Apple and Google announce the best apps of 2023

Apple and Google announced the best apps of the year on Google Play and the App Store. Despite the incredible popularity of ChatGPT and other similar programs, none of the companies chose an AI application. Google Play chose Imprint: Learn Visually, an app that teaches psychology, philosophy, history, finance, leadership, ... Read more

RCS in Google Messages is already used by 1 billion people, and the company is preparing a major update in honor of this

Google reported that more than 1 billion active users use RCS in Messages every month. This is a significant achievement considering that RCS support was limited just a few years ago. Currently, RCS works by default on Android smartphones, and next year Apple promises to add support for it on ... Read more

Google is starting to delete inactive accounts. Who will be affected?

Google starts deleting accounts that have not been used for at least two years. The company warned of such intentions back in May 2023. This is reminded by Android Authority. Google is taking these measures as part of its updated terms of service. In this way, Google seeks to strengthen ... Read more

Google warns that China is stepping up cyberattacks against Taiwan

China is launching more and more cyberattacks on Taiwan. This was reported by cybersecurity experts at Google, a part of Alphabet, according to Bloomberg. The company said it has seen a “significant increase” in Chinese cyberattacks on Taiwan over the past six months. At the same time, Chinese hackers are ... Read more

Google Drive on iPhone now has a built-in document scanner

Google recently updated the document scanner in the Google Drive app on Android, and now the company has added this feature to the iPhone for the first time, writes 9to5Google. The feature is currently being rolled out to users around the world, but if you already have the necessary update, ... Read more

Google Drive web version gets an updated design

Google Drive has an updated homepage that shows all pending access requests, recent comments, and file approvals to help users quickly review recent activity and take action in one place. With the new update, Drive also features suggestions based on machine learning algorithms that suggest folders based on what you’ve ... Read more

Geothermal project to power Google’s data centers launched in the US

Nevada (USA) has launched a project that uses geothermal energy. It will power two Google data centers, reports The Verge. Google is implementing this idea together with Fervo Energy. In 2021, they signed “the world’s first corporate agreement to develop a next-generation geothermal energy project.” This summer, Fervo Energy announced ... Read more

YouTube now has built-in games

YouTube has introduced a new entertainment: embedded games. The company has launched an experimental feature for Premium subscription holders. Users will be able to play more than 30 games directly from the app on their smartphones or through the web version of the service. In order to access the games, ... Read more

New problem with Google Drive causes file loss

A new issue has been found in Google Drive that causes users who use the service’s PC app to lose files, reports 9to5Google. Google is already aware of this bug and said that they are looking for the cause of it. The company also advised not to disconnect your account ... Read more

Google Maps updated visual design, author of the original UX says it’s not good

Google Maps has changed its visual design, but not everyone liked the update. It was criticized by Elizabeth Laraki, who once participated in the development of Google Maps UX design. She wrote about it on the X platform. “Last week, the team dramatically changed the map’s visual design. I don’t ... Read more

Bard has learned to watch videos on YouTube in full

Bard, Google’s artificial intelligence, will begin to better understand and analyze YouTube videos. Users will be able to get answers to specific questions about the content of a particular video. As reported by Android Authority, AI will now be able to answer specific questions on videos. “We’re taking the first ... Read more

YouTube loads slower if you have an ad blocker enabled

YouTube has started to take longer to load for users who use ad-blocking extensions. According to 9to5Google, this problem exists on all browsers. A user u/vk6_ on Reddit shared a video recorded in Firefox, which takes 5 seconds to load on YouTube, but when he made the service think he ... Read more

Firefox users complain that YouTube slows down video loading – Google talks about fighting ad blockers

Firefox users have begun to notice an artificial five-second loading delay when watching YouTube videos, which is not present when using Chrome. Google explained that the delay is part of a broader effort to target ad blockers, not specifically Firefox users, according to 404 Media. This issue has attracted ... Read more

Spotify made a secret deal with Google to pay lower fees

During the lawsuit between Google and Epic Games, it became known that Google and Spotify signed a rather generous agreement under which the music streaming service pays a lower commission than other companies. According to The Verge, Spotify paid 0% commission if users decided to pay through their internal system. ... Read more

All old Chrome extensions will stop working in 2024, including uBlock Origins

In June 2024, all old extensions based on Manifest V2, including ad blockers, will stop working in Chrome, writes 9to5Google. Among the changes that will come into effect with the release of Manifest V3 will be improved support for content filtering by providing more generous constraints in the declarativeNetRequest API ... Read more

Google launches SynthID technology to recognize music created by AI

Music created using Google DeepMind’s Lyria artificial intelligence model will contain invisible watermarks. The technology in question is SynthID, which will allow people to identify that audio was created with the help of AI, writes The Verge. DeepMind explained that the watermark will not affect the sound quality and is ... Read more

Google Photos will help you clean up your library

The Google Photos service for iOS and Android has a new feature that will help users clean up their library, writes The Verge. The new feature will help you identify similar photos, screenshots, receipts, and documents in your library and suggest further actions. For example, Photo Stacks will group similar ... Read more

Google Maps will get new functionality – updated routes, shared lists, and emoji reactions

Google has announced several interesting updates to Google Maps. These include improved public transportation routes, shared lists, and emoji reactions. This is stated in the company’s blog. For example, updating public transportation routes will allow users to better plan their trip. They will be able to choose the best route ... Read more

DeepMind’s GraphCast AI model outperforms traditional weather forecasting methods

Artificial intelligence has surpassed traditional weather forecasting methods for the first time, writes Financial Times. It is a meteorological AI model created by Google DeepMind developers. It is called GraphCast and is capable of preparing a 10-day weather forecast in 1 minute. Evaluation of the model showed that it is ... Read more

Google agrees to pay $8 billion to be the default search engine on Samsung devices

Google has agreed to pay Samsung Electronics $8 billion over four years to allow its search engine, voice assistant, and app store to be used by default on the company’s mobile devices. This became known during a lawsuit between Epic Games and Google, writes Bloomberg. Epic Games’ lawyer presented the ... Read more

Apple receives 36% of Google’s revenue from search advertising in the Safari browser

Google pays Apple 36% of its search advertising revenue in the Safari browser. This was reported by Kevin Murphy, a professor at the University of Chicago and chief economic expert at Alphabet, according to Bloomberg. He voiced this figure while testifying during the US Department of Justice’s trial against the ... Read more

Google sues fraudsters over fake Bard chatbot advertised on social media

Google has filed a lawsuit against fraudsters who distributed malware posing as an “unpublished” version of the Bard AI chatbot, writes Engadget. The tech giant filed a lawsuit in California. In it, the company claims that the attackers created pages on social networks where they posted ads and encouraged users ... Read more

Chrome has started to get a new look in the style of Material You

The desktop version of the Chrome browser has started receiving interface updates based on a design language called Material You. Google announced such intentions back in September. [gallery ids=”162568,162570,162572,162574″] The update offers several visual changes, such as, as expected, more rounded corners and updated icons with a focus on readability. ... Read more

Google Drive gets an updated home page on smartphones

Google has introduced a redesigned Google Drive home page for iOS and Android, which will help users find the file they need much faster. The Suggested tab will now show users more files, such as what they’ve opened, edited, or shared recently. The company decided to abandon the large file ... Read more

Google will start deleting inactive accounts on December 1

If you have a personal Google account that you haven’t used for more than 2 years, now is the time to remember it, because according to PC Gamer, starting December 1, the company will start deleting such profiles. The company announced this decision even earlier, but only now it has ... Read more