This Week in Google with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

Sep 22nd 2021

This Week in Google 630

Did You Plug It In for Tofel?

Surface Duo 2, Facebook Go, Kindle Paperwhite with USB-C
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Category: News
  • Microsoft’s new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time around.
  • Leaked hands-on video of the Pixel 6 Pro confirms glossy back, Google Tensor specs.
  • Google’s NYC store now lets you see, but not touch, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
  • Galaxy Fold-style Pixel foldable, ‘Jumbojack,’ spotted in Android 12.1.
  • Facebook introduces portable Portal Go for $199.
  • Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite lineup with 6.8-inch screens, USB-C.
  • Amazon withholds its ebooks from libraries because it prefers you pay it instead.
  • Facebook vs Instagram vs Messenger.
  • Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data.
  • 6 takeaways from this week’s Works With event.
  • Prenuvo scan.
  • Whoop wearable.
  • Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81.
  • Arctic Adventure by Harry McCracken.
  • YouTube takes down the Ig Nobel show because of a 1914 recording.
  • Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to conservation through Bezos Earth Fund.
  • Amazon’s big fall hardware event is set for September 28th.
  • Amazon releases Echo Studio with Billie Eilish’s face on it that’s $30 more expensive.
  • Amazon closes 3,000 Chinese-brand online stores in campaign against fake reviews.
  • YouTube gets official video downloads on the web, saving you from using some very sketchy sites.
  • Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition.
  • Google Maps can now adjust its Android Auto UI for right-hand drive cars.
  • Gmail search filters introduced on the web last year are now coming to Android.
  • Google’s iOS 15 app updates bring XL YouTube Music & Photos widgets, Focus mode support.
  • Google Meet for web gets automatic brightness boost when you’re underexposed.
  • Fitbit starts rolling out ‘Snore & Noise Detect’ for Sense, Versa 3.
  • Zoom’s Nearly $15 Billion Deal for Five9 Under U.S. Government Review Over China Ties.
  • Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs.

Picks:

  • Jason - Watch Duty app
  • Ant - Future Moments
  • Ant - Marshall Monitor II with ANC
  • Leo - Baratunde Thurston’s Animated ‘How to Be Black’ Project in Development at ABC
  • Leo - “Hey Google, read with Reese’s Book Club”

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