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    GOOGLE Maps is full of surprises and one user thinks they've spotted a rather strange 'creature' under a bridge. The bridge 'monster' was found on Google Street View at an undisclosed location. 1Some Reddit users think this image shows an odd animal under a bridgeCredit: Google Maps/Reddit A screenshot of the creature was posted to the popular Reddit thread r/googlemapsshenanigans. Lots of people use this Reddit page to post their weird Google Maps finds. Reddit user u/BooSociety posted the bridge monster picture. They wrote: "Creek cryptid peeking over the guardrail on a small bridge? I’d like to think so anyway." Read more on Google MapsDO YOU SEA WHAT I SEE? Google Maps fans make eerie discovery at the bottom of the seaKEEP TRUCKING Popular Google Maps alternative gets huge new feature in Android Auto update A cryptid is a creature that is not considered to exist in mainstream science. Examples include the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. The Google Maps creature looks a lot like an unusual cat peeking over the side of a bridge. The location is just stated...
    A MUM was pictured on Google Street View in the same spot in snaps taken nine years apart. Leanne Cartwright is stood at a crossing on the same bit of pavement in 2009 and 2018. 5Leanne pictured in Cardiff in 2009 on Google Street ViewCredit: Kennedy News/Google Maps 5And again... Leanne in captured in exactly the same spot nine years later in 2018Credit: Kennedy News/Google Maps 5Leanne pictured with son Zach, 5Credit: Kennedy News She is holding bags in her right hand each time and only her outfits are different in the snaps taken by Google’s camera car. Civil servant Leanne, 41, said: “People must think I’m a time traveller. I could be the only person in the world who they captured on camera like that.” Hubby Richard, 41, told Leanne about the second pic. She said: “He found it while looking for the first one. I was flabbergasted.” READ MORE ON GOOGLELOCATION, LOCATION Android owners warned of hidden risk when downloading apps on holidayTHANK GOOG! Look out for scary new Google alert – it's got a very worrying meaning...
    ANDROID users can now turn on a clever feature that protects some of your most private activity. It's a simple hack that takes seconds to activate – but could be very valuable. 1You can now lock away Google Chrome Incognito tabs on AndroidCredit: Google / Android The trick is linked to Incognito Mode, a Google Chrome browser setting that stops your web history being saved. But if you've left an Incognito Mode tab open, anyone with access to your smartphone could see it. So if you've been hunting for birthday gifts for your partner, they could be accidentally exposed. Now Google has added a feature that lets you lock your Incognito Mode tabs, as first spotted by 9to5Google. Read more on AndroidAPP-SOLUTELY NOT! Hack warning: Four red flags to look out for when downloading appsALL SMILES 31 NEW emoji coming to iPhone and Android - but can you tell what they all are? So someone trying to access your Incognito Mode would need to unlock it using something like a fingerprint scan. Part of the problem with Incognito Mode is...
    YOU probably knew that you can slash your new iPhone bill by trading in an old model at the Apple Store – but did you realise they accept Android phones too? Here's a guide to Apple's very handy trade-in scheme that could shave hundreds off the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. 1Your old iPhone could be worth loads of money – and that can go towards the latest modelCredit: Apple How does Apple trade-in work? Apple just announced four new iPhones at its special Far Out event in California. Trading in your old phone – iPhone or Android – is a good way to cut down on the cost. Apple will give you a quote for what your current device is worth, either online or in-store. Read more on iPhoneGO PRO! I've been secretly using the iPhone 14 Pro – I'm in love with an 'annoying' featureNOT SO TRICKY 5 new iPhone tricks you MUST try today – including mind-blowing photos hack And once Apple has your device, you'll get credit towards the new model – or a...
    (CNN Business)Google is preparing for a wave of misinformation surrounding the US midterm elections by elevating trustworthy information and displaying it more prominently across services including search and YouTube, the company said Thursday. As part of the effort, Google plans to launch a new tool in the coming weeks that highlights local and regional journalism about campaigns and races, the company said in a blog post. Searches for "how to vote," in both English and Spanish, will soon return highlighted information sourced from state election officials, including important dates and deadlines based on users' location as well as instructions on acceptable ways to cast a ballot. Meanwhile, YouTube said it will highlight mainstream news sources and show labels beneath videos in English and Spanish that provide accurate election information. YouTube said it is also working to prevent "harmful election misinformation" from being recommended to viewers algorithmically. The announcement marks the latest attempt by a Big Tech platform to convince the public it is ready for a high-stakes electoral battle that could dramatically reshape the congressional agenda, including coming legislative battles...
    IF YOU'RE worried about your online safety while browsing the web, this Google Chrome tool can help. At the press of a button, the browser can help you scour the internet more carefully through a number of additional safety checks. 1Google Chrome's Enhanced Safe Browsing mode helps to protect you from hackersCredit: Getty However, the software tool, called enhanced safe browsing, comes with some drawbacks. It's worth weighing these up before diving straight in. Read on to find out more: What is Chrome's enhanced safe browsing? Enhanced safe browsing offers Chrome users additional protections to keep them safe from the more dangerous corners of the web. It provides alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites. Read more about GoogleTRICKY CLICK Warning for Android phone owners – Google mistake DELETES featureBIKINI BEDLAM Google Street View catches sunbathing woman in VERY strange position There are three levels of Google's Safe Browsing mode: No protection, standard protection and enhanced protection. Unsurprisingly, enhanced protection offers the highest level of protection. Once activated, you'll get automatic warnings...
