Virus Shield Android App Scam Refund

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

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Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

A fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customers into buying it, even though it didn’t really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store once the fraud had been uncovered, but the fact still remained that more than 10,000 users purchased it – The Guardian says more than 30,000 buyers were duped. However it looks like Google has taken the issue into its own hands and it’s making amends to those affected. More →

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$100 Google Nexus Smartphone

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

By on April 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

Google may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. More →

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Google Glass Self-Driving Cars Robots

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

By on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

According to a recent survey, Americans are excited for futuristic technology that you might see in a sci-fi novel, but are anxious about how we’ll get there. That’s the conclusion from a report from a Pew Research Center released today which asked 1,000 Americans what they thought of various technological advancements. More →

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IOS Default Search Google Yahoo

Yahoo offers to help Apple purge Google from the iPhone’s default settings

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Yahoo offers to help Apple purge Google from the iPhone’s default settings

Yahoo may help Apple deliver a huge blow to Google’s bottom line in the future, as Marissa Mayer wants its search engine to become the default option on iOS devices. Re/code reports that the company is focusing its search efforts around mobile, preparing to pitch Apple its own take to mobile search. More →

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Google CAPTCHA Hacking Technology

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

If there’s one thing more annoying than passwords, it’s CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that’s able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only. More →

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Google Q1 2014 Earnings

Google whiffs on Q1 2014 earnings with EPS of $6.27

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Google whiffs on Q1 2014 earnings with EPS of $6.27

This past quarter hasn’t been the most eventful one in Google’s history but analysts were still expecting it to be a profitable one with a consensus earnings estimate of $6.40 per share on about $15.5 billion in revenue. The company on Wednesday missed those expectations by posting a first-quarter profit of $6.27 per share on $15.4 billion in sales.  More →

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Google Fiber New York

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

By on April 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

It was too good to be true after all. Speaking with Ars Technica on Wednesday, a Google spokesperson made it clear that there are no plans to bring Google Fiber to the New York area at this time, despite a seemingly surreptitious job listing discovered earlier this week. More →

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Project Ara Teardown Specs

Teardown reveals what makes Google’s new 3D-sensing Android phone tick

By on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

Teardown reveals what makes Google’s new 3D-sensing Android phone tick

Project Tango is a new Google initiative that aims to bring 3D-sensing to mobile devices. The tech could allow people to use devices for mapping areas around an individual, especially indoors, for navigation, gaming and other purposes. Just like Project Ara, the modular phone developed by Google, Project Tango is still in its infancy, with only a handful of developers having been invited to test it out. Even so, it appears iFixit has gotten its hands on the device in order to put it through its usual teardown paces. More →

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Smartphone Kill-Switch: Apple, Google, Microsoft

Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

By on April 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

The five largest U.S. wireless carriers and many smartphone makers including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others on Tuesday announced they have agreed to include “kill-switch” technology in all smartphone models released after July 2015, Re/code reports, in a move that should help decrease smartphone thefts and further protect customer data. More →

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Android Phishing Apps Security Flaw

Major security flaw discovered in Android

By on April 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

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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