Tag Archive: Uses


Should I be concerned that my kids’ school uses Google Chromebooks?

What does Google collect when a student uses a Chromebook and what does it do with it afterwards?

There are millions of Chromebooks being used to educate our children and questions about student privacy in the Google ecosystem are natural. Google’s core business is collecting user data in order to target relevant advertisements and using a Chromebook almost requires one to have a Google account as do Google’s apps and services. Knowing what Google is doing when  [Read More…]

IKEA Place uses Google ARCore to let you virtually shop for furniture

Furniture shopping just got a lot more fun.

Since the launch of Google’s ARCore, we’ve been seeing a lot of ingenious implementations for it. On one hand, you can get up close and personal with tanks from WWII. On the other hand, you can see how IKEA furniture will look in your home before buying it.

This week, IKEA announced that it’s bringing its IKEA Place app to Android. The app was first available on iOS, but  [Read More…]

Vivo announces ‘Super HDR’ that uses AI for better smartphone pictures

The new tech has a dynamic range up to 14 EV.

Vivo’s been experimenting with a lot of cutting-edge technology this year with phones like the X20 Plus UD and Apex, and it’s shifting its focus on photography with the recent announcement of its new “Super HDR” platform.

Super HDR is supposed to be an upgrade over the current HDR shooting modes found in most smartphone cameras these days, and to do this, Vivo says it’s harnessing  [Read More…]

Chromebooks in the workplace: How one non-profit uses Chrome OS to get things done

Chromebooks and “real” work? It’s possible, even in the enterprise.

Despite its first impression, Chrome OS is great in the workplace. Every type of business needs access to email, internal sites for company announcements, calendars, and other basic tools. For the longest time, Windows has dominated the business landscape, but increasingly Chromebooks are challenging that notion.

During the weekdays, I work for a non-profit focused on mental and behavioral health. We have offices in a few counties  [Read More…]

On Valentine’s Day, remember that Google doesn’t care if your significant other uses an iPhone

Personal interactions shouldn’t be limited by smartphone platforms.

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, a few of us here at Android Central were thinking about how we keep our digital lives in sync with our significant others and family members. We all have different apps and services for shared files, photos, notes, calendars and to-do lists — but one thing we kept coming back to was that using Google apps and services is a great way to keep your digital lives  [Read More…]

Wireless Power 301: What Modern Dad uses in the car!

If you’re not using a wireless car mount to charge your phone on the go, you’re working way too hard.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t always sold on the idea of having a wireless charger in my car. At my desk is one thing — I’m constantly getting up and moving around need to take my phone with me, so not having to plug and unplug is great. But in the car? The phone is stationary. I’m not going to  [Read More…]

The Matrix Power Watch X uses your body heat to power itself

There’s no denying that smartwatch battery life is a hot topic. A quick look at the web will reveal there’s a huge amount of complaining going on with regards to smartwatch battery life being sub-par, in general. Most smartwatches out there can barely get through a full day’s use, but Silicon Valley materials company, Matrix […]

This is the Google Clips, a camera that uses AI to take photos

Google has introduced its Clips camera, a standalone device for recording interesting moments.

Aside from launching its new speaker, laptop, earbuds and of course smartphones, Google had one more thing to show the audience at the end of the day: the Google Clips.

One problem with recording something on your smartphone is that it’s difficult to do that while also staying in the moment. Google Clips aims to combat this: this camera can be placed down or  [Read More…]

Google Photos now uses AI to automatically create photo books for you

In the latest update to Google Photos, the app will now automatically create photo books based on past trips, events, and more.

At Google I/O this past May, Google introduced a lot of new features for Photos. While Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries made sharing photos with friends considerably easier from phone to phone, Photo Books added a greatly appreciated physical touch to all of our digital memories. Today, Google announced that it’s bringing some of its suggested sharing  [Read More…]

Siri now uses Google to search instead of Bing

Bye bye, Bing — Apple is now using Google as its default for Siri and Spotlight web search results.

Yes, it has finally happened. According to a statement released by Apple today, now when you ask Siri a question and it falls back on a web search, the default search engine used will be Google instead of Microsoft’s Bing. The company had the following to say about the change, citing the consistency of search results as the reason behind  [Read More…]