Google Photos no longer supports the option to backup only while charging

Bad news for Google Photos users, as the search giant quietly removed one of the app’s features that are considered very useful by many. It appears that the ability to backup your photos while charging your phone is no longer available to Google Photos users.

Although it was initially thought that the removal of the feature might have been a temporary bug that Google would address in a future update, it’s been confirmed that Google made the change on purpose.

Currently, those who believe this feature was handy to them can now let the company know by leaving feedback so that …

Google Glass gets first update in nearly three years

Google Glass has received an update to version XE23. No, this is not an old headline from a few years ago. Google continues to sporadically support its wearable spectacles. The new update allows a Glass user to use Bluetooth to pair an input device like a QWERTY keyboard to Google Glass. After the update, Glass wearers with the right accessory will be able to type in commands instead of using their voice and other controls.

To make it as clear as can be, let’s look at the changelist for the update. It reads simply, “Glass can now be paired with Bluetooth input devices, including keyboards.” …

Malware-infected apps keep making their way to the Google Play Store

Judging by recent headlines, the Google Play Store seems to be becoming an increasingly common source of malware-infected apps. The precise reasons for this aren’t clear, but it’s most probably a combination of Google’s inability to keep up with hackers’ latest tactics, as well as security researchers’ relatively recent mainstream interest into the Android OS. But whatever the reason, the facts are that we’re constantly hearing of yet another Play Store purge of apps that have amassed thousands of downloads, putting their users to risk.

Last year, a …

OnePlus 5 Dash charging comparison versus the Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel: still crazy fast!

OnePlus is always proud of its Dash Charge charging solution and it will never miss a chance to tell you how awesome it is. And rightfully so — anyone that has ever charged its compliant OnePlus device with the dedicated Dash Charger knows that you are extremely unlikely to live that wall hugger life. The company promises “a full day of power in half an hour”, and for the most part, this promise does not stray away from reality.
Of course, one of the key bells and whistles of the all-new OnePlus 5 is Dash Charge, and albeit it’s not a new feature per say, …

Galaxy S8/S8+ owners get an exclusive ‘New Release Radio’ station in Google Play Music

When Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship devices this year, it also made official that it was going to scrap its Music app and exclusively use Google Play Music in its products. In a press release at the time, Sammy announced that Galaxy S8 and S8+ users would benefit from smart music recommendations, tailored playlists and other niceties, thanks to its partnership with Google.

It now seems that owners of the latest Galaxy S phones are beginning to ‘tune into’ an exclusive Google Play Music feature, called New Release Radio. Don’t get overly excited, though, as there’s nothing …

Google is giving away a Google Home to Pixel XL buyers, discounts cases by 50%

Looking to buy a Pixel XL? Don’t hurry to eBay, you can – finally, after all this time – do so from Google. The smartphone is in stock and can be easily bought by official means for the first time in a long while. That’s not the only reason to consider a Pixel XL, though. Google is running some discounts and promotions in its device store to help sweeten the deal!

For example, buying a Pixel XL nets you a Google Home smart Wi-Fi speaker, a $129 gift, while supplies last. You can listen to streaming music with it or issue voice commands and benefit from the search …

Google Doodle honors first Native American physician


Google honored a deserving figure in American history on Saturday: Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American to earn a medical degree. 

Picotte was illustrated as the Google homepage’s Google Doodle on Saturday in honor of what would have been her 152nd birthday. 

Image: screenshot/google

Picotte was a doctor and an activist. The Omaha Native American physician advocated for land, and money for the sale of land to be paid to members of the Omaha tribe. As a reformer for public health, she was a leader in the temperance movement and fought tuberculosis on the reservation where she worked as a physician.  Read more…

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2017 iPhone users can select Google Assistant as their default assistant replacing Siri?

A report published the other day claims that Apple and Google are working together on a way to allow iPhone users to select Google Assistant as their default virtual assistant, replacing Siri in that capacity. The way Google Assistant currently works on iOS is that the app is opened up like any other third party app,. The user then requests the information that he/she is seeking from Google Assistant,.and then closes the app when done. But if the source of this information is correct, iOS users who prefer Google Assistant over Siri will be able to make the change allowing Google to become the default …

EU is about to slap Google with €1+ billion fine for abusing search practices

In the next few weeks, the EU is expected to come out with a decision on an investigation probing Google’s business practices, and the tech giant is facing a fine that may exceed €1 billion euro, according to Financial Times’ sources familiar with the matter. The European Commission and Google have not commented yet, but if the information is correct, it may be an indicator that a multi-year antitrust case is coming to a closure.

The European Commission accuses Google of abusing its dominant position in the European search engine market. The service in sight is …