How to use Google Chromecast with your iPhone to stream videos, music, and more to a TV

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Your Chromecast is designed to connect to lots of devices, including iPhones.

  • You can connect a Chromecast to your iPhone using the Google Home app.
  • Once you’ve linked your streaming accounts to the Google Home app, you can control your Chromecast with your iPhone.
  • To connect your iPhone to the Chromecast, they’ll both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
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Since its debut in 2013, Google has positioned its Chromecast as one of the most affordable and dynamic streaming devices on the market. Compatible with all sorts of devices, the Chromecast lets you stream movies, music, websites, and more on your TV.

If you’re looking to stream to a Chromecast from your iPhone, here’s how to set up and watch almost any content from your paired Apple and Google devices.

How to stream to Chromecast from an iPhone

The Google Home app for iPhone lets you link Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, HBO, and other popular streaming services and stream them using the Chromecast that’s plugged into your TV. Just make sure that every device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

1. With your Google Home app open on your iPhone, tap the Media icon.

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Click the media button to start casting.

2. Under the “Manage Your System” section, select whether you want to access available Music, Video, Podcast, or Radio services.

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Select which media type you want to cast to your Chromecast.

3. In the list of available apps, tap “Link” under the service you want to add to your iPhone’s Google Home app.

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Click “Link” under the streaming app you want to cast to your Chromecast.

4. In the confirmation box, tap “Link Account” to be brought to the service’s sign in page where you can enter your account username and password.

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Click “Link Account” to link your streaming app with your Google Home app.

5. Once logged in, closeout of Google Home and tap the icon for the streaming service you just linked.

6. Select the media you want to play on your TV through your Chromecast device.

7. On your iPhone’s screen, locate the Google Chromecast “casting” icon, which may be located in various places depending on the app.

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Tap the cast button in your streaming app.

8. Select the name of your Chromecast from the list of available Chromecast devices and begin watching.

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Select the Chromecast device from the app list.

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Google’s biggest conference of the year is going virtual – here’s how to watch all the announcements

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the company’s I/O developer conference in 2018.

  • This year’s Google I/O developer conference is a virtual event with major announcements planned.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai will deliver the Google I/O Keynote at 1 p.m. ET on May 18.
  • We expect to see Google’s Pixel 5a smartphone, new Pixel Buds, and new Android features.

Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference, will be a virtual event this year with CEO Sundar Pichai delivering the keynote address at 1 p.m. ET on May 18. Google I/O will run from May 18 to May 20 with a series of panel discussions and speakers organized for developers and Google customers.

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Google I/O in 2020, the event has typically been a site for product announcements and demonstrations of Google’s latest tech innovations.

What to expect at Google I/O 2021

Early leaks indicate that Google could be ready to unveil the Pixel 5a, the more affordable version of its flagship smartphone, as well as a budget-friendly version of Google’s Pixel Bud wireless headphones.

We also expect Google to demonstrate new features coming to Android and apps like Google Maps with its next major software update.

At Google I/O 2019 the company showed off some impressive Google Assistant and augmented reality features that were incorporated into Android 10. Google announced the first previews of Android 12 in February 2021 and the update will likely arrive in September.

How to watch Google I/O 2021

Google I/O is a virtual conference this year, starting with a keynote address at 1 p.m. ET on May 18. Programming will continue online from May 18 through May 20, with different sessions planned for developers and non-professional viewers.

You can stream sessions for free online via Google’s site with registration, and select events will also be available to watch on YouTube.

Registration for Google I/O is free and uses your Google account. Once logged into the conference portal, you’ll be asked to provide your personal information and whether you identify as a developer. You can add panels to your schedule through the Google I/O website and create your own timeline for the three-day event.

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6 ways to troubleshoot Chromecast audio issues and get your sound working again

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Audio issues aren’t unheard of for the Google Chromecast.

  • You can fix your Chromecast’s audio issues in several easy ways.
  • If your Chromecast is having audio issues, check your TV’s settings, and restart the app you’re playing from.
  • Google also offers an interactive tool to help diagnose and troubleshoot Chromecast audio issues.
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Google’s Chromecast allows users to easily stream media from other devices onto their TV. All it takes is an HD television and an internet connection.

It’s a pretty clever device, but it’s not without its issues and glitches. Users have reported problems with audio cutting out or simply not playing despite the video playing perfectly, for example. When this happens, it’s up to the user to troubleshoot these issues – luckily, they’re usually easy to fix.

How to troubleshoot a Google Chromecast’s audio issues

Here are five ways you can troubleshoot your Chromecast sound and audio issues before you go out and buy a replacement device.

Check your TV or other device’s settings

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Adjust your device’s sound settings to fix Chromecast audio issues.

It’s important to make sure the speakers on the device you’re casting to are set to enabled, and that your volume is turned up.

