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Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

With the Google Pixelbook, you could say the Chromebook market has come full circle. Almost five years ago, Google's Chromebook Pixel forced us to consider whether $1,299 was ridiculous or reasonable for a pared-back notebook that ran web apps. Today, with Chrome OS having chomped through a big chunk of the education market and making increasing inroads with both consumers and the enterprise, Google is back with another high-end option. Get ready for some deja-vu.

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Pixel 2 microphone problems have a classic NES-style workaround

Pixel 2 microphone problems have a classic NES-style workaround

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their share of launch problems, but one of the most baffling revolves around the pair's microphone. Since launch, users have been reporting an issue that causes the microphone to stop working during voice calls or when using Google Assistant. As you can imagine, that's a pretty big problem for a device that is first and foremost a phone.

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Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

There is nothing more annoying in browsing the web, and more dangerous, that unwanted and unintended popups. Actually, there is a second thing that comes close to it: unwanted and unintended redirects. This has actually been malware distributors’ and scammers’ Plan B after popups have widely fallen out of fashion and rendered practically useless. In order to combat both the threat and the frustration caused by such redirects, Google will be implementing new safeguards in future versions of the Chrome web browser to make sure you really only go where you want to go.

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Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Pixel 2 XL oleophobic display coating may be causing some issues

Oleophobic coatings on phone displays, as with glasses lenses, make life easier by resisting the skin oil that would otherwise quickly leave prints all over the device. The Pixel 2 XL's display has an oleophobic coating to help reduce fingerprint smudges, but some users say it may be making things worse: some users say their display is scratching very easily, and one person has reported a strange smudging problem.

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Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

Pixel 2 camera app hack released with Google Lens

This week the Pixel 2 camera app was released as its own, separate APK download for all devices that can kick it. This means that those devices that run Oreo - some of them, anyway. For the most part this means a limit to Google's devices - Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, and the Pixel 2 devices - though you should already have the app in that case.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite Niantic rumor [UPDATE]

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Niantic rumor [UPDATE]

The folks at Niantic are apparently preparing a new Augmented Reality game for the public. This next game is said to ring in the new year with none other than global phenomenon Harry Potter - in a game that's not entirely unlike Ingress or Pokemon GO. Working with the basic data provided by Ingress and Pokemon GO - a dataset that continues to grow - users will be brought into the wizarding world of Harry Potter like never before - if this all turns out to be true, that is.

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Sony Android TVs finally get Google Assistant integration

Sony Android TVs finally get Google Assistant integration

Once upon a time, Google fans and believers dreamed of a day when they could buy a Google TV from an electronics store and enjoy the full breadth of Google services from the comfort of their couch. While that never exactly come to pass the way they expected it to, Google may have come up with something a bit better: Android TV. The “lean back” version of Android allowed Google to penetrate all kinds of entertainment devices, from multimedia boxes to full smart TVs, like these ones from Sony. And since they’re based on the same Android platform, they can also get similar features, like Google Assistant, which is now making its way to recent Sony Android TV models.

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Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search have received some handy new features throughout the year, but this newest addition might be the best one yet. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time.

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Google Pixel 2 ad show the dozen things you can ask it to do

Google Pixel 2 ad show the dozen things you can ask it to do

Given how things are right now, the Google Pixel 2 is definitely in need of some good marketing. Admittedly, this latest, nearly two minute long video ad could do the trick. It’s one thing to extol the features and benefits of a new device. But delivering them in a way that can make you smile is an art in itself. That is what this clip basically does as it gives you the lowdown on the phone’s features in a fast-paced medley of odd people and situations.

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Pixel 2 update to fix biggest complaints now rolling out

Pixel 2 update to fix biggest complaints now rolling out

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are easily two of this year’s most talked about smartphones. And not in a good way. The Pixel 2 XL especially has been plagued with many issues that, while not exactly terrible or even life-threatening, have detracted from the enjoyment of the device. Google has promised that everything can be fixed with a software update and owners can now put that theory to the test as Google finally rolls out the November software update for the embattled smartphones.

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Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant now has the ability to identify any song that is playing around you, pitting it against the music ID app Shazam. How does it work? Exactly as you'd expect. If there's a song playing nearby that you like but can't identify, simply ask Google Assistant, "What song is this?" The AI will take a listen and, after a few moments, tell you the song, artist, and provide a link to a streaming version.

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Official Google file manager Android APK just went live

Official Google file manager Android APK just went live

The app called Files Go is Google's first modern effort in making an Android file manager. An official file manager app for Android, that is to say - there've been plenty of (mostly terrible) file managers in the past. This file manager is made specifically for Android Go - as such, it's made with small displays and less-than-radical amounts of processor power.

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