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New leak points to Google finally unveiling the Pixel Watch on May 26th

Every since Wear OS was a thing, there have been countless rumors that this could be the year that Google announces its own smartwatch to complement its range of Pixel smartphones, and every year the rumors are proved wrong. Well, it’s time to strap in once again because it seems that 2022 is the year […]

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Google Play Games for Windows is rolling out in beta – coming to the US “soon”

There’s big news afoot in the Android gaming world with the announcement that Google Play Games is coming to PCs, and is actually already rolling out in beta form in three countries. Google says that it aims to provide a seamless gaming experience whether you are gaming on a PC or mobile device. Google Play […]

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The Google Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t deserve its bad reputation

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is facing some bad press, as some phones are hit with software problems. But as we’ve discovered, it’s not entirely deserved.
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‘Exploring fitness’ won’t get Google TV anywhere near Apple Fitness+

Google has to do more than just “explore fitness” if it wants to get Google TV anywhere close to the exercise experience of Apple Fitness+.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs. Google Pixel 6: The battle of the affordable flagships

In this battle of affordable flagship phones, we pit the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE against the Google Pixel 6.
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The most common Google Wear OS problems and how to fix them

Got a Wear OS smartwatch? We’ve rounded up some of the more common Google Wear OS problems, along with some workarounds and solutions for solving them.
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How to use Google Translate

With Google Translate you can translate written or spoken text using just your phone — even without internet.
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Oppo Air Glass avoids the one feature that made Google Glass so controversial

Oppo’s Air Glass wearable may remind you of Google Glass, but without a camera, they avoid the privacy complications of Google’s original smart glasses.
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Google employees who don’t comply with COVID-19 vaccine rules will reportedly be fired

Google is giving employees until December 3rd to declare their COVID-19 vaccine status. And according to CNBC, if they fail to comply with the tech giant's vaccine mandate, they'd have to apply for a medical or religious exemption and convince Google that it's warranted if they don't want to eventually lose their job. Google will approve exemptions on a case-by-case basis. 

In its report, the publication said that it has seen an internal memo warning personnel of the consequences if they still haven't complied with the company's vaccine rules by January 18th. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or who have failed to secure a valid exemption will be placed on paid administrative leave for 30 days. Google will then put them on unpaid personal leave for up to six months and will ultimately fire them if they truly don't want to be inoculated against COVID-19. 

The tech giant reportedly explained in the memo that it's implementing its vaccine mandate to comply with the administration's executive order. Under that order, all US companies with more than 100 workers must be fully vaccinated by January 18th. While the order is in limbo after courts had blocked its implementation, Google may have simply chosen to push through with its plans to ensure that it's compliant in case the order suddenly takes effect.

"We expect that almost all roles at Google in the US will fall within the scope of the executive order. Anyone entering a Google building must be fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation that allows them to work or come onsite… frequent testing is not a valid alternative to vaccination," the memo reportedly reads.

Earlier this month, CNBC also reported that Google delayed workers' return to office and will no longer require personnel to come in a few times a week starting on January 10th. However, it still encouraged employees to come into the office "where conditions allow, to reconnect with colleagues in person and start regaining the muscle memory of being in [one] more regularly."

While it will strictly enforce its rule for all employees that fall within the scope of the order, Google did give those who don't want to get vaccinated an option. If they can't secure a valid religious or medical exemption, they can "explore" other roles within the company that don't conflict with the order. If they can find such a role and it doesn't require in-office work, they can also permanently work remotely going forward.

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Google Play Games is coming to Windows PCs in 2022

With the first preview of Android apps on Windows 11 already available in the US, Google has realized that it risks being left behind and so has announced, in typical Google fashion, that it will bring Android games to the platform in 2022. There’s no mention of Android apps, though, with the search giant only […]

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The Google Stadia app is finally rolling out to selected LG Smart TVs

It’s almost eleven months since LG announced that its smart TV’s would gain access to Google’s Stadia but the day has finally come. Those with LG Smart TVs running WebOS 5.0 and 6.0 are now able to install the Stadia app on their televisions and gain access to AAA gaming titles without needing to buy […]

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How to use Google Maps

Google Maps will have you navigating around like a champ in no time. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, here are your favorite navigation app’s handy features.
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Google Play users have voted for their favorite game and app for 2021

At the beginning of November, users were able to vote for their favorite app and game on the Play Store for the Google Play Users Choice Awards that are held every year. The Google Play editorial team also reveal its choice of best apps and games based on their quality, design, technical performance, and innovation. […]

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The first Google Pixel 6 Black Friday deal is here — but hurry!

