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May 7, 2019, 9:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Pixel 3a review: great price with an excellent camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack but a slower processor, no wireless charging, and isn't water resistant  —  At $399 and $479, respectively, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are great deals  —  I am going to break an unwritten rule of tech reviews …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google unveils the Google Nest Hub Max, a 10-inch smart display with a built-in camera that can act as an indoor security camera, coming this summer for $229  —  It can detect your face, too  —  The Google Nest Hub Max is a big Google Assistant smart display with a camera on top that you can use …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
First look at Android Q: dark mode, better gestures, Live Caption, improvements to OS security updates via Project Mainline, Focus Mode, and more  —  It isn't about what's new, it's about what's better  —  A full release is expected this fall, but Google is announcing new major features …
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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says its next-gen Assistant is 10X faster and includes more app-specific functionality, coming to Pixel phones later this year  —  After three years, the voice-activated helper gets its biggest update yet.  And it shows just how much Google already knows about you.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces Duplex on the Web, less focused on mimicking speech, can now handle car rentals and fill online forms with your info, coming to Android in 2019  —  Last year, Google stoked intense controversy when it announced Duplex, a technology that uses eerily human-sounding artificial …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Assistant is getting a driving mode, with large touch-friendly shortcuts to navigate, make a call, and more, available this summer on Android phones  —  Google Assistant is already available in Google Maps, but it's now getting an optimized phone mode.  This presents a feed of suggestions like directions and music.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
To curb tracking, Google says anti-fingerprinting tech is coming in Chrome and devs must explicitly opt-in for cookies that are meant to be used across sites  —  Google today announced a major new initiative around its Chrome browser that will, in the long run, introduce significant changes …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Scott Stein / CNET:
New York Times:
At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai pitched privacy for everyone, going against the company's history of data collection, one week after a similar push from Facebook  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.
Bloomberg:
Current and former employees discuss how Apple's stores changed during Angela Ahrendts' tenure, with challenges around customer service festering  —  Web Smith's recent experience at his local Apple store in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has been an exercise in frustration.

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