If you're looking for an Android smartphone you could do a lot worse than a Google Pixel. The company's handsets promise cutting-edge hardware and instant updates to all the latest software - but that doesn't mean they're perfect.
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A security researcher has discovered a new flaw in Google's Chromecast media streamer and google Home smart speaker that allows bad guys to connected gadgets to uniquely identify and, potentially, reveal precise physical locations. Using a technique called "DNS Binding", the researcher was able to use a simple script running in the background of a website to collect data about a network and then use Google's geolocation services to find where the device was based on local wireless networks.
Google Translate is an app that's been critical to my success when travelling in other countries. When you don't speak the language (or don't speak the language well) somewhere you're travelling, being able to quickly look something up, or speak into the phone to create a translation you can use to chat with that guy on the street can be a lifesaver.
It feels like every website today wants to send you notifications, regardless of how big or small they are. Visit a page in Chrome, for instance and you'll often see a dialog in the top-left asking you to allow notifications. If you're sick of seeing these, it is possible to rid yourself of them forever... or selectively, depending on your mood.
Google is such a powerhouse search engine that it has not only injected itself into our everyday lives, it's even a verb now.
But just because we Google things a lot doesn't mean that that we do it as effectively as possible. So here are some tips to help maximise and improve your Google search results.
Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL are doing the rounds and it's a case of good news and bad news. While the device isn't expected to hit the market until October - which means it could change a bit from what we're seeing today - it's clear Google has made some clear design decisions with the Pixel 3 XL.
Google Lens, once a Pixel-only feature, is now a part of the Google Photos app (or a standalone Android download). During Google I/O this year, Google announced a number of new features for Google Lens, and you can play with them on both iOS and Android right now - assuming your device now supports Lens in its Camera app (or the standalone Lens app, if it doesn't).
Last week, we reported on a leaked Google Pixel 3 XL screen protector that had an iPhone X-esque notch on top. Now, an alleged photo of the actual phone has appeared online - and that telltale little rectangle is plain as day. We're all going to have to get used to notches - they're here to stay.
We're still coming to terms with the ramifications of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you don't run a website, it's a lot less complicated. If you do... well, you might be surprised to learn it's not just the obvious things you have to worry about. Take something as simple as the fonts you use — if they're served via Google Fonts, you could be in breach.
The web's more media-heavy that it's ever been, with a great many sites serving images like Sanitarium Up & Gos out of the back of a Black Thunder. This isn't a problem until the image loading clogs up rendering of the rest of the page, causing your browsing experience to suffer. The good news is there's a Chrome flag you can enable to alleviate this.
How many times have you gone to share an interesting story (or comic) with a friend — a pretty standard process — only to find that the short URL you thought you were copying and pasting is actually one giant, messy paragraph of text. You can thank all the services and sites that append a ton of extra junk to URLs so they can have a better understanding of how you visited the site, what you've looked at and where you're going.
With its peerless camera, instant OS updates and sleek design, the Pixel 2 is arguably the best Android smartphone on the market. Today, the internet caught its first glimpse of the Pixel 3 - and it's looking quite different to its predecessor. It appears that an iPhone X-esque notch is coming to the Pixel family.
We could all use a little more time in the day, and your smartphone apps are here to help you. Plenty of the apps you use every day include handy timesavers that you might not have noticed yet, but fear not — we're here to point them out for you. Use these tricks to claw back some minutes or even some hours out of every day, time you can use for something more productive or enjoyable.
iOS: Earlier this year, Google teamed up with Nintendo to turn Google Maps into Mario Kart, replacing the app's usual location icon with a fist-bumping plumber riding a red go-kart. The crossover didn't last very long, but Google is now bringing back some of that magic with a new update to the Maps app on iOS.