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Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

A couple days back we talked a bit about reports that some Google Home users were seeing some new features turn up, but those new features weren't officially announced. The new features include integration for controlling Netflix and Google Photos using your voice. Google has now made the announcement official that Netflix support is here for Google Home.

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Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi subscribers can grab some travel goodies if they happen to be passing through the San Jose Airport. Google calls the vending machine a 'Travel Trolley,' which itself is plastered with the Project Fi logo and a style akin to the Project Fi website. The items are free, but only if you have a Project Fi subscription, otherwise you're going to have to find an ordinary (read: not free) vending machine.

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Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

News of the latest Pokemon GO update before Christmas paves the way for the final event of the season. This is the hour of our discontent - those of us waiting for double-XP and Stardust, that is. What if there is no event before the end of the year - what if Santa Hat Pikachu is all there is? Lucky you, Pokemon GO fans and trainers alike, there's still room for an event during Holiday Break.

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Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

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Android Things is Google’s hopefully final IoT platform

Android Things is Google’s hopefully final IoT platform

Quick: try to name Google Internet of Things product. If you’ve been closely following Google like a heat-seeking missile, you’ll probably quickly answer “Brillo”. If you’re one of rest of the world, you’ll be at a complete loss. Sensing a disturbance in the marketing Force, Google has decided to bring forth a new name “Android Things”. Technically, it’s still Brillo, which itself is Android-based anyway, just wrapped around Android API and Android tools to make it easier for Android developers to make Android-powered smart devices for homes.

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Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear isn’t dead. It’s just long delayed. That seems to be the message Google is sending these days, after not so few people called it out for dragging its feet with the smartwatch platform. After acquiring the Cronologics team behind the Alexa-empowered CoWatch, Google has finally released another development preview of Android Wear 2.0, now at its fourth, with some admittedly interesting new features aimed at revitalizing what is becoming to be a highly doubted market segment.

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Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

After years of development, Google is ready to take the next step with its self-driving technology with the introduction of Waymo, a new Alphabet company. Waymo was announced today by new CEO John Krafcik, who previously served as the CEO of Google's self-driving cars division. According to a blog post by Krafcik, Waymo signals that Alphabet sees a new road ahead for this technology, after being in development under the Google umbrella for the past seven years.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

Google Wifi may look like a shorter, squatter version of Google Home, but while the two smart home devices might share DNA, there's oddly little overlap. The mesh router, which began shipping earlier this month, doesn't stint on features to go with its boosted range. Despite that, there's still one big thing missing.

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Google Self-Driving Car to get steering wheel and pedals after all

Google Self-Driving Car to get steering wheel and pedals after all

Google has been talking up its self-driving car plans for years now and as far back as 2014 the search giant has been saying that it would not equip its pod cars with a steering wheel or a pedals for a human driver to take over if they need to or want to. Things have not changed with reports indicating that its self-driving car will indeed have pedals and a steering wheel according to people close to the project.

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Pixel XL 32GB back in stock at Google Store

Pixel XL 32GB back in stock at Google Store

If you have been holding off upgrading your smartphone until the Pixel XL was back in stock at the Google Store, you better whip out the wallet. For now the Pixel XL 32GB smartphone is in stock. The 128GB version is still out of stock as of writing. The 32GB version is available in very silver, quite black, and the limited edition really blue colors.

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Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Just when you thought Google was subtly ramping down its focus on Android Wear, it makes an unexpected move. It has just acquired the people running Cronologics, the startup behind the somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign for CoWatch. That “yet another smartwatch” set itself apart by being the first to put Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your wrist. Suffice it to say, with this acquisition, the CoWatch might remain to be only one with that feature, with the former Cronologics team devoting its attention on Android Wear 2.0 “and beyond”.

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