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Google to Not Offer Controversial Face Recognition Technology  Gadgets 360 · 2 hours
Toeing Microsoft's line which has asked governments across the world to regulate this technology, Google said facial recognition merits careful consideration. more
Eight Popular Tech Products That Shut Down In 2018  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
It should be no surprise to anyone that Google makes up for 50 percent of the products in this list. more
Google Material Theme starts rolling out to Google Search on mobile web  9to5Google · 2 days
After rolling out late last month to Google Search on the desktop web, the Google Material Theme is beginning to appear on the mobile... more
Facebook fractures its secretive hardware division  THE VERGE · 2 days
Roughly a year and a half ago, Regina Dugan, a former director for the US government’s Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, took the stage... more
9to5Mac Daily: December 14, 2018  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
Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential  TechCrunch · 2 days
In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that... more
Google is sending free socks to some Local Guides  9to5Google · 3 days
Google offers up quite a lot of free perks to its Local Guides users, and that’s because they... more
Apple to expand offices, Google and Amazon play nice video - CNET  CNET · 3 days
In today's top stories, Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, and expand across other US cities too. Meanwhile, Amazon carries... more
Google Launches Thai AI Project to Screen for Diabetic Eye Disease  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
The eye screening programme in Thailand follows a similar Google programme in India and highlights a push by big tech companies to show the social benefits... more
Google Chromebooks Get Better Parental Controls With Improved Family Link App  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Google has rolled out new parental controls which let parents control how their kids spend time on their Chromebooks. more
Google Shopping Launched in India, Brings a New Search Experience  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Google Shopping experience will be available on both mobile and desktop as well as via a Progressive Web App (PWA). more
Google Cloud won’t sell facial recognition tech yet, ‘working through’ policy questions  9to5Google · 3 days
The potential uses for AI are vast with Google already applying it to consumer products and services for third-party developers. These APIs include natural language... more
9to5Mac Daily: December 13, 2018  9to5Mac · 3 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
Google Maps now shows nearby Lime bikes and scooters in 13 cities  TechCrunch · 3 days
Google has partnered with Lime to show nearby bikes and scooters in 13 cities worldwide. If there’s a Lime vehicle available nearby, Google Maps... more
Tesla loses head of digital to Google  9to5Google · 3 days
Tesla has had a lot of turnover in its digital team over the past two years, but now we learn that they’ve... more
Google vows not to sell its facial recognition technology for now - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The search giant says it needs to work through “important technology and policy questions” first. more
Google Sign-in screen now fully adopts the Google Material Theme  9to5Google · 4 days
The Google Material Theme was announced at I/O 2018 alongside Material Theming. Google’s take on the... more
Google’s parental control software Family Link now supports Chromebooks  TechCrunch · 4 days
Since its public debut in fall 2017, Google’s parental control software dubbed Family Link, has been steadily expanding, both in terms of its capabilities and its reach. Today, it’s making... more
Google updates Family Link for Chromebooks w/ time limits, Android app restrictions  9to5Google · 4 days
Before Digital Wellbeing this year, Google was already investing in time management tools for devices used by kids. After adding Chromebook support in September,... more
Amazon is officially stocking Google Chromecasts yet again  TechCrunch · 4 days
There’s been a break in the multi-year feud between Google and Amazon, apparently, as Amazon is now — once again — selling Google Chromecast devices on its site. The devices were banned... more
Google Assistant can now do British and Australian accents in the US  TechCrunch · 4 days
Even the old smart assistant needs a fresh coat of paint, from time to time. For those looking to switch things up a touch,... more
Google Assistant gaining Australian and British voices on Android, Home, Smart Displays  9to5Google · 4 days
At I/O 2018, Google introduced six new voices for Assistant based on DeepMind’s WaveNet. This allowed users to customize voice interaction on Android phones,... more
Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect  BBC · 4 days
Google named the man accused of killing UK backpacker Grace Millane in an email, which could be illegal. more
WATCH: California may tax texting  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Plus, Google reveals its most-searched list, and Vitamin Water will reward you if you can give up your smartphone for a year. more
What China searched for in 2018: World Cup, trade war, Apple  TechCrunch · 4 days
Soon after Google unveiled the top trends in what people searched for in 2018, Baidu published what captivated the Chinese in a parallel online universe, where... more
