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Google just got terrible news in Europe – and it could get much worse

Google just got terrible news in Europe – and it could get much worse

Google was just hit by some very bad news coming from Europe, but the news may be even worse for website owners than for Google itself. In an unprecedented case, the court in Austria has just ruled that Google Analytics is in violation with the European data protection laws. As a result, Google Analytics has been made illegal in Austria.

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Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

The last few years have been a blur of rumors, leaks, and announcements about augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets. For the most part, Google has remained pretty quiet. A bit of news has broken this week, making it appear that Google plans to join the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and other tech giants in the AR hardware game.

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Google is putting an end to free legacy G Suite

Google is putting an end to free legacy G Suite

It seems that Google is finally pulling the plug on the free version of G Suite. The company announced that the legacy free edition plan will be unavailable starting from May 1, 2022, at which point free users will be transitioned to Google Workspace and will be allowed to keep using the service without paying for it for another two months (until July 1, 2022.) After that, Google will likely fully retire G Suite and continue offering Google Workspace for paying users.

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Google Play Games for Windows beta arrives, but only for some players

Google Play Games for Windows beta arrives, but only for some players

In December 2021, Google revealed plans to bring its Android games to the Windows operating system in a big way, something it had said would start in 2022. We're less than a month into the new year and the ball is already rolling: Google has announced the limited launch of Google Play Games on Windows. The support is currently available under beta testing, so it's not surprising Google has limited access to only a few countries at this time.

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YouTube Originals doused: Creators remain key

YouTube Originals doused: Creators remain key

YouTube has effectively brought its Originals to an end, the company has announced. Though YouTube Originals won't be entirely eliminated, the company has revealed that it'll reduce its funding for this kind of programming to only two categories: YouTube Kids and Black Voices. That may not be a big deal going forward, however, as YouTube Shorts has ushered in a new era of creator-generated content for the platform.

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Google Nest white noise changed: Here’s the larger issue

Google Nest white noise changed: Here’s the larger issue

Over the weekend, multiple users took to the Google forums to complain about changes to Google's white noise ambient sound file. According to the comments, the old file had been replaced by a new one, which had a harsher cutoff and took longer to loop, resulting in users being awakened or disturbed in the process. Furthermore, users reported that the new sound was muffled and harder to hear compared to the old one, so it didn't work as well. Users quickly took matters into their own hands, with one user even going so far as to create a one hour and 12 hour loop of the sound for others to play.

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Logitech Pen released with classroom Chromebooks in mind

Logitech Pen released with classroom Chromebooks in mind

Google's Chromebooks have developed a strong foothold in the education sector. The balance of affordability, support for web apps, Android apps and Google Classroom has made a compelling value proposition for many schools. There are also an increasing number of Chromebooks that offer touchscreen support in the form of convertible laptops and 2-in-1 devices. In many cases, this also means support for styluses which typically aren't bundled with the device to help keep costs down.

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The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things OPPO Smartphones

The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things  OPPO Smartphones

The smartphone market is saturated and innovation is the key for each manufacturer to stand out in the competition. Besides Apple and Samsung, Chinese OEMs have been at the forefront of innovation, and one of them is OPPO, which is leading the charge with innovations in optics and fast charging technologies. In its dedicated approach, through the years, OPPO has been ahead of the curve owing to its focus on R&D and commitment to excellence, which has especially found brand loyalists in millennials and young adults.

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Android 12L Beta 2 released for your Pixel

Android 12L Beta 2 released for your Pixel

You can now try out the latest Android 12L Beta 2 on your Google Pixel device. Released on January 12, 2022, the latest 12L Beta 2 fixes several annoying issues and can be downloaded by the owners of many Pixel devices. Android is also working on bringing the Beta 2 to a wider range of Pixels. In the release notes prepared by Android, the company offers information on what exactly the Android 12L Beta 2 entails, as well as what issues may pop up when using the beta. Like any fully unreleased piece of software, it comes with some risks, but the beta has also managed to address several known issues present in the current version of Android.

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Why the HTC Facebook phone ultimately failed

Why the HTC Facebook phone ultimately failed

Back in the year 2011, Facebook 000ed up with HTC to release two different phones — the Chacha and the Salsa — each of which gave the social media platform its own dedicated hardware button. While the dedicated Facebook feature didn't quite pan out, that didn't stop both companies from trying again in 2013 with the HTC First.

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Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Google and audio company Sonos have been in a long-standing legal battle over patent infringement. After two years of lawsuits and countersuits and a preliminary ruling in favor of Sonos last year, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has fortified that Google did, indeed, use Sonos's patented audio streaming features and has issued an order that could potentially ban all Google products violating the patents from being imported into and sold in the US (via The New York Times).

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Volvo is integrating YouTube and Google Assistant into its vehicles

Volvo is integrating YouTube and Google Assistant into its vehicles

Volvo is a company that made its name on safety, and like many other automakers, it's currently working on transitioning from traditional vehicles to electric vehicles only. While completing its transition from a mix of EVs and combustion-powered vehicles to pure electric vehicles will take some time, Volvo is looking towards that future and aiming to solve some of the problems it sees arising for owners.

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