Some modern TVs will disable their internal speakers to use external speakers or sound systems. Check to see that you have the correct settings turned on. If you’re not sure how to find this or the usual method doesn’t work, consider resetting your TV to its default or factory settings. That should restore the internal speakers.

Ensure your Chromecast is working correctly

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Double-check that your Chromecast is updated and plugged in properly.

To rule out any hardware issues, you should always check to see that your Chromecast is plugged in properly – both to your TV and to the power socket on your wall.

You can test this further by plugging your Chromecast into a different wall socket or HDMI jack on your TV. You can also try switching out the HDMI cord for the micro-USB cord and plugging that in to see if it solves the issue.

Reboot your Chromecast device using the Google Home app

Rebooting your Chromecast could iron out any issues, audio-related or otherwise, and takes only a few seconds. Here’s how to do it.

1. Launch the Google Home app on your device.

2. Select the Chromecast device on your home screen that you’re experiencing issues with.

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Select the Chromecast device you want to reboot.

3. Tap the cog on the upper right-hand corner of your screen to open the Settings option.

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Open your Chromecast device settings.

4. Choose the three-dotted “More” icon to open your extra settings.

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The three-dot icon is vertical on Android and horizontal on iPhone.

5. Select “Reboot.”

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Tap Reboot to restart your Chromecast device.

6. Wait for your Chromecast device to restart and confirm your sound issues have been resolved.

Restart your selected media

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Try stopping and restarting your media to see if the audio glitch is fixed.

Sometimes Chromecast audio issues are simply a random glitch that can be solved by stopping and restarting the media you wish to play. Try disconnecting from the Chromecast device in question, then reconnecting before restarting the video or music you’re listening to.

Use the Google Home app’s sound settings to fix sound delays

Sometimes sound issues arise because your sound system is more advanced. The Google Home app has a tool to help you get your audio synced when you’re casting to a group of devices, like a set of speakers.

To fix the issue and your Chromecast audio, select the Chromecast device you’re using from the Google Home app’s main screen, tap the gear icon to access your settings, and then choose “Group delay correction.”

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You can fix Chromecast sound delays with grouped speakers in the Google Home app.

From here, Google suggests you cast music to your “group” of speakers or devices, stand by the device where you hear the delay, and using the slider, move it left or right until the audio is synced.

Follow Google’s interactive walkthrough to troubleshoot your issues

Google offers an interactive, step-by-step tool to diagnose and fix issues with either your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio devices.

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Google offers an interactive troubleshooting tool for Chromecast users.

You can get tips and fixes for the most common problems you might experience, though they also have a community where you can ask questions and receive answers from fellow users.

And if all else fails, you can contact Google customer support.

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A day in the life of Google’s highest-ranking executive in Southeast Asia, who lives in Singapore, has 40 hours of meetings a week, and used to live on a sailboat

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Davis, who’s from the US, moved to Singapore in 2017 in the role of Google’s Country Director.

  • Stephanie Davis is Google’s Vice President for Southeast Asia, based in Singapore.
  • Since April, she’s been back at the office two days a week and working from home the other three.
  • Davis has about 40 hours of meetings per week, most of which are virtual.
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Stephanie Davis is Google’s Vice President for Southeast Asia, making her the company’s top-ranking executive in the region.

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Davis is from Georgia in the US and has lived in Singapore since 2017.

Davis, who’s in her 40s, has worked for Google for 15 years. Originally from a small town in Georgia in the US, she spent stints working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, and New Zealand before moving to Singapore in 2017 as the company’s Country Director.

Now, she’s Google’s highest-ranking executive in Southeast Asia, overseeing about 2,000 employees at Google’s Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore, as well as teams in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

Before the pandemic, Davis said she was typically traveling in the region for work eight to 10 days out of the month.

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Whenever possible, she would tack on a personal day to a work trip and her husband would join her for a mini-vacation.

“I think it’s one of the beauties about this region,” Davis told Insider. “You have the organization, the safety, and the beauty of Singapore, a professional place to be in terms of career. But then you step on a boat, step on a plane, and you can just be in some of the most adventurous, amazing spots in the world.”

Now, like many office workers, Davis has been working from home for over a year. In April, however, Singapore’s loosened restrictions allowed Davis to start going into the office two days per week and to work from home the other three.

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Davis’ home workstation.

Davis, who lives in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar neighborhood with her husband, Jack, said she thought she had a sufficient home office setup before the pandemic.

“But I soon realized my desk and my small chair may have worked for weekend work and a few hours at night, but it certainly wasn’t cut out for working full days at home,” she said. “So I’ve certainly had to adapt a more ergonomic setup.”

Davis got a better chair, a desk that raises and lowers so she can alternate between sitting and standing, and a keyboard and monitor. 

