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Is Google Assistant not responding to your voice? Are your Google apps constantly crashing? The most recent Google app update may be to blame. Android users have been plagued by a wide variety of issues since Google rolled out the 12.23.16.23 update yesterday. The issues are impacting users regardless of their device and are evident in many of the features connected with the Google apps. Google Assistant is ignoring voice commands, Android Auto is not working for many users, and features like Google Search and Google Lens are crashing. Ironically, one of the features of the latest update was the ability to “use voice commands while navigating- even when your device has no connection.”... Read more...
One of the reasons why Apple's recently introduced AirTag trackers have the potentially to be wildly successful is because they leverage a crowdsourced network of devices to work their mojo. Affordability is another reason, though the network is key. What about Google, though? Apparently the company is cooking up a crowdsourced network of its own for its Android ecosystem. Nothing of the sort has actually been announced by Google, at least not to our knowledge. However, the company recently made available beta build of its Google Play Services (version 21.24.13), and a teardown of the associated APK (Android Application Package) contains some very interesting strings that reference the new feature.... Read more...
Today, Google announced a new family of virtual machines called Tau VMs, “optimized for cost-effective performance of scale-out workloads.” Furthermore, the Mountain View-based company has partnered with AMD to create the first VM in the line, the T2D, which is powered by 3rd Gen EPYC processors. In a blog post today, Google Cloud Infrastructure SVP Urs Hölzle and VP and GM of Compute at Google Cloud June Yang explained that this partnership between AMD and Google is important for both performance and pricing reasons. They state that the new virtual machine in the lineup driven by Zen 3 “leapfrogs the VMs for scale-out workloads of any leading public cloud provider available... Read more...
Worried about those secret recipes, sultry photos, or other confidential messages you have been sending on your Android phone? Well, good news. Google feels it has sufficiently tested its end-to-end encryption feature that arrived in beta last year, and is now rolling it out to the masses. However, there are some things you should know. For one, end-to-end encryption can only be enabled when chatting with one other person. It does not work for group chats, so keep that in mind. Also be aware that end-to-end encryption is not available for SMS (short message service) and MMS (multimedia messaging service) texts, and instead you have to be taking advantage of RCS (rich communications service).... Read more...
Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is the company’s attempt to improve privacy around the web by replacing third-party cookies that dominate user tracking. In recent weeks, the FLoC has received quite a bit of scrutiny from WordPress and other organizations. It seems Amazon is the latest to join the FLoC-block as the e-commerce company has blocked the new tracking service on many of its websites. From the main site to WholeFoods and everything else in between, it is being reported that Amazon is now blocking Google’s FLoC from gathering data. Interestingly, analysis collected by Digiday shows that the Seattle-based company is doing this in several different ways.... Read more...
It's been a while since we visited the ongoing feud between Google and Roku. When we last broached the topic, we were hopeful that the two companies could work out their differences over YouTube TV on the Roku platform. Unfortunately, over a month later, the two companies are further entrenched in their positions on YouTube TV access. Now, Google is offering YouTube TV customers with Roku TVs free hardware to ease their pain. Google sent the following message to select YouTube TV customers: To ensure our loyal YouTube TV members have a great watch experience (including the ability to watch 4K content on our optional new add-on service coming soon!), we want to offer you a free TiVo® Stream... Read more...
Google just took a potentially big step in pushing its various services to a lot more people. How so? It opened up Google Workspace to anyone and everyone with a free Google account. There is also a paid tier that is coming, which will bring with it some additional premium features, but the core functionality is now open to anyone with a Google account. Google Workspace launched in October of last year, basically as a rebranding the company's G Suite products. As such, it was initially only available to people who paid a subscription fee for a G Suite business account. Making it free will undoubtedly pull more users into the fold. Including consumer, education, and consumer customers, Google... Read more...
