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Google could soon integrate an ad blocker in its Chrome desktop and mobile browsers

In what sounds like the irony of all ironies, a Wall Street Journal report states that Google is planning to add an ad blocker to Chrome browsers – both desktop and mobile versions – and it’s likely that it will be turned on by default.   Google’s own ad blocker would…

The Google Assistant is coming to more Android phones

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more…

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

Three months ago, Google announced it would in early 2017 launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to developers. As expected, these are Nvidia Tesla…

Gmail will no longer support Windows XP and Vista come December 2017

If your daily routine involves accessing Gmail through Google Chrome on a system that’s running on Windows XP or Vista, you might want to consider transitioning over to newer pastures soon, as Google has recently announced that Gmail will no longer support Chrome browsers that are running on version 53…

The iOS version of Chrome is about to get a lot better

Google’s Chrome browser has always been open source on Android and PC, but never available on iOS. This is because Apple demands that browsers use its own WebKit platform instead of their own rendering engines, so Google can’t just use its typical code base for iOS Chrome. However, that’s all…

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the…

The Google Home device is basically an AI steward for your house

Google wants to be in your home, “to be there when you always need it to be” as Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO puts it. At least thats the plan for Google’s new Wi-Fi connected speaker/virtual assistant/smarthome controller, Google Home. Google Home is a small Wi-Fi connected speaker with a built-in voice-activated assistant that…

Google will significantly reduce the memory consumption of Chrome

Google’s Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, and for good reason. Chrome is mostly quick, and it features lots of extensions and add-ons that users can download to customize their browser and web browsing experience. However, Chrome also has a nasty reputation for being a resource hog. This…

Google rolls out simplified two-step authentication for Android and iOS

Google, in its Google Apps Update Blog, announced a new third option to their two-step verification system. The option, which will see a gradual rollout, aims to bolster log-in security with a solution that is surprisingly simple. Available for both Android and iOS, the new two-step verification gives users an…

Google paid Apple US$1 billion to become the default search engine on iPhones

  It looks like Google is willing to go to great lengths to keep their search engine at the top of the list in the mobile platform. So much so that they have agreed to share a percentage of their revenue with Apple to keep their search bar up, front,…