Google hasn’t done so well in the messaging world while trying to compete with things like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp. Their new attempt is called Allo, presumably pronounced with a bad impression of a British accent. It comes with a host of smart features like suggested replies, which Inbox users might be familiar with. The new Google Assistant is also built in, helpfully suggesting things like restaurants based on the context of your conversation. You can also adjust text sizes on the fly, for when you really need to get the point across. If the app sounds interesting, you can pre-register to be notified when it comes out here. … [Read more...] about All the Important Stuff Google Announced at I/O 2016 Today
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And Google isn’t ambiguous about what it offers. The second sentence on the Google One pricing page is the following: “All Google Accounts include 15 GB of storage for free.” It’s the word “include” that’s killing your extra storage. I suppose Google could make this clearer by showing that you’re really paying for [plan] minus 15GB, but I think that would be a lot more stressful for non-techies to understand than simply rolling everything up into happy round numbers. … [Read more...] about Is My Google One Storage Plan Ripping Me Off?
Bryson Meunier, a Chicago-based SEO marketing professional, filmed a bizarre interaction with one the search giant’s friendly robot obelisks earlier today. After Meunier asked what his day “was like,” Google’s knowledge cylinder responded with the current time, local weather, and information about his commute—before launching into a 15-second ad for Beauty and the Beast complete with musical accompaniment and sound effects. … [Read more...] about Google Home Now Includes Unsolicited Ads From Your Friends at Walt Disney Pictures [Update]
If the purpose of these firings and policy changes is truly, as all four suspect, to chill dissent within the company, there’s every reason to believe it will backfire. In October, the company’s massive satellite office in Zurich, Switzerland, set up a mass meeting with representatives from the union syndicom. When management found out and tried to cancel the meeting, Swiss Googlers simply attended anyway, in Google’s office space as originally planned—albeit somewhat more annoyed than before. And according to Duke, these abrupt firings are having a similar effect, and organizing within Google is continuing in earnest. … [Read more...] about Fired Google Organizers Accuse Tech Giant of Acting Unlawfully
The phone “will stay premium” according to Osterloh’s interview with Android Pit, and that lines up with other rumors about the device. The most exciting is Google’s recent investment in LG Display that many believe is an indication the Pixel 2 will have a curved OLED screen. With all of this said, we probably won’t learn anything else at the conference. … [Read more...] about Google I/O 2017 Is Coming: What to Expect From the Future of Android, Chrome, and More
One of the easiest ways of getting your carefully crafted presentation up on the big screen is via a Chromecast dongle on your network. Click the drop-down menu next to Present, then choose the Present on another screen option, then pick your device from the list. … [Read more...] about 18 Quick Tricks for Google Docs