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The Original Gmail Was Garfield Mail

Back when a brand-new company called Google was getting its first trickle of angel investment from the likes of Jeff Bezos and others, early netizens could already use a service called G-mail in 1998. Mainly, it was used by fans of a certain obese, lasagna-loving cartoon cat. Read More >>

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Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome Tomorrow: Here’s What We Know

It’s been in the works for nearly a year and Google’s great ad-pocalypse is now upon us. On Thursday, the Chrome browser will begin to automatically filter out ads that don’t meet certain quality standards. Your browsing experience is about to change a little bit. Here’s what you need to know. Read More >>

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Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavours: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favour, so it’s worth paying some attention. Read More >>

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Google’s Pixel Buds are Finally Available in the UK

Google's Pixel Buds have been available over in the US and Canada for months now, but they're only just making their way to the UK Play Store - which is weird because I've had a review set lying around since at least November. So if you want a pair of earbuds that come with Google Assistant built in, you've got another option. Read More >>

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YouTube Red Will be Expanding to More Countries

YouTube Red launched in the US back in October 2015, and in the following couple of years it basically stayed that way. Over the next year or so it expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, but after December 2016 it just stopped - much to the frustration of anyone who wants to take advantage of the service here in the UK. Read More >>

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For Better or Worse, Google Is Apparently Getting Down With the Notch

Android Oreo hasn’t even landed on one per cent of Android Phones yet, but Google is already looking ahead to the next big update for the world’s most popular mobile OS. And if a report from Bloomberg is true, Android P could make it easier for phone makers to design devices with unusual displays. Read More >>

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Pixel Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Against Google Over Defective Microphones and Poor Service

Despite all the hype and hoopla for Google’s “first” homegrown phone, the Pixel was met with a lukewarm reception when it launched back in the fall of 2016. It wasn’t very pretty and it’s build quality wasn’t great either, and it often suffered from a host of issues. But the most frustrating of these problems was that a number of Pixels shipped with a defective microphone, which made it difficult for people to use their Pixel as an actual phone. Read More >>

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Prankster Swaps School’s Website With Porn Link on Google

This week, parents looking for information on their kid’s exams might have instead ended up with a lot of dicks in their faces. Read More >>

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Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as ‘Not Secure’

HTTPS, or the secure version of the ubiquitous Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as preventative measures go, however, it’s relatively cheap to implement and serves as a strong baseline before tackling other, more difficult issues. Read More >>

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Google Is Absorbing Nest and With It, Your Smart Home

Google is bringing Nest back into the fold. Nest, known for its slick thermostats and user-friendly security cameras, was acquired by Alphabet (then called Google) for $3.2 billion (£2.3 billion) in 2014. Since then the company has grown, according to Geekwire it has more than quadrupled its staff, and it’s rolled out a wide range of products, including cameras, an alarm system, and a smart doorbell. Now the company, which Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz claims has shipped over 11 million devices to date, is being brought back into Google, and that means Google is about to get a lot more intimate with your home. Read More >>

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Google’s Rumoured ‘Yeti’ Project Could Be Big For Game Streaming

Companies like Sony and Nvidia have tried to make game streaming a thing for years, so gamers can skip the download process entirely and instead stream games from the cloud. But only recently has the tech been good enough to make it feasible. Sony has PS Now, which can stream games over the internet to a PS4 or PC, while Nvidia’s GeForce Now service does the same thing for the company’s Shield devices or a modern computer with an Nvidia GPU. Read More >>

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Honestly, Facebook’s Coworker Dating Rule Seems Extremely Reasonable

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the company has a rule that employees can only ask out a colleague once, and, if rebuffed, cannot ask them out again. Read More >>

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Google’s Turning On the Pixel 2’s Visual Core Processor to Improve the Photos Your Apps Take

The Pixel had a very good camera, and Google aimed to continue that trend with the launch of the Pixel 2. One of the ways it did that was with enhanced HDR+, which was made possible with the Pixel Visual Core processor. The only problem was that it wasn't available to use in third-party apps, but that's finally changing. Read More >>

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The Latest Chrome OS Update Includes Another Patch to Combat Meltdown

In the wake of Spectre and Meltdown, every major computing company is scrambling to try to find a way to fix, or at least address, the widespread security vulnerabilities at hand. And while things haven’t been going great over in the Microsoft camp after the company had to pull its latest security patch, today Google is trying to shore up systems running Chrome OS with a new update, version 64. Read More >>

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Google Now Tells You How Airlines Are Screwing You Over with Fees and Delays

Google’s flight booking service just added two updates that could make transatlantic flying slightly less frustrating—or at least help you manage your expectations. Read More >>