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YouTube cracks down on predatory comments directed at minors

YouTube cracks down on predatory comments directed at minors

YouTube has been the source of a growing online controversy revolving around videos that seem to inappropriately target children and, more worrisome, the presence of some predatory comments aimed at children. Amid the criticism -- but not resulting because of it, according to YouTube -- the company tweaked the service so that flagged videos wouldn't appear in the YouTube Kids app. That wasn't adequate enough, though, so now it is back with several more changes.

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Google’s Black Friday deals include some must-see price cuts

Google’s Black Friday deals include some must-see price cuts

While many companies announced their Black Friday deals last week, Google made us wait a little while longer. With the clock winding down, Google revealed the offers it will have on Black Friday today, and it might surprise you to learn that many of them revolve around Google Play. Sorry to say it, but if you were hoping to see discounts on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, there won't be much for you this year.

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Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

This week the standard Pixel Launcher for Android devices was released with a whole bunch of new features. These features were previously only available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two devices released by Google late this year. Most of the feature updates come in the redesign of the home screen, and go first to the Pixel and Pixel XL from 2016.

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Pokemon GO Event Update today!

Pokemon GO Event Update today!

Today Niantic released a Pokemon GO update in app form - that means a new iPhone app and a new APK for Android. Those that wish to download for the newest iPhone - iPhone X - will get a special treat. That treat is an actual, working version of Pokemon GO for their very strangely-shaped phone display, hooray!

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Nova Launcher 5.5 now out, Pixel 2 Launcher for everyone

Nova Launcher 5.5 now out, Pixel 2 Launcher for everyone

It sure took a while, actually just over a month, but the latest Nova Launcher is finally here. Those itching for some Pixel 2 action on their non-Pixel phone can now at least replicate the new launcher experience, even if they’re not even on Android 8.0 Oreo. Nova Launcher brings many of the features found exclusively on Google’s latest phones to other models and, sometimes, even older Android versions.

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Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google has always boasted about its abilities to churn numbers and data into something meaningful, from the earliest days of personalized search results to the variety of applications of Google Assistant today. It has also been working hard on the field of computer vision, as seen in its impressive Pixel cameras and Google Lens. Now it is bringing those two together, not in a single app, but in a combination that harnesses the power of Google Assistant, seen through the eyes of Google Lens.

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Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, and as such, a lot of retailers are getting their planned deals out in the open. It seems that Best Buy will have some of the most extensive deals out there, today releasing a 50-page Black Friday preview ad. Within those pages are deals on pretty much any gadget you can imagine, whether you're looking for a video game, a TV, or a refrigerator.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

The next age in smartphone sensory abilities began with the iPhone X - but the biggest waves might not come from Apple. While Apple's first moves with 3D sensing technology were to unlock the iPhone and make hyper-creepy Animoji, Android's coming up real soon. Reports from China and South Korea indicate more than one hardware manufacturer is traveling full speed ahead toward creating 3D-sensing modules for a wide variety of smartphones now.

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This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

A Google experiment to extend battery life has landed Android in privacy hot water, with concerns that devices running the OS have been sending details of nearby cell towers to the company's servers. Although Google insists that the data not only was handled entirely separately from any of the location services visible to third-party apps, and indeed its own advertising activities, it has confirmed it will nonetheless be ending the trial. The hiccup once again highlights the at-times difficult balance between maximizing device performance while ensuring essential services act as users expect them to.

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Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

The Google Pixel 2 is currently rated as the top camera phone on DxOMark's list. And while user testimonies have mostly confirmed that, it is far from perfect. There are only so many things that can be done by software and, even then, Google has put its foot down on some less popular choices. If you're hoping Google will change its tune soon, at least when it comes to 4K 60 fps recording and advanced controls, better face the bitter reality: not gonna happen.

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4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

It's fair to say the Google Pixel Buds didn't have the reception the Android team might have hoped for them. Intended to give Pixel 2 owners something to fend off pangs of Apple AirPod jealousy - not to mention pacify complaints about the Oreo smartphone's missing headphone jack - the Pixel Buds may have talents like translation, but they fell short on the basics. Still, all is not lost: read on for the four key ways Google could make the Pixel Buds 2 winners.

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