Google, which is known for providing lavish amenities to its employees like a free café and on-site massage therapists, is saving more than $1 billion a year while its staffers work from home, Bloomberg recently reported.

7 to 7:30 a.m: As often as her schedule allows, Davis starts her day with a yoga session.

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“I have found yoga to be so helpful to my well-being during this time that I sometimes manage to squeeze in two sessions a day, with a second one that’s a nice wind-down before bed,” Davis said.

One of her favorite channels is Boho Beautiful with Juliana Spicoluk, she said. The morning yoga is a new addition to Davis’ routine since she started working from home.

“Singapore is an easy city to get around so it’s not that I have a really long commute, but that saving of time in the morning has allowed me to do yoga most mornings,” she said.

7:30 to 8 a.m: After yoga, it’s time for Davis’ morning coffee made with Malaysian-grown coffee beans from the local Tiong Bahru market and brewed by her “kind husband,” she said.

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“No fancy coffee machines in our home — we lived on a boat for many years, and it’s still a stovetop espresso maker for us,” Davis said. “We love the simplicity and low waste.”

With her coffee in hand, Davis starts getting ready for her day.

“Another pandemic-driven change: I get ready for WFH much faster than I get ready to work from the office,” she said.

8 to 9 a.m: Davis typically spends the first hour of her workday clearing her inbox.

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Davis at her home workspace.

Davis said she gets “hundreds” of emails per day and tries to “carve out time each day to read and respond to top priorities.”

9 to 10 a.m: Davis’ first meeting of the day is with the Southeast Asia Search Product and Marketing team. It’s one of about 40 hours of meetings in a typical week.

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They discuss how to make Google Search more useful for consumers in the region. 

“We know that people in Southeast Asia are increasingly using voice search to discover a wide range of information — from song lyrics to recipes to store hours, restaurants nearby and items to buy,” Davis said. “The number of people across SEA who used their voice to interact with Google on their phone grew 49% compared to the previous year.”

10 to 11 a.m: Her next virtual meeting of the day is with Southeast Asia’s YouTube team.

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Google sees YouTube (which Google owns) as an “integral partner” to the growth of the internet economy in Southeast Asia, Davis said.

Five of YouTube’s biggest markets globally, based on watch time, are in Asia: India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, she said.

After the meeting ends at 11:00 a.m., Davis takes a 15-minute break to stretch and refill her water bottle.

11:15 a.m. to noon: Davis meets virtually with Farhan Quresh, Google’s country director in Pakistan, for South Asian frontier markets.

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Quresh and Davis.

Davis typically meets with her direct reports for 45 minutes every two weeks.

She and Quresh discuss how Google can help start-ups and developers in Pakistan. 

Noon to 12:30 p.m: Davis sits in on an in-person meeting at Google’s office in Singapore, where the company’s Incident Response Team is discussing their continuing efforts to make the offices safe for Googlers to return.

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A socially distanced meeting with the Incident Response Team in December 2020.

The meeting is typically virtual, but some members of the team were able to meet in-person at the end of last year.

12:45 to 1:45 p.m: Davis has lunch at a local café with a founder who has decided to start a new business that aims to fight climate change.

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Davis had the Oriental Shrimp Salad at Singapore’s Little Part 1 Cafe.

“I look forward to when we can once again host guests at our offices, but I’m also thankful for the many local cafes in Singapore, where we can easily meet up and have productive business discussions,” Davis said.

2 to 4 p.m: After lunch, Davis has more virtual meetings, including one with Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, to get an update on its recent projects.

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Google.org announced on April 26 that it was contributing $18 million to the COVID-19 crisis in India. The philanthropic arm also works with local organizations in the Southeast Asia region to support education for underprivileged children, Davis said.

Then she has a 30-minute call with a large e-commerce company in the region about how the two companies can work together to get more small businesses online.

At 3 p.m, Davis takes part in a regional Google town hall to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

“Town halls like these are an integral part of Google’s culture, and at this one, we hear personal stories from Googlers across the region,” she said. 

4:15 to 6 p.m: Davis is a few minutes late to the monthly meeting of the Singapore Computer Society, where she’s an Executive Council Member.

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Singapore Computer Society president Dr. Chong Yoke Sin, left, with Davis, right.

The Singapore Computer Society is an infocomm and digital media society with 42,000 members — including industry professionals, students, and tech enthusiasts — that helps grow the tech industry in Singapore, she said.

The meeting is in-person, with masks and social distancing, Davis said.

6:15 to 6:30 p.m: Just as she gets back home, Davis gets a video call from her brother in North Carolina so she can say good morning to her 1.5 year-old niece, Vivian Cora.

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“It’s been more than a year since I last saw my family in the US,” Davis said. “I come from a close-knit family, and it’s been difficult to not see them, but I’m grateful that we’re healthy and well connected via video calls.”

