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Google awarded patent on crazy 2-in-1 laptop design

Google patents a wild looking design that may show up in its next laptop. Back before it became a line of phones, the Chromebook Pixel line was known for setting an example of what a high end Chromebook would look like. The first model had a unique 3:2 aspect ratio, a high-resolution screen and an optional LTE model. That line culminated in the Pixel C, an Android convertible tablet. Since then, ASUS and Samsung seriously stepped up in the design department, with the Samsung Chromebook Plus using a 3:2 aspect…

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Bluetooth functionality now live for Google Home

Google Home adds Bluetooth functionality, allowing users to pair their phones to the smart speaker. While a lot of music services integrate Google Cast, not all do, particularly fan favorite music players such as Poweramp. While streaming music to an ordinary Bluetooth speaker would work fine with those apps, the Google Home did not work with any music service that did not integrate Google Cast. That changes today. Users can now pair Bluetooth devices to the Google Home, opening the speaker up to be used with any media application. Google…

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Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos

Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you’ll save a fistful of dollars, too. If you’re thinking about setting up a whole-house (or even just a single-room) streaming audio solution, Sonos systems are pretty much what you’ll find recommended by folks on the internet. They are easy to set up and the Sonos service offers a decent choice of streaming content providers. But the price tag — you’ll be spending hundreds per room for individual Sonos amps or speakers — can be tough to swallow. We’ve got…

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How to set up Google Home with multiple users

Google can differentiate between up to six Google accounts, making it easy for the whole house to use! Google Home works by recognizing your voice, letting you listen to music, add items to your shopping list and even check the day’s news. With multi-user support, that goes a step further allowing up to six different accounts to link to a single Google Home. This means that every account can receive personalized responses from Google Home to help them on their day. We’ve got the details on using Google Home with…

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Ok Google, make a hands-free call

Google Home now supports hands-free calling. One big missing feature from Google Home when it launched was the ability to make phone calls with the device. Google promised a whole slew of new features at this year’s I/O developer conference, one of which was the ability to make hands-free calls. That feature has now started rolling out to users. Redditor andybaseclef shared a video of him calling the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater using his Google Home. The LED lights on top of the device lit up just like any other…

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Best Car Chargers for Google Pixel

Keep your Pixel charged while out on the road. Here are our favorite USB-C car chargers. We’ve all been there (some of us more than others): You hop in your car ready to rev on the road and then you check your phone — it’s dying at a rapid pace! You’ve barely enough battery life to get to your destination. Well, that’s what car chargers are for, and if you’ve a Google Pixel, this next list should be particularly resonant for you. Here are some of the best car chargers…

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Google Pixel 2: Everything you need to know!

What do we want from the Google Pixel 2? A new, delicious version of Android will soon be upon us and if history is any indicator, not long after that we’ll have some brand new Google Pixel phones to look forward to. Up until recently, we thought this year’s crop was to be a fairly predictable update to last year’s — two devices built by HTC with improved specs and a newer version of Android. But things change. Here’s what we know so far about Google’s 2017 Pixel phones. Google…

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Google Search will now alert users to pollen levels

Google Search will now integrate pollen forecasts. Google Search has long been able to alert users of various weather conditions, from thunderstorms to flash foods and and everything in between. One more weather condition will be available for search starting today. Google has announced that users will be able to search for pollen levels near their location. I tried this on my OnePlus 3T by searching for both “pollen levels” and “pollen forecast.” All this displayed was a basic web search, so the feature has yet to fully roll out….

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Charlottesville Attack: Facebook, Reddit, Google And GoDaddy Shut Down Hate Groups

Following the Charlottesville attack which highlighted the surge of violence among the white nationalist groups in America, tech companies are looking at the ramifications of letting hate groups use their platform and services. After Go-Daddy de-registered domain of the racist site the Daily Stormer and gaming chat app Discord shut down the accounts associated with the attack, social networking sites Facebook and Reddit have started targeting hate groups. Both companies confirmed to CNET on Tuesday they would ban groups that violate their hate speech policies. The Charlottesville attack received widespread condemnation,…

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Google Allo has finally come to the web browser

Google Allo now has a desktop client, available from any web browser. Google’s Allo messaging client is nearing its first birthday, and the service is finally launching one of the biggest components of other messaging apps: a desktop client. I didn’t use Allo at all for the first nine months of its existence because I could not have my phone at my previous job, and no web interface meant I could not use the service during the day. Google teased a web interface back in February, but there wasn’t been…

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