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It looks as though Google is trying to unload any remaining Pixel XL handsets it still has before launching its next generation of Pixel phones. Or the Mountain View company finds itself in a giving mood. Either way, you can score a Google Home smart speaker for free with the purchase of a Pixel XL smartphone, though you will have to act fast—the offer is good while supplies last.The Google Home speaker is a $129 value. It is similar to Amazon's Echo products, in that it listens for a wake phrase ("OK Google") and can respond to various commands. The speaker's built-in Google Assistant can provide... Read more...
Google wants to help put you to work. Through changes Google has made to its advanced search engine, you can now look for job openings simply by searching for them and receive more detailed results than before. The new ability is part of the "Google for Jobs" initiative that was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, whereby Google committed to working with both job seekers and employers to bring suitable candidates together. The ability to search for jobs is now available in English on desktop and mobile. How it works is you can search for "jobs near me," "teaching jobs," or plug in some other... Read more...
Terrorist organizations like ISIS often use social media services to deliver messages of hate and to recruit new members. To counter this, Google and its YouTube division have worked for years identifying videos that fall outside of the confines of YouTube's terms of service, but in acknowledging an "uncomfortable truth," Google said that "more needs to be done. Now." Following up on that sentiment, Google outlined a number of steps it is taking to identify and remove violent extremist videos. The effort starts with Google's underlying technology and presumably its fancy algorithms. Google vowed... Read more...
The Google/European Union saga continues and could potentially lead to heavy consequences for Google. The corporation could face fines above €1 billion, with some estimating a fine as high as $1.4 billion USD. Google could also be forced to change how it manages its services and operations in the EU. The EU currently has three cases against Google, which will all be resolved separately. This particular case insists that Google diverted traffic from competitors to its own shopping sites. The company is said to have used its online search to lead users to its own other services like restaurant recommendations... Read more...
If you’re looking for a new solution to back up your entire PC or Mac, it looks as though Google is angling to get its foot in the door with a new app. Called Backup and Sync, the app is the latest extension of Google Drive, and will be available for computer running either Windows or macOS. Backup and Sync replaces the existing Google Drive for Windows and Mac, and provides a huge advantage when it comes to functionality. With the current app, your synced files are accessible within the actual Google Drive folder on your computer (and of course online). However, Backup and Sync can monitor any... Read more...
There is only so much top-level talent to go around in Silicon Valley. That is part of the reason why engineers and technology bigwigs make obscene amounts of money. It is also why poaching employees from competitors is so common. This happened yet again with Google convincing Manu Gulati, a veteran chip architect who had been in charge of Apple's chip development efforts for nearly a decade. to jump ship.According to Gulati's updated LinkedIn profile page, he now carries the title of Lead SoC Architect at Google. It is the latest title in what is an impressive resume that includes being a member... Read more...
Benchmarking sites continue to hint at what Google has in store for its second generation Pixel handsets. Just a few weeks ago, what is believed to be one of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 devices landed on Geekbench, giving us a glimpse of the phone's performance. Now there is GFXBench entry that lists the "Pixel XL2" as toting a 5.6-inch display with a 2560x1312 resolution.That works out to around an 18:9 aspect ratio. And if the listing is indeed indicative of the final model, it also means the Pixel XL2 will carry fewer pixels than its predecessor, which featured a 2560x1440 resolution and 16:9... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in. And that's the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.” Much like third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile and its brash CEO John Legere... Read more...
Now three weeks removed from when the second Android O developer preview graduated to the beta branch, Google has made available a third preview build for early adopters and with it comes a series of finalized APIs. That is a big deal for developers, as it means they can code and enhance their apps with little-to-no tweaking required when Android O goes gold several weeks from now. "With the consumer launch approaching in the coming months, a critical first step is making your current app compatible with Android O. This will give your users a seamless transition to the new platform as it arrives... Read more...
SoftBank has made yet another notable purchase in the land of tech, this time for Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company that has built some eerily lifelike robots. Google's parent company Alphabet had been shopping the robotics firm for more than a year after acquiring the company in 2013 and has now found a buyer. Boston Dynamics gained notoriety on the Internet by posting videos of its various robots, including Atlas, a human-like contraption that stands 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Armed with sensors in its body, legs to balance, and both LIDAR and stereo... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience even better. The biggest change is that pages will now load even faster, while using less memory, thanks to a revamped JavaScript engine. Chrome’s penchant for devouring memory is well documented, so it’s good to see that Google is continually tackling these... Read more...
The nasty WannaCry outbreak has us all a little bit on edge. It also serves as a sobering reminder that a simple phishing scam can still create quite a bit of havoc. Sure, savvy PC users know better than to click on mysterious URLs in emails and instant messages, but for the bad guys, it's simply a numbers game—throw enough bait into the sea and you're bound to get a bite. To make things a bit more difficult for phishers, Google is implementing Safe Browsing technologies into Gmail. This is one of the many benefits of machine learning technology. According to Google, machine learning mechanisms... Read more...
Music lovers have a bunch of options when it comes to streaming on-demand subscription services. One of them is Google Play Music, which has attempted to set itself apart from the pack by tossing in free access to YouTube Red, its ad-free membership program for YouTube that also lets you save videos for offline viewing. If you're still on the fence, Google is currently offering a four month trial to kick its music service's tires. That is up from two months, though it is not clear how long the promotion will last. In order to see the four-month offer, you must use a special link, which is a custom... Read more...
Be careful what you download from Google Play, as auto-clicking adware dubbed “Judy” is believed to have infected up to 36.5 million users. The apps have been deemed as malware, despite their overall high review ratings on Google Play. Judy was found on forty-one apps developed by a Korean company Kiniwini, registered on Google Play as ENISTUDIO corp. Hackers developed bridgehead apps that, once downloaded, established a connection with their Command and Control server (C&C). The server replied with payload that included JavaScript code, a user-agent string and URLs that were controlled by... Read more...
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