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New Firefox Defaults to Google, Ends Friendship With Yahoo [UPDATED] New Firefox Defaults to Google, Ends Friendship With Yahoo [UPDATED]

Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum browser launched on Wednesday, and there’s a lot to like about it. One change you might notice right away is that it now defaults to the Google search engine instead of Yahoo. Mozilla is framing this as doing the right thing for its users, but in reality, it may just be taking advantage…

Google's Pixel Buds Aren't Even Close to Being Good Google's Pixel Buds Aren't Even Close to Being Good

There was always something off about the Pixel Buds. Google released the smart, wireless headphones a full year after Apple released the AirPods. But the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly wireless, and they’re not exactly smart, either. In fact, after spending a few days with the product, I’m prepared to say it: the Pixel…

7 Handy Google Assistant Tricks You Didn't Know About 7 Handy Google Assistant Tricks You Didn't Know About

Google Assistant is keen on taking as big a role in your life as possible, and to that end Google keeps pouring new features into the app, whether it’s on your phone, your dinky smart speaker, your Pixelbook, or your Nvidia Shield. Here are 7 capabilities that the Assistant has been given that you might not have made…

Android Will Finally Show You Which Apps Are Draining Your Battery Android Will Finally Show You Which Apps Are Draining Your Battery

Soon, Android will finally let you monitor which apps use the most battery life on your phone. If you’re confused and thought you already had this functionality, you might be right! Some Android skins, like the one on the Galaxy S8, and some apps, like Greenify, already make it possible to detect which applications…

Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Maybe it’s happened to you. You’re cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa from Frozen jealous and then the Joker appears, ready to fight. This would seem like a weird video to any sane adult. But the weirdest thing is that it’s actually made…

Google Street View Has Reached the Tiny Faroe Islands Thanks to Sheep Google Street View Has Reached the Tiny Faroe Islands Thanks to Sheep

The Faroe Islands are a sparsely-inhabited archipelago in the North Atlantic. Until last week, their remoteness gave them the distinction of being one of the few spots in the developed world not captured on Google Street View. But now, thanks to the islands’ roaming sheep, the remote roads, towns, cliffs and…

Alphabet X's Project Loon Has Provided Internet to 100,000 People in Puerto Rico  Alphabet X's Project Loon Has Provided Internet to 100,000 People in Puerto Rico 

Project Loon has provided mobile data to more than 100,000 people in Puerto Rico, according to Google parent company Alphabet, which operates the enterprise.

Amazon Echo Dot Vs. Google Home Mini: The Cheap Speaker Showdown

In the gadget-world, it’s cliché to compare something to The Jetsons. But when it comes to a cheap little box that you talk to and that answers your questions and that controls your entire home, the comparison is just too perfect. The $50 Amazon Echo Dot and the $50 Google Home Mini are two such boxes. They’re not…

Waymo Announces 'Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Here,' Taxi Service Coming Waymo Announces 'Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Here,' Taxi Service Coming

We are in the midst of a pretty historic moment. Leaping ahead of the competition, Waymo has announced that its self-driving cars will no longer use a human safety driver while they are tested on the roads of Phoenix. But the even bigger news is that the company is gearing up to launch the first commercial driverless…

Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting [Updated] Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting [Updated]

As authorities named Devin Patrick Kelley as the shooter in a horrifying massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas which resulted in at least 26 deaths on Sunday, Google once again served up misinformation and posts from conspiracy theorists at the top of search results for his name.

Mitch McConnell: Tech Companies Should Help Us Weaponize the Internet Against Russia Mitch McConnell: Tech Companies Should Help Us Weaponize the Internet Against Russia

Google, Facebook and Twitter, three of the country’s most prominent tech companies, all testified before Congress this week that they had unintentionally been part of an alleged Russian operation to spread misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 presidential elections. On Saturday, Republican Senate Majority…

Now, Silicon Valley Is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet  Now, Silicon Valley Is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet 

Silicon Valley has decided to throw its support behind the so-called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA) that is sure to have enormously damaging consequences for the internet. Previously, most big tech giants opposed the legislation. But this week, Congress started intimating that they might need to…

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Pixel 2 Master 10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Pixel 2 Master

Oh picked up a shiny new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL did you? Not had to return it due to screen or audio issues? Wanting to dig a little deeper into the neat features that are available on Google’s own-brand smartphone? Well, you’ve come to the right place—here are 10 tricks to do more with your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2…

Tim Cook: Tech Is Dividing People, But Also Could We Slash Apple's Taxes Already? Tim Cook: Tech Is Dividing People, But Also Could We Slash Apple's Taxes Already?

Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company mostly sells consumer products, has largely avoided being sucked into the rapidly expanding scandal over the alleged Russian effort to promote internal division in the US before the 2016 elections—unlike other tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook, all of which now admit some…

How to Get the Android 8.0 Oreo Beta on Your Galaxy S8 How to Get the Android 8.0 Oreo Beta on Your Galaxy S8

If you bought the Pixel 2 or you’re using an older Google-branded smartphone, you’ve already got Android 8.0 up and running. But for everyone else, that update is still out of reach. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung is getting ready to test the latest version of Android on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Everything We Learned About Russian Election Interference From Facebook, Twitter, and Google Everything We Learned About Russian Election Interference From Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Representatives for Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee today about Russian interference on their platforms. Here’s what we learned:

Tech Giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter Testify Before Congress on Russian Election Meddling Tech Giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter Testify Before Congress on Russian Election Meddling

Attorneys for Facebook, Google, and Twitter on Tuesday appeared on Capitol Hill to testify as part of the ongoing investigations into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

Weird Google Docs Bug Is Locking People Out of Their Drafts [Updated] Weird Google Docs Bug Is Locking People Out of Their Drafts [Updated]

Google Docs users have been hit with a nasty surprise today as they try to edit documents—they’re getting locked out of their drafts and receiving a message warning them that their documents violate Google’s terms of service.

How to Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter Testify Before Congress This Week How to Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter Testify Before Congress This Week

Three of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies will speak to three different congressional subcommittees on Tuesday and Wednesday to finally get to the bottom of, well, a lot of issues. Top priority is to discuss Russia’s use of online ads and social media to influence the 2016 US election. Here’s how you can watch…

I Went for a Ride in a Waymo Self-Driving Car, Which Was Surprisingly Chill I Went for a Ride in a Waymo Self-Driving Car, Which Was Surprisingly Chill

Waymo, the self-driving car group born out of Google’s secretive moonshot unit and recently spun out as its own company, has made a bunch of self-driving cars—around 100 of its current Chrysler iteration, with another 500 in the works, not to mention probably lots more than that in the future. Yesterday, Waymo let a…

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