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Android Users: Google’s Collecting Your Location Data Whether You Like it Or Not Android Users: Google’s Collecting Your Location Data Whether You Like it Or Not

An inquiry from Quartz revealed that Google’s been spying on some of its users. The search giant has been collecting location data from Android smartphone owners, whether or not they have location services enabled. Though Android users can’t disable it, it looks like they won’t have to worry about it for much longer.

How to Get a Free Chromecast or Smartphone from Google Through Project Fi How to Get a Free Chromecast or Smartphone from Google Through Project Fi

It’s been a while since Google dropped the referral requirement for Project Fi, opening up its simple and cheap cell service plan to anyone—assuming you have the right smartphone. But for the next few weeks the company is pushing its customers to spread the word again, and offering some tech goodies in return.

The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find

Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognizable markers, and context-aware information. If you’re prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a gas station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where…

How the OnePlus 5T Stacks Up to Its Smartphone Competition How the OnePlus 5T Stacks Up to Its Smartphone Competition

OnePlus has carved out a niche for itself in the competitive smartphone market by offering high-quality hardware at bargain prices. The company’s latest phone, the OnePlus 5T is no different, offering the kind of tech you’d expect from the latest Apple or Samsung device, but for half the price.

See Salary Ranges and Commute Times with Google’s Improved Job Search Tool See Salary Ranges and Commute Times with Google’s Improved Job Search Tool

Looking for work is stressful, especially when you think about toggling between the various job sites you’ll have to scour for the right gig (not to mention all the attendant resume tweaking) . To help, Google’s updating its recently launched Google for Jobs service, allowing job seekers to glean more information…

How to Get the Pixel 2’s Always-On Display on Your Older Google Phone How to Get the Pixel 2’s Always-On Display on Your Older Google Phone

One of the Pixel 2's key features is its always-on display. Thanks to the phone’s OLED panel, it can keep the screen black but active at all times so you can quickly access information (like the time, date, and notifications) without draining the battery.

Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic by Checking Last Year's Travel Trends Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic by Checking Last Year's Travel Trends

In theory, Thanksgiving should be one of the chillest days of the year; all you do is stuff your face and watch tiny men run across a big green field on the TV. Sadly, that’s just the part of Thanksgiving we fantasize about while forgetting the reality of the bumper-to-bumper, family-tension-filled car ride to…

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…

Google's Best Deals for Black Friday Google's Best Deals for Black Friday

Making your house into a smart home has never been so cheap. Google announced on Monday that it’s offering up major discounts on its voice-controlled smart speakers and other connected gadgets for Black Friday.

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…

Use Google Assistant Like Shazam to Identify Songs Use Google Assistant Like Shazam to Identify Songs

We’ve all been using Shazam for years to figure out what song is playing at our local bar. Now you can get the same experience right in Google. This week Google added a new music lookup feature to Google Assistant (it’s been in Google Now for a bit). With it you can say “Hey Google, what song is this?” and get…

How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App

Apple has AirDrop for quick and easy file sharing between iPhones and other Apple devices. Now Google is bringing a similar feature to Android with a new app called Files Go.

Everything New in Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Update Everything New in Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Update

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may be some of the best Android phones around, but they still launched with a handful of bugs and problems. Now, Google is doing everything it can to address these issues with its November software update.

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…

Google Maps Can Now Tell You the Wait Times at Popular Restaurants Google Maps Can Now Tell You the Wait Times at Popular Restaurants

My favorite casual dining restaurant in San Francisco is a Burmese place called Burma Love. I dream about this salad they make topped with fermented tea leaves, as do a lot of my neighbors, apparently. On most nights, the restaurant has at least a 45-minute wait, sometimes closer to an hour an a half. And they don’t…

Use Google’s Password Alert Extension to Prevent Phishing Use Google’s Password Alert Extension to Prevent Phishing

Phishing attacks, wherein scammers pretend to be legitimate companies in order to trick you into handing over sensitive information like usernames, passwords, or credit card information, are getting more difficult to spot. Even Google is susceptible to more sophisticated attacks, which have popped up everywhere from…

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:

Samsung's Android Browser Offers a Big Privacy Perk Over Chrome  Samsung's Android Browser Offers a Big Privacy Perk Over Chrome 

Samsung is bringing its smartphone browser to all Android phones (assuming you’re running Android 5.0 or up), and it has one big advantage over Google’s own Chrome browser. The Samsung Internet app features a built-in ad tracking blocker to keep other websites from following your activity across the internet.

How to Set Up Google Project Fi on Your Pixel 2 How to Set Up Google Project Fi on Your Pixel 2

If you’re getting a Pixel 2 (or waiting for the bugs to get worked out in the Pixel 2 XL), you’re probably connecting it to your current wireless carrier as soon as it’s done charging. It’s pretty straightforward if you’re buying the phone from your carrier, but if you’re curious about switching providers, there’s…

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