Google to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto

Google, a company that’s built everything from a search engine to a self-driving car, will now try its hand at a city neighborhood. Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is teaming with Toronto to begin planning a neighborhood designed as a model for urban life in the 21st century....
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Some Google Home Devices May Have Been Recording Everything Their Owners Said

I have written in the past about privacy concerns that people using digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home should consider. A recent incident illustrates the urgency of doing so. According to Artem Russakovskii, writing for Android Police, a Google Home Mini that he was using was recording even when it was not supposed to. Here is...
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Here’s when it makes sense to buy Google’s version of Apple Care for your Pixel 2 – and when it doesn’t

Google Google is offering its new Google Preferred Care plan that gives new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners the option to fix accidentally broken phones or replace them if they start to act up.  It’s basically Google’s version of Apple’s Apple Care plan for iPhones.  It’s worth having a look at Google’s Preferred Care...
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Google simplifies Android video calling

Google is rolling out simpler video calling on mobile for Android users. Those wanting to make a video call will be able do so straight from the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. The integration is as tight as you’d expect (as seen in the GIF above) with the option to start video presented in...
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Amazon is beating Google in the race to the home computer

Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all chasing voice-based artificial intelligence with smart digital assistants that you talk to. It’s a future we’ve been promised for years: a computer you can talk to at home, and now the competition to make it a reality is really heating up. While Alexa, Cortana, Bixby, Google Assistant,...
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Google will separate its shopping business from search to try and avoid more European fines

Alphabet’s Google unit later this week will make its shopping service a stand-alone business within Google’s operations and require it to bid against other sites for ad placement at the top of search results, says a person familiar with the company’s plans. The company will make the change to try and satisfy European antitrust regulators...
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Analysis: Can Google and HTC crack the Apple-Samsung smartphone duopoly?

Google late Wednesday announced that it would pay $1.1 billion for employees from HTC’s smartphone unit, prompting waves upon waves of speculation about what might come next from this hookup. But I have one hope: that Google’s clout and HTC’s design can give us something to challenge Apple and Samsung. Now, let me be clear....
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Google Pitches A Mobile Wallet To India’s 300 Million Smartphone Users

Image via Google Google says Tez can be used to make “cash-like” payments. Google has launched its first major payments service outside the United States, confirming rumors of a mobile wallet for India called Tez. The service is jumping in with several large international competitors, including WhatsApp, Uber, and Truecaller, who are all seeking to capitalize on India’s big push towards a cashless society with the recent launch of a payments system called UPI.  ...
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Google Moves to Block Ads That Target Racist Searches

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Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th

Tired of hearing about the iPhone X? Google clearly is, as the Mountain View company has just debuted a new marketing campaign and website that urges viewers to “ask more.” The new landing page is part of the madeby.google.com subdomain, and it carries the teasing tagline of “thinking about changing phones?” It was on October...
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