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Some Google Pixel 2 owners are reporting high-pitched noises and clicking sounds

While Google’s larger flagship, the Pixel 2 XL, is under some serious scrutiny right now for an ever-growing list of issues, the smaller Pixel 2 is looking like a better option. It’s not totally free from issues, though, as there are quite a few reports of weird noises coming from the phone.<p>As …

Google Pixel

‘Pay with Google’ arrives to speed up checkout

No more laborious forms<p>Today Google is making good on its May promise to ease the purchasing process on Android devices with the launch of Pay with Google. Now you simply choose the preferred credit or debit card you gave Google when setting up products like Google Play, YouTube, Chrome, or Android …

Google I/O

How and why you should set up Project Fi on the Pixel 2

Even if you don't plan on permanently switching to Google's cellular plans, having Fi as a backup isn't a bad idea.<p>Google's Pixel 2 ($649.99 at Best Buy) and Pixel 2 XL ($849.99 at Best Buy) are compatible with the company's cellular service, Project Fi. In fact, neither device even needs a Project …

Wi-Fi

Android is getting a feature that encrypts website name requests

Google's efforts to push websites to use encrypted connections is paying off. Just days ago, the search giant revealed that HTTPS use on its own products is at 89 percent overall, up from just 50 percent at the beginning of 2014. (Not sure what we're blabbering on about? Just peep the green lock …

Information Security

Google just can’t catch a break: Pixel 2 fails quality control, ships anyway

It’s been a rough week for Pixel fans. As Google’s new flagship devices have been slowly making their way to reviewers and customers alike, many have been running into issues with the LG-made display on the Pixel 2 XL. Though the initial complaint was regarding the sRGB display looking less vibrant …

Technology

Google Maps compiled 31 haunted sites to scare the living hell out of you

This Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to travel to the scariest places in America. Or avoid them at all cost. Your choice.<p>Google Maps listed …

Google Maps

Puerto Rico Has Internet Again Thanks to Google's Hi-Tech Balloons

The caveat is that because they are solar powered, they only work during the day.<p>Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.<p>Two of the search …

Project Loon

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your week.<p><b>1. Google is "actively investigating" the problems that are plaguing the display of its Pixel 2 XL smartphone.</b> Numerous reports from multiple users over the past week complained about things such as bad colour accuracy and screen …

Robert Scoble

Google hit by complaints over new phone

<b>Google’s new flagship smartphones have been hit by complaints about the quality of the screen.</b><p>Tech reviewers, who have had the device for about two weeks, noticed “burn in” on the display, while others noted “muddy” discolouration on the screen.<p>Google said it was investigating the issue, which it …

Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less awful

<b>Chrome Dev Summit</b> At the Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Google took another stab at making HTML-based apps less of a …

Software

Here are the Pixel 2's all-new alarm, ringtone, and notification sounds

The last time Google made new alarm, notification, and ringtone sounds for Android was for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Maybe this will become a …

Android News

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a great phone if you have nothing else to rely on

When I review a new phone, I run it through a battery of tests: how well it takes photos in low light, how it handles running dozens of apps at once, how it handles in the office, out in the world, and all the other places you tend to take your phone over the course of its life. But this past week …

Phones

Scientist Using Google Earth Finds Mysterious Stone Gates From Ancient Saudi Arabia

A scientist using Google Earth has stumbled upon hundreds of ancient stone structures in Saudi Arabia.<p>The formations are being referred to as “gates” …

Archaeology

Google posts Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL factory images, mislabels as October security patch

Following last week’s release of the Pixel 2, Google today posted factory images for both devices. Unfortunately, Google mislabeled both sets of images as containing the October security patch, when in reality they are still on September’s patch.<p>Despite being well into October, both devices began …

Google launched a new payment system that lets people buy stuff online with super-fast checkout

• <b>Google is launching "Pay with Google," a new service that integrates with Android Pay in the company's portfolio of online payment systems.</b>• <b><br>It allows users to pay for stuff online and complete checkout with just a few clicks.</b>• <b><br>Pay with Google is limited to a few retailers and shops for now, but the</b> …

Banking

Opera Developer update comes with Chromecast support

Opera has announced that the latest developer build of its popular browser now has support for Google’s Chromecast media sharing device. The feature …

Software

Walk On The Surface Of Mars Thanks To NASA And Google's New VR Experiment

This is the closest many of us will get to the red planet.<p>While Elon Musk and SpaceX might be working overtime to get us to Mars, the likelihood of …

Planets

Why Google Maps's Latest Feature Was Harmful—Even If It Got Users to Walk More

If you're a regular Google Maps user, you might have noticed a slight change in your app interface. Google recently tested a new feature that …

Google Maps

‘Pay with Google’ takes the hassle out of online purchases

It’s never been easier to buy stuff online, from takeout dinner to entire mansions. But user experience remains far from ideal, and one big pain point is the checkout. Google is now trying to take friction out of the process with a new feature called “Pay with Google.”<p>You’ve probably seen the “Log …

Android Pay

Tech Stocks Are Sinking Ahead of Google and Amazon Earnings

Tech megacaps are sinking again, this time before the release of earnings from internet giants such as Google and Amazon.<p>The FANG group, which also …

Business

"Hey Google" Is The New Command For Google Assistant

[Update: Rolling Out] Google App Hints at “Hey Google” Hotword Coming to Google Assistant on Phones.<p>The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL were …

Google Maps Will Help You Find the Scariest Place Near You

Now, a lot of people don't like being scared. But, if you clicked on this article, it’s probably safe to say you’re a bit of a masochist anyhow. In which case, Google Maps has the feature for you!<p>Earlier today, they released a list of the 31 Most Haunted Places in America. There are some classics …

Google Maps

Google's latest iPhone rival off to a rocky start

SAN FRANCISCO: The launch of Alphabet Inc's second-generation Google Pixel smartphones has been hampered by display screen problems and pricing and …

Google Pixel

Google Open-Sources Some of Chrome's Usage Stats

Google open-sourced today some of Chrome's usage metrics in an attempt to help developers create better websites.<p>The published data contains …

Google Calendar

Google Lens is rolling out to first-gen Pixel and Pixel XLs

Google Lens made its official debut at Google's October 4th event alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but we first checked it out nearly a month …

Android News

The Google Pixel 2's Dark Theme Can't be Manually Enabled via ADB

The Google Pixel 2’s Dark Theme Can’t be Manually Enabled via ADB<p>When the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were announced, hands-on reviewers noted …

Google Pixel

The Google Maps Calorie Counter And The Information Age's Right To Ignorance?

Last week Google caused a stir when it was forced to remove a new experimental feature from Google Maps that offered an estimate of how many calories a typical person might burn by walking a specific route. The experimental feature had been intended by Google to help promote walking to nearby …

Google Maps

Pixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fix

The Pixel 2 XL just can’t seem to catch a break. It has been hounded with this or that issue related to its screen. And now there’s a new cause for …

CNBC: Google's custom Pixel 2 chip was built with Intel

A Google (GOOG, GOOGL) spokesperson confirms to CNBC that the Pixel Visual Core chip in the Pixel 2 phones was built on Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) …

Business

Google Allo 21 adds profile picture cropping tool, EmojiCompat library support [APK Teardown]

Over the weekend, Google rolled out the version 21 of Allo for Android. This update includes a cropping tool for editing profile pictures and support for the EmojiCompat library.<p><b>About APK Teardowns</b>: In this ‘APK teardown,’ we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that was uploaded to …

Google Allo