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Google is Now a Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation

A long-time member of the non-profit organisation, Google has chosen to increase the amount of money it donates to the foundation from $100k a year to a massive $500k. The bump sees Google go from ‘Silver’ member of the foundation to a ‘Platinum’ member — the highest level of membership available. In addition to bragging rights,…

YouTube uses machine learning to create real-time green screen feature

Software Engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Andrei Tkachenka from the Google Research team have just posted on the blog that they launched a feature to the YouTube app that allows for real-time, on-device mobile video segmentation into YouTube stories (which YouTube calls “reels”). Commonly known as the “green screen” effect, video segmentation allows you to separate the foreground…

The latest Google Chrome update now supports HDR for Windows users

Google has released a new update to Chrome that addresses some major gripes with the browser. Chrome 64 now includes the ability to mute entire sites that auto-play videos, so you won’t be constantly dogged by an annoying video. This is particularly handy on sites that insist on having the video follow you with sound on as you…

Google may soon let you activate Assistant with a custom hotword

According to the folks over at 9to5Google, Google is preparing to let users use a custom hotword to summon Google Assistant. At the moment, you can use either “Hey Google” or “OK Google” to activate Assistant, but both don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Comparatively, Amazon gives users more options to wake Alexa, such as “Alexa”,…

Google’s Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian

Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is needed, Google uses a customized…

Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay

Google is revamping its mobile payment offerings and creating a new brand called Google Pay. The new product merges Google’s existing mobile payment platforms. That includes Android Pay, which lets customers pay for things online and in stores with their Android phones, and Google Wallet, which lets you send money to your friends. The new…

Apple’s iPhones were part of the 10 trending consumer tech devices on Google this year

Google revealed the top searches of the year including consumer tech, movies, memes and TV shows. In the consumer tech category, 8 of the 10 devices are smartphones; the iPhone 8 and iPhone X take the top two spots followed by the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 4th position. The non-phone devices are Nintendo Switch (3rd)…

Google has been collecting Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

We already know that Google collects information about its users to better its services, but according to a report from Quartz, the search giant also collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled on their phones. And this happens over Wi-Fi even when the phones don’t have any SIM card inserted. Quartz: Since…

Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes

If you’re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps. With Tilt Brush and Blocks, Google Poly made 3D creation easier. Now, Google want to enable creators and developers to build on everyone’s work. That’s why Google created Poly: one place to browse, discover and download 3D objects. Poly lets you quickly find 3D…

Rumor: Google is emulating Apple’s strategy for its 2018 Pixel lineup

  Less than three weeks after the unveiling of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, online portal Droid-Life claims that it has obtained information on Google’s plans for their successors next year.   A reliable source reportedly told Droid-Life that Google might be working on three Pixel phones for 2018 where two phones…