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Facebook poaches Google’s AR/VR engineering lead to take over Portal team  TechCrunch · 10 minutes
Facebook is bringing on the engineering lead for Google’s entire AR/VR team to tackle Portal hardware. Ryan Cairns comes aboard after 12 years at Google where... more
Make your garage door smart for $75 - CNET  CNET · 2 hours
The Nexx Garage Wi-Fi door controller works with Google Assistant and Alexa. It normally costs $100. more
Nvidia’s T4 GPUs are now available in beta on Google Cloud  TechCrunch · 3 hours
Google Cloud today announced that Nvidia’s Turing-based Tesla T4 data center GPUs are now available in beta in its data centers in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo and... more
Google Maps deterring outback tourists, say small firms  BBC · 4 hours
Australian authorities complain that Google Maps wrongly makes remote destinations seem inaccessible. more
CTL launches $299 Chromebook Tablet Tx1 for Education w/ OP1 chip, stylus  9to5Google · 5 hours
Following the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and the Pixel Slate, Asus announced its first Chrome OS tablet at CES 2019. Today, the CTL Chromebook... more
Westworld mobile game is shutting down following lawsuit settlement  THE VERGE · 6 hours
The official Westworld mobile game has been removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store just... more
9to5Mac Daily: January 16, 2019  9to5Mac · 6 hours
Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google... more
Android Pie beta registrations now open for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+  9to5Google · 7 hours
Just yesterday the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 started receiving the Android Pie beta. Now we are seeing that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are... more
WhatsApp for Android 2.19.9 Update Brings Group Call Shortcut, Fixes GIF Bug  Gadgets 360 · 8 hours
WhatsApp for Android has introduced a new call button which makes it easier to start a group voice or video call, and has also... more
Google’s Transition to 64-Bit Apps Begins in August, 32-Bit Support to End in 2021  Gadgets 360 · 8 hours
Google has asked developers to submit 64-bit versions of their apps starting August this year and has also revealed that... more
Google Maps Causing Havoc in the Outback, Australian Businesses Complain  Gadgets 360 · 9 hours
Tourism operators in Australia's vast outback say wild inaccuracies in Google Maps are making remote hot spots appear out of reach, deterring people from visiting the region. more
Twitter for Android Gets Reverse-Chronological Timeline Option  Gadgets 360 · 10 hours
Twitter has rolled out the reverse-chronological timeline for Android smartphone users that would enable them to switch to the timeline view of their choice. more
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC Benchmark Results Show Major Performance Upgrade  Gadgets 360 · 11 hours
The first Snapdragon 855 benchmark scores indicate that the upcoming Android flagships powered by it will be significantly faster and more powerful. more
Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data  TechCrunch · 11 hours
Why is one of the most popular Android apps running a hidden web server in the background? ES File Explorer claims it has over... more
WhatsApp for Android 2.19.9 Update Brings Group Call Shorcut, Fixes GIF Bug  Gadgets 360 · 14 hours
WhatsApp for Android has introduced a new call button which makes it easier to start a group voice or video call, and has also... more
Google details upcoming 64-bit requirement for Android apps on the Play Store  9to5Google · 21 hours
In late 2017, Google began alerting Android app developers about a 64-bit support requirement for the Play Store. The policy comes into effect this... more
9to5Google Daily: January 15, 2019  9to5Google · 22 hours
Listen to a recap of all the top 9to5Google stories of the day. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS... more
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites on the web are going Material Design  TechCrunch · 23 hours
Google today announced that it has started the long-expected rollout of its Material Design update for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites,... more
Twitter’s de-algorithmizing ‘sparkle button’ rolls out on Android  TechCrunch · 23 hours
After launching on iOS, Twitter is giving Android users the ability to easily switch between seeing the reverse-chronological “latest tweets” and the algorithmic “top tweets” feeds on their home page. The company announced... more
Twitter brings the reverse-chronological feed to Android  THE VERGE · 23 hours
Twitter brought its traditional reverse-chronological timeline back to iOS last month, and now the optional feature is available to Android users in... more
Alphabet’s Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board - CNET  CNET · 1 day
Loon, spun out of Google’s parent company, prepares for a commercial launch later this year. more
Why Google engineers worked full-time to combat sex trafficking  TechCrunch · 1 day
When the government seized classified-ads site Backpage, forcing it to shut down in April, it became a lot harder to find and locate potential victims of sex trafficking. While it was... more
New Google.org Fellowship lets Googlers spend six months on pro bono work  9to5Google · 1 day
Google is known for giving employees 20% time to pursue other projects that might be beneficial in the long-term. The company is now launching... more
Google Home Essentials: The Google Chromecast [Video]  9to5Google · 1 day
In any smart home, there are a few key components which are critical to its function. For those of us deeply invested... more
Russia demands Google filters search results  Sky News · 1 day
Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has sent repeated requests to Google requiring it to route its citizens' web searches through a government filtering system, according to reports. more
Snapdragon 855 benchmarks tease a promising platform for this year’s Android flagships  9to5Google · 1 day
Last year, Qualcomm announced the chipset that we’re going to see in most of the flagship Android phones in 2019 – the Snapdragon 855. This morning,... more
This project hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home to protect your privacy  THE VERGE · 1 day
An open-source hardware project promises to keep Amazon and Google’s smart assistants from listening in on your private conversations by constantly creating white noise,... more
Skullcandy Riff Wireless Review: Solid ‘Made for Google’ Bluetooth headset under $50  9to5Google · 1 day
Like it or not, the headphone jack is (more or less) dying. Considering myself firmly in the “not” category, I’ve delayed in getting Bluetooth... more
9to5Mac Daily: January 15, 2019  9to5Mac · 1 day
Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google... more
