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Ignoring controversy, Larry Page gives glowing Alphabet recap

Ignoring controversy, Larry Page gives glowing Alphabet recap

Alphabet CEO Larry Page has released the 2016 Founder's Letter for the company, a glowing "State of the Union" for the umbrella company within which Google and Waymo reside. Published ahead of Alphabet's latest financial results, Page's letter predominantly focuses on the spin-offs of various projects into standalone businesses. That, after all, was the primary intention of the company when it was founded back in 2015.

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Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google has announced the launch of a Google Assistant SDK developer preview, opening the door for Google's personal assistant to exist on many devices. Google highlights some potential uses for its software, including for use on a smart mirror with voice functionality or on a DIY robot. This paves the way for a slew of new devices beyond the bounds of Google Home and select currently supported Android devices.

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Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

The Acer Holo 360 camera was unveiled today at a special event held by Acer and broadcast around the world. This device works with Wi-Fi connectivity and can also connect to mobile data (LTE speed) with a SIM card. The device itself is not a phone, necessarily, but it does run Android and is able to make calls without being connected to a separate device - without being connected to a proper smartphone, that is to say.

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Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updates

Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updates

The US and China are traditionally seen as the largest smartphone markets in the world. Of late, however, a third superpower has risen: India. The sub-continent is home to millions of users hungry for more affordable smartphones, more ubiquitous Internet access, and more accessible content. That's why in its latest sweep of apps and services updates, Google is introducing new features and support for more languages to appeal to the more than 400 million potential customers in India.

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Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google's Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We've seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among other things. The Nexus 6P was also tested, and one shot rivaled a DSLR's photo of the same subject.

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Why Google Pixel 2 might come early

Why Google Pixel 2 might come early

This week we're having a peek at the next generation in Google Pixel hardware - through its software running Android. What we're doing today is taking a tip we've received with a giant grain of salt. Massive, I'm telling you - you might end up feeling better about this if you take TWO grains of salt with it. Thanks to a bit of code in an Android code commit, we're able to see that at least one Google engineer has access to an actual, physical Pixel 2 - or whatever it'll end up being called.

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Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Niantic is working on how two of the most complicated Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO will be released in the near future. While we've seen the release of the vast majority of the Pokemon from the original 151 and Gen 2, several Legendary Pokemon and oddballs still elude us. With the release of Ditto as our guide, we're to understand that both Delibird and Smeargle are well on their way to semi-random release.

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Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Modern cooking typically involves putting a tablet in the kitchen and fumbling through the directions while trying to keep the screen clean. Google is changing that. The company has announced that it is bringing step-by-step cooking instructions to Google Home via Google Assistant, giving its users access to more than 5 million of these spoken recipes. With them, cooking is as simple as listening to the Home device.

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Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google has a new pair of Bluetooth (wireless) headphones coming and we've got the full specs for you well ahead of release. While we don't expect these headphones to be mind-blowing by any means, it's interesting to see how Google has more than one way of revealing or choosing not to reveal products in early testing. In this case, it would seem like Google didn't make quite as big an effort to conceal what they're about to release due to the relative small amount of market-wide impact they're going to have.

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Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Although often used as source for comic relief, forgetting where one parked one's car is enough of a problem that Google designed a feature for it. Yet not big enough to warrant its own "Dude, where's my car?" app, of course. Sighted just last month, Google has finally formally announced the availability of parking notes and reminders on Google Maps, both for Android and iOS.

Google already implemented something akin to a parking reminder but that one was heavily automated and, more often than not, unreliable. It also relied solely on sensors, specifically GPS, which may not be accurate nor sufficient to remind you of your parking spot.

The new Google Maps feature pouts you in the driver's seat. After you've parked, simply tap on your blue circle and select "Save your parking" from the menu. On iOS, it'll be "Set as parking location". This will add a label to the spot which you can go back to later. In case you forgot where you parked.

The Android version has a bit more bells and whistles. While the iOS feature does let you share your location or view photos of the parking area, the Android counterpart lets you actually add information to the parking card. You can put notes, take a photo, and even set a timer for your parking meter.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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Waymo launches early rider beta program in Phoenix

Waymo launches early rider beta program in Phoenix

If Alphabet managed to pique your interest by launching Waymo and you happen to live in the Phoenix area, good news: beginning today, you can apply to participate in Waymo's early rider program. A trial for Alphabet's self-driving fleet of cars, Waymo doesn't just want to get you from point A to point B once and then call it good. Instead, people who are accepted into this program are invited to use Waymo as much as they need to.

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