Google to Expand Its In-Car Capabilities This Year

Google this week announced improvements to Android Audio and an expanding list of Google-powered in-car capabilities. “Google’s vision of helpfulness on the road is to provide a safe and seamless connected experience,” Google product director Mickey Kataria writes in the announcement post. “Today, we’re introducing several updates for cars compatible…

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Vivaldi Comes to Android Automotive

Vivaldi announced that it is the first company to bring its web browser to Android Automotive, in this case via the Polestar 2 electric car. “Vivaldi just became the first browser on Android Automotive OS—and one of the first full-featured browsers available in cars—breaking new ground and dropping an early…

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DuckDuckGo Previews Desktop Web Browser

Fans of DuckDuckGo are probably familiar with the company’s mobile web browser, but there’s a desktop version coming in 2022 too. And DuckDuckGo just offered a short preview in a post highlighting its privacy accomplishments over the past year. “Like we’ve done on mobile, DuckDuckGo for desktop will redefine user…

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Google is Bringing Play Store Games to Windows

Last night, Google revealed that it is bringing Play Store-based Android games to Windows in 2022. “Google Play has helped billions of people find and play their favorite games across multiple platforms, including on mobile, tablets, and ChromeOS,” Google Play product director Greg Hartrell said. “Starting in 2022, players will…

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Vivaldi 5.0 Arrives on Desktop, Android

Vivaldi has announced the latest major update to its flagship web browser on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. On desktop, Vivaldi 5.0 adds Shareable themes, Translate Panel with automatic translations, and more. And on Android, Vivaldi comes with two rows of tabs, as with the desktop version, a first on…

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Hands-On with DuckDuckGo App Tracking Protection

Last week, DuckDuckGo announced that it was adding App Tracking Protection to its mobile app on Android, and the firm was nice enough to give me an invite to the beta. And from what I can tell over several days of usage, this feature works quite well. And I’m more…

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Google Loses EU Antitrust Appeal

In another legal blow to the online giant, the EU General Court ruled against Google’s appeal of a 2017 antitrust verdict related to shopping services this morning. “The General Court finds that, by favoring its own comparison-shopping service on its general results pages through more favorable display and positioning, while…

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Brave Removes Google as its Default Search Engine

As part of its ongoing push to eliminate Google as much as possible from our daily web experiences, Brave is removing Google Search as its default search engine. Going forward, the Brave web browser will default to Brave Search. “Brave Search has grown significantly since its release last June, with…

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