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Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops

Video: Samsung’s new Chromebook Pro hybrid can run Android apps It’s no secret that I’m not a Windows fan. I’m beginning to wonder if Microsoft isn’t either. Hear me out. On Nov. 27, Chromebook users discovered that Office 365 would run on some of their laptops. To be exact, we …

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Google will turn on native ad-blocking in Chrome on February 15

Google is going to start blocking certain ads in Chrome, the company announced earlier this year. But now we know exactly when: February 15, 2018 (via VentureBeat) is the go-live date provided by the company for introduction of its built-in enforcement of the standards established by the Coalition for Better …

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Photos: Inside Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM’s frozen Nordic datacenters

A second reason for the growth of datacenter development in the Nordics is the average outside ambient temperature, which is relatively low, making it cheap and easy to cool datacenter equipment. For instance, in Luleå, the town seen here in northern Sweden where Facebook has built a datacentre, the yearly …

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Google Home Max review | TechCrunch

The days of buying devices or smart assistants will be over soon enough. Amazon and Google have both made clear their intention to make their respective AI device agnostic, so the days of the standalone Google Home or Amazon Echo might well be numbered. Assistant and Alexa are already being …

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Google Home Max: Big and loud

Video: 17 questions for Google Home and Amazon Echo Google Home Max is a $399 smart speaker that combines high-end audio features with its Google Home platform powered by Google Assistant. I will have a complete review after the holidays but I thought it worthwhile to share some of my …

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That time I got locked out of my Google account for a month

How much of your digital life would you lose if you lost a single password? Without it, you are locked out and the cold reality of using free cloud services like Google is that you don’t have a human arbiter to help you. If you think back to earlier times where, …

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Alphabet: Eric Schmidt steps down as executive chairman

AP (file photo) Alphabet, parent company of Google, announced Thursday that Eric Schmidt will be stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet’s board of directors and transition to role of technical advisor. Schmidt will remain on Alphabet’s board. The changes are expected to take effect at the company’s next …

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Eric Schmidt stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman to become a ‘technical advisor’

A little late in the day news dump for you, ahead of the upcoming holiday. Longtime Google executive Eric Schmidt announced today that he’ll be stepping down from his role as the executive chairman of Alphabet’s board of directors. Alphabet has confirmed the move with TechCrunch, offering up a statement …

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Google Chrome to start blocking intrusive ads February 15

(Image: iStock) Google Chrome will begin blocking intrusive advertisements on desktop and mobile websites that don’t meet “Better Ads Standards” starting Feb. 15, 2018, Google said on Tuesday. The blocker will even purge Google’s own ads in a new version of Chrome. The revelation follows a Monday reveal by the …

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Google’s mobile-first search index has rolled out to a handful of sites

Just over a year ago, Google announced a major change to the way its search index will rank sites: it will go mobile-first. As the company explained at the time, Google’s algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a website’s content to rank its pages, to understand structured …

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