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Google is bringing Android TV support for Duo video calls on the big screen

If you’ve been thinking that it would be nice to use the big screen in your room for your video calls, Google has heard you. The search giant has announced that its Android TV platform will soon support the Duo video calling app by way of a beta. Google hasn’t revealed much in the way […]

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Energy Ring has been updated with support for the Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Energy Ring has been updated with support for two of the latest Android smartphones, the Google Pixel 4a and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, amongst other devices. As a recap, Energy Ring is an Android customization application that makes use of the ring around the punch hole camerato highlight the battery status. This subtle tweak […]

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Folding@home ARM support lets Android devices crunch COVID-19 research data

Folding@home and Rosetta@home can now run on billions of Android smartphones, Raspberry Pi devices and ARM-based servers. The distributed computing projects, which give citizen scientists a way to contribute their devices’ computing power to the deve…
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WhatsApp plans to add multi-device support, allowing you to use your phone number across phones

WhatsApp is reportedly planning on launching a new feature that would make it a much more viable service for using across devices. Currently there’s no way to use your linked phone number across several devices (you can do the opposite and utilize two numbers on one device, like for dual-SIM business phone) which is a […]

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Latest Red Magic 5G update brings face unlock and support for third-party launchers, finally!

The Red Magic 5G is one of the phones we have in for review and it’s fair to say it stands out from the crowd in terms of cosmetics and some interesting software decisions and omissions. Thankfully, a new update is slowly rolling out that promises to bring two missing features to the Red Magic […]

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NVIDIA GeForce Now expands its support to more Android TV models

NVIDIA GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s pretty fully-featured game streaming competitor to Google Stadia. It’s been in beta for a very long time, and launched to a ton of positive media reception. But that launch high didn’t last long, as tons of games and publishers pulled from the service and have taken the wind out of […]

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Latest update brings HDR support to CBS All Access on Android TV

Having previously limited HDR support to limited titles and platforms such as Apple TV, the feature has finally been added to the CBC All Access app on Android TV (soon to be Google TV, again). The update also brings some bug fixes and badging for premium video features. The addition of HDR support means that […]

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Google’s Phone app expanding support beyond Nexus and Pixel devices

Google has begun allowing select devices from other OEMs to install their Phone dialer app from the Play Store, the latest service they have slowly started opening up. At this point the release cadence for new smart services that Google develops seems pretty clear – they announce and typically launch their new Assistant feature, or […]

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Moment abandons Android app development because there are ‘too many flavors’ to support

In the past, Android fans became used to developers refusing to develop apps or games for the world’s most popular mobile operating system because of Android fragmentation. In recent years, thanks in no small part to Google’s Project Treble project, we haven’t had to deal with this excuse much at all. Enter Moment with its […]

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Google launches #AndroidHelp hashtag for tech support on Twitter

Google will now answer your Android-related problems on Twitter, and you don't even have to slide into its DMs. The company has announced that it's now assisting users who tweet their issues with the hashtag #AndroidHelp. Google has also provided som…
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Google Pay adds support for 18 more international banks, totaling almost 100 additions this quarter

Google has been on a hot streak of expanding Google Pay to more banks around the world, with a huge addition of 68 happening just a couple months ago. They expanded on that again last month with a handful more, and now there’s yet another 18 banks ready to be used with Google’s digital payment […]

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Google Disability Support is more accessible with sign language specialists

Google is now ready to offer live help for accessibility features regardless of your hearing. The search firm now offers Disability Support through American Sign Language, letting you troubleshoot through video chat if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing…
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Good news! Samsung is ending support for Bixby on handsets running Nougat or Oreo*

In what may appear to be good news to some, it seems that Samsung is getting ready to end support for Bixby Voice on Galaxy handsets running on Android Nougat and Oreo from January 1, 2020. This means that in just over a month from now, you’ll be unable to use Bixby Voice and Bixby […]

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Google.org, Susan Wojcicki and her husband, Dennis Troper, support families experiencing homelessness with $1.35 million grant

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Today, CEO Susan Wojcicki stood with San Francisco Mayor London Breed at Hamilton Families, a nonprofit organization that supports families experiencing homelessness, and announced a combined grant of $ 1.35 million to the program. The grant comes from Google.org and from Wojcicki and her husband, Dennis Troper.

