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Google’s new Pixel Buds Pro will arrive with Noise cancellation and long battery life

After several attempts at producing wireless earbuds, Google today unveiled the Pixel Buds Pro, its most expensive offering to date. The Pixel Buds Pro are a direct competitor to Apple’s AirPods Pro, including active noise cancelling, transparency mode, multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, and IPX4 water resistance, among other features. They’ll be available for preorder starting July 21st, alongside the Pixel 6A smartphone, and in stores a week later on July 28th.

Both the earphones and the carrying case appear almost identical to the 2020 Pixel Buds, and the Pro earbuds will be available in black, blue, green, or red. You’ll notice more microphone inlets around the exterior of these than prior Pixel Buds, and they’re designed to sit deeper in your ear canal than previous Pixel Buds.

Some people dislike the feeling of silicone tips in their ears, but it appears that Google has worked hard to make them as comfortable as possible for everyone. Sensors in the Pixel Buds Pro “measure the pressure in your ear canal so the earbuds can actively relieve it and stay comfortable.” Micro-vent systems are used in other high-end earphones for similar objectives, but I don’t recall ever seeing genuine sensors dedicated to this function. Three sizes of ear tips will be included in the package, as is customary, but Google claims that its “Silent Seal” software algorithms can “adapt to your ear, maximizing the amount of noise that’s canceled.”

Google claims that the Pixel Buds Pro’s hardware is entirely unique, from the six-core processor to the drivers to the algorithms that run on the earphones. Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, described them as “the best mobile audio hardware we’ve ever designed” during a recent media conference. Fast Pair will be available, as well as a new trick called Volume EQ, which allows the earbuds to automatically tune audio across the frequency range to ensure full, rich sound at any volume.

The Pixel Buds Pro, like the AirPods Pro, are meant to transition between your most frequently used Android devices without forcing you to access any Bluetooth settings menus. On iOS, this “feature” is unreliable and annoying, so we’ll have to wait and see how Google’s version operates in July.

But, in addition to this “intelligent” audio switching, the Pixel Buds also feature Bluetooth multipoint, allowing you to connect to two audio sources at once. Multipoint is a common function on many wireless headphones, but in the world of earbuds, the handy trick was previously reserved for Jabra products. As wireless audio chips have advanced in recent years, providing multipoint to more devices, this has begun to change.

According to Google, the Pixel Buds Pro will have a long battery life. The business claims that with active noise cancellation turned on, they can listen for up to seven hours and 11 hours, respectively.

Spatial audio head tracking is one feature of the AirPods Pro for which Google has yet to respond, but it is on the way. The startup expects to release its own head tracking technology later this year. Regular spatial audio music playback is supported by all earbuds and headphones, including the Pixel Buds Pro, but the experience does not vary when you move your head around.

The Pixel Buds Pro will allow hands-free Google Assistant voice commands, and the company claims that noise suppression of background distractions such as wind and traffic improves call quality. The earbuds themselves are water resistant to IPX4, making them excellent for exercise, while the casing is water resistant to IPX2.

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro offer a lot of capabilities for a low price, undercutting Apple’s AirPods Pro by $50. There won’t be many people switching between the two: as with AirPods and the iPhone, Android users will get the best experience with the Pixel Buds Pro. These earphones are compatible with Apple products, however there is no Pixel Buds app to alter settings or EQ, for example. For earbud ecosystem supremacy in the Android universe, Google is truly squaring off against Samsung’s Galaxy Buds portfolio.

So far, Google’s track record with the Pixel Buds has been uneven. The 2020 earbuds had a lot of signal cuts and other issues. Later software updates addressed some (but not all) of those concerns. In terms of reliability, the newer, more economical Pixel Buds A-Series have performed better. Hopefully, the “Pro” earphones deliver on their promise of reliable performance.

