Google Passwords

A look at Google’s wild plan to kill the password

By on May 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

A look at Google’s wild plan to kill the password

Every time there’s a large scale data breach, we’re reminded how little thought and creativity people use when coming up with their passwords. In in the wake of LinkedIn’s 2012 data breach, for example, we learned that hundreds of thousands of people were using “password” as their password. A good number of users were also found to be using the password LinkedIn.

In an effort to combat people’s predilection for choosing horribly insecure passwords, Google has come with an interesting new solution called a “Trust Score” designed to replace passwords altogether. Trust Score, in a broad sense, is effectively a continuation of Project Abacus which Google first introduced last year.

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Google Paris Raid Tax Fraud

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax fraud, money laundering investigation

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:41 AM.

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax fraud, money laundering investigation

Google’s headquarters in Paris were raided by French tax officials and law enforcement on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation over alleged tax fraud. The news was first reported by French outlet Le Parisien and then later confirmed to Reuters by sources who claim the raid began at 5:00AM local time.

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Google Allo Duo Encryption

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

Google isn’t happy with the chat apps it already has, so at I/O 2016 it showed off a new Assistant-infused Allo messaging app as well as a Duo video chat app intended to work like Apple’s FaceTime, but across platforms. From Google’s demos, you can easily see they’re incredible apps that should offer fast and smart communication. However, there are things you need to know about privacy and encryption. More →

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YouTube VR App

Your first look at the official YouTube VR app

By on May 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM.

Your first look at the official YouTube VR app

Google is going all in on virtual reality, and we saw the early stages of its plan for VR domination take shape this week at the annual Google I/O developer conference. The company covered plenty of bases during its big keynote event on Wednesday — check out the 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 — but VR was absolutely one of the biggest. In fact, the entire event was streamed live in 360-degree video so that anyone with a VR headset anywhere in the world could follow along as if they were sitting right there in the audience.

The company’s mission is clear: Google wants to own VR. Android is clearly the proper tool for the job, and now another piece of the puzzle is falling into place. YouTube, the second most popular website in the world (behind Google.com), has an official VR experience in the works and we just got our first look at it. More →

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Google IO 2016 Android N

The five most important announcements from Google’s mammoth conference

By on May 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

The five most important announcements from Google’s mammoth conference

Google I/O is finally winding down, after three days of announcements on announcements. I/O is a developer conference, so a lot of the features on display aren’t exciting if you’re not into SDKs.

But amidst the techno-speak, Google made some huge reveals. Here’s everything you missed, if you spent the last three days in a cave.

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Google Levis Wearable Jacket

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

By on May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM.

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

Touch-sensitive clothing has been one of the promised inventions coming in ‘just a few years’ for a while now. But with a partnership between Google and Levi’s promising to make an actual tangible product within the year, things are getting real.

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Project Ara

Google is making an innovative modular phone, and you can buy it next year

By on May 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

Google is making an innovative modular phone, and you can buy it next year

Initially a Motorola project that was ultimately unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Project Ara has been an intriguing project that has been on our radar for years now. For those unfamiliar, Project Ara is an ambitious program designed to create an entire hardware ecosystem for smartphone modules. So in contrast to the iPhone where the entire device is sealed shut, the Project Ara smartphone would enable users to swap out various components (battery, speaker, camera etc.) as they desire.

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Google Tracking Websites Browsing

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

By on May 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM.

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

A new study has uncovered what might be one of the least surprising revelations of the decade: Google follows you all over the internet, whether you know about it or not. Earlier this year, Princeton researchers completed the largest online tracking study ever conducted, and found traces of Google code on a vast majority of the web’s million most popular websites.

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IMAX Virtual Reality Movie Theaters

IMAX will bring virtual reality to movie theaters this year

By on May 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM.

IMAX will bring virtual reality to movie theaters this year

The company behind some of the most impressive movie experiences in recent memory wants to bring VR to the mainstream. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, IMAX is going to open multiple VR experiences in movie theaters and malls all around the world beginning later this year.

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Google Now Assistant Third Party Apps

A tiny detail in Google’s new Assistant will make apps a lot smarter

By on May 19, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

A tiny detail in Google’s new Assistant will make apps a lot smarter

Google is slowly building Her. In case you haven’t seen the 2013 sci-fi movie, it’s a disturbing love story about a regular guy falling for a voice-based operating system. And while Google is far from announcing a computer OS that’s able to respond via voice to all your queries and help out with day to day chores in intuitive ways in human-like fashion, it’s certainly laying the foundation for such a future.

One of the most important announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 is the Google Assistant, an evolution of Google Now that’s going to offer even more advanced voice- and chat-based features. But Google is going a step beyond simply making Google Now an even more useful smartphone tool, by adding some of the Assistant’s smart features into other apps.

The company introduced new tools in developer sessions that will not only change the way we interact with our apps – by giving them Assistant-like powers – but also help save battery life, and streamline the performance of a phone. More →

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Android Pay ATM

You can now use your phone to get cash from ATMs

By on May 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

You can now use your phone to get cash from ATMs

There’s still a lot of places that can’t take mobile payments, but everyone likes cash. So it’s a big deal that starting today, select Bank of American ATMs will let you tap your Android phone to withdraw cash.

The program, named Cardless ATM, is rolling out to Bank of America ATMs in San Fransisco and Silicon Valley today, for a total of 2,400 ATMS. 5,000 machines nationwide should be enabled with the feature by the end of the year.  More →

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Android App Google Play Chrome OS

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

By on May 19, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

The keynote for Google I/O 2016 was jam-packed with exciting announcements and unexpected reveals, but even with two hours at their disposal, the executives and developers at Google still weren’t able to share everything.

One huge announcement that didn’t make the cut: Google Play and Android apps are coming to Chrome OS later this year.

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