Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 5 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

Abner Li's Favorite Gear

Today

GOOG: 870.73

-1.57
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A pair of Google-made headphones passed through the FCC this morning with full pictures, specs, and more.

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Yesterday

GOOG: 872.30

9.54
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Google Maps is adding a small, but very useful feature that lets users record where they parked. Available on both Android and iOS, the feature can also provide reminders for when your parking meter is about to expire.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Despite the next-generation wireless standard having not yet been finalized, AT&T announced today that it will begin calling its rollout of existing LTE technology as “5G Evolution.” This nebulously termed service is launching today in Austin, with a wider rollout by year’s end.

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9to5mac 

Announced back in February, YouTube Kids is now available for LG, Samsung, and Sony smart televisions. Oddly, none of these models run Android TV, with an Android app for the big screen only listed as “available soon.”

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The Google Pixel has a stunning camera that can produce excellent pictures thanks to its HDR+ mode. While smartphone photography has excelled in recent years thanks to these techniques, there are still physical limitations.

Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, one Googler experimented with capturing low-light shots with the Nexus 6P and Pixel. The resulting nighttime photography, though requiring heavy post-processing, is comparable to a DSLR.

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India is a big market for Google, with the company creating a number of new products specifically for the country. Today, Google released a number of Translate and language-focused updates for Chrome, Search, and more.

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9to5toys 

Google has long had to tackle the attempts of those trying to “game” search with low-quality content, with “fake news” being the modern-day extension of that. Today, the company is announcing “structural changes” to Search that address the “spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.”

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April 24

GOOG: 862.76

19.57
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The annual Google Play Awards will again be presented at I/O 2017. Selected by Googlers, there are 12 categories ranging from Standout Indie to best AR experience. In the mean time, all 60 apps and games are grouped together in a new Play Store collection.

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electrek 

Introduced in 2015, Google is today announcing the next generation of Jump cameras for capturing 3D 360 video. The Yi Halo features 17 4K cameras, while Google is also launching the Jump Start program to get more devices into the hands of filmmakers.

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April 22

GOOG: 843.19

1.54
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Back in January, Twitter announced that Moments on mobile would be combined into a new ‘Explore’ section that encompasses popular stories, search, and more. That combined tab is finally showing up on Android for some users.

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April 20

GOOG: 841.65

3.44
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Following a release for Mac, Windows, and Linux yesterday, Chrome 58 is beginning to rollout on Android. The update includes a number of design tweaks to History and Payment settings, as well as new capabilities for web apps.

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9to5mac 

News surfaced last night that Google might build ad-blocking tech into Chrome. According to a new AdAge report, the move would be unilateral with the backing of an industry coalition and a possible “independent monitoring group.”

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Google today published its biannual Transparency Report tallying worldwide government requests for user data. The company notes that requests are at their highest levels since reports were first published in 2010.

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As hinted at earlier this month, Google Home can now recognize multiple users and deliver personalized Assistant results. Neural networks are used to recognize different voices, with the feature rolling out starting today to Google Home users in the U.S.

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9to5toys 

April 19

GOOG: 838.21

1.39
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Following last week’s announcement of the Study Watch, Verily is starting its four-year study to quantify good health with biometric data. In better understanding health, Baseline hopes to ultimately prevent diseases, as the Alphabet division continues work on other health gadgets.

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April 18

GOOG: 836.82

-0.35
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electrek 

With near identical designs and specs, the similarities between the Galaxy S8 and S8+ also extends to the device’s internals. Teardowns from iFixit gives the same repairability score to both devices, while noting that the glass design makes repairs difficult.

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