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I spent a good amount of time at Google’s New York City pop-up shop this morning, and while the product demo areas were great — and felt true to what you’d imagine a Google retail store to be — the actual buying process was anything but.

Most of the staffers spread around the Flatiron location definitely seem to be Google employees, as they’re all fairly knowledgeable about the Pixel 2, Home speakers, Pixel Buds, and other new products on display. But when it comes time to buy a phone, you’re handed off to people working on behalf of an authorized Verizon reseller.

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Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to nuke it from orbit.

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Russian operatives bought ads across several of Google’s services without the company’s knowledge, the latest evidence that their campaign to influence U.S. voters was as sprawling as it was sophisticated in deploying the technology industry’s most powerful tools.

The revelation about Google, made by people familiar with an internal company investigation, adds it to a growing list of iconic tech companies used by a disinformation operation that U.S. intelligences services have said was approved by the Kremlin. Twitter and Facebook already had disclosed some Russian accounts, and U.S. investigators say other companies likely were exploited as well.

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Google recently unveiled its vision for the future of global communication — a pair of headphones that can translate over 40 languages in real time. But are we sure that we can rely on Google Translate to understand the nuances of spoken language and the complexities of culture?

The company has made enormous linguistic progress in the past 12 months. In late 2016, Google announced that it had made a breakthrough in translation and artificial intelligence. Google Translate had started using a neural network to translate some of its most popular languages.

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The Google Pixel 2 is the top-performing mobile device camera we’ve tested, with a record-setting overall score of 98. Impressively, it manages this despite having “only” a single-camera design for its main camera. Its top scores in most of our traditional photo and video categories put it ahead of our previous (tied) leaders, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, despite the Pixel 2 coming in lower in the new Zoom and Bokehcategories. The Pixel 2 is also a major step forward from the Pixel (which was our top scorer when it was released a year ago), moving from 90 to 98.

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google (GOOGL) on Wednesday unveiled tools to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices using the Android operating system, setting up its latest showdown with Apple (AAPL) Inc’s iPhone over next-generation smartphone features.

Phone-based augmented reality (AR), in which digital objects are superimposed onto the real world on screen, got a huge boost from the popularity of the Pokémon Go game. The game, launched in the United States in July last year, sent players into city streets, offices, parks and restaurants to search for colorful animated characters.

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Earlier this week, Google finally unveiled the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that we knew were coming since earlier this year. It was a pretty big deal for Google as well as the wider industry, as Sundar Pichai and Rick Osterloh – someone we used to associate with Motorola – took to the stage to announce a new kind of Google. A Google that isn’t afraid to do things on their own, a Google that wants to own the letter “G” all over the world. With the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google have shown that “G” really is “for Google” and that Alphabet’s main earner is, without a shadow of a doubt, now a hardware company. The two devices have what it takes to be successful on paper, but there’s a lot at work here, and not everyone will be happy with the price, the design and perhaps even the features involved with the new Pixel and Pixel XL. Given that everyone is a little different, people will no doubt form their own opinions on the new devices, but let’s explore the good, the bad and the ugly.

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There have been several reports over the last year mentioning Google’s interest in building a smartphone. Although the company does have its own Nexus program to showcase the best theAndroid platform has to offer (and, at least was true at first, provide some baseline devices for developers), it still needs to somewhat compromise on hardware here and there by much less directly impacting the engineering process. Click here to read more

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Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows Apple’s model of selecting winners across a variety of categories.

But where Apple chooses best apps for phone, tablet, and watch, along with selections like “most innovative,” Google took a somewhat different path. It selected 5 nominees across 10 categories, and didn’t differentiate between those built for tablet or phone.

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Google is rumored to issue a 7-inch Pure Android tablet this year that is known for now as Nexus 7 2016. The latest reports indicate that the device will not only unbox with premium build and design but also with game-changing features that are optimized for maximum productivity.

That the third Nexus 7 was designed for business use was already hinted in the first preview build of Android N, the Google mobile operating system rumored to debut with the device. Among the features revealed by the Android N beta build are Split Screen and Picture in Picture that essentially permit the running of two or more applications at the same time

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