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Google knows that exploits make it through the app development process and could be lurking in some of the most popular apps on the Google Play Store, waiting for a nefarious hacker to take advantage. To help weed out these vulnerabilities, Google has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program. Developers of popular apps are invited to opt-in to the program and if they do, Google will pay out  up to$1,000 for bugs found in those apps. Google writes, "Developers of popular Android apps are invited to opt-in to the program, which will incentivize security research in a bug bounty model.... Read more...
Google started shipping its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones this week (check out our review here), and customers are just now getting a chance to start enjoying their new flagships. With the release of the new Pixels also comes an update to Google's support profile page for its hardware devices. We now know the Google is being more generous with its support window for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google is guaranteeing that both smartphones will receive major OS update updates through October 2020. That means that both smartphones will be eligible for Android P (2018), Android Q (2019) and Android... Read more...
An increasing number of websites have turned to embedded cryptocurrency mining to generate revenue in place of (or in addition do) ads. One of the problems with this approach is that websites are not always transparent about this. And in other cases, legitimate websites that have been hacked could be running mining software on visitors' PCs without their knowledge. This has gotten the attention of Google, which is considering ways to prevent mining software from running in its Chrome browser. Websites that take this approach use an online JavaScript-based miner called Coin Hive. What this does... Read more...
Anyone out there who shares Elon Musk's fear of a Skynet apocalypse may find Google's latest AI dubbed AlphaGo Zero to be frightening. The new AI is the followup to the original AlphaZero AI that dominated all human players in an ancient Chinese game called "Go". Google chose Go because it is said to be a game of intuition and the original AlphaGo AI was able to beat the top human player in four out of five games. AlphaGo Zero completed three days of self-learning and then challenged AlphaGo for a match. Zero decimated its predecessor winning 100 games out of 100. "AlphaGo Zero not only rediscovered... Read more...
Microsoft and Google don't have that much love for each other. The two are rivals in the search market with Google being far and away the most popular search engine, leaving Bing with the table scraps. Google also has the most popular mobile operating system forcing Microsoft to admit that its mobile OS is dead. Google also went public with a Windows flaw bask in February that Microsoft was slow to patch, seemingly as a way to shame Redmond into patching the issues. Microsoft is now hitting back at Google with a bit of admonishment for a security issue in the Chrome browser. Reports indicate that... Read more...
In case you missed it, we here at HotHardware have given the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a thorough examination in our recent review. We took an exhaustive look at the two smartphones' features, performance, battery life and camera array. However, if you want a look at what's actually inside Google's new flagship, here's your chance. The folks at iFixit managed to pry apart the LG-made Pixel 2 XL, giving us a glimpse of what's inside and to inform us how hard (or difficult) is to make repairs, if you manage to damage your device by accident. Getting inside was relatively simple, as the display... Read more...
Google has announced a new program for those who are most vulnerable to targeted attacks on via its services. Google says that the Advanced Protection Program is aimed directly at journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams. Advanced Protection Program gives these users a physical Security Key promising the strongest possible phishing protection. The program limits access to emails and files from non-Google services and blocks fraudulent account access with extra steps needed to prove you are the one accessing your account. Protection against phishing attacks sees the physical Security... Read more...
Google has been designing and building premium Android smartphones for many years, co-branding with various hardware partners since back in the days of the company's Nexus devices. More recently with its first generation Pixel series, the Mountain View team has taken more prominent ownership of the brand, with devices specifically underscored as "Made By Google." And indeed the design signatures of the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL were distinctly different from any other handset on the market, as are the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that Google is launching today, along with a redesigned... Read more...
One the primary benefits to owning a Google-branded phone is that new versions of Android are made available immediately, as opposed to waiting for a third-party manufacturer to customize and qualify the code. Unfortunately for some owners of Google's first generation Pixel phones, this perk turned into sideways with the release of Android 8.0 Oreo, which seems to have busted the ability to receive text messages. This has been an issue for affected users for nearly a month, dating back to September 20 when a frustrated Pixel XL owner on Verizon complained of the "absurd issue." The user went on... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser in the world, but it has long been criticized for the app bloat that has accumulated over the years and its negative impact on resources and battery life. The "bloat" is about to increase again today, although Google says that the latest addition to Chrome should help protect your system from attacks. The Google team says now detailing three feature updates in Chrome for Windows that helps users "recover from unwanted software infections". The first addition comes in the form of a background monitor that can determine if an extension has changed... Read more...
This morning we talked about a researcher from KU Leuven University in Belgium who had discovered a major security vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol that is used to secure wireless internet traffic. That vulnerability could be used to allow a nefarious attacker to glean confidential details sent over WiFi such as usernames and passwords for secure websites. At least one software company didn't waste any time with an update, with Microsoft confirming that it released an update on October 10th that addressed the exploit. Microsoft has released a patch that will fix the... Read more...
Are you a little too anxious for the upcoming launch of Google's highly anticipated Pixel 2? If so, or you simply love the idea of getting an early look at how Google setup Oreo on its new flagship smartphones, we think we have a new weekend project for you. But don't fret, this one couldn't get much easier. As long as you own an Android phone, at least. In fact we set it up ourselves in just a few minutes. Google's upcoming Pixel 2 XL Android Flagship Smartphone In advance of next week's Pixel 2 launch, an APK of the same launcher used for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has hit the Web.... Read more...
What was supposed to be a temporary workaround that was doled out to Google Home Mini smart speaker owners has now turned permanent, effectively disabling a key feature of the device. Users can no longer activate the speaker's Google Assistant by tapping on the unit's touch panel. Following the latest update, the only way to engage the artificial intelligence technology is to say, "Okay Google" or "Hey Google." Google initially disabled the touch-to-activate feature ahead of the smart speaker's global launch in response to a glitch discovered by reviewers. Under normal circumstances, Google Home... Read more...
Earlier this month Google rolled out some new products that took aim directly at Amazon and the Echo line of devices. Those new Google devices include the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. The Home Mini is set to launch on October 19 and ahead of that official launch, as Google and other manufacturers normally do, the device was placed in the hands of reviewers around the globe. One of those reviewers is reporting that the Home Mini he was writing about was almost constantly recording sounds in his home. For some folks, this might not be a big deal, but all of the audio it records is sent out... Read more...
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