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RIP Google Hangouts, Google's last, best chance to compete with iMessage

RIP Google Hangouts, Google’s last, best chance to compete with iMessage

Today, November 1, 2022, Google Hangouts is scheduled for death. The phone app has been individually booting people off the service since July, but the last vestiges of Hangouts, the web app, will be shut down today. Hangouts was—for a brief period—Google’s best, most ambitious, most popular messaging effort, but 5 billion downloads later, Google …

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Android's iPhone?  Next joke!  Issues when switching to Pixel 7 make me rethink Google's promises

Android’s iPhone? Next joke! Issues when switching to Pixel 7 make me rethink Google’s promises

Switching from iPhone to Android or vice versa has always been a hot topic in the tech world – what you win, what you lose, what’s better, and what’s worse on each platform has been dividing opinions forever now. However, what if you’ve already decided to switch to Pixel and you’re coming from an iPhone …

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Google's Pixel Buds Pro and select Nest products are $50 off today at Wellbots

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro and select Nest products are $50 off today at Wellbots

Do you feel that? It’s Friday, and it’s time to take some good deal vibes into the weekend. Wellbots is currently discounting a bunch of great tech from Google, including the Pixel Buds Pro, Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, and the latest Nest Hub and Nest Mini — and frankly, they’re all bangers. First up …

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Google's Pixel Watch Is Great If You Want To Keep It Simple

Google’s Pixel Watch Is Great If You Want To Keep It Simple

The Pixel Watch is a gorgeous Fitbit tracker. Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo Google’s Pixel Watch is the Android smartwatch we’ve had waiting for a long time. It’s light, slim, and easy to wear, and its pebble-like construction matches everything. Some people might complain that its 41mm size is a little too small for Google …

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Netflix Announces Game Streaming Plans Three Weeks After Google's Attempt Blows Up

Netflix Announces Game Streaming Plans Three Weeks After Google’s Attempt Blows Up

Image: NurPhoto (Getty Images) In the wake of Google STadia’s recently announcedentirely inevitable collapse, launching a new streamed gaming service might seem a little brave. But then, if you’re Netflix, you’ve certainly at least got some of the infrastructure in place. The streaming giant has made clear its intentions to leap into this space. And …

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Google's Holographic Video Chat Feels Like the Opposite of VR

Google’s Holographic Video Chat Feels Like the Opposite of VR

Weirdly calming. Oddly immersive. Invisible? These weren’t the words I expected to come to my lips after sitting in a room for 30 minutes demoing Project StarlineGoogle’s prototype big-screen 3D video chat platform that’s now being tested in a few corporate offices outside of Google. Aside from a fist-bump that dissolved into pixels, it felt …

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Google's 3D video calling booths, Project Starline, will now be tested in the real world

Google’s 3D video calling booths, Project Starline, will now be tested in the real world

While Meta is trying to convince consumers to strap on its VR headsets to enter the metaverse, Google continues to experiment with a different sort of false reality: its holographic video chat project known as Project Starline. Announced last year, Project Starline is a video-calling booth that uses 3D imagery, high-resolution cameras, custom depth sensor …

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Even Google's Own Staff Thinks 'Incognito,' Its So-Called Private Browsing Mode Isn't All That It's Cracked Up To Be

Even Google’s Own Staff Thinks ‘Incognito,’ Its So-Called Private Browsing Mode Isn’t All That It’s Cracked Up To Be

Image: Fox It turns out even Google’s own workforce isn’t sold on the company’s claims around Incognito mode’s privacy protections. Employees reportedly cracked jokes about the feature’s inept, and potentially misleading privacy protections in recent years, with one marketing officer reportedly directly emailing CEO Sundar Pichai, basically begging him to make the product actually live …

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Google Pixel Watch Hands-On: Fitbit Makes Its Android Watch Debut

Pixel Watch Hands-On: Fitbit’s Wear OS Debut Highlights Google’s First Smartwatch

Google’s $350 (£339, AU$549) Pixel Watch is the first smartwatch to come directly from the company following years of developing the Wear OS operating system that powers other smartwatches. It’s also the first Wear OS smartwatch to feature Fitbit’s fitness tracking, which has been long awaited ever since Google’s acquired Fitbit. Making its debut at …

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