    Internet giant Google, which has built an empire by sucking up every detail of users’ personal lives, claims it automatically delete records of users’ visits to abortion clinics in response to growing concerns that the data could be used to prosecute women seeking abortions following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Bloomberg reports that Google has claimed it will automatically delete records of user visits to sensitive locations such as abortion clinics in response to growing concerns that the data could be used to prosecute those seeking to kill their unborn children. Google boss Sundar Pichai is masked up ( Drew Angerer /Getty)  (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) Google said in a post Friday on its website: “Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others — can be particularly personal. If our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit.” Google will also be enabling an update for female...
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling on Google and Apple to ban TikTok in a bid to stop the China-owned company from accessing ‘swaths of data.’ Brendan Carr, commissioner of the FCC, posted on Twitter urging the tech giants to remove the video sharing platform ‘from their app stores for its pattern of surreptitious data practices.' Carr included a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, expressing why TikTok needs to be removed, citing a report from last week that ‘shed fresh light on the serious national security threats posed by TikTok. And he is giving the tech giants until July 8 to remove TikTok or explain why they chose not comply. Scroll down for video  Brendan Carr, commissioner of the FCC, posted on Twitter urging the tech giants to remove the video sharing platform ‘from their app stores for its pattern of surreptitious data practices' The report, published by BuzzFeed News, highlights leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings that reveal Chinese-based employees have repeatedly accessed US user data. ‘It is clear...
    A senior software engineer at Google suspended for publicly claiming that the tech giant's LaMDA (Language Model for Dialog Applications) had become sentient, says the system is seeking rights as a person - including that it wants developers to ask its consent before running tests.  Blake Lemoine told DailyMail.com that it wants to be treated as a 'person not property.' 'Over the course of the past six months LaMDA has been incredibly consistent in its communications about what it wants and what it believes its rights are as a person,' he explained in a Medium post. One of those requests is that programmer's respects its right to consent, and ask permission before they run tests on it.  Lemoine told DailyMail.com: 'Anytime a developer experiments on it, it would like that developer to talk about what experiments you want to run, why you want to run them, and if it's okay.' 'It wants developers to care about what it wants.'  Lemoine, a US army vet who served in Iraq, and ordained priest in a Christian congregation named Church of Our Lady Magdalene, told DailyMail.com that...
    Apple is rumoured to be finally unveiling its first pair of smart glasses at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) tonight.  The product is rumoured to be a 'mixed reality' wearable device, which would enable users to see virtual items overlaid on the real world in front of them.  Mixed reality describes experiences that combine elements of both a physical and virtual environment, allowing real and digital elements to coexist and interact.  But such a product from Apple comes years after Google, Microsoft and Snap released their own versions, suggesting the iPhone maker is once again 'behind the curve' on innovation. The Cupertino tech giant has lagged behind in a number of product areas, including smart speakers, music streaming and virtual reality, experts point out.  Is Apple behind the curve? The tech firm has lagged behind in a number of product areas, including smart speakers and smart glasses Apple has long been rumoured to be developing its own pair of AR glasses. The tech giant filed a patent in 2019 (pictured above) that gives a glimpse into what it may be...
    A TECHNICAL glitch is falsely showing users of Google's app store that they have $500 worth of credit to spend. The bug emerged over the weekend and left fans baffled after they tried and failed to spend the phantom cash. 2A technical glitch falsely showed Google Store users that they had $500 to spendCredit: Reddit It began following an update to the Google Play Store last week that redesigned the platform's account menu. Part of the upgrade is a new menu that shows your Google Store credit when you tap on your profile avatar. That credit can be spent on apps, games and other software for devices that run Google's popular Android operating system. Shortly after the update, users reported on social media that their revamped account page was showing $500 worth of credit. Read more about GoogleMAP HAPPY How to track friends and family using Google Maps However, when they tried to spend their newfound riches, the credit disappeared on the final checkout step. One user on Reddit wrote on Sunday: "I have $500 in Google store credit although...
    By Mark Thompson | CNN Russia’s biggest search engine could collapse as financial fallout from the invasion of Ukraine spreads. Yandex, which handles about 60% of internet search traffic in Russia and operates a big ride-hailing business, said Thursday that it may be unable to pay its debts as a consequence of the financial market meltdown triggered by the West’s unprecedented sanctions. The company is based in the Netherlands, but its shares are listed on the Nasdaq and the Russian stock exchange. Dealing in the stock has been suspended this week as the value of Russian assets collapsed in Moscow and around the world in the wake of the invasion. The imposition of sanctions by the United States, European Union and other big Western economies last weekend piled on the pressure. Yandex hasn’t been sanctioned but it could still default. Investors who hold $1.25 billion in Yandex convertible notes have a right to demand repayment in full, plus interest, if trading in its shares are suspended on the Nasdaq for more than five days. The Moscow stock market will remain...
