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Huawei Petal Search and Docs take on Google and Microsoft

Huawei Petal Search and Docs take on Google and Microsoft

It is Huawei's big day and, as expected, it announced a slew of products to show the world it can still make it big. More than just hardware, however, the company also announced apps and services that practically boast of its independence from companies that it will no longer be able to do business with as per the US' rules. It remains to be seen, however, if Petal Search, Petal Maps, and Huawei Docs will be able to gather enough traction both from users and partners to stay in service for long.

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Google responds to DOJ antitrust lawsuit over Search

Google responds to DOJ antitrust lawsuit over Search

It has finally happened. After repeatedly being investigated again and again over alleged anticompetitive business practices, Google was finally hit with a formal antitrust lawsuit by the US Justice Department, specifically over what is being described as an unfair monopolistic advantage in the Internet search market. Of course, Google didn't simply take the charges sitting down, given how high-profile and potentially disruptive it could be, and has now published a point-by-point rebuttal over what it calls a deeply flawed lawsuit.

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Google’s new tool shows early voting and drop box locations

Google’s new tool shows early voting and drop box locations

If you're one of the many people who plan to vote early this year to avoid the crowds later on, Google is here to help. The company recently updated its search engine to feature a new tool enabling users to search ballot drop boxes and early voting locations in their region. The tool joins Google Search's existing voter information panels.

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Google Search can now find songs based on user humming

Google Search can now find songs based on user humming

We've all randomly thought of a song we'd like to hear again if we could remember its title, the artist, or even some lyrics to search for. Google is here to help with this effort by introducing hum support on Google Search, enabling its search engine to hunt for songs based on nothing more than the user humming the part of the song they can remember. In addition to humming, the feature also supports singing and whistling at the app.

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Google event set for Thursday

Google event set for Thursday

Google announced an event called "Search On" that'll take place on Thursday, October 15. The event will not likely reveal any new sorts of hardware, but will very likely drop some major upgrades to the software we've already got loaded on our phones, notebooks, and tablet computers.

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Google Web Stories to become more prominent on mobile

Google Web Stories to become more prominent on mobile

Although Snapchat can and probably should be credited for creating it, the video format known as Stories has become more associated with Instagram and, of course, Facebook. Everyone, however, seems to want to get a piece of that market pie, and, unsurprisingly, Google does, too. Like many newfangled Google products, Web Stories, as it is called, is a somewhat confusing and different beast known only to a very small few. To increase its audience, every Android and iOS device will now see these stories more prominently in the Google mobile app and in more mobile search results.

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Google Search and Maps now show wildfire info, boundaries

Google Search and Maps now show wildfire info, boundaries

As if it weren't bad enough with the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens on the US West Coast, especially in California, now also have to brave the wildfires blazing across many states. Dealing with this calamity is just as unpredictable as the virus and people's best bet is getting the right information at the right time. As the company that practically has all the information available on the Internet, Google is moving fast to equip both Google Search and Google Maps with emergency information related to these wildfires that will alert users to the danger and the extent that the fires cover.

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Google My Business now offers faster ways to update profiles

Google My Business now offers faster ways to update profiles

We've become more dependent these days on the Internet to search for information, especially about places or businesses whose hours and policies may have changed in the past months. Unfortunately, those very same businesses may be experiencing difficulties in keeping up-to-date from lack of manpower or for being unable to even go to the office. The need for quick access to information begets the need to quickly update that information and, thankfully, Google is rolling out easier tools to help Business Profile owners keep on top of things.

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Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

As some parts of the world begin to open back up to more extensive activities and travel, many people are left wondering where they can go, what the related travel rules are, which places are accepting visitors, and more. Here to help with that is an update to Google Search that adds relevant COVID-19 and lockdown-related information for travelers, including what percentage of hotels are available, how many flights are operating to the destination, and more.

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Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

School is starting soon for many kids in the US and some countries around the world but it won't be the same kind of school they've been used to for years. For many, school will be synonymous to home as educational institutions try to grapple with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. School will now be dependent on technology and the Internet more than ever and Google is more than ready to meet the growing needs of learning with its suite of products and features geared towards education.

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Google Search People Cards will make you feel like a celebrity

Google Search People Cards will make you feel like a celebrity

Let's face it, Google knows a lot about us, sometimes even more than our family and friends do. Just searching for yourself on the Internet can be an eye-opening experience, not always in a good way, making you wish you had one of those helpful search results cards that will highlight the things you do want others to know about you first. Those cards are unfortunately available only for important people, both alive and dead, but you can now make your own "virtual visiting card", at least if you're in India.

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Samsung to give Google more Search power on phones in exchange for revenue

Samsung to give Google more Search power on phones in exchange for revenue

Google and Samsung have a rather unique relationship that borders on being described as "frenemies". Samsung has on more than one occasion expressed its desire to eventually be free of Google's influence while it continues to be one of if not the biggest Android device maker in the world for years. Things have been less turbulent recently, with Samsung playing the role of a better Android partner. Now it seems that the two are ready to take their relationship to the next level that could see Samsung yield more ground to Google Search as well as Google Assistant.

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