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Google’s Fitbit acquisition is being criticized for privacy and competition concerns

Google’s Fitbit acquisition is being criticized for privacy and competition concerns

Google set out to acquire fitness company Fitbit in November of last year, but the deal hasn’t gone through all the required regulatory approvals yet. There have been concerns that the acquisition could lead to reduced competition and Google extending its apparatus of data-collecting for targeted advertisements, and now advocacy groups around the world are...

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Google’s Stadia Controller now works wirelessly with Android phones

Google’s Stadia Controller now works wirelessly with Android phones

When it began shipping last year, the Stadia Controller worked wirelessly on TVs hooked up to a Chromecast Ultra, but using it with any phone or laptop required it to be connected via USB-C cable, which doesn’t make for the most comfortable gaming experience. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability to connect wirelessly...

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Google’s dongle salaciously exposed in Android TV 11 preview

Google’s dongle salaciously exposed in Android TV 11 preview

Ever since shadowy reports about Sabrina, Google’s upcoming TV dongle, surfaced earlier this year, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what Google’s new vision for living room entertainment is going to look like. A leaked firmware image gave us some possible specs, and a bunch of new details, including a video of the...

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Download 265 ringtones, alarms, and notifications from Google’s Sounds 2.3

Download 265 ringtones, alarms, and notifications from Google’s Sounds 2.3

This story was originally published 2019/10/26 5:00am PDTon Oct 26, 2019 and last updated 2020/06/20 1:55am PDTon Jun 20, 2020.  The Sounds application, which comes pre-installed on Google’s Pixel devices, is stock-full of ringtones, alarms, and notification sounds for you to choose from. The app works on non-Pixel phones too, like the Galaxy S10, but...

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You can now deregister your phone number from Google’s RCS chat with an easy online form

You can now deregister your phone number from Google’s RCS chat with an easy online form

Last year, when Google first started rolling out its first-party RCS chat system, the company promised an easier way for folks to “deregister” their phone numbers in the event they switch platforms. Like iMessage, the system required a phone number-based registration, and that could mean missed messages if you forgot to disable the feature before...

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Keen from Google’s Area 120 is yet another AI-powered Pinterest wannabe

Keen from Google’s Area 120 is yet another AI-powered Pinterest wannabe

If you’re looking to get into a hobby or accomplish a goal, you might turn to places like Etsy and Pinterest for some inspiration. Google’s experimental Area 120 workshop launched an earnest attempt at becoming such a source mere days ago with Tangi. Now, that team has come together with the company’s People and Artificial...

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Google’s new Chrome extension lets you link to any text on a page

Google’s new Chrome extension lets you link to any text on a page

The internet would be nothing without links. They let us share everything from videos, to images, to articles. But what if you wanted to share a specific section of an article, or maybe highlight a sentence you found particularly impactful? Until now, that’s been relatively difficult. A new Chrome browser extension called Link to Text...

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