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Google Pixel Buds Pro tips and tricks

Learn how to maximize your Google Pixel Buds Pro with our exhaustive list of tips, tricks, and recommendations.
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Common Google Pixel Buds Pro problems and how to solve them

Having issues with your Pixel Buds Pro? From glitchy sound to unresponsive Bluetooth, here’s a list of the most common Buds Pro problems and how to solve them.
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Google Pixel Buds Pro review: Shut up and take our money

Small and comfy, the Pixel Buds Pro sound great and are packed with features. If you’re an Android user, meet your new buds.
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Google Pixel Buds Pro vs. Apple AirPods Pro — so much Pro in one place

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are a real competitor of Apple’s AirPods Pro. But are they a threat?
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When is my phone getting Android 13? Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and more

Android 13 is almost here. What phones are getting it, and when?
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OnePlus 10T vs. Google Pixel 6: Should you spend $649 or $599?

Can’t choose between the OnePlus 10T Pro and the Google Pixel 6? We compare these phones to help you figure out which is the best buy for you.
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Google Pixel Buds Pro vs. Apple AirPods Pro — so much Pro in one place

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are a real competitor of Apple’s AirPods Pro. But are they a threat?
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‘Allo’ beckons to Google Duo from the graveyard as Google Meet gets ready to take its place

In this latest example of Google’s complicated rebranding fetish, the Duo app is set to be incorporated into the Google Meet app, with notifications of “Duo is getting even better” being sent out. This rebranding means that Duo will get all of Google Meet’s features before the two apps become one app which will be […]

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Google Photos Editor, Light/Dark Themes, LumaFusion app, and more are coming to Chromebooks

We all know how productive Chromebooks can be but in the weeks and months ahead Google is adding a bunch of features in August that will round out the experience. Whether you’ve been waiting for the addition of light or dark themes, the ability to edit PDFs in the Gallery app, or perhaps just better […]

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Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Google’s latest Pixel 6a takes on the iPhone 13 Mini as both phones offer flagship features for a relatively lower price. Read more to find which fares better!
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[Update: Stadia trolls the source of the rumor] Google Does Google have its sights set on killing Stadia before the end of 2022?

It’s no secret that Stadia isn’t performing as well as Google might have hoped and that the search giant is exploring ways of of making it more successful by way of partnerships with third-parties such as with Verizon and its 1-Gig Fios product. Google had to deny plans to shut down Stadia in early 2021 […]

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Google fires researcher who claimed LaMDA AI was sentient

Blake Lemoine, an engineer who's spent the last seven years with Google, has been fired, reports Alex Kantrowitz of the Big Technology newsletter. The news was allegedly broken by Lemoine himself during a taping of the podcast of the same name, though the episode is not yet public. Google confirmed the firing to Engadget.

Lemoine, who most recently was part of Google’s Responsible AI project, went to the Washington Post last month with claims that one of company's AI projects had allegedly gained sentience. The AI in question, LaMDA — short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications — was publicly unveiled by Google last year as a means for computers to better mimic open-ended conversation. Lemoine seems not only to have believed LaMDA attained sentience, but was openly questioning whether it possessed a soul. And in case there's any doubt words his views are being expressed without hyperbole, he went on to tell Wired, "I legitimately believe that LaMDA is a person." 

After making these statements to the press, seemingly without authorization from his employer, Lemoine was put on paid administrative leave. Google, both in statements to the Washington Post then and since, has steadfastly asserted its AI is in no way sentient. 

Several members of the AI research community spoke up against Lemoine's claims as well. Margaret Mitchell, who was fired from Google after calling out the lack of diversity within the organization, wrote on Twitter that systems like LaMDA don't develop intent, they instead are "modeling how people express communicative intent in the form of text strings." Less tactfully, Gary Marcus referred to Lemoine's assertions as "nonsense on stilts."

Reached for comment, Google shared the following statement with Engadget: 

As we share in our AI Principles, we take the development of AI very seriously and remain committed to responsible innovation. LaMDA has been through 11 distinct reviews, and we published a research paper earlier this year detailing the work that goes into its responsible development. If an employee shares concerns about our work, as Blake did, we review them extensively. We found Blake’s claims that LaMDA is sentient to be wholly unfounded and worked to clarify that with him for many months. These discussions were part of the open culture that helps us innovate responsibly. So, it’s regrettable that despite lengthy engagement on this topic, Blake still chose to persistently violate clear employment and data security policies that include the need to safeguard product information. We will continue our careful development of language models, and we wish Blake well.

