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YouTube's unskippable 30-second ads are finally going away

Google has announced it is ending support for the 30-second "unskippable" adverts that currently play before many YouTube videos. The unpopular pre-roll advertisements have long been criticised by users. Google acknowledged the format isn't ideal.

Google has deleted over one million websites from search results

Google has reached a new milestone in its quest to remove unlawful websites from the Internet. It recently received its one millionth takedown request as the service continues to grow. Amongst the sites reported include NASA and The White House.

Google Maps update lets you share lists of places with friends

Google is rolling out an update to Maps that lets you create and share lists of your favourite places. The feature adds a social element to the app and makes it easier to plan trips, coordinate meet-ups and arrange sight-seeing expeditions.

Google's machine intelligence can now run offline on smartwatches

Google has explained how it managed to get advanced artificial intelligence running offline on smartwatch processors. The system, formerly confined to high-performance datacentres, now powers Android Wear 2.0's suggested message replies.

Google creates tech that lets you enhance zoomed-in images

Google has demonstrated a prototype system capable of making "zoom and enhance" a reality. The technology restores detail to pixelated areas of zoomed-in images. It's often featured in TV programs, despite not previously being possible in the real world.

Google's new Android Wear smartwatches are now official

Google has officially announced the first Android Wear smartwatches in which it played a role in the development. The LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport are meant to reignite momentum around Android Wear, offering thin designs and robust functionality.

Google Maps update lets you check your commute in real-time

Google is rolling out a new update to its Maps app for Android that adds real-time commute information letting you check when the next bus is. There's also new curated lists of useful everyday destinations around you, such as ATMs and gas stations.

Google open-sources Chrome for iOS

Google has open-sourced the iOS version of its Chrome web browser, enabling external developers to experiment with the code and build their own versions. The work has taken several years to complete, owing to the complexity of Chrome's iOS app.

Five things to know about Black History Month 2017

February is Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada, and this year institutions and individuals alike will highlight the contributions of black Americans and Canadians.

Google's Eric Schmidt says Donald Trump will 'do evil things'

Mountain View - Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, told company employees that President Donald Trump is "going to do evil things."

Google employees stage walkout to protest Trump's travel ban

Mountain View - More than 2,000 Google employees or Googlers worldwide, walked off the job Monday to protest President Trump's executive order imposing a travel ban on seven primarily Muslim Middle East countries. The walkout had the support of Google management.

All future Chromebooks will support Android apps

Google has announced that all future Chromebook devices will support Android apps, greatly increasing the functionality of the cloud-based laptops. Currently, only a handful of newer devices include access to the Play Store.

Google Pixel 2 could feature an Intel processor

Google could be planning to use an Intel processor in its upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone, according to a new report. The handset will also feature an improved camera and waterproofing, improving on a key weakness of the original.

Ex-Google and Xiaomi exec is new boss of Facebook's VR business

Facebook has hired Hugo Barra, the most prominent global executive at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi and a former Google exec, to lead its virtual reality business.

Google takes aim at bad ads that deceive you and hide malware

Google has revealed it banned nearly two billion bad ads during 2016. The company has published a set of statistics that highlight how prevalent malicious advertising has become. It is developing new technologies to remove offending ads.

Microsoft, Google battle it out in the playground over school PCs

Microsoft and Google have each announced new rival laptops aimed at classroom customers. Education is increasingly becoming a new frontier of technology and Google's Chromebooks have rapidly developed into a credible threat to Windows machines.

Google Voice gets its first major update in five years

Google has announced a total revamp of its popular but neglected Google Voice communications service. After largely abandoning its apps for years, the company has released an all-new interface and several new features.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

Google shares how it finds malicious Android apps

Google has detailed one of its most useful methods for catching malicious apps threatening Android phones. It is able to work out when an app has left a device unusable by checking to see if it has been used in a recent period of time.

Google+ gets new features in update that kills classic web app

Google+ may have failed in its quest to topple Facebook but Google is still working on the platform. It has announced a series of new features designed to attract new users and keep existing ones active. The 'classic' web version will now be switched off.

YouTube livestreams now have their own tip jar

Google has unveiled a new YouTube feature designed to help creators make more money from their livestreams. Super Chat acts as a kind of virtual tip jar, letting viewers pay to have their comments promoted to the top of the stream.

Google Voice preparing for its first major update in years

Google has confirmed it is working on some significant updates to Google Voice, the company's neglected communications service. Voice hasn't received much attention in the past couple of years but Google is now hinting at a major relaunch coming soon.

Google avoided a $3.6 billion tax payment thanks to a loophole

Google saved a total of $3.6 billion from its tax year 2015 by using a perfectly legal exploit called "Dutch Sandwich" or "Double Irish."

Families of Orlando victims suing Google, Facebook and Twitter

Detroit - Families of three men killed in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last June are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google (as the owner of YouTube). The suit alleges the defendants gave material support to ISIS by enabling the shooter to become radicalized online.

Google's top Internet searches for 2016

Google's search engine processes trillions of search requests every year. This week the Mountain View company outlined the most popular key words entered into its search engine in 2016.

Google's self-driving car project becomes a company - Meet Waymo

After seven years, Google's self-driving car project has become an independent company under the Alphabet umbrella. The company, called Waymo signals Google's confidence that it will be able to bring autonomous vehicles to the masses in a few short years.

Android Things wants to make the Internet of Things actually work

Google has unveiled a new operating system aimed specifically at the Internet of Things (IoT). The aptly named "Android Things" is designed to make it easier for connected devices to seamlessly integrate with each other. It also cleans up IoT security.

Google makes Android Wear 2.0 work more like 1.0

Google has announced a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the upcoming release of the company's wearable operating system. The latest update reverses changes to some of the platform's behaviour, making it more like the version it's replacing.

Google Allo reaches 10 million downloads after three months

Google's new Allo messaging app has passed the 10 million downloads mark three months after its launch. The chat client has been met with a frosty reception and has suffered from a slow consumer update. It now trails its established rivals.

Google prepares to label some HTTP webpages 'Not Secure'

Google has rolled out a beta version of Chrome that marks traditional HTTP websites with password and credit card fields as "not secure." The company hopes the move will pressurise websites into using the secure HTTPS protocol to transmit sensitive data.
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