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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

10/20/2017, 09:10 pm

A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google's framing of 'camera score' as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there's a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone's still camera.

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Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple

10/20/2017, 07:10 pm

Google parent company Alphabet on Friday said it is collaborating with AT&T, Apple and various government agencies to deliver limited wireless internet access to Puerto Rico via the company's Project Loon balloons.

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Google follows Apple App Store's lead in reducing revenue take for subscriptions

10/20/2017, 10:10 am

Google is improving the revenue split for Android developers selling subscriptions through Google Play, mirroring Apple's own policies for iPhone and iPad developers at the App Store.

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Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing, Alphabet sinks $1B into Lyft

10/19/2017, 12:10 pm

In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google's parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

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Google testing multi-account access for Gmail in iOS

10/17/2017, 04:10 pm

Google is testing out a new Gmail feature that allows users to access third-party email accounts from its iOS app, putting the title in direct competition with other multi-account email titles including Apple's own Mail.

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Google Home Mini preview hardware defect causes near-constant listening, uploads to servers

10/11/2017, 10:10 am

The first batch of Google Home Mini hardware distributed at assorted release events had a serious flaw that caused the device to listen in on every noise generated in a house -- and has since been pinned down as a hardware problem with a key feature now temporarily disabled after a firmware update.

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Google's Pixel 2 XL priced higher than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks many key features

10/10/2017, 04:10 pm

Google's latest effort to show off its vision for "Pure Android" hardware costs more than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks a telephoto lens, offers no support for Qi wireless charging, isn't capable of recording smooth 60fps 4K video and--like Windows 10 Mobile--offers no potential of an installed base for building new, compelling AR apps.

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Dow Jones blames 'technical error' for news claiming Google would buy Apple

10/10/2017, 01:10 pm

Dow Jones' newswire service is now saying that a "technical error" was responsible for headlines claiming Google was buying Apple, which may have briefly inflated the latter company's stock price.

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Google Pixel Buds have limited iOS functionality, Google Clips records notable moments on its own

10/04/2017, 02:10 pm

As part of its Wednesday release event, Google announced the Bluetooth wireless Pixel Buds -- however, the ability to invoke the Google Assistant at a touch doesn't work at all on iPhone, and a translate function narrows compatibility further to only the Pixel phone.

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Google's $649 5" Pixel 2, $849 6" Pixel 2 XL smartphones want to be your main squeeze, without a headphone jack

10/04/2017, 01:10 pm

Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones, geared to compete with Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, boast a new squeeze feature, where users can invoke the handset's assistant by applying pressure to the handset's bezels. And in a growing trend established by Apple's iPhone 7, the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

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Google announces $999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional $99 pen accessory

10/04/2017, 01:10 pm

With a 12-inch touchscreen, convertible form factor, optional stylus input, and integration with Google Assistant, the new Google Pixelbook hopes to compete with both Apple's MacBook and iPad Pro lineups.

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$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple's HomePod

10/04/2017, 12:10 pm

In addition to its budget-priced $49 Google Home Mini, the search giant also introduced a push to the premium end of the speaker market, unveiling the $399 Google Home Max with speakers 20 times more powerful than the regular Home.

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Google Home Mini offers affordable voice assistant, music streaming for $49

10/04/2017, 12:10 pm

Google on Wednesday unveiled a smaller, more affordable version of its Home speaker and assistant, dubbed the Google Home Mini, set to launch in stores on Oct. 19 for $49.

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Apple testing Google DoubleClick ad serving in News app, report says

10/03/2017, 08:10 pm

A report this week claims Apple is allowing select publishers to insert ads from Google's DoubleClick For Publishers into News app pages, an unexpected strategy shift that could lead to better monetization options for the iOS content aggregator.

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Walmart accidentally leaks Google Home Mini ahead of Oct. 4 announcement

10/03/2017, 01:10 pm

Thought it pulled a product page within a matter of minutes, Walmart on Tuesday briefly offered preorders for the Home Mini, a new smartspeaker expected to be officially revealed in a Wednesday Google announcement.

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Google rumored to be working on 'Made for Google' accessory program mirroring Apple's MFi standards

10/02/2017, 03:10 pm

Google is allegedly creating a "Made for Google" certification system resembling Apple's "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" program, known as MFi for short.

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Google Drive for iOS updated to make stored documents accessible in Files app

09/29/2017, 04:09 pm

Google has updated its Google Drive app for iOS to fully integrate the cloud storage service with the Files app introduced in iOS 11, with the latest version of Google's app making it possible to access and manage documents and photos stored on Google's servers.

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Apple not only company fighting Google over video, as YouTube is cut from Amazon Echo Show

09/27/2017, 04:09 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Google withdrew YouTube service from the Echo Show personal video device, and the two companies have issued dueling statements about the matter.

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Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

09/25/2017, 12:09 pm

Apple is switching from Microsoft's Bing to Google as the default Web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

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Apple TV 4K won't play 4K YouTube videos because of missing Google codec

09/21/2017, 02:09 pm

While the Apple TV 4K can play 4K videos from sources like iTunes and Netflix, that support is conspicuously missing from one of the most popular tvOS apps, YouTube.

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