If you’re dying to get your mitts on Google’s newest smartphone but have been waiting for a discount, the first Pixel 6 Black Friday deal has finally arrived. 
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We compared Samsung’s One UI 4 against Android 12 on the Google Pixel 6 Pro

Samsung’s One UI 4 software is available now, and we compared it against Android 12 on the Pixel 6 Pro to see if it can compete with Google’s latest OS.
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The best Google Pixel 6 Pro cases and covers

The Pixel 6 Pro features a powerful Google-made chipset and a triple-lens camera. Protect it with the best Google Pixel 6 Pro cases available now.
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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro buying guide: Everything you need to know

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are finally official. Here’s everything we know about them so far when it comes to specs, features, and more.
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Google Maps is adding new shopping tools for the holiday season

Google has several new features in Google Maps to help you avoid crowds, find your way around malls, and get your holiday dinner shopping done.
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Google may be canceling Pixel Fold plans in face of Samsung’s market dominance

Google is reportedly no longer working on a foldable as Samsung dominates the market.
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Google Pixel 6 review: Don’t overlook the cheaper Pixel

Cheaper means not as good, right? That’s not necessarily accurate, as the $ 599 Pixel 6 proves in our review.
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The latest Google Photos update magically erases the Magic Eraser feature on the Pixel 6

Tired of my complaining about the Pixel 6’s fingerprint issues and explaining why I returned my 6 Pro? Relax, this isn’t one of those articles, instead, we have news of a different calamity to befall Google’s new phones in which the latest update to the Google Photos app magically wipes the Magic Eraser function out […]

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Google could add Face Unlock to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, eventually

The Pixel 6’s fingerprint complaint doesn’t seem to be going away although it’s important to state that many users have a perfectly good experience unlocking their new Google phones. Still, it’s looking more and more as if Google will bolster the beleaguered fingerprint sensor on its Pixel 6 series with the return of face unlock, […]

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Common Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro problems and how to fix them

Technical bugs and glitches getting in the way of you enjoying your new phone? Here’s a roundup of common Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro problems and how to fix them.
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Google opens up Play Store payments in South Korea in response to legislation

In response to new legislation, Google will now let developers in South Korea implement support for third-party payment systems.
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Crypto scammers stole $500K from wallets using targeted Google Ads

Scammers used a new type of phishing campaign, which doesn't use emails, to steal around $ 500,000 worth of cryptocurrency from wallets this past weekend alone. According to Check Point Research, those bad actors purchased Google Ads placements for their fraudulent websites that imitate popular wallets, such as Phantom App and MetaMask. The malicious websites have URLs close to the original's, such as "phantonn.app" — the real service's URL is "phantom.app" — with designs also copied from the real deal. 

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The scammers will then steal the victim's passphrase if they visit the fake website and type it in. If the victim uses the fake website to create a new wallet, they will be given the attacker's secret recovery phrase. In the event that they use the recovery phrase to log in, they'll actually be logging into the bad actor's account, and any fund transferred to it will go to the scammer. For MetaMask, in particular, the fake website has the option to import an existing wallet. Since doing so requires a seed phrase, the scammers will also get access to it. 

As Check Point Research explains, the Phantom App and MetaMask are some of the most popular wallets for Solana and Ethereum. It cross-referenced Reddit forums to come to the conclusion that around half a million dollars were stolen last weekend alone, and it found 11 compromised wallet accounts containing crypto worth between $ 1,000 and $ 10,000. The scammers had already withdrawn funds from those wallets before CPR found them. 

CPR says scamming groups are now bidding on keywords on Google Ads, which is a testament to how effective the method is. It's now advising users to examine the wallet's URL closely and to skip Google Ads results altogether so as not to unknowingly fall for the scam.

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Google pursues Pentagon cloud contract in spite of past employee concerns

Three years after its involvement with the military’s controversial Project Maven program led to employee strife within its walls, Google reportedly hopes to once again work with the Pentagon. According to The New York Times, the company is “aggressively” pursuing the Defense Department’s Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability cloud contract. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Engadget it was pursuing a bid.

