The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are $300 off at B&H Photo

Updated 11:58AM ET, June 14th: B&H Photo’s deal is back, and it includes more phones this time around. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in “not pink” with 64GB of storage are $300 off, bringing prices down to $499 and $599, respectively. B&H Photo is offering a great deal on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL with 64GB of storage in the “not pink” color variant. Each are $300 off of their original prices, and the Pixel 3 starts at $499, while the Pixel 3 XL is $100…

The Google Pixel 4: everything we know so far

Google’s Pixel 4 is already official — sort of. Instead of dealing with the endless cycle of leaks that have plagued its recent phones, Google is taking a different approach this time: officially revealing the phone months in advance, tweeting out images of the back of the phone and revealing a new dual-camera image sensor. While we now know what it looks like, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the phone, and there will likely be plenty of news coming between now and when the phone goes on…

The Pixel 4 has already been photographed out in the wild

9to5Google has received a couple of photos of the upcoming Pixel 4, out in the world. Their tipster says the photos were taken in London and they confirm what Google had already shown with its tease earlier this week: there’s a big, square camera bump on the back. According to 9to5Google, the person who spotted the phone and snuck the photos also managed to get a glimpse of the front of the device, which reportedly did not have a notch but instead a large “forehead” with two cameras in it.…

Google Chrome 76 beta makes it harder to use Flash, easier to dodge paywalls

Google Chrome’s last big feature was dark mode in Chrome 73 and 74, and version 75 didn’t bring much of note, but Chrome 76, in beta today, has some sneaky features you may want to know about. While Adobe Flash won’t truly die till 2020 and has been blocked by every major browser in one way or another for several years now, Chrome 76 is taking it one step further. Not only are individual Flash items blocked by default, but now the entire browser feature is off by default as…

Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia hands-on: Why I can’t compare them yet

Cloud gaming is the undeniably industry-altering shadow looming over this year’s E3 video game conference. Paired with the rise of subscription services, the idea of running games from remote servers could not only change how they’re are played, distributed and sold, but even how games are developed, thanks to the promise of running software off the equivalent of multiple consoles strung together. The two frontrunners in the race are Google and Microsoft, two of the tech industry’s most powerful companies and two of the largest players in the existing cloud…

Google made a video game that lets you build video games

Google has created a video game called Game Builder that allows you to craft simple Minecraft-style games for yourself and others to play through. The game lets you drag and drop characters and scenery into an empty sandbox to construct your world, then use preset commands to string together how things interact. It’s free to play and available on both Windows and macOS. The game comes from Area 120, Google’s incubator for experimental projects (some of which have quickly disappeared, others of which have made their way into other Google…

Why I turned on iMessage

After years of refusing to turn on iMessage — even when I’m using an iPhone — I have flipped that little toggle button to on, and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll ever be able to turn it off again. The decision to use iMessage is super minor for the vast majority of people, especially in America where Apple’s messaging service has its strongest base of usage. But for me, it’s extremely consequential and sadly informative about the state of messaging in this country. My decision to flip on…

How to back up your Google Photos

So now that automatic synchronization between Google Photos and Google Drive is going away, how can you be sure that your photos and videos are being backed up safely? It’s actually pretty simple. Your photos can be backed up to Google Photos either via its mobile app or using Google’s Backup and Sync application for Windows and macOS systems. A couple of notes first. If you decide to remove the Photos app from your Android phone, the Backup and Sync will not automatically turn off, so you’ll want to turn…

The Pixel 4 is shaping up to be a Huawei Mate 20 Pro by Google

When Google announced its new interface gestures in Android Q, I got a sense of déjà vu, because I’d already seen them in Huawei’s EMUI. And when Google candidly revealed the rear of its upcoming Pixel 4 phone last night, I was again reminded of a Huawei product, this time the Mate 20 Pro of last year, which had the same square camera module filled with lenses. Combining the two together, I can’t help but feel that the stuff Google is cooking up for us in late 2019 will be…

Everything we think we know about the Pixel 4, from Google’s Pixel 4 reveal

Google decided to jump ahead of leakers today and post a very early photo of the Pixel 4. It’s a basic shot, just showing the back of the phone, but there’s a lot we can tell just by looking at it: it confirms this will be the first Pixel with dual rear cameras, it confirms that Google is significantly changing the Pixel’s design language, and it offers a handful of other details about what to expect from the phone. Here’s what we can see so far. Dual cameras Let’s start…