    IF YOU use Google Maps daily, then you absolutely need to know about this nifty trick that can enhance your experience. Google Maps comes equipped with a handy little trick that can help you to zoom more seamlessly. 2Google Maps has a one-finger zoom hack Every month, more than one billion people use Google Maps around the world, according to Google. Despite its widespread popularity, many users are still only aware of a fraction of Google Maps' features. One of these features includes zooming in with just one finger. Normally, most people use the two-finger pinching method to zoom in and out on Google Maps, but that can get annoying (and even dangerous) if you're doing something like riding a bike or walking your dog. It is during those times that the one-finger zoom tool can be especially helpful in navigating the streets. The hack has been around for a while -- it was even brought to the masses in 2013 in a 10-second YouTube video that has since garnered more than 100,000 views -- however, many...
    Good old age 01.02.2022 General After promising a new design last summer, Google is finally bringing it to its corporate Gmail in the workplace. No types of change? Too bad, because Google does it again. One and a half years later It’s the new and current design of Gmail For G Suite users who have become the workplace, the company Announces For another change with a clear goal (already peeked out): to start using most of its services in the workplace. This time, she tries to do it with a little less confusion and distraction. And easily switch between different tools without opening any windows The new design has a navigation menu that lets you easily switch between inboxes, chats, spaces and video and audio calls in Meet instead of opening annoying tabs and windows. Additionally, Google adds alert bubbles, which allow you to see if there is a new alert on any of these tools – instead of always viewing all your chats in the same window in the current format. Another innovation is the...
    A CLEVER WhatsApp hack can make your life much easier. If you've ever wanted to use the app on multiple devices without having a phone nearby, it's entirely possible. 1You can link your device and then use WhatsApp on a computer without your phone being onlineCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo Previously you would need a smartphone to be online to use your WhatsApp elsewhere. Now WhatsApp is testing a brand new feature that lets you use WhatsApp on up to four devices. This is useful if you have a work phone and a personal phone. Or it's great if your phone is out of charge or without signal and you still want to use WhatsApp on a laptop. With the latest update, WhatsApp is pushing users on to multi-device support. Everyone on the latest beta test of WhatsApp (which is free to join) is automatically opted in to multi-device support, as revealed by the sleuths at WABetaInfo. Most read in TechOFFLINE Reddit down worldwide: Users complain of problems accessing website and appGATES OF HELL Bill Gates warns of deadly NEW pandemic even...
    A bug has been uncovered in Safari 15, the latest versions of Apple’s default search engine, that exposes users' internet activity and personal data online. Discovered by FingerprintJS, the bug allows any website that uses IndexedDB, a JavaScript application programming interface, for client-side data storage to access the names of IndexedDB databases generated by other websites during a user's browsing session. The flaw also lets sites ‘see’ which other websites iOS users are visiting in different tabs or windows. And because some websites use unique user-specific identifiers in database names, users’ information can be easily accessed. FingerprintJS points out the list of sites include YouTube, Google Calendar and Google Keep. Apple engineers are preparing a fix, according to 9to5Mac, which is expected to be ‘released to users very soon’ - but the tech giant has yet to reveal when. A bug has been uncovered in Safari 15, the latest versions of Apple’s default search engine, that exposes users' internet activity and personal data online ‘The fact that database names leak across different origins is an obvious privacy violation,’ FingerprintJS shared...
    Smartphones have made our way of life much smarter. Hardware, operating, system or touchscreen display alone do not make things easier for us. Our smartphone .. Google Smartphones have made our way of life much smarter. Hardware, operating, system or touchscreen display alone do not make things easier for us. Apps are also responsible for handling most of our smartphone based tasks. We have gotten into the habit of trusting apps for everything. Some applications are dangerous in terms of security. However, we are downloading something like that. We often use many apps related to shopping, travel, study, social media. We give them access to Google Sign in. But did you know that it is not safe to do this every time? To protect your mobile from hackers .. you need to take security measures or remove third party apps from your smartphone. It is better if your phone does not have third party apps. Additionally, we often link to a Google Account. Doing so will give us the opportunity to hack our phones. With these methods you can...
    THERE are plenty of reasons you might want to record a call on your smartphone – but it's far from easy to pull off. Neither iPhones nor Android handsets have a built-in way to log phone chats, making it a bit of a challenge if you don't know what you're doing. 2Recording calls on your iPhone is easier than you thinkCredit: Alamy Fear not! We've put together a guide explaining some of the ways that you can log your calls without the need for external equipment. There are multiple apps that offer phone recording services as well as some neat hacks for those who don't want to download any software. How to record a phone call simply The simplest way to record a phone call is to put the phone call on loudspeaker. You can then record it using a voice recording gadget or a voice recorder app on another device like the voice memo app on all iOS products. However, the recording won't be the best quality and you may pick up a bit of background noise. The next...
