New global internet ad regulator forms with Google helping lead

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At the Dmexco advertising industry trade show currently underway in Cologne, Germany, a new coalition group was announced on Thursday to try to address the problem of bad advertising on the web. The new group is called theĀ Coalition for Better Ads and includes a variety of companies and groups who are joining together to try to get in front of the rise of ad blocking technology. Not surprising, Google, which relies heavily on advertising, is helping lead the effort. Read more

Big partners are pumping the brakes on Android Wear

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Google earned itself high expectations in 2014 when Android Wear launched because people finally felt serious smartwatches were inbound; however, consumers didn’t exactly get what they expected. The initial smartwatches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, let people down with their angular displays and cheap build quality. Motorola’s Moto 360 was able to resuscitate interest, but that only lasted briefly as Android Wear was still limited. Fast forward two years and we’re still not in a place where Android Wear is all that great. And it appears Google’s partners are prepared to wait quite a bit for the platform to improve before lending any further support.

While not leaving the smartwatch business entirely, many companies are halting production of new devices until next year. LG, Huawei, and Lenovo have all confirmed they’re not going to release any smartwatches for the rest of 2016.

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New Nexus Launcher gets renamed, will be called Pixel Launcher

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By now you’ve probably heard a few rumors and leaks about a revamped launcher on Google’s newest Nexus devices this year. You’ve also probably heard that they won’t be Nexus phones anymore, but will instead adopt the Pixel branding.

So, what does that mean for the Nexus launcher, you might be wondering? It’s getting a name change, too, of course. Read more

I ditched Google, used Bing for a month and here’s what happened

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Google is synonymous with search engines to the point where it’s turned into a verb on its own. If you need to find something online, you Google it. That stranglehold on the search engine market helps Google maintain their 70% hold on internet searches, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from heavily advertising Bing as a serious competitor to Google.

While Google has its name ingrained in the average person’s brain, Microsoft has thrown some advertising dollars at trying to make Bing a thing. The Bing It On campaign tried to highlight the strengths of Bing right next to Google, and while it hasn’t lead to 70% market share for Microsoft, Bing is sitting at #2 with a little more than 10% of the market. That’s a pretty sizeable gap, but hey, it’s something. Read more

Latest Project Fi APK reveals group plans are in the works

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Google’s Project Fi wireless service tends to fly under the radar when compared to the major U.S. carriers or even some of the second-tier carriers that focus on pre-paid plans. That status is not entirely bad for Google as Project Fi, like so many Google projects and initiatives, is a bit of a work in progress. This means Project Fi continues to work on new features for users. One of the most often requested items is a group or shared data plan option for Project Fi. A teardown of a forthcoming updated APK for the Project Fi indicates group plans may be close to becoming a reality.

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Nest announces a slew of new products and features including an outdoor camera and person recognition

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Nest has announced a few new products and some useful features for their existing products that will make your home automation that much better.

The simplest change to their lineup is that they’re now offering the iconic Nest thermostat in three new colors in addition to the stainless steel finish that the smart appliance launched with. Now you’ll be able to pick up one in white, black, or a very bold copper finish. These new colors should make it a bit easier to find a Nest thermostat to fit into whatever room you’re trying to match. Read more