Darren Millar

Editor Europe

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Google Pay is now available to Transferwise customers.

Nov 7th - According to Transferwise, for the past few months, Google Pay has been one of the most requested features by their debit card customers in Europe — and it’s finally here! To start using TransferWise with Google Pay, all you need to do is add your TransferWise debit Mastercard to your Google Pay wallet. Open your …

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Picture-in-picture support for YouTube comes to Chrome OS 78

Nov 7th - The latest version of Chrome OS, version 78, adds picture-in-picture support to its YouTube Android app, as well as improving printer support, and introduces tweaks to the Chrome OS’s settings menus. Early reports tell us that YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode activates whenever the app is minimised or otherwise covered while a video is still playing. Google …

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Google’s Nest Hub no longer needs a camera to see where you are.

Nov 6th - Google announced an update last month for the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max that introduces a cool ultrasound sensing feature. Confirmation came today from Google, stating that the company has started rolling out the feature to both devices. The new ultrasound sensing is an interesting and particularly clever workaround for the unfortunate fact that …

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Has HTC already used its 9 lives?

Nov 6th - If you can find the energy to remember, you will know that HTC was once one of the biggest mobile phone manufacturers and brands in the world. Over the last decade the company has drifted into obscurity with a string of failed releases and appalling marketing campaigns. HTC is, of course, hoping for an eventual …

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Pixel 4’s latest update enables 90Hz more often and improves the camera.

Nov 4th - From the beginning, one of the most talked about issues with the Pixel 4 was the inconsistent 90Hz Smooth Display with it only kicking in under very specific circumstances. From today you might be pleasantly surprised. Google has released a November update that forces Smooth Display in more scenarios. Based on early reports, the faster …

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Philips Hue Filament Bulbs a quick view review.

Nov 4th - As a lover of smart home technology and vintage industrial design. It was only natural that I’d try out the new Philips Hue Filament bulbs. Last week Philips were kind enough to send me two to try out. I had already pre-ordered 3 on Amazon anyway so I was great to get an early peek …

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[DEAL] Lametric’s smart clock is now $30 off for Halloween

Oct 30th - LaMetric Time is an Internet-connected clock that makes your home or work space unique with charming clock faces, controls smart home with a glance, tracks digital metrics in real time, creates music atmosphere with the dance of pixels. It’s also an awesome clock! Using promo code HALLOWEEN19 at checkout, you’ll be able to grab the LaMetric Time …

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Google has submitted a bid to buy Fitbit

Oct 28th - Google has it eyes fixed on a slice of the crowded market of fitness trackers and smartwatches, people familiar with the matter said on Monday 28th October 2019 that Alphabet Inc has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc While Google has joined other major technology companies such as Apple Inc …

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Is Google’s Pixel 4 smaller battery a software dev experiment?

Oct 23rd - I want to take a moment to write freely about Google and it’s commitment to software. It’s evident that Google are heading in absolutely the right direction with their camera software, they have billions of user’s activity data that allows them to mould the photography experience and finely tune it to appeal to a huge …

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5 reasons why I’m buying the Google Pixel 4

Oct 23rd - It’s been a week since the Google Pixel 4 announcement and boy has it been a whirlwind of reviews and emotional outpouring. Strong criticism has been thrown about and many positive vibes have been shared. There was very little left to learn about the Pixel 4 on launch day but never the less I fired …

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Hey Google, un-brick my smart speaker please.

Oct 22nd - Google’s smart speaker automatic updates are usually convenient, but they’ve been creating a lot of headaches for some device owners recently. Google has confirmed that it’s fixing a problem with firmware updates that have bricked some Home and Home Mini speakers. A handful of users have had success by temporarily unplugging the power cable or …

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Google Nest Aware: One price for your entire home.

Oct 15th - “Hey, Google” heard that our Nest Aware pricing can get a little expensive and complicated, so they’ve introduced a simple whole home pricing model. Instead of paying separately for each camera, the new Nest Aware will include all cameras, speakers and displays in your home for one of two low prices, with even more video …

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Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL is launching today and cheaper than expected.

Oct 15th - The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL will be announced later today and while there is not much left to the imagination regarding the phone itself we are still left guessing on price. It had been rumoured that the Pixel will release with a price tag of £$€1000+ but the latest slip ups from retailers …

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HTC’s new CEO admits lack of innovation – Were they right at the wrong time?

Oct 12th - In a recent TechCunch interview HTC’s new CEO Yves Maitre made a critical admission: “HTC has stopped innovating in the hardware of the smartphone, people like Apple, like Samsung and, most recently, Huawei, have done an incredible job investing in their hardware. We didn’t, because we have been investing in innovation on virtual reality.” “When …