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These Birders Flock to Google Street View to Spot Birds Around the World

I noticed something in the distance while clicking along rural U.S. Route 59 in Minnesota, 80 miles southeast of Fargo, North Dakota. Two grainy heads appeared out of the water like a pair of Loch Ness monsters. I couldn’t make them out for certain, but given the location (Minnesota) and time of year (summer), I thought they could be common loons, birds that hadn’t yet been found by the other birders in my Facebook group. I’d been scouring Google Street View for hours hoping to find them, and here, I thought I’d nabbed a breeding pair. Read More >>

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Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding! According to the Times of London, they’re doubling down on finding and firing leakers. Read More >>

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For the Love of God, Please Don’t Use Smart Reply in Hangouts Chat

There are two distinct types of people on workplace communication platforms: the ones who painstakingly toil over every typed letter in a show of ultimate professionalism, and the ones who type with abandon—who slam keys haphazardly with their clumsy sausage fingers to get across whatever they’re trying to communicate before moving on, punctuation and grammar be damned. Read More >>

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Waymo’s Autonomous Taxis Now Take Paying Riders, But You Won’t Be One of Them

It’s simultaneously an exciting and terrifying time to be alive. The driverless car revolution is upon us, and on Wednesday, Waymo announced that it has launched the world’s first commercial autonomous taxi service. Unfortunately, only a select group of people will be able to take it for a spin. Read More >>

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Google Kills Allo in Latest Attempt to Fix Its Shitty Messaging Strategy 

Allo is the latest casualty in Google’s long and tired road to building a chat app that can rival Apple’s iMessage. After passing on further Allo investment back in April, Google officially announced this week that it’s pulling the plug on the chat app in March 2019. Read More >>

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Analyst Reckons Amazon and Google Will Release Wireless Earbuds to Take on Apple’s AirPods

Wireless earbuds are a big deal these days, especially since Apple released the AirPods. Because as well all know a technological innovation doesn't count until Apple can find a way to package it up for their legions of followers with their own unique brand of marketing. Well now one analyst reckons both Google and Amazon will launch their own wireless earbuds, with the intention of directly competing with Apple's Beats-powered empire. Read More >>

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Google Takes Aim at Abusive Ads With Chrome 71

Google is rolling out Chrome 71 today and with it, you can apparently expect to kiss abusive ads from “persistently offending sites” goodbye. The latest version of Chrome will also include billing warning screens to help prevent unwanted charges and subscriptions. Read More >>

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Google’s Virtual Vermeer Museum Is a Legitimately Cool Use of AR

It used to be that the fastest, easiest way to view the paintings of Johannes Vermeer was a Google Image search. Now you can just download an app and view the 36 works widely attributed to the artist in an augmented reality museum from the comfort of your home. Read More >>

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‘Google You Owe Us’ Is Going To Court Again To Prove That Google Owes It

A group of iPhone users who sued Google for allegedly illegally collecting their private information for advertising in 2011 and 2012 has filed an appeal after their claim was blocked by the High Court. Read More >>

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The Pixel 3 Will Soon Be Available With eSIM On EE

Finally, it looks like electronic SIMs are starting to actually happen. When you think about it, there's really no reason getting connected to your phone network should require a little piece of plastic: why can't you just sign in with your credentials like every other digital service? Read More >>

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The Pixel 3’s Big Bug Fix Update Is Here

Google’s software-first design philosophy has brought about some impressive results – like the kind of pictures you can snap with a Pixel 3, but that strategy can also have some negative impacts too, especially when it comes to bugs. More software solutions mean more potential bugs to break your phone. Read More >>

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Google May Be Shutting Down Hangouts for Consumers Sometime in 2020: Report

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust. After years of indications that such a move could be imminent, Google may finally be shutting down its Hangouts platform for consumers. Read More >>

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More Than 600 Google Employees Are Demanding an End to Project Dragonfly

Google’s Project Dragonfly, the controversial project for a censored search product for China, has sparked two separate letters from the company’s employees arguing either for or against the project. As of today, however, a letter in opposition of the project has amassed more than 600 signatures, eclipsing the reported figure of a separate letter defending Dragonfly. Read More >>

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The Google Pixel Slate Is a Brilliant Chrome OS Response to the iPad

Chromebooks aren’t supposed to cost a lot of money. That’s a big reason we like them! They’re always good enough, and they’re always cheap – think under £500. But the Pixel Slate, which carries the newest build of Chrome OS, has made a near perfect case for a pricier chromebook. This tablet, which turns into a laptop with the addition of a £190 accessory, starts at £550 and often works so well as either laptop or tablet that it feels like its almost always worth the price. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Can Do Some New Stuff, I Guess

‘Tis the season and Google is feeling generous. Today it rolled out a bunch of new Google Assistant features, including improvements nifty to-do list functionality and a new feature that encourages you to be polite to your inanimate, question-answering bot. Read More >>