6:30 to 8 p.m: Davis and her husband go for a hike at Singapore’s Mount Faber, a 138-acre park with scenic views of the city. It’s a hike they do several times per week, she said.

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“He and I catch up on our respective days, but then our earbuds go in, we listen to our favorite podcasts or books, and then share learnings with one another,” Davis said.

Davis recently finished “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo and said she liked the author’s “straightforward style in suggesting how we can have better conversations about race.”

“A few stretches at the top and some reflection while the sun goes down is a great way to close the curtain on the day,” Davis said.

8 to 9 p.m: For dinner, Davis and her husband have a kale Reuben sandwich. “Jack is the chef in our home – lucky me,” she said.

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Jack’s kale Reuben and tomato soup

While they eat, they watch YouTube videos including the evening news, late night replays, and some sailing videos like Ruby Rose.

9 to 11 p.m.: After dinner, Davis gets some more work done.

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“This is when I prepare for the next day — read materials for meetings, think through presentations, look at the revenue numbers, etc,” she said. “All with a nice candle burning nearby.”

11 p.m. to midnight: Davis spends some time reading before bed.

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“So that I don’t wake Jack, I have a little light that attaches to my book — or should I say one of a few books, as it’s common for me to be reading several at once,” Davis said. “I seem to read fiction when on a holiday, but otherwise, I enjoy non-fiction.”

One of Davis’ favorite books is Jane Goodall’s “Reason for Hope,” which she says has influenced how she chooses to lead.

And finally, it’s time to sleep.

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Apple and Epic Games are revealing a ton of industry secrets in court filings – from untold billions in ‘Fortnite’ profits to private email exchanges, these are the 5 juiciest bits

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right.

  • “Fortnite” maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the bench trial started this week in California.
  • Epic says Apple’s App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract.
  • Through court filings, major secrets from Apple, Epic, Microsoft, and more have been revealed.
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Apple and the maker of “Fortnite” are currently at war in a California courtroom – the culmination of a yearlong spat between the two American business giants.

Epic Games filed suit against Apple last summer after its hit game, “Fortnite,” was pulled from Apple’s App Store.

Apple says it pulled the game because Epic violated the terms of its developer agreement when Epic implemented a payment system in the game that enabled players to circumvent Apple’s App Store. Epic says the App Store is a monopoly, and argues that iPhones and iPads are no different from computers.

The in-person trial began Monday at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, California. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is scheduled to oversee approximately three weeks of hearings before a verdict is rendered, according to court filings.

After just one week, we’ve already learned a lot: Between major financial disclosures, company secrets, and private emails between executives made public, evidence in the trial is a treasure trove of information.

1. Xbox console sales aren’t profitable, according to Microsoft, and they never have been.

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The Xbox Series X, left, and the Xbox Series S, right.

After nearly two decades of sales, Xbox consoles have never been a profitable product for Microsoft.

The Washington-based tech giant sells every Xbox at a loss, according to sworn testimony from Microsoft’s VP of Xbox business development Lori Wright.

“Has Microsoft ever earned a profit on the sale of an Xbox console?” she was asked on Wednesday, May 5. “No,” she said.

Wright appeared as a witness in the ongoing trial, where she answered a variety of questions about Microsoft, Xbox, and digital storefronts. Microsoft has openly supported Epic’s suit against Apple.

The subject of Xbox profitability came up in questioning because of how Microsoft’s console business works: Instead of making money on the console itself, the company makes money from games sales through its digital storefront, from subscription services like Xbox Game Pass, and from sales of accessories like gamepads.

Microsoft, like other console makers, takes a cut of every sale on its digital storefront. That cut is usually about 30%, which has become a standard in the video game distribution market. Apple takes a similar cut from games sold on its iOS App Store, which is part of what Epic is contesting in its court case against Apple.

2. Apple’s reportedly making huge margins on the App Store.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

One of Epic’s expert witnesses, Berkeley Research Group managing director Ned Barnes, said that Apple is enjoying enormous margins on the App Store: In the high 70s for the last two years at least, according to Barnes.

“In my expert report dated February 16, 2021,” Barnes writes, “using Apple testimony and financial information available to me at that time, I calculated the App Store’s operating margin percentage to be 79.6% for each of FY2019 and FY2018.”

He also said that Apple “produced additional documents” for the trial that demonstrate slightly lower percentages for the two years, but that the numbers are “consistent with and confirm the reasonableness of the calculations presented in my expert report.”

Apple, however, disputes Barnes’ report. “Epic’s experts calculations of the operating margins for the App Store are simply wrong,” an Apple representative told The Verge.

Core to Epic’s argument in the trial is that Apple operates a monopoly with the App Store by refusing to allow competing app stores on the iOS platform, in addition to not allowing third-party payment systems. High profit margins from the App Store, Epic argued, is part of the reason for Apple won’t allow either.