Here are her remarks from this afternoon:

“Thank you, Mayor Breed. I’m so glad to be here with you, and all of your leadership in fighting homelessness. I also wanted to say thank you to everyone here at Hamilton Families and the impact you’ve had in our community and in the lives of so many families.

Sometimes the scale of an issue can make us feel like it’s impossible to solve.

And even though we know it’s important, we wind up doing nothing because it feels overwhelming for us.

The work at Hamilton Families shows how we can make a difference in a tangible way, one family at a time.

Over the years, I’ve always recognized how serious a problem of homelessness is in the Bay Area, and I’ve contributed  along with my husband — to support many local organizations that help meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

I’m here today because of an idea that first started with a school project. Earlier this year, my daughter worked on a project about homelessness.

As I listened to her questions and reactions, I realized I didn’t have a lot of answers for something that was so important and affecting so many families. We spent time researching different solutions, including coming here, and that’s how we got in touch with Hamilton Families.

We were impressed by the services offered here that give families a fresh start.

And that’s why we’re gathered today  to announce a new grant to further support all the incredible efforts done by Hamilton Families to find families permanent homes, and along the way meet their needs by providing shelter, meals, and more. We appreciate everything you do, from offering counseling and job resources to giving children the chance to succeed at school.

Today, Google.org is contributing $ 850,000. And together with my husband, Dennis, we’re contributing $ 500,000  for a total of $ 1.35 million to boost the work of Hamilton Families.

Over the next year, this grant will make an impact in our communities, and it will help Hamilton serve 700 families and find housing for another 200.

And it will also fund an outreach effort  a series of videos and podcasts  that will tell the stories of individuals who are facing homelessness.

Our goal is to help the community understand the problems that can lead to homelessness and also inspire others to get involved in whatever way they can.

Sometimes, the greatest gift we can offer is our time. And in that spirit, next year, we will organize an event for the YouTube employees to come to the shelter. We’re very excited about that.

Homelessness is an incredibly complicated challenge for our society. But if we all come together to look out for one another, our combined contributions can make a big difference.”


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Call of Duty Mobile update adds Zombie mode, controller support, and new maps

I haven’t played CoD since Modern Warfare 2 around a decade ago, but dang it, the mobile game that launched a few weeks ago has got me hooked, bigtime. Call of Duty Mobile is a game that harks back to the best of the CoD franchise, with something for everyone from hard-charging assaulters, campers snipers, […]

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Latest update adds casting support to the Files by Google app

It’s always struck me as a little odd that Google hadn’t included Chromecast support in its Files-by-Google app, but now it seems that after a short incubation in the beta channel, the feature is rolling out to stable users via an update in the Play Store. This means that you’ll be able to cast your […]

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Huawei is set to load HarmonyOS on existing devices with dual boot support

The infamous, ongoing “security” war between Huawei and the US has effectively banned Google services from the company’s upcoming smartphones. The new Mate 30 devices are the first to launch without the Play Store and Google’s suit of apps, despite a temporary license from the US allowing existing phones to maintain Google services. Although Huawei […]

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Apple Music finally picks up Chromecast support, but only on Android

Despite being an Apple product, Apple Music on Android seems to get a good bit of attention. It doesn’t have a very Android-esque interface, obviously, but if you can get past that, Apple’s music streaming service is still a serious competitor even without an iOS device. We’d heard some rumors that Apple would be adding […]

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The Fitbit Versa 2 isn’t an exciting upgrade, but it does have Alexa support now

Fitbit announced the Versa 2 smartwatch today, which will be ready to get scrappy with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 and an inevitable Apple Watch Series 5 over the holidays. But is it an exciting, worthwhile upgrade? We’re not so sure. Bigger screen, better hardware Let’s start with the improvements that Fitbit made to the hardware. […]

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You’re more likely to get help from Reddit than Google’s official support channels

If you’ve bought anything from Google directly, you might have had a bad customer service experience, especially if you had any issues that you needed resolved. Unfortunately, Google kinda sorta sucks at fixing issues, as we’ve noted before with a Google Fi nightmare. But that’s not the only instance of people having serious issues after […]

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Reddit update brings support for Android Q’s automatic dark mode toggle

