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Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy 19 Aug 2018

Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off. The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users […]

Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYT 17 Aug 2018

Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYT

Hundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company’s reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China, The New York Times said Thursday. The employees are demanding more transparency so they can understand the moral implications of their work, said the Times, which obtained a copy of the […]

Google kicks off Back to School sale with deals on Pixel 2 XL and Pixel Buds 12 Aug 2018

Google kicks off Back to School sale with deals on Pixel 2 XL and Pixel Buds

Google announced its Back to School sale starts today and runs until September 1, so those of you looking for a Pixel smartphone or any accessory to go with it might want to check out some of the deals available for the rest of the month. The most appealing seems to be the sale on the Pixel 2 XL, which […]

Googlers bristle at censoring search for China: report 04 Aug 2018

Googlers bristle at censoring search for China: report

Word that Google is crafting a search engine to meet China’s draconian censorship rules has sparked widespread employee anger at the company which has responded by limiting workers’ access to documents about the project, a report said Friday. Google was scurrying to stop leaks and quell outrage inside the company over what had been a […]

Google’s Fuchsia OS team of 100+ members aim to replace Android and Chrome OS 21 Jul 2018

Google’s Fuchsia OS team of 100+ members aim to replace Android and Chrome OS

In a comment for CNET, Google stated that Fuchsia is “one of many experimental open-source projects,” developed at the company. There was no comment on the possibility of the new OS replacing Android. There have been persistent rumors surrounding Google’s Fuchsia OS. The claims originally were that the OS was planned to replace Android. Then, it was going […]

Google hit with record-breaking EU fine 19 Jul 2018

Google hit with record-breaking EU fine

The EU hit Google with its biggest ever fine Wednesday, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty on the US tech giant for illegally abusing the dominance of its operating system for mobile devices. Brussels accused Google of using the Android system’s near-stranglehold on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own […]

Google Lets Third Party Apps Read Gmail Accounts 07 Jul 2018

Google Lets Third Party Apps Read Gmail Accounts

 A new report, dampening Google’s claims about protecting its users’ privacy reveals that it allows third-party app developers to read customers’ Gmail accounts. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google allows third-party apps to scan the emails of some Gmail users and does little to police the developers that gain access to inboxes by […]

EU Watchdog Accuses Facebook, Google of Privacy Shenanigans 03 Jul 2018

EU Watchdog Accuses Facebook, Google of Privacy Shenanigans

Facebook and Google have manipulated users into sharing data using so-called “dark patterns,” such as misleading wording and confusing interfaces, according to a report the Norwegian Consumer Council released Wednesday. The practices nudged users toward accepting privacy options that favored the tech companies rather than themselves, the NCC found. Facebook and Google have no intention […]

Google Releases Beta Version of Flutter Mobile App Development Tool 02 Mar 2018

Google Releases Beta Version of Flutter Mobile App Development Tool

Google this week released a beta version of Flutter, a new mobile application user interface framework that the company first announced last year. Developers can use Flutter to speed up the process of building native mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices because applications and interfaces made with Flutter are built from a single […]

Google Assistant on Phones Now Offers Choice of Hotwords 19 Dec 2017

Google Assistant on Phones Now Offers Choice of Hotwords

Google created a mild amount of confusion when it launched its Home speaker. You could say “hey, Google” to start a command with the living room device, but you still had to use the time-honored “OK, Google” on your Android phone. Needless to say, that could be confusing if you used both platforms. However, Google […]