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Google's ads for this year's Oscars had more emotion than half the nominees

Google's ads for this year's Oscars had more emotion than half the nominees

After a string of increasingly weird videos promoting the Pixel phone line, it's almost comforting to see Google return to plucking at your heartstrings. Such is the case with two new Google Search commercials posted to Google's official YouTube channel this weekend, both made for the recent Oscars, and at least one of which aired during the event.

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Google introduces Live Caption for Chrome browser on desktop

Google introduces Live Caption for Chrome browser on desktop

Live Caption is one of the most underrated features to come to Android in years. Whether you're hard of hearing, deaf, in a loud environment, or forget to bring your headphones, it automatically transcribes any audio coming from your phone for you. We long knew that Live Caption is on its way to Chrome as well, and you could even activate it via a flag in Chrome 88 already. And today, Google has announced that the feature is now available for everyone.

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Live Transcribe update adds — wait, did I leave the bathtub running?

Live Transcribe update adds — wait, did I leave the bathtub running?

Google introduced new features to help hearing-impaired people last year, including the Live Transcribe app, which turns speech into easily readable text. The app gained new capabilities back in May, and now it's getting even smarter and more helpful thanks to new sound notifications that alert users about things like crying babies or barking dogs.

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