Announced at the start of July, the program is a replacement for the military’s cancelled $ 10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative. With JEDI, the Pentagon had planned to modernize its IT infrastructure with help from Microsoft. However, the contract stalled after Amazon challenged it in court, in part over allegations former President Donald Trump had interfered with the evaluation process.

Unlike JEDI, JWCC is a multi-vendor contract that will see the military eventually working with more than one company. When the Pentagon announced the program, it said it would collect proposals from both Amazon and Microsoft. At the time, it said they were the two vendors best suited to meet its needs, but noted it was also open to working with other companies. Google did not bid on JEDI in part because of what happened with Project Maven.

The program, with help from Google, saw the military use machine learning to interpret drone footage. When the company confirmed its involvement in Maven, it said its technology was involved in “non-offensive uses only,” and that it was flagging material for “human review.” Outrage within the company quickly grew. Approximately 4,000 employees petitioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai to pull the company out of the project. Some workers even left Google over the episode. In the aftermath of the protest, the company did not renew its contract with the Pentagon.

It also established a set of ethical principles to guide its military AI work. Those guidelines prohibit the company from using machine learning in relation to “weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.” When Google established the principles, Pichai reportedly told workers his hope was they would stand “the test of time.”

In spite of those guidelines, Google is pursuing the JWCC contract. According to The Times, the company has “raced” to prepare a proposal to present to Pentagon officials on why it should be involved in the project. The contract is reportedly a priority for the company, with the outlet reporting that Google pulled employees off other assignments to work on its bid. 

“We strongly believe a multi-cloud strategy offers the department the best solution today and in the future,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We are firmly committed to serving our public sector customers, including the DoD, Department of Energy, NIH, and many other government agencies, and we will evaluate any future bid opportunities accordingly."

Google will reportedly find out if it qualifies to make a bid sometime in the next few weeks. The question then becomes if the contract is compatible with its AI guidelines, and what effect that will have on its employees. Those principles leave room for it to work with the military on projects that involve things like cybersecurity, and it already has contracts in place to help the Defense Department with pilot training and Navy ship maintenance

If it obtains the contract, Engadget has learned the company anticipates it could help the Defense Department with cloud services like hosting, storage and networking, in addition to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Specifically, the Pentagon could use Google's data analytics capabilities to predict and monitor forces like climate change and the current pandemic. Any custom AI work the job involves will need to be vetted through the company's guidelines. It also expects it could work with the Pentagon on more prosaic issues like security, employee travel and finance. 

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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Which is more pro?

The Pixel 6 Pro is the most deluxe, feature-packed smartphone Google has ever produced, but can it rival the iPhone 13 Pro? We find out in this comparison test.
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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Everything you need to know

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are finally reaching their end of life. Here’s everything you need to know about them.
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Google adds a private locked photos folder to iPhones for ‘personal’ photos

Google rolls out a slew of privacy-focused tools for Android and iOS in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
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Google already kicking off work on the Tensor 2 processor for the future Pixel 7

Not one to rest on its laurels, Google has reportedly already begun work on a second-generation Tensor chipset for the Pixel 7.
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Google makes big screens better with Android 12L for foldables and tablets

Android 12 might just be fresh off the oven, but Google is following it up with Android 12L as it optimizes its mobile operating system for foldables.
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How to set up Google Voice on your smartphone or computer

Google Voice lets you call anyone via the internet while maintaining your privacy. Use this handy guide to set up Google Voice on a phone or computer.
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Google drops developer fees in the Play Store to as low as 10%

Google is making Play Store pricing more appealing to developers by slashing content fees to as low as 10% and subscription fees to 15%.
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Google and Roku’s ongoing feud could result in the removal of the YouTube app from December 9th

It’s a few months since Google and Roku’s spat about YouTube TV became public, and now it seems that access to another of the search giant’s apps is also on the line. This time it’s the turn of the YouTube app which could be removed from Roku on December 9th thanks to it and Google […]

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Google starts licensing Stadia tech to other companies

When Google shut down its internal Stadia game development studios earlier this year, Stadia general manager Phil Harrison said the company planned to "work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools." We're starting to see that strategy in action, as Google is now licensing Stadia tech to other companies.

