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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Google Drive updated with Vault, Team Drives, Quick Access and more

Google Drive updated with Vault, Team Drives, Quick Access and more

Google has added new tools to its online cloud storage service, Drive. Among these new tools, as Google calls them, is the Google Vault for Drive capabilities, giving admins control over files stored within a Drive account. There’s also Team Drives, a way for teams of people to better manage their shared cloud files and their overall team members. Google is also making it easier to find files using machine intelligence-based Quick Access.

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A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later

A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later

It's been 5 months since I started using a Google Pixel XL and, like no other phone before it, I can't imagine switching to any other device. While it's quite possible the newest wave of smartphones from brands like Samsung and LG will out-style and out-display the Pixel with their newest devices this year, there's little real reason why I'd feel the need to switch. Our initial Google Pixel Review took place back in October of 2016 when the smartphone launched - can sustained quality over this period of time make the heart fonder?

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Pokemon GO’s Eevee evolution update and future news

Pokemon GO’s Eevee evolution update and future news

Now that Gen 2 of Pokemon GO has been released, Eevee is no longer the star of the game. Or at least that would be true if Gen 2 didn't include two more Eevee evolutions in Espeon and Umbreon - but there we have it. While more powerful Pokemon exist, and easier-to-catch Pokemon exist, there's no more pervasive Pokemon base and evolution combo that's better captured the imagination of the masses that play Pokemon GO. Part of the reason why is in the seemingly random (but not actually random) nature of Eevee's evolutionary forms.

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Google Store lets you order from another country with a caveat

Google Store lets you order from another country with a caveat

Google may have its own online device store but its availability has been fairly limited to a handful of countries. Even worse for those living outside those countries, there was no way for them to even place an order, requiring them to rely on the kindness and understanding of friends and relatives living there. That now changes with Google allowing anyone to place an order from anywhere in the world. There’s just one catch. Google will still only ship those products to supported countries.

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Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google has priced up its Jamboard, and by the standard of virtual whiteboards it's actually fairly affordable. Announced last year, Jamboard followed products like Microsoft's Surface Hub in turning a big, touchscreen display into a cloud-connected collaboration tool. However, our hopes that this might also be a great way to corral an unruly household together seems to have been over-ambitious.

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Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google has introduced its overhauled Hangouts product, announcing that it now functions with two main experiences: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. According to Google, Hangouts Meet is a video experience in which people can talk face-to-face with little effort. This is joined by Hangouts Chat, which is exactly what it sounds like: the service’s chatting product for people to talk via text.

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How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

This week we're having a peek at the newest version of Gboard for Android, a keyboard made by Google. This keyboard goes above and beyond what the normal, traditional onscreen keyboard offers, giving suggestions for all sorts of thing. This newest update - which requires a new download - includes web, GIF, and emoji search, as well.

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Pokemon GO News: Updates for the Easter Event

Pokemon GO News: Updates for the Easter Event

It's time again to speak about the next Pokemon GO event, here focusing on the upcoming (not yet official) Easter event both inside and outside the USA. This event has been a long time coming - Pokemon Eggs have just been BEGGING to see a special event they can call their own. With Easter well on the way, it's time to discuss strategies for users preparing to make the most of their eggy adventures at break-time.

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Google teams with American Library Association to get kids interested in coding

Google teams with American Library Association to get kids interested in coding

Google has teamed up with the American Library Association for a new “Libraries Ready to Code” project, something that aims to get kids interested in computer science. The initiative hails from the ALA’s own Office for Information Technology Policy, which is getting its support from Google. The project, in this case, focuses on librarians and equipping them with the info they need to get kids interested in computer science and direct them to further resources on the topic.

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Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google has detailed new ways it is using artificial intelligence to improve enterprise products, and the most exciting among those details is its new Video Intelligence API. With this new technology, which is currently in a Private Beta according to Google, developers are able to search for specific objects within videos, a feature that could prove useful for surveillance videos, among other things.

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Android “O” may or may not have these 3 smart features

Android “O” may or may not have these 3 smart features

With Android Nougat well settled in, at least based on the latest Android Distribution chart, and with Google I/O just a little over two months, the guessing game not only for Android’s next name but also its upcoming features is starting to warm up. With Assistant, Google seems to be driving its platforms, including Android, towards artificial intelligence and that may be partially true for Android “O” as well. According to a source, Google developers are working on some rather “smart” features that may end up in the next Android version or even the one after that.

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