Welcome to Alphabet City, this is the show that covers everything related to Alphabet Inc, Alphabet just so happens to own lots of companies including Google.
I'm your guide Iyaz Akhtar and you are the fantastic audience, today we're talking about Google app updates, a new Google smart home device, for real this time And your comments.
But first things first, let's talk about Google's issues with the US government.
To the garden of Google.
Google finally headed over to the Senate for a hearing by sending over its chief privacy officer, Keith Enright.
In a prepared statement, he said, we acknowledge That we have made mistakes in the past from which we have learned and improved our robust privacy program.
Enright confirmed that there is a Project Dragonfly.
He also said we are not close to launching a search product in China.
Reuters reports that Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, will appear before the US House of Representatives He'll be discussing privacy issues and concerns that Google is biased against conservatives.
The hearing will occur in November.
[UNKNOWN] will also meet with the President.
Remember that change to Chrome?
You know the one, when you would log into a Google-owned site, you'd be logged into the browser as well?
Yeah, that didn't sit too well with people.
Google put up a post on its blog saying changes are coming Beginning in Chrome Version 70, there'll be a new option in settings.
It looks like this.
It says, by turning this off, you can sign into Google sites like Gmail without signing in to Chrome.
So that means that if you do not toggle this option, guess what?
When you log into a Google site, you will be logged into Chrome.
You got that?
The post reiterated at the very beginning that the change in Chrome 69 was not super evil.
Quote, we want to be clear that this change to sign-in does not mean Chrome sync gets turned on.
Meaning your data wasn't sent back to Google servers.
Onward to Uptown Updates.
Google Maps has some new tricks.
First up, group planning You can create a list of places by long pressing each location in the Google Maps app.
This list is then sharable using any messaging app.
Each member of the group can add or delete places.
They can also vote on a place.
Second Matches replacing the driving and transit tabs with the commute tab.
And third, music play back can be controled in google maps during by turn by turn navigation.
Google revamp its search app as well.
Remember that news feed thing on the left It had a house as an icon.
Well, now it's getting a new name, discover, with an amazing asterisk logo.
The new wear OS is rolling out to watches, it's a lot more gesture-based and it allows you to get to features quickly.
Swiping up brings you notifications, swiping to the left With the re-designed Google Fit, swiping to the right brings you assistant, Clicking the side button brings up your apps.
Alphabet chronicle, that is new anti malware software called Virus total enterprise.
By the name, you can guess its meant business use.
In a blog posted top news, plan that Virus total enterprise can create private rest that feature visualizations, a malware relationships Which would help in instant investigations.
Google announced Project Stream.
The company's working with Ubisoft to stream an Assassin's Creed game to Chrome browsers on desktops and laptops.
Google also published a video, showing off 1080p gaming, using Project Stream.
If you're interested in trying it out, there's a sign up page at projectstream.google.com.
Google says you'll need an internet connection of about 25 mega bits per second.
Let's talk about that smart home gadget finally.
Google's got a new device that's going through the FCC.
It's listed as the interactive video streaming device.
This most likely is Google's rumored Home Hub.
My Smart Price published images of what it says is the home hub.
The device is similar to the Lenovo Smart Display with a seven inch screen.
When it comes to styling it looks Googly, white, rounded..
Kinda dull looking.
Also just recently best buy sold a Reddit user what looks to be the new version of the google chrome cast.
Take a look at the picture.
New chrome cast looks to have a matte finish, the google G instead of the chrome logo.
So it looks like, we might get a new chrome cast at Google's October night event Speaking of that, let's head on over to Pixel Park.
Guys, I can't feign excitement Pixel 3 XL leads anymore.
There's yet another hands-on with what could be the 3 XL on Youtube.
In the video, the Pixel 2 XL is compared with the 3 XL, take a look, I'll wait.
MySmartPrice also published a video, it says this is the official Google Pixel 3 XL marketing vid.
In it you see all kinds of ways to interact with the phone.
Just so many leaks.
And there's one more thing, a Google teaser video.
This is one is official.
It shows people touching other things and squeezed it, then a rectangle object is squeezing the hand It's probably Active Edge where you'd call up an assistant by squeezing, but I want to believe that the next Pixel is transparent.
Yeah let's go with that.
To Comment Cove.
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Friend of the show Luke Taylor says YouTube Music still has a long way to go before I consider switching from Google Play Music.
Feature parity has to be completed before I'll trust the new system.
Also, if you want more Chrome OS news, look up the latest info about Nocturne and Atlas that have been floating around this past week.
Looking pretty good.
There's a report of a new Chrome OS tablet by Google.
It's reportedly codenamed Nocturne, and may be officially called The Google Pixel Slate.
We might see it very soon.
Max says, that was a very brief mention of the new dark pattern/behavior of Chrome 69 login without consent.
Also please report about the manipulation while deleting Cookies.
As of Chrome 69, deleting cookies does not affect Google Web Services' cookies, as they always persist, allowing continuous tracking.
Thanks for the info, Max, I'll have to do some research before I speak on the matter a little further.
Dominic says, lol wut, did you seriously not dive into Google collaborating with a totalitarian regime?
Well, Dominic, we have covered Dragonfly numberous times on this program so discussing it at length each time seems repetitive.
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