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  • Someone peeking at your phone screen? New Google tool will alert you

    Google researchers have come up with a unique tool which alerts you when other people are peeking at your smartphone screen. The tool, spotted by The Android Soul, isn't available yet but is set to be demonstrated at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference next week. As for how it all works? The phone's front facing camera is used to detect gazes and faces, doing so very quickly and alerting users in the process. The application draws a red box around the Peeping Tom and also adds a rainbow effect for good measure. "The runtime is 2ms (milliseconds) per face for...

  • Want Google hardware in South Africa? Well, keep waiting

    Google marked its ten year anniversary on the continent at an event this week, but what we really want to know is when the company will be bringing hardware to South Africa. It was worth noting that the event saw a Google Home available for attendees to try out. But when can we see the product actually launching in SA? This seems like a no-brainer, especially with the cheap Google Home Mini being launched in the USA for US$50. "We love Google Home, it's a fabulous product. Having Google Home is contingent on a couple of different things, not least of...

  • Reviewer’s Google Home Mini goes rogue, records everything

    Manufacturers of smart speakers have gone to great lengths to explain to users that the devices respect their privacy. But Google was in a rather tricky situation after a tech journalist's Google Home Mini speaker malfunctioned. Android Police journalist Artem Russakovskii was one of many to receive a Google Home Mini at the company's 4 October event. But quickly found that it was listening to and recording everything, instead of only listening to a hotword to activate. "Several days passed without me noticing anything wrong. In the meantime, as it turns out, the Mini was behaving very differently from all the...

  • Here are all the other gadgets that Google announced last night

    The Pixel 2 phones were the main attractions at Google's event last night, but the company had a lot more to show off. From new smart speakers to smart earbuds and everything in between, here's what else Google had to reveal. Google Home Mini It was leaked before the event, but Google now has a rival to Amazon's own Echo Dot smart speaker. Much like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the larger smart speaker, delivering the same core functionality. So that means voice queries, reminders, playing music and more. And much like the Echo Dot, the Home Mini...

  • Google Home Mini leaks, to be revealed at Pixel 2 event?

    The Google Home smart speaker is one of the cooler Google devices released in recent years, offering useful features in a handy format. Between general voice queries, music playback and reminders, it (along with Amazon's Echo) popularised the idea of a smart speaker in the first place. Now, 9to5Google has uncovered evidence of a Google Home Mini device, essentially being a smaller, cheaper version of the original smart speaker. The publication dug through the Google Home app, finding an image of the diminutive gadget. Update: We found a full-res image of the new Google Home Mini in the latest Google Home app https://t.co/m9lxzczRTM...

  • Google Pixel 2 renders leak: your choice of large or thin bezels

    Google is gearing up for its Pixel 2 event tomorrow (4 October), where it's expected to reveal two smartphones in the well-received range. We've already reported on some of the apparent specs, such as a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and full HD or 1440p displays (full HD for the Pixel 2 and QHD for the Pixel 2 XL). Now, Venturebeat's Evan Blass has published renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, showing two phones with differing approaches to bezels/borders. The Pixel 2 XL (seen in the featured image) takes a more Galaxy S8-style route, delivering trimmed borders with...

  • Google Assistant on headphones: Google details how it will work

    We've heard murmurings of Google Assistant coming to standalone headphones, allowing users to quickly make queries and hear results. Now, Google has seemingly confirmed these stories with some informative YouTube videos. As spotted by Android Police, Google has uploaded a few video clips to show how Google Assistant works on headphones. "First, press the Google Assistant button to hear your latest notifications," reads an excerpt from the video. "Second, press and hold the button to talk to your Assistant," the clip continues. "Third, ask your Assistant to help get answers on Google Search or for help with everyday tasks." Subsequent clips also...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Google Chromebooks: slow progress on Android app support

    Google's Chromebooks are enjoying brisk sales over the past year or so, offering great battery life and Google's suite of tools in a laptop. The Google Play Store and Android apps have also been making their way to devices, albeit at a much slower rate than consumers would like. So what kind of progress have we seen since our June update of compatible Chromebooks? Not much, actually. We see a new addition from Acer, with its Chromebook 14 for Work CB5-471 hitting the beta channel. Meanwhile, HP's Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE and Lenovo's fourth generation ThinkPad 11e/ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook graduate from...

  • Google Daydream 2.0 is official: what to expect?

    Google's Daydream is still that for many a smartphone owner (heh), owing to a paltry selection of compatible phones and a lack of peripheral availability locally. Still, the company announced that LG's upcoming smartphone, presumably the V30, will be getting compatibility with the VR suite. And then there's the announcement that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ would receive the suite via a software update. The other recent news was that Google would be producing standalone Daydream headsets, with partners including HTC and Lenovo. In addition to Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, Google's VR drive has also seen it recently purchase the team behind Job...