3. “Fortnite” is making Epic billions of dollars every year, especially on the PlayStation 4.

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In one of the less surprising secrets unearthed from evidence presented during the trial, “Fortnite” is making a huge amount of money – to the tune of several billion dollars every year for the last several years.

In 2020 alone, Epic made over $5 billion in revenue according to sworn testimony from Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Between 2018 and 2019, “Fortnite” brought in over $9 billion.

Epic makes more than “Fortnite” – the gaming giant produces the Unreal Engine, operates the Epic Games Store, and owns and publishes several other big games (“Rocket League” and “Fall Guys”). Data from Epic presented during the trial shows that those projects, while moneymakers in the hundreds of millions, don’t generate anywhere near as much revenue as “Fortnite.”

4. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a 2 a.m. email declaring war.

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Epic Games cofounder and CEO Tim Sweeney.

At 2 a.m. PT on August 13, 2020, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other Apple executives that laid out Epic’s plan to cut Apple out of payments in “Fortnite” on iPhone and iPad.

It was intended as a declaration of war.

“I’m writing to tell you that Epic will no longer adhere to Apple’s payment processing restrictions,” Sweeney wrote. “Today, Epic is launching Epic direct payments in ‘Fortnite’ on iOS, offering customers the choice of paying in-app through Epic direct payments or through Apple payments, and passing on the savings of Epic direct payments to customers in the form of lower prices.”

In response, Apple pulled “Fortnite” from its iPhone and iPad store, and the game has been unplayable on both ever since. Epic sued Apple on the same day, and this email was one of many private messages between the companies that was uncovered as evidence.

5. “Fortnite” was such a big deal on the PlayStation 4 that Epic was able to force Sony to overturn a longstanding precedent in gaming.

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In September 2018, after months spent fighting a losing battle in the court of public opinion, Sony gave in: “Fortnite,” the company announced, would be playable on the PlayStation 4 with friends on other platforms.

“Fortnite” was the first-ever game to allow players on all platforms to play together. “This represents a major policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment,” Sony said in its announcement. It was clear at the time that, with the game playable across all other platforms, Sony was almost certain to give in: Tens of millions of people were playing “Fortnite,” and they were earning the most from players on Sony’s PlayStation 4, according to documents from Epic presented as evidence in the trial.

Between January 2019 and July 2020, just before “Fortnite” was removed from the App Store, Epic was earning just shy of $150 million each month on average from PlayStation players, according to Epic. By comparison, the company was earning about $23 million per month on average from iOS players, Epic said.

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Google’s childcare workers are furious about the company ordering them back into the office without paying their transportation costs

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The workers who educate and take care of Google corporate employees’ children during the day are furious over being hit with additional transportation costs as the company requires them to return to in-person work.

Google has told its 148 San Francisco Bay Area childcare workers to return to the office starting Monday, despite the company’s shuttle services remaining shut down and many corporate employees being allowed to keep working remotely, according to a statement from the Alphabet Workers Union.

As a result, Google is forcing the childcare workers, who AWU said earn an average of $20 per hour, to find alternative ways to get to work. That could be costly, especially for the many workers who live far from Google’s campuses due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, AWU said.

In response, the workers, with the support of AWU, launched a petition Friday asking Google to provide a $1,500 monthly transportation stipend until the company’s shuttle services resume. As of Friday evening, the petition had gathered more than 250 signatures from workers at Google and other subsidiaries of its parent company, Alphabet.

Google did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

“Transportation isn’t just a nice-to-have for us, it’s fundamental if we want to do our job,” Denise Belardes, a Google educator and AWU member, said in a statement to Insider via AWU.

“Options that cost money are not real options. We’re not the ones making hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. We do not have the option to work from home as other Googlers. We need this stipend,” Belardes added.

The workers also pointed to recent Alphabet regulatory filings that said the company saved $268 million last quarter – which would amount to more than $1 billion annually – on “advertising and promotional as well as travel and entertainment expenses… primarily as a result of COVID-19” as employees work remotely.

“The corporation has been investing some of [its] record profits in the wellbeing of the return to office plan for some of its workforce, including creating specialized privacy robots, and new technology to help with the transition,” the petition said. “Clearly, Google can be an extraordinary problem solver, but is choosing not to solve this problem for its childcare workers.”

Google has been more responsive to its corporate employees, however.

After some employees expressed frustration over the company’s plans to return to the office by September under a “hybrid” plan, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said this week that the company would take a more flexible approach with roughly 20% of employees remaining fully remote.

But when Google childcare workers raised the transportation issue to the company, its response, according to the petition, was: “transportation is just a perk, not a benefit.”

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Google ‘arguably violated’ labor law when it fired employees involved in unionizing, says NLRB chief

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The National Labor Relations Board has said Google “arguably violated” US labor laws when it fired three employees involved in unionizing.

