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Stephen Hall

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Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find his current work at 9to5Google, 9to5Mac, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephenj (at) protonmail (dot) com.

Stephen can be often found on the leaderboard of technology news curation website Techmeme, and has been cited by many major publications across the web including Wired, Re/code, Business Insider, CNET, BuzzFeed News, Computerworld, TechCrunch, GigaOm, PC World, PC Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Stephen’s first story came in September 2014 when he published exhaustive details on Google’s unreleased Nexus 6 smartphone. He followed that with extensive Google Glass reporting, including scoops on the forthcoming “Enterprise Edition” and Google’s plans for its distribution.

In September 2015, Stephen revealed details on Google’s forthcoming 2nd gen Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, as well as Google’s plan to bring Spotify support to the Chromecast. He also revealed Google’s plan to introduce a gold Nexus 6P in the United States.

In March 2016, Stephen exclusively reported that Tesla had tested Google Glass in its Fremont factory. Later that year, Stephen detailed “Andromeda,” an unannounced software project by Google, which would launch on a new Google laptop and tablet hardware. That project was later cancelled.

2018 was marked by extensive reporting on Google’s first-party hardware and software projects. Stephen detailed Android Pie months before it launched, dug up the cause of extensive Pixel 3 leaks, and contributed to those leaks himself through exclusive leaked Pixel 3 camera details. Stephen also exclusively reported on the shuttering of Google Hangouts and Google Allo.

In 2019, Stephen revealed almost all of Google’s forthcoming hardware launches before they happened. That started with exclusive details about the budget Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and continued later in the year with the earliest reports on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google’s second-generation Nest Mini, a new Nest Wifi, and a new Chromebook called Pixelbook Go.

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Google is killing Google Publisher Toolbar for AdSense in May 2020

Google has announced the end of its Google Publisher Toolbar, a niche Chrome extension that made it easy to view AdSense earnings in your browser. With Publisher Toolbar, AdSense users could get a quick glimpse of the latest stats for their AdSense account, including earnings for the day so far, monthly earnings, and a look at which sites were earning the most.

How to mute coronavirus-related content on Twitter

It’s great to stay informed about what’s going on in the world, but it’s also very much possible to be over-informed. As the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the world, one of the easiest ways to control your level of information intake is Twitter mute filters. I needed them, so I thought you might too. Here’s how to cut down on coronavirus content on Twitter…

March 27

April Fools pranks are an annual tradition at the Mountain View, California company, but it appears Google is putting in all the stops on its gags this year. That’s according to an internal email from Google marketing boss Lorraine Twohill that Business Insider got their hands on

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March 16

Google Duo creator says today is the biggest for video conferencing in history

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the Western world, people are flocking en masse to videoconferencing software to communicate with loved ones and work from home. Now, the creator of Google Duo says that today is “going to be the biggest day for videoconferencing in the history of the Earth.”

Google tells devs to expect longer app review times in light of coronavirus

Google is now notifying developers that app review times could be extended “due to adjusted work schedules”. It seems likely that this has to do with the disruptions to normal business that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing at Google and other firms across the country.

March 10

According to a reliable source familiar with the company’s plans, Google is planning to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV. The device is a dongle, much like the current form-factor, but there is one major hardware addition: an external remote.

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March 3

[Update: 2 days] It’s not just you: Robinhood has been down for two days

Just in case you were concerned that maybe there was something wrong with your app or your WiFi: Nope, it’s not just you that hasn’t been able to access Robinhood’s app or website all day. In an unprecedented outage for a brokerage of its size, Robinhood hasn’t been available for two days…

February 28

A report from Business Insider today says that a Google employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. Google is a large company with more than 100,000 employees across many countries, and BI says that the employee had been in the company’s Zurich office before displaying symptoms…

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February 18

The fall events of 2019 are behind us, and the mid-range Pixels are set to arrive sometime this Spring, and that means there are likely some phones coming up that you’re interested in! So what are you to do with all your old gear? You should trade it in, and we’ve put together all the best trade deals for Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and more below…

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February 17

Station, Google’s free ‘Next Billion Users’ WiFi program, is shutting down

Google has today announced (via TechCrunch) that Station, its free WiFi service available at 400 rail stations in India and many other countries around the world, is shutting down.

It looks like some foldable phones owned by tech reviewers are already breaking — and it’s happening for more people than just the one that intentionally abuses his devices. The latest events involve both the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Moto Razr (2020), and it looks like there might be temperature-related causes for the maladies… expand full story

February 12

After several of the largest companies exhibiting at the show pulled out over the last week due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic, GSMA has now announced that Mobile World Congress 2020 is officially cancelled…

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February 11

It’s Samsung Unpacked 2020 today, and the first 20 minutes of the event were by far the most interesting. Samsung jumped right into the thing that’s catching most everyone’s eyes and minds — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This is the third major entrant in this new category of phones we call foldables, following last year’s Galaxy Fold and the more recent Moto Razr. I’m still trying to put my thoughts together on these as a category, but the Z Flip is definitely the most promising one yet.

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It’s February 11th, and that means Samsung’s big Unpacked event for the first half of 2020 is here. 9to5Google’s Samsung Unpacked Live Blog + News Hub will be updated regularly throughout the day with the latest announcements from Samsung. The event kicks off at 2PM ET/11AM PT, so read on for quick links to our roundup coverage over the last few weeks, tweets from the ground, and all the latest news as it develops…

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Samsung is going to take the stage at Unpacked this morning in San Francisco to unveil its latest flagship products, and you can watch the event livestream right here. The show kicks off at 2PM ET/11AM PT, but we’ll start live blogging with photos from the event space and the latest news around 9AM PT. Tune in below to watch Samsung announce the Galaxy S20, Z Flip, and more…

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February 7

Google is prepping to launch picture-in-picture video calls for Google Duo on the web, according to a source familiar with the matter. That means you’ll soon be able to make Duo calls and do other things on your computer at the same time.

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February 6

According to two sources familiar with the matter, Google has internally rolled out a beta version of YouTube Music that adds support for the music library/cloud locker functionality you might be familiar with from Google Play Music. One source suggested that efforts to transition Google Play Music users to YouTube Music are right around the corner…

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January 15

Google’s next mid-range Pixel entry is right around the corner, and plenty of rumors and leaks have already made their way out. We have a pretty good idea of what it looks like, we can assume some of the specifications using trends from last year, and we think we might know what it will cost. Here’s everything that’s been rumored so far about the forthcoming Google Pixel 4a.

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Twitter edit button not happening this year, says Jack Dorsey, explaining why

A Twitter edit button would easily top any poll for the most-requested new feature on the social network. But CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s not happening this year, and he’s explained why in a new video Q&A…

January 14

Alarming test shows US carriers fail to protect you against SIM-swap attacks

An alarming test carried out by Princeton shows that the five largest US carriers fail to properly protect their customers against so-called SIM-swap attacks.

They were able to persuade the carriers to assign phone numbers to new SIMs without successfully answering any of the standard security questions. Once a phone number has been reassigned to a SIM in the possession of an attacker, they can reset passwords even on accounts protected by two-factor authentication (2FA)…

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