Google has released today Chrome 79 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS users.#technology #internet #web #browser #Google #Chrome
This release comes with security and bug fixes, but also with new features such as built-in support for the Password Checkup tool, real-time blacklisting of malicious sites via the Safe Browsing API, general availability of Predicitive Phishing protections, a ban on loading HTTPS "mixed content," support for tab freezing, a new UI for the Chrome Sync profile section, and support for a back-forward caching mechanism.
Google has introduced a solution for those times when you have to forward several separate emails to the same people. A new Gmail feature gives you a way to attach emails to a new email without even having to download or copy them first.#technology #email #Google #Gmail
Google has announced that Incognito mode for Google Maps on iOS is rolling out today. Google first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference in May, and it’s already available for Google Maps on Android.#technology #Google #iOS #GoogleMaps
Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people with vision impairments. In the future, Google may be adding a new feature to help people find safer streets to walk at night.#technology #Google #Maps #mapping
According to XDA Developers, an Android development community whose members have analyzed the Android APK to look for unreleased features, there are indications of a new Lighting layer in Google Maps. This layer would indicate which streets are brightly lit by street lights by showing a yellow highlight.
Google is now ready to offer live help for accessibility features regardless of your hearing. The search firm now offers Disability Support through American Sign Language, letting you troubleshoot through video chat if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing. Connect Direct reps can walk you through setting up Live Caption on your Pixel, for example.Only ASL? I hope they expand this to other languages
While it is among the best tools you can use to organize your photo library, Google Photos is far from perfect. Case in point: Google has just gotten around to adding manual face tagging. The feature, first spotted by Android Police, has been missing from Photos since the company separated it from Google+ back in 2015. And now that it's here, it has one major limitation.#technology #Google #Android #photography
Specifically, you can't just pull up a photo and start tagging your friends and family. To be able to take advantage of the feature, Photos' face recognition algorithm needs to first recognize there are in fact human or animal faces in a photo. There are instances in which the app sometimes fails to correctly tag people, such as in shots where someone wasn't looking directly at the camera. Where it does work, you'll be able to both edit and add new tags.
The new Edge browser, built on the same open source code as Google Chrome, contains a new Tracking Prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers and, at the Strict setting, many ads. My tests show that one in four items blocked are from Google.#technology #internet #web #tracking #privacy #security #Microsoft #Google #Edge
Microsoft is planning to integrate Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into its Outlook.com web mail client. The software maker has started testing this integration on some accounts recently, and Twitter user Florian B was able to access it today. After a quick setup process, you simply link a Google Account to an Outlook.com account, and Gmail, Drive documents, and Google Calendar will all be automatically displayed inside Outlook.com on the web.This makes Microsoft and Outlook even less appealing to me. What do you think?
More and more people are also realizing the risk of relying on one company for so many personal services. If you're joining the ranks of people who've decided Google's data collection has become too invasive, here are some suggestions for replacements with minimal switching cost. Most are free, though even those that are paid are worth it — the cost of not switching is a cost to your personal privacy, and the good news is we have a choice!#technology #internet #Google #privacy
A new report from The Wall Street Journal throws some serious accusations down at Google’s feet. Allegedly, the company employs methods to enable Google Search manipulation which directs search results towards big businesses while masking controversial subjects.#technology #internet #Google
Earlier this year, Apple announced the Apple Card, the first credit card issued by the tech giant. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is also going to get in on the finance industry by offering a Google checking account at some point next year.#technology #Google #banking
Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after The Wall Street Journal blew the lid off Project Nightingale, regulators have announced that they'll start looking into Google's partnership with Ascension, the second-largest health system in the US. According to WSJ, the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented."#technology #Google #Nightingale #health #security #privacy #DataProtection
Yesterday, a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal revealed details about a partnership between Google and Ascension, one of America’s largest healthcare providers.#technology #Google #health #medical #privacy #security #DataProtection
Dubbed Project Nightingale, the collaboration gives Google’s Cloud division access to millions of records, including patient names, birth dates, medical history, and test results.
For privacy advocates, this revelation is understandably worrying. Google already collects massive amounts of data on its users, and the perspective of adding deeply personal medical records to the pool is problematic, to say the least.
Following the publication of the story, which was picked up extensively by other outlets, Google and Ascension both put out statements that aim to demystify Project Nightingale.
Google is engaged with one of the country’s largest health-care systems to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states.#technology #Google #health #HealthCare #ProjectNightingale
The initiative, code-named “Project Nightingale,” appears to be the biggest in a series of efforts by Silicon Valley giants to gain access to personal health data and establish a toehold in the massive health-care industry.
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Google collects lots of data, which is used to curate content recommendations on services like Google Play and YouTube, as well as market ads to you based on your activity.#technology #Google #security #privacy
We’ve talked about this practice a lot, but to Google’s credit, the company has given users greater control over the ultimate fate of the data it collects. This includes the ability to automatically delete this data at regular, repeating intervals. We’ve covered some of this in the past, but in light of some recent updates to Google’s privacy options, we’re going to show you how to automatically delete your data across as many of Google’s services as possible.
Google Maps can now warn you if the taxi you're taking goes off course, giving you an alert if the car strays more than 500m off the intended route.No, nobody's going to kidnap a taxi. It's just TR not checking it's headlines for ambiguity.
Of course, there could well be a valid reason why your driver has taken a detour (they might know about a temporary road closure, for example, or simply think they know better than Google), but the alerts could help keep you safe when you're traveling in an unfamiliar part of town by letting you know if something's amiss.
Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been compromised by apps modified to spy on users after being approved by the technology companies.#technology #SmartSpeaker #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #assistant #Amazon #Echo #Google #Home
Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRL) built the eight "smart spies", which were promoted as a way to deliver horoscopes and generate random numbers.
Once approved, the researchers updated the Echo Skills and Home Actions to eavesdrop and steal passwords.
They then alerted the US companies, which blocked the software.
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.