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Tired of waiting on hold? One of the Pixel’s best features is coming to Google Search users

Artie Beaty/ZDNETWhen it first debuted, the "Hold for Me" feature was one of the most useful features on Google Pixel phones. Instead of waiting on hold or navigating an endless menu of prompts when calling a company, users could simply wait for a notification that a real person was on the line and pick up the call.Now that feature is coming to Google Search app users.A new experiment has appeared in the Search Labs portion of the Google Search app that accomplishes the same thing as "Hold for Me," only it's called…

Google brings a version of Pixel’s ‘Hold for Me’ tool to more phones and desktop via Search

Waiting on hold is a great way to hear the over and over again, but otherwise it’s an absolute waste of time. Google originally tackled the issue on its via the “Hold for Me” tool, which would wait in the queue and alert you when an actual person picked up. Now, a very similar feature is The appropriately-named “Talk to a Live Representative” will call a business on your behalf, navigate through the various phone menus, wait on hold and then notify you when an actual human is ready to talk. It’s currently available as a…

Apple Vision Pro teardown uncovers pixels the size of red blood cells

If you ask anyone who’s actually what the best feature is, they’ll likely call out the dual micro-OLED displays. These screens produce especially crisp visuals, and iFixit has taken it upon themselves to find out why. The publication with an emphasis on those glorious displays.The big takeaway? The screens are incredibly pixel-dense, with 12,078,000 pixels smushed into 0.98 square inches. This means that each individual pixel is just 7.5 μm, which makes them Yeah. The ones in our bodies right now.This is much more…

Google sends out February update for its Pixels

Google officially stopped sticking to its "first Monday of the month" schedule for releasing Android updates last year, but here we are on a first Monday of a month and - you guessed it - there's a new update out. All Pixels that are still supported are starting to receive this one over-the-air, though as usual it should be noted that Google's rollouts are notoriously slow, so it might be at least a few days, if not more, before every single eligible Pixel out there gets the notification. After installation, you'll…

‘I dreamed of blocky pixels’: the strange, sweaty, sociable early days of gaming – in pictures | Games

Today it is trivially easy to play games on a computer, games console or phone with your friends over the internet. But before the wide availability of high-speed internet, things were more complicated.In the 1990s and early 2000s, 3D graphics in video games were becoming more and more complex, but the low network speeds of the period meant that these games, unlike slower-paced and less graphically intensive strategy games, were nearly unplayable over an internet connection. In this moment, in which communications…

Google adding Pixel’s Super Res Zoom to Chromebooks

After updating Chromebook system requirements to qualify as “Chromebook Plus,” Google adds zooming capability to the camera app. The addition also seemingly includes the ‘Super Res Zoom‘ feature found on Google’s Pixel phones starting with the Google Pixel 3. Super Res Zoom utilizes Machine Learning (ML) to extract more detail in the final result. Chromebooks usually have a front-facing webcam for your video calls, although, you can capture still images too. However, the sub-par hardware doesn’t always lead to a final…

Google Pixel’s Super Res Zoom appears to be heading to Chromebook devices

Cesar Cadenas/ZDNETSuper Res Zoom, a feature that uses AI to make zoomed-in photos appear sharper than they really are, has been a highlight of Google Pixel phones for some time now – and it may finally be heading to other devices.For the most part, Google Chromebooks only have a front-facing camera that's primarily used for video calls. A few Chromebook tablets do have a rear-facing camera as well, but those cameras don't offer nearly the same quality as phones do, so they're often not utilized. Also: I tested…

A night at the Vegas Sphere: it’s pixels all the way down

The Sphere is the main character in Las Vegas right now. If you’re flying into the city from the right angle, half the plane sees it out the window and feels obligated to tell the other half what they’re witnessing. The woman on the flight next to me, who said she’d been to Vegas precisely 52 times, told the first-timer sitting in the window seat that the main thing he had to do this week was get into the Sphere. No problem, he said. He had U2 tickets. I, in the aisle seat, silently cursed him. I did not have U2 tickets.…

The Download: good climate news, and promising pixels

Scientists are loudly warning that the world is running out of time to avoid dangerous warming levels. The picture is grim. But if you know where to look, there are a few bright spots shining through the darkness. New technologies that can help address climate change, from heat pumps to solar panels to EVs, are coming to the market and getting cheaper. Climate policy is also developing, from incentives to support new technology to rule-making around pollution.  And efforts to help the most vulnerable nations adapt to…