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Google’s new ad targeting will be blocked by DuckDuckGo’s Chrome extension

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused browser, has updated its Chrome extension to disable two new Google Privacy Sandbox ad targeting approaches. Users can prevent Google Topics and FLEDGE using DuckDuckGo’s extension, or simply disable Chrome’s “Privacy Sandbox” setting, according to a blog post. Regulators and privacy campaigners have questioned Google’s Privacy Sandbox programme, which is an alternative means of tracking and targeting consumers for online ads that Google claims is more privacy-focused. DuckDuckGo has joined the chorus of critics of Google’s new ad technology, which is now being tested on a small number of customers.

“While some suggest that Topics is a less invasive way of ad targeting, we don’t agree. Why not? Fundamentally it’s because, by default, Google Chrome will still be automatically surveilling your online activity and sharing information about you with advertisers and other parties so they can behaviorally target you without your consent,” said DuckDuckGo’s product director Peter Dolanjski in the post.

Google’s FLEDGE (First Locally-Executed Decision over Groups Experiment), a new type of ad retargeting, was likewise criticised (otherwise known as those obnoxious ads that follow users wherever they go on the web). Unlike previous systems, Google asserts that FLEDGE enables remarketing without relying on a user’s personal identification. FLEDGE will also be directly embedded in Google’s Chrome browser, rather than relying on third-party cookies for ad retargeting.

“When you visit a website where the advertiser may want to later follow you with an ad, the advertiser can tell your Chrome browser to put you into an interest group. Then, when you visit another website which displays ads, your Chrome browser will run an ad auction based on your interest groups and target specific ads at you. So much for your browser working for you!,” Dolanjski wrote.

While it’s possible that this is just lip service, Google has stated that it would continue to take comments from privacy groups and regulators while it tests Privacy Sandbox. Privacy Sandbox received a cautious approval from the UK’s competition watchdog early this year. Google took longer than expected to phase out third-party cookies. Google’s Privacy Sandbox schedule is revised on a regular basis, and the latest estimate is that third-party cookies will be phased out during a three-month period in late 2023.

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Google releases new badges to help customers avoid installing malicious Chrome extensions

Google is attempting to make it easier for Chrome users to install beneficial extensions without having to look into their origins. Two additional badges have been applied to extensions, according to the business. The first, Featured, resembles a prize ribbon and will be displayed on extensions that “follow our technical best practices and meet a high standard of user experience and design,” according to the company.

This is a manual process, according to Google, that includes reviewing extensions for a “enjoyable and intuitive experience,” ensuring developers are using the most up-to-date APIs, and monitoring each extension’s privacy practises and requested permissions. Extensions must also have a descriptive store page that explains their function in order to get the Featured label. Finally, the fundamental functionalities of an extension “must be accessible without additional credentials or payments.”

The second badge will be displayed on Established Publishers extensions. Publishers who “who have verified their identity and demonstrated compliance with the developer programme policies” are granted this one, which has a checkmark design. However, proving your identification isn’t enough to receive the badge.

Developers must also have a “a consistent positive track record” with Google’s services and no outstanding developer policy violations, according to Google. This means that first-time extension publishers will have to demonstrate their worth. “will take at least a few months of respecting these conditions to qualify,” Google says.

Companies cannot pay for either of the new badges, but they can suggest an existing extension to be featured. “It has always been our mission to make it easy for users to find great extensions while recognizing the publishers who create them,” Google’s Debbie Kim wrote in a blog post announcing the badges today. The labels should make it easier for customers to click the install button without fear of harmful extensions making their way onto the Chrome Web Store.

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Google Search will allow you to book doctor’s appointment

Google revealed on Thursday that it is launching a new tool in search that will allow users to make medical appointments.

Users who want to schedule a check-up or a same-day appointment can utilise Google Search to learn which health care providers are available in their area. To begin, Google is working with CVS MinuteClinic.

For example, if you search for a MinuteClinic near your home, Google will offer results detailing the different types of appointments available. Without leaving Google search, you’ll be able to arrange an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, skin issue, or injury/illness, as shown in the screenshot above.

It could be useful for people who don’t have access to regular medical care or who are unable to see their present doctor.

The feature is still in its early phases of implementation, according to Google. It intends to increase the feature’s partners and capabilities to make it easier for consumers to get the help they need.