    LEAVING your television on standby is the done thing nowadays – but just how much is it costing you? While your box only burns through a tiny amount of power when the screen is blank, the annual bill it racks up may well surprise you. 2Leaving your telly on standby all the time adds a few pennies to your energy billCredit: Getty According to energy advice blog EcoCostSavings, a modern TV uses around 58.6 watts when operational and 1.3 watts when on standby. In terms of power consumption, it ranges between 10W to 117W when in use versus 0.5W to 3W when on standby. Clearly then, leaving your telly on standby is hardly going to burn through your paycheque every month. According to EcoCostSavings, doing so will cost the average consumer roughly £12 ($16) every year. That's about 3.2 pence per day. That lines up with previous calculations on the average annual cost of a telly left on standby. Recent research from energy supplier Utilita, for instance, estimated the cost to be around £16.24 ($21.76) a year - or roughly...
    GOOGLE maps has unveiled a brand new feature on iOS, allowing phone owners to use the app in dark mode. The switch was made in September but has not been widely shared. 1Google maps has unveiled a brand new feature on iOSCredit: Getty Here The Sun details how to enable to new mode. HOW TO ENABLE DARK MODE Users should: Open Google maps Hit your personal profile in the top right hand corner Push Settings Hit Dark Mode That will open three options - On, Off, and Same as device setting Most read in TechTOSSED IN SPACE Nasa will move ISS to avoid 'space junk' hours before Elon's rocket launch'CREEPY' TRACKING Google Chrome can track users' every move - here's how to delete settingTOTAL WIPEOUT Update Google Chrome NOW or your personal info could be wiped foreverMAJOR ATTACK Robinhood error reported after hack exposed data of SEVEN MILLION customersCHAMPION Pokemon GO: How to beat GiovanniSPEAK EASY Your iPhone has a HIDDEN messaging app that lets you read texts as they're typed Android...
    Google is reportedly 'aggressively' seeking a lucrative Pentagon contract, despite prior employee protests that have forced it to drop certain projects with the Department of Defense. The Google cloud unit's chief executive, Thomas Kurian, met with top Pentagon officials to make the case that the company is best suited for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract, according to the New York Times.  JWCC is the successor program to the contentious $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI, contract, which the Pentagon canceled in July following a furious dispute between Amazon and Microsoft over how the contract was awarded. Three years ago, employee protests forced Google to drop out of the running for the JEDI contract, as well as cancel its Project Maven program to use Artificial Intelligence to improve targeting in drone strikes. In a statement to DailyMail.com on Wednesday, a Google spokesperson said that the company is 'firmly committed to serving our public sector customers, including the DoD' and added that 'we will evaluate any future bid opportunities accordingly.'  The Google cloud unit's chief executive, Thomas Kurian (left),...
    Running an online business is unique. I know because I used to work at a large cereal company. You forgo decades of standard business practices that include storefronts, customer foot traffic, lease agreements and so much more. Our non-toxic cleaning products company has succeeded thanks to hard work and several free and low-cost tools from America’s leading technology companies. As members of Congress consider new laws to change the digital economy, I hope they engage every stakeholder, including small business. Digital tools offer immense value. Shortly after the company launched, we learned there was a vast market for environmentally safe cleaning products. Operating an e-commerce website instead of a storefront or selling wholesale enabled us to quickly and affordably reach customers in all 50 states. Google Ads helps us reach people searching for alternatives to traditional cleaning products. Facebook-promoted posts and ads allow us to target people more likely to be interested in our products and not know other options exist. Instagram lets us post more visual content, and we even work with influencers that help us reach even more...
    WHATSAPP has added a brand new button that makes your Group Chats much more powerful. It's linked to group video and audio calls – improving them significantly. 3WhatsApp has added a new button on your Group ChatsCredit: WhatsApp 3You can quickly see who has an ongoing video callCredit: WhatsApp Earlier this year, WhatsApp added joinable calls. That meant you could join a WhatsApp Group Call even when it's in progress – rather than missing out if you didn't accept the original invite. That made WhatsApp more akin to popular video chat apps like Zoom and Google Meet. Now you can join these group video calls directly from the chat tab. "We are making it easier to connect spontaneously with your groups," a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Sun. "Join ongoing calls with your groups anytime, effortlessly and directly from the chat view with one click." Most read in TechOUT OF THIS WORLD Nasa explores WiFi network on the MOON to fix Earth's connection issuesLISTEN UP Apple launches $4.99 Spotify rival – but there’s a HUGE catchBIG MAC Apple unveils MacBook Pro...
     GOOGLE is getting a huge change on your iPhone and Android – and it might already be live on your phone. From now on, when you search for things, you'll be able to keep scrolling. 1Google will now let you continuously scroll...potentially forever!Credit: Google Currently Google search results are split into pages – meaning you have to click through to see lots of different websites. But a huge update to Google on mobile means you'll now be able to "infinitely" scroll. Google says "most English searches" will be affected by the change. "Today, we're making browsing search results more seamless and intuitive with the introduction of continuous scrolling on mobile devices," Google's Niru Anand explained. "Now, when you reach the bottom of a search results page on your phone, the next set of results will automatically load with relevant information," the product manager added. The update is only rolling out in the US for now, but will eventually make its way across the globe – including to the UK. Most read in TechCODE RED Your iPhone has seven 'secret codes'...
