Google finally gives Wear OS left-handed support

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After dragging its heels for three and a half years, the wearable operating system will work on both wrists. Google had been losing its drive to move forward with its Wear OS wearable technology platform until Samsung came along to help. This assistance recharged the tech giant and encouraged it to take on a substantial user problem too. When Samsung came along, it helped Google to build the Wear OS 3. With that build, Google has finally opened itself to overcoming one of the major challenges its smartwatch wearers have…

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Scanning QR codes will be faster and easier with Android 13

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The process will reportedly involve a number of shortcuts for seamless, simple, quick scans. QR codes have been around for ages but really came into their own over the last couple of years as the need for contactless but convenient methods of checking in, subscribing, obtaining information or even paying for goods and services rose dramatically in importance. That said, it became clear that the process of scanning quick response codes could use improvements. For a long time, even the functionality for scanning QR codes wasn’t built in on phones.…

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Google is developing a new augmented reality wearable and OS

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The company has added job listings indicating it expects its AR platform will reach “billions”. Google started early in developing gadgets in the augmented reality sphere, but its research and development in AR has appeared to have cooled down in recent years. Google has looked as though it was stepping back from AR even as Meta and Apple have moved forward. Now, there are important indications suggesting that Google is seeking to leap right back into augmented reality in both a device and an operating system. Mark Lucovsky, operating system…

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Old unlisted YouTube videos and Drive links are about to break

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Due to a move Google is making in the name of security, unless a user opts out, the links will go private. An unknown number of old unlisted YouTube videos and links to items stored on Google Drive are about to stop working. Google is changing the way links are shared in both its Drive and YouTube services. Public links for unlisted YouTube videos or shared from Google Drive will break unless certain steps are taken. Active users have the opportunity to opt out of the change for both video…

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Google and NOAA team up for AI weather forecasting research

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The goal is to be able to develop better predictions in the face of climate change. Google and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recently signed a deal to partner up on AI weather forecasting for the next three years. This will focus on using artificial intelligence and machine learning from the tech giant. Its goal is to enhance the NOAA’s weather forecasting, environmental monitoring and climate research. The announcement of the new three-year partnership was made jointly last week. At first, the research under the AI weather…

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