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Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Disgruntled former employees, those feeling wronged in one way or another, have a tendency to take out their frustration online. One may seek a sense of justice or revenge by lambasting their former place of employment online, and chief among those online review destinations is Google. The Internet giant has updated its Google Maps policy to ban that specific kind of review: the kind left for a business by a former worker.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

It would appear that Google's not done innovating in the hardware universe. They've got a new sort of camera in the mix, one made for multiple kinds of devices. This camera doesn't just move in and out to adjust focus or zoom, it has a moving mirror, too. This is a camera unlike any we've seen in a smartphone or tablet ever before

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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Pokemon GO’s best Pokemon are in the code today

Pokemon GO’s best Pokemon are in the code today

Today we're having a peek at some Pokemon GO code to identify an awesome bit about the future of the game. Today we're taking a peek at Celebi and Mew, two of the most powerful Pokemon in the game - most powerful not yet released, that is to say. These Pokemon are a part of an elite few Pokemon that will not be available in the wild. They'll be popping up by other means, only!

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This Chrome OS update ends Android apps’ biggest annoyance

This Chrome OS update ends Android apps’ biggest annoyance

For a while now, Chrome OS has been able to run Android apps. This, importantly, means access to the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. While that's a great feature that got a lot of Chromebook users justifiably excited, right now those Android apps run more like they would on a phone instead of a PC.

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YouTube for Fire TV goes dark early as Amazon pushes browser workaround

YouTube for Fire TV goes dark early as Amazon pushes browser workaround

By now, the feud between Google and Amazon should be fairly clear. The disagreement between the two has been simmering for a couple of years at this point, but things have started heating up in the last few months. The culmination of all of this is that YouTube will be leaving Amazon's Fire TV devices on January 1, after Google previously disabled YouTube on the Echo Show.

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Google just called time on the Pixel C tablet

Google just called time on the Pixel C tablet

The last signs of the Google Pixel C have been pulled from the Google Store, marking the demise of the clever-but-expensive Android tablet that always struggled to make sense. Launched in late 2015, the 10.2-inch tablet was revealed a matter of weeks after Apple took the wraps off the original, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and in many respects the two slates targeted similar audiences.

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Apple was the Christmas 2017 smartphone winner

Apple was the Christmas 2017 smartphone winner

Apple was the Christmas 2017 smartphone and tablet winner, new activations research suggests, comfortably out-pacing Samsung while Google remains in the weeds. Smartphone-makers are generally fairly coy about disclosing sales figures, particularly for individual devices or specific retail periods. However, that doesn't mean the stats can't be fathomed out by roundabout ways.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the last standalone Daydream headset standing

There were supposed to be two, but it seems there can only be one, at least for now. HTC has backed out of making Google’s daydream of a standalone Daydream VR headset but Lenovo has not. In fact, that device has just made its way to the FCC, making it more than just a plan. Being an FCC entry, there isn’t much to be gleaned from the docs, but at least we now have a name: the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Hopefully, this sighting won’t just be a mirage as well.

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Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google Home Max reported to have latency with line-in connection

Google’s latest foray into the world of smart home speakers hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing compared to the first gen Google Home. The Google Home Mini had a manufacturing defect that ruined the touch controls for everyone. And now the Google Home Max, which only just started shipping in time for the holidays, has its own issue as well. Fortunately, it might be something that can be fixed by a software update and might not even matter much to the majority of the speaker’s users.

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Galaxy S9 pre-release specs and rumors update

Galaxy S9 pre-release specs and rumors update

Today we've got an updated list of what we expect will be the Samsung Galaxy S9 specs, top to bottom. This includes the standard Samsung Galaxy S9 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, formerly known as Edge. These specs should hold mostly accurate unless Samsung throws a giant wrench in the mix before they make their devices live in full effect this February - another most-likely situation.

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