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Google's new Family Link app helps parents keep tabs on their kids' phone habits

Google has launched a new invitation-only service called Family Link that lets parents remotely monitor their kids' phone usage, set time limits, and cut off access to sensitive content.

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Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul

Google’s Hangouts work chat and videoconferencing service is undergoing some major changes to better serve businesses. The company announced Thursday that it’s going after the work group chat market as well as the group...

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How to get started with the Google Assistant on your Android phone

No longer a Pixel exclusive, Google’s all-knowing oracle will transform the way you use Android.

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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

Google is expanding its contextual Neural Machine Translation to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more languages on the way.

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Google Assistant learns how to read texts as its prime-time rollout continues

Google's voice-activated Assistant can finally read and interact with our text messages on our phones.

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Google makes it easier to summon Assistant in Allo, adds in-app GIF searching

A new update rolling out to the Android Allo app adds a new icon for bringing Assistant into a conversation, lets you search for GIFs, and upgrades some popular emojis.

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Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50MB, but please don't send them

Google doubles the limit of the size of emails it will accept from 25MB to 50MB, but keeps the sending cap fixed at 25MB.

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Google's new Playables ad platform lets you try out games before you download them

With Google's Playables users can test limited versions of Play Store games over HTML5.

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Google promotes Keep note app to a G Suite core service, much to our relief

As a new core component of G Suite, Google integrates Keep into Docs, letting you edit and create notes without launching a separate window.

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Google beefs up Play Store discovery, introduces strikethrough discounting

In an announcement at the Game Developer Conference, Google unveiled a series of initiatives designed to boost developers' success in the Play Store.

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Google will start adding Assistant to Nougat and Marshmallow phones this week

After months of exclusivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google will allow all Nougat and Marshmallow phones in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany to talk to Assistant.

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Google shuts Spaces, the content-sharing app you probably never heard of

Google will be shutting down Spaces on April 17, ending the experimental service that never really got off the ground.

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Google Home can now buy stuff for you on command

Now you can ask Google Home to order things from Walgreen's, Costco, or Toys R Us through Google Express.

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Google Assistant can now share personal info in Allo, but only if you let it

A new feature in Google's Allo messaging apps lets you share calendar, contact, and travel information retrieved by Google Assistant to other members in a group chat.

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Google turns up the integration between Home, Play Music with new personalized playlists

Google Home now uses machine learning and location services to deliver the perfect Play Music mix for whatever you're doing.

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Google might be gearing up to remove millions of Play Store apps next month

Google begins to crack down on Play Store apps with dubious privacy policies, warning developers that it will take action beginning March 15.

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Google is killing its bold Hands Free payment experiment

While only limited to select stores in the Bay Area, Hands Free let you buy stuff just by saying, "I'll pay with Google."

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The new Google Voice isn’t quite ready to be your only number

A long overdue revamp modernizes the service, but it still needs some work to truly match its potential.

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How to manage your Google Account on your Android phone

Learn how to get more control over your Google Account's data, privacy, and security settings.

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Google revamps Voice with long overdue makeover, new features

After years without any meaningful changes, Google has finally upgraded its Voice apps across all platforms and promises it will release regular updates going forward.

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