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Apple Entertainment

Apple TV+ now on Google TV

I can’t say I’m not excited. Google has announced that the Apple TV app, including Apple TV+ is now globally available on the new Chromecast with Google TV. Support for more Google TV devices is coming.

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Automotive

Ford to put Android in millions of its cars in 2023

Ford has announced that it will be partnering Google to power millions of future Ford and Lincoln vehicles with Android and Google services. The unique six-year partnership, to kick off in 2023, is poised to accelerate Ford’s transformation and reinvent the connected vehicle experience. The car maker will also use Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider, leveraging on Google’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML).

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Gaming

Google is winding down in-house Stadia game development division

Google has announced that it is shutting down its internal Stadia game development division—Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E) to refocus on building Stadia as a technology platform.

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Apps Food

Grab’s Delivery Doodles feature lets kids draw their food orders

Doodles that turn into noodles? That’s got to be some kind of magic, right? Involves a fairy godmother or a purple genie? Well, if you can imagine Google’s AI in some sort of magician’s hat made up of ones and zeroes, perhaps. Grab’s new Delivery Doodles feature uses AI to turn any kid’s doodles of their favourite food into actual food orders delivered via GrabFood.

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Tech Talk

Google offers to buy Fitbit

Google owner Alphabet has made a bid to acquire wearable maker Fitbit, Reuters reports. The move may be to fast track the company’s entry into the fitness tracker and smartwatch hardware market. Google currently develops and markets Wear OS, its smartwatch operating system; it does not have its own branded wearable.

Apple is the current leader in smartwatch and wearables while Fitbit leads in the fitness tracker space. Other major players include Samsung and Xiaomi.

The report says that “there is no certainty that the negotiations between Google and Fitbit will lead to any deal.”

No figures for Google’s bid has been revealed.

Watch this space, this could be interesting.

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Mobile

Google loses sweet tooth, Android Q is Android 10

If you were making guesses of what Android Q stands for, Google has announced that it’s dropping its dessert-themed naming convention for its mobile OS. Android Q is, disappointingly, just plain Android 10.

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Apps

Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon Fire TVs

Just as Amazon buddies up again with Apple, it seems there’s another bitter feud that needs patching up. Google and Amazon. C’mon guys, can’t we just get along?

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Mobile

Google buys HTC’s Pixel team for USD1.1 billion; HTC continues to make own phones

It looks like Google is giving the device hardware business another go. As reported a day ago, there was speculation about HTC’s future, with the Taiwanese company suspending trading its shares on the TWSE. Well, the rumours have been laid to rest. Google is “buying” HTC, but the extent of the deal isn’t as originally expected.

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Tech Talk

Google Malaysia to host first-ever Education on Air online conference for educators

Google Malaysia has announced it will host ‘Education on Air’ on Sunday, 1 November 2015 – a free online conference for educators, by educators. The conference will be held exclusively over Google Hangouts, hosted on g.co/EduonAir.

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Tech Talk

Google launches first ever Doodle 4 Google competition in Malaysia

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Googlers celebrating the launch of Doodle 4 Google

Love doodles? Google has today announced the first ever ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition in Malaysia, open to school students. Malaysia joins the ranks of several countries in the world where children are invited to create doodles based on a theme.