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Google's new Home commercial is like O-M-G totally, dude

Google has made some pretty great commercials in the past, like the first Pixel ad and the Google Gnome April Fool's joke. The company has created a series of ads for the Google Home, mostly to highlight the Home's temporary price drop, and one of them is... not good.

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Chrome 59 adds Animated PNG support, a new Image Capture API, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 59 has just been released for Android and desktop platforms, with the most important new features being Animated PNG support and a new Image Capture API. Without further ado, let's take a look at everything version 59 offers.

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Play Store suggested search filters are rolling out to all

Google started testing a new search feature in the Play Store recently. Well, not really recently. Search suggestions began appearing for some people late last year, but now it appears to be rolling out to everyone. Just do a search, and there they are.

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Google Photos hits 1 billion downloads on the Play Store

Google has a lot of apps for a lot of different services, but most of them remain unbeknownst to the general public. Photos, however, is not one of those. The media backup utility has gotten extremely popular, and for good reason: it saves all your memories in the cloud for free. On May 31st, the Photos app hit a whopping 1 billion downloads on Android.

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Chrome 59 on the desktop has a new Material settings page

Google has been a bit slow to adopt Material Design in Chrome. The browser got a Material makeover in Chrome 52 for Mac and 53 for Windows, but the Settings page has remained relatively unchanged since Chrome's introduction. Chrome 59, which was released today on the desktop, includes a new Material settings area.

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June Nexus/Pixel factory images and OTA files are now available for download, includes fix for Pixel freezing

Google is rolling out new Android builds for its devices today, but it'll take a few days for the OTA to reach your device the old-fashioned way. If you want, the system images and OTA files are already available for sideloading. Pixel owners who have been experiencing freezes might not want to wait. Google says this update should address that problem.

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[Update: Fixed] It's not just you—there's a widespread Google Home outage

Google spent a lot of time at I/O talking about Assistant and Google Home. In fact, it gave a free Home to everyone who attended I/O. Today, a lot of those devices are spitting out errors instead of controlling smart home devices and answering questions. According to multiple online complaints, there's a Google Home outage affecting a significant portion of users.

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[Deal Alert] Get a $75 credit when spending $750 or more on a Pixel with Google Store Financing

The Pixel is a great phone, but it's not sold by most carriers. Google make it a little easier to afford this device by making financing available. It's rare that Google discounts devices on the Google Store, but you can get $75 off a Pixel right now if you use financing. There are some caveats, but not as many as most carrier deals.

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Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi

Around the world, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don't have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren't for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to. Unfortunately, that workaround is no longer, uhm, working right now and it sounds like the latest Google Play Services is to blame.

If you were relying on your phone's hotspot to take your Chromecast online, you may have noticed that ever since Play Services 11.0.55 rolled out, you can't cast from your phone to the Chromecast anymore.

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[Deal Alert] Buy a Daydream View from the Google Store and get $25 of Google Play credit

VR is not everyone's cup of tea yet and that's understandable. Great headsets cost a lot of money and require a powerful computer setup, and affordable headsets have a lot of limitations and don't really provide a good-enough reason to use them once the novelty wears off. But Google's Daydream View is one of the most decent options in the latter category and it's about to get better once Daydream 2.0 rolls around and casting capabilities let you share your experiences with friends and people around you.

If you want to get ready for that and need a little incentive, the Google Store has a nice deal on the Daydream View headset.

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