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Google finally took RCS messaging worldwide but it's too little, too late

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The right time for cross-platform unified messaging was five years ago, not in late 2020. The long battle over messaging is finally over now that Google has incorporated RCS across the entire globe and is pushing out encryption features as I type. Not really; the battle for universal messaging was over long ago and Google just now got to the playing field. Here's what's happening in case you didn't catch it: Google has finished making RCS chat features available in its Messages app in every country that it can be made available (it's never coming to a few countries like China or Russia) and it's slowly pushing out end-to-end encryption for users who opt-in for Google's Chat features. That means Android users can enjoy rich messaging as long as they use the Messages app and the other party is also using the Messages app. In theory. The fine print reads that it works through Google's Jibe service unless your carrier supports the RCS Universal profile

If you don't want to pay Google for photos storage, here's how to leave

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Whether you want to back up your memories to a physical drive, or you're interested in switching cloud services, you might first be wondering how to export your Google Photos library. Whatever your reasons, Google actually already has a powerful tool for you to access, download, and take your photos or data and move them wherever you want. It's called Google Takeout, and we'll show you how to use it to export and download a copy of your data from Google Photos. How to export your photos from Google Photos This process is easiest to manage from a computer rather than your phone or tablet. Open up Google Takeout from your web browser. Make sure that you are logged into your Google account . Choose what categories of personal data that you wish to export. For this guide, we'll only click on the Google Photos checkbox . (Note that you can click Deselect all, and then just click on Google Photos). Underneath the Google Photos selection, you can click to get infor

Google to pay out $1B to publishers to license content for new Google News Showcase

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Google has long had a frenemy position with the world of news: it can direct a lot of traffic to online publishers, but that’s only if people bother to click on links after getting the gist of the story from Google itself  (and that’s before considering the AMP approach on mobile that keeps users on Google URLs after they click). Publications built around advertising have felt beholden to the search and ad giant, leading some of them to try to forge alternative revenue models, around paid content, events, and more to offset that dependency. Now Google is offering another, complementary, option to them. Today the company unveiled its latest effort to claw back more credibility in the news publishing world, with the announcement of Google News Showcase. Sundar Pichai, CEO of the search giant, said in a blog post that it would collectively pay some $1 billion to news publishers “to create and curate high-quality content” for new story panels that will appear on Google News — initially

Google pushes Europe to limit ‘gatekeeper’ platform rules

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Google has made its pitch to shape the next decades of digital regulation across the European Union, submitting a 135-page response yesterday to the consultation on the forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA) — which will update the bloc’s long-standing rules around ecommerce. The package also looks set to introduce specific rules for so-called “gatekeeper platforms” which wield outsized market power thanks to digital network effects. Hence Mountain View’s dialled-up attention to detail. The lion’s share of Google’s submission focuses on lobbying against the prospect of ex ante regulation for such platform giants — something the European Commission has nonetheless signalled is front of mind as it looks at how to rein in platform power. This type of regulation intervention aims to identify competitive problems and shape responses ‘before the event’ via the application of obligations on players who hold significant market power vs after the fact competition enforcement when marke

Google collects face data now. Here's what it means and how to opt out

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Google's new Face Match technology isn't everywhere yet, but it's always looking. Find out what's happening with your face data and what you can do stop it. Google's latest smart display brings with it a controversial new feature that's always watching. Face Match, introduced on the Google Nest Hub Max, uses the smart display's front-facing camera as a security feature and a way to participate in video calls. It also shows you your photos, texts, calendar details and so on when it recognizes your face. This mode of facial recognition sounds simple enough at first. But the way companies like Google collect, store and process face data has become a top concern for privacy-minded consumers. Plenty of people want to know who has their personal information once it makes its way into the cloud. Here's a look at how Google and other tech companies record, save, process and use facial recognition data collected by devices such as the Nest Hub Max, as w

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

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not found what you are looking for? These tips in a search pro. Photo: Chris ison/PA- search engines are pretty good to find what you are looking for in these days but sometimes still up briefly. For the opportunities that there are a few little known tricks that come in handy. Here are some tips for better googling (as it is the most popular search engine), but many of them work on other search engines. 1. Exact phrase Exact Search Photo: Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian is the simplest and most effective way of searching for something specific is the use of quotation marks around a phrase or name to search, it is precisely these words in this exact order. For example, to search for Joe Bloggs shows results with both Joe and so, but not necessarily placed one after the other. Search for "John Doe" the surface only those who are especially with the name Max Mustermann somewhere on the side. The exact or explicit phrase search is very useful for exclu