The tool’s launch follows Google’s announcement in December of other health-care search tools, including the ability to identify which languages are spoken in a doctor’s office and which insurance networks the practise accepts.

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Jio Platforms is investing $200 million in Google-backed Glance

Glance, which serves media content, news, and casual games on Android handsets’ lockscreens, has received a $200 million investment from Jio Platforms, the latest in a series of bets from Mukesh Ambani’s empire as it looks to expand its offering to more than 420 million telecom subscribers in the South Asian market.

Jio Platforms’ parent company, Reliance Industries, is led by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and stated its investment is part of the InMobi Group subsidiary’s Series D fundraising round. According to a source familiar with the subject, the fresh investment puts Google-backed Glance at around $1.7 billion.

Glance, which was founded in 2019, comes pre-installed on various major smartphone models and has a “presence” of 400 million people, according to the company.

According to a top Glance official with direct knowledge of the situation, a significant section of the user base removes Glance within the first week of purchasing the cellphones, and in many cases, retail store owners delete Glance themselves.

Glance has partnerships with almost every major Android smartphone manufacturer in Asia, including Xiaomi and Samsung, India’s two largest smartphone manufacturers.

As part of the agreement, the company will bring its technology to the JioPhone Next smartphones, according to the two companies. The JioPhone Next, which runs a substantially optimised Android operating system and costs around $87, is the result of a collaboration between Google and Jio.

“This is the latest in a series of strategic partnerships between Glance and global players in the mobile ecosystem. The deal is also expected to lead to further strategic collaborations between Glance, Reliance Retail and Jio across devices, commerce, content and gaming ecosystem,” the companies stated in a joint statement.

Glance is to use the new funds to expand in a number of significant foreign countries outside of Asia, according to Jio. The United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia are among these markets. It also intends to expand its live content catalogue and commerce ecosystem, both of which it hopes to bring to users’ lockscreens, according to the companies.

InMobi Group founder and CEO Naveen Tewari stated in a statement, “Mr. Mukesh Ambani has been a source of immense inspiration for me since my early days and it is an honour to have Jio becoming a strategic partner in our journey.”

“Jio’s investment into Glance brings a deep synergy of vision and philosophy. Jio is a truly disruptive company. It made internet accessible for millions of users, making India one of the largest internet markets in the world. Reliance is now disrupting the smartphone market with launch of its JioPhone Next smartphones. Jio’s investment into Glance and Glance’s presence on the lock screen of JioPhone Next smartphones will lead to a paradigm shift in how its users experience the internet.”

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Google says that Android games will be available on Windows in 2022

Thanks to projects like Android x86 and Bluestacks, it’s been possible to play Android games on Windows for almost as long as Android has existed. Microsoft has just begun to integrate an Android app layer directly into Windows, with software available for download from the Amazon Appstore (or you can sideload apps and games). Now it appears that Google is poised to develop its own system for playing Android games on PCs.

The Game Awards were held on Thursday night, and while there wasn’t much in the way of Android news, Google made a surprising announcement. In 2022, Google will release a Google Play Games app for Windows PCs, according to the company. “This Google built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favourite Android games even more,” Greg Hartrell, Google’s product director of games for Android and Google Play, told The Verge.

Google hasn’t said anything about how it works or which games will be offered at the moment. Google did affirm that the software was created entirely by Google, with no help from Microsoft, Bluestacks, or other third-party developers. Games will run locally on your PC rather than being streamed from a cloud server, and they will work with Windows 10 and newer. Only Windows 11 is compatible with Microsoft’s virtualization layer for Android apps.

Chromebooks already run Android games and apps, so switching to a different desktop platform shouldn’t be that difficult (besides the technical challenges). By developing its own software with (supposedly) complete Play Services support, Google may be able to persuade fewer game creators to support an Amazon Appstore version, which would be essential for Microsoft’s Android compatibility layer to work without requiring users to sideload apps. Google, on the other hand, appears to be uninterested in running conventional Android apps on Windows, whereas Microsoft’s solution supports both apps and games.

