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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...
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 has been paying out some significant money to get security researchers and hackers to tear apart its Chrome browser and Chrome OS. In March of 2015, Google offered up $100,000 for anyone who could find an exploit chain that would allow for a persistent compromise of a Chromebox or Chromebook using guest mode via a webpage. That $100,000 offer was an increase from the original $50,000 bounty.That bounty went unclaimed for many months until a researcher that uses the moniker Gzob Qq notified Google on September 18 that he had identified a set of vulnerabilities in Chrome OS. The hacker was... 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...
Google Docs has become the go to for many people in the business and personal world for collaborating on documents in the cloud. Normally you hit the Docs icon and start writing or open your saved documents in Drive and off you go. Yesterday, however, Google Docs was down, and people lost their minds. Reports indicate when people in affected areas tried to open a document all they saw was a "Trying to connect" alert. DownDetector.com offered up a handy little map that showed areas that were hit with the outage. According to that site Docs began having issues Wednesday at about 9 am PT. The areas... 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...
Google has been battling a number of issues relating to the LG-produced OLED display used on its new Pixel 2 XL Android Oreo flagship. While Google said that the burn-in issue is normal with an OLED and phones using similar screen tech have the same potential issue, it can't say that about some of the other issues that the smartphone must live with. The latest issue for some Pixel 2 XL owners has to do with screen edges that are unresponsive. Google has admitted the issue exists and has said it will sort it out in a future OTA update. The catch is that means at least for now if your Pixel 2 XL... Read more...
If you're one of the lucky relative few who have Android 8.0 'Oreo' on their device, there are a couple of reasons to be pleased about its first major update, appropriately versioned 8.1. That's especially true if you happen to be using a device lacking storage, or simply hate battery-draining apps (and who doesn't?). Storage space comes at a premium in smartphones, but if you're using a high-end device, chances are you're not feeling the same kind of pain that those using lower-end phones are. In today's landscape, even 8GB is a paltry amount of storage - the kind that prevents people from taking... Read more...
Google is all about adding tools to Chrome to prevent annoying things from happening while you surf the web. Chrome already has a bunch of tools to help protect you when you are surfing the web, like telling you when traffic is HTTPS secure, blocking pop-ups, and stopping annoying autoplay videos. In coming versions of Chrome, Google will build in more protections to take the annoyance out of web surfing.Google says that one of the most common bits of feedback it receives are reports of websites redirecting unexpectedly to other places. Google says that it has found that these redirects often come... 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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