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Chrome's Incognito Mode isn't really incognito. Google still tracks users browsing in Incognito Mode, which led to a $5 billion class action lawsuit in 2020. Google has reportedly agreed to settle the case in order to avoid a messy trial, but the exact terms of the deal are not yet available. Chrome users will... Read more...
One of our favorite Android phones is Google's flagship model, the Pixel 8 Pro. You can check out our Pixel 8 Pro review for in-depth coverage of why we consider this a top-notch Android handset, and it's an even more impressive device now that Google has rolled out its promised Video Boost feature. The cherry on top?... Read more...
A reckoning has come for mobile app stores. Apple is, by all accounts, going to be forced to open up app distribution on the iPhone thanks to Europe's Digital Markets Act, and Epic has bested Google in court to show that the Play Store is an illegal monopoly. In a separate case, Google was sued by numerous state... Read more...
Google is giving its Stadia Controllers a reprieve from becoming e-waste by extending the deadline for the ability to switch it to Bluetooth mode. The new deadline for owners of the controller is now December 2024, an extension of one year from the prior deadline of December 2023. It’s a big deal as there are quite... Read more...
Google has invested heavily in artificial intelligence research over the past decade, and it paid off when researchers developed transformer algorithms in 2017—then it did nothing with it. Transformers are the underlying technology for all the fancy new generative AI applications. It was caught flatfooted when... Read more...
We sure have come a long way since the days of dial-up internet access, which for you young folk, was really, really slow compared to what's available today. As in, you were boss level if you upgraded to a 56.6K baud modem, and achieved god-tier status if you were one of the first to jump aboard DSL or cable. And now?... Read more...
Taylor Swift is pretty much everywhere these days, from selling out venues for musical performances to overtaking sports coverage whenever the Kansas City Chiefs play (courtesy of her relatively newfound relationship with Chiefs tight-end Travis Kelce). The sum of her popularity is Time Magazine's designation of... Read more...
Without pulling out your smartphone, do you know what time it is? It's time to save a chunk of change on a smartwatch, is the correct answer. And it doesn't matter if you're entrenched in Apple's iOS ecosystem or Google's Android platform, or are even mobile OS agnostic. Deals abound on both Apple Watch and Wear... Read more...
A recent glitch in the desktop Google Drive app caused some files to disappear from users' cloud storage containers. It's been a few weeks of Google asking for patience, but it has now released a fix. Assuming affected individuals followed Google's recommendations, it should be possible to restore the missing files now. This issue first Read more...
The holiday season is upon us, and Google has some early presents for Android fans. A raft of new features are beginning to roll out today. They run the gamut from phones, to TV, to wearables, to the Google Messages app. Google has split its surprise feature drop into two parts, with a special focus on Google... Read more...
Saving your files in the cloud affords a number of benefits, not least among them reliability. Why worry about hard drive failures when Google can keep copies of your files on multiple servers? That's all well and good in theory, but Google Drive has encountered a problem. In recent days, Drive users have reported... Read more...
In less than 72 hours from now, Google will start deleting Google accounts that have been deemed inactive. If you want to save your content, there are some things you can do to ensure that your account and associated content is not caught in the snare of the accounts purge. However, the clock is ticking, so you best... Read more...
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, described Google as “crooked” during his testimony in the anti-trust trial currently underway in San Fransisco, CA. The trial is a result of Epic attempting to break free from having to pay Google a 15-30% commission on in-app transactions, which Epic alleges is illegal price... Read more...
Teenagers who reside in countries where they are able to manage their own Google Account will finally be able to access Google’s Bard AI chatbot. This is according to Tulsee Doshi, who is Head of Product within the Responsible AI team at Google. Initially, Bard will only be available in English, with more languages to... Read more...
Google Pixel Watch 2: Starting at $349.99 The Google Watch 2 builds on the success of the original with better performance, battery life, and fitness tracking, but its starting price is still relatively high. Bright, sharp display A solid day of battery life Extremely comfortable on the wrist Stylish design Uses proprietary band connector... Read more...
That Gmail account you've been keeping in your back pocket could be on the chopping block. The company updated its inactive account policy earlier this year, and the deadline is fast approaching. Beginning December 1, Google will delete most accounts that haven't been touched in two years or more. You can save your... Read more...
Google is testing a new feature on YouTube and, stop us if you've heard this one before, it's based on generative AI. Advanced machine learning algorithms and large language models are popping up in numerous products from Google, Microsoft, and almost every other tech company under the sun. This time, Google is... Read more...
Threat actors have gotten increasingly more creative with their methods, embedding them in devices while evading defensive blue teams along the way. The situation is akin to over-prescription of antibiotics, which could eventually lead to a superbug, but with criminal hackers devising creative and innovative ways to... Read more...
We're already several days into the month of November and you know what that means, right? Well yes, a fowl feast is right around the corner. But this is also the time of the year when companies start promoting Black Friday (and later, Cyber Monday) deals. It's more of a Black Friday season, really, as opposed to just... Read more...
You ever Googled yourself? No, it's not an improper question—we're talking about the actual process of putting your own name into Google and seeing what comes up. You might be surprised. Shady websites charge fees to list huge databases of personal information, matching names with addresses and phone numbers that may... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, Pixel owners have encountered an issue that “soft bricks” their devices, locking them out of their apps, media, and other content akin to ransomware attack. However, this issue is not from a threat actor but rather from a bug in Android 14, which has been found to be related to having multiple... Read more...
Those in the Android 14 Beta Program might get something to be excited about with the latest QPR1 Beta 2.1. Even though it's a rather meager 60MB, it supposedly fixes bugs related to biometric scanning, SIM card swapping, and overall system stability. The stable version of Android 14 may have just dropped along... Read more...
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