Android Phishing Apps Security Flaw

Major security flaw discovered in Android

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Major security flaw discovered in Android

Security firm FireEye has discovered a major security flaw in Google’s mobile operating system, ComputerWorld reports, which could allow an attacker to modify the behavior of an app icon in the launcher in order to send users to a malicious site that would collect personal data. It’s not clear whether any apps in the Google Play Store, or anywhere else, have already used this particular security issue to steal data from users. Google has apparently acknowledged the problem and already released a patch to OEM partners, though it will be a while until the fix hits affected Android devices. More →

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Project Ara Release Date

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

By on April 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

The most exciting innovation in the mobile market finally has a release date. According to CNET, Google announced today at the Project Ara developers conference that its first modular smartphone will go on sale in January 2015 for the low price of $50. Project lead Paul Eremenko told the crowd that the initial model will be a boring gray device by design, so as not to distract from the additional physical components. More →

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Google Gmail Terms Of Service

Google admits just how much it scans our Gmail

By on April 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Google admits just how much it scans our Gmail

Even though Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign against Google might have been a flop, it did raise some legitimate questions on behalf of users who might not be comfortable with Google’s algorithms scanning their private emails for frequently used keywords that it would use to sell more targeted ads. The Guardian brings us word that Google has issued an update to its Gmail terms of service where it explicitly lays out how it scans your emails and how it uses the data it gathers from them. More →

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Gmail Insert Photo Feature

Gmail just got a lot better for smartphone users

By on April 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Gmail just got a lot better for smartphone users

Google on Tuesday announced that Gmail is getting a brand new feature that should definitely be appreciated by photographers who mainly use their smartphones to take pictures. Google’s email app will now let users insert their images faster in their emails when using the desktop version of Gmail, as long as their phones are configured to automatically back up photos on Google+. More →

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Google Fiber New York City

Job listing hints Google is eyeing New York City for Fiber expansion

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM.

Job listing hints Google is eyeing New York City for Fiber expansion

A job opening on Google’s website this week might be the first sign that Google Fiber is finally making its way to New York City. Geek.com came across the listing on Tuesday for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager for New York, a position in which the chosen individual “will manage multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners.” More →

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Google Heartbleed Security Patch

Google knew about Heartbleed for around a month and never told anyone

By on April 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM.

Google knew about Heartbleed for around a month and never told anyone

For the past week, a lot of the tech world has been trying to figure out what to do about the Heartbleed bug that has the potential to compromise the security of any website that uses the Open SSL encryption protocol. However, The National Journal reports that Google got a big head start on patching Heartbleed because it discovered the security hole back in March and never told anyone else about it. More →

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Google X Labs Projects

An inside look at the top-secret lab where Google makes its craziest products

By on April 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

An inside look at the top-secret lab where Google makes its craziest products

Google Glass. Self-driving cars. Weather balloons that deliver Internet connectivity. These are just some of the wild and crazy projects that have come out of Google X over the past five years. For those who don’t know, Google X is Google’s top-secret lab where teams of engineers are tasked with thinking way, way, way outside the box for solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Not coincidentally, many of these projects also have the potential to boost Google’s bottom line but there’s certainly no guarantee they’ll do so. In fact, as a new profile of Google X in FastCompany makes clear, there’s a very good chance they’ll crash and burn. More →

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How To Buy Google Glass

Have an extra $1,500 lying around? Anyone can buy Google Glass right now

By on April 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Have an extra $1,500 lying around? Anyone can buy Google Glass right now

If geek is the new chic, it doesn’t get any more chic than Google Glass. Google’s connected eyewear represents the company’s first attack on the emerging wearables market. While most other companies are content to start with wrist-worn fitness trackers and smartwatches, Google has taken a much more interesting approach by slapping a display on face-mounted hardware. The result is a unique experience with plenty of fascinating use cases. More →

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Google Glass KitKat Update

Major Google Glass update rolls out, as new orders open up

By on April 15, 2014 at 6:25 AM.

Major Google Glass update rolls out, as new orders open up

Google on Friday is not only opening up Google Glass orders to interested buyers looking to score a pair of smart glasses, but it’s also rolling out a major update to its wearable device, bringing KitKat to Glass owners. Starting with 9 a.m. EDT, Google will be opening up a “limited number of spots in the Explorer Program,” but the device will only be available to U.S.-based customers willing to spend $1,500 for it. More →

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Microsoft Scroogled Campaign Ends

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

Scroogled, we hardly knew ye. Or actually, it seems that we knew ye pretty well and just didn’t like ye. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reads the tea leaves surrounding recent Microsoft statements on its little-loved “Scroogled” campaign and concludes that the company has decided to give it the axe. More →

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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

By on April 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

Google announced on Monday that it would be acquiring Titan Aerospace, a startup that develops high-altitude, solar-powered drones. Titan Aerospace was previously courted by Facebook for a reported $60 million buyout, but it appears that Google struck first. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google did not divulge the price of the acquisition, but the search giant did say that the 20 or so employees of Titan will remain in their New Mexico location. CEO Vern Raburn will also continue to run the company. More →

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How To Use 2-step Verification

Here’s how to protect yourself with two-step verification on 11 top websites

By on April 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

Here’s how to protect yourself with two-step verification on 11 top websites

Heartbleed is a very scary bug that came to light recently and once again sent the Internet into a frenzy with talk about how to protect yourself from security vulnerabilities and hackers. Several sites also published guides covering how to protect yourself from Heartbleed, suggesting that using stronger passwords could somehow have kept users safe from having their data compromised by Heartbleed. Using complex passwords is always a good idea, but even the longest password would have been vulnerable in the case of this particular flaw. What would have offered users solid protection, however, is two-step verification. More →

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