Big Tech drastically reverses course on coronavirus ad policies
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Big Tech drastically reverses course on coronavirus ad policies

When tech companies roll out new policies, it’s usually after long periods of meticulous internal discussion and review. Big reversals aren’t the norm.  Then Covid-19 hit. As the looming threat of the coronavirus began hitting the U.S. in February, many tech companies started to roll out new ad policies.   …

Google Fi temporarily increases data limits to 30GB per month
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Google Fi temporarily increases data limits to 30GB per month

Like the major telecom providers, Google recognizes that people are spending more time on their phones during the coronavirus pandemic. To help meet that demand, Google Fi is doubling the data its customers can use before they are downgraded to 2G sp… Continue Reading…

The forgotten dream of second-screen gaming
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The forgotten dream of second-screen gaming

The original iPad came out on April 3rd, 2010, at a time when most smartphone manufacturers were making the awkward transition from full QWERTY keyboards to touchscreen-only devices. Apple sold 1 million iPads in that first month, and by the end of 2… Continue Reading…

Google rolls back Chrome feature that blocks cross-site tracking
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Google rolls back Chrome feature that blocks cross-site tracking

Google is temporarily rolling back a feature it launched with Chrome 80 to make sure it doesn't break websites in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Back in February, the tech giant started enforcing a new cookie classification system that wa… Continue Reading…

Google rolls back SameSite cookie changes to keep essential online services from breaking
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Google rolls back SameSite cookie changes to keep essential online services from breaking

Google today announced that it will temporarily roll back the changes it recently made to how its Chrome browser handles cookies in order to ensure that sites that perform essential services like banking, online grocery, government services and healthcare won’t become inaccessible to Chrome users during the current COVID-19 pandemic. …

Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform
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Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform

When you look at the most successful companies in the world, they are almost never just one simple service. Instead, they offer a platform with a range of services and an ability to connect to it to allow external partners and developers to extend the base functionality that the company …

Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot
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Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot

As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That’s partly because it’s difficult to learn how to walk like a dog directly from a dog — but this research from Google’s AI labs make it considerably easier. The …

This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending
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This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of …

Transform your photos into art with the Google Arts & Culture app's new feature
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Transform your photos into art with the Google Arts & Culture app’s new feature

Google’s Arts & Culture app has a cool new feature that’ll transform your pics into classic works of art. Well, kind of.  Basically, the Google app takes any photo and re-stylizes it in the fashion of famous paintings.  Here’s an example from a snap I took weeks ago of the …

Google's AI can replicate your photos in the style of iconic paintings
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Google’s AI can replicate your photos in the style of iconic paintings

There are loads of apps out there that use filters to turn your photos into works of art. You can give your selfie a delicate watercolor feel, for example, or ramp up the colors and composition to create a frenzied portrait of your pet. Now, thanks t… Continue Reading…