Recommendations startup Canopy hires vets of Instagram, New York Times - CNET  CNET · 1 day
The privacy-focused app maker is adding to its ranks, already stocked with recommendation vets from giants like Spotify and Google. more
Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android  TechCrunch · 1 day
Pandora today announced the launch of its own, in-app voice assistant which you can call up at any time by saying “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request to... more
You can now control Pandora with voice commands  THE VERGE · 1 day
US-based internet radio company Pandora has announced that it is introducing Voice Mode for mobile, a smart assistant feature similar... more
RCS texting comes to Google Fi, Rocket League goes cross-platform video - CNET  CNET · 1 day
Today's major tech stories include RCS texting arriving on Google's Fi network, Apple's race to 5G getting slowed down by a chip... more
Google to Remove Apps That Require Call Log, SMS Permission From Play Store  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
Google will start removing apps which unjustly require SMS and call logs permission from the Play Store in the next few weeks. more
Google and Facebook employees are teaming up against their bosses  THE VERGE · 1 day
Last week we wrote about a pair of new lawsuits against Google’s parent company, Alphabet, alleging... more
Honor 10 Lite Review  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
Honor 10 Lite which features a dewdrop notch and runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box but is it the new best phone under Rs. 15,000? Read our review. more
Google Partners Automattic, WordPress to Create 'Newspack' Publishing Platform for Local News Publishers  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Newspack is a fast, secure, low-cost publishing system tailor-made to the needs of small newsrooms, Google said in a statement on Monday. more
Google Doodle celebrates Anglo-Indian author Sake Dean Mahomed - CNET  CNET · 2 days
He was the first Indian author to publish a book in English, as well as owner of the first Indian restaurant in Britain. more
[Update: January 2019] The best affordable Android phones you can buy today  9to5Google · 2 days
You don’t need a flagship to get a good Android experience, not anymore. With initiatives like Android One and Android Go, Google has made... more
9to5Google Daily: January 14, 2019  9to5Google · 2 days
Listen to a recap of all the top 9to5Google stories of the day. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS... more
Google Fi texts will be more like iMessage thanks to RCS upgrade - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Rich Communication Services (or RCS) is what lets you see when someone else is typing or use read receipts in... more
A group of Google employees plans to educate people about forced arbitration  TechCrunch · 2 days
A group of Google employees is taking to Twitter and Instagram tomorrow in an attempt to educate the public about forced arbitration, Recode first... more
A group of Google employees plan to educate people about forced arbitration  TechCrunch · 2 days
A group of Google employees are taking to Twitter and Instagram tomorrow in an attempt to educate the public about forced arbitration, Recode first... more
RCS Chat is launching on Google Fi  THE VERGE · 2 days
Today, Google is announcing that it’s rolling out RCS Chat on the Google Fi network. Google is also announcing that it’s improving... more
9to5Mac Daily: January 14, 2019  9to5Mac · 2 days
Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google... more
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Google Home Essentials: The Google Chromecast [Video]
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Pandora launches its own in-app voice assistant on Android and iOS w/ ‘Hey Pandora’ command
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New Google.org Fellowship lets Googlers spend six months on pro bono work
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[Update: January 2019] The best Android TV set-top boxes you can buy today
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DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’
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Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans
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Comment: Google Assistant’s ‘Pretty Please’ should not sacrifice utility in its quest to be kind
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[Update: January 2019] The best affordable Android phones you can buy today
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[Update: January 2019] The best Android phones you can buy today
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Google’s CES 2019 booth had a coaster ride, self-aware advertising, and free Home Hubs [Video]
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Google Home Essentials: The LIFX Mini smart bulb [Video]
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[Update: Google Material Theme] Gboard 7.8 preps redesigned emoji panel, voice typing history, language, more [APK Insight]
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Do AirPods Work Well on Android Devices?
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Fixing broken satellites in space could save companies big money
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Alphabet Scoop 037: Live from CES 2019 — the Google Assistant convention! [Livestream]
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5 iOS features we want to see in Android Q [Video]
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10 Essential Google Chrome extensions for 2019 [Video]
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Google’s plan to take on Alexa: new features, new devices, and a Trojan horse
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Hands-on: Lenovo Smart Clock is a perfect way to bring Google Assistant to the bedroom, new interface in tow [Video]
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DJI announces a $650 Mavic 2 controller with a built-in screen
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Hands-on: Moen will let you start and control your shower with Google Assistant [Video]
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CES 2019 opens to a flying car, a boxing robot and a Google Assistant ride - CNET
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Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to an adorable 4-inch smart display for the bedroom
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Doodle for Google 2019 kicks off with “When I grow up, I hope…’ theme
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The GE Kitchen Hub packs a 27-inch touch screen, Google Assistant, and more
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