  • Google ‘arguably violated’ labor laws when it fired employees involved in unionizing activity.
  • NLRB chief Peter Sung Ohr accused the tech giant of ‘unlawfully discharging’ three ex-Googlers.
  • But Google insists the company remains ‘very confident’ in its legal position.
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Google “arguably violated” US labor laws when it fired three employees involved in unionizing activity, the acting head of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has said.

Peter Sung Ohr’s comments mark the latest twist in the long-running fallout between Google execs and employees, and may underscore a more pro-labor approach at the agency under President Biden.

Google suffered backlash after firing five activist workers in the space of a month towards the end of 2019. Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers, and Sophie Waldman became known as the “Thanksgiving Four” after the company sacked them around the holiday season, alleging they had leaked company information in violation of its policies, an allegation all of them deny.

The four were subsequently joined by Kathryn Spiers, who had created an internal pop-up notification for employees telling them they had a right to “participate in protected concerted activities” before being fired in December 2019.

The ex-Googlers subsequently filed complaints via the NLRB, alleging that Google terminated their contracts in an attempt to crush unionization efforts.

In 2020, under the Trump administration, then NLRB leader Peter Robb accused Google of illegally firing Berland and Spiers, but rejected the other three’s claims.

In a new letter seen by Bloomberg, however, the agency’s new acting chief Ohr said that Google had “arguably violated” federal labor laws by “unlawfully discharging” .

As a result, Bloomberg reports that the NLRB is now considering amending its original complaint to include Duke, Rivers, and Waldman, unless Google settles out of court.

In a statement shared with the site, a Google spokesperson said, “Our thorough investigation found the individuals were involved in systematic searches for other employees’ materials and work, including distributing confidential business and client information.”

They added: “As the hearing on these matters moves forward, we’re very confident in our decision and legal position.”

Insider approached Google and the NLRB for further comment.

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Google’s Stadia division is continuing to bleed talent as more notable names depart

FILE PHOTO: Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video gaming streaming service named Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers, at the Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video gaming streaming service named Stadia at the Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco

  • Google Stadia is continuing to lose top talent.
  • Its head of product recently departed the company, while six other employees have hopped over to a new studio.
  • It’s more bad news for the platform, which got off to a rocky start.
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Google’s Stadia division is continuing to lose key talent, with several notable names leaving the company in recent weeks as the gaming platform struggles to take hold.

The Information reported this week that Stadia vice president and head of product, John Justice, recently left the company. Meanwhile, several other former Stadia employees have joined a new studio run by former Stadia Games & Entertainment head Jade Raymond, as spotted by a user of the Resetera gaming forum.

Google announced it had hired Raymond in 2019 to lead its SG&E division and build exclusives for its new cloud-based gaming platform. But in February of this year, Google announced it would shut the internal division and focus on working with existing developers.

Raymond, a Ubisoft veteran known for her work on the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises, announced she would leave Google at that time, while Stadia head Phil Harrison said that Google would help the SG&E team find new roles at the company.

Some staff who have joined Haven, the new studio, were part of the same SG&E team. They include former Stadia UX researcher Jonathan Dankoff, concept artists Francis Denoncourt and Erwann Le Rouzic, and the former head of Stadia creative services Corey May.

Sebastien Peul, a former Stadia general manager, is also listed as a co-founder of Raymond’s new studio on LinkedIn. While the studio is new, it has already secured an exclusive deal with Sony to develop new intellectual property for PlayStation.

Stadia got off to a rocky start, with missing features and a small number of available titles. Game developers and publishers told Insider that Google didn’t offer them enough money, while some were concerned Google wouldn’t stick with the platform in the long run.

Insider has approached Google for comment.

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How to add audio to a Google Slides presentation from Google Drive or Spotify

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Google Slides makes it easy to add audio to your presentations.

  • To add audio to Google Slides, insert an MP3 or WAV file directly from Google Drive.
  • You can also insert a link to play music from Spotify, though this method is more cumbersome.
  • If you want to add video to Google Slides, you can also embed a YouTube video.
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Slideshows can either be exciting and engaging, or the most boring part of the workday. One way to avoid the latter experience is to add audio or music into your Google Slides presentation.

You can add audio into Google Slides directly from your Google Drive, or you can add a link to a Spotify track – here’s how to do both.

How to add audio to Google Slides

1. Upload the audio file in either MP3 or WAV format to your Google Drive.

2. Open your Google Slides presentation and go to the slide you want to add audio to. Click “Insert” in the toolbar at the top of the Slides screen.

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Click the “Insert” tab at the top.

3. In the “Insert” drop-down, select “Audio.”

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Select “Audio” in the “Insert” drop-down.

