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How Google Lens is Getting Your Products Found

Google is a search engine that does never gets to sleep. This is because it is always testing out and developing new...

Can you access the Play Store on the Chromecast with Google TV

Best answer: Yes, your Chromecast with Google TV has access to the Play Store, so you can get your favorite

Messaging in Google Photos is a breeze with these quick steps!

Another day, another messaging platform from Google — but don't worry, this isn't yet another attempt to make the next

Google has disabled astrophotography for ultra-wide-angle photos on these Pixel phones

Astrophotography has been a huge selling point on the Pixel series of phones ever since it launched with the Pixel 4, where it was available for the wide and telephoto cameras on the device. This year, when Google launched the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, both of which have an ultra-wide-angle camera, astrophotography was again a main feature for the smartphones.Now, it appears Google has removed the star gazing feature from the ultra-wide-angle camera on both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. No reason has been given, and Google hasn’t responded to a request for comment when The Verge reached out.All we know is the feature has been removed with the Google Camera 8.1 update, and Google has updated the support documentation to reflect that “astrophotography only works on zoom settings equal to or greater than 1x.”Digging a little deeper, we can see users posting about issues on the Pixel Phone Help forum when using astrophotography with the ultra-wide-angle lens. In one example, a user shows off a massive difference in quality between the ultra-wide and wide-angle camera when using the astrophotography mode.As you can see, the top image has an awful green color cast and what appears to be some banding in the image. None of which are present when using the wide-angle camera.It’s not often a feature is removed from a product without any acknowledgment or announcement. Considering Google failed to mention it was being removed, and the support documentation has been updated, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the feature return.

Google Camera 8.1 update disabled astrophotography on ultrawide lenses

You're now told "Zoom to 1x for astrophotography" before you can use the feature.What you need to knowThe Google Camera

How to update the software on your Google Pixel phone

One of the best parts of owning a Google Pixel like the latest Pixel 5 and affordable Pixel 4a is

Every company (ahem, Google) should embrace big camera sensors in 2021

Computational photography can only do so much with limited hardware.Smartphone photography has come a long way in the last few

Here’s how to pair Philips Hue lights with Google Assistant in no time!

Philips Hue makes some of the best smart light bulbs money can buy, and as luck would have it, they

This 10-course bundle boosts your knowledge on all sorts of Google apps

How much do you know about Google? Surely, you know it as a search tool and email provider, but what else do you know about Google? Are you familiar with its other apps and services?The Complete Google Master Class Bundle ($40), over 90 percent off in the AG Deals Store, can help you become familiar with many of the important, and perhaps lesser known apps to help you boost your productivity and brand visibility.With more than 36 hours of instruction, this 10-course bundle explores some Google features that many readers don’t even know exist. Among them are four courses on Google Analytics, the traffic analysis tool used by a vast majority of web users. There’s also a course on using Google Data Studio, Google Docs, Google Ads, and more.Ultimate Google Ads Training 2020: Profit with Pay Per ClickG Suite – Google Docs Introduction: Increase ProductivityGoogle Trends for Insane Growth for Your Business & BrandMarketing Analytics in Google Data StudioGoogle Analytics CourseGoogle Analytics for Beginners: Hands-On Training CourseGoogle Analytics Certification: Become Certified & Earn MoreGoogle AnalyticsGoogle Docs Part Of G Suite: Learn Google Docs in 1 DayGoogle App – Gmail: Increase your Email ProductivityBuy it Now!Each course in the collection is valued at about $200 each, but as part of The Complete Google Master Class Bundle, you can get all 10 courses for just $40.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

How to use a Google Play gift card

Google Play is not only the largest app store in the world but also a music subscription service, a bookstore,

In 2021, Google needs to keep growing and supporting Google TV

Google TV is almost perfect — there's just a little work to do.2020 may have been a disaster in almost

Here are the best thin cases for the Google Pixel 4a 5G 2020

If you just invested in a brand-spanking-new Google Pixel 4a 5G, you're going to want to protect your new, premium

Learn the Google Suite inside out with 35 hours of training for just $40

Source: StackCommerceWhether it's analyzing web traffic or handling incoming emails, many businesses rely on Google apps. The Complete Google Master Class

Google Pixel 5: Everything you need to know before buying

Google's latest flagship is here (and green).Following last year's controversial Pixel 4, Google is ready to right some wrongs with

Google wanted AI researchers to ‘strike a positive tone’ on the company

That's not how ethics works, Google.What you need to knowGoogle began intervening in research papers by asking researchers to "strike

For a limited time, can buy the Google Home Max again

Only the Chalk variant is available at the moment.What you need to knowThe Google Home Max is briefly back from

How to play Google Stadia in Safari on the iPhone and iPad

Finally, iPhone and iPad owners can now stream games to their devices using Google Stadia, although the capability is still in development. We show you how.

