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Google AMP Stories want to Snapchat the news

Google AMP Stories want to Snapchat the news

The appetite for news on mobile is increasing, and Google wants to make chewing through it more like Snapchat and less like a chore. The company has revealed its latest project, AMP Stories, taking news content and packaging it into a visual-first format that promises more engagement from attention-short readers.

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Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be worried. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched last year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

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Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

In just a few weeks, Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S9. Alongside it, of course, will be Bixby. Samsung has been trying, with very little success, to push its own homebrew AI platform and personal assistant. It will, however, be taking on Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri without a critical member of its team: its Chief Technology Officer. Lee In-jong, who left Samsung's mobile division last December, is reportedly now working at Google on, among other things, the very market segment Samsung wants Bixby to be in.

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Google Calendar Android app can’t move events, here’s a fix

Google Calendar Android app can’t move events, here’s a fix

Next to Google Keep, Google Calendar is perhaps one of Google’s oddest service and app. A very useful utility that has connections to almost all other Google services, you’d expect it to be often updated or at least well-maintained. Fact, however, is stranger than fiction and Google Calendar isn’t exactly the tech giant’s most loved product. In fact, its Android incarnation doesn’t even have the ability to move an event from one calendar to another. The latest update to the app doesn’t exactly fix that but now at least provides a band-aid solution.

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Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google is no longer hoarding its artificial intelligence chips to itself, offering its Cloud TPUs for users wanting smarter processing in the cloud. Dubbed machine learning accelerators, the Cloud TPUs are custom hardware chipsets of Google's own creation, used for everything from recognizing the same people across a host of different photos, though to making safe driving inferences from autonomous car data.

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Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They've gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can't. They can't have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.

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Android P ‘notch’ tipped as Google pushes flexible phones

Android P ‘notch’ tipped as Google pushes flexible phones

The iPhone X's notch looks set to spread, with Google reportedly preparing 2018's Android P to natively support atypical screen shapes. Though controversial from the earliest rumors of its existence, the cut-out section at the top of the iPhone X's OLED screen was a necessary evil given what sensors Apple wanted to include in the device.

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Google image searches to make copyright credits more apparent

Google image searches to make copyright credits more apparent

If you're a frequent Google images user, you'll likely soon notice a change when it comes to searches featuring professional, copyrighted photos. Google has reached an agreement with Getty Images that sees the search giant getting a "multi-year" license for Getty imagery, in turn ending the photo company's legal complaint with the European Commission over copyrights and attribution.

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YouTube reveals guidelines on punishing ‘harmful’ creators after latest Logan Paul fiasco

YouTube reveals guidelines on punishing ‘harmful’ creators after latest Logan Paul fiasco

Google's video platform YouTube is taking steps to clearly outline the punishments that will be dealt out when creators step out of line with "egregious actions" that are "harmful" to the YouTube community, advertisers, and viewers as a whole. A new set of policies have been revealed in what can be seen as part of a wider response to controversial creator Logan Paul, who has found himself in hot water yet again only a week after his return to vlogging following the Japanese Aokigahara forest incident.

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Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

This week Nest pushed out updates to its iOS and Android mobile apps, bringing new features for Nest Cam owners, as well as a new wiring guide for the Nest Thermostat. The new Nest Cam features are available in both versions of the apps, though owners will need a Nest Aware subscription to benefit from from the changes. Both app updates are available to download now.

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Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber has conceded to allowing an independent audit on its autonomous car technology, it's reported, as part of its lawsuit settlement with Waymo. The two companies reached an agreement to end the lawsuit today, having spent already several days in court. Uber will avoid a jury verdict as a result, but there were apparently fierce wranglings over just what the ride-sharing firm was willing to allow.

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Google Pixel is at the center of a new class action complaint

Google Pixel is at the center of a new class action complaint

Seeing consumers launch class action lawsuits against giant companies is a relatively common thing, and today, Google is in the crosshairs. Google has been hit with a class action complaint alleging that it didn't honor warranties for the original Pixel and Pixel XL when it became clear that the phones suffered from microphone defects. The complaint was filed by Girard Gibbs LLP in San Jose, the same law firm that recently handled the class action lawsuit surrounding the bootloop issue some LG phones experienced.

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