Dark mode in Android apps is getting more and more popular, and that’s only expected to grow with Android Q’s system-wide dark theme and automatic toggles. Google’s been hard at work blacking out their own first-party apps, and now more third-parties are updating to take advantage of some new Android features, too. Take Reddit, for […]

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Google will finally catch up to Apple’s cameras with wide color support on the Pixel 4

There’s no argument that Android phones have made huge strides in the last few years, with heavy hitters from Samsung, Huawei, and Google’s own Pixel line delivering phenomenal mobile photography. They all typically get really close to Apple’s iPhone camera, if not beating it out entirely, but there’s one area where Apple’s cameras still do […]

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Chrome OS update expands Google Assistant and Android Pie support

Google has moved the latest version of its Chrome OS from beta to release status, and with the arrival of version 72 there are changes you'll notice — if you're using the right kind of device. One of the biggest adjustments is its native integration…
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Samsung’s smart televisions to gain official iTunes app and AirPlay 2 support from spring

CES 2019 has barely begun and there’s already an announcement from Samsung that is so far out of left field that you may have to check that it isn’t April’s Fool’s Day. The Korean company has just issued a press release stating that an official app for Apple’s iTunes will roll out to its Tizen-powered […]

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Google’s Fuchsia OS will support Android apps, and that’s a big deal.

In a small update to part of their Android Open Source Project repository, Google has quietly confirmed that their up-and-coming Fuchsia operating system will be able to run Android apps, and that’s a big deal. Fuchsia was first incepted over two years ago in August 2016, at least in a public Github repository, and it immediately lit […]

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 with blazing speeds, AI, and 5G support

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of their next generation processor, the Snapdragon 855. It’s Qualcomm’s first 7nm chip which will bring many performance and efficiency enhancements, but there are still other new things to talk about besides it being faster. The biggest thing here is Qualcomm’s inclusion of multi-gigabit 5G support, which is the […]

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Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions about Fac…
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Xbox One mouse support is available in preview

An important part of the Xbox One's mouse and keyboard support is now in place for some players — namely, the mouse part. Members of the Alpha Skip Ahead and Beta programs can try mouse support through a Quest in the Xbox Insider Hub. You'll be li…
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Plex is adding easy subtitle support for your favorite movies, but dropped some little used features

  Plex is in an almost constant state of adding new features to the platform, making it one of the most robust and powerful media servers on the planet, especially with the right Android TV box. Next up on the feature list is a way to ease the pain in trying to find subtitles for […]

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Xbox One mouse and keyboard support is coming with Razer’s help

Yes, the rumors were true. Microsoft has confirmed that it's weeks away from adding mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One (initially for Insiders), and it's enlisting some help from none other than Razer. The gaming-oriented brand will provide…
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NVIDIA Shield TV update 7.1 brings voice chat, mouse and keyboard support, and a companion app

NVIDIA has announced their 20th software update to the Shield TV, and it’s a pretty big incremental update hot on the heels of the latest 7.0 update.There’s plenty to talk about here, including a bunch of features to make the Shield TV a better primary gaming console, plus a few quality of life changes for […]

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Google may bring Windows 10 support to multiple Chromebooks

You might not have to splurge on a Pixelbook if you're pining after a Chromebook with Windows 10 support. XDA-Developers has learned through source code that Campfire, the feature that would let Chrome OS dual-boot Windows 10, would be available in…
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Plex podcasts comes out of beta, includes Sonos and Android Auto support

Plex recently launched podcast support in beta, adding yet another type of media that’s supported in your Plex experience. Now that we’ve had a chance to test it out and work through some kinks, Plex is officially taking the beta tag off of podcasts and making it official to everyone with a few new features. […]

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Our favorite cheap security Wyze cameras now support Amazon Alexa integration

The Wyze camera, one of our favorite options for an incredibly cheap and effective option to keep an eye on your house, has picked up a new trick to better integrate with the rest of your smart home. The latest update makes the camera compatible with an Amazon Alexa skill, so you can use your […]

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Google Duo gets some support for multiple devices including tablets

Lagging way behind most of the market, Google finally seems to figured out that users want to be able to send and receive messages from whatever screen they are viewing at the moment. Last month Google rolled out the ability for Android Messages users to sync text messages on the desktop, joining their Google Allo […]

