Google reveals when it’ll stop supporting Pixel and Nexus phones

You may want to consult the list if you’re thinking of upgrading in the future. Wondering when you should upgrade your Nexus or Pixel? Google has updated its support page to reflect when it will no longer offer telephone and online support for the devices, and you can use that info to make a decision. In the past, the big […]

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Google reportedly agrees to rent ‘The Interview’ online (update: official)

Sure, Sony may be defying hackers’ threats by letting independent theaters screen The Interview, but you might not live close enough to watch the flick. What if you want to see it online? You might get that chance. Sources for both CNN and Recode claim that Google has “tentatively agreed” to distribute the movie online […]

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Google alerts the FBI to YouTube comment threatening to kill cops

A Colorado man named Jeremiah Perez has been arrested for a comment he posted onYouTube, threatening to kill “retired helpless cops,” which Google itself reported to authorities. Mountain View called up the FBI in San Francisco after someone with the username “Vets Hunting Cops” posted this comment on one of its videos: SINCE DARREN WILSON […]

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Google+ can automatically ‘enhance’ your mobile video recordings

Google’s no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it’s extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to have Auto Enhance activated on your […]

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Chromebooks are getting always-on ‘OK, Google’ voice search

Google is ready to up the level of Chromebook voice control, judging by a new, experimental release. According to François Beaufort, you can now say “OK, Google” to activate voice search on your Chrome OS notebook anytime the screen is on and unlocked. That always-on functionality has been available for a while now on Android […]

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Google lawsuit forces MPAA-backed attorney general to retreat

Remember that post Google put up this week that accused the MPAA of trying to resurrect the spirit of SOPA with the help of state prosecutors (that included evidence based on some of Sony Pictures’ leaked emails)? It just turned into a lawsuit — and it’s already having an affect. The search giant has updated […]

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Google needs partners to actually build its self-driving car

After helping push the entire automotive industry forward when it comes to autonomous driving, it appears Google is ready for some help with its own driverless cars. As the leader of the project told The Wall Street Journal, the folks in Mountain View aren’t looking to replicate what Detroit-based and international automakers do best (build […]

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Google and Verizon strike a deal to use each other’s patents

Google has been forging patent deals left and right with smartphone manufacturers to both get technology and fend off lawsuits, and now it’s taking a similar approach with American carriers. The search firm has reached a deal with Verizon that gives both sides access to patents covering a “broad range of products.” Neither side is […]

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Google Earth’s third-party app support is going away, for now

Google Earth’s technology has led to some pretty cool third-party projects over the past six years, but you may not see many of those efforts for at least a little while. Google has announced that it’s retiring Earth’s app programming interface within a year. Any mapping software built using that kit will stop working on […]

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Google Now is almost ready to control your Nest thermostat

Remember how Nest promised that you’d one day use Google Now to control your thermostat? That day is very nearly here. Droid-Life has discovered that the search tool is responding to temperature requests, and will show you a Google Now card when the thermostat is cooling or heating your home. However, you can’t actually use […]

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Project Loon works with France’s space agency to develop next-gen balloons

  Project Loon has come a long way since Google X started working on it in 2011: its balloons can now stay afloat for 100 days, for one, and it has recently gained a partner carrier in Australia’s Telstra. Now, France’s space agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), has revealed that it’s been collaborating with […]

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Google’s new YouTube show reaches out to iOS developers

Despite the ongoing battle between Android and iOS, the truth is you’re likely loading up Google services on it either way. Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Drive — take your pick, asHomescreen.is shows (generated based on the most popular apps among @Engadget Twitter followers), they’re popular. Now Google has a new webseries devoted just to iOS developers (to […]

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T-Mobile’s Nexus 9 comes with LTE and a $600 price tag (update: AT&T too)

  The Nexus 9 didn’t completely knock our socks off, but HTC’s inaugural Lollipop tablet just got a little better… if you’re willing to pay a premium, anyway. T-Mobile’s now selling an LTE-enabled version of the tablet on its enthusiast-only Underground store for $600, or $25 a month for the next two years if smaller, […]

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Google shuts Russian office following Putin’s internet crackdown

Google will soon close its Russian engineering offices and relocate 50-odd employees, according to The Information. The search giant didn’t say why it made the move, but it may have been prompted by a recent crackdown on internet freedoms within the nation. Russia recently passed a law forcing bloggers to register with authorities, and is […]

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YouTube is testing a GIF sharing option

Click on the “share” button under any YouTube video, and you’ll get three simple options: Share (for a URL), Embed (for HTML code) and Email (take a guess), but Google’s video streaming site is about to get one more — animated GIF. YouTube hasn’t officially announced the new feature, but it seems to be testing […]

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YouTube launches offline playback for Android users in three Asian countries

YouTube has finally launched the offline viewing feature it promised in 2013 — but you can only download videos to watch without internet connection if you’re an Android user in India, Indonesia or the Philippines. Google says it’s making “much of popular YouTube content” from within the region available to view offline (meaning, anything uploaded […]

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