If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user's data safe from Spectre-like attacks, Google said today.#technology #internet #Google #Android #Chrome #security
In the run-up to today’s Pixel 4 event Google was leakier than a fishnet stocking full of soup. One of the things that fell out was Google Recorder, which made its way into some people’s hands before it was officially unveiled on stage.#technology #Google #Android #Pixel #Recorder
It might not be a big surprise anymore, but it looks like it’s going to be a big deal.
Google Recorder is going to be a brilliant tool for students, journalists and anybody else who needs to record and transcribe speeches, lectures or interviews – and the good news is that while it was unveiled purely for the Pixel 4, it’s been tested on other Android devices too.
In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.I hear they named one of their products the PixelBook Go. I wonder what Microsoft think about this...
By default, Google collects a vast amount of data on users’ behavior, including a lifelong record of web searches, locations, and YouTube views.#technology #internet #Google #security #privacy
But amid a privacy backlash and ongoing regulatory threats, the company has started to hype its recently released privacy tools, like the ability to automatically delete some of the data it collects about you—data that helps power its $116 billion ad business.
Some Android phone and tablet users are reporting a bug with Google Assistant, which causes their device's screen to stay powered on indefinitely after hearing the wake phrase 'Hey Google'.#technology #Google #Android #Assistant #security
A chap called Dylan Curran went to the trouble of offering a layman’s guide to how much data the likes of Google and Facebook keep on us, helpfully providing a few examples along the way.You probably knew that Google collected a lot of data about you, but did you know much, and what kind? It's massive and it's intrusive. Extremely so.
He said it would freak you out, and it really, really will.
For Google, providing financial backing to groups such as CEI and the Cato Institute – staunch free marketeers – has nothing to do with climate science, and everything to do with its effort to curry favour with conservatives on its most pressing issue in Washington: protecting an obscure section of the US law that is worth billions of dollars to the company.#Google #environment #climate #ClimateChange #ClimateBreakdown
Google has made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington despite its insistence that it supports political action on the climate crisis.#Google #environment #climate #ClimateChange #ClimateBreakdown
Among hundreds of groups the company has listed on its website as beneficiaries of its political giving are more than a dozen organisations that have campaigned against climate legislation, questioned the need for action, or actively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections.
The list includes the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a conservative policy group that was instrumental in convincing the Trump administration to abandon the Paris agreement and has criticised the White House for not dismantling more environmental rules.
Google is rolling out a Maps update that adds more in-depth spoken walking directions, with the aim of helping vision-impaired people navigate with more ease. The detailed voice guidance feature will inform users when to turn and tell them when they're approaching a large intersection, so they can exercise more caution when crossing. If users accidentally move away from their route, the voice will let them know Maps is re-routing them.Also means you can use earphones and leave your phone in your pocket and avoid being the dead phone zombie in an RTA.
A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reported.https://gizmodo.com/whoops-google-says-mysterious-wave-of-unbootable-macs-1838430057
Initially, blame for the corrupted file systems was largely directed at Avid and its Media Composer software, which was identified as a common link by film and TV editors who said they could not reboot their Mac Pros after shutdown. But on Tuesday evening, Google told users via its support forums that it had “recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on MacOS machines” and “paused the release while we finalize a new update that addresses the problem.”
Security researchers at Sophos have found a manipulative strain of adware in the Google Play Store that attempts to avoid removal by hiding its own icon in the launcher, or by disguising itself as a legitimate system app.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #adware #security
The researchers found 15 apps in the Play Store that serve no purpose other than to display intrusive ads, and are unusually difficult to uninstall – and there may still be more undiscovered.
There’s one thing worse than waiting for your phone to get a new version of Android, and that’s a brand-new phone launching with an old version of the platform.#technology #mobile #Android #Google
Fortunately, Google is cracking down on this practice (h/t: XDA-Developers), as it will no longer approve new devices running Android 9 Pie after January 31, 2020. In other words, new devices submitted to Google after this date will need to run Android 10.
Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Google #Android #Pixel #hacking #security
Less than two weeks ahead of the Pixel 4 flagship smartphone’s debut, Google is reportedly pulling the plug on a controversial “field research” program that offered subjects in US cities a $5 gift certificate in exchange for a scan of their face — after a New York Daily News report that one Google contracting agency was actively targeting homeless people in Atlanta and tricking unwitting college students into participating.#technology #Google #research #privacy #security
The Google Pixel 4 series will pack advanced facial recognition functionality, enabling users to quickly unlock their devices and more with a glance. We already know that the company employed people to capture scans of people’s faces for $5 gift cards to improve this face unlock technology. Now, the New York Daily News has reported that Google was using some questionable methods in order to get these scans.#technology #biometrics #FacialRecognition #Google #Pixel #privacy #security
A lawsuit filed by millions of U.K. iPhone users alleges that Google bypassed Apple’s privacy settings to collect user data. The “Google You Owe Us” group represents more than 4 million people. This group is asking for a maximum $3.9 billion in damages.#technology #mobile #iPhone #Google #Apple #privacy #security
Google is kicking off Cybersecurity Awareness Month by rolling out new tools that give customers greater control over their privacy when using Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Assistant. The company has confirmed that it’s launching incognito mode for Maps, which will debut on Android this month before expanding to iOS “soon.”#technology #Google #Maps #YouTube #Assistant #privacy #security
While it was only a matter of time, YouTube Music, instead of Google Play Music, is now Android's official music app. Moving forward, Google says YouTube Music will come pre-installed on all new Android smartphones that ship with Android 10 and Android 9 Pie.#technology #Android #Google #YouTubeMusic #PlayMusic
It’s hard to develop a new smartphone operating system from scratch. But forking one is another story.What if there were a sudden huge demand in Google-free Android phones?