Why Google’s surprise Pixel 4 tease raises the stakes

Well that was unexpected. Just one day after we reported on the first Pixel 4 leaks, Google decided to mount a social media hype campaign by literally tweeting out an image of its upcoming Pixel 4. It was a savvy recognition of how the run up to phone launches actually work and an even savvier way to take advantage of that dynamic. It was also, I believe, a statement: The Pixel 4 is going to be unapologetically high end. That’s just my prediction, but if Google is smart it will…

Google and Apple are ushering in an era of ugly square phone cameras

Google’s official reveal of the Pixel 4’s design confirmed the leaks: much like Apple’s rumored iPhone 11, the Pixel 4 is set to feature a massive, square-shaped camera module on the back. With both Apple and Google now on board, it seems that giant, postage-stamp-sized camera bumps are officially set to be the latest design indignity that smartphone owners will be forced to suffer. The iPhone 11 (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) and Pixel 4 didn’t invent the giant camera bulge. Nokia in particular was once known for…

You can now use an Android phone as a physical security key for two-factor authentication on iOS

Google is expanding the ability to use an Android phone as a physical two-factor authentication security key to include iOS devices (the feature previously launched in April, but only worked with Chrome OS, macOS, or Windows 10), as noted by 9to5Mac. Due to limitations on how iOS works, the process is slightly different here: instead of using Chrome to communicate with the device (as used for the PC versions), the Android phone links up with Google’s Smart Lock app instead. The net result is that once it’s all set up,…

This is Google’s Pixel 4

Google just tweeted an image of the Pixel 4, a smartphone that the company isn’t expected to ship until October. The tweet comes after renders of the device were published in recent days, revealing a change in design language from Google’s previous devices. The official image clearly shows at least two rear cameras and a third sensor. Developing… Source: The Verge

Here’s the letter Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to LGBTQ employees

In an internal email shared with The Verge, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube is taking a “hard look” at its harassment policies and will consult “many groups, including people who have themselves experienced harassment,” as well as Google employee resource groups. During a meeting on Tuesday, Pichai, YouTube product and design SVP Neal Mohan, trust and safety VP Kristie Canegallo, and chief diversity officer and head of employee engagement Melonie Parker met with representatives from the company’s LGBTQ groups. Topics discussed included what one employee called “the pattern…

Google is ending integration between Google Photos and Drive because apparently it’s too confusing

Google has long offered syncing between Google Photos and Google Drive, but it’s putting an end to that in the name of simplicity. “We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos,” Dan Schlosser and Jason Gupta, product managers for Drive and Photos respectively, wrote in a blog post today. There’s also an article for G Suite customers, since this decision affects all end users. When the change takes effect in July, photos…

How to transfer old Android apps into a new phone

Phone apps are funny things. You install ‘em with a couple of quick clicks from the Play Store, but you never actually see the associated files or have direct access to what’s downloaded. In the name of simplicity, our modern mobile operating systems have covered up the ugly inner workings of app installation and taken file handling out of our hands. By and large, that’s a positive. Most phone owners don’t generally need to see application files or know where such assets are located. But every now and then, an…

Google’s login chief would rather you use Apple’s sign-in button than keep using passwords

Apple shook up the world of logins last week, offering a new single sign-on (or SSO) tool aimed at collecting and sharing as little data as possible. It was a deliberate shot at Facebook and Google, which currently operate the two major SSO services. But while Google wasn’t happy about the veiled privacy jabs, the company’s login chief is surprisingly sunny about having a new button to compete with. While the login buttons are relatively simple, they’re much more resistant to common attacks like phishing, making them much stronger than…

Google fixes Android Q beta bootloop issue, resumes updates

Google has re-released Android Q’s fourth beta after fixing an issue that caused some Pixel devices to “bootloop,” meaning they were trapped in a constant reset state. The issue arose after some Pixel users tried to install the beta Over-The-Air. Writing on Twitter, Google said that all devices enrolled in the beta will now receive the new Beta 4 update, and that it has updated the downloadable images for developers. The incident is a good reminder to never install beta software on any hardware that you rely on as your…

Google is moving US-bound Nest production out of China, reports Bloomberg

Google is moving its production of US-bound Nest devices and server hardware out of China in order to avoid tariffs as high as 25 percent, reports Bloomberg. Production of motherboards heading to Google’s US data centers have moved to Taiwan, while Nest devices heading Stateside are now being produced in Taiwan and Malaysia. The moves are a response to increasing tensions created by the US-China trade war. The shift in geographies are meant to shore up Google’s bottom line. Tariffs have to either be absorbed directly by the companies or…