As first reported by 9to5 Google and confirmed by IGN, AT&T is using the tech to offer wireless subscribers the chance to stream Batman: Arkham Knight (which isn't available on Stadia proper) for free. Customers can play the game for a limited time at up to 1080p through Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

"This is being powered by the Stadia technology," an AT&T spokesperson told IGN. "For this demo AT&T created a front end experience to enable gamers to play Batman: Arkham Knight directly from their own website and the game is playable on virtually any computer or laptop."

Oddly enough, subscribers can't take advantage of this offer on a smartphone, despite it seeming like a solid opportunity for AT&T to show off its network capabilities. AT&T even offered six months of Stadia Pro access to 5G and fiber internet customers this year.

Harrison said in February that offering game streaming tech to other companies (without Stadia branding in this case) was "the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry." Although Google isn't making its own games for Stadia anymore, it has continued to add third-party games to the store.

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Should you buy the Google Pixel 6 or get an older model instead?

The Pixel 6 and its sibling, the Pixel 6 Pro, should be the most advanced Google phones yet, but they cost more. Should you save and go with an older Pixel?
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Parrot’s 4G-connected Anafi Ai drone is the Google Maps car of the skies

Parrot’s new 4G-connected Anafi Ai drone has no range limits and a powerful camera for breathtaking photography.
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Sustainable with Google 2021: Nest Renew, traffic light efficiency, and more

Google has made a series of updates to encourage sustainable choices across its products.
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T-Mobile lures subscribers with 500GB of Google One cloud storage for $5 a month

T-Mobile’s lures more subscribers with a new, exclusive Google One plan for customers, offering 500GB of storage for just $ 5 a month.
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Best cheap Google Pixel 4 deals for October 2021

In the wake of the Pixel 5 launch, now’s perfect time to find Google Pixel 4 deals. We’ve got ’em right here.
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Best Google Pixel deals for September 2021

Time for a new Android smartphone? We’ve smoked out all the latest and greatest Google Pixel deals right here.
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Google is finally bringing YouTube Music to older Wear OS watches

Google’s YouTube Music app is no longer exclusive to watches running Google Wear OS 3. The company is bringing it to older devices this week.
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How to play Google Stadia on your iPhone or iPad

Thanks to Apple’s restrictions on cloud services in its App Store, cloud gaming services such as the xCloud and Stadia apps are not available on the platform because each and every game would need to be registered separately. Who needs a dedicated app, though, when you can now access Google Stadia via Apple’s Safari browser, […]

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There’s now a Google Reader-style RSS feed for your newsletter habit

One issue some people are facing amid the boom in email newsletters is staying on top of all the ones they're interested in while managing their inboxes. Substack, one of the most prominent newsletter platforms, is trying to remedy that by rolling ou…
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Google makes it easier to try Chrome’s experimental features

Test versions of Chrome sometimes pack experimental features, but you almost wouldn’t know it when you frequently have to enable obscure settings flags to use them. It might soon be much easier, however. Ghacks and Android Police have learned that Ch…
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Samsung moves to update GPU drivers via the Google Play Store for faster performance tweaks

One of the best parts of the Google Play Store is the ability for OEMs to update components of their software separately from a full system update. Catch a bug in your Mail app? Just push the update to the Play Store and save the full system build for the next major update, easy. While […]

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Google Stadia is now available in 8 new countries ahead of the Cyberpunk 2077 release

In the face of competing cloud gaming services from Amazon, Microsoft, and even Apple, Google is taking steps to extend Stadia’s reach to eight new countries, bringing the total to 22. With Cyberpunk 2077 launching on the platform on December 10th, it makes sense on Google’s part to make the most of the hype that […]

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Google Discover continues to blend with social media, rumored to pick up a likes counter

Google has long flirted with the idea of their own successful social media network. Obviously Google+ began and ended as a terrible dumpster fire (we did at least get Google Photos out of it, to be fair) but they’ve also thrown in a few social media type features into their other products over the years. […]

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Not dead yet: Google Chrome supports Windows 7 for another year

Windows 7 was a very solid OS from Microsoft, and it’s one that’s still hanging on even after several new versions have replaced it and Microsoft has officially dropped support for it. I can’t say I blame people, though. I used to actually be able to play Fallout 3 on Windows 7, unlike Windows 10. […]

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Turkey orders Google to change its online ad strategy

Google is facing yet another fine for allegedly abusing its search ad clout, although the financial punishment this time is less serious than its implications. Arab News reports that Turkey’s Competition Board has given Google six months to change it…
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