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Google is adding a new feature to its Maps service that parents are going to love and teenagers may loathe—it's the ability to share real-time location tracking data with select individuals or groups, along with an estimated time of arrival to whatever the destination might be. While that may sound like an invasion of privacy, it is completely optional and is something that might prove handy in a variety of situations. Tracking your teen driver as he or she heads out to a concert or some other event is just one example. Maybe you have relatives visiting from out of state—being able to track their... Read more...
It’s that time of year again; time for Google to get the ball rolling for the next generation of its Android operating system. Around this time last year, we were introduced to Android N (which would later be called Nougat). Today, Google is releasing the first developer preview of Android O. Although Google hasn’t officially confirmed it, we’re hoping that the company goes with Android Oreo. As with any major Android release, there are a lot of little things going on under the hood that are meant to improve both performance and the user experience in everyday scenarios. Android O is no different.... Read more...
Are you the kind of person that would lose their head if it wasn’t attached? Or perhaps you have trouble remembering where you parked, be it in the Target parking lot or in a crowded downtown shopping area? Apple has a feature in iOS 10 that automatically marks your parking spot within Maps when you disconnect your iPhone from your car, and Google is countering with its own version of that feature. Instead of automatically marking a spot for you like the incredibly unreliable parking feature that is available with Google Now, the latest update to Google Maps allows you to manually set your parking... Read more...
This year's Google I/O event is only about two months away, which in all likelihood means there is another major version of Android on the horizon (Google typically announces new Android builds each year at Google I/O). Ahead of its unveiling, there are some rumors floating around about Android O, or perhaps Android Oreo, as senior vice president of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer has teased on more than one occasion.According to rumor mill chatter, Android O is going to be a rather big update with several new and updated features. One of them is updated notifications. Google already did this with the... Read more...
Google just released Guetzli (guɛtsli), a new JPEG encoder for digital images and web graphics. Its latest open source algorithm produces JPEG images with file sizes that are 35% smaller than what is currently available elsewhere. Their goal is to help webmasters create web pages that load faster and consume less data.According to Google, “It is our hope that webmasters and graphic designers will find Guetzli useful and apply it to their photographic content, making users’ experience smoother on image-heavy websites in addition to reducing load times and bandwidth costs for mobile users”.... Read more...
How broad can you make a search warrant? Google is currently battling one judge in Minnesota who issued a search warrant on searches potentially related to a wire fraud case. Spire Credit Union recently notified the authorities that a customer named “Douglas” had transferred $28,500 USD from his bank account. The transfer proved to be fraudulent and it soon became evident that someone had stolen Douglas’ identity. The criminal posed as the victim by faxing a fake United States passport to the bank. The image used on the passport is unfortunately publicly available through a Google search, but does... Read more...
If you own a Google Home and decided to query the device with the “My Day” feature earlier this week, chances are that you were startled to hear an advertisement play for “Beauty And The Beast”, which opens today. Google Home users were given the usual rundown of the weather forecast, scheduled events and daily commute. Then, the AI assistant threw in a “By the way”, after which it goes into what anyone with at least a few marbles rolling around in their head would describe as an advertisement for the “Beauty And The Beast” remake. If you don’t have a Google Home, this is what users were subjected... Read more...
Google has been making strides over the years to make its Gmail application even more versatile for its millions of users. Earlier this week, Gmail for Android gained the ability to send and receive payments via Google Wallet integration. Now, the desktop Gmail interface is able to stream video attachments straight from your browser window. Previously, you were forced to first download a video attachment to your computer and then play it back using your app of choice. Now, however, you will see a thumbnail preview of the video attachment and will be able to stream it directly without going through... Read more...
LG has partnered with Google to promote its forthcoming G6 smartphone. Those who see fit to pick up LG's new flagship once it becomes available will receive a free Google Home, the voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant. In essence, those who take advantage of this promotion will score two separate devices, each one with Google Assistant built into them.Anyone who is interested can sign up for more information on a special landing page dedicated to the promotion (hit the source link). The way it works is buyers will go the landing page to purchase the LG G6 by April 30, 2017, and then... Read more...
Google is looking to give more power back to parents when it comes to the devices they provide to their children. It’s easy for children to think that a personal smartphone or tablet is their way of bypassing restrictions that might be imposed by mean old mom or dad, but “Family Link” makes it clear who holds the upper hand at all times. Family Link makes it possible for you to create a managed Google Account for each of your children, which can then be controlled by you or your spouse/significant other. Once enabled, Google says that you will be able to set your own “digital ground rules” when... Read more...
Google Chrome is the most dominant desktop web browser on the market, but it isn’t without its critics. While the browser is extremely versatile and generally provides excellent overall performance, those pluses often comes at the expense of higher memory usage and a penchant for chewing through CPU cycles (and memory), which in turn reduces battery life on mobile devices. Google is taking steps to vanquish is power hog demons with the release of Chrome 57. The latest iteration of Chrome was actually released last week, but Google only recently gave us details on what exactly changed with this... Read more...
Google is making it easier to send or request money from anywhere, and it is using its incredibly popular Gmail app as the centerpiece for mobile transactions. It is currently possible to send money to friends and family using Google Wallet via the desktop version of Gmail, and the functionality has been in place since 2013. Today, Google is extending that same capability to the Gmail app for Android. Sending money with the app is very simple, as you initiate the transfer by clicking the attachment icon (the little paperclip) like you would for a document or an image/video. Once the other party... Read more...
Your current jacket is so last season. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) and Levi Strauss & Co. recently showcased Project Jacquard, which is a jacket that has been designed with embedded smart technology. According to Google ATAP, “Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.” The team initially created a conductive yarn that combines “thin, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns like cotton, polyester,... Read more...
It is pretty well known that Android devices are often the target of malware outbreaks due to the open nature of the software platform and also because it is by far the most prolific mobile operating system in use around the globe. In most cases, this malware finds its way onto a device after it is in the hands of its new owner, but a new report suggests that some Android smartphones are making their way to customers with dangerous software packages already installed. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that malware has been found on 38 different Android models that were owned by a “large... Read more...
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