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YouTube now lets you translate comments instantly (at your own risk)

YouTube now lets you translate comments instantly (at your own risk)

The internet contains many a rabbit hole you can fall into and there is no shortage of them on YouTube. So, if you find yourself sitting through clip after clip from a Japanese restaurant vlogger and are wondering what the comments are saying — you can only presume they're generally nicer than on certain other videos — you can now translate them without having to leave the page!

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Google's Nexus Twitter account rises from the dead to hype the Pixel 6 on iPhone day

Google's Nexus Twitter account rises from the dead to hype the Pixel 6 on iPhone day

Google's current social media strategy for its hardware division mainly revolves around the @madebygoogle handle. Someone should tell that to the person who just tweeted from the @googlenexus account.

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The Google app is getting a new Assistant weather widget

The Google app is getting a new Assistant weather widget

At-a-glance weather has to be one of the most popular options for homescreen widgets out there. So it's strange that Google doesn't have a self-branded option, beyond the tiny little nugget in the Google News widget. It looks like that's about to change: code in the Google app indicates that a new Assistant-branded weather widget.

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Wi-Fi feeling a little sluggish? Latest Google Home update lets you quantify per-device speeds

Wi-Fi feeling a little sluggish? Latest Google Home update lets you quantify per-device speeds

Google has spent the last year transitioning its smart home controls from dedicated software to its Home app, creating a central hub for most of its gadgets. This method isn't always perfect — the app is cluttered as it is, and it's getting more so by the day — but in general, having your robot vacuums, smart speakers, and Chromecasts all in one place feels very user-friendly. If you're a Google Wifi or Nest Wifi user, a new speed test option makes it easy to check connections between devices.

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Sorry folks, it looks like Active Edge may not be returning with the Pixel 6 after all

Sorry folks, it looks like Active Edge may not be returning with the Pixel 6 after all

Probably a false alarm

We're sorry to say, but more information has come to light throwing cold water on the possibility of Active Edge coming to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. As you can see from these fabric case listings, squeeze for Google Assistant was left in the product descriptions for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G despite neither phone actually supporting it. That means it's likely the description was simply copied for the Pixel 6, and so it's unlikely to accurately outline the feature set for the upcoming flagship.

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Google's anti-competitive behavior costs it another $177 million

Google's anti-competitive behavior costs it another $177 million

Only a couple of weeks after the South Korean government passed a bill that will force Google (and Apple) to allow app developers to receive payments via third-party systems, the country's regulator has dealt another huge blow to the Mountain View company. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has announced that it's fining Google's parent company Alphabet the modest sum of $177 million for abusing its dominance in the smartphone OS market.

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Google Voice's delayed texts should (mostly) be fixed by now

Google Voice's delayed texts should (mostly) be fixed by now

When you're trying to keep on top of your communications, having one number that's tied to all your devices — and even accessible through a web interface — sounds like a dream come true. And for the most part, that's exactly what Google Voice is. But key to that success is it managing to actually do its job, and right now that's not exactly going as planned, as Google reports issues with text messages experiencing delays.

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Gmail's 'nudges' might come to Google Messages to remind you to answer that text from your mom

Gmail's 'nudges' might come to Google Messages to remind you to answer that text from your mom

We all have that friend who — love them as you may — forgets to respond to all of your text messages. If you're that person, a new messaging feature in the works might improve your ability to reply to your loved ones. Although it's not available yet, Google wants to leverage one of its Gmail features to help make communication feel a bit more automated.

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We're about to get a new option for 4K Google TV streaming

We're about to get a new option for 4K Google TV streaming

Realme is working on a 4K Google TV streaming stick that it seemingly plans to launch in India ahead of the festive season next month. While there are plenty of Android TV sticks available in India and other parts of the world, Realme could possibly become the first company to launch a streaming stick running the new Google TV interface.

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Google's going public with its secretive Pixel Superfans group, and it has some open slots to fill

Google's going public with its secretive Pixel Superfans group, and it has some open slots to fill

We've known about Google's not-so-secret Pixel Superfans group since last summer. Made up of its most dedicated users, Superfans have gotten access to a bunch of perks, including some sweet wall art prints that arrived just in time for the holidays last year. If you think you have what it takes to join Google's group of Pixel die-hards, your time may have finally come.

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