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Some Google StreetView Cars Now Tracking Pollution

Some Google StreetView Cars Now Tracking Pollution

While we’ve grown used to the idea of Google’s StreetView cars zooming around town snapping photos for mapping purposes, some of those vehicles have been equipped with a pollution monitoring system to help researchers get a better picture of what is in the air we breathe every day. [More]

It’s Not Just You: Google Home Users Report Widespread Problems

It’s Not Just You: Google Home Users Report Widespread Problems

If you’ve been having issues getting your Google Home to respond to your commands recently, you’re not alone: Many users reported issues over the weekend, and Google says it’s looking into the problem. [More]

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Google Rolling Out A Chrome Ad Blocker, Putting Web Publishers On Notice

You know that feeling of relief and serenity that comes with a web-browsing experience free of annoying popups, auto-play video ads, and screen-dominating interstitials? As predicted, Google is planning to launch a new ad blocker on Chrome next year in an effort to clean up the internet. [More]

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Google Expands Waze Carpooling Service To All Of California

When ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber first appeared, they were called “ride-sharing” services, since people didn’t really know what else to call peer-to-peer unlicensed taxi services. By contrast, the carpooling feature that’s part of Google-owned map and traffic app Waze is more like organized hitchhiking, and now it’s going statewide in California. [More]

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Google Following Your Offline Credit Card Spending To Tell Advertisers If Their Ads Work

Google’s holding its annual conference for marketers today in San Francisco, and to kick it off they’re announcing some new tools advertisers can use. One of them promises to tie your offline credit card data together with all your online viewing to tell advertisers exactly what’s working as they try to target you and your wallet. [More]

Google Assistant Now Works On iPhone

Google Assistant Now Works On iPhone

While Apple’s iPhone apps don’t cross over onto Google’s Android devices, an array of Google apps have long been available for iOS, and today Google confirmed that its virtual Assistant service will soon be sharing space on your iPhone next to Siri. [More]

Google Avoids Genericide, Will Remain A Protected Trademark

Google Avoids Genericide, Will Remain A Protected Trademark

“Google” has delayed experiencing the same fate as kerosene, heroin, laundromat, and a number of other brand names that became so popular they died of genericide. [More]

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Waymo And Lyft Teaming Up To Work On Self-Driving Cars

If Uber and Google haven’t already stopped wearing the Best Friends Forever necklaces they exchanged way back when, well, they’re definitely chucking those things in the garbage now: Google’s Waymo is partnering up with Uber’s sworn enemy, Lyft, to collaborate on autonomous vehicles. [More]

Bootlooping Issues With Nexus 6P Lead To Runaround From Manufacturer Huawei

Bootlooping Issues With Nexus 6P Lead To Runaround From Manufacturer Huawei

Imagine you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone, and after only five months your device gets stuck in an endless cycle of rebooting. You’d hope the manufacturer would rush you a new phone and apologize for the inconvenience… only to end up caught in an endless loop of inept customer service. [More]

Google Adds Phishing Protection To Android Gmail App

Google Adds Phishing Protection To Android Gmail App

Yesterday, millions of Gmail users became the targets of a phishing scam in which someone they knew sent a Google Doc for them to edit. Once they clicked on the email, however, they opened their computers and email accounts to ne’er-do-wells. Now, Google is launching an update that may make it easier for users to decipher when an email is suspicious — as long as they’re using the Android app.  [More]

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Google, Facebook Employees Targeted In $100M Phishing Scam

When the Justice Department recently said that two major tech companies had paid out a total of $100 million to a scammer posing as a hardware manufacturer, it chose to not name the businesses that had been conned. But now, both Google and Facebook are confirming that they were the ones victimized by this phishing scheme. [More]

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Google’s Waymo Now Offering Self-Driving Car Rides To The Public

Google’s Waymo is taking another step toward its driverless car future in Arizona, where the company is now accepting applications for a new program that gives regular people access to its fleet of self-driving minivans. [More]

Samsung To Make Google Play Default Music App On All Devices

Samsung To Make Google Play Default Music App On All Devices

If you’re planning to order one of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 devices today, you’ll also be getting a little bit more — or at least Google hopes you do: Google Play Music streaming service will now be the default music app on Samsung devices.  [More]

Google Home Now Recognizes Specific Users’ Voices, Allows For Multiple Accounts

Google Home Now Recognizes Specific Users’ Voices, Allows For Multiple Accounts

In a move to differentiate its Google Home voice-activated assistant from competitors like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, or Microsoft’s Clippy (yes, we know it’s Cortana, but we prefer Clippy), Google has tweaked its Google Home assistant to allow for multiple users, each of whom can supposedly be uniquely identified by their voice. [More]

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Google Reportedly Planning To Build Ad-Blocker Into Chrome

Unless you work in the advertising industry, chances are you hate online ads that slow down, interrupt, or just plain ruin your browsing experience. That’s why the use of ad-blocking technology has soared in recent years. But would Google, which makes a mountain of money off web ads, actually build an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser? [More]

Google Blocks Burger King Whopper Ad From Triggering Google Home

Google Blocks Burger King Whopper Ad From Triggering Google Home

Well, that was quick: Soon after Burger King launched a new ad designed to force any Google Home devices within range to wake up and spit out a list of the Whopper’s ingredients, Google has apparently disabled the functionality that triggers the devices. [More]

5 Things You Should Know About Google’s New ‘YouTube TV’ $35/Month Streaming Service

5 Things You Should Know About Google’s New ‘YouTube TV’ $35/Month Streaming Service

When Google confirmed YouTube TV — its answer to live-TV streaming platforms like DirecTV Now, Sling, and PlayStation Vue — details were still sketchy. Today, the internet giant officially launched the service, showing potential viewers exactly what they’ll get for their $35/month. [More]

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Verizon, AT&T Pull Ads From Google, YouTube After Ads Run Next To Offensive Videos

Days after Google began apologizing to advertisers that stopped running YouTube ads after learning their brands were being featured alongside offensive and hateful videos, Verizon and AT&T say they are also pulling the plug on ads with the tech giant. [More]