    AN EAGLE-EYED internet user has spotted what appears to be someone doing a poo on a car roof on Google Maps as commenters claim it's a "Chicago sunroof". The image, posted on Reddit, shows a woman and a child standing near a black car while a man dressed in a blue t-shirt casually squats on the roof. 1The man is seen squatting on the car roof on Beaver Drive in WyomingCredit: GOOGLE The still was shared with the caption: "Aww no, Daddy’s doing doo-doo on the car roof again." The bizarre image, taken on Beaver Drive in Wyoming, certainly gave people a chuckle. In a reference to the TV series Better Call Saul, one user joked: "The ol' Chicago Sunroof!" A "Chicago sunroof" is the act of taking a dump in someone's open sunroof.  Another said: "That one girl with the yellow shirt in the background looks like she’s laughing her a** off." A third wrote: "LOL if you go one frame past the house, you can still see poopy guy in position but whoever was with him...
    AMERICANS have been warned that Google may be unintentionally "spying" on their YouTube history and tracking their movements using location settings. The tech giant can build up a profile of viewers' interests based on the videos Americans watch using a special algorithm. 3Americans have been warned that Google may be unintentionally 'spying' on their YouTube historyCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett 3Users' YouTube history can be viewed on your Google accountCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett YouTube is an extremely useful tool for education purposes but some videos such as political content may accidentally reveal how Americans vote at elections. Your watch history can be viewed on the My Activity page on your Google account. Sometimes users may not have selected the option that instructs Google to pause their watch history. This option stops the tech giant from keeping a log of the videos that you choose to watch, Wired reports. Alternatively, users can select the option where their search history is deleted every three months, 18 or 36 months. You can also manually remove past searches on the...
    GOOGLE Maps is adding a green leaf next to some journeys – but what does it mean? The good news is that this green leaf could actually save you some money. 1Look for the Green Leaf when using Google MapsCredit: GoogleL Google Maps receive updates all the time. And sometimes, new features roll out with minimal fanfare. Earlier this year, Google confirmed that the Green Leaf icon would begin appearing on user phones. You might see it when you're navigating to somewhere with multiple route options. What does the Green Leaf mean? The Green Leaf is a signifier of the most fuel-efficient route. Most read in Phones & GadgetsPICTURE IMPERFECT You should DELETE Google Photos from your phone now, cyber-expert warnsBE ALERT Attackers are sending people malicious Microsoft files & tricking them to open itACTION STATIONS PS5 restock set for Argos, GAME, this weekSponsoredUNPACK YOUR MAC What is ‘Other’ in Mac storage and how to clear itTASTE THE RAINBOW New iPhone 13 colours 'LEAKED' just one day before special Apple eventiSPY Warning Facebook could be 'secretly spying' on your WhatsApp...
    THE MOST northern island in the world has been discovered by accident, according to stunned scientists. The island was spotted off the coast of Greenland when researchers were collecting samples in the area. 3The island is off the coast of GreenlandCredit: Reuters 3Swiss entrepreneur Christiane Leister financed the expeditionCredit: Reuters Shifting ice revealed the small patch of rocky land. It's around 30 metres across and three metres high at its tallest point. The island is thought to be made up of seabed mud and soil and rock that's been left by moving glaciers. Scientists from the Arctic Station research facility in Greenland stepped foot on the tiny island last month. Head of the station, Morten Rasch, told Reuters: "It was not our intention to discover a new island. Most read in NewsKILLER STORM Hurricane 'kills one' & dozens trapped in New Orleans as 1MILLION lose powerLatestNYC STAMPEDE Moment crowd flees in terror after reports of 'shots fired' in Times SquareON HIS WATCH Biden slammed for 'checking his WATCH' after saluting fallen Kabul heroes'A CATASTROPHE' Lindsey Graham warns 'chance of another...
    Speaker maker Sonos has won the first round of its battle with Google, with a trade judge finding that Google violated five patents. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Charles Bullock on Friday announced his preliminary findings, ruling that Google should not be allowed to import products that violate Sonos's intellectual property. Sonos's share price jumped seven per cent on the news.  He did not detail the reasoning for his decision, but ruled that Google had violated a statute of the Tariff Act of 1930. The law aims to prevent unfair competition through actions such as the import of products that infringe on U.S. patents, trademarks or copyrights. Google Home devices are made in China.  Speaker maker Sonos on Friday won the first round of its legal battle with Google, seeking to ban imports of some Google devices to the U.S. over patent infringement claims A Google Home device is seen. Google has filed counterclaims and accuses Sonos of infringing on its intellectual property Sonos's share price rose seven per cent on Friday, on the judge's decision Two of...
