Moen’s showers get smarter with Google Assistant

For example, instead of saying “Alexa, tell Moen to turn on the shower,” you can now say “Alexa, turn on the shower” for the command to take effect. It works similarly with Siri and Google too; simply swap “Alexa” with either “Siri” or “Google.” That’s definitely a lot easier to say, especially when you’re groggy...
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The all-electric Polestar 2 will be the first car with Google’s native Android Auto

Volvo’s futuristic performance brand Polestar released the first teaser image of its second car this week (seen above). The aptly named Polestar 2 will be Volvo’s first all-electric car, and has specs (on paper, at least) that match up with some of the best EVs that are about to hit the road. It will also...
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Google in 2018: a retrospective

These days, it’s impossible to look anywhere in the tech world without seeing Google’s fingerprints. This was definitely still true throughout 2018 – even Microsoft conceded to Chrome’s web browser dominance.  However, with all the news that’s constantly flying around the internet about Google, it can be hard to pinpoint the year’s most pivotal moments....
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Google’s Marketing of Children’s Apps Misleads Parents, Consumer Groups Say

Google has come under mounting scrutiny for its promotion of children’s apps in its Play store. In April, cybersecurity researchers reported that more than half of about 6,000 free Android children’s apps they tested shared personal data in ways that may violate the children’s privacy law. In September, the attorney general of New Mexico filed...
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New Google Campus Accelerates Tech’s March Into New York

Google has expanded quietly and has not asked for public subsidies. “We’ve been growing steadily for the past 18 years without heralding trumpets, or asking for support from the government,” William Floyd, Google’s head of external affairs in New York said this month. “We’ve done it by the dint our own work.” Still, Google has...
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New Zealand Official Blasts Google for Publishing Name of Murder Suspect in Trending Newsletter

A vigil for Grace Millane, a British backpacker that went missing in early December in New Zealand.Photo: Hagen Hopkins (Getty Images) The government of New Zealand “admonished” search giant Google for publicizing the name of a man charged in the killing of backpacker Grace Millane in Auckland, with justice minister Andrew Little demanding that the...
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Google is adding screen time limits and other parental controls for Chromebooks

Google strengthens its Family Link controls on Chromebooks. (Photo: Google) Hey parents, Google is strengthening parental controls on Chromebooks. The company announced updated Family Link features to help you get a better handle on what your kids are doing on Google’s cloud-based computers and to impose time limit and bedtime restrictions on when they can use the...
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Sundar Pichai, Google’s C.E.O., Testifies on Capitol Hill

“This committee is very interested in what justifies filtering,” Mr. Goodlatte said. “Given the revelation that top executives at Google have discussed how the results of the 2016 elections do not comply with Google’s values, these questions have become all the more important.” Mr. McCarthy is among several Republican members who have made online political...
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Google has huge plans for its home city — here’s a look at the massive development

<!– –> MENUSEARCH QUOTES Tech Google just revealed its vision for a massive development in its home city of Mountain View, California, outlining plans for a combination of office, retail, public and residential space. The documents, published late Friday, center on the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, and include 3.12 million square feet of...
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US general has a question for Google: Why will you work with China but not us?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to testify before Congress next week, and he’ll potentially face questions on a number of thorny issues ranging from perceived search engine bias to Google’s interest in developing a search engine for use in China that would be heavily censored there. To that latter point, a top US general...
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