There is a security update available for Google's popular Chrome browser, and you should apply it sooner than later. That is because it stomps out more than a dozen bugs, one of which Google says it is aware of being actively attacked the wild. That particular one is a zero-day exploit with a 'High' security rating, and is tracked as CVE-2021-30551. Most of the details of the actively exploited attack vector remain a secret. It is normal for Google to restrict access to bug details (and associated links with more information about them) until a majority of Chrome users are patched and no longer vulnerable. That is the situation with CVE-2021-30551. "We will also retain restrictions if the bug... Read more...
For years, we have known that AI can beat humans at games like Go, Starcraft, and up to 57 different Atari 2600 games. However, it is commonly believed that AI cannot beat humans at designing things, but that is not necessarily the case. Google has decided to use AI to design microchips for its next generation of Google Tensor Processing Unit, and it can be done in 6 hours, whereas humans can take several months or longer. When it comes to designing computer chips, one of the more laborious yet highly important tasks is laying out the components in what is called a chip floorplan. Where all the physical parts go can have a massive impact, affecting power consumption, performance, and chip area.... Read more...
Google launched the first Android 12 beta last month at Google I/O, and now the company is following up with Beta 2. All the new features that we first discussed in our original article are at play here in Android 12 Beta 2, but Google continues to refine the OS experience and UI to the benefit of users. One of the most significant changes comes with connectivity via removing the Wi-Fi button in Quick Settings, the Status Bar, and within Settings. Instead, the Wi-Fi button has been replaced with a new button called Internet. Tapping it brings you to a screen that allows you to change your Wi-Fi network or toggle on/off your cellular connection. If you have a dual-SIM-capable device, this is also... Read more...
The U.S. wireless industry is swiftly moving to 5G technology via sub-6GHz bands and [less prevalently with] mmWave. With AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile doing their best to court customers with enticing promotions, the former is upping the stakes via a partnership with Google. AT&T announced today that its 5G wireless and home fiber customers will now be given a six-month subscription to Google's Stadia Pro game streaming service. AT&T is, of course, limiting the Stadia Pro offer to 5G and fiber customers because it feels that they offer the best possible performance to enjoy gaming streaming either at home or on the go with a mobile device. According to the company, after the first... Read more...
Though it may be a little late, Google’s security update for the Pixel 3 through 5 is finally here. This update also brings several new features which may have been worth the wait. Between locked photo folders and astrophotography time-lapses, there is a lot here, so let us dive in... Space Photos and Videos Taking photos of the night sky can be difficult at best with most phones, but the Pixel’s astrophotography mode allows users to take beautiful night photos. Now, Google claims this is only getting better as Pixel 4 and newer device owners can “now create videos of the stars moving across the sky all during the same exposure.” When taking a photo in Night Sight, both... Read more...
It seems almost impossible that four technology titans could possibly be on the same page. It's not totally unprecedented, however, considering Apple and Google managed to work together on COVID-19 contact tracing. However, it's much more common to read about companies taking potshots at one another over their differences. After all, Google and Apple went after one another over privacy privacy concerns. Microsoft took shots at Apple in advertisements architecture and platform differences. Mozilla is just trying to keep its head above water. They've all got a lot going on.  So when the Four Horsemen of Web Browsers -- Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, that is -- agree on something,... Read more...
Google's upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android flagships are still months away from launching, but leaked information on both devices is coming in at a furious pace. Over the past few weeks, we've seen convincing renders of the devices, alleged specs, and reports on possible features. Today, however, we're learning about a new feature that could shortly be on the way for all currently-supposed members of the Pixel family. The folks over at XDA-Developers tore down the latest version of the Pixel Tips app from the Google Play Store. After performing some code sleuthing, a new "CameraAstrotimelapseSettingController" class was discovered within the app. Google Pixel's current astrophotography... Read more...
Just over a month after the first rumors hinted that a cheaper version of the Pixel Buds was on the way, and Google today made an official announcement. The company today announced the Pixel Buds A-Series, which are a cost-reduced version of the Pixel Buds. Though the Pixel Buds cost $179, The Pixel Buds A-Series are much cheaper at just $99. Despite the price reduction, Google claims that you aren't receiving diminished sound quality in return. In addition, the Pixel Buds A-Series also retains the IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. And as you might expect, "Hey Google" wireless access to the Google Assistant is still there. Even the design of the Pixel Buds A-Series remains the same... Read more...
