlayStation exec Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison followed up almost two decades as an executive for both Sony and Microsoft as an investor in computer and video game companies. But he's moving back to the tech world with a new role as Vice President and GM of Google, Harrison announce…
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Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug

Google is now rolling out a promised fix for Chromecast built-in devices, such as Google Home, Android TV, Chromecast, etc., to kill a bug wreaking havoc on Wi-Fi connections with slowdowns and even outages. Affected routers include those from TP-Link, ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. The issue was described as one that in certain situations, a […]

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Google denies launching optimized version of Maps for China

Google's presence in China has increased marginally in recent times, but those excited about a rumoured optimized version of Maps for the country will be disappointed to learn the claims are untrue. Earlier this week Japan news site Nikkei reported t…
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Google freezes addiction center ads after word of sketchy referrals

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services…
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Anker announces the ZOLO Model Zero speaker with Google Assistant

Known primarily for their charging solutions,at CES 2018 Anker Innovations announced their entry into the smart speaker market with the ZOLO Model Zero. The new device is scheduled to be available in the latter part of 2018. Anker is stressing the design aesthetics of the new device. According to Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations: “Speakers […]

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LG puts Google Assistant in its own touchscreen-equipped speaker

Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it…
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JBL joins the Google Smart Display platform with the JBL Link View

We’re incredibly excited about Google’s Smart Display platform, and it looks like other manufacturers are, too. Lenovo is likely the most high profile name making a device for the platform, but JBL is throwing their hat in the ring, too. Called the JBL Link View, the device sports a high-resolution 8-inch display with stereo speakers. […]

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Lenovo’s Smart Display comes with 8 or 10-inch HD displays and Google Assistant baked in

It’s long been rumored that Google has plans to release a Google Home device with a built-in display. Indeed, it’s perhaps one of the reasons that the search giant pulled YouTube support for Amazon’s Echo Show, a direct competitor. One such product is the Lenovo Smart Display, developed in partnership with Google. The Smart Display features […]

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Google and Amazon likely lost money on smart speakers this year

Amazon and Google were extremely aggressive with their small smart speakers this holiday season, cutting the price on both the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini to just $ 29 for months. That was down from a $ 50 price point on both units before Q4. That move was great for customers, and I’m sure both Google […]

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Amazon yields some ground in growing battle with Google

Over the last few months, a rift between Google and Amazon started to expand. Caught in the crosshairs are owners of Echo Show and Fire TV devices who found themselves with no access to YouTube after Google cut off the service on those Amazon devices. Possibly underestimating consumer backlash, Amazon is moving to start selling Google […]

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Google Inbox will remind you to unsubscribe from unread promo emails

Google has made email a much less tedious, junky affair for a lot of us, and it's about to take another step to helping us clean out our inboxes. According to a report over at Android Police, users of Google's Inbox app will start seeing new tips tha…
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December is here and with it comes the expanded Santa Tracker from Google

The ability to track Santa may exist in a place where Moore’s Law applies when one looks at how Google continues to expand their Santa Tracker platform each year. What started out as an online replication of the local TV news “tracking” Santa with the help of NORAD each year has blossomed into a month […]

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The most popular apps, games, and movies of 2017 according to Google

We’ve somehow made it to the last month of the year without the world ending, which means it’s time for Google to reveal its Best of 2017 list for the years’ most popular apps, games, movies, books, and TV Shows. It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones held off all comers to retain […]

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Andy Rubin takes a leave of absence after accusations of an “inappropriate relationship” while at Google

2017 has been a crazy year, and unfortunately, we’re starting to see it bleed into the tech industry before it’s over. Andy Rubin is the next in the headlines, and he’s officially taking a leave of absence from Essential after some new accusations. According to The Information, a report surfaced about an “inappropriate relationship” between […]

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Google exploring concept of a dedicated YouTube Edition Android phone

According to a report of a survey currently underway by Google, the company is exploring a unique specialization for a smartphone. The survey seeks input on what would be considered a “YouTube Edition” of an Android smartphone. The concepts described in the survey cover software, interface and even potential hardware. For consumers of content, the […]

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Google has been tracking your phone’s location, even with location turned off

Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Google has been tracking you anyway. You can take more drastic steps like turning off cellular data or even removing the SIM card […]

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Google Maps has an improved color scheme and new icons for easier navigation

Google Maps has a fresh coat of paint that makes navigation even easier. The driving, navigation, transit and explore maps now highlight relevant information in a clearer way. For example, gas stations will be better marked for navigation as will train stations for transit and so on. An updated color scheme and new icons will […]

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[Deal] Grab the Google Home/Home Mini for just £79/£34

Black Friday is still a few days away, but some companies just can’t wait. Take Google, for instance, discounting its Google Home and Google Home Mini devices in the UK, bringing them firmly within the Impulse Buy zone with savings of £50 and £15 respectively. The regular Google Home is reduced from its normal price […]

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Control Ecobee’s smart thermostats with Google Assistant

You no longer have to be picky about which voice assistant you use to steer Ecobee's smart thermostats. Google Assistant now offers control over Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 models, letting you tweak the temperature from your phone or an Assistant-equipped s…
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Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones shipping with no operating system

More problems have surfaced for Google with their recently released Pixel 2 devices. The company has already seen several issues crop up surrounding the displays and now a new problem with the Pixel 2 XL is being discovered by new owners. This one is quite annoying as buyers are firing up their brand new devices […]

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Google tweaks the design of their mobile site by axing corners