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The best Google Pixel 6a screen protectors for 2022

The Pixel 6a is a powerful engine in a lightweight body. Protect its glass front with one of the best Google Pixel 6a screen protectors you can buy right now.
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Snag free Pixel Buds A-Series Earbuds when you pre-order the Pixel 6a from the Google Store or Amazon

Last year’s Pixel 5a was something of a snoozefest when it came to its design but this year Google has aligned its new affordable handset’s design with that of the premium Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. With pre-orders for the Pixel 6a live with a reasonable price tag of $ 449/£399, it would seem that Google […]

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GOP attorneys general warn Google not to suppress anti-abortion centers in search results

Seventeen Republican attorneys general have urged Google not to limit the appearance of anti-abortion centers in search results. They made the demand a month after Democratic lawmakers asked the company to refrain from directing people who are looking up information on pregnancy terminations to such centers. The Republican AGs suggested that if Google obliges the request from the other side of the aisle, they may investigate the company and undertake legal action. "If you fail to resist this political pressure, we will act swiftly to protect American consumers from this dangerous axis of corporate and government power," they wrote in a letter to Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Many of the so-called crisis pregnancy centers in question have religious affiliations, as the Associated Press notes. Some centers have been accused of providing misleading information about abortion and contraception. Following a leak of a draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, a ruling that ensured the right to abortion nationwide (a move that the court took in late June), Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill that seeks to "crack down on false advertising that crisis pregnancy centers employ to dissuade patients from getting the reproductive care they need, including abortion care."

"Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don't provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women's health and undermines the integrity of Google's search results," the Democratic lawmakers wrote in their June 17th letter. They cited statistics indicating that a tenth of Google searches for terms like "abortion clinics near me" and "abortion pill" included results for anti-abortion centers.

The Republican AGs took issue with the Democrats' missive. They noted that crisis pregnancy centers often provide services like free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing and parenting classes. "These pregnancy centers serve women, no matter who they are or what they believe," they wrote. "These attacks threaten not only those affiliated with the centers, but also the mothers in desperate need of the assistance the centers provide."

The AGs noted Planned Parenthood has acknowledged that crisis pregnancy centers "have religious missions" and “are faith-based organizations that oppose abortion." They claimed ceding to the Democrats' request would "[reek] of religious discrimination."

They went on to state that if Google complies with "this inappropriate demand to bias your search results against crisis pregnancy centers," their offices would investigate the company for possible violations of antitrust and religious discrimination laws. The AGs would also "consider whether additional legislation — such as nondiscrimination rules under common carriage statutes — is necessary to protect consumers and markets." They gave Google 14 days to respond.

Engadget has contacted Google for comment. Google previously said it will delete abortion clinic visits from users' location histories. Meanwhile, YouTube today started removing videos with unsafe instructions on how to self-administer an abortion.

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Google Play Store now offers third-party app payments, but only for some users

Ahead of the EU’s Digital Markets Act coming into force, Google opens up the Play Store to third-party payment providers.
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The new Google Wallet app has landed, and here’s what it looks like

Google Wallet is finally here and is as confusing as ever. Luckily, its UI is clean and easy to navigate, making it a fair enough transition for Android users.
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The best Google Pixel 6a cases and covers

The Google Pixel 6a has been revealed, and even though it’s not available for pre-order yet, you can still get your case ready. Here are the best options.
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This Google Pixel 6 Prime Day deal is not one to be missed — save $100

There is an impressive Google Pixel 6 Prime Day deal that you can grab now, with the rarely discounted smartphone going for just $ 499 after a $ 100 discount.
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Google Pixel 6 just got a rare price cut for Prime Day 2022

There is an impressive Google Pixel 6 Prime Day deal taking place, with the rarely discounted smartphone going for just $ 571.
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Android 12L and Wear OS 3 show Google still isn’t serious about tablets and smartwatches

Android 12L and Wear OS 3 are supposed to be Google’s big revolutions for tablets and smartwatches. But it sure doesn’t feel like it.
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Lawmakers ask Google to stop steering people seeking abortion to anti-abortion sites

A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin is urging Google to "crack down on manipulative search results" that lead people seeking abortions to anti-abortion clinics. In a letter addressed to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the lawmakers reference a study conducted by US nonprofit group Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). The organization found that 1 in 10 Google search results for queries such as "abortion clinics near me" and "abortion pill" — specifically in states with trigger laws that would ban the procedure the moment Roe v. Wade is overturned — points to crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion instead.

"Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don't provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women's health and undermines the integrity of Google's search results," the lawmakers wrote. CCDH also found that 37 percent of results on Google Maps for the same search terms lead people to anti-abortion clinics. The lawmakers argue in the letter that Google should not be displaying those results for users searching for abortion and that if the company's search results must continue showing them, they should at least be properly labeled.

In addition, CCDH found that 28 percent of ads displayed at the top of Google search results are for crisis pregnancy centers. Google added a disclaimer for those ads, "albeit one that appears in small font and is easily missed," the lawmakers note, after getting flak for them a few years ago. "The prevalence of these misleading ads marks what appears to be a concerning reversal from Google’s pledge in 2014 to take down ads from crisis pregnancy centers that engage in overt deception of women seeking out abortion information online," the letter reads.

Warner, Slotkin and the letter's other signees are asking Google what it plans to do to limit the appearance of anti-abortion clinics when users are explicitly searching for abortion services. And, if Google chooses not to take action to prevent them from appearing in results, the group is asking whether Google would add user-friendly disclaimers clarifying whether the clinic is or isn't providing abortion services. You can read the whole letter below:

A Supreme Court draft obtained by Politico in May showed that SCOTUS justices have voted to reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that protected the federal rights to abortion across the country. Senator Ron Wyden and 41 other Democratic lawmakers also previously asked Google to stop collecting and keeping users' location data. They said the information could be used against people who've had or are seeking abortions in states with trigger laws. 

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Google will expand the usefulness of voice commands beyond Android phones

Google has helped app creators make better use of Assistant voice commands over time, but its longstanding Conversational Actions framework for those commands has had its limits. It's primarily meant for conventional Android mobile devices, and it's voice-only — the technology won't help much on your smartwatch, or when you need some on-screen interaction. The company is taking steps to make voice control more useful across all its platforms, though. It's expanding the App Actions framework to be more helpful for the entire Android ecosystem, and it's phasing out the old system in the process.

The company is in the midst of integrating App Actions across all Android-based platforms, including automotive platforms and wearables. Assistant can now point you to the relevant apps for a given command even when you don't mention an app's name, or when you're looking for the right software in "All Apps" on a Pixel 6. And if you don't have the app necessary for a command, you'll be taken to the appropriate Play Store page. These will help developers by boosting demand for their apps, of course, but they'll also help you focus on accomplishing tasks rather than crafting the exact phrase you need.

Developers will have a strong incentive to embrace the newer technology. Google is sunsetting Conversational Actions in June 2023, and plans to "turn down" features like console analytics at that point. The extra year will give app producers the time to learn App Actions and otherwise transition away from the earlier approach.

You might have seen this shift coming. Conversational Actions was introduced five years ago, only to be supplemented by App Actions (in an initially limited form) in 2019 — Google has been priming itself for a handover like this for a while. And with Google committing to major expansions of platforms like Android Auto and Wear OS, upgraded voice functionality is that much more important for the company.

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Google Assistant to forget its location-based reminders

Google Assistant has been losing features over the last several months and now two ‘reminders’ features have been put on the chopping block.
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Here’s everything you need to know about Google Stadia (Updated)

If you are just starting out with Google Stadia, we’ve compiled a list of essential facts and factoids to help you make the most of your cloud gaming experience. Whether it’s which devices are compatible with Stadia, how fast your internet connection needs to be, which gaming controller to use, or even which games are […]

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The Google Assistant could be to blame for the Galaxy Watch 4 suffering pairing issues and battery drain

Having been promised for months, the Google Assistant finally began rolling out to Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches last week but it seems that the addition of the virtual assistant may be causing some issues. Galaxy Watch 4 owners are reporting that their units are experiencing battery drain and pairing issues since the Google Assistant was […]

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It looks like Google has postponed the Pixel foldable once again

Codenamed “Passport“, the Pixel foldable whose launch was delayed by Google in 2021 would appear to have once again been postponed. If you are feeling like this could be the Pixel Watch all over again, you are not alone. According to the Korean news outlet, TheElec, Google has decided to postpone the launch of the […]

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Google Nest Audio bundle offers two smart speakers for just $120

If you're looking to get a few smart speakers for your connected home, this may be your chance to grab a handful at a discount. You can get a pair of Google Nest Audio smart speakers right now from Adorama for $ 120. If you just want the one, you can also grab a singular speaker for $ 65.

