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For Better or Worse, YouTube Now Adapts to Multiple Aspect Ratios  For Better or Worse, YouTube Now Adapts to Multiple Aspect Ratios 

To anyone whose YouTube pages started to look strange today, you’re not alone: with little fanfare, the site pushed a change that now adapts its video player to match the aspect ratio of your content.

Google’s Smart Speakers Are Getting a New Feature I Can Actually Get Excited About Google’s Smart Speakers Are Getting a New Feature I Can Actually Get Excited About

Google has been steadily improving its smart speaker with updates facilitating more fluid conversations, as well as the addition of routines for chaining together multiple tasks with a single command. Now Google is adding scheduling to the mix, which means your mornings can start just the way you want them, at the…

Google and Facebook's Security Guards Are Fighting to Earn a Living Wage Google and Facebook's Security Guards Are Fighting to Earn a Living Wage

The effort began at an Applebee’s in Redwood City, a link in a chain of towns that dot that peninsula that connects San Francisco to Silicon Valley. Robert Taitt, a security officer who works on Facebook’s campus, signed his union card there. He was one of the first of more than 3,000 Silicon Valley security officers…

A Guide to Using Android Without Selling Your Soul to Google A Guide to Using Android Without Selling Your Soul to Google

As soon as you start up a new Android phone, you get prompted to sign in with your Google account—but what if you don’t want to do that? Maybe you want to take advantage of Android but limit what Google knows about you, or maybe you just prefer the alternative apps; whatever the case, here’s how to live a Google-free…

Google and Lenovo's Smart Display Trounces Amazon's in Every Way Google and Lenovo's Smart Display Trounces Amazon's in Every Way

Despite Amazon having a two-year head start versus Google in the smart speaker wars, earlier this year, sales of Google Home devices surpassed all of Amazon’s Echoes for the first time ever. And while Amazon still holds the overall lead in market share, it’s not hard to see why Google is catching up fast. Compared to…

Google Wants You to Use Physical Security Keys So Bad It's Willing to Sell You One Google Wants You to Use Physical Security Keys So Bad It's Willing to Sell You One

Google really, really wants you to use physical security keys to protect yourself from hackers. After announcing that its 85,000 employees have managed to go more than a year without getting phished because of mandated security devices, Google now has its own physical security key to sell you.

Google Employees' Secret to Never Getting Phished Is Using Physical Security Keys Google Employees' Secret to Never Getting Phished Is Using Physical Security Keys

If you’ve been hacked in recent years, odds are you fell for that perfectly crafted phishing message in your email. Even the most mindful individuals can slip up, but Google’s employees have reportedly had a flawless security record for more than a year thanks to a recent policy requiring them to use physical security…

Here's Why Google Chrome Is Telling You Your Favorite Sites Aren't Secure Here's Why Google Chrome Is Telling You Your Favorite Sites Aren't Secure

Google’s throwing its weight around and using its latest edition of its Chrome browser to make the web a little safer by shaming sites that haven’t implemented the more secure data transfer protocol HTTPS—which keeps bad actors from digitally watching over your shoulder as you browser. BBC reported the browser’s URL…

Google's New Cirq Project Aims to Make Quantum Computers Actually Useful Google's New Cirq Project Aims to Make Quantum Computers Actually Useful

Last year, we reported that a new era of quantum computing is upon us: the NISQ, or Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum era, in which quantum computers are still small and error prone, but they actually do something valuable. That second part is still somewhat aspirational, though, so companies like Google are offering…

Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful

Thanks to the rise of cloud storage, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to save photos, music, documents, or anything else offsite. Unfortunately, if you ever want to transfer that data from one service to another, the process can be quite tedious, as you’ll probably be forced to download everything and then…

Here's Why Google Just Got Hit With a Record $5 Billion Fine Here's Why Google Just Got Hit With a Record $5 Billion Fine

Considering Android’s massive mobile market share, this was pretty much an inevitability. But today it finally happened for real: The EU slapped Google’s parent company Alphabet with a record fine of nearly $5.1 billion for violating European antitrust regulations.

Google Announces Plan to Lay Massive Subsea Cable From Virginia to France Google Announces Plan to Lay Massive Subsea Cable From Virginia to France

On Tuesday, Google announced yet another massive subsea cable project, this time a private line stretching across the Atlantic Ocean to connect a data center in the US directly to another in Europe.

Google Is Bringing Back Blobmoji Google Is Bringing Back Blobmoji

For longtime Android users, it was a sad day when Google killed off its adorable blobs and replaced them with a more standard set of emoji alongside the release of Android Oreo. And while blobmoji sort of lived on in Google messaging app Allo, with development for that app now on an indefinite hiatus, it looked like…

Apple Yanks QAnon-Themed App From App Store After Reporters Notice, Still on Play Store Though Apple Yanks QAnon-Themed App From App Store After Reporters Notice, Still on Play Store Though

Apple has reportedly pulled QDrops, an app which sent alerts about the absolutely inane QAnon conspiracy theory, from its App Store after an NBC News inquiry into why the hell it and Google’s Play Store were profiting off of it.

Looks Like Facebook Is Getting Serious About Making Its Own Chips Looks Like Facebook Is Getting Serious About Making Its Own Chips

It’s been rumored for months that Facebook might be interested in building its own, in-house processing chips. Now it appears the social network company is really going for it. Bloomberg reported Friday that Facebook managed to snag one of Google’s top silicon engineering directors to head up its own efforts in the…

Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages? Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to…

How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone

Getting iPhones to play nice with Windows can be a challenge, but so can getting Android to play nice with Macs—and it’s that second setup we’re going to tackle here. Read on to find out how to get all your apps working together and your files seamlessly synced between a Google-powered phone and an Apple-powered…

YouTube TV Totally Screwed Fans Trying to Watch the World Cup YouTube TV Totally Screwed Fans Trying to Watch the World Cup

Smack in the middle of the World Cup semi-finals, YouTube TV totally fucked over fans of England and Croatia alike.

Apple and Google Questioned by Members of Congress Over User Tracking Apple and Google Questioned by Members of Congress Over User Tracking

Top House Republicans of the Energy and Commerce Committee sent the CEOs of Apple and Alphabet letters today, requesting they answer questions about the collection of data through their devices—such as emails, location data, and users’ voices.

Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA's Toy Drone Rules Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA's Toy Drone Rules

The skies aren’t big enough for everyone. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit reversed a ruling from last year that found the FAA cannot regulate small drones used by hobbyists. New regulations are expected to come soon, which should please companies that are trying to break into the commercial…

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