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Pay with Google connects your online purchases right to your Google account

The service is rolling out now with promising merchant support. It’s hard to believe that Google I/O was already more than four months ago, but time sure flies when you’re having fun and freaking out over screen burn-in issues. One of the announcements made at the developer conference this summer was “Pay with Google” – a new platform that aimed to simplify online purchases with your Google account. Updates on this service were pretty much nonexistent following their initial announcement, but today, Google is finally making it available for all…

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Does the Google Pixel 2 XL have a screen burn-in problem?

This isn’t a great sign. Consternation surrounding the display in the Google Pixel 2 XL is well known at this point, and to be honest most of it has been pretty overblown. But we have something new to talk about now: screen burn-in. It’s something people with OLED screens worry about (to varying degrees) and something people who prefer LCDs like to poke fun about. But one of our Pixel 2 XL review units, in use for about a week, is already seeing some pretty crazy levels of burn-in. That’s…

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Google Home with display will reportedly support YouTube and web browsing

The device is codenamed “Quartz”, and it’ll support YouTube, Google Maps, web browsing, and much more. With the Pixel 2’s unveiling on October 4, we also got to feast our eyes upon the Google Home Mini and Home Max The Mini and Max look like two solid entries in the Home series, and while they each target new demographics previously unreachable by the regular Google Home, there’s still something missing – none of them have a display. Can you guess what’s missing? Although Amazon’s Echo Show isn’t perfect, it’s built-in…

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Best Google Pixel 2 Cases

Enhance the funky look of your Google Pixel 2 with the right case! If you ordered a Pixel 2 you may have already received yours or it’s on its way! Whether you love the design and want to enhance it, or simply looking for drop protection for your new phone, there’s a case that’s perfect for you. Google has partnered with a number of accessory makers for its ‘Made for Google” certification program, which are featured in the Google Store, but there are quality third-party cases to be found (at…

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Google fixing SMS bug on last year’s Pixels with November security patch

A fix is on the way, but not quite yet. Earlier this month, we reported that users of the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL were having trouble receiving SMS text messages. Google’s Pixel User Community forum is filled with people complaining about this bug, and while a spokesperson from Google did initially respond to the problem, an ETA for a resolution was unknown. We now have an update to this story, and there’s good and bad news. Starting first with the good news, Google has since learned that the SMS…

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Could Google ‘fix’ the Pixel 2 XL’s display with a software update?

Okay, now let’s talk about the realistic parts of the situation. We know people have opinions on the Pixel 2 XL’s display. Some are bad, some are good, and some people want everyone to just move on with their lives and pick the phone that works for them for a variety of reasons. We know that the Pixel 2 XL’s display has a few characteristics that are polarizing: the color representation, off-axis color shifting, grain on light backgrounds and weak shadow detail are all points of contention right now. So…

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Here’s a full breakdown of Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing feature

Now Playing’s arguably the Pixel 2’s coolest feature, and we now know more about how it works. Display controversies aside, Google’s Pixel 2 is one heck of a phone. The camera’s phenomenal, performance is top-notch, and the software experience is the best you’ll find on any Android phone right now. Software has always been the Pixel (and Nexus) line’s strongest aspect, and with the Pixel 2, the highlight is undoubtedly Now Playing. Now Playing is the feature on the Pixel 2 that automatically identifies songs that are playing around you…

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Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?

One is a known entity and is the gateway drug for connected homes. The other is a new entry from the world’s biggest search company. Both have their merits. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you already own an Amazon Echo Dot. It’s been around a while, it’s a good impulse buy at $49 — and that’s when it’s not on sale. And it can help you control pretty much anything that can be controlled in the tech space. And if you’re reading this there’s probably a pretty…

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TicHome Mini review: A portable, durable Google Home Mini

Google Assistant is finally breaking free. When the Google Home was announced, my only problem with it was that it was stuck in one room of my house. While I move about the house doing chores or getting ready for the day, the Google Home has to pick a plug and stick to it. Yes, Google Assistant is on our phones and our TVs now, but it’s an inferior version. It can’t do as much as the version on the Google Home, especially in regards to media control. What I…

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Google now lets you try out apps before downloading them in the Play Store

An unexpected, but welcome, move. Back at Google I/O 2016, Google announced something called “Android Instant Apps.” Android Instant Apps is a system that allows app developers to shrink down their applications into smaller packages that can be used without having to download them locally onto your phone, and the initial use case for this tech was to allow you to jump into an app via a Google Search even if you didn’t have said app downloaded. However, Google has since announced another use for the platform. “Apps to Try…

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