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The app Apple just un-blocked

The app Apple just un-blocked

Apple just un-blocked an app by the name of Wehe this afternoon after a second round of screening. Earlier in the day, several sources reported that the app had been blocked and that Apple hadn't made clear the reasons why. Since then, the Wehe app was returned to the app store for all iOS devices. Meanwhile the Android version of the app had no such trouble in its listing on Google Play.

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Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Today Google made known, again, their support for Huawei in the worldwide Android smart devices ecosystem. To the point, Google Head of RCS Amir Sarhangi published an article in the main Google blog portal today all about Huawei's new big effort with Android Messaging. This was just as much of a win for Google as it was for Huawei, and Sarhangi made clear that Huawei's efforts were not forgotten. All this despite Huawei's recent falling out with the US government.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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Google Clips camera launch nears, drops by FCC

Google Clips camera launch nears, drops by FCC

There have been a lot of Google and Android related product announcements and launches in the past months, it’s almost too easy to forget that at least one new, and odd, device hasn’t yet. The Google Clips “wireless smart camera” has yet to hit the market, but that day might be approaching really soon. Spotted at the FCC as the G015A, Google’s somewhat controversial camera might be due any day now. Presuming people will be willing to invest $250 in this simple yet strange box.

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Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

One of the Android platform’s biggest strengths is its customizability. Although not all parts are immediately exposed to users, some, especially app launchers, are no sweat to change. That said, getting access to those launchers, especially those from specific manufacturers, is not always easy. Even Google has somewhat withheld its Pixel, and now Android One, launchers from the rest of the world. Thankfully, there are hard-working developers like AmirZ, a.k.a. Amir Zaidi, who make things like a rootless Android One launcher available for all.

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Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the buzzwords of today and everyone and anyone, especially businesses, want in. But while the results of using AI and ML seem magical, getting there is anything but. At the very least, you need to train a computer and build a model for a specific business case, which often requires not just engineers but also time to build up that model. Enter Google’s latest machine learning enterprise, Cloud AutoML, designed to make building such models as easy as dragging and dropping files.

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YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in "pod" form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load's worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the "Tide Laundry Pods Challenge." The "challenge," in this case, is biting into the pods and then posting a video of it online.

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Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

In recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there's a bug where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance. That bug originates from the Cast software for Android phones, Google explains, which could "incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic" that negatively impacts wireless networks.

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Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google has announced its new "Google IT Support Professional Certificate" program through Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the field. The course doesn't require any previous experience and takes between 8 and 12 months to complete, according to Google. Some individuals will be able to take the course and complete the certification process for free.

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Project Fi Bill Protection caps bills, throttles heavy data users

Project Fi Bill Protection caps bills, throttles heavy data users

Google is rolling out an interesting new feature called Bill Protection to Project Fi subscribers today. Bill Protection seems to be Google's take on unlimited data plans from the big four, which were all launched early last year in quick succession. There are, of course, a few difference between Project Fi's Bill Protection and unlimited data plans from the other carriers, and those might make a jump to Project Fi worth it.

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Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

This week the folks behind CarbonROM revealed they'd ported Pixel 2's best feature to other devices. This is a big deal for those that desperately wanted the Pixel 2, but haven't yet made the jump from their slightly older smartphone. Why move when you can get the features for free?

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Samsung Galaxy phones getting lighter and tougher

Samsung Galaxy phones getting lighter and tougher

This week the folks at Samsung's trademark for Metal 12 was revealed, and its future in smartphones is all but assured. Samsung used this special mix of metal previously, with their Samsung Notebook 9 (2018). This magnesium aluminum alloy allows the device to be significantly lighter than without, and without significant loss in durability.

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