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Android Messages Is Getting Some of the Best Features From Google’s Abandoned Chat App

A couple months ago, Google announced that it would be suspending development of yet another messaging app to focus on Android Messages and to help carriers adopt Google Chat, a new messaging protocol based on RCS that should make texting a whole lot better. Read More >>

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YouTube’s Finally Stopped Ignoring Us, Will Launch YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in the UK

YouTube Premium originally launched in October 2015 as YouTube Red, a subscription services that gave people an ad-free YouTube experience and later exclusive original content. Red launched in many countries, but none of them were in Europe. Recently the service rebranded itself as YouTube Premium, but still there was no word of a launch in the UK and the rest of Europe. Today is the day things change, however. Read More >>

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Google Translate Can’t Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules

Google Translate is a useful tool for some quick and easy translations, but a federal judge in Kansas, US ruled this week that the machine translation service isn’t good enough to allow a person to consent to a police search. Read More >>

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Google Helpfully Reminds Us How to Turn Off Invasive Personalised Ads

Google, seemingly aware that people are unnerved by just how much ad networks know about us, today said it’s refining how it lets you control what ads you see. The company has updated its ad personalisation settings page, and in the process, has kindly reminded us that it’s easy to turn off personalised ads altogether. Read More >>

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Android P Beta vs iOS 12 Beta: Which Looks Most Promising?

Both Google and Apple have started the long tease ahead of new software updates dropping this autumn, with Android P and iOS 12 now available to users who are brave enough to take the plunge (and have a developer account, in Apple’s case). So which beta software looks most promising and gets us most excited? Here’s how they stack up. Read More >>

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Google Is Maybe Kinda Trying to Get the Pixelbook Windows 10 Certified

Google’s laptop-tablet hybrid Pixelbook has been given high praise by critics and users for its functionality and design, but the device suffers from one critical flaw: It runs Chrome OS, Google’s own, underpowered operating system. New reports suggest that may change soon, as Google is supposedly exploring the possibility of getting the Pixelbook certified to work with Windows 10. Read More >>

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Google Says Its Translate App Is Now a Lot Smarter When You’re Stuck Offline

Translation apps can be incredibly useful tools when you need quick guidance on translating a phrase or word from one language to another, but tools like Google Translate often fall short when you’re travelling and can’t get online. Read More >>

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Google Backtracks, Says Its AI Will Not Be Used for Weapons or Surveillance

Google is committing to not using artificial intelligence for weapons or surveillance after employees protested the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to analyse drone footage. However, Google says it will continue to work with the United States military on cybersecurity, search and rescue, and other non-offensive projects. Read More >>

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Don’t Panic, Google’s Just Rolling Out a New Login Page

If you're trying to log into an important account, you may end up a little bit concerned when you wind up looking at a brand new login page that doesn't look anything like how you remembered it. You might discover this with your Google account over the next couple of weeks, the good news is you're not being phished. Google's just rolling out a new design the login form. Read More >>

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Google Could Face Up to £8 Billion Fine From EU for Android Antitrust Violations

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of government scrutiny in recent months, but it looks like Google’s turn is coming soon. According to a report from Politico, the European Commission is preparing to hand down its decision on an antitrust investigation into the search giant’s Android mobile operating system. A fine against the company is expected to be announced in July. Read More >>

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Google’s Launched New Tools to Help You Keep Track of the World Cup

Football is the most popular sport in the world, and the World Cup gets damn near everyone involved, so a lot of people take it very seriously. Even the Americans, but only if their team is winning. Clearly patriotism trumps the popularity playing their own weird versions of other peoples' sports over there. It's going to be a long month with lots of statistics and events happening, so to help you keep track Google's launching some new features. Read More >>

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Google Releases Standalone Lens App on Play Store

On Monday, Google’s Play Store released a standalone app version of Lens, its machine learning-powered tool for identifying objects captured by a device’s camera that comes integrated into the company’s search engine and virtual Assistant. Read More >>

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Type ‘the1975..com’ Into Your Google App to See a Weird Bug in Action

If you’re an Android user, grab your phone, pull up Google’s Search app or Google Assistant, and type “the1975..com” into the search bar to see a bizarre and recently discovered bug that will show your most recent text messages. Read More >>

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YouTube Music Isn’t Even Close to a Spotify Killer

After trying and failing to launch a competitive music streaming service for years, Google released YouTube Music last month. You might’ve thought Google’s latest attempt to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify would’ve pushed forward with new ideas. Nope. A quick browse through the app reveals that at the moment it’s simply a lacklustre Spotify clone. Read More >>

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Google Plans Not to Renew its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Drone AI Imaging Program

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the decision at a meeting with employees Friday morning, three sources told Gizmodo. The current contract expires in 2019 and there will not be a follow-up contract, Greene said. The meeting, dubbed Weather Report, is a weekly update on Google Cloud’s business. Read More >>