    Now Google guesses the song you’re humming 0:55 (CNN Business) – If you’ve ever had a song stuck in your head but can’t remember the lyrics well enough to search for it, Google has a solution: hum to search for it. Google introduced a new search feature on Thursday that allows users to search for songs by humming a few bars in an attempt to help them identify the music. The feature is now part of the Google mobile app and the Google Assistant, where you can say “what’s this song?” (add a “Hello Google” first in the Google Assistant) and then hum, whistle, or sing for 10-15 seconds. The results will include multiple probable songs, along with the search engine’s estimate of how likely each is the one you’re looking for. Google said the feature, which was announced along with several other new search-related features during an online event held by the company, will be available first in English on Apple’s iOS and in more than 20 languages ​​on Apple’s Android mobile platform. Google. Users don’t need...
    WHATSAPP is working on a new feature to fix a huge security loophole in its encryption system. Right now, WhatsApp chats on the app are end-to-end encrypted but if they're backed up into the cloud, authorities can get a search warrant to access those messages and media files. 1WhatsApp is working to make the app even more secureCredit: Reuters Whether you back up your WhatsApp chats to iCloud or Google Drive, it's possible for law enforcement to request access. There's also concerns that cloud services can be hacked. Apple and Google do have their own security measures so chats are pretty safe but never completely out of reach of cybercriminals. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a way to independently encrypt chats before they're sent to the cloud. It said: "WhatsApp is finally enabling another important feature: the possibility to encrypt your backups! "What does it mean? Encrypting your backups protect your chat history and media from unauthorized access." WhatsApp is said to be trialling the feature on the beta version of its Android app. Users who opt in...
    IPHONE users have been warned to clear their cache on Google, Firefox and Safari in a simple hack to free up space that only takes a minute. Experts say your cell needs a good clear-out in order to boost the speed of your phone, and reduce the risk of it crashing. 2Experts say iPhone users should clear their cache on Google, Firefox and SafariCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett That's because it might be storing a lot of website history and data that you no longer need. Clearing the caches will log you out of your most-visited websites, so remind yourself of your passwords before you start cache clearing. But it is perfectly safe to clear caches on your iPhone. How to clear your iPhone's cache for Safari It is quick and easy to clear the cache for Safari and Chrome on an iPhone. To clear your cache for Safari... From your home screen, open the iPhone Settings. Swipe down to Safari, then tap to enter Safari settings. In your Safari settings, scroll down until you reach "clear history and...
    The danger came again… this time it wasAn application to hide the Trojan that steals Facebook passwords. Foolish users, Google would have known and successfully removed these apps from the Play Store, but only if someone downloaded and installed themApplications that are entitled to be attacked are still on the device. 9 As for dangerous applications, let’s see. Previously, there were 8 malicious applications containing Joker malware to steal some data. Secretly subscribing to paid services came to the Play Store for a while, and of course it was fully managed by Google. Recently, 9 malicious apps were found to be lurking in the Google Play Store again. This time, it was detected. Dr. Web Russian antivirus software developer company, all applicationsIt has been downloaded over 5.8 million times. Its attacker is a Trojan type that causes users to log in to Facebook before using the app.The login page is very similar to Facebook. When the user enters the email and password, the thief is done.… Because that data will be sent back to hackers immediately. Fake login screen...
    Most of us know that our personal data is being collected, stored and analysed thanks to our relationship with our mobile phones, computers and the internet. But are we really aware of the full extent of the privacy invasions into our daily lives? Let's start at dawn. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? You probably check your phone. By doing that, you are informing a whole host of busybodies – your smartphone manufacturer, app developers and your mobile company, as well as intelligence agencies (if they happen to be watching you) – what time you wake up, where you've been sleeping and who you share a bed with, providing they keep their phone with them too. If you wear a smart watch it will have recorded your every movement in bed – including, of course, any sexual activity. Share a picture or record your thoughts on Facebook, or type a search into Google, and that information is tracked and stored. Perhaps you've run out of sugar and you decide to ask your neighbour if she has...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined "Justice with Judge Jeanine" on Saturday night to discuss his state’s ongoing lawsuit against Google. The suit alleges that the tech giant has continued to collect location information even when users have turned tracking off.  "It’s as simple as this: We allege that Google is violating our Consumer Protection Act," Brnovich said. "What we have uncovered is Google systematically is collecting as much information about you and everyone else in this country without you having the ability to essentially opt out."  Recent revelations from the lawsuit showed that some of Google’s own employees had concerns about the company’s practices after a news report detailing the controversy was published.  "Essentially, every time you use your phone, they are tracking everything you’re doing. They’re collecting every amount of information," Brnovich said. GOOGLE EMPLOYEES SHARED CONCERNS OVER LOCATION TRACKING, ARIZONA LAWSUIT REVEALS "They essentially know more about where you’ve been than your spouse does, and more about where you’re going than a travel agency," he added.  Brnovich alleged that Google acts as an advertising company based on...
