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YouTube Kids lets parents choose what their children watch

YouTube has added two new features to its Kids app, both of which give parents more control over what their children are watching. First, parents now have the option to limit what their kids watch to just what they approve. After parents select "appr… Source: Engadget | YouTube Kids lets parents choose what their children …

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JBL Link View: A Google Smart Display that puts audio centerstage

Even though Amazon was the first to come up with the smart display concept (via the Echo Show), it's Google that transformed it into a whole new consumer category. Much of this is due to Google's hardware strategy: It partners with different manu… Source: Engadget | JBL Link View: A Google Smart Display that puts …

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YouTube will now show vertical ads

Over the past few months, YouTube has made watching vertical videos feel more natural on the platform. It first gave mobile users the ability watch full-sized vertical content without black bars last year before rolling out the feature to the web in… Source: Engadget | YouTube will now show vertical ads

Google Discontinuing 'Inbox by Gmail' in March 2019, Points Users Toward Gmail

Just over two months after Google updated the “Inbox by Gmail” app for iOS to support iPhone X, the company this week announced that it will discontinue the service at the end of March 2019. Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority …

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Google Home updates may help you wind down at night

While Google has yet to launch its digital wellbeing features on Android phones, it's already thinking of how to bring them to the smart speaker in your living room. The 9to5Google team has discovered material in the the latest Google app for Androi… Source: Engadget | Google Home updates may help you wind down at …

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YouTube TV users can pause their subscription for up to six months

Google is now giving YouTube TV subscribers the option of pausing their subscription. Spotted by Android Police, the new feature allows users to pause their membership for up to six months. Google notes that while you won't have access to new or reco… Source: Engadget | YouTube TV users can pause their subscription for up …

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Google Finally Added a Dark Mode to YouTube on Android 

Android 9 Pie has been out for a month, and while the addition of things like digital wellness controls and handy app actions have made Google’s mobile OS friendlier to use, I can’t help but think one of Android 9's most glaring omissions is the lack of an OS-wide dark mode.Read more… Source: Kotaku | …

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Dell gives its Inspiron 2-in-1 laptops a meaningful refresh

Dell is refreshing its Inspiron line of notebooks for the holiday season, and instead of simply updating them with the latest eighth-generation Intel processors, the company is adding functional features. The new Inspirons come with narrower bezels,… Source: Engadget | Dell gives its Inspiron 2-in-1 laptops a meaningful refresh

Google Fit Updates With Apple Watch-Like Rings That Track 'Move Minutes' and 'Heart Points'

Google today updated its Wear OS iPhone app [Direct Link] and Google Fit Android app with a new redesign that emphasizes closing a set of rings, similar to Apple’s Activity app. Every day, Google Fit will task users to close one ring based on “move minutes” and another ring based on “heart points” (via The …

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Gmail's merciful 'undo send' feature comes to Android

Gmail's desktop 'undo send' feature is a godsend for the mashy-handed, letting you recall an email for a short time after you've sent it out into the internet ether. Now — finally — it's available on Android with the latest Gmail update (version 8…. Source: Engadget | Gmail's merciful 'undo send' feature comes to Android

Google redesigns Fit to get you moving

Sitting kills. Specifically, a sedentary lifestyle can kill you. Google and the American Heart Association want to save your life, or at least, encourage you to be more active. The tech giant is giving the Google Fit app its most serious overhaul sin… Source: Engadget | Google redesigns Fit to get you moving

Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems

Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago, Google began applying AI… Source: Engadget | Google is using AI to run its data …

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Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not eve… Source: Engadget | Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity

Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal changes. Source: Engadget | Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity

Google Planning to Launch Echo Show-Like Smart Speaker With Touch Screen Later This Year

Google entered the smart speaker market in 2016 with the introduction of Google Home, allowing users to speak to Google Assistant and control various smart home products, listen to music, get the news, and more. Eventually, Google added the Home Mini and Home Max to the lineup, introducing products that were direct competitors to the …

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