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1, Toughbook FZ-L1 Rugged Android Devices Launched in India  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Panasonic has launched two Toughbook handheld devices, namely the FZ-T1 and the FZ-L1 in India at a starting price of Rs. 60,000 more
Prisma’s new AI-powered app, Lensa, helps the selfie camera lie  TechCrunch · 4 days
Prisma Labs, the startup behind the style transfer craze of a couple of years ago, has a new AI-powered iOS app for retouching selfies. An Android version of... more
Google Licensing Fees in Germany Should Be Halted, Says EU Court Adviser  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
The European Union is now considering copyright rules on this issue, triggering fierce lobbying from the creative industries on one hand and the tech... more
You can once again buy a Chromecast on Amazon  Windows Central · 4 days
Have Google and Amazon finally ended their annoying squabbles? Perhaps not entirely. But this is a good start. It's a Festivus miracle. Both models of Google's Chromecast — the brilliant... more
Opera brings a flurry of crypto features to its Android mobile browser  TechCrunch · 4 days
Crypto markets may be down down down, but that isn’t stopping Opera’s crypto features — first released in beta in July — from rolling out... more
Glose raises $3.4 million for its collaborative reading app  TechCrunch · 4 days
French startup Glose just raised a $3.4 million funding round (€3 million) for its reading app on iPhone, iPad and Android. The company wants to make reading books more social.... more
Amazon Finally Starts Selling Google Chromecast Devices Once Again  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Both the Google Chromecast (third generation) and the Google Chromecast Ultra are available on Amazon's US website. more
Google Maps will now show you where the nearest Lime scooter is - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Google’s parent Alphabet made a big investment in the scooter company this summer. more
Google Announces India Launch of Shopping, a New Search Experience  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Google Shopping is designed to surface offers from various retailers on products across various categories. more
Google CEO Says Fears About Artificial Intelligence Are 'Very Legitimate'  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that new AI tools require companies to set ethical guardrails and think through how the technology can be abused. more
On this week's podcast... Microsoft Edge, Surface Centaurus, ARM, and more  Windows Central · 4 days
This week on the Windows Central Podcast: Microsoft Edge goes Chrome, another new Surface device, Windows on ARM, and more! We're back with another exciting episode... more
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[Update: Google Discover Feed, Play Games] Here’s every Google app with a dark mode, and how to enable it [Gallery]
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Google Maps for Android rolling out new sharing menu w/ carousels, speed improvements
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The 56 best Android games of 2018 - CNET
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The very best premium cases for Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL [Video]
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Google Assistant gaining Australian and British voices on Android, Home, Smart Displays
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Watch the brilliant Geminid meteor shower celebrated by today’s Google Doodle
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Alphabet Scoop 035: Google messaging mess, Pixel Slate, Chrome, more [Livestream]
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Google Year in Search 2018: The World Cup tops the search charts [Video]
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Google tests teaching you word pronunciation
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Android trojan takes advantage of Accessibility to send $1,000 from PayPal even w/ 2FA turned on
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Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai testify in front of Congress [Livestream]
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The top tech stories of 2018 - CNET
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Apple misses top 10 in Forbes ‘Just 100’ best corporate citizens list
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iPhone XS Max beats Mate 20 Pro in speed test after Huawei was ‘confident’ it would outpace Apple’s flagship
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Google’s Jacquard smart jacket can now remind you not to leave your phone behind
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Google Pixel 3 XL Lite renders leak, 6-inch display w/ no notch [Video]
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Google app 8.70 preps personalized audio news, Material Theme tweaks, adds Pixel Stand Ambient Display setting [APK Insight]
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Brave browser matures with move to Chromium foundation - CNET
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Google Earth Studio is a web tool for creating geographic animations and video
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Say goodbye? I say Allo: A brief look at the past, present, and future of Google messaging
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