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Google is an Internet Search company with profits mainly derived from its AdWords advertising program. Google is also known for other high-profile web-related products such as Chrome, GMail, Google Docs or Google Map, and it has also made a very successful entry into the mobile handset market with its Android mobile operating system. The company was created in 1998 and went public in 2004. Google is one of the most visited site in the world.

Google Claims Acquisition Of Fitbit Is Complete, But US Department Of Justice Disagrees
A couple of years ago, Google announced their plans to acquire Fitbit. This acquisition would no doubt help Google’s wearable efforts, but as with all acquisitions, they need to go through an approval process to ensure that there are no antitrust violations. Now it seems that Google has announced that the acquisition is complete, but the US Department of Justice begs to differ.

LG Smart TVs Getting NVIDIA + Google Cloud Gaming
2021 LG Smart TV customers will be able to play high-powered graphics games via cloud services from Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce Now, out of the box – no console or PC needed. Note: the photo is for illustration only. Not the actual LG 2021 TV.

Google’s Titan Security Key Vulnerable To Cloning
To prevent their employees from being phished, Google introduced the Titan security key which they then released to the public. This is a USB dongle that authenticates the user whenever it’s plugged into the computer. It sounds like a pretty useful security tool, but it turns out that even such devices are not completely invulnerable to attacks.

Google Has Not Updated Its iOS Apps In A While
Google typically keeps its apps updated rather frequently, whether it be introducing new features, bug fixes, improvements, and more. However, for some reason, it appears that the company has not updated its iOS apps in a month, and it has been speculated that the reason could be due to Apple’s new requirements.

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Google Cloud Print Will Cease To Exist This Week
If you’re someone who still relies on Google Cloud Print, then you might want to take note because on the 1st of January, 2021, the service will cease to exist as Google will be officially shutting it down. The company did announce this back in 2019, but this is a reminder for those who forgot or for those who did not hear about it back then.

Google Could Face Antitrust Lawsuit Over Its Cut From The Play Store
Right now, Apple is getting a lot of unwanted attention over its App Store and the cut it takes from developers who sell apps or services through it. Now it looks like it could be Google’s turn to stand under the spotlight because according to a report from Bloomberg, at least three states in the US – Utah, North Carolina, and New York – could be looking to launch an […]

Google Stadia Is Now Playable On iPhones And iPads
Last month, Google teased that Stadia would finally be arriving for iOS devices and it looks like that day has finally arrived. For those who are interested in streaming games on their iPhones and iPads, you will now be able to choose Stadia as one of the game streaming platforms available to you.

Google Is Getting Ready To Bring Chrome OS To More Devices
Right now if you wanted to run Chrome OS, you’d pretty much need to get yourself a Chromebook. However, that could change in the future as Google and Neverware have announced that Google has acquired the latter and their CloudReady OS, which Google plans to eventually make it an official Chrome OS offering.

How To Send Directions To Waze On Your Phone From Your PC
If you’re planning a drive and want to send your navigation details from your computer to Waze, it’s actually a pretty simple and straightforward process, and here’s how you can do it.

Google Home Max Has Officially Been Retired
When smart speakers first launched, there wasn’t any particularly real emphasis on the sound quality of these speakers. After all, their main purpose was to act as a hub to control smart home objects around the home amongst other things, so having the best audio quality wasn’t the main focus.

This Is How Google Trained Its Portrait Lighting AI
While companies were eagerly putting out smartphones with dual cameras, Google stuck with a single camera but instead opted to use AI to help boost its photos quality. It worked out remarkably well, although the company’s subsequent handsets did eventually include more than one camera.

Google Testing Dark Mode For Desktop Searches
When it comes to dark mode, this is a theme more commonly found on our mobile devices rather than computers. However, this doesn’t mean that a dark mode on desktop isn’t useful. In fact, it appears that Google is actually testing out such a feature for its desktop version of its search services.

YouTube TV Subscribers Are Getting Free Chromecasts
It seems that Google really wants to keep its subscribers happy because according to reports, it seems that Google is sending out free Chromecast devices to those who have subscribed to its YouTube TV service. Unfortunately, it seems that this offer is only good for those who are already subscribed, so if you haven’t signed up yet, we’re not sure if you’ll be able to get it.

You Can Now Sync Google Photos With Apple Photos
Google Photos is a great way to store and backup your photos, and it also does a pretty good job working on iOS where you can use it to backup photos stored on your iPhone or iPad and sync it across devices. However, both apps typically work separate of each other, due to the restrictions that Apple has put in place in iOS.

You Can Now Stream Apple Music Directly From Google’s Smart Speakers
Given that Google owns its own music streaming service and how they view Apple as a rival, it’s actually interesting to see how Google’s smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, along with their smart displays, can now stream Apple Music directly from them. This is according to a recent update on Google’s blog.

Google Images For Mobile Lets You Quickly Pull Up Websites For More Context
When you search on Google Images for a photo, it will show you all the various websites that the photo might be hosted on. This is fine, but what if you wanted more context? You’d usually have to click on the website, read it, and then go back to Google Images in case you did not get the information you wanted.

How To Save Or Backup Your Emails
The advantages of saving to the cloud means that you never really have to worry about accessing your emails, because as long as it is in the cloud and you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to access them on any device, anywhere around the world. However, if you wanted to be able to save your emails to your own hard drives, here’s how you can go about it.

Google Hangouts Just Killed Group Video Calls
Over the years, Google has created various products and services, and sometimes these services can overlap with each other and has caused confusion. Hangouts is the perfect example where in the past, Hangouts was pretty much the only way you could make group video calls.

Google Pay Will Now Come With Transfer Fees
When it comes to financial services, obviously these companies are here to do business and there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, for those who have been using Google Pay to make instant transfers, you will now have to look forward to paying a 1.5% fee (minimum of 31 cents) per transaction.

Google Could Bring Its Radar Technology To Future Chromebooks
One of the nifty features we saw Google introduce in the Pixel 4 was radar-sensing technology, also known as Project Soli. Granted it might come across as novel and somewhat gimmicky, but on paper it does hold a lot of promise. So much so that Google might be considering applying it to future Chromebooks and wearables as well.