Google now owns Fitbit

Google now owns Fitbit

Google has completed its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, more than a year after the deal was first announced. The EU approved the acquisition in late December, clearing the way towards Google’s ownership over what is perhaps the best-known brand out there for mainstream fitness-tracking devices.

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Google confirms plans for new Nest Cam lineup this year

Google confirms plans for new Nest Cam lineup this year

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is no longer available to buy, Google has confirmed to 9to5Google, after the site noticed that the camera was out of stock in most countries around the world.

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Google workers have formed a union

Google workers have formed a union

A group of 226 engineers and other Google workers have formed a union, according to an article and opinion piece in the New York Times. Called the Alphabet Workers Union, it is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America and was organized in secret over the last year or so.

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Google and Qualcomm are working together for faster Android updates

Google and Qualcomm are working together for faster Android updates

Qualcomm and Google have announced they’ll be working to expand Project Treble, Google’s ambitious multiyear project that aims to simplify OS updates so it’s easier for device manufacturers to upgrade phones and tablets to new Android versions without worrying about Qualcomm’s chipset-specif

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How to Export Your Google Photos Library

How to Export Your Google Photos Library

Google Photos keeps your pictures and videos backed up online. But to save your moments in case of an accident or to free up cloud space, you should still periodically back up your Google Photos library locally. Here’s how to do that with Google’s export tool, Takeout.

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Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.

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Google Search will help you identify that song stuck in your head

Google Search will help you identify that song stuck in your head

Over a billion people every day use Google Search, the company said. Despite having worked on the software for more than 20 years, every day there are 15 percent of queries that Google has never seen before.

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Google Drive will start automatically deleting Trash files after 30 days

Google Drive will start automatically deleting Trash files after 30 days

Beginning on October 13th, Google Drive is changing its Trash policies. After 30 days, files that you’ve trashed will be automatically deleted. Until now, those files have been stored indefinitely, unless you manually and permanently deleted them from Trash.

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Google Maps will show wildfire boundaries in near real time

Google Maps will show wildfire boundaries in near real time

Type in the name of an ongoing wildfire into Google search, and the site will now bring up a map featuring a near-real-time boundary of the fire. Google revealed the feature today, which was piloted in California last year and will now be available across the US.

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Google’s overnight Gmail outage is finally over (updated)

Google’s overnight Gmail outage is finally over (updated)

Can’t send something on Gmail? If so then you’re in good company, ever since about midnight ET, people have been complaining about issues connecting to many of the G suite services, but especially Gmail.

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The Morning After: Google’s $350 Pixel 4a is the best midrange phone you can buy

The Morning After: Google’s $350 Pixel 4a is the best midrange phone you can buy

Google’s Pixel 4a will cost $350 and launches at the end of the month. After suffering from very detailed leaks as well as the company’s own preamble and teases, there wasn’t much left to the imagination — or press release, for that matter.

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Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history

Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history

Google parent company Alphabet warned in last quarter that it was expecting to see the impact of coronavirus in the second quarter results, and it was: the company saw its first revenue decline in its history. But it managed to beat Wall Street’s revenue expectations.

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Lenovo’s 7-inch Google smart display is on sale for $80 at Best Buy

Lenovo’s 7-inch Google smart display is on sale for $80 at Best Buy
While both smart screens have 7-inch displays, Lenovo’s model throws in both more powerful speakers as well as a camera with a privacy shutter and microphone mute button. You can use this for more than checking the weather or playing a YouTube video, in other words.
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Facebook now lets everyone export media to Google Photos

Facebook now lets everyone export media to Google Photos
You no longer have to wonder whether or not you can transfer Facebook pictures and videos to Google Photos. The company’s Alexandru Voica has revealed that everyone worldwide now has access to a tool that sends media to Google’s cloud service.
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