Where you can buy Google Play gift cards in the U.S., Canada, and UK

For that person who has everything and you have no idea what to buy them this year, consider a Google

With routines it’s a breeze to get your Google Assistant to do more

It can be both fun and useful to order around the Google Assistant with simple commands like "Hey Google, turn

Google gives you more ways to play with your Nest Hub with new Games Lobby

It's launching ten new games, with more to come.What you need to knowGoogle this week launched a new Games Lobby

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Boost your Excel game with this 8-course online bundle, just $40

Let’s say you’re someone looking to launch a new career or to enhance the one you already have. Perhaps you’re an IT graduate who feels as though a little certification could improve your chances for that first big job interview. Maybe you’re looking to polish things up before asking the boss for a raise. Or, it could be that you’re just looking to take advantage of the pandemic and make better use of your time.For a limited time you can use promo code HOLIDAY20 and receive an additional 20% discount!If you’re looking to get anywhere in 2021, you’ll need to have a good understanding of how data works and how it can be used. When it comes to data, Excel is one of the first places to start.If you’re ready to get certification in Excel or expand your horizons, look no further than the Complete Excel Excellence Bundle.The Complete Excel Excellence Bundle includes eight courses, more than 47 hours of instruction, and nearly 430 tutorials in how to improve your knowledge and skills by way of Microsoft Excel.The training lays out all the critical areas covered in Microsoft’s official Excel certification exams, meaning you’ll be versed in all important topics and tools. We’re talking charts, graphs, pivot tables, functions, macros, and more. You’ll have no problem acing Excel tests and show your current or prospective employers that you’re the real deal.This hyper-specialized Excel certification training is currently just $5 per course, but you have to order before the offer ends. The Complete Excel Excellence Bundle comes with lifetime access, so you need not worry about taking advantage of these courses within a limited time frame.The Complete Excel Excellence Bundle is valued at nearly $700, but we’re offering it to our readers for just $39.99 (96% off). It’s literally pennies on the dollar. Hurry, this incredible offer won’t last forever!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

JOMISE K7 Dash Cam review

There are plenty of good reasons for people to have a dash cam these days. For one, it can help prove fault in an accident. Or maybe you need to show the officer that you definitely did not run that red light. Whatever the use case, you’ll want one that will actually take a good video. After all a camera isn’t much help if the output is grainy or pixelated.Here, we take a look at a dash camera from JOMISE, a relatively unknown brand who sells its wares through Amazon. How does it fare in our testing? Read on for our review of the JOMISE K7 Dash Cam.JOMISE K7The JOMISE K7 1600P Dash Cam promises a resolution of 2,560 x 1, 600P @30fps or 1,920 x 1080P @60fps. Having that 60fps at full HD can come in handy if someone needs to slow the footage down. There are also other features of this device that can prove convenient, including built-in GPS, G-Sensor, and Loop Recording. The GPS, for its part, will embed your driving location, speed, time and date into the video file. If the G-Sensor detects an impact to the vehicle it will actually lock the video and save it into a separate folder so it’s not accidentally overwritten should the camera be set in Loop Recording. This will be useful if you have to go to court as the result of an accident.Green Light ReminderThere are other features and reminders which can be helpful in your day-to-day lifestyle, too. A built-in “green light reminder” will remind you that the stoplight has turned green, prompting you to snap out of a daze. This function has been hit or miss for me as I found it works much more reliably at night time. In fact, it almost doesn’t function at all in bright sunlight. This feature isn’t a deal breaker, to me and I assume no one would need to consistently rely on it.Front car move reminderAnother one of these types of reminders is the “front car move” reminder. I’m honestly not sure if this works less reliably than the green light reminder or if I’m just not giving it enough time to kick in. It seems a bit hit-or-miss thus far. I will add anecdotally that one day I was trying to locate my Covid mask at a stop light. I happened to be too far for the green light reminder to work, however, the camera did prompt me to keep up with the car in front of me. SensorsThankfully, I haven’t had to find out if the G Sensor works well or not. Outside of saving the video file in case of an accident, it can also “monitor” your vehicle in a way. For instance, if it detects someone attempting to steal your vehicle, it will turn the camera on and record the sound. Like I said, this is something I didn’t have to find out if it works or not, and I’m very thankful for that fact. I’m fairly comfortable with the “just trust me, bro” approach on this one.AppIn order to get everything set up you’ll have to go through the installation process in a mobile app. This was my least favorite part of the overall experience. For some reason it uses Wi-Fi to sync with the dash cam and that’s kind of a pain. The instructions aren’t super helpful, either. What you’ll need to do is make sure you’re in a good coverage area for data because you will need to go to a website to sync your cam with your app. In short, you’ll download the app and power on the cam. Then, you’ll get a QR code which will take you to a website and ask for a code on the device. Once it’s synced, you actually have to physically ‘add’ it to the app. When you realize this is what you have to do it’s pretty straightforward; I was stuck for about 10 minutes wondering why I couldn’t see any of the settings to the dash cam. Personally I would have liked to see Bluetooth in here.Video QualityOverall I would say the video quality is actually quite good. In bright daylight things tend to get blown out, which is totally understandable considering the size of the sensor in this thing. Night time video was surprisingly good. Everything was a lot more clear and not as noisy as I expected it to be. Overall, I think video quality here justifies the price tag.Parting ThoughtsWith all the features and, in my opinion, excellent night time video the JOMISE K7 dash cam is definitely something I would recommend buying if you’re in the market for a good dash cam. Having all the information it includes on the video file is reason enough. You can buy yours at Amazon and if you use the coupon code 8HN286QR at checkout before the end of 2020, it will bring your total down to $139.99 (from $199.99). Hurry, the coupon code is only valid until 12/31/2020!

