Google Photos now has the ability to search for text in images

Google is making it much easier to look for specific images with text through its Photos app. Over the years, the tech giant released various object recognition features powered by Google Lens for its backup application, so it doesn’t end up a photo dump where you can’t find anything anymore.

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Thousands of Android apps can track your phone — even if you deny permissions

When you explicitly tell an Android app, “No, you don’t have permission to track my phone,” you probably expect that it won’t have abilities that let it do that.

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Google Assistant update rolling out to Sonos One, Beam

As confirmed last week, Google Assistant is finally coming to Sonos speakers after being delayed last year. A software update rolling out today will allow users to say “Hey Google” to issue commands, ask questions, and control their Assistant smart home on the Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

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Google Assistant rolls out to several Bose speakers and soundbars

With help from the Google Assistant, you can customize your entertainment at home with just your voice: ask the Assistant to play your favorite part of a song, pause the game on your Chromecast-enabled TV to grab some snacks or dim the lights before the movie starts.

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Google Pixel 3A review: A cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great rear camera

Google is trying its hand at something new. Its signature phone, the Pixel, is jumping into the midrange market with the Pixel 3A and 3A XL. At $399 and $479 (£399 and £469 in the UK, and AU$649 and AU$799 in Australia), the handsets are essentially reworked Pixel 3 ($699 at Walmart) phones.

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Meet Google Fi, the new kid on the block for cellular service

It’s called Stadia. Time, Time Go ahead – name some big companies offering cellular service. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint probably came to mind. Now you can add Google to that list.

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Google Duplex is now live on all Android devices and iPhones

During Google I/O 2018, it’s safe to say that Google Duplex — the feature that enables the Google Assistant to call restaurants and make reservations on your behalf — stole the entire show.

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Google found it was underpaying men more than women

In an effort to address wage equity among women and members of minority groups, Google studied its own practices as it does every year. But the results showed the company was underpaying more men than women for doing similar jobs, The New York Times first reported Monday.

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Android Messages gets Google Assistant suggestions

Google Assistant is coming to Android Messages, one in a series of major updates introduced today at the start of Mobile World Congress Barcelona. Contextual integration of Google Assistant will be made available in Android Messages over the course of the coming months.

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How to Completely Google-ify Your iPhone

Maybe you’ve got yourself some Apple hardware, but you prefer Google’s apps and services, or maybe you just find Google a less scary Big Brother in your iPhone than Apple (though both companies should inspire concerns about privacy)—to what extent can you live the Google life on your iPhone? W

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6 reasons to get a Google Home for your grandparents

Anyone who’s watched an older family member struggle to navigate their smartphone might completely write off the idea of gifting them a smart speaker. But Google Home ($99 at Walmart) speakers and other smart options aren’t just for the generations who grew up on the internet.

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Google ships final Android O beta before official launch

“You won’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on Android O. Google has posted its fourth Developer Preview for the mobile operating system, and it’s the last beta you’ll see — after this, the next stop is the finished version that will reach everyday users. This release candidate is really just a dry run for the official launch, with all the features and behavior intact.”  …

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Weekend poll: Do you have a Google Home?

So, how many of you have picked one up? Do you use it? For what? Vote in the poll, and discuss in the comments below.


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Thousands of Fake Google Maps Listings Redirect Users To Fraudulent Sites

Thousands of Fake Google Maps Listings Redirect Users To Fraudulent Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer:
Tens of thousands of fake listings are added to Google Maps each month, redirecting users to fraudulent websites selling phony or overpriced services, or are part of some referral scam. Researchers say that 74% of these abusive listings were for local businesses in the U.S. and India, mainly in pockets around certain local hotspots, especially in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Houston, or Los Angeles. In most cases, the scheme was simple. A customer in need of a locksmith or electrician would search Google Maps for a local company. If he navigated to the website of a fake business or called its number, a call center operator posing as the business’ representative would send over an unaccredited contractor that would charge much more than regular professionals. If a customer’s situation were urgent, the contractor would often charge more than the initial agreed upon price. Researchers said that 40.3% of all the listings for fake companies they found focused on on-call services, such as locksmiths, plumbers, and electricians, and were for customers who were desperate to resolve issues. Further, overall, operators of fake listings managed to hijack 0.5% of Google Maps’ outbound traffic for the studied period