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The Moto Z3 Play packs a bigger, better screen and full Mod support

It wasn't that long ago that Motorola revealed its new G-series phones, and it's already giving us yet another option to consider. This time, we're looking at the Moto Z3 Play — it's the follow-up to one of the brand's most beloved smartphones,…
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Windows 10 update will support more password-free logins

It's not just web browsers that are moving beyond passwords. Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10's next update will support the new FIDO 2.0 standard, promising password-free logins on any Windows 10 device managed by your company or office. You…
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Support for chat shows up for some users in Android Messages

Last month news surfaced that Google was working to expand the features available through their Android Messages app. The improvements appear to include things like support for a web interface on a computer that syncs with Android Messages, support for chat over data networks, less reliance on carriers, and more enhancements that come with RCS […]

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Google wants native support for iris scanning in Android

Biometric security has been evolving pretty rapidly over the past few years, especially with Samsung debuting their version of iris scanning on the Galaxy Note 7 and following through with the Galaxy S8 and now Galaxy S9. It hasn’t completely replaced the fingerprint scanner as the default biometric lock screen, but we’re moving in that […]

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Expanded support for Google Assistant added to August Smart Locks

Support between smart speakers or virtual assistants like the Google Assistant used on Google Home devices and the variety of home automation devices on the market continues to expand and become more intuitive. This week August announced they made some changes to their August Smart Lock devices and how they interact with the Google Assistant […]

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Microsoft adds support for iOS Files app, drag and drop to OneDrive

Apple's latest operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 11, added a ton of productivity tweaks. One of the biggest is Files, a new, well, file system for iOS that lets users interact more directly with documents and images without having to go th…
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The US Huawei Mate 10 Pro ditches the dual SIM, picks up T-Mobile VoLTE support

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will finally be coming to the US despite a really shaky launch with a ton of problems. AT&T was supposed to carry the device but backed at the last minute just before CES. It was a bad look for Huawei, but since they already had plans for an AT&T model, […]

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Android apps must have 64-bit support by August 2019

Android has supported 64-bit apps ever since Lollipop arrived in 2015, but they haven't been necessary. Now, however, Google is laying down the law… or rather, it will. As of August 2019, Android apps will have to support 64-bit code. They won't…
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BlackBerry nixes security support for the PRIV after two years

Android fans or not, there’s no doubt that updates and Google’s OS haven’t had the best history. Now BlackBerry is announcing that they’ll be ending support for their first Android-powered smartphone, and that can be either good or bad news depending on how you look at it. When the device was announced two years ago, […]

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Get finer control over iRobot Roomba thanks to IFTTT support

If you own a Roomba, odds are pretty good that you enjoy a connected lifestyle and like to take advantage of technology and tools that make it easier for you to focus on the things you want to do instead of the things you need to do. For a long time, one of the chores […]

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Steam will support VR in very large rooms

If you want to play a room-scale VR game using Steam's current tracking method, you need to do it in a 13-by-13 foot area. That's fine for your living room, but what if you want more space? Don't fret: Valve has announced that SteamVR Tracking 2.0 wi…
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Google Home finally gets Bluetooth audio, Deezer and Spotify Free support coming soon

The Google Home is much more than simply being a Google Assistant device, its built-in speakers are great for listening to music from. After confirming that Android 8.0 would indeed be known as Oreo yesterday, Google has also added more music options to its Google Home device, making it easier to stream your favorite tracks […]

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Sony adds Amazon Alexa support to its 4K HDR TVs running Android TV

If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Sony 4K television (2017) with Android TV, you can now control your television by voicing your commands to Alexa. Thanks to a new firmware update for your Sony 4K TV, Alexa can control the power, volume, switch inputs, and change channels. You can even ask Alexa […]

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Google brings Android Apps support to 16 more Chromebooks

It’s more than a year since Google announced that Chromebooks would get the Play Store and the ability to run Android apps, with the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google’s Chromebook Pixel being the first to gain support. Thankfully, it seems that Google is picking up the pace somewhat with the addition of […]

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DirecTV Now adds support for most Roku devices

Although Roku seems to consistently fly under the radar in the video casting market while Google’s Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV devices seem to generate the most industry buzz, Roku is a leader in the space with millions of units being used by consumers. That likely made things uncomfortable for AT&T when they launched their […]

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