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After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

Google’s employees and Google’s management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google’s “Project Maven” military drone project was seemingly resolved, Google’s employees are now up in arms over company plans to create censored products for China. The internal protests resulted in the issue being addressed at an all-hands meeting, and we […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung’s long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. Samsung Samsung announced the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday. YouTube/Screenshot It’s tulip-shaped with three legs. There’s a set of touch controls for playback on top. YouTube/Screenshot As well as a light-up AKG logo, as Samsung’s audio subsidiary tuned the sound of the […]

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Chrome now using native Windows 10 notifications, Action Center

We’re now rolling out support for native notifications in Chrome 68 using the Windows 10 Action Center—super exciting! Would love to hear your feedback! pic.twitter.com/UIDzaroR9D — Peter Beverloo (@beverloo) August 8, 2018 As of today, Chrome users on Windows 10 are going to start seeing Chrome notifications delivered as regular Windows notifications. This means that […]

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EU taking another look at phone chargers because they’re still not standardized

Enlarge / USB Type-C cable and port. USB-IF EU regulators are planning to investigate if there’s a need for a legal mandate to force phone manufacturers to use standard chargers. Should they do so, proprietary chargers—including Apple’s non-standard Lightning connector on its phones—could wind up being prohibited. For the better part of a decade, the […]