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Google Pixel 3 Users Say the Phone’s Best Feature is Borked Again Google Pixel 3 Users Say the Phone’s Best Feature is Borked Again

There’s no doubting the Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras out there. There’s also no denying it’s been beset by bugs since Google released it last month. Now, Pixel 3 owners say a yet another bug has the device serving up ‘fatal errors’ when they use the camera, and the issue apparently appears both in the main…

Google's Goofy VR Roller Skate Drawings Make Me Feel Less Dead Inside Somehow Google's Goofy VR Roller Skate Drawings Make Me Feel Less Dead Inside Somehow

The world might be on fire, but last week Google published a patent application for “Augmented And/Or Virtual Reality Footwear.” Yes, the Google document describes motorized shoes with wheels on the bottom that keep you in place as you walk around in VR. They’re basically what Ars Technica has aptly dubbed, “VR roller…

This Is the Laptop You Should Buy Right Now This Is the Laptop You Should Buy Right Now

We’ve reviewed a ton of laptops and played around with even more. Whether you’re looking for a cheap device or a powerful gaming machine, we’ve combed through our archive to pick the very best portable computer for you.

Google Axes 'Fanfiction' Tab That Suggested Grinch and Minions Porn Google Axes 'Fanfiction' Tab That Suggested Grinch and Minions Porn

Earlier this year, Google revamped its search engine on mobile devices, adding tabs for “the most common and relevant subtopics” to the top of results. Search for, say, The Grinch, on your phone, and you might see a suggested tab listing upcoming showtimes. Or, until yesterday, one called “fanfiction” that surfaced…

Privacy Advocates Raise Alarm Over Google’s Takeover of AI Health App Privacy Advocates Raise Alarm Over Google’s Takeover of AI Health App

DeepMind’s health app Streams is being consumed by its sister company, Google, and some privacy advocates see the move as a violation of patient trust.

Pixel 3 Users Claim Their Text Messages Are Vanishing [Update] Pixel 3 Users Claim Their Text Messages Are Vanishing [Update]

The Pixel 3 is a pretty good smartphone, but it’s gotten off to a buggy start since launching last month. From unsaved photos and extra notches to wonky RAM management, the latest bug for Google to fix is vanishing text messages, according to recent complaints from Pixel 3 owners.

Google's 'Squoosh' Image Compression Tool Shows Off the Power of Web Apps Google's 'Squoosh' Image Compression Tool Shows Off the Power of Web Apps

Google has a new, experimental web app for you to try: Squoosh. It uses the latest in image compression technology to cram your pictures into smaller file sizes with a minimal loss of quality, but what really impresses about the app—coded in the WebAssembly programming language—is its speed, even under a relatively…

Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated] Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated]

Updated: 11/13/2018, 9:50 p.m. ET: Looks like it was a glitch. In a statement to Gizmodo, a Google spokesperson wrote:

Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.

The Fossil Sport Might Be a Wear OS Watch That Doesn't Suck The Fossil Sport Might Be a Wear OS Watch That Doesn't Suck

I have a lot of Apple-hating friends who are always asking me: “What’s the best Wear OS smartwatch?” And I always say the same thing: They’re all bad. That said, the Fossil Sport could be the first contender for the title.

Google Vows to Overhaul Its Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims After Thousands Protest Google Vows to Overhaul Its Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims After Thousands Protest

On Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to all employees promising a number of changes to the company’s policies following last week’s massive walkout. Many of these changes addressed the demands made by the walkout organizers, including optional arbitration for sexual harassment and assault claims and an…

Android Will Soon Let You Update Its Apps While You’re Still Using Them Android Will Soon Let You Update Its Apps While You’re Still Using Them

There was plenty of Samsung buzz coming out of two individual events this week, not the least of which included the unveiling of its yet-unnamed foldable device. Another neat reveal coming out of the Android Dev Summit, however, is a feature that will allow users to continue using Android apps while they’re being…

Oh Good, Google Is Apparently Expanding Its Presence in New York Now Too Oh Good, Google Is Apparently Expanding Its Presence in New York Now Too

Hot on the heels of a report that Amazon is planning to split its HQ2 between Arlington, Virginia and New York’s Long Island City, Google is reportedly looking to expand its own presence in New York City. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the company is nearing a…

Interstellar Objects, Google Walkout, and the Impossible Laptop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Interstellar Objects, Google Walkout, and the Impossible Laptop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Between an Apple event, the midterms, and a global technology worker walkout—in addition to everything else happening in our mad world—there was a lot of news to keep up on this week. Gizmodo covered it all and published some stellar long reads to boot.

The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018 The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018

Beyond Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube, Google Assistant is shaping up to be one of the most important Google products in the years ahead, and it’s already more pervasive and more advanced than you might have realized. Here’s everything Google Assistant can do and everywhere you can find it.

Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff

Google has faced a lot of backlash since Gizmodo revealed in March that the company was helping the United States Department of Defense develop artificial intelligence that could be used to analyze drone footage as part of the Defense Department’s Project Maven. Internally, the program angered many Google employees…

Delightful Google Bug Seemingly Gives Pixel 3 XLs an Extra Helping of Notches Delightful Google Bug Seemingly Gives Pixel 3 XLs an Extra Helping of Notches

Until Apple, Google, and the like find a way to hide front-facing cameras and sensors beneath their smartphones’ displays, notches are a hideously unfortunate design solution to maxing out screen real estate. The Pixel 3 has one of the worst notches, and making matters even worse for some Pixel 3 XL users is a bizarre…

Google’s .New Feature Makes Starting a Doc or Spreadsheet a Little Less Soul-Sucking Google’s .New Feature Makes Starting a Doc or Spreadsheet a Little Less Soul-Sucking

If you’ve long been a user of Google Docs, Google Sheets, or any other various G Suite tools, you may be familiar with the semi-arduous process of navigating to a document, sheet, form, or other file every time you need to start a new one. On the scale of things to find incredibly annoying, taking three extra seconds…

The Pixel 3 Won't Wirelessly Charge at Max Speed Except on Google-Approved Chargers The Pixel 3 Won't Wirelessly Charge at Max Speed Except on Google-Approved Chargers

If you’re considering getting one of Google’s new Pixel 3 devices, beware: Unless you use a Google-certified accessory, wireless fast charging will only work at half of the phone’s maximum 10 watt charging speed.

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

A privacy expert tasked with helping a new smart city development protect the data privacy of residents has resigned over concerns that her guidelines would be largely ignored.

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