Google Pixel 5 review: new phone, old tricks

The amount of effort Google seems to put into its Pixel phones while simultaneously ensuring that they look and feel mundane never ceases to astonish me. The new Pixel 5 is the epitome of this trend, though it’s been present since the beginning.

The Pixel 5 is unassuming. Instead of pushing the state of the art forward, Google has seemingly retreated to simpler, more reliable, and less expensive technology. The Pixel 4 had face unlock, squeezable sides, and a literal radar chip. The Pixel 5 has a simple rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that harkens back to Android phones from 2018, not 2020.

And yet, it’s still a very good phone for $699. It’s not impressive or flashy. By spending just a little (or a lot) more money, you can get better specs, larger camera arrays, prettier screens, and fancier designs. The Pixel 5 is trying to sell something else, sometimes to

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Google launches a suite of tech-powered tools for reporters, Journalist Studio

Google is putting A.I. and machine learning technologies into the hands of journalists. The company this morning announced a suite of new tools, Journalist Studio, that will allow reporters to do their work more easily. At launch, the suite includes a host of existing tools as well as two new products aimed at helping reporters search across large documents and visualizing data.

The first tool is called Pinpoint and is designed to help reporters work with large file sets — like those that contain hundreds of thousands of documents.

Pinpoint will work as an alternative to using the “Ctrl + F” function to manually seek out specific keywords in the documents. Instead, the tool takes advantage of Google Search and its A.I.-powered Knowledge Graph, along with optical character recognition and speech-to-text technologies.

It’s capable of sorting through scanned PDFs, images, handwritten notes, and audio files to automatically identify the key

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Google, NASA, PayPal and the World Bank to Headline Neo4j’s NODES 2020 Developer Conference

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Neo4j, the leader in graph technology, announced today the key highlights for the second-annual Neo4j Online Developer Expo and Summit (NODES).

The one-day virtual conference is expected to attract more than 10,000 developers and data scientists on October 20th. The program includes diverse, interactive sessions delivered by graph experts on topics ranging from anti-money laundering and cybersecurity to contact tracing and automotive design. This year, NODES welcomes over 70 speakers from across the globe.

Michael Hunger, Director of Developer Relations at Neo4j, commented on hosting the

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Google unveils revamped Google Analytics with new ML models, more granular data controls

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Google is rolling out what it says is the biggest overhaul of Google Analytics in nearly a decade. The revamped platform features new machine learning capabilities, unified app and web reporting, native integrations and privacy updates.

With the redesign, Google said it’s aiming to provide a more modern approach to data analytics and measurement. 

Building on the foundation of the App + Web property that Google introduced in beta last year, the new Google Analytics has machine learning models baked in, along with new integrations between Analytics and Google Ads, and new controls to help customers better manage their data.

The new machine learning models can automatically alert customers to significant trends in their data, like calculating churn or purchase probability. The new property type also includes unified measurement to remove data fragmentation across devices and platforms, and more granular data controls for things like ads personalization and activity sharing. 

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Google labels ACCC’s allegations as ‘narrow’ but will hand over 40 categories of evidence

At Australian Federal Court on Wednesday, Google was ordered to hand over evidence to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in relation to the watchdog’s allegations that Google mishandled the location data of its users.

The evidence that is to be handed to the ACCC includes over 40 categories of information and data. 

Throughout the day, Google’s legal counsel Robert Yezerski told the court he was concerned that handing over the evidence via discovery would postpone the case’s decision as it is a time consuming and costly process. 

He also labelled the ACCC’s allegations as “very narrow” and brushed off any references to Google’s interface as being a “labyrinth of screens and processes”, explaining that the allegations were only applicable to certain Google account settings and certain screens. 

“The case is very narrow and it’s narrow in three particular respects. First it’s narrow because it’s limited to two Google

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It’s Time For Google To Copy Apple’s Best iPhone Feature

Google’s excellent Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets will receive their last security update in December 2020, which effectively decommissions the phones.

When I explained this to my partner, who still uses her Pixel 2, she wasn’t excited about a new phone, rather she asked why she had to ditch her perfectly functioning Pixel. 

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It’s a good question. Why shelve a phone that, three years ago, was cutting edge technology? That has no noticeable performance issues and still has a reasonable battery life (she hasn’t

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Samsung, Apple, Google And More!

Looking to buy a new smartphone? Your timing couldn’t be better as Prime Day is your best bet to get the most amazing deals on the smartphone market. Whether you are a fan of Android or iOS, you can find great discounts on any of these smartphones during the two-day Prime Day sale on Oct. 13-14.

We have listed seven of the best phones in the market today. From the ever-popular iPhone to the ever-reliable Samsung Galaxy smartphone flagship lines, we’ve got you covered. So let’s get into it!

1. Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus is one of this year’s most anticipated phones and it’s easy to see why. It has a 6.7-inch screen, a dual SIM slot, with 128 GB of storage space and 8 GB of RAM and is compatible with 4G LTE technology. You can use the phones hassle-free with GSM

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Google Launches New Nest Thermostat for More Energy Savings

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report launched its latest Nest Thermostat, which monitors heating and cooling systems and can be controlled from anywhere via the Google Home app, Google Assistant, Amazon’s  (AMZN) – Get Report Alexa, or other smart devices.

Using the Soli technology for motion sensing and a user’s phone location, the Nest Thermostat will prevent unnecessary heating or cooling by setting itself to an Eco temperature, the company said in a statement.

Nest Thermostat also monitors heating and cooling systems and ensures that an HVAC system is running smoothly.

The Google Home app feature Quick Schedule lets users set custom temperatures for different times and days.

It also alerts users through the Home app or email when something is not right, enabling them to schedule a technician visit through the Mountain View, Calif., search and tech giant’s partner Handy.

This feature will be available later

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If Google Had To Sell Chrome, Who Would Buy It? Here Are 5 Candidates

There are grim times ahead for big tech. Democrats are pushing for Congress to rein in firms such as Google, Apple and Facebook, while the EU has reportedly drawn up a list of 20 internet companies that will be subject to stringent new rules that curb their power.

At the weekend, Politico reported that the Justice Department and state prosecutors, who are investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations, are considering whether to force Google to sell its Chrome browser.

Chrome is by far the world’s most used browser, with almost 70% of the market on desktop computers and 64% on mobile, according to NetMarketShare.

If Google were forced to cleave its browser away from its advertising business, who would buy it? Here are some of the likely contenders:

Samsung

Samsung certainly has the funds to make big buys

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An app that let Chinese users bypass the Great Firewall and access Google, Facebook has disappeared

  • A web browser called Tuber, backed by Qihoo 360, allowed Chinese users to access foreign websites such as YouTube and Facebook.
  • Google, Facebook and Twitter are all blocked in China due to the country’s Great Firewall. They can usually only be accessed via virtual private networks or VPNs.
  • The Tuber browser has now disappeared from app stores and its website no longer works.



a close up of a sign: In this photo illustration a logo of the American multinational technology company and search engine Google is seen on an Android mobile device with People's Republic of China flag in the background.


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In this photo illustration a logo of the American multinational technology company and search engine Google is seen on an Android mobile device with People’s Republic of China flag in the background.

GUANGZHOU, China — An app that briefly gave Chinese internet users access to foreign websites such as YouTube and Facebook — services that have long been blocked — has now disappeared.

The web browser called Tuber was backed by Qihoo 360, a Chinese cybersecurity giant. On Oct. 9, a journalist at

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