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Roku stock pops on multiyear deal with Google to keep YouTube on the streaming platform

Roku shares rose 18% on Wednesday after the company announced that it had secured a multiyear deal with Google to maintain YouTube and YouTube TV on its streaming platform.

With the agreement, the 56.4 million active Roku accounts will be able to continue watching YouTube and YouTube TV, Google’s livestreaming service, without interruption.

On December 9, Google threatened to remove both YouTube and YouTube TV from Roku. The carriage fight drew the attention of Congress, which has been working to limit the power of large internet corporations such as Google.

“We’re happy to share that we’ve reached a deal with Roku to continue distributing the YouTube and YouTube TV apps on Roku devices,” said Mariana De Felice, a YouTube spokesperson. ”This means that Roku customers will continue to have access to YouTube and that the YouTube TV app will once again be available in the Roku store for both new and existing members. We are pleased to have a partnership that benefits our mutual users.”

The agreement prevents a YouTube shutdown, which may have resulted in massive Roku consumer defection. YouTube is available on Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, among other competitors.

In a statement, Roku said, “Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV.” “This agreement represents a positive development for our shared customers, making both YouTube and YouTube TV available for all streamers on the Roku platform.”

The agreement’s terms were not made public.

Roku and YouTube’s negotiations were tense due to both parties’ desire for advertising revenue. In each carriage deal that Roku negotiates, it requests a percentage of advertising inventory to sell to its customers. YouTube, the world’s second most visited website, dominates streaming viewing and has the clout to defy Roku’s requests. Roku alleged that Google forced them to prioritise YouTube content in its search results over that of other sources.

In an October statement backing Roku, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stated, “For too long, the big tech platforms have leveraged their power to preference their products and services over those of thousands of smaller online businesses.” “They have said ‘just trust us,’ but experience has shown that we can’t rely on these companies to act fairly in the marketplace.”

Despite this, Roku has earned a reputation as a tough negotiator. Months after each streaming app’s public launch, it signed agreements with NBCUniversal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

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Google is launching a new feature ‘Offers’ tab in the Play Store for some

Google is now rolling out a new feature on its app store, the “Offers” tab at the bottom of the screen, after the Material You redesign for the Play Store. For most users, this will be the fifth tab, and the bottom may appear cluttered.

In the Play Store’s bottom bar, most individuals have four tabs. It increases to five if you subscribe to Play Pass. The default for all users may soon be five, with “Offers” sandwiched between “Apps” and “Movies & TV,” which is badly shortened in the process. It employs a regular price tag symbol and could result in a maximum of six goods, but in that scenario, Google is likely to move Play Pass.

If you’re curious about what the “Offers” page provides for users, it displays “Offers for apps you might enjoy” and “Offers for games you might like.” Each app and game in the Offers area has a carousel of larger-than-normal cover photos highlighting the deal and its expiration date, as well as conventional app information like the name at the bottom.

Despite the name, this is not the same as the “Offers & alerts” page in the app menu, and it’s more like the cards in the Games feed that advertise “Limited-time events.” It’s unclear whether this change would assist end users, but it will provide developers with a more visible surface than app listings.

While the update may not be noticeable to users aside from the UI, it will give app and game makers another place to advertise their apps as well as limited-time deals.

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Google is now bring tool to help minors delete photos from search

Google is currently making it simpler for minors or their parents to have photographs of them erased from search results.

In a blog entry distributed Wednesday, the organization said it is carrying out an apparatus that lets guardians and children younger than 18 solicitation photographs be eliminated from its pictures tab or presently don’t show up as thumbnails in a search inquiry.

In spite of the fact that Google (GOOG) recently offered ways for individuals to demand the expulsion of personal information and photos that fit into classifications, for example, “non-consensual explicit” or “financial, medical and national ID,” it’s currently stretching out this to images of minors.

“We know that kids and teens have to navigate some unique challenges online, especially when a picture of them is unexpectedly available on the internet,” the company said in the blog post. “We believe this change will help give young people more control over their digital footprint and where their images can be found on Search.”

The new form permits clients to hail URLs of any images or search results that contain pictures they need eliminated. Google said its groups will survey every accommodation and connect in the event that they need extra data to confirm the requirements for evacuation.

