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Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome: Here’s What We Know Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome: Here’s What We Know

It’s been in the works for nearly a year and Google’s great ad-pocalypse is now upon us. On Thursday, the Chrome browser will begin to automatically filter out ads that don’t meet certain quality standards. Your browsing experience is about to change a little bit. Here’s what you need to know.

How Google Maps Leads Women Seeking Abortions Astray How Google Maps Leads Women Seeking Abortions Astray

If you’re searching for abortion care, be careful using Google Maps—you might end up at a crisis pregnancy center instead of a legit clinic. These facilities, where staff pressures clients to “choose life,” have been gaming results at the local level using keywords and the maps function. Gizmodo and Damn Joan have…

Have Your Young Artist Enter Google's 'Doodle 4 Google' Contest  Have Your Young Artist Enter Google's 'Doodle 4 Google' Contest 

Think your kid’s art deserves to be showcased beyond your refrigerator door? It’s the 10th anniversary of the Doodle 4 Google contest, and K-12 students have three weeks left to submit their renditions of the Google logo. The winner will score a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school and…

Google's Android Messages Is About to Copy iMessage's Best Feature Google's Android Messages Is About to Copy iMessage's Best Feature

Google’s released more messaging apps that I can remember (Allo, Android Messages, Messenger, Hangouts, Gchat, the list goes on), but the company’s never been able to come up with a single service that can easily handle your messages on all platforms the way iMessage does for iOS and Mac devices. Now, Google may have…

The Google Pixel Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know   The Google Pixel Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know  

If you bought a first-generation Google Pixel phone you may have some money coming your way. A new class action lawsuit against the tech giant argues that it knew there was an issue with the device’s microphone and sold it as a premium smartphone anyway.

Google Express Doesn’t Replace Amazon Prime, But It’s Still Pretty Useful Google Express Doesn’t Replace Amazon Prime, But It’s Still Pretty Useful

In the arms race between Amazon and Google, homebodies are the clear winners. (Warehouse workers… not so much.) But Google’s latest parry, Google Express, sidesteps the warehouse entirely, delivering orders from your local stores straight to your home. It works a bit differently than Prime, even with Amazon’s recent…

How to Get Google's Lightweight 'Assistant Go' App On Your Current Android Phone How to Get Google's Lightweight 'Assistant Go' App On Your Current Android Phone

For the past year, Google has been pumping out lightweight versions of its most popular apps designed specifically for low-cost smartphones. Under the Android Go banner, we’ve already seen YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, and even a brand new service called Files Go meant to clear up storage space on your device. Now…

How to Set a Music Alarm With Your Google Home Speaker How to Set a Music Alarm With Your Google Home Speaker

I love starting every morning with a daily briefing from my Google Home speaker (just say “Hey, Google good morning” and you’ll get the weather, news and any events on your calendar), but using it as an alarm clock is another story. That’s because Google’s never made it easy to wake up to music instead of a wailing…

Soon You Won't Have to Say 'Hey Google' to Launch Google Assistant Soon You Won't Have to Say 'Hey Google' to Launch Google Assistant

Amazon’s Alexa may have more “skills” and connect with more services, but when it comes to artificial intelligence smarts, Google Assistant has the competition beat (sorry Siri, it’s not even close).

Search Faster With This New Mobile Browser Search Faster With This New Mobile Browser

iOS/Android: I hate mobile browsing. When I open Safari, I’m usually trying to google something quickly, then go back to my other apps. Lately I’ve been trying the mobile browser Cake, publicly released for iOS and Android today, and it’s made searching much faster.

Transform Your Old Android Phone Into a Pixel 2 With This App Transform Your Old Android Phone Into a Pixel 2 With This App

When the Pixel 2 first launched, there was no shortage of unofficial apps designed to brings Google’s best new software to other Android phones. The only issue was that you had to cobble together a bunch of smaller tweaks or root your phone to get the full Pixel 2 experience on older hardware. Now there’s finally a…

How to Mute Those Annoying Google Ads That Follow You Around Online How to Mute Those Annoying Google Ads That Follow You Around Online

It’s no secret that Google makes the bulk of its money by tracking our activity and targeting us with ads, but starting today those ads could get a little less annoying. The company announced a new feature for its Ads Settings tool that let’s you mute specific products you’re tired of seeing everywhere you go online.

Use This Keyboard App to Create and Send GIFs Use This Keyboard App to Create and Send GIFs

iOS/Android: Are you a fan of swipe-friendly keyboards on your smartphone? Then you’ve probably heard of Google’s Gboard, the third-party keyboard that lets you both swipe to spell as well as search the web. With the latest update, you can create GIFs from the keyboard using your smartphone camera, and send them…

Google Fi's New "Bill Protection" Is Perfect if You Only Want an Unlimited Plan Sometimes Google Fi's New "Bill Protection" Is Perfect if You Only Want an Unlimited Plan Sometimes

For the past few years, Google Fi has existed as a nice, cheap alternative to regular carriers thanks to its $10/GB pay-as-you-go pricing scheme. But with the return of unlimited data in 2017, Google Fi looks a lot less attractive. Now the company is finally firing back.

The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas

Some residents of Illinois and Texas are angry that they can’t easily determine which work of art looks 42 percent like them while allowing Google to capture their biometric souls.

Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi [Updated] Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi [Updated]

Google Home and Chromecast devices are reportedly killing peoples’ Wi-Fi. The problem, first reported by Android Police, originally seemed localized to users of the Google Home Max speaker and the cheap, but usually excellent, TP-Link Archer C7 router. However since Android Police first reported the problem, it seems…

How to Create an Anonymous Collaborative Google Sheet How to Create an Anonymous Collaborative Google Sheet

In a new piece on The Cut, writer Moira Donegan reveals that she created the “Shitty Media Men” list, the anonymous collaborative Google Sheets spreadsheet naming prominent men in media who have assaulted, harassed, or otherwise used been shitty to the women they work with. The list went viral overnight and helped…

Everything Your Google Home Can Do Is Now Listed on One Incredibly Useful Website Everything Your Google Home Can Do Is Now Listed on One Incredibly Useful Website

If you picked up a Google Home over the holidays you may be wondering what it’s good for besides checking the weather and playing music. Google’s smart speakers may not boast as many third-party skills as Amazon’s Alexa, but there’s still a ton you can do.

The First Google Home With a Screen Already Offers More Privacy Than Amazon's Echo Show The First Google Home With a Screen Already Offers More Privacy Than Amazon's Echo Show

Amazon may have been first to offer a smart home display with the Echo Show, but Google just beat its rival in one key category: privacy.

How to Get Portrait Mode on Your Non-Pixel Android Phone How to Get Portrait Mode on Your Non-Pixel Android Phone

If you’ve been lusting after the portrait mode on your friend’s Pixel 2 (or iPhone) now there’s a way you can get it, too—provided you have an Android device running Oreo.

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