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  1. Changelog: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/10/extended-stable-channel-update-for.html Downloads: Consumer x86 (72.5 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe Consumer x64 (75.3 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe Enterprise MSI: x86 (75.0 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi x64 (77.8 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi Linux: x64 (84.9 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb x86 (84.7 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm Mac: (102 MB) https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
  2. Google announced today that they plan on auto-enrolling 150 million accounts into two-factor authentication by the end of 2021. To protect Google accounts from unauthorized access, it is possible to enroll in an optional security feature called two-factor authentication, or as Google likes to call it, 2-step verification (2SV). When 2SV is enabled on a Google Account, and someone logs in with the correct username and password, they are asked for an additional form of authentication to prove they are the account owner. This additional verification can be through a code from an authenticator app or SMS text, Google Prompt, a hardware security key, like a Yubikey or Google Titan, or even an iOS device. Demonstration of Google 2SV Source: Google In May, Google announced that it had started automatically enrolling users into 2SV for properly configured accounts to protect against exposed credentials from data breaches or the use of easy passwords. For an account to be auto-enrolled, it would need to have a Google app installed that could be used for authentication or a backup mobile device for account recovery. 150 million users to be auto-enrolled into 2SV Today, Google has announced that they will be automatically enrolling 150 million additional Google Accounts into 2SV by the end of the year. "And because we know the best way to keep our users safe is to turn on our security protections by default, we have started to automatically configure our users’ accounts into a more secure state," explained Google in a new blog post. "By the end of 2021, we plan to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in 2SV and require 2 million YouTube creators to turn it on." Google says that these additional accounts will only be enrolled if they have the "proper backup mechanisms" in place to transition to 2SV. For those unable to enroll in 2SV due to available authentication methods, Google is working on other technologies that these users can use. To check if your account has the correct settings for 2SV, you can perform a Security Checkup on your Google Account, which will explain your available options. As 2-factor authentication is such an important method of securing online accounts and data breaches that frequently expose credentials, it is strongly advised that users enroll now in 2SV rather than waiting. Google to auto-enroll 150 million user accounts into 2FA
  3. Rumors say Google will combine Samsung-style foldables with an iPad-style app dock. Enlarge / These are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices, but Google's foldable hardware will reportedly follow in Samsung's footsteps. Samsung / Ron Amadeo A Google Pixel Fold is pretty much inevitable. Samsung's push on the hardware front is making foldables the next big Android form factor, and the Android Team has already started thinking about foldables by incorporating basic support in Android 10 for the first Galaxy Fold launch. Part of the point of Google phones is to give the Android Team in-house hardware to experiment with and build the next version of Android for. So if foldables are going to be the next big thing, Google's going to need to make one. That is pretty much what the rumor mill is pointing toward, with Google reportedly planning to combine the best of both worlds currently available on the market: Samsung-style foldable hardware with an iPad-OS-style dock interface for easier multitasking. First up, the hardware: the Pixel 6 is a good framework to think about when pondering the upcoming Pixel foldables. Google's upcoming slab smartphone is very Samsungy, with a new "Google Tensor" SoC co-developed with Samsung's Exynos division and a Samsung modem with mmWave—the Galaxy S21 doesn't even use a Samsung mmWave modem. There's a 50MP Samsung GN1 as the new main camera sensor, and the 120 Hz display will undoubtedly be made by Samsung, too. The foldables will probably have a similar makeup: a metric ton of Samsung hardware DNA with Google software. It sounds like that's what we're getting: Google versions of Samsung's two big foldable styles, the Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip phones. Google's Galaxy Fold device—a phone that opens up into a larger-screened tablet—has long been rumored with the codename "Passport." We've seen reports say the device will open up to a 7.6-inch display (the same as the Fold 3), and there have been several "Passport" references spotted in the Android codebase. Recently, there hasn't been a ton of news about the Pixel Passport (not the final name), and there have never been live images or design leaks of the device, so we were starting to wonder if the device was still happening. And with the global chip shortage still causing all sorts of chaos, it would not be totally unexpected for Google to push some of its experimental devices to a later date. The latest news from legendary leaker Evan Blass claims the Passport is still coming out this year, though: The other Google foldable news is from 9to5Google, which says a second foldable, codenamed "Jumbojack," is coming. Alongside the Fold-style passport, which is a phone/tablet hybrid, this device would be like the Galaxy Flip, a regular-sized smartphone that folds in half like an old-school flip phone. 