Stop Using the Chrome Web Store to Find Extensions

It sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out. If you’re looking for a new browser extension to try, or you want to download one that has been recommended to you, stop using the Chrome Web Store to look for it. Read More >>

Google Was Caught ‘Redhanded’ in Genius Lyrics Theft, But Judge Lets It Slide

Last year, the song lyrics web service Genius sued Google alleging that the tech giant has been ripping off its transcriptions for display in its own lucrative search results. It seemed like an open-and-shut case. Thanks to some crafty watermarking, it appeared that Google was caught dead to rights in the lyric thievery. But on Monday, the Copyright Act got in the way of Genius’s litigation dreams. Read More >>

Google Just Rolled Out a Slew of New Android Features

Ahead of the upcoming official release of Android 11, Google is pushing out a few updates to all Android phones (running Android 6 and above) and it includes some helpful updates to Android Auto, a new Bedtime mode to help you sleep better, enhanced emergency services, and improved accessibility for people with limited vision. Read More >>

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Google Maps Finally Found its Way Back to the Apple Watch

After three long years the prodigal son has returned. Google just announced that Google Maps is coming back to the Apple Watch. It’s also adding support for the Apple CarPlay Dashboard. Read More >>

Google Again Delays Kill Date for Chrome Apps, Which Are Somehow Still Around

Google is giving its little-used Chrome apps functionality – which many users might not even remember exists – a reprieve from its execution date. Read More >>

Google Takes Aim at Stalkerware (and Misses)

When most of us think of companies paving an uncompromisingly ethical path into the future, we’re not thinking about Google. Even when the company does seem to actually give a shit about surveillance, moves to keep our private lives private could just as easily be construed as something it does for market power, rather than our personal well-being. Read More >>

Report: Google Made a List of Words Its Employees Shouldn’t Say

The Markup has obtained internal memos from Google, dating back to at least 2019, with lists of bad words employees should never use, or else Google has to put a billion dollars in the antitrust swear jar. Rather than We will strip the meat from Yelp’s bones and throw its lifeless carcass into our search results, for example, employees should say Users choose our products and services because our products and services are great, not because we force them to. Read More >>

A Foldable Pixel Could be Coming, According to a Leaked Document

We're still a way out from the launch of the Pixel 5, but obviously the phone business doesn't just look a few months ahead. No doubt there are years of Pixel devices in the pipeline, and apparently one of them is a foldable device codenamed 'passport'. Read More >>

Google Pays £343 Million to Be a Part of the ADT Family

Since buying Nest back in 2014, Google hasn’t been shy about turning the hardware company into one of the biggest names in home security. Now, the company’s moving to bolster those security chops even more with the help of the home-automation giants over at ADT. Read More >>

Google Play Music Will Officially Be Dead by December, but It Will Stop Working Long Before That

I need you to sit down. Take a few deep breaths. This news will be tough to hear, but it will be alright with time. I promise you we’ll get through this together. Read More >>

Android’s Alternative to Apple’s AirDrop Is Called ‘Nearby Sharing’ and It’s Rolling Out Today

With the launch of Android 10, Google quietly removed Android’s previous local file sharing feature when it dropped support for Android Beam. But starting today, Google is finally ready to release Android Beam’s replacement: Nearby Sharing. Read More >>

Dark Sky’s Android and WearOS Apps Are Officially Dead

Well, Android friends, it’s time to say a final goodbye to Dark Sky. Read More >>

The Pixel 4a Is Perfect Smartphone Simplicity

As smartphones continue to get more sophisticated and more expensive, there’s a question that becomes increasingly relevant: How much phone do you actually need? Features like a built-in stylus, a foldable screen, and wireless charging are certainly nice to have, especially when they’re built into the same device you use to text, shop, watch videos, or pay your bills. Those features are also luxuries. But on the Pixel 4a, it feels like Google is trying to make a statement about what should be considered essential smartphone tech. You get a single flat screen, a camera in the front, a camera in the back, a fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack for £350. If the Pixel 4a is supposed to be the essence of smartphone simplicity, I think Google nailed it. Read More >>

Google Confirms the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 Are Coming This Year

Alongside the brand new Pixel 4a, after months of rumours and speculation, today Google is confirming the upcoming arrival of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5G sometime later this year. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About the Pixel 4a

After a few months of stalling, and hoping nobody notices the phone was due to be announced in May, Google has finally come around and told us all about the Pixel 4a. Because it's about time, and people were starting to get impatient. So before we lose you to the lures of the OnePlus Nord or some other mid-range device we haven't thought to recall, let's get all these details out of the way. Read More >>