The Google Nest Audio has always offered a robust music experience without a hefty price tag to go with it, but now it's even more affordable at $ 80 or 40 percent off the bundle's regular price. While we didn't find the Nest Audio to be quite on par with bigger music-focused speakers when it comes to audio quality when we tested it out, it still sounds a lot better than the Nest Mini.

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It's loud enough for small- and medium-sized rooms, and pairing two of them can deliver stereo sound. Since it's a Google smart speaker, it supports Assistant voice commands, and you can tell it to play what you want after linking it to your account and your music streaming services. Like other Nest speakers, it's covered in cloth for a clean, minimalist aesthetic that will complement most home decor. And at 7 inches tall and only 3 inches thick, it will fit in most places you decide to put it. 

If you'd rather get a smart display, the second-generation Google Nest Hub is also down to $ 65, which is $ 35 off the usual price and one of the best deals we've seen it dropped to an all-time low of $ 55 in March. Its bigger sibling, the Google Nest Hub Max is also on sale at Adorama for $ 179, or $ 50 off its retail price. With its 10-inch touchscreen, the Nest Hub Max is the biggest Google smart display available and also has the best sound quality. We gave it a score of 86 in our review, praising it not just for having a great display and sound quality, but also for its ability to double as a Nest Cam and to play and pause media with gestures.

Buy Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) at Adorama – $ 65Buy Google Nest Hub Max at Adorama – $ 179

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Google says they’re finally optimizing Android tablet apps. Do you believe them?

At Google I/O this year, Google said they were working with developers and manufacturers to finally give Android apps the tablet-optimized versions they deserve. No more upscaled, wonky UI that leaves a ton of wasted space, blown up phone apps, or things that are just straight up broken and unpleasant to use on an Android […]

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Google Wallet is back with support for storing your Driver’s License

Remember Google Wallet? You know, the one that was renamed Android Pay and then most recently, Google Pay? Well, Google Wallet has been resurrected and it’s going to take over from Google Pay, albeit with a couple of new tricks. Confused? If you know anything about Google you should have been expecting this news when […]

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Google Pixel 6a could fix the Pixel 6’s biggest pain point

The Google Pixel 6A seems like it’s going to have a new fingerprint scanner, possibly setting it apart from the rest of the Pixel 6 line’s sensor problems.
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How Google plans to improve video capturing on Snapchat, Instagram

Google plans to improve the video recording-experience on third-party Android apps such as Instagram, Snapchat with enhancements to the CameraX Jetpack library.
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[Guide] How to stop apps sharing data with Google on Android

Apps taking your data to push ads to you is a tale as old as time itself (or at least since the invention of the smartphone). However, with newer and more transparent pro-consumer policies as late, customers are now getting a say in reducing the ads pushed to them on their Android Smartphones. With this […]

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Google faces lawsuit over controversial Play Store change

Google’s new Play Store billing policies aren’t very popular with developers, and some are taking their disagreement to the courts.
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Google Pixel Watch: Everything we know so far

After years of being in the rumor mill, there’s a pretty big chance Google’s Pixel Watch is finally on its way. Here’s everything we know so far.
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Google needs to convince us WearOS isn’t dead (again)

WearOS 3 still isn’t widely available, so at Google I/O 2022 we need to see strong evidence the platform really does have some life left in it.
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10 years on, Google Glass is still a Google I/O high point

Google Glass remains the pinnacle of exciting hardware announcements at Google I/O, and 10 years on we look back at what made it so special.
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Google Pixel 6a: Release date, price, leaks, and more

Google is working on its next cheap Pixel, the Pixel 6a. Here’s everything we know so far about the Pixel 6’s cheaper sibling.
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Google Pixel Watch spotted in the wild, iPhone 4 style

A prototype unit of the Pixel Watch was allegedly left at a restaurant, giving us glimpse of Google’s first smartwatch and its dramatically curvy looks.
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[Opinion] OK Google, it’s time you gave us back the Power button

