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How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone

Getting iPhones to play nice with Windows can be a challenge, but so can getting Android to play nice with Macs — and it’s that second setup we’re going to tackle here. Read on to find out how to get all your apps working together and your files seamlessly synced between a Google-powered phone and an Apple-powered computer. Read More >>

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Looks Like Facebook is Getting Serious About Making Its Own Chips

It’s been rumoured for months that Facebook might be interested in building its own, in-house processing chips. Now it appears the social network company is really going for it. Bloomberg reported Friday that Facebook managed to snag one of Google’s top silicon engineering directors to head up its own efforts in the field. Read More >>

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Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to inherit a social media account in the same way that they might inherit a box of letters. Read More >>

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Google is Reportedly Looking to Take Over Call Centres With Its Duplex AI Assistant

When Google introduced Google Duplex, its AI assistant designed to speak like a human, the company showed off how the average person could use the tech to save time making reservations and whatnot. What wasn’t touched on was the possibility that Duplex may have a use on the other side of the line, taking over for call centre employees and telemarketers. Read More >>

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This Neural Network Instant Camera Turns Everything You Shoot Into Cartoon Doodles

Photographers who still shoot on film claim they like the lo-fi, grainy aesthetics of the medium. But by that logic, they should be throwing hundreds of dollars at Dan Macnish who created a custom instant camera that converts what the camera’s lens sees into crude, stick figure doodles. Read More >>

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How the New Android Messages Actually Compares to iMessage

Google’s messaging options are a mess, and it just rolled out a new tool to muddy the waters even further: Android Messages, but on the web. It gives you access to your Android SMS chats through a web browser, and lets you send and receive messages. So does it make life any easier for those in Google chat purgatory? And does it get Google any closer to catching up with the likes of iMessage and WhatsApp? Read More >>

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Google Says It Doesn’t Go Through Your Inbox Anymore, But It Lets Other Apps Do It

Millions of people use third-party apps in conjunction with their Gmail accounts, and hundreds of millions of messages flow through the service on a regular basis. Last year, Google itself vowed to stop scanning users’ personal emails for data-driven advertising gold but it reportedly is still giving outside apps the ability to snoop through inboxes. Read More >>

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Apple Maps Is Reportedly Getting a Complete Overhaul

Even among the most die-hard Apple fans, the kind who swear by first-party apps like Safari, Apple Photos, and Messages, there’s still one app that often gets ignored in favour of something made by Google: Apple Maps. Read More >>

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Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Use Design to Trick You Into Handing Over Your Data, New Report Warns

Your favourite tech companies are trying to trick you into giving up your data, and a new study shows how they’re using design to do it. Read More >>

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Google Rolls Out New Internal Rules in an Effort to Fix Its Culture

Google rolled out new workplace policies and guidelines for internal communication last week, a response to employees who have pressed the company for months to address their concerns over workplace harassment. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the changes in a company-wide email that stressed the company’s effort to maintain its open culture while enforcing respectful communication among employees. Read More >>

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I Broke Google Duplex, But It’s Still Impressive

Among updates about new features coming to Android P, a new direction for Android Wear, and improved image recognition in Google Lens, the thing that really stole the show at Google I/O 2018 was Duplex, the automated phone service that can make a dinner reservation or an appointment at a hair salon without you ever needing to actually dial a number. Read More >>

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Leaked Renders Give Us Our Best Look at the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

It's probably going to be about three of four months before Google unveils the Pixel 3 and its XL counterpart to the world. But the leakers of the world don't worry themselves with such timelines, and we've already started seeing plenty of information about the upcoming Android flagships. The latest is a selection of renders, showing off the design both phones in full. Read More >>

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Google Earth Now Lets You Pointlessly Measure Distances and Areas, and We Couldn’t Be Happier

It’s Tuesday afternoon and Google has given you a reason to waste some of your precious workday in Google Earth. Read More >>

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Google Maps Cars are Now Being Used to Map London’s Air Pollution

London has a problem with air pollution, and as long as there are too many people living there it likely always will. A lot of that pollution is blamed on all the cars that never seem to stop clogging up the roads of the capital city, so it's a weird twist of fate that researchers are using some of those cars to map air pollution. Specifically, they're using the Google Maps cars that make a habit of driving around the entire city. Read More >>

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You’ll Soon Be Able to Sponsor Your Favourite YouTube Creators

Fans of popular YouTube personalities will soon have a new way to show their support for their favourite creators. YouTube announced Thursday several new tools for YouTubers to generate revenue, including a Channel Memberships feature that will allow viewers to subscribe to channels for a monthly fee. Read More >>