Stephen Hall

@hallstephenj

Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find more of his current work on the flip side at 9to5Mac, as well as at 9to5Toys and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Google+. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephen j (at) protonmail (dot) com.

Stephen has been covering Apple and Google for four years. He 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, TechCrunchGigaOmPC World, PC Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Stephen’s first big story came in September 2014 when he exclusively published all of the details of Google’s unreleased Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone weeks before it was announced.

For several years he closely followed Google Glass and published extensive coverage of the product’s roadmap in early 2015 followed by several scoops revealing details about the forthcoming “Enterprise Edition” hardware in July, as well as Google’s plans for its distribution. These reports were confirmed when Stephen reported in late 2015 that the device had finally surfaced on the FCC website. He was also the first to report that one unit of the new device surfaced on eBay.

In September of 2015, Stephen published details of Google’s forthcoming 2nd generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio products, as well as details on their companion application. He also exclusively reported on Google’s plan to finally bring Spotify support to the Chromecast.

In December of 2015, Stephen reported that Huawei planned to introduce women’s versions of its forthcoming Huawei Watch at CES 2016, as well as that Google was planning to introduce the gold variant of the Nexus 6P in the United States and begin selling the phone through Best Buy and other online retailers. The women’s Huawei Watch launched at CES 2016, and the Huawei Watch 2 with LTE capabilities launched at MWC 2017 after being delayed.

In March of 2016, Stephen exclusively reported that Tesla had at one point tested Google Glass in its Fremont, California factory, but had since moved to Vuzix hardware. He then published videos proving conclusively that Tesla had tested Glass.

Later in April of 2016, when Google’s Regina Dugan left the company to start an experimental hardware division at Facebook, Stephen detailed the story of her polarizing first meeting at Google. He also reported in 2016 that “Andromeda” an as-of-yet unannounced software project by Google, would launch on a Chromebook “Pixel”-like laptop and a Huawei-made tablet. He published more rumored details about this project in November of 2016.

In February 2017, Stephen shared the very first photos on the web of an LG G6 with its screen powered on, as well as detailed the device’s specs, more than a week before its announcement.

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Yesterday

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June 22

GOOG: 957.09

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According to new court documents, Uber’s now ex-CEO Travis Kalanick was aware that the ex-Googler Anthony Levandowski, then at his newly-founded startup Otto, had “discs” containing Google documents as far back as March 2016. Kalanick reportedly “conveyed” to Levandowski that he “should not bring any Google information into Uber.”

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9to5mac 

June 21

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A new report out of Korean media today says that LG is planning to introduce its latest-generation flagship V30 at IFA in Berlin. If the report turns out to be true, this will mark the first time that a V-series flagship from the Korean company is introduced at the IFA expo…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

9to5toys 

June 20

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Well this is a surprising headline, to say the least. The long-defunct AR hardware from the Mountain View company, Google Glass, is getting its first firmware update in almost 3 years. Today’s update, hot on the heels of a minor update to the MyGlass app yesterday, bumps the device up to XE23 and packs at least one interesting feature.

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June 19

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electrek 

June 16

GOOG: 939.78

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For this week’s 9to5Rewards, we’re partnering with Speck to give away two case bundles for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you win, you’re going to get a total of 4 different cases from the same company that made the Presidio cases for Pixel that we gave away in February

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June 15

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Google has now released MobileNets, a family of computer vision models for TensorFlow. What’s special about these? They run entirely on the lower-power mobile devices that we all carry around in our pockets.

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9to5mac 

June 14

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Google Photos has long been able to automagically create videos from the photos and videos you upload to the service, but for Mother’s Day earlier this year Google added a feature that makes movies specifically for that occasion. Now, Google is appropriately extending that feature to Father’s Day, which is coming up on June 18th…

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9to5toys 

Yesterday was Marissa Mayer’s official departure from Yahoo, where she served as CEO since 2012. After many years of her trying to turn the company around, shareholders finally put Yahoo to its independent death earlier this month with their votes to approve Yahoo’s sale to Verizon.

Mayer is walking away with a hefty $260 million, though, and apparently has her mind on one big life change: she gets to use Gmail again, a product she helped create.

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June 13

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electrek 

Google today announced an update to its Local Guides program — perhaps the biggest one in a while. Starting today, Local Guides can reach up to level 10, whereas previously the “game” was capped at level 5. That means those who previously maxed out their points have reason to start updating Google Maps data again…

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June 12

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