Why Google caved to Australia, and Facebook didn’t
On February 16th, I wrote that Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code threatened to splinter the internet. On February 17th, the splintering arrived: Google cut a deal with News Corp.
Google Maps will now let you pay for public transportation and parking through its app
Google Maps is adding a couple of new useful features: the ability to pay for parking or buy a train ticket right from the app. Google Maps is integrating two mobile parking payment services into its app, Passport and ParkMobile.
Google Photos’ new video editor offers more control over footage
Now that Google has revamped Photos’ still image editing, it’s turning its attention to moving pictures. Google has overhauled the video editor in Photos for Android and iOS to give you much more control than the usual trimming, stabilization and rotation.
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Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android
Google is looking to develop an anti—tracking feature for Android similar to the one Apple is rolling out with iOS 14.5, according to Bloomberg. The tech giant is reportedly in the early stages of exploring how it can limit data collection and cross-app tracking for its mobile OS.
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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
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.
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
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
Google is now blocking the ads publishers sell if they don’t meet Google’s standards
On some recent business day, The New York Times sold an ad to a company.
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
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.
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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