So, there’s a ‘feature’ that has crept into the Android smartphone experience with the proliferation of the Android 12 update, and it’s the power button being tasked with activating the Google Assistant ahead of what used to be its primary function. Instead of pressing the power button for a couple of seconds to access the […]

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Unlimited Google Photos Storage is back for T-Mobile customers*

We all know that free Unlimited Storage for Google Photos is no longer an option thanks to the search giant squeezing every bit of blood out of that particular stone that it can. If you are a T-Mobile subscriber, though, you will soon have the option of signing up to the Uncarrier’s exclusive Google One […]

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The Morning After: Google and iFixit collaborate on parts to help you repair Pixel phones

Google is the latest phone maker to join Apple and Samsung in giving you resources to fix phones yourself. It’s partnering with the tinkerer of all tinkerers, iFixit, to provide official parts for Pixel phones later this year. Notably, the initiative will cover models ranging from the Pixel 2 (from 2017) through to the Pixel 6 Pro and beyond. According to the announcement, you’ll get access to a "full range" of components, like batteries, cameras and displays, whether you buy them individually or with iFixit’s own Fix Kit tools.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting year for people willing to repair their own phones. We still haven’t had a chance to see how Apple’s iPhone repair proposal will fare in real life — how hard is it going to be? — but Google is being smart by pairing with, arguably, the go-to people for those willing to take their phone’s life into their own hands.

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Hummer EV first drive

An enormous electric super truck

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The Hummer has always been ostentatious. So it’s no surprise the Hummer EV is not only large but also heavy, and really not all that efficient as an EV. But what it lacks in miles per kilowatt, it makes up for in over-the-top fun.

Roberto Baldwin got to drive the larger-than-life SUV, and it proved to be a capable off-roader that showcases GM’s Ultium platform. It is still, at its core, a Hummer.

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iOS 16 could include upgraded health tracking features

But don't expect an UI redesign.

The next major update of iOS could include “significant enhancements,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman anticipates iOS 16 will include an update to notifications and an assortment of new health-tracking features.

Gurman added that the Apple Watch’s watchOS 9 may include upgrades to its activity and health-tracking features, but stopped short of sharing specifics. Boo.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ has the best opening weekend for a video game movie

Breaking the record set by… the first Sonic movie.

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With a $ 71 million debut at the domestic box office, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has set a new record for the US film debut of a video game adaptation, beating the previous high watermark set by its predecessor in 2020. The sequel made $ 57 million during its opening weekend, and Paramount now plans to expand this success into a cinematic universe. What have you done?

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Police got confused trying to pull over an autonomous Cruise vehicle

‘Step outside the vehicle, please.’

Since February, GM’s Cruise self-driving unit has offered public taxi rides across San Francisco. And so far, the service hasn’t had many issues. A video from April 2nd showed San Francisco police attempting to pull over a driverless Cruise vehicle in the city’s Richmond District, only for the car to temporarily take off.

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Watch the first trailer for ‘Kingdom Hearts IV’

Disney, Final Fantasy and a kinda-Tokyo.

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During an event celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary, we got our first proper glimpse at the next Kingdom Hearts game. Kingdom Hearts IV marks the return of Sora after 2019’s Kingdom Hearts III seemingly concluded the story arc that began with the original game in 2002. The trailer showed Sora waking up in a city called Quadratum, a Tokyo-inspired city rendered in a semi-realistic way, marking a major artistic shift for the series. The city is soon attacked by a towering monster and the story-centric opening scenes seamlessly transition to gameplay… and fighting.

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Google Docs now offers emoji reactions

Collaboration is a huge part of Google Docs, letting multiple users chip in edits, comments and more. Now, you can include not just text in your comments but emoji reactions, much as you can in messages or on social media. "The new emoji reactions feature provides a less formal alternative to comments to express your opinions about document content," Google said in a blog post announcing the feature.

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The new option appears when you highlight text in a document while in "editing" mode. From there, you'll see a new "add reaction" icon smiley face icon that lets you place emojis in the editing comments section. Google notes that emojis used will be shared with Google chat, "so any preferences set in one app will be reflected in the other." Both apps can also be used to update emoji preferences via the picker. 

