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Google Play Store announces best apps of the year

Oh, the end of the year — when retailers get the red, white and green decorations out of the storeroom, end-of-year parties are badly attended, and awards are given to the best tech of the year. Ask us, we’re grinding to get the Stuff Gadget and App of the Year awards sorted before the Christmas spirit befalls us. The Google Play store has crowned its favourite apps of the year — and w...[Read More]

Google Family Link app is now available in SA

Every parent’s dream app has arrived in South Africa. Called Family Link and created by Google, the app gives parents more control over their children’s smartphone habits. The short version? No more illicit Netflix for little Jenny after 22:00 any more. Family Link helps parents keep track of their children’s smartphone activities while also offering a remote control function. A parent can, for ex...[Read More]

Google has a patent for virtual reality…. sneakers?

We’ve seen a few solutions to making motion more real in virtual reality. Prime among these is the Virtuix Omni, a Kickstarted project that costs large amounts of money (if you’re from South Africa — and from other countries too). Google’s now got a patent for a slightly smaller solution to the ‘what to do with your legs’ problem in VR — a pair of virtual ...[Read More]

Gboard will now suggest GIFs based on your texting habits, and AI

Ever felt like you know exactly what you want to say, but just can’t find the perfect GIF for it? Well, Google, with the help of some AI speculation tech, wants to help you with that issue. Google’s keyboard app, Gboard (which is available on Android and iOS) will now suggest relevant GIFs, emoji, and stickers for certain conversations. While typing a message, a suggested GIF icon will appear in t...[Read More]

Drop everything and download: Google Art Selfie

We’ve all been there. Sitting on the couch on a Sunday, perusing the pages of the arts section when the big question hits like a daub of acrylic: “Which historic portrait do I most resemble?” Well, ponder no longer, because everyone’s favourite search giant has delivered a solution to this creative conundrum – and it’s brilliant. Simply download the Arts and Culture app, scroll down to the ‘Art Se...[Read More]

Float across the screen with a new Gboard update

Google’s keyboard app, Gboard, has added a few new features recently, the most useful of which, is the Floating Keyboard mode, that should make more than a few phablet-users happy. The changes aren’t massive, but should bring users on big phones at least some joy. Using a handle located at the bottom of the independent keyboard, it can be positioned anywhere your heart desires. On the phone screen...[Read More]

Spotify announces more Premium features and an updated Wear OS app

The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, has recently announced a whole range of new features for its Premium-tier users, as well as an app for Google’s Wear OS. Firstly, the Spotify Premium changes — the most noteworthy of which is the streamlined navigation in the app (we appreciate slick interfaces, okay). The five tabs at the bottom have been condensed into ...[Read More]

Phone makers will now have to pay for pre-installed Google apps

The excitement of buying a new phone is slightly diluted, because you kinda already know what you’re gonna get. And if it’s an Android you know it’ll have some kind of Android OS, a bunch of bloatware you won’t use, and a range of Google apps. Sometimes just Search and Gmail, but sometimes you get the whole shabang, from All and Analytics, to Street View and Translate. That’s because for years Goo...[Read More]

Google unveils its Pixel 3 phones, Google Slate and Google Hub… and we want them all

We know that, infuriatingly, Google doesn’t offer its hardware in South Africa, and if you want to get it you’ll either have to buy it from an importer, or bring it in yourself. But we also know that doesn’t mean you don’t want to know about it. Which is why we’re bringing you this round up of the announcements from Google’s Made By event for 2018. While the rum...[Read More]

Google testing Project Stream, an in-browser game streaming function for Chrome

We’re getting more and more used to streaming our content — whether it’s video files from a media server or music and video from Spotify and Netflix. The next target is gaming, obviously, and while there are solutions out there — like not-available-in-SA PlayStation Now — Google’s got a slightly different idea called Project Stream. Project Stream is a streaming...[Read More]

How humans fit into Google’s machine future

In 1998, Google began humbly, formally incorporated in a Menlo Park garage, providing search results from a server housed in Lego bricks. It had a straightforward goal: make the poorly indexed World Wide Web accessible to humans. Its success was based on an algorithm that analyzed the linking structure of the internet itself to evaluate what web pages are most reputable and useful. But founders Se...[Read More]

Choose a spot for dinner using the new Google Maps Group Planning feature

Google Maps will now let a group of people decide where to eat out, based on a shareable list of restaurants, bars, or clubs (that users will be able to curate themselves). No more back and forth arguing with your buddies in a parking lot about where to eat tonight. The Group Planning feature will roll out starting this week, and will allow users to add restaurant options to a list that is then sh...[Read More]

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