So when developer Gaël Duval wanted to create a smartphone operating system that emphasized privacy, he started with Android… and then stripped all the proprietary Google services he could.
The location feature on your Android phone can be both a useful tool and a cause of worry. After all, no one likes the idea of a giant corporation keeping track of your every movement. Amid growing concerns over privacy in the Internet age, Android has put in an option to have your location history deleted automatically.#technology #Google #Maps #security #privacy
A couple months ago, we reported that Google Assistant was coming to Waze. Today, the feature is finally arriving in full for all English-speaking Android users in the US.#technology #transport #car #driving #Google #Waze #Assistant
Saying “Hey Google” with the Waze app open allows users to report road obstructions, play music, make calls, or get directions with nothing but their voice. This offers a safer alternative to users taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road to manage these simple tasks.
Motherboard has obtained a document written by 45 different Google employees alleging they've experienced of all the above. The document lays bare how working at Google—a company whose motto was once “don’t be evil”—has become really hard for a lot of people.#google #ethics
By now, most people know that the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphones will not ship with Google apps on board. Originally, we thought you would be able to unlock the bootloader to install Google apps on a Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but the company recently dashed those hopes.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Huawei #Mate30Pro
Luckily, there appears to be a fairly simple workaround — discovered on Reddit — which allows a user to run Google apps with no rooting, unlocking, or software hacking necessary. However, the method does come with some considerable privacy and security risks, so it is by no means flawless.
Google Maps has received plenty of love in 2019, but the search company is reportedly hard at work on two more additions to the mapping service.#technology #Google #Maps #privacy
The company is testing an incognito mode in the preview version of Google Maps (version 10.26), according to Android Police. Google Chrome‘s incognito mode doesn’t record your browser history on the device or your Google account, and a similar principle is in effect here.
Google has invited media to a hardware event on October 15th in New York City. The company is expected to formally announce the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and other devices, including a Pixelbook 2 and new Google Home speakers. The invite says “Come see a few new things Made by Google.”#technology #Google #Pixel
As well as the widely-rumored Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, it looks like we could see a Google Pixel 4 XL 5G, which wouldn't just have faster data, but also more power.#technology #smartphone #Google #Pixel #5G
At least, that's what a Geekbench 5 listing spotted by IndiaShopps suggests. The phone in the listing is unambiguously called the 'Google Pixel 4 XL 5G' and it's shown as having 8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.
Google Now On Tap first introduced us to the wonders of searching our screens, as Google’s feature highlighted noteworthy snippets of text and other details on our phones.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Lens
Since then, we’ve seen Google Lens emerge as a powerhouse of a visual lookup tool, allowing us to copy/paste text from the real world and much more. Now, 9to5Google reports that the search giant is working to integrate Google Lens abilities into the Google app’s screenshot function.
We all hate being placed on hold when calling a business – especially the part where you're forced to listen to excruciating hold music that seems to drone on endlessly.Very clever. And if it's coming to the Pixel 4 soon, it could come to your Android device... well, maybe never, given how Google and Android phone manufacturers work.
But what if your phone's virtual assistant could go on hold for you, freeing you up to do other things? According to a new report from 9to5Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 could be getting that very feature.
The Huawei Mate 30 series is set to arrive without Google support, as the U.S. trade ban against Huawei continues. The lack of Google support means you’re still getting Android, but without the likes of the Play Store and Gmail.#technology #mobile #Google #Huawei #Android
Thankfully, Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu told reporters at IFA 2019 that it might have a workaround on-hand.
Yu said that the firm has been investigating the ability to let Mate 30 owners install Google apps on the AOSP (i.e. non-Google) version of Android.
Google’s Discover feed has promoted climate change-denying content to readers, according to a report published by BuzzFeed News on September 5th.#technology #Google #Discover #ClimateChange #ClimateBreakdown #climate
About a year ago, Google launched an updated tool to tailor the content feed on its apps and mobile browser homepage. The Discover feed, Google said in its launch announcement, “makes exploring your interests easier than ever.” BuzzFeed News spoke to eight people who saw articles in their feeds that refute climate science. Each of the people it spoke to either works in an environmental field or is interested in climate change.