4. In the “Insert audio” pop-up, you can search for your audio file in “My Drive,” “Shared drives,” “Shared with me,” or “Recent.” You can also type the name of your audio file in the search bar.

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Find the audio file you want to include from your Google Drive.

5. Click the file you want to add, and hit “Select.”

6. Your audio file will now appear in your slide as a small sound icon. To resize the icon, click on it and drag one of its corners outward or inward.

When you click the icon or hover your mouse over it, a playback bar will appear where you can pause, play, or fast-forward the audio.

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You can use the playback bar to play, pause, and skip ahead.

When you click on the icon, a sidebar menu will appear on the right side of the slide – here, you can customize a number of sound and design elements like audio playback, reflection, shadow, color, and more.

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On the left side, you can customize your audio.

How to add music to Google Slides with Spotify

1. Open the Spotify Web Player or desktop app, and find the right track.

2. Click the ellipsis icon next to the song, album, or playlist you want, and in the pop-up, go to “Share” and click “Copy Song Link.”

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Click “Copy song link” in the “Share” menu.

3. Open your Google Slides presentation and go to the first slide you want the music to play under.

4. Select a bit of text (or an image) on the slide, click “Insert link” and paste in your Spotify link.

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After clicking “Insert” and “Audio,” paste your Spotify link and click “Apply.”

5. On the day of your presentation, make sure that you log into the browser version of Spotify. While you’re giving the presentation, you’ll need to click the link, which will open Spotify in a new browser window. You’ll still need to click play on the song in the Spotify window before returning to your Google Slides presentation.

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A pilot and an architect try answering the Google job interview brain teaser

  • Tech companies like Google and Facebook have had a history of asking impossible questions during job interviews.
  • We wanted to see how two experts in completely different fields would answer one such question.
  • Pilot Anna Battison and architect Samantha Josephat both answered a brain teaser Google used to ask job candidates: How many golf balls fit into a Boeing 747?
  • With their different professional backgrounds, the two experts approached the question in very different ways.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Anna Battison: Well, I hope that’s accurate. I feel like I should maybe ask somebody.

Samantha Josaphat: Um, wish me luck.

Battison: So, how many golf balls can you fit in a Boeing 747? I… I have no idea.

Josaphat: How many tennis balls? Oh, golf…wow. Wow. My first step is to dimension the size of a golf ball, which I actually don’t know.

Battison: A golf ball is, I don’t know…

Josaphat: I’ve never played golf before.

Battison: If you play tennis, a little bit smaller than a tennis ball. Josaphat: I’m gonna predict that a golf ball is 4 inches by 4 inches in diameter.

Battison: And a headrest is probably, I don’t know. Here’s my head. So let’s say it’s that big and maybe that thick. And now I’m just trying to break down the seat to figure out how many golf balls are in it. So, in this headrest, there are about 15. I’m gonna say that there are three rows of three headrests that can fit in the back portion of it. And then I’m gonna say there’s two rows of three for the bottom part. Then that gives us three, six, nine on the top, six on the bottom. 15 times 15 golf balls in each headrest. There are 15 headrests in the seat. That gives us 225 golf balls per seat.

Josaphat: I’m now attempting to draw a plane. I’m such an architect. It’s like, I gotta get it right. Oh, gosh! I’m sorry. That looks horrible. Can I just line up my wings?

Battison: This is very bad. So, you have the cabin, which is like, X1, X2 is, like, where the passenger goes with all the seats. Those are what the seats are. And then X3, which is, like, the undercarriage, which might be down here, and, you know, just where all the luggage goes.

Josaphat: When I first think about the plane and plan, what is a variable that I can replicate numerous times? And that’s the seat.

Battison: In a 747, primarily have two seats here, two seats here, an aisle, an aisle, and three seats in the middle. So that’s seven seats across in each row.

Josaphat: I will assume a Boeing 747 has about 80 rows.

Battison: So if there are 366 seats, so 366 seats in a Boeing 747, that means that 366 divided by seven would be about 52 rows.

Josaphat: Now, if I were to say a typical chair for a person is about 18 inches wide and a Boeing 747 has three aisles of seating with potentially four seats in the middle, three seats on either end, how many seats are in just one row?

Battison: I’m gonna add two seats per row because there’s an aisle here where I can add a seat, hypothetically. So if I’m adding two seats per row, that would give me 104 extra seats that I could fit in for that first layer across the bottom. There’s 470 seats on the bottom layer times 225. That gives me 105,750 golf balls.

Josaphat: So we have, six and four is 10. So we have 10 times 18. That gives us 180 inches. Then we multiply that by 80 rows. That’s 14,400 inches. That’d give me 1,200 feet. So now we would have to incorporate circulation.

Battison: Now, you gotta think about, those golf balls are really small. I’ve got so many gaps in between each seat.