Pixel 4 rumors are heating up: motion sensing and a square camera bump

Google has been releasing Pixel phones in October for three years now, and so we’re expecting a Pixel 4 and a Pixel 4 XL this October too. Like clockwork, the leaks have begun, though at this early date it’s a little hard to nail down precise details with confidence. Still, there are a few pieces of information worth looking at, if only because the first set of rumors is plausible and the second set is weird — weird enough to be true. First, we have the traditional first leak for…

Google Stadia hands-on: near-flawless Doom Eternal running on a Chromebook

Google’s presence at the video game industry’s largest annual convention can be felt everywhere. The company doesn’t have a physical presence at E3 here in Los Angeles, not in the way large game publishers like Microsoft, EA, and Nintendo do. But its all-new cloud gaming platform Stadia is top of mind for attendees and companies alike, and it’s even finding its way into big news announcements. Yesterday, Ubisoft announced its new UPlay Plus subscription service would come to Stadia and, later on in the day, Square Enix announced its new…

HTC staggers on with a pair of forgettable midrange Android handsets

HTC has announced a pair of new smartphones for the Taiwanese market, the HTC U19E and HTC Desire 19 Plus, indicating there’s still a little life left in the company’s once dominant smartphone division. The HTC U19E is powered by a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, flanked by 6GB of RAM and a 3,930mAh battery, and has a dual camera setup on its rear consisting of a main 12-megapixel camera with a 20-megapixel telephoto lens. GSMArena reports that the HTC Desire 19 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset,…

The Google Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage is $350 off at B&H Photo

B&H Photo is offering a great deal on the Google Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage. Usually $999 for this configuration, it will only cost you $649.99 until supplies last, per Droid Life. This is the best price that we’ve seen for the unlocked phone, unless you’re a Google Fi subscriber and you took advantage of the recent sale where it was an impressively cheap $499. One big perk of this deal is that buying the phone through B&H Photo doesn’t require activation with a carrier, so it can…

Google Maps is testing a new safety feature for taxi passengers

Google appears to be testing a new safety feature for Google Maps that will alert you if your car or taxi deviates from its route by more than 500 meters (0.3 miles). The feature was first spotted by XDA Developers, and it appears to be exclusive to India for now. “Off-route alerts” can be found within the “Stay safer” menu; the menu is accessible after you’ve selected your destination but before you enter navigation mode. From the way Google labels the option, it’s clear that off-route alerts are meant to…

Waze on Android is getting the Google Assistant, too

Waze pioneered the idea of putting a lightweight social layer of reporting traffic and cops on a maps app. That made it super popular around the world — so much so that Google up and bought it in 2013. Since then, Waze features have crept their way into Google Maps from time to time, and vice versa. Today’s news is the second thing: there will now be a Google Assistant button (and “Hey Google” hotwording) on Waze now. Google put the Assistant right into Google Maps earlier this year —…

Google must face lawsuit alleging hiring bias against conservatives, judge rules

Google will have to face a California lawsuit accusing the company of bias against conservative job candidates as part of a legal challenge first brought against the company by James Damore, author of the infamous 2017 “Google memo.” Damore exited the lawsuit last year and entered arbitration with the company. But the suit, which argues Google’s hiring practices are biased against white and Asian people, conservatives, and men, will move ahead after surviving a dismissal motion from the company. In a statement, the law firm representing the plaintiffs said the…

Five ways Google could be vulnerable to a Justice Department probe

On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported that investigators from the Department of Justice will examine “Google’s business practices related to its search and other businesses.” It’s one of the biggest threats Google has ever faced from US regulators, but so far, we don’t know much about the case itself. The Journal’s description was open-ended, and the nature of Google’s business makes it vulnerable to antitrust challenges from a number of different directions. Google dominates the search market, but it also holds nearly 40 percent of the digital advertising market,…

Google walkout organizer quits company after alleged retaliation

One of the organizers of last year’s mass walkout of Google employees has left the company after saying she faced retaliation. Claire Stapleton helped bring together employees for the 20,000-person walkout protesting the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. In April, Stapleton and another organizer said they had faced retaliation from Google management and that the company had attempted to change their roles. Today, Stapleton announced in a Medium post that she left the company this week. She also published the internal post that she shared with employees announcing her…

Nokia’s strategy for breaking into the US market is to attack the low end

HMD Nokia is expanding the breadth of its smartphone lineup in the US today with the launch of the Nokia 3.1 A for AT&T and the Nokia 3.1 C for Cricket. The Nokia 3.1 A is the company’s first phone for AT&T’s network since HMD relaunched the brand in 2016, while the 3.1 C joins the larger 3.1 Plus from earlier this year on Cricket’s network. Targeted at the entry-level of the market, the phones are essentially identical in terms of specs and features. They have 5.45-inch, 720 pixel wide…