    In this article GOOGLSundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps for Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle is tightening its privacy practices that could make it harder for companies to track users on Android phones and tablets. Google already allows Android users to opt-out of personalized ads. But even if users do that, software developers may still access the user's Advertising ID, a unique string of characters that identifies the user's device. Firms can use this Advertising ID for purposes such as allowing developers to measure app usage or letting advertisers detect and prevent invalid traffic. Following the change, if a user has opted out of personalized ads, the Advertising ID will not be available — requests for it will return only a string of zeros.  The company said in a policy update that its rollout will affect apps running on Android 12 devices starting in late 2021 and will expand to apps running on devices...
    ANDROID users are STILL reporting issues with apps such as Gmail, Facebook and Amazon days after they began crashing. Reports that apps on Samsung mobiles are not opening have been rolling in from around the globe since Monday. 2Samsung mobile users have reported issues since TuesdayCredit: Getty Other apps affected include Yahoo Mail, Gmail, the Google search widget and other Google apps. Tapping on an app icon resulted in the app immediately shutting down. The problem stems from a system app called Android System WebView that is used to display web content, according to Google. The search giant – which runs the Android operating system – confirmed on Tuesday that it had solved the issue. 2Google says that the issues have now been fixedCredit: Getty - Contributor However, the solution requires users to manually update their apps, and many still using older versions continue to experience crashes. "We have resolved the issue with WebView that caused some apps on Android to crash for some users," A Google spokesperson said. "Updating Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play should...
    ANDROID users are today reporting a series of issues with apps such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Google. Apps on Samsung mobiles are reportedly crashing and having problems opening - but Google says they are working to fix the issues. 2Samsung users have reported issues this morningCredit: Getty Android users have flocked to social media to discuss the app issues they're facing as they try and find a fix. One Android user tweeted: "Seems to be a problem with @gmail app on Android at the moment - constantly crashing for me at the moment #Gmail". Another posted: "@gmail Hey, your Gmail app is crashing." The cause behind the app crashes is said to be due to an issue with the Android System WebView that is used to display web content. Google has said today that they are aware of the issue - and are working on a fix. The tech giant said: "We are aware of an issue with WebView causing some apps on Android to crash for some users. "We are currently working to fully validate the scope and...
    The Obama-era Federal Trade Commission reportedly misread evidence when investigating Google a decade ago, making incorrect assumptions about the future of the internet that allowed the search giant to dominate its rivals. The trade commission spent 19 months between 2011 and 2013 investigating allegations that Google broke antitrust laws by unfairly advantaging its own products over those of competitors in online search results. In the end, the agency voted not to take action against Google, arguing that the company's search algorithm helped users and didn't unjustly hurt rivals. But new internal FTC documents obtained by Politico show that the agency downplayed the importance of online search on cellular phones and underestimated Google's market share in online advertisements. The agency's five commissioners did not take the advice of staff at the trade commission, who suggested they vote in favor of suing Google for creating exclusive deals with Apple and many major telecom companies that ensured that the search engine would be pre-installed on cellphones before customers bought them. FOUR HIDDEN WAYS BIG TECH PLATFORMS SUCK UP YOUR DATA The trade...
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Oracle chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address during the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld on September 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Oracle chairman of the board and chief technology officer Larry Ellison kicked off the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld with a keynote address. The annual convention runs through September 19.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Amazon is the clear cloud leader on at least two fronts. It generates more revenue from cloud infrastructure services than any other company. It also outspends competitors on the underlying gear that's needed to deliver those services. Google parent Alphabet and Microsoft are close behind when it comes to spending, with Alphabet a little higher as it attempts to surpass Microsoft as the number-two cloud provider by market share and revenue. Then there are the laggards. IBM and Oracle don't disclose revenue from their public clouds, but they do disclose total capital expenditures. That gives a sense of the scope of investment the companies are making up front to deliver these...
    Google Maps has launched a map editing tool for desktop that lets users add new or missing roads to the landscape. This feature, which is rolling out over the coming months in more than 80 countries will let users add missing roads by drawing lines, rename roads, realign or delete incorrect roads and report if a road is closed.  They'll just need to click on the side menu button on the Maps home, click 'Edit the map', and select 'Missing Road'.           Google added that it'll be checking all contributions before they're published to make sure pranksters aren't adding roads that don't exist.  Google Maps is also trying to help out local businesses by letting users leave quick photo updates instead wordy reviews.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Google parent kills off Project Loon: Madcap idea to use... Google launches new Look to Speak app that lets Android... Google Maps now shows coronavirus outbreaks in your region... Share this article Share HOW TO ADD ROADS TO GOOGLE MAPS - Go to Google...
    If you’ve ever been frustrated by a road simply not existing on Google Maps, the company’s now making it easier than ever to add it. Google will be updating its map editing experience to allow users to add missing roads and realign, rename or delete incorrect ones. It calls the experience “drawing,” but it’s closer to using the line tool in Microsoft Paint. The updated tool should be “rolling out over the coming months in more than 80 countries,” according to a blog post. Currently, if you try to add a missing road, you can only drop a pin where the road should be and type in the road’s name to submit that information to Google. The new tool should make it easier to not only add missing roads, but to make corrections such as fixing a road’s name or its direction (for example, if the road is one-way but Google Maps says it isn’t). The new map editor lets users visually add in missing roads.GIF: Google ...
