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Chrome OS 86 aims to make computing more accessible to visually impaired

Chrome OS 86 aims to make computing more accessible to visually impaired

A lot of modern technologies are designed for the vast majority of people with more or less capable vision and motor skills. Smartphones, for example, presume everyone has agile and accurate fingers, not to mention good if not excellent eyesight. Even laptops with larger screens take for granted that not everyone sees the same way. To make its web-centric platform more inclusive, Google is pouring some attention on accessibility features for Chrome OS that specifically target those who aren't able to see well.

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Google Maps adds new vehicle icons for Android users

Google Maps adds new vehicle icons for Android users

Android users are finally catching up with a cool feature that iPhone users have had for a few years on Google Maps. Google has finally rolled out custom car icons for the Android version of Maps allowing users to change what the icon on the screen looks like. Rather than having the plain white circle with the blue arrow in the middle, Android users now have three other icon options.

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Mineral aims to significantly increase food production in the next 50 years

Mineral aims to significantly increase food production in the next 50 years

X is a company that wants to bring in an era of computational agriculture. The company's goal is to significantly increase food production over the next 50 years to feed a growing population on Earth. The company says that its team has a new name, Mineral, and is currently working on experiments that involve bringing new tools to agriculture to help manage the complexity of farming and grow food sustainably on a global scale.

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Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

The US government is preparing to make its case in courts over Google's alleged anti-competitive practices, particularly on the Internet. While it may already have its arguments prepared, the Justice Department may still be considering what steps it will require Google to take, presuming it wins its case. One of those may be to split up the company, which is already just a subsidiary of the bigger Alphabet, which includes selling off the most-used web browser in the market, Chrome.

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Gmail Go general availability was sadly just a fluke

Gmail Go general availability was sadly just a fluke

Google has created a suite of "lite" apps that are designed for its Android Go special configuration for more resource-constrained phones. Everyone, however, could probably do with such lightweight alternatives to Google's core apps, presuming they're also willing to live with the compromises. Google has, fortunately, made some of those apps available outside of Android Go phones and, for at least a day, it seemed that Gmail Go would become one of those. Unfortunately, that joy was short-lived and Google has pulled out the plug on the app's accidental availability.

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Google Play Music Store shuts down in YouTube Music transition

Google Play Music Store shuts down in YouTube Music transition

If there's one thing Google has been consistent with over the decades is that nothing is really permanent. It often changes names and brands but is also notorious for switching products or even discontinuing projects rather abruptly. Google's messaging services and apps have become the dominant example but the most heated discussions of late have come from Google Play Music users who are now being told that they can no longer buy tunes now that the Play Music Store has closed its doors forever.

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YouTube Music’s smart TV update is here – but you may not get the best of it

YouTube Music’s smart TV update is here – but you may not get the best of it

Google today announced several new features for YouTube Music on smart TVs. In general, these updates make it easier to browse your music collection and even spruce up the way the app looks. Some of the features are going live for all smart TV users, while others will only be available to those running Android TV OS (which includes the freshly-announced Chromecast with Google TV).

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So iPhone 12 will support 5G… but where?

So iPhone 12 will support 5G… but where?

Today we're taking a peek at what sort of 5G you'll get with your new iPhone 12. To be particularly blunt: You don't get magical 5G speed around the world just because you've received a new iPhone 12. Unlike Apple's move from 3G to 4G LTE speeds in the iPhone, this move is more about preparation than it is about immediate usable product delivery.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets special Fortnite game boost

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets special Fortnite game boost

If you've been playing Fortnite on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+, you're in luck. Today Epic Games and Samsung revealed that they'd soon unlock the ability to ramp up gameplay for the latest Samsung tablets in the game Fortnite with the latest update for said game. This latest update for the game Fortnite unlocked 90fps (frames per second, image refresh rate) for the display of the tablet, allowing users to experience more smooth and eye-friendly gameplay than ever available on this hardware before.

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Google’s $129.99 Nest Thermostat adds motion chip and smarter scheduling

Google’s $129.99 Nest Thermostat adds motion chip and smarter scheduling

Nest has a new, entry-level smart thermostat, under $130 but still packing remote app control, a new motion sensor, and a slick mirror-finish. The new Nest Thermostat also introduces a different interface, doing away with the physically-rotating casing of the existing models and replacing them with a touch-sensitive scroll strip on one side.

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Google Meet deploys breakout rooms, but only for some users

Google Meet deploys breakout rooms, but only for some users

Google has announced an update to its Google Meet collaboration software, adding a new breakout room feature that makes it easier for smaller teams of people to collaborate. The feature is first arriving for people who organize remote teams on Enterprise for Education, but Google says that it will also roll out the feature for Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) later on this year.

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This isn’t iPhone 12 Mini, but you’ll wish it was

This isn’t iPhone 12 Mini, but you’ll wish it was

Today we're taking a peek at an iPhone Mini concept mockup that looks like a cross between iPhone 12 and the most recent PALM phone. The concept was concieved over a year ago by the creator named Ruslanlatypov, Founder and Art Director of a group of creators that run under the name LS.Graphics. This little baby of a phone was made ready for viewing well in advance of any sort of actual, official Apple smartphone unveil by the same name here in 2020.

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