Tag Archives: Google

Review Roundup: Google Pixel Buds Bomb, Win Few Accolades

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It’s often difficult for first-generation products to satisfy fans — we ourselves took Apple to task for its $ 159 wireless AirPods — but the feedback coming in on Google’s Pixel Buds is almost entirely bad. We’ve rounded up reviews from Android Police, Digital Trends, Gizmodo, Mashable, and Slashgear. Only one review, Mashable, gave the Pixel Buds a positive score or recommendation. Audio quality is one of the most important qualities in a set of earbuds ...

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Google says hackers steal almost 250,000 logins each week

How to protect yourself from hackers Google is digging into the dark corners of the web to better secure people’s accounts. Looking at cybercriminal black markets and public forums, the company found millions of usernames and passwords stolen directly through hacking. It also uncovered billions usernames and passwords indirectly exposed in third-party data breaches. For one year, Google researchers investigated the different ways hackers steal personal information and take over Google(GOOG) accounts. Google published its research, conducted between March 2016 and March 2017, on Thursday. Focusing exclusively on Google accounts ...

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Google Docs Lockout Resolved, But Users Unhappy With Vague Explanation

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One of the largest challenges companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google face is persuading people that using the cloud and sharing data with corporations in this fashion isn’t an attempt to gain access to and control more and more user data. Google Docs users got an uncomfortable look at the downsides to cloud collaboration yesterday when a number of users lost access to shared documents due to a mistake in Google’s content filters. ZDNet reports ...

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Google drones will drop burritos into people's yards in Australia

See Domino’s inaugural pizza drone delivery test Drones bearing piping hot burritos are about to start swooping down on the Australian countryside. At least, that’s the plan for Google affiliate Project Wing, which on Tuesday announced new tests of its drone delivery service with two Australian businesses, a Mexican taqueria chain and a drugstorecompany. It’s not the first time the Project Wing team has used drones to send people burritos. It did that last year with Chipotle at Virginia Tech University, but that was “in an open field, not to ...

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Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intelligent assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant could be the next great frontier in computer interface, but there are bound to be some bumps along the way before we reach a Star Trek-style future. For example, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii discovered a hardware defect in the upcoming Google Home Mini that caused the device to record almost all nearby audio and upload it directly to Google. That’s a pretty severe privacy violation, ...

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Google 'uncovers Russian ad campaign linked to US election'

Google has found evidence that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars on adverts in a bid to sway the 2016 US election, media reports say. Sources quoted by the Washington Post say the adverts aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s products including YouTube and Gmail. They say the adverts do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-linked source that bought ads on Facebook. Google said it was investigating attempts to “abuse” its systems. US intelligence agencies concluded earlier this year that Russia had tried to sway the ...

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DeepMind’s WaveNet Voice Synthesizer Is Live in Google Assistant

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. No one knew exactly what DeepMind was up to when it was acquired by Google a few years back. Now DeepMind is an Alphabet company, working on big machine learning problems like how to beat humans at Go, improving AI problem solving, and making computer-generated speech more realistic. On that last count, you can experience the fruits of DeepMind’s labors right now if you’ve got an Android phone or a Google Home. The “WaveNet” voice ...

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Google Removes Android Wear From Its Official Store

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google’s much-anticipated hardware unveiling yesterday included the Pixel 2, some new Google Homes, and more. One thing notably absent was any mention of Android Wear. The Google Store got a visual refresh as all the new product pages went up, and that refresh apparently included the complete removal of the Android Wear section. It’s quite telling that no one noticed right away. Imagine if Apple updated its website and stopped selling the Apple Watch. The ...

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Here’s Everything Google Announced At Its October 4th Hardware Event

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For the second year in a row, Google has chosen October 4th to unveil all its new hardware. Yes, Google has its own hardware now, something that was not true in the past. After it sold off Motorola to Lenovo, Google started a hardware team headed by former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh. The first round of Made by Google devices included the Google Home and Pixel. This year, there’s more of both along with some ...

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CCleaner Infection More Severe Than Thought, Targeted Microsoft, Google, Samsung

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Earlier this week, we reported on news that the popular system maintenance app CCleaner had been infected by malware for nearly a month. We now know the attack was worse than initially thought. The CCleaner malware could be used to deliver a second-stage payload that would run on local systems and perform various tasks. This isn’t an unusual malware feature, but researchers didn’t think the capability had been used in this case. We now know ...

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