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Once thought to be a dying breed, unlimited data plans for smartphones have come back with a vengeance in the past two years. Google is now getting in on the action with what is in essence an unlimited data option for its Project Fi MVNO service. The feature is called Bill Protection, and it caps the $10/GB pricing tiers at $60 once you use more than 6GB of data during a billing cycle. If you were to use 8GB of data in one billing cycle under the old policy, you would pay a total of $100 ($20 base fee for unlimited calling and texting, plus $80 for data). Now, with Bill Protection, your total outlay... Read more...
Security researchers have uncovered malware hidden in four different extensions for Google's Chrome browser. Collectively, the four extensions have been downloaded and installed more than half a million times, including onto workstations within major organizations globally. While likely used to commit click fraud and search engine optimization (SEO), the number of installs could provide cyber criminals with a potent botnet. "While revenues are not known, a similar botnet uncovered in 2013 yielded $6 million per month before it was taken down," security researchers at Icebrg, a computer security... Read more...
Try wrapping your head around this one—Google is diving under water in order to build a bigger cloud for land dwellers. It's not actually as confusing (or ironic) as it sounds. Google has already helped built three undersea fiber-optic cables, and now it plans to add three more, which will both speed up data transfers to certain reasons and offer alternative routes when data fails in other areas. It will cost Google hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a year to lay the new cables. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent... Read more...
They say that we all have a doppelganger out there; someone who looks almost just like we do. Google recently updated its Arts & Culture app and it suddenly went viral. The update lets users of the app snap a selfie and then it uses AI to search famous artworks for your artsy doppelganger. For some people, the app did a very good job matching them up. If you have never used the Arts & Culture app, it has been around since last year and was originally meant to let users browse famous art from hundreds of museums around the world. The portrait feature launched in an update last month and... Read more...
Technology is awesome when it works as intended, and maddeningly frustrating when it glitches. Unfortunately for some owners of Google's Chromecast dongles and Home smart speakers, they are experiencing the latter with unexpected Wi-Fi dropouts and router reboots. The issue affects several different router models and seems to be related to the way Google's devices cast content. The complaints have been piling up at Reddit. Those suffering from wonky wireless issues report the problem with Chromecast and Google Home devices on ASUS, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, and Synology routers. TP-Link acknowledge... Read more...
If you make video calls on your Android device, then you're probably familiar with Duo, Google's app that was designed exactly for that (basically a Hangouts replacement). One of the app's shortcomings has been an inability to call people who not on your contacts list and have not registered with the service. Well, we have good news—Google has not added that feature, allowing Duo users to dial up and video chat with anyone on their contacts list. This works with audio-only calls as well. Users who received a call from a Duo user but do not have Duo installed themselves can answer the call... Read more...
Today at CES, Lenovo announced the world's first standalone Daydream VR headset, which is called Mirage Solo with Daydream. Given that it has all of its processing hardware and a battery incorporated into the headset itself, you don't have to worry about attaching your smartphone or connecting to your PC with HDMI cables and power cords. Powering this experience is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which includes 2017's hottest smartphone SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. A 5.5-inch display is housed within the headset giving each eye a 1280x1440 "window" into a virtual world. This standalone unit... Read more...
At this point in the game, it is hard to imagine Google moving on from Android, which dominates the mobile market in terms of overall market share. Yet Google has been working on a brand new operating system called Fuschia, the existence of which was first discovered in a codebase post on GitHub in August 2016. Now nearly a year and a half later, Google is testing the OS on a PixelBook. Though Google has not publicly announced anything related to Fuschia, the OS's open source status makes it somewhat easy to track its development. Furthermore, Fuschia's developer Travis Geiselbrecht previously... Read more...
There's no question that when it comes to the flagship smartphone market, 2018 will be the year of the Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm announced the processor earlier this month, and revealed that it will be manufactured on a 10nm FinFET process (like its Snapdragon 835 predecessor) by Samsung. The Snapdragon 845 will also incorporate Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 gigabit LTE modem (Cat. 18, 1.2Gbps). A leak, which was sourced from Weibo, sheds light on a number of new smartphones that will arrive in 2018 featuring the Snapdragon 845. Given how many Android OEMs flocked to the Snapdragon 835, there aren't... Read more...
The time has come to pour one out for the Pixel C, Google's flagship Android tablet that was introduced around two years ago. Starting at $499 for a version with 32GB of onboard storage, the Pixel C took aim at the premium tablet sector and was an alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and Apple's iPad Pro. It never gained much traction, however, and Google has now removed the Pixel C from its web store. Price may have been the Pixel C's undoing, or at least part of the reason why it never caught on. Running Android instead of Chrome OS, $499 was a tough ask ($599 for the 64GB model), and Google... Read more...
If you're an Amazon Fire TV owner, it looks as though your access to the native YouTube client is coming to an end sooner than expected. Google originally stated that access to the app would be removed from Fire TV and Echo Show devices on January 1st 2018, which is next Monday. However, customers are reporting that access was revoked today. Customers who attempt to access the YouTube app are greeted with a message that redirects them to YouTube.com either through Amazon's own Silk browser or Mozilla's newly installed Firefox browser for the Fire TV. In a statement sent to the press today, an Amazon... Read more...
A handful of Apple engineers fell from Cupertino's tree and into Google's hands earlier this year, and apparently 2017 wasn't about to end without another notable move taking place. Talented engineers commonly move around the industry, so many employer changes are uneventful, but when the person involved in a move is a top chip designer at a major player like Apple, things become a little more interesting. The man in Google's crosshair this go-around is experienced chip designer John Bruno, whose tenure at Apple lasted five-and-a-half years. Before that, Bruno spent over eight years at AMD, working... Read more...
It seems as though Google just can't catch a break with its Pixel 2 family of smartphones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched two months ago and fresh out of the gate there were issues regarding audio, devices shipping without their Android operating system, and OLED burn-in. Now, we're learning of new issues regarding the speakers on the Pixel 2 XL. According to reports that are littering reddit and Google's own Product Forums, some users are experiencing buzzing and rattling sounds emanating from speaker. While it's not a foreign concept to hear some slight rattling/buzzing from a smartphone's... Read more...
A surprise announcement has come out of Alphabet this week. Google's former CEO and most recently Executive Chairman of the Alphabet Board of Directors has announced that he is stepping down from his post. Schmidt will transition to a role as a technical advisor for the company, and Alphabet says that it expects a non-executive chairman will be appointed at the next board meeting. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving," said Eric Schmidt.... Read more...
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