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The latest Google shutdowns: Daydream VR, Google Clips

The Daydream View. It’s cloth! Inside the headset. The cloth is stiff enough for headset duty, but it’s flexible. This makes loading the phone a snap. Just slam it in wherever and close the flap. Moving the phone back and forth across the nubs moves the image. Different nub contact point, different image center point. …

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Google Pay will soon work with major public transit cards

Sponsored Links Business Wire Paying for public transport could be about to become more convenient, with fare payment system Cubic Transportation Systems teaming up with Google to offer contactless transit payments using Google Pay. Riders will be able to pay for journeys using their mobile phones, building on existing contactless payment systems found in cities …

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Google’s Pixel 3, one year later: Amazing camera, rough start

Sponsored Links Mat Smith, Engadget As Google prepares to unveil the Pixel 4, surely the most leaked phone of all time, it’s time to reassess its predecessor. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL arrived this time last year, with many of us balancing the list price ($150 more than the Pixel 2) against some promising …

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YouTube creators will chat with famous authors in new series ‘BookTube’

Sponsored Links YouTube YouTube will debut a new “book club” series on October 17th as a follow to its successful Michelle Obama special, which garnered over over 1.5 million views since March. The show is aptly called BookTube, and like the former first lady’s special where she talked about her memoir, the series will feature …

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Google’s Pixel 4 may invoke Assistant when you raise the phone

Sponsored Links Google It’s not that difficult to invoke Google Assistant on most Pixel phones, whether it’s saying “hey Google,” squeezing the sides or making an on-screen gesture. With the Pixel 4, however, it might become downright trivial. A 9to5Google report claims the upcoming device will let you start Assistant commands just by raising your …

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Google’s Pixel 4 will feature something called a ‘Pixel Neural Core’

Sponsored Links Weibo Another day, another Pixel 4 leak. After a veritable deluge of feature reveals, including accessible Face ID, car crash detection, an updated Recorder app and touchless gestures, we now know its official specifications — and they pretty much confirm earlier spec rumors that, like everything else about the phone, were also leaked …

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Google is fixing an ‘update loop bug’ on the Lenovo Smart Display

Sponsored Links Nicole Lee / Engadget A new bug is marring Lenovo’s otherwise excellent Smart Display. The bug, first spotted by Android Police, locks the device in a continuous update loop where it hangs at around 45 percent and then restarts. After restarting, it will attempt to install the same update again, only to once …

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Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS

Enlarge Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, most DNS queries are unencrypted, which raises privacy and security concerns. Google and Mozilla are trying to address these concerns …

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YouTube is ‘really happy’ with viewership for its live MLB games

Sponsored Links Mark Blinch/Getty Images Now that the regular MLB season is winding down, how has YouTube’s exclusive game streaming deal fared? Quite well, relatively speaking. The online video giant reported that its 13 livestreamed games racked up an average of 1.2 million viewers (including pre- and post-shows), with a typical game peaking at 171,000 …

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Google Assistant is now available for most Chromebooks

Sponsored Links Acer Google has started rolling out Chrome OS 77, and it makes Assistant widely available to the devices the platform powers. The voice AI used to be a Pixel exclusive, though adventurous users have been able to switch it on as a hidden feature for a while if they’re in one of Chrome …

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