Google recently feted the 15th anniversary of Docs (along with Sheets). It has gradually boosted the feature set over that time, with the last update allowing you to draft emails in Docs and then send them using Gmail. 

Emoji reactions on a Google Doc could be an easy way to add feedback, but then again they may not fly in some business environments. Either way, the feature can't be disabled by the user and "there is no Admin control for the feature," according to Google. The feature started officially rolling out yesterday, but it may take some time to appear depending on your domain type and region. 

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The next Google System Update will begin rolling out on April 1st (really)

As April looms on the horizon with its silly tradition of pranks and outrageous stories, Google has released the details on its latest System Update which brings a bunch of fixes and new features for the Play Service and Google Play functions that perform a myriad of functions behind the scenes on your Android smartphone. […]

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Apple and Google close loophole that allowed Russians to use Mir cards for mobile payments

Apple has closed a loophole that had allowed some Russians to continue using its mobile payments service despite the ongoing economic sanctions against Russia. According to Reuters, the company told the country's largest lender on Thursday it would no longer support Russia's homegrown Mir payments system through Apple Pay.

"Apple has informed NSPK it is suspending support for Mir cards in the Apple Pay payment service," the National Card Payment System said Friday. "Starting from March 24th, users cannot add new Mir cards to the service. Apple will stop all operations of previously added cards over the next few days."

Google took similar action last week as well. According to a separate report from The Wall Street Journal, the company paused a pilot that had allowed Russians to connect their Mir cards to Google Pay. "Google Pay is pausing payments-related services in Russia as a result of payment services disruption out of our control," a Google spokesperson told the outlet.

As The Verge notes, the Central Bank of Russia established Mir after the US and other countries imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea in 2014. According to statistics shared by the Central Bank, Mir cards are involved in more than 25 percent of all card transactions within the country. Previously, cards from major Russian financial institutions like VTB Group and Sovcombank stopped working with Apple Pay and Google Pay shortly after the Kremlin launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

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Lawsuit accuses Google of fostering systemic bias against Black employees

A new lawsuit against Google accuses the company of fostering a "racially biased corporate culture" that offers Black employees lower pay and fewer opportunities to advance than their white counterparts, reports Reuters. Filed on Friday with a federal court in San Jose, California, the complaint alleges the company subjected former diversity recruiter April Curley and other current and former Black employees to a hostile work environment.

In 2014, Google hired Curley to design a program to connect the company with Black colleges. Shortly afterward, she claims she was subjected to denigrating comments from her managers, who allegedly stereotyped her as an "angry" black woman while passing her over for promotions.

"While Google claims that they were looking to increase diversity, they were actually undervaluing, underpaying and mistreating their Black employees," Curley's lawyer told Reuters. The complaint notes Black people make up only 4.4 percent of employees at Google and approximately 3 percent of its leadership.

We've reached out to Google for comment.

Curley is not the first person to accuse Google of fostering a work environment hostile to Black employees and other people of color. In the aftermath of Timnit Gebru's controversial exit from the company, Alex Hanna, a former employee with the tech giant's Ethical AI research group, said she decided to leave Google after becoming tired of its structural deficiencies. "In a word, tech has a whiteness problem," Hanna wrote on Medium at the time. "Google is not just a tech organization. Google is a white tech organization."

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Google I/O takes place in-person and online on May 11-12th

Shortly after releasing its customary puzzle for users to decipher in order to find out when Google I/O will be held, its CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that it’s on May 11-12 and that it will happen in the Shoreline Amphitheater where it is usually held, Covid-19 notwithstanding. While there will be a limited in-person audience […]

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Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs. Google Pixel 5a 5G

Apple’s iPhone SE (2022) is finally here. But is it good enough to take on the Google Pixel 5a 5G? Here’s how the two sub-$ 500 phones stack up.
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Google has announced the Steam for Chrome OS alpha program for select Chromebooks

The 2022 Google for Games Developer Summit is underway and according to a rather brief announcement by the search giant, Steam for Chrome OS is an actual thing. Basically, it’s being released in ‘Alpha’ form which means that it’s not quite ready for prime-time but rather, as the name of the summit suggests, targeted towards […]

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The best Google Pixel 6 screen protectors

If you’re lucky enough to own a Google Pixel 6 phone, take a look at our pick of the best screen protectors to keep your handset safe from harm.
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