Google now rolling out video previews in search results

Android

Ever see videos in your search results and wonder what they’re all about, but you don’t want to press play and sit through each one? Google’s rolling out a new feature to help with that.

Google is launching video previews in search results. When you’re using the Google app for Android or Chrome for Android and video results show up in the video carousel, you’ll now see GIF-like video previews. These will help show you what a video is about before you tap play.

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Microsoft Excel vs. Google Sheets: Which works better for business?

Computer Hardware

Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets are the two best-known spreadsheet applications available today. Both are polished and very useful — so much so that it’s easy to cling to the application you’re currently using without learning how the other has improved over the years. If you (or your business) chose one spreadsheet app and rejected the other years ago, there may be good reasons to reconsider.

To find out where Excel and Google Sheets stand today, both individually and compared to each other, I tested them by trying out the most common tasks users perform, including starting a new spreadsheet, inputting data and formulas, formatting cells, c…
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Google Researchers Made An Algorithm To Delete Watermarks From Photos

Computer Hardware

“Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright,” writes Khari Johnson via VentureBeat. “The consistent nature in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically remove watermarks.” From the report: Changing the position or opacity of a watermark do not impact the algorithm’s ability to remove watermarks from images with copyright protection. Randomization, the researchers say, is required to keep images from being stolen. In results presented at the Computer Vision and Pattern…
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How to make Allo for web look identical to Google Hangouts

Android

While many in the Android and Google-fan communities used and loved (well, sometimes loved) Hangouts for messaging others from mobile and desktop, Google is now shifting the app’s focus to enterprise. In its place is Allo, which only started working on the web this week. Although we can’t help you get Hangouts back, we can help you make Allo look similar to the Hangouts web client…

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Google Patents A Notebook Computer With Two Foldable Parts

Android

Google was recently awarded a patent detailing a notebook computer with two foldable parts, with its application being granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The keyboard doesn’t seem to be detachable from the device, with the two being connected by a hinge that can rotate 360 degrees and end up on the back of the computer’s display module when the device is in tablet mode. Unlike similar solutions that are already commercially available, the notebook patented by Google also sports another cover on its bottom part which can either cover the keyboard entirely or be used as a kickstand, as seen in the two sketches below which were reportedly attached t…
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Google Calendar web page getting Material makeover

Android

While many other Google services are infused with Material Design, the web page for Google Calendar still looks old and unappealing. Even the Android app has been revamped.

Fortunately, it seems that the current design is not long for this world. A Reddit user posted these photos of the new Calendar web page redesign in the Material style. It’s currently only for testers so you won’t be seeing it yet, but it should roll out for everyone else sometime in Q4 2017.

The makeover brings the design closer to every other Google service web page as well as their Android apps. This includes pastel colors, round icons, and floating buttons. It’s a huge improvement in…
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Android Wear users are having problems with Google Assistant

If we're being completely honest, it's not been the best of years for Android Wear, despite the long-awaited arrival of Android Wear 2.0 – a delayed roll-out and a lack of flagship smartwatch launches means Google's wrist-based OS is lagging behind the Apple Watch.

Now there's another problem for Android Wear users to deal with: a broken Google Assistant. Considering one of the main benefits of wearing a computer on your arm is to quickly speak out instructions, that's a pretty major problem.

The bug has been confirmed on a post in the Google Product Forums and reported by Android Police, and it seems a recent update to the OS means Google Assistant ca…
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