Big corporations seem to always think they know what is best for consumers, and often jam policies down their throats whether they want them or not. Case in point, Google is moving away from traditional tracking cookies in its Chrome browser to a system called Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, which has drawn widespread scrutiny. For those who have no interest in FLoC but want to stick with Chrome, there is a way to disable it. We'll get to the steps in a moment, but first let's talk about cookies and FLoC for a moment. Cookies are what sites use to track user sessions or data, so that if you leave a website and return to it later, you are still logged in. Third-party cookies also track... Read more...
The Google I/O event this year brought forth a whole bunch of different Google announcements, such as changes in WearOS or the Android 12 Public Beta. While those announcements took centerstage, other handy changes were introduced to make Google’s Workspace apps more productive. Now the company has announced a handy “Save to Google Photos” shortcut in Gmail for consumers. When anyone receives a Gmail message, includes attachments will appear in a row below the body of the message. Users would then see a download or “Add to Drive” option when hovering on these items, which is quite handy. Google has now added a “Save To Photos” button, which allows the... Read more...
We always look forward to Google's newest flagship smartphones, which come along every fall like clockwork. Last year's Pixel 5 was a bit disappointing on the performance front given that it went with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, but this year's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to land squarely in flagship territory. New rumors are shedding light on the Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro and how they will advance the smartphone sector once released. @FronTron published the information, alleging that the Pixel 6 smartphone will support what's being billed as a "gimbal-like steady cam mode." The leaker doesn't go into any further detail on how the feature will work. We can only assume that it... Read more...
We have been writing about Google's experimental Fuchsia operating system for nearly five years now, and it has finally made an official debut of sorts. While still experimental in the sense that is not yet being pushed out to consumer devices on a large scale, it is being tested on commercial devices in the wild, and specifically Google's Nest Hub. Built from the ground up, Google's Fuchsia OS is, in Google's words, "designed to prioritize security, updatability, and performance." Google has also called it a "long-term project to create an open source operating system" that is not Linux, unlike Android and Chrome OS. Instead, it is built on new kernel Google developed called Zircon (previously... Read more...
Google Pixel 6 rumors have been heating up during the past week, seemingly confirming the final design of both the Pixel 6 and its larger Pixel 6 Pro counterpart. While the appearance of the smartphones seems to be locked in, we still haven't learned much about what kind of hardware will be featured inside the devices. Thankfully, new rumors making the rounds this weekend give us some insight into what kind of specs the Pixel 6 family will have. The information comes to us via Max Weinbach, who is a well-known leaker when it comes to unreleased tech gadgets. According to Weinbach, both smartphones will be powered by Google's custom Whitechapel mobile platform processors, which means abandoning... Read more...
A week ago, we got our first look at the upcoming Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro courtesy of renders commissioned by Jon Prosser. The Pixel family of smartphones has never been thoughts of as "fashion-forward," but the new Pixel 6 lineup looks to have a design flair that wasn't present in previous generations. Today, we're getting further confirmation of the new design direction. New renders presented by OnLeaks seemingly back up Prosser's sourcing and fills in a bit more detail at the same time. The Pixel 6 Pro will allegedly have a 6.67-inch display, the largest ever to grace a Pixel smartphone. For better or worse, it's said that the display will curve along the edges, which some users don't... Read more...
Google is throwing its weight behind Matter, a new protocol that aims to simplify smart home setup and adoption through a single standard with broad industry support. That support is the key to making Matter, well, matter, and during its multi-day Google I/O developer event that is currently in progress, Google announced it is bringing Matter to its Nest and Android ecosystems. This is potentially a big deal, as device makers push more smart gadgets into the retail space. It is a sector that is growing. According to Google, in 2016 there could be found three smart devices in the average smart home. Now five years later, that number has tripled to nine. That number will likely grow over the coming... Read more...
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