Marshmallow 6.0.1 already hitting Android one devices

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now that marshmallow (Android 6.0) has been around for several weeks, it is not surprising that there is already an update 6.0.1 suggest some devices. In this particular case, said devices are select an Android handsets. According to reports, only a limited number of users have received the update, but so far. Take a look: after a Google search, the model number is listed, H220 is the cherry mobile Android G1 for the Philippines. Strangely enough the Android Security patch level is from 1. December 2015 Despite today not only November 22, 2015. Provided that the roll-out is not a mistake, it seems to imply that Google has already finalized the updated integrated voice patch despite this month, just over one week left. There is currently no information as to what this 6.0.1 update brings with it, but the general assumption about the Internet is that it closely with fixes and improvements of stability. Phone Arena has reported that "HTC ROM Developer @LlabTooFeR has it,

Transferring contacts, photos, music and apps from Android to iPhone

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How to switch from Android to iPhone without losing everything  We explain how to transfer contacts from Android phone to iPhone. How to transfer applications from Android to iPhone. How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. And, yes, how to transfer music from iPhone to Android. Basically, how to switch from Android to iPhone, right?  If you're an Android user considering switching to an iPhone, you may be concerned about the transfer process. The good news is that the transfer iPhone contacts to Android phone really could not be simpler. It turns out that Google is good at these things. And the files are very similar. The basic principle consists of a backup or cloud or a desktop machine, and then sync with iPhone. So let's get into it. Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: Google use the simplest form  There are two ways to transfer contacts from Android to iOS. We will outline the bottom two, but if you've been using your Android phone for any le

HTC Nexus 9 Android L 'Lollipop' passes through the FCC before launch

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Google is struggling to keep details about his upcoming Nexus smartphone and tablet based L-secret Android. The HTC built Nexus September just passed through the FCC, indicating that the device is about to be officially revealed.  When Google entered the tablet market in 2012, it was part of the Nexus smartphone brand welcomed company. Like the phones received high praise for its combination of impressive specifications, stock Android, timely and regular updates directly from Google, and an affordable price. The Nexus 7 has remained more popular Google Nexus tablet in the program series. The company has not released an update to the Board since July 2013 and many Android fans have been waiting patiently for a new tablet Nexus to replace the 2013 model and not have to wait much longer to be introduced to a new tablet Nexus and the first expected to be available with Android L "Lollipop" out of the box and built by HTC. We first reported on the tablet in March and exp

Now you can have the design of Apple Watch Wear your watch on Android

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In March , Google announced Android Wear,   a project that extends the mobile operating system to take over the company , starting with support for specific watches. A number of major brands have already used wear their watches , and some developers even let you create your own custom Android sphere of wear. In fact , WearFaces is one such service , which allows you to customize your SmartWatch , either a Gear Samsung , LG G or Moto 360 .   To help demonstrate this customization , WearFaces has launched the PEAR watchfaces for Android that are , erm , 100 % original and bears zero resemblance to another product tech fruity . Someone has already created a design style clock on your Apple Moto 360 also .   WearFaces has created a round and square versions of the design to meet different clocks based on Android and can be downloaded from here . It is worth noting that this is only one face of the watch - the icons a

Is there a 'dark side' to Amazon drones, Google robots?

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I've got Amazon.com drones in my future. I use Amazon's Prime delivery service for everything from rechargable batteries to art books to beef jerky, and so I was quite taken aback when CEO Jeff Bezos showcased a drone delivery system called Prime Air on 60 Minutes this past weekend. The idea is that packages below five pounds could be delivered straight from Amazon distribution centers to customers within 30 minutes using drones. For now, it seems like half pipe dream, half pseudo-marketing: As many have observed, it probably wasn't a coincidence that the 60 Minutes segment aired on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year -- a good time for Amazon to be in the news. Since Sunday's show, media coverage of Bezo's plan has overwhelmingly focused on the technical and logistical aspects of Prime Air. For example, will the FAA be okay with all these drones flying around? Are they safe enough to fly around crowded

Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results

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Google and Microsoft have declared plans to censor search results that might direct users to porno, responding to pressure from British authorities. Users exploitation a 100,000 search terms and phrases can not receive content associated with the regulatory offense of youngsters on the companies’ English-language search engines, Google and Microsoft same. Google and Microsoft also will provide bootleg footage distinctive identifiers so those pictures may be mechanically deleted whenever they seem, the businesses same. YouTube engineers ar performing on an identical identification method for videos, per Google, that owns the video service. In a column printed within the Daily Mail newspaper Sunday, Google government Chairman Eric solon same that some search terms associated with porno can still come results, however British users can see a warning at the highest of the search results page. The warning can note that the search came probably bootleg results and direct the

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