Notwithstanding, the organization underscored this will not eliminate the picture from the web; individuals should contact a site’s website webmaster to request that substance to be taken out.

The organization recently declared the tool in August as a component of a greater work to ensure minors across its foundation. Different components it presented at the time incorporated a private default setting for all recordings transferred by a youngster and an apparatus considered Family Link that assists guardians with checking their children’s accounts.

The endeavors come as Big Tech companies keep on offering additional youngster security measures in the midst of analysis from experts and lawmakers concerning what different stages mean for youthful clients. Recently, a chief from Google-possessed YouTube — close by pioneers from Snap and TikTok — was barbecued by Senators about the means the stage is taking to secure their young users.

A few specialists extolled Google’s most recent move to give minors more power over pictures, noticing their expulsion could likewise eliminate digital tormenting or forestall possibly unsafe data or photographs from persevering on the online.

“We’re glad to see Google take this overdue step to give children and teens and their families more control over what images show up in search results,” said David Monahan, campaign manager at Fairplay, a child advocacy group. “We hope Google will go farther to reverse its collection of sensitive data and give families the ability to erase the digital footprint that Google and its partners maintain on every young person in the US.”

Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist who works with teenagers, said Google’s solicitation interaction could likewise assist guardians with talking all the more transparently with their children about dealing with their internet based presence. That could include talking about what’s deserving of thought for expulsion, for example, a photograph that could hurt their future standing versus one where they see to look not exactly “perfect.”

“While some parents may believe that their teen can handle the removal of various pictures without help, I do suggest that they still have conversations about values and how they tie into image online,” she said. “They could be missing out on a great opportunity to help their teen to build insight and assertiveness skills.”

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Samsung declares ‘Unpacked Part 2’ event for Oct 20th, just after Apple and Google

Samsung has recently conveyed solicitations for an occasion it is holding on the web on Wednesday, October twentieth at 7AM PT/10AM ET. It’s called “Galaxy Unpacked Part 2,” which is potentially a sign that as opposed to all new Galaxy telephones, they might be seeing iterations on existing ones.

With Samsung’s declaration, they will currently have an Apple occasion on Monday (where we are expecting new MacBook Pros), Google’s Pixel 6 launch on Tuesday, and presently Samsung’s clearly more modest event on Wednesday.

Notwithstanding the invitation picture, a Samsung newsroom post reporting the occasion proposes a type of personalization for the Galaxy device. Hence, the innovation they utilize each day should mirror their character. Join Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 on October 20th to perceive how Samsung is opening up new experiences of self-expression through technology.

What that may mean, it appears to recommend new color for the Galaxy telephone, or a total customization choice. For instance, you can envision making a Z Flip 3 by picking tones on the two sides of the wrinkle, yet the secret picture might recommend that. Use Z Fold 2 Samsung offered clients the choice of picking their own highlight tone for the pivots, which has been stopped in the Z Fold 3 (at any rate, up until this point).

Obviously, no customization program has approached the first Moto X, which let individuals picked quite a few diverse shading choices and even materials for their telephone — including bamboo. It appears to be impossible that Samsung will actually want to go that far.

What appears to be considerably more improbable is the Galaxy S21 FE, a cheaper “fan release” of the Galaxy S21 that has been kicking around the talk plant for some time now. It’s doubtful for the most part on the grounds that the S21 FE is presently in a sort of limbo where it’s either been postponed or dropped in light of the chip lack. Sammobile reports that Samsung is as yet considering a January dispatch for the S21 FE.

Despite what Samsung reported on Wednesday twentieth, it will be difficult to stand out enough to be noticed after all the Sturm (Apple) and Drang (Google) in the last two days.Perhaps picking Wednesday is an essential endeavor for Samsung to stand out enough to be noticed. Pixel 6..

Discussing a bustling week NS On the verge10 year occasion approached the skirt Friday and Saturday.If you live in New York City, the ticket is Discount code $ 99 NOW here.. This will permit another tech organization to report something on Thursday, 21st. Has anybody heard from OnePlus recently?