Tag Archive: Google


Google Currents will finally replace Google+ in July

Google+ is finally shutting down for good.

What you need to know Google Plus is finally shutting down and being replaced with Currents. The service had migrated to be an enterprise exclusive one in 2019. Currents is rolling out from July 6.

After being shut down in 2018 and shunted into the enterprise, Google+ is finally shutting down for real next month (via The Verge) as Google replaces the service with a new Currents app (not to  [Read More…]

Google tests ‘query tiles’ for Chrome on mobile

Query tiles could speed up searches for common terms.

What you need to know Google is testing query tiles in Chrome. Query tiles are little search chips on the home page of the browser, serving as search shortcuts for popular topics. Search app users may find that they already exist in some form on the Google Discover feed.

Google is testing query tiles in the canary and developer versions of the Chrome browser, a new feature that  [Read More…]

Latest Google Pixel 4a leak hints at wireless charging support

The Pixel 4a could be Google’s first affordable phone to offer wireless charging.

What you need to know Pixel 4a renders published by case maker ESR suggest the phone will arrive with wireless charging support. The renders also reveal a square camera module and a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4a on July 13.

Google’s upcoming Pixel 4a is expected to be the first major rival to  [Read More…]

Facebook’s photo transfer tool to Google Photos is now available globally

Facebook’s photo and video transfer tool is now available globally.

What you need to know Facebook’s new photo transfer tool is now rolling out to users around the world. The tool lets you easily transfer all your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos. Facebook had launched the photo transfer tool in Ireland last year, as part of the Data Transfer Project.

In December last year, Facebook began testing a new photo transfer tool to allow users  [Read More…]

Easily move those old pics off of Facebook and into your Google Photos

This new tool fixes the pain of switching all of your photos over.

If you’ve been on Facebook for more than a few years, you probably have loads of photos and videos that only exist there. They likely even predate your Google Photos, Dropbox, or OneDrive accounts. Sure, you could download all of your data, fish through it to find your photos, and start re-uploading them, but what a colossal pain! Thankfully now there is a tool  [Read More…]

Review: Get Packed on Google Stadia is an enjoyable, but shallow experience

Get ready to move out.

Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service that recently got a launch exclusive called Get Packed. Get Packed is a couch co-op experience all about moving out of your apartment. Oddly enough, it manages to capture the chaos by using physics-based controls for up to four players. If you love games like Octodad and QWOP, you should check this one out.

Help them move out Get Packed

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Make the Google Assistant more accessible with Action Blocks

Whether you want to set up some simple automations for an elderly family member, help out a friend with cognitive disabilities, or you just want to make an “easy button” for your mom to turn on her smart lights, Google’s Action Blocks are here to the rescue. We’ll show you how to enable the app and quickly create Action Blocks that can serve as useful shortcuts for Google Assistant tasks.

Products used in this guide Easy automator: Google  [Read More…]

Google warns against installing Android 11 DP4 on phones running June patch

To install DP4 on your device, you will have to flash the DP4 system image instead.

What you need to know Google has warned users against sideloading Android 11 Developer Preview 4 on devices running the Android 10 June 2020 update. If your Pixel phone is running the June 2020 patch, you will have to flash the Android 11 DP4 factory image instead. While the exact reason hasn’t been specified, Google says doing so could “cause device  [Read More…]

Google will donate $12 million to organizations tackling racial injustice

Googlers will also be holding an 8 minute 46-second long moment of silence at 1:00 PM PDT.

What you need to know Google has pledged $ 12 million to organizations tackling racial injustice. The company has already pledged $ 1 million to the Center for Policing Equity. Googlers will also be called to hold an 8 minute 46-second long moment of silence later today.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai today commented on the protests in the United States  [Read More…]

Here’s how to use Google Maps without any sort of internet connection

I’ve been on many a trip where I didn’t have a good cell signal or Wi-Fi, and really needed to know where I was going. Thank goodness that Google Maps allows you to download maps of broad areas for offline use. You can also have them update with the latest information when you are back online. This little tip is also handy if you’re in an area with congested cell signals, risk of low or no signals, or  [Read More…]