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Google is removing the Photos tab from Drive in January

Right now there are two ways to access images uploaded to Google Photos from within the Google Drive desktop site. You can either access your photos from the "Google Photos" tab on the left or enable a setting that reveals your photos as files sorted inside an appropriately named folder. Next month, the first of the two options will be removed. 

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[Update: Amazon responds] Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV after failed talks with Amazon

Google and Amazon haven't played well over the years. Back in 2015, Amazon pulled the Chromecast and Nexus Player (among other similar devices) from its online store to boost sales of its own Fire TV products. Earlier this year, Google blocked YouTube from working on the Echo Show, and later partially restored the functionality after talks with Amazon. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video still isn't compatible with the Chromecast or most Android TV devices.

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Google search gets expanded snippets, improved Knowledge Panels, and smarter suggested content

It's been almost ten  years since Google rolled out the first related search suggestions. A lot has changed in Google's search engine since those early days—it's no longer a list of blue links. Searches might surface data from your email, past purchases, and more. Today, Google is adding new features to search to help you discover more content.

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Google Search Lite becomes Google Go, Files Go exits beta [APK Download]

Google is spinning up the previously announced "Go" version of Android, including a suite of apps in the Play Store. This optimized build of the OS was announced back at Google I/O, and a few test apps have popped up in the intervening months. Today, Google has renamed Search Lite to Google Go. That matches Files Go, which is out of beta now.

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Google's December 2017 security bulletin is up, system updates go live tomorrow (December 5th)

It's almost time for another round of updates to Google's Android devices. The currently supported Pixels and Nexus phones should begin seeing new builds tomorrow, but Google already has the latest security bulletin up to detail what's fixed in the new version. There don't appear to be any functional updates this month, though.

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Start the week with 34 temporarily free and 13 on-sale apps

December is here and 2017 starts to wind down. I'm back with some more app sales for you all. Due to the volume of homework and the end-of-semester rush, I was not able to get to a post on Friday — mea culpa. Regardless, it seems like we didn't miss much, which sets us up nicely for today.

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Google Safe Browsing will soon require apps with personal user or device data to provide a privacy policy, trigger warnings if they don't

Security is a big deal these days. Google understands this, which is why its Safe Browsing team is implementing even more mandates for applications. Apps that handle user or device data will soon have to provide their own privacy policies. If this requirement isn't met, warnings may be shown on users' devices.

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[Free Alert] Grab 6 months of Netflix for absolutely nothing if you own a Pixelbook or a Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro

Google often likes to give free things to people after they've purchased their products. Just look at Chromecast owners and all the Google Play credit they're drowning in. Now the same thing appears to be happening to owners of certain Chromebooks; if you own a Google Pixelbook, a Samsung Chromebook Plus, or a Samsung Chromebook Pro, you can get six months of Netflix for the incredible price of free.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get a free Home Mini with purchase of any Nest product priced over $99 from the Google Store and Nest

We've been seeing a ton of deals on the Home Mini lately, namely with the $29 price drop 'til the end of 2017, the $4 deal through Walmart and Google Express, and more. Google even offered them for free with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL purchases again. Now Nest and Google are handing free Home Minis out to those who purchase a Nest product for over $99.

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Most Wanted: The best smartphones you can buy

It's that time of year again. Knowing our audience, chances are that you're looking for some sort of gadget to purchase for yourself or someone else. Whether the smartphone being replaced is too old, too bootloopy, or just doesn't have all the features you want, we've got you covered with our choices for the best smartphones you can buy.

The sheer number of smartphones on the market today makes narrowing the choices down difficult. So many factors - battery life, cameras, displays, software, water resistance, and more - come into play, but our goal is to find the best all-rounders out there.

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