Tag Archive: Google


Google Assistant gains new abilities that let you set music alarms, look up TV schedules

The Google Assistant is keen on taking as big a role in your life as possible, and to that end, Google keeps pouring new features into the app. And the latest ones added are the ability to set alarms to music and look up TV scheduled. Google made the announcement via a blog post in […]

Google Assistant lets you set songs as alarms and look up TV schedules

These two new features are rolling out to users now.

The Google Assistant is something I’ve come to be quite fond of, and thanks to my Google Home and Pixel 2, I’m using it more now than ever before. There are two new features coming to the Google Assistant, and they allow you to link music to alarms and ask about upcoming TV shows.

Starting with the former of the two, this is something that Amazon just  [Read More…]

Google says device shipments more than doubled in 2017, passed $100 billion in annual revenue

Google made a heap of cash in 2017.

Google is huge, and as you’d expect, pulls in money from a lot of different sources. The company just shared its latest financial report that showcases numbers for its performance in Q4 and all of 2017, and there’s a mixture of growth and loss.

Looking at Google’s total revenue in 2017, the company made $ 110.9 billion – an increase of 23% compared to its total earnings in 2016.  [Read More…]

Google Flights now predicts delays and makes sense of cheaper tickets

Google’s two new tools should make flying suck just a little less.

Although I’ve yet to have a bad experience while flying, the same can’t be said for many of my friends and colleagues. Google Flights is one of the better tools around for booking and managing your flights, and it’s picking up a couple new tools that make it even more enjoyable to use.

First off, Google Flights will now predict whether or not an upcoming  [Read More…]

Google Assistant may soon get customizable hot words

You could name your Google Assistant Bob, Mary, or anything else you’d like.

Before the Google Assistant came about, one of the best voice assistants on Android came from Motorola with Moto Voice. Moto Voice was able to search the web and perform basic actions, and starting with the 2nd-generation Moto X in 2014, Motorola allowed you to use whatever hot word you’d like to get Moto Voice’s attention. Now, it looks like Google Assistant may finally get something  [Read More…]

Google removed over 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store in 2017

99% of abusive apps were removed before users could install them.

There are a lot of excellent apps and games to be found on the Play Store, but to no one’s surprise, it can also be home to some bad seeds, too. There were quite a few reports of malicious Android apps all throughout last year, but new numbers from Google reveal that things could have been a lot worse.

In just 2017 alone, over 700,000 malicious  [Read More…]

Google has officially completed its $1.1 billion HTC deal

All the pieces are in place to make the Pixel 3 as awesome as possible.

A few days before Google unveiled the Pixel 2 at its October hardware event, it was announced that the company would be spending $ 1.1 billion to acquire around 2,000 HTC employees to beef up its hardware division. A little over four months since this deal was announced, Google’s confirmed that it’s been completed.

Google worked closely with HTC’s hardware talent during  [Read More…]

Google introduces Bulletin: Makes everyone a reporter

Google has launched an app that allows you to tell your own story by capturing photos, videos, and text from your phone to post publicly. Bulletin by Google is a way for everyone to be their own reporter without the need for a dedicated website or medium. Instead, anyone can build a story using information […]

We need restrictions on government surveillance, not limits on Google Assistant or Alexa

We all want to preserve our civil liberties, so let’s tackle the real offenders instead of Assistant and Alexa.

Last week, Ava Kofman wrote an interesting yet terrifying piece in The Intercept about Voice RT. You’ve probably never heard of Voice RT before because it’s been one of those things the U.S. Government does in secret; in this case, it was developing technology that can positively identify someone by the sound of their voice. Be sure to  [Read More…]

Google launches Bulletin app for sharing hyperlocal news

Launching first as a limited pilot in Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA.

There’s no shortage of sources to turn to if you want to get your fix of national news, and depending on the size of the town/city you live in, chances are there are a few stations at your disposal for local news. However, if your town is like mine, local news channels often talk about things going on quite a few miles from where you actually live.

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