Josaphat: So, if I were to relate circulation to an airplane, that would mean the aisles that go from the front and the back of the plane, the space in between the seats so that everyone can get to their seat comfortably. Battison: I’m gonna seriously ballpark this. So, across, I’ve got seven seats. Let’s say there are seven gaps where 100 golf balls can fit. That’s seven gaps in each row. So seven times 52 rows is 364. So 364 times, let’s say in each gap, 100 golf balls can fit, 36,400.

Josaphat: And, like, a typical building, in New York City’s Standard of Quality Housing, you need about 30% of circulation in a space. So what’s 30% of 1,200 feet? That’s 360 feet. That’s 360…square feet. I just realized it’s not just feet. 1,200 square feet plus 360 gives us 1,560 square feet. So that includes seats and circulation.

Battison: So, now I’m gonna picture how many layers of seats can I stack on top of each other in that gap in the cabin. I’m gonna say maybe three rows, just ’cause the seats are high. So then I’m gonna do that number times three, 317,250 golf balls. That’s how many golf balls I have in three layers of seats. And that comes out as being 353,650.

Josaphat: Now we have to think about the cockpit, where the pilot is, as well as areas for meal prep and the bathrooms.

Battison: X2 is very big, right? It’s, like, 52 rows plus the space on top. So I’m gonna say there’s, you know, gotta be at least 10 that’ll fit in there. Now, maybe that’s a little bit overestimating, but I think I underestimated for the amount of golf balls anyway. So let’s just go with that.

Josaphat: So, I’m just gonna estimate 40%. ‘Cause typically in a building, you have to think about, 40% of the space goes to infrastructure, like mechanical systems and plumbing.

Battison: So if there are 353,650 golf balls that fit into the cabin, there would be 10 that fit in there, so that number divided by 10. That’s gonna be 35,365.

Josaphat: What’s 40% of 1,560 square feet? So now we’ll do 624 plus 1,560, and that’ll get us 2,184. So now we have the floor plan covered. And now we have to think about it in volume.

Battison: The X3 is what we have left.

Josaphat: Typical height in an apartment in New York could be around 8 to 10 feet high. And then the height of the carry-on luggage. So we’ll say 11 feet head clearance, and then we’ll add an additional two feet for the material of the plane. And so that’s 13 feet height.

Battison: I don’t actually know exactly how big a 747 is, but I would imagine very, very big.

Josaphat: Now, if we have to consider the space below where the baggage claim is, typically, someone can actually walk in that space to grab luggage.

Battison: I would say that it’s roughly the same size as the cabin or maybe even bigger.

Josaphat: And so I will just double that height and make that 26 feet. Now I will multiply 26 feet by 2,184 square feet.

Battison: The grand total is now 35,365 plus 353,650 plus 353 again, 650, equals 742,665. So that’s our grand total for a 747 that does not actually have the 366 seats.

Josaphat: So, my last step would be to divide the total cubic feet of the plane by the cubic feet that I’ve figured out for the golf ball.

Battison: But if we have an airliner, we do have those seats that can’t hold the golf balls.

Josaphat: 56,784 cubic feet divided by 12 cubic feet. That total answer would be 4,732 golf balls.

Battison: If it has 366 seats, 366 seats times however many golf balls can fit into each seat, we said was 225. So 366 times 225 would give us 82,350.

Josaphat: That really does not feel real. I’m not comfortable with that answer.

Battison: So I’m going to do this number minus this number to get our grand total for an airline 747. Gives us 660,315 golf balls.

Josaphat: Oh, I know what the problem is. I did 12 cubic feet, not 12 cubic inches. So there’s actually another step. That would be multiplying by 12. Oh, that’s funny. Which would give me 56,784 golf balls. Final answer.

Battison: I have a gut feeling that that’s way too little.

Josaphat: It may be a little bit low still. I mean, I’m gonna have to trust the math at this point.

Battison: I thought I would come out to a number that was maybe a million or so. I think I told you, a headrest is about, like, this big.

Josaphat: So if I were to go back, I’d probably tweak the size of the golf ball.

Battison: I think far more than 15 golf balls can fit into there. Maybe more along the range of 25 or 30 golf balls. In aviation, they always want you to refer back to, you know, facts. You’re always supposed to follow your checklist in an emergency. You’re supposed to rely on your instruments.

Josaphat: It did bring back the inner third grade in me, where it’s like, oh, you gotta stay up all night and figure out this math problem. Battison: Do you have an actual answer?

Alex Appolonia: Well, not exactly. We found a lot of different answers to this brain teaser. But the whole point of these questions is to show how people think. Google no longer asks these brain teasers, because they don’t predict how well someone would do at a job, but we wanted to have a little fun with it. Feel free to let us know in the comments below more brain teasers you would like to see solved, and make sure you subscribe to our channel, so you don’t miss it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in October 2020.

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