Google has a lot of software to maintain, from apps and Chrome OS to mobile sites and Android, but Google Search is still at the heart of the company. Design changes to their main mobile site have been tweaked and tested for months, and they’re now rolling out to the masses. Changes are subtle, but […]

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Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones are reportedly shipping without Android

Google's Pixel 2 smartphone has had a trail of problems following its launch. From software patches to fix audio issues to screen burn-in, the issues keep cropping up, leading the internet titan to extend warranties to make up for everyone's trouble….
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Talk to Pikachu through your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Pikachu is virtually inescapable in the tech world, and that includes the smart speaker in your living room. The Pokémon Company has previewed Pikachu Talk, an app meant for Alexa- and Google Assistant-powered devices like the Amazon Echo and…
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Google will no longer offer its flight price data to other sites

Google is getting serious about its role as a travel service. Come April 10, 2018 the search giant will shut down access to its QPX Express API that's used by the likes of Kayak and Orbitz for airfare data, as spotted by Hacker News. This could serio…
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Samsung’s latest ad trolls Google and LG over Pixel 2 XL display issues

Ahh, Samsung. The Korean handset maker is never one to pull its punches with it comes to trolling competitors. Usually, Samsung goes after Apple, but this time around it has taken to poking its local rival, LG, as well as Google over the OLED display issues seen on the Pixel 2 XL. Samsung’s gentle jab […]

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Google will refund you if you overpaid for a Pixel 2 at a pop-up store

Google’s pop-up stores made it easy for customers to walk in and buy up a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without having to go directly to a Verizon store. They employed a third-party Verizon retailer, Victra, to handle sales and activations for the Pixel. That’s a great way to streamline the experience, but many […]

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Google kicks off Playtime 2017 for app developers

Google’s annual global Playtime series started yesterday with back-to-back events in Berlin and San Francisco. The series is designed to help developers find success with Android’s growing portfolio of hardware, including phones, tablets, Wear devices, TV’s, Chromebooks and Daydream. Every month around the globe, there are over 8 billion new Android app installs per month. […]

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A nested tab design is hitting the Google Play Store, violating Google’s own design guidelines

A new design element was found several weeks ago in the Google Play Store that violated Google’s own Material Design guidelines. A nested navigation bar is suddenly appearing under a main tab of categories. As an example in the picture above, you can see Pop, Alternative, Rock, etc. under the main categories, Genre, Artist, Album, […]

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Google’s pop-up stores will sell Pixels and Google Homes this year

Google occasionally does pop-up locations in big cities to show off their products and give people a chance to test them out before buying them. The “stores” don’t really sell anything, but the hands-on experience is unique for Google since they don’t really have a physical retail presence in the US like Apple or Microsoft. […]

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Pixel phones hit with a texting bug as Google works on a fix

Following the texting bug that hit Samsung Galaxy S8 phones a week ago, many Pixel phones are unable to receive text messages after the official Android 8.0 Oreo update. Outgoing texts seem unaffected, but incoming messages just aren’t happening. Google is aware of the issue and actively working on a solution. The first sign of […]

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Google Photos will now recognize your furry friends

Google Photos is one of Google’s most popular new products, and they’ve been steadily adding new features to the service to make it even smarter. The latest addition? It will now recognize your furry friends in addition to your human friends. You’re probably thinking that Google Photos has always recognized animals in your photos, and […]

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Google Pixel 2 finally adopts Bluetooth battery level reporting

It’s not uncommon for device manufacturers to build out features that eventually make their way back to AOSP, which then get adopted on Google’s Nexus/Pixel line and then to pretty much all other Android phones. That’s happened again, but this time with Bluetooth battery level reporting. In case you didn’t know, battery level reporting is […]

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Google Home adds features to become more family friendly

The main Google Home news today was the launch of two new devices, the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, but important new features were also announced. Google Home devices are becoming more family friendly with better ways for both kids and parents to interact with the devices. For starters, Google is adding account […]

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Chromebooks are next in line for Google Assistant

In the last week, Google Assistant has been added to Android TV and almost 90 of LG’s smart appliances. Now there’s word that Chromebooks are next as the voice activated personal assistant continues its march into as many products as possible. It’s surprising that Chromebooks don’t already have Google Assistant, but a couple of Google […]

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Google hints Assistant is nearly ready for Chromebooks

Google's October 4th event might include more for Chrome OS fans than the rumored Pixelbook. David Cannon and 9to5Google have spotted multiple app references to Google Assistant coming to Chromebooks. Google's Home app notes that some Assistant app…
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Google rumored to replace 2-factor with ‘Advanced Protection’ keys

According to Bloomberg, Google is close to rolling out a hardware replacement for current 2-factor authentication setups. Right now, adding the need for a constantly changing code is one of the best ways to protect your account beyond just a password…
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A Google Home sequel is on the way with stereo speakers, code-named “Max”

With an internal name of Google Home “Max”, an upgraded, more premium Google Home is currently in development. Although new features and a final design are still unknown, stereo speakers will be a major addition. Sources also claim that the design and materials will be premium. Google Home “Max” allegedly made an appearance at a […]

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets Google Assistant with Sony Bravia TVs coming soon

Google Assistant is popping up everywhere, just recently integrating itself with almost 90 of LG’s smart appliances. And as of today, its available on Android TV. Starting with NVIDIA SHIELD TV and coming to Sony Bravia TVs in the coming months, users can find the latest movies, check the score on the big game, dim […]

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