News tagged: Google
Eight Android applications with a combined 600,000 to 2.6 million downloads have been removed from Google Play after it was revealed they added devices to a botnet. The botnet became more capable of carrying out DDoS attacks and other attacks because of its army of devices.
Motorola is coming out with a new Moto Mod, this time an Alexa-enabled speaker that'll cost $150. The Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa basically functions like other speaker mods (e.g. the Soundboost 2) and like an Amazon Echo, letting you listen and talk with an assistant.
Google is trying out support for third-party email accounts in Gmail for iOS. You can only access the feature as a beta tester right now. If you're fine with potential performance issues within the app, you can sign up to become a beta tester for this feature here.
Two days ago, Google has released a new software update for its Wi-Fi router, which allows parents to control access to over 8 million explicit websites. Today, the search giant has expanded the availability the router to five new countries. The router is now available
Though their first smart jacket only came out a few weeks ago, Levi's and Google are working on a second iteration, CEO Chip Bergh revealed during the Wall Street Journal's D.Live event. Bergh said the second jacket will offer even more functionality than the existing version.
Regina Dugan, Facebook's lead consumer hardware executive, is departing the company after less than two years in the position. She's been the leader of Building 8, a somewhat secretive lab within Facebook that's focused on a range of products like brain-computer interfaces.
If you're a celebrity, dissident, whistleblower, or perhaps just paranoid, Google's new "Advanced Protection" system is likely a better way to secure your account. The new opt-in security system requires a USB key for accessing your account via desktop.
Google Calendar for the web has received a welcome design update. The new design and color style fits with the Material Design appearance many Google services have adopted over the years. Calendar for the web had long looked a bit outdated compared to the mobile app.
Third-party photo applications on Android will be able to benefit from the HDR+ capabilities included with Google's Pixel 2 smartphone. Enhanced images with improved processing will be available through other apps starting with the Android Ore 8.1 preview.
Google Maps is scrapping a recently introduced feature that tracked calories burned and estimated how many calories people would expend by walking a particular path. The company says it's removing the feature due to "strong user feedback." The feature was on iOS.
A basic level of antivirus protection has been added to Google's Chrome web browser. Chrome for Windows now comes with the ability to automatically detect if your browser settings have been altered by a bad extension and if so, Chrome can reset your settings.
Google Photos is already able to organize your photos by people using its facial recognition capabilities and now the same kind of tech is being used to recognize pets. You can easily create albums or pull up photos of a specific pet rather than a general animal term like "dog."
You can now explore a lot more than just Earth with Google Maps. The service has been updated to include additional planets and moons in our solar system. With this update, Maps is offering imagery for 16 celestial bodies. Google had previously offered some imagery of Mars.
As part of World Food Day, Google has partnered with 12 developers to donate special in-app purchase proceeds to the cause. Proceeds from the purchases within The Apps and Games Against Hunger collection will be going to efforts meant to reduce hunger around the world.
In its ongoing litigation against Uber, Alphabet's Waymo has requested the ridehailing company hand over all of its source code for its autonomous vehicle platform. Waymo believes Uber could be utilizing stolen trade secrets provided by former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski.
Google's second-generation Android Wear platform arrived earlier this year with the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, but since then, many changes have been made. Not only Android Wear devices are no longer available from Google Store, but the company has now announced that
As users of Google Home Mini started receiving their units, first problems started appearing online. Users have been reporting that their Home Mini has been incidentally recording at random occasions due to an incorrectly calibrated touch sensor that sits atop the device.
Google is opening two new pop-up store locations in New York City and Los Angeles that'll be used to sell and advertise its latest Made by Google hardware products. Those locations are opening in 10 days and they'll both operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Russians utilized Google's services to influence the 2016 US presidential election, according to the Washington Post. The group reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads that made their way to YouTube and Gmail. It's not clear what role the Russian government played.
Using a smartphone while driving is a bad idea, but that is something we all occasionally do. To prevent from using a phone while driving, Google has decided to make some changes with its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones that should keep you safer on the road.