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Pixel 2 vs Pixel 3: Should you upgrade?

By |2018-10-09T18:02:03-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

If you’re considering making the jump to Google’s newly announced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re a Pixel 2 owner eyeing greener pastures or a bargain type hunting for a last-gen smartphone that’s still top of the line, comparing new and old is often useful. On specs alone, the [...]

Hands-on with Google’s Pixel Slate

By |2018-10-09T18:02:02-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google unveiled a new lineup of devices today, including the Pixel Slate, a tablet that the company described as the next evolution of Chrome OS — but could also be seen as the company’s answer to both Apple’s iPad and Microsoft’s Surface. After the presentation, I had a chance to try the Pixel Slate for myself. [...]

Google ups the Pixel 3’s camera game with Top Shot, group selfies and more

By |2018-10-09T15:02:18-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

With the Pixel 2, Google introduced one of the best smartphone cameras ever made. It’s fitting, then, that the Pixel 3 builds on an already pretty perfect camera, adding some bells and whistles sure to please mobile photographers rather than messing with a good thing. On paper, the Pixel 3’s camera doesn’t look much different than its [...]

Google Lens comes to the Pixel 3 camera, can identify products

By |2018-10-09T13:05:50-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google Lens, the technology that combines the smartphone camera’s ability to see the world around you with A.I. technology, is coming to the Pixel 3 camera, Google announced this morning. That means you’ll be able to point your phone’s camera at something – like a movie poster to get local theater listings, or even look up [...]

Google unveils the Pixel 3 XL, with a 6.3-inch screen and an $899 price tag

By |2018-10-09T13:05:49-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

As part of this morning’s official unveiling of the Pixel 3, Google also announced its larger sibling, the Pixel 3 XL. The news wasn’t a surprise, given the photos that leaked months ago (something that Google itself acknowledged by kicking off the event with a little montage of videos responding to early details). And Engadget’s Richard [...]

Google’s Pixel phones will soon get mobile Smart Compose in Gmail

By |2018-10-09T12:23:42-04:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google today announced that its Pixel phones will soon get support for Smart Compose in Gmail. Smart Compose automatically finishes your sentences for you as you type, based on what Google knows about how you and others write similar sentences. Smart Compose can also auto-complete addresses for you. Google first launched this feature with its redesigned [...]

Here’s how Google is revamping Gmail and Android security

By |2018-10-08T14:56:16-04:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Eager to change the conversation from their years-long exposure of user data via Google+ to the bright, shining future the company is providing, Google has announced some changes to the way permissions are approved for Android apps. The new process will be slower, more deliberate, and hopefully secure. The changes are part of “Project Strobe,” a [...]

Facebook Messenger internally tests voice commands for chat, calls

By |2018-10-05T18:06:33-04:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Facebook Messenger could soon let you user your voice to dictate and send messages, initiate voice calls, and create reminders. Messenger for Android’s code reveals a new M assistant button atop the message thread screen that activates listening for voice commands for those functionalities. Voice control could make Messenger simpler to use hands-free or while driving, [...]