Google Security Questions

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

By on May 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset.

Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding the problem is that many users, as a result, also have a difficult time remembering their security question answers in the first place. This is especially true when the questions chosen are exceedingly specific.

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Project Fi Launch Invites Availability

Excited to try Google’s game-changing Project Fi? You’re in for a long wait

By on May 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM.

Excited to try Google’s game-changing Project Fi? You’re in for a long wait

Google’s recently launched MVNO wireless initiative sounds like an intriguing proposition for Nexus 6 owners, especially now that the company is sending out the first invites for it. However, many users who have asked for an invite might have to wait a longer time before they’ll be able to actually start using it. More →

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Google Maps Racist Search Results

Google Maps is no longer directing racists to the White House

By on May 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Google Maps is no longer directing racists to the White House

Earlier this week, it was discovered that certain offensive search queries on Google Maps were pointing users in the direction of U.S. landmarks, including the White House. It was the latest of several incidents surrounding the service and highlighted an unfortunate side effect of the ranking system that Google had put in place. More →

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Android M Nexus Features Fingerprint

A major feature from Android M and the next-gen Nexus phone has leaked

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

A major feature from Android M and the next-gen Nexus phone has leaked

Google has already unwillingly confirmed that it’s going to unveil Android M at its I/O 2015 conference next week, and a few reports now claim to have knowledge of one of the major features that are going to be available to Android M users in the near future. More →

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Google Maps Racist White House Searches

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

Google can’t win for losing. Just days after the search giant was forced to temporarily shut down its Map Maker tool in light of a rash of vandalism, The Washington Post discovered a far more disturbing trend. Specific search phrases on Google Maps containing the word “n****r” (yes, the heinous racial epithet) will redirect users to the White House, where president Barack Obama currently resides. More →

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Google Online Photo Service

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Google+ user with any affinity for the service, but that’s not to say there aren’t elements of the social network experiment worth saving.

Bloomberg News first reported last year that Google might be planning to spin off its photo sharing and storage features from Google+, and now people familiar with the plans tell Bloomberg that the new service will be revealed soon. More →

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Google Chrome Memory Leak Fix

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

By on May 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

Chrome is an awesome browser but it also has severe memory leak issues that can chew up resources on both your PC and your smartphone. KitGuru highlights some recent comments made by the Chrome for Android team during a Reddit AMA that show Google’s engineers are very much aware of Chrome’s memory leak problems and are vowing to fix it. More →

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Google Maps App

Android is about to get a new Google Maps update – download it here before it’s released

By on May 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Android is about to get a new Google Maps update – download it here before it’s released

If a survey asked smartphone users to identify the mobile apps they cannot live without, we have no doubt that Google Maps would find itself very close to the top of the list. As such, it’s always worth bringing the news to users’ attention when a new update is released — or is about to be released.

Google Maps 9.9 for Android devices is ready to roll out to devices around the world, but you don’t have to wait another minute to download it. More →

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iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Android Sales

Samsung’s iPhone nightmare is far from over, and now it’s affecting Google

By on May 18, 2015 at 2:10 PM.

Samsung’s iPhone nightmare is far from over, and now it’s affecting Google

One of the factors that contributed to Samsung’s weak quarters last year is the iPhone 6 family of smartphones. Apple sold a record-breaking number of handsets in 2014 at the expense of rivals, with a staggering 74.4 million iPhones having been sold during the Christmas quarter. Now, it looks like the iPhone 6 buying frenzy is far from over. More →

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Huawei Nexus Rumors Specs Features

This is the smartphone Google’s next Nexus phone might be based on

By on May 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

This is the smartphone Google’s next Nexus phone might be based on

The rumor frenzy surrounding Google’s upcoming new Nexus phone continues, as new details emerge about one of the two Nexus handsets that will supposedly launch this fall. Earlier rumors have suggested that both Huawei and LG are working on their own next-gen Nexus handsets, with the former model said to be the bigger handset of the two.

A new report now states that the Huawei Nexus phone will be built on top of the design of the Mate 8, an upcoming high-end handset expected to be released in the coming months. More →

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Elon Musk Larry Page Google Robots

Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

By on May 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the furthest thing from a Luddite technophobe we can imagine, but he has nonetheless raised some very legitimate worries about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The Washington Post this week pointed out another fascinating tidbit from Ashlee Vance’s upcoming book on Musk’s life and career in which it’s revealed that Musk is particularly worried about what the company run by his friend Larry Page is working on. More →

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