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Owners of the Amazon Echo Show speaker might have been a bit miffed back in September when YouTube pulled access to its app from the device. Amazon said at the time that the reason it pulled the app from the Show was because it had violated Google's terms of service with its implementation of YouTube. Google said at the time, "Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience." The crux of the issue that forced the rift between Google and Amazon was a non-standard YouTube display. The first image below with the Tour de France... Read more...
You may have noticed, but the madness that is known as Black Friday has already begun. Sure, there will be "door buster" deals later this week that require actually marching to a physical store location and fighting the crowd for what little stock is available on the most heavily discounted items, but there are plenty of deals to be had online, both now and later this week. Among them are several Internet connected devices from Google. If you're looking to outfit your home with a Google Assistant in every room, you will be able to score a nice discount on Google's Home Mini speaker later this week.... Read more...
When it comes to your location data, sometimes you just want to keep things to yourself and not send every single data point regarding your whereabouts to the cloud. It's for this reason that companies like Apple and Google give users the option to disable location sharing; although both companies will often tell you that this will result in a less than optimal experience for services that rely on that data. However, it appears that Google hasn't been playing nice, and has been harvesting location data of nearby cell towers from Android users -- giving Google access to your daily travails -- even... Read more...
The smart home speaker market is red hot, with Amazon and Google leading the way with their respective Echo and Google Home products. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in view, there will be a lot more smart speakers find their way into homes this week, and through the holiday season. As with all Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it's important to keep security in mind, and Symantec has some tips on that very topic. "While they make life easier in some ways, could voice-activated smart speakers also be endangering people’s privacy and online security? The range of activities that can... Read more...
Some frustrated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have made some noise about, well, a noise issue with Google's fancy new handsets. Google already fixed part of the problem, eliminating an annoying click sound that was related to NFC. Now it is getting ready to roll out another over-the-update to address a buzzing sound that some users have been hearing when talking on the phone. Affected users have described the noise as in different ways. Some hear a faint, high-pitched buzz that is noticeable when placing the Pixel 2 up to their ears, while others describe it as a constant clicking noise, separate... Read more...
At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
Google Maps is now better than it was a month, week, or even a day ago. In a blog post, Google outlined some changes it made made to its maps program, including updates to Google Maps' driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps to better highlight the information it believes is most relevant to each experience, such as gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so forth. "The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule... Read more...
Essential Phone owners are about to enter an elite club. The Essential team announced on Twitter that a beta version of Android 8.0, otherwise known as Oreo, is available to download and install, though only through side-loading. An over-the-air (OTA) update is not yet available, however the final Oreo release for Essential Phone will be delivered that way, presumably sometime soon. According to the release notes, biting into the beta Oreo release could result in increased battery drain when Bluetooth is enabled. Essential also warned that the beta build may break Android Auto functionality on... Read more...
We often hear about the eventual robot uprising, especially when it comes to the advances being made in artificial intelligence. Bright minds like Tesla co-founder Elon Musk and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban warn of the potential downsides, hinting at a possible Skynet scenario playing out in real life. But if you ask Ray Kurzweil, and AI expert and futurist who works at Google, what his thoughts are on the subject, he will tell you that we have never had it so good than we do know. That, and we will be cyborgs within the next couple of decades. More on that in a moment. During a question-and-answer... Read more...
As part of a recent case study, Google teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley, to better understand how hijackers attempt to take over email and social networking accounts. As any thirty-something who grew up watching G.I. Joe cartoons can attest, knowing is half the battle. So, after learning the most common methods for hijacking, Google has some tips on how Gmail users can protect their accounts from outside threats. Hijacking is a common problem, with more 15 percent of Internet users having reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account. From March... Read more...
T-Mobile is trying a new tactic to win over customers, and it does not revolve around snarky Twitter posts this time (you gotta love T-Mobile boss John Legere, right?). The wireless carrier is hoping to attract customers by getting into the connected home security game. It has partnered with Google to offer a Nest security pack, launching tomorrow at T-Mobile stores across the nation, with a monthly fee. For $240 down and $10 per month for 24 months on T-Mobiles Equipment Installment Plan (total comes to $480), customers who opt for the Nest security bundle receive the necessary hardware, including... Read more...
The Black Friday ads keep rolling in, giving you plenty of time to formulate a shopping strategy. One of the newest ads to land is from Walmart. The massive retail chain will have discounts on a wide assortment of items, including some nice deals on 4K resolution televisions, and game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4. Sadly, Nintendo's Switch will not be marked down, but it will be in stock, at least initially.If you're after a 4K TV, one of the better deals is a Sharp 55-inch 4K Smart TV (LC-55P6000U) with high dynamic range (HDR) support for just $298. Walmart... Read more...
A fake WhatsApp application was downloaded more than 1 million times from Google's Play Store before it was finally removed, and that should serve as a wake-up call that Google needs to do a better job vetting its submissions. In this case, the malicious app slipped through the cracks by spoofing the legitimate version, both in appearance (it initially used the same icon) and the developer field. The malicious version was spotted by Nikolaos Chrysaidos, a security researcher at Avast, one of the better known antivirus companies (particularly in the realm of free AV). According to Chrysaidos, the... Read more...
Google has been addressing several issues that have surfaced with its Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones since their introduction. One of the issues with the larger XL device was that some complained that the colors on screen weren't as vibrant as they were on other devices with similar screens. Google came back and stated that it had created the phone to offer more natural colors, but admitted that some prefer the more vivid hues. A new update has been issued that adds three color profiles, a big upgrade to the single "vivid colors" profile that the smartphone originally shipped with. The new... Read more...
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