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New Year’s resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Many of you are visiting family for the holidays, which means you're sharing meals, telling stories, and exchanging gifts. In fact, quite a few of you may be giving phones or tablets to family members this year. If you're a regular around here, you're probably also known as the resident gadget expert, an honor that is both a compliment and a curse — you know what I'm talking about. While you might be trying to avoid impromptu tech support work, we would like to encourage taking a few minutes to do something for the greater good: Clean the trash apps from your family members' devices.

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New Year's resolution: Make your friends and family get rid of garbage apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome will officially shut down Supervised Users feature in October 2018

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Google announced the deprecation of Chrome Supervised Users at the start of 2018. The tool allowed a Chrome user to allow, block, or manage access to sites for supervised users designated under their account. Now we know that v70 of the browser, slated for an October 2018 release, will mark the official end for the feature.

A Chromium Gerrit commit says: "Show an infobar to supervised users announcing EOL in M70." That's a fairly clear indication that Chrome v70 will bring the end of the feature.

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Chrome will officially shut down Supervised Users feature in October 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile announces FamilyMode, a paid service for keeping tabs on kids

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Many mobile carriers — like Verizon and Project Fi — offer ways of monitoring kids' mobile activity. Today, the "Un-Carrier" announced its take on the concept, which it's calling FamilyMode. T-Mobile's approach is novel, though, in that it includes an optional piece of hardware that extends the service's functionality to your home Wi-Fi network.

In addition to a $10 monthly fee, FamilyMode's hardware component, the Home Base, costs $20 up-front ("for a limited time;" it'll eventually cost $100).

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T-Mobile announces FamilyMode, a paid service for keeping tabs on kids was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon’s new ‘Smart Family’ parental controls are now available

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Verizon has long had a parental control service called FamilyBase, but today that is going away. In its place, Verizon is rolling out Smart Family. It works on both iOS and Android to allow parents to track device location, filter content, and more. The service comes with a monthly service, fee, but it does look quite comprehensive.

After setting up Smart Family, you can choose what sort of websites are accessible from your offspring's device.

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Verizon's new 'Smart Family' parental controls are now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Family Link support reintroduces parental controls to Chrome OS

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Google Family Link debuted last year as a way for parents to create Google accounts for kids 13 and younger and keep tabs on their usage of Android devices. According to a new Google For Families Help support page, though, the service is now available on Chromebooks as well. That's good news, since Chrome's Supervised Users feature that previously allowed parents to limit their children's access to certain features of Chrome OS was killed off in January.

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Google Family Link support reintroduces parental controls to Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: It should be easier to share and collaborate on some Google services, particularly Chrome and Contacts

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

For the first thirty years of my life, I was a lone wolf both offline and online. Then a funny Tinder conversation (of all places, gosh do I know!) with a stranger turned into a dinner, and we were pretty much inseparable since. Suddenly, most of the "me" decisions became "we," and as much as I like to think that choosing between Google Drive and Dropbox isn't a life or death situation, I do rely a lot on the services I use daily.

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Opinion: It should be easier to share and collaborate on some Google services, particularly Chrome and Contacts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Family Link is rolling out to Canada this week

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

It baffles me that something as important as parental controls isn't built into Android and that Google's solution for the problem, Family Link, was only officially released last year and is still limited to countries you can count on one hand: US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and now Canada is joining the fold. There must be a legal or technical limitation why this isn't enabled worldwide, but I can't for the life of me guess what it is.

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Google Family Link is rolling out to Canada this week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Here are all the new Home and Assistant-related features that Google announced at its October 4th event

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Google revealed a lot of products at its San Francisco event on October 4th, namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, the Home Mini, and the Home Max. There were also software features announced for Google Assistant and Home products, but there were so many that they're hard to keep track of. So if you ever need to dig up that one specific Assistant feature from the event, you can find it here.

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Here are all the new Home and Assistant-related features that Google announced at its October 4th event was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Family Link parental control app is now available to everyone (in the US)

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Back in March, Google announced an interesting new app allowing parents to set up accounts on Android devices for kids under 13. Unlike setting them up with a standard account, Family Link gives you power over what they can do with their phone or tablet. The app was available as part of an invitation-only test in the US, but now it's getting a widespread public launch.

We did a hands-on with the app around the time it was first announced, and we were impressed with what we saw.

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Google's Family Link parental control app is now available to everyone (in the US) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google family calendars are going live

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Last month, Google consolidated all of its family-sharing products under the new Family groups feature. From the new Family page, you can easily manage who has access to YouTube TV, Keep notes, content from Google Play, and more. Another component of Family groups, a shared calendar, is going now live for some users.

The premise behind the family calendar is simple. When you create a family on Google, a calendar called 'Family' automatically appears for all members in Google Calendar.

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Google family calendars are going live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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