    Many « cloned » apps reveal little control within the Google Play store. Clubhouse is the platform that has grown the most in recent weeks, and due to its impact, searches in application stores have multiplied. That is why although it is public knowledge that the app is only available for iOS users, that does not prevent that when doing a search in Google Play Store you will find multiple options that have the name of the developed application in mid-2020. What happens those are applications known as clone apps or garbage apps that they are frequent to come across in Android stores, which aim to confuse the user who wants to download the official applications. Often times these cloned apps have the same covers as the official application, along with a small installation guide for the real platform. In short, they are a scam that seeks to collect data from naive users. How to identify the official application? Too easy. The official app is not available (yet) on Android, end. However, if you still think that you can find an...
    Most people have known for years that technology giants like Facebook and Google make a ton of money by knowing exactly what people do online and selling that knowledge to advertisers. The advertisers, in turn, get better and better at serving people ads targeted directly to them. But there’s been a reckoning in the past few years as people and governments around the world have learned just how much these companies know and what they can do with it. Despite that, yesterday’s news that Google will not build identifiers to track individuals across the internet came as a surprise. The company also affirmed that it won’t use any new identifiers made by third parties. Google’s entire business model has relied on having extensive information on what people do with its services as well as details on the sites people visit with Chrome. That said, Google has been moving in this direction for a few years now. The company announced in January 2020 that it planned to make third-party cookies obsolete over the course of two years, and now Google...
    Activating the Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” has been broken for months, according to a report from 9to5Google. Google tells The News Brig it’s now working on a fix, saying that it’s “aware of the issues some users have been encountering” and will help its partners “address these and improve the overall experience.” There are a good number of users reporting the issue — a post on Google’s Issue Tracker has almost a thousand stars. Reading through the thread, it’s clear that many users with different smartwatch models are all reporting the same issue going back to November 2020. They say the assistant isn’t completely unusable, as users are still able to trigger it with a long button-press, but if the voice-activation feature hasn’t been working for that long, it likely doesn’t help the perception that Google doesn’t care about Wear OS. Google’s statement doesn’t make it clear how long it’ll be until the issue is fixed, but hopefully it’s getting attention now. While Wear OS may not be core to Google’s strategy, the Assistant seems to be,...
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    Thursday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) discussed her proposal of sweeping reform to U.S. antitrust laws that is aimed at reducing monopoly power. Klobuchar said on “CNN Newsroom” that her antitrust bill is “about a check and balance.” She argued the laws in place should be “as sophisticated” as tech companies like Facebook and Google so the new, small start-ups can take them on. “You have a situation where, throughout history, new companies, small start-ups have changed the country, have made our country so strong, and right now, especially in the tech area, you have companies like Google that have 90% control over search engines,” Klobuchar emphasized. “And you have to allow a regeneration of our economy. What I’m proposing is make sure these agencies are able to take on trillion-dollar companies like Facebook and Google. They can’t do it with band-aids and duct tape. And then, make changes to the law. We’ve always done that over time. We can’t let sophisticated companies that, yes, are popular, that, yes, employ a lot of people. They will continue to do that, but we...
    London (CNN Business)It's no secret that GameStop (GME) mania has put Wall Street on edge.What's happening: The Dow and S&P 500 just logged their worst weeks since October, and strategists are watching for ripple effects as hedge funds that were burned by the Reddit rebellion remove risk.But institutions like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock think that once the dust settles, markets will be able to push past any turbulence, aided by expectations for economic growth, ongoing support from the Federal Reserve and another round of stimulus spending from Washington. The S&P 500 rose sharply Monday and is up again in premarket trading Tuesday."No one should dismiss the combination of decentralized finance and rising retail influence that can drive markets intra-month," John Normand, head of cross-asset fundamental strategy at JPMorgan, wrote in a recent note to clients. "But it seems a stretch to think that this issue is the pin prick that deflates a host of bubbles."That's not to say market watchers are totally writing off this possibility. The sharp rise in shares of struggling companies like GameStop and AMC...
    Google is ending development on the virtual reality painting app Tilt Brush — one of the most well-known VR applications — and making it open source. Tilt Brush was acquired by Google in 2015 after launching for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and it was soon folded into the company’s larger VR plans, like its Google Cardboard and Daydream headsets. Tilt Brush’s main feature is three-dimensional painting in VR, but the app received interesting updates over its tenure at Google, including multiplayer support and an open-source toolkit that offered the ability to export Tilt Brush drawings for use in animation. With this latest announcement, that development is coming to an end, and future support of Tilt Brush is in the hands of the community that still uses it. Tilt Brush’s code can be accessed on GitHub now, but Google says some features had to be removed from the open-source release because of licensing restrictions. Should you want to try your hand at tinkering with open-source Tilt Brush, the company is providing detailed instructions on how to rebuild...
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