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Google Faces Widening Antitrust Probe Over Online Ads in Canada

Canada's Competition Bureau secured a court order allowing it to deepen a long-running investigation into the advertising market power of Alphabet Inc.'s Google.The watchdog's investigation started in 2020, and initially focused on whether Google was using its share of the video advertising business to gain power in the market for advertiser buying tools. That probe has been extended to look at Google's power across the display advertising technology business, the Canadian watchdog said Thursday. The agency said it was…

Google’s Deal With StackOverflow Is the Latest Proof That AI Giants Will Pay for Data

Last year Stack Overflow became one of the first websites to announce it would charge AI giants for access to content used to train chatbots. Now the popular Q&A service for coders has signed up its first customer—Google—in what CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar says is the start of a “meaningful” new stream of revenue.The deal is significant, because it remains unclear how broadly Google and other AI developers will pay for content needed for AI projects. Millions of books and websites have fueled the development of AI…

Google has a surprise for anyone searching ‘Final Fantasy’ or ‘Chocobo’

Google has a long history of easter eggs, from HTML trickery to paying homage to Bletchley Park with a very apt decoding animation. I can say with certainty that I wasn’t expecting to see a stampede of Chocobos on my screen today, though. But that’s what happens if you do a search for “Chocobo” or “Final Fantasy”, in celebration of the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Along with the adorable retro Chocobos, you’ll also see a few Cloud Strifes, complete with Buster Sword aplenty and some (slightly disorienting)…

Google brings back 360-degree Photo Sphere mode – but only on some Pixel phones

Artie Beaty/ZDNETWhen it debuted more than a decade ago, Photo Sphere was a simple but fun photo mode that allowed users to take 360-degree photos of their surroundings and then either upload them to Google Maps or Google Street, or view them in a Google Cardboard headset.The feature was a fan-favorite for quite a while and had been on every Google phone from the Nexus to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 Pro -- it's still absent. That makes sense given that the mode was cut out of Camera 9.1,the version the Pixel 8 shipped

Google Gemini for Data Analysis: A Beginner’s Guide

Explore the depths of data analysis with Google Gemini Google Gemini is a powerful tool for data analysis that leverages artificial intelligence to provide users with natural language and visual interfaces to explore, understand, and communicate data. Gemini is a large language model (LLM) that can generate human-like text and images based on context and past conversations. Gemini can also answer questions, explain results, and verify facts from multiple sources. What is Google Gemini and what can it do?…

Google is bringing back the camera feature you probably never use

Over a decade ago, Google introduced the Photo Sphere mode. It’s a mode that allows you to create 360° images by stitching together a ton of pictures. It’s like having a 360-degree camera without having a 360° camera. Well, Google took the feature away with the launch of the Pixel 8 phones for some reason. Now, according to a new report, Google is reviving Photo Sphere. Photo Sphere predates many of the smartphone camera gimmicks that we’ve seen over the years. Given Google’s track record for discontinuing products like…

Google could spice up your calls with ‘Audiomojis’

Emojis are a fun way to add a nice emotional pop to your messages. However, what if you could add them to your phone calls? Well, Google is looking to do something similar to this with what it calls Audiomojis. We are still learning what Audiomojis are, but a new report states that Google wants to bring them to its first-party phone app. Google, as always, is hard at work adding new features to its products in order to make them better. For example, today, Google announced new features for Chrome that could make…

Google Wallet now supports 40 more banks – can you finally pay by phone?

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Google announced three helpful Chrome features for desktop and mobile

Google is always looking for more ways to make Chrome a better browser, which is why the company is always adding new features and additions to it. Today, Google announced three new hopeful Google Search features coming to Chrome that will help augment the overall experience. Recently, Google announced some new AI features for Chrome it feels that will enhance the experience. One of the latest additions is Help me write throughout all of Chrome. So, no matter what website you’re on, if you are on a text field, you can…

Google Chrome’s new slate of features will allow search even with a ‘bad’ network connection

Google just announced a trio of features for its Chrome browser to allow for “more helpful suggestions.” Some of these tools are for the smartphone app, while others work with the standard PC-based browser.First up, desktop Chrome users are getting new search suggestions that pull from what others have been using the browser to look for. The browser will still remember your recent queries and auto populate related search suggestions, but you’ll also see user-generated options to the right of those usual autofill…