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Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Google has been a big proponent of progressive web apps for a while now, utilizing PWAs for everything from Google Chat's desktop application to getting Stadia running on Apple devices. Now a change is coming to Chrome for Windows that will let PWAs perform more like traditional Windows apps in one key area: the uninstall process.

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Google Home's 'suggestions' are annoying and useless, and it's time for them to die

Google Home's 'suggestions' are annoying and useless, and it's time for them to die

Imagine if every time you opened Gmail in the morning, you got a notification reminding you that you could attach files from Google Photos to your emails. Wouldn't that be incredibly annoying? On an unrelated note, ever ask your Google Home what the weather is, only for it to then "helpfully" suggest you set up the "Good morning" feature? Or check sports scores? Or tell you how to play the news? Or one of a handful of other not-very-useful tips and tricks you in no way asked for? You're not alone, and neither are you alone in the realization that there is no guaranteed way to stop these useless engagement experiments.

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All the free games included with Stadia Pro

All the free games included with Stadia Pro

Stadia's $10-a-month premium subscription, Stadia Pro, includes access to an ever-expanding catalog of games at no additional cost. The selection of redeemable games varies — Google adds a few each month, and sometimes removes some. Here, for your convenience, we've compiled a handy list of all the games you can claim right now.

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Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google received good news from the European Commission earlier this week, as its acquisition of health tracking wearable company Fitbit was approved conditionally. But just because the $2 billion dollar deal has gained the thumbs-up from one regulatory body doesn't mean it's completely in the clear — Australia has threatened Google with a $400 million fine if the merger moves forward without approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

We can't quite tell if Google is trying to embrace the now-classic meme or not, but the company just published a new video to YouTube, promoting Google Photos to the slightly tweaked tunes of popularly-hated corporate rock darling Nickelback's "Photograph." It's a little cringey, and I legitimately hate the song, but even I have to admit that comparing Chad Kroeger's hair to instant ramen while pointing out Google Photos' rare image misclassifications is a little funny.

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Google invests millions in Indian unicorn Glance and Dailyhunt

Google invests millions in Indian unicorn Glance and Dailyhunt

Earlier this year, Google committed a corpus of $10 billion for driving digital growth in India, of which a large portion went to Reliance Jio. Of the remaining fund, the search giant has now started investing in its own ambitious projects and various other local startups that align with its vision of digital inclusion. The services to get Google's backing include two major local news ports, Glance and Dailyhunt, alongside their sister short-video services.

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Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is no J.A.R.V.I.S., but it's come a long way since it was announced in 2016. Not only can it control tens of thousands of smart home devices, but it can also hold calls for you. The sheer utility it offers has made it a part of the lives of users worldwide. Unfortunately, for some of them, it has been unavailable across all devices — including Android/iOS phones and even smart displays/speakers.

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Chrome for Android will soon use Google Assistant for voice input

Chrome for Android will soon use Google Assistant for voice input

Google is slowly phasing out its older voice recognition technology in favor of the Assistant, and the latest Android app to benefit from the transition is Chrome — which is great news for multilingual users. A long-available flag has finally become functional, allowing you to retire the old voice search interface in favor of a snazzy Assistant look.

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You can now set your Google Chat status to 'away' from Gmail on Android

You can now set your Google Chat status to 'away' from Gmail on Android

Google Chat may not be popular among general consumers, but it does have more use in enterprise settings, especially since G Suite admins picked up the ability to migrate to it from Hangouts earlier this year. It's a small quality of live improvement, but for teams using Google Chat, you can now set your status to away directly from Gmail.

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Google's alleged monopoly may be safe until 2023 as judge suggests dates for a potential trial

Google's alleged monopoly may be safe until 2023 as judge suggests dates for a potential trial

Google has gotten bigger over the years, and that increased market share has come at the cost of increased scrutiny. The Department of Justice filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against the company in October, and last month we learned that more might be on the way. Those predictions have now come to pass, as a collection of nearly 40 states has filed a new suit against Google accusing it of "building an impenetrable moat around its kingdom." But it may be a while before this litigious jousting match goes to trial.

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