Tag Archive: Google


Google still tracks your location even when you turn off Location History

Mother Google is always watching.

Google Maps is filled with all sorts of tools/features to help you navigate the world around you, one of which is something called “Your Timeline.” Your Timeline uses Location History to create a private view of your exact whereabouts on any given day, and while it’s a pretty neat feature, can be a bit much for privacy-conscious users.

You can disable this by turning off Location History for your Google account, but  [Read More…]

How to stop your Android phone from sharing your location with Google

All the settings you need to know when Google doesn’t need to know.

If you carry a cell phone — even a simple flip phone without any sort of real display — someone somewhere is tracking your location. Even if there is no SIM card inside, the phone is in constant contact with cellular towers as long as it’s turned on and one or more are in range. When you add some smarts to the mix and  [Read More…]

Report: Google will continue tracking you, even if you told it not to

We all know that Google tracks us. But what you don’t know is that the search giant will do so even after you’ve told it not to.

Google does give you the option to turn Location History off. Yet according to a recent paper, this act might not have the intended effect of wiping your tracks completely.

An investigation led by researchers at Princeton Universe and reported by the Associated Press revealed that Google services on Android continue to store  [Read More…]

Here is a list of all the Google Assistant speakers, headphones, and displays you can buy

When Google Assistant first made the leap from your phone to another device in 2016 your choice was simple. Either buy a Google Home speaker or nothing. Since then times have changed, and the product line has grown from speakers to headphones to even smart displays. There have never been more options than there are today with more always coming.

In the beginning, having just one speaker seemed like plenty but as time has gone on their uses have expanded  [Read More…]

The 4 best smart plugs for Alexa and Google Home

Save on your summer energy costs with the right smart plugs that work with both Google Home and Alexa.

Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers are so popular these days that we’ve crossed over from the early adopters to each finding a place within the mainstream culture. Both are functional if you’re like me you might not be convinced which assistant is right for you — that’s why I’ve got both Alexa and Google Home speakers set  [Read More…]

Google may soon let you run Windows 10 on Chromebooks using ‘Campfire’

Campfire — Google’s version of Apple’s Boot Camp — could be just on the horizon.

Google was discovered to be getting Windows 10 certification for its Pixelbook earlier this year, and thanks to the folks at XDA Developers, we now have more details on Google’s vision for bringing Windows 10 to not just the Pixelbook, but other Chromebooks as well through a new service called “Campfire.”

Similar to Apple’s Boot Camp, Campfire will allow users to have  [Read More…]

Google offering back-to-school deals on Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home

A great way to gear up for a new school year.

It’s already August, and that means people are well in the swing of buying the tech necessary for the upcoming school year. No matter the grade level, it’s basically a requirement that you have some sort of phone and/or laptop to get the most work done — and Google’s latest products are a great place to start.

To make the purchases a little bit more palatable,  [Read More…]

The Pixel 3 XL may be the first phone from Google I don’t want

“Stock” Android is what I want, but not like this.

People who know me also know that I’m a fan of Android the way Google builds it on its own phones. Anyone can build Android and is free to add or take away whatever parts they like, but the small additions that Google adds make Android something unique and awesome.

But later this year, I may not want to use a phone from Google.

It’s not the  [Read More…]

Google Play Store shrunk down app size by up to 65%, so you can install more on your device

You’ve might have noticed there’s a trend of Lite apps for Android devices. In recent times, a handful of major apps have released stripped-down, barebones alternatives to their original apps. These Lite versions allow users to save space on your phone because they weight next to nothing. They are also a lot faster to download.

At the same time, Google is also striving to cut the size of regular apps, in order to allow users to keep more on their  [Read More…]