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May 7, 2019, 5:20 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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google unveils the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, both going on sale this week for $399 and $479 respectively  —  In October 2018, during a press event in New York City, Google took the wraps off the latest additions to its three-year-old Pixel smartphone lineup: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google unveils Live Caption, coming with Android Q, which shows a real-time transcription of any video or audio a user plays on their phone  —  It even works when using video chat apps  —  Google waited until I/O 2019 to demonstrate one of the most impressive features of Android Q. It's called Live Caption …
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.
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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 …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google demonstrates Project Euphonia, its effort to improve Google Assistant's voice recognition for those with speech impairments  —  As in year's past, the Google I/O 2019 keynote has taken time to focus on Google's latest accessibility tech.  One of this year's demos, Project Euphonia …
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
Samsung says it cannot confirm the shipping date for Galaxy Fold and will cancel pre-orders, unless told not to, if they do not ship by May 31  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized …
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.
New York Times:
Symantec: a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group co-opted and repurposed NSA hacking tools to attack US allies and private companies in Europe and Asia in 2016  —  Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google will bring Incognito Mode to Google Maps this year, allowing users to hide any data they create, which will not be linked to their accounts  —  Following Chrome and YouTube, Google is bringing an Incognito Mode to Google Maps soon to help users easily keep searches they don't want linked to their account private.

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