Time is precious — Instaread helps you knock out book in just 15 minutes

Time is the one precious commodity that we can never get more of, no matter how hard we try. It’s the one thing we can ill-afford to waste. In today’s ever-busy and distracting world, finding and/or taking the time to read can be a real challenge.As much as we may like to read for pleasure or knowledge, it’s not always easy to carve out the time necessary to dive into a book. At best we often find that we’ve only got a few patches of time throughout the week to read — and that’s only if you have the desire to read at that particular moment.Instaread Book Summaries, designed for frustrated readers, offers fully digestible overviews of the books you’ve been meaning wanting to get around to reading. And right now, a one-year subscription to Instaread is on sale for almost 80 percent off its regular price, or just $19.99 from the AG Deals Store.Through Instaread’s curated library of non-fiction books, each volume in the collection has been read and interpreted by a team of experts who then condense them into summaries that are less than 15 minutes long.Whether a biography, self-help book, best-seller about finance business, or something else, you can choose from both audio and text versions that consolidate the main takeaways.Instaread FeaturesGet the insights & takeaways from bestselling books in 15 minutes or lessRead Instaread on your phone or tablet, or stream audio formats for thousands of booksEnjoy a steady stream of new releases every single monthSave money on books by avoiding high prices on physical copiesTake in bestsellers like Getting Things Done, The 4-Hour Workweek, The Untethered Soul, The Art of Thinking Clearly, & many moreThanks to Instaread, you can essentially read a great book that can enrich your life in the span of a single commute to work. The Instaread library is large, and grows monthly, with more than 1,000 titles available today. Reads include classics like The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie, modern bestsellers like Moneyball, and best-sellers like Getting Things Done.A 12-month access pass to the entire Instaread Book Summaries library is valued at around $90, but AndroidGuys readers can pick up a year for just $19.99. Alternatively, you can also opt for longer periods, including subscriptions of 3 years ($59.99) or lifetime access ($199.99).Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

T-Mobile is notifying customers about a security breach

If you received a text message from T-Mobile about a security incident, then you’re not alone. It appears the Uncarrier experienced a security breach and began notifying its customers yesterday. A post regarding the text message about the security alert was submitted to the T-Mobile subreddit a little over 24 hours ago where several users confirmed receiving the same message.The good news is, the issue has already been resolved, and the data accessed did not include “names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs.”However, the data that may have been accessed could include your “phone number, number of lines subscribed to on your account and, in some cases, call-related information collected as part of the normal operation of your wireless service.”A spokesperson from T-Mobile confirmed with Android Police that the security breach happened and it has now been shut down. The article also mentions that the incident took place back in November.As far as security incidents go, this one is pretty benign. However, just because the culprits didn’t get access to your name, password, PIN, credit card info, social security number, or tax ID doesn’t mean it’s not serious. The information that was accessed could provide details about your device and even your general location.If you’ve been affected and want more information about the event, T-Mobile suggests calling its customer service number 1-800-937-8997 to speak with a representative.