9to5Google says it found "multiple instances of Jumbojack being used as a tester device" for the various special folding modes of devices like the Galaxy Flip. On the software side of things, XDA Developers reports the Android Team is apparently cooking up an out-of-cycle update to Android, which would focus on foldable functionality. We have no idea what this would be called, but the community has taken to calling it "Android 12.1," since it would land in between Android 12 and Android 13. Part of the foldables software push would be an iPad OS-style taskbar interface, which would show frequently used and recently used apps. XDA's Mishaal Rahman has already enabled the feature in Android 12 Preview 2, but the feature hasn't improved since then, apparently because it's being pushed to this mid-cycle release. As Rahman writes: Google’s internal AOSP codebase contains several improvements to the currently barebones taskbar feature. Code changes that implement the taskbar’s tutorial describe some of its planned features. Firstly, entering the tutorial will show an animation described as a “wave” wherein icons scale and translate up and then back down. The tutorial then explains how you’ll be able to launch two apps in split-screen view by dragging an app icon to one side of the screen, touch and hold to hide the taskbar at any time (docking), and add your favorite apps/predicted apps to the taskbar. Once setup, the taskbar stays on the bottom of the screen but will automatically hide itself when an app enters full screen. It all sounds a lot like an iPad, which I think is great. iPads completely dominate the tablet market, and the new dock/taskbar interface is great for multitasking productivity. Keep in mind this is going on a foldable phone, so Google is trying to cram iPad-style multitasking into your pocket. Rahman even found a tiny picture of the feature in Google's codebase: It's not clear when "Android 12.1" would be out, but a good guess is that Google pushes out the foldable Pixels and its foldable software in one big release. If that's all happening at once, presumably after the Pixel 6 and Android 12 launches, there aren't a whole lot of months left in the year. Perhaps we'll pencil it in for December? Google’s foldable phone plans include two devices, Android 12.1 release
  4. Google blazes its own trail for its first SoC design. Google's best image of the Pixel 6 Pro. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. What in the world is going on? Google is building the Pixel 6, and with it, the company is dumping Qualcomm and introducing its first in-house main SoC (with help from Samsung): the "Google Tensor SoC," aka "Whitechapel." Other than some talk about Google's special AI sauce, there's hasn't been much info about the core parts of Tensor like, say, the CPU. A reasonable expectation for a company building its first SoC is that it won't be too ambitious—we would expect Google to play within the guardrails set up by ARM, and after shipping a modest, cookie-cutter SoC, the company would learn from its first design and iterate. But a new report from XDA Developers' Mishaal Rahman claims that even with its first design, Google isn't afraid to blaze its own trail in SoC design. Recall how ARM SoCs generally come with three tiers of CPU cores: a big CPU for bursty processing tasks like app-launching, medium cores for sustained performance, and small cores for background duty and low-power processing. Rahman says he has a source with a real-life Pixel 6 Pro and offers the following CPU specs: two 2.8GHz Cortex-X1 cores, two 2.25GHz Cortex-A76 cores, and four 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores. If that information is true, Google's lineup of CPU cores will be unlike anything else on the market. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 and Samsung's Exynos 2200 both have one Cortex X1, three Cortex A78s, and four Cortex A55s. You aren't supposed to have two X1 cores. These are the big cores that can do some serious processing, and cramming two of them into a smartphone could lead to incredible performance. Or it could lead to extreme overheating. You're also not supposed to use A76 cores, which are from last year. Every other company's "medium" cores are the newer, faster A78 cores. Compared to the typical design, Google swapped out one of the medium cores for a second big X1 core and then turned down the remaining medium cores by switching to cores from last year. Maybe downgrading the remaining medium cores is an attempt to balance the heat output? At launch, ARM said a 5 nm Cortex A78 had 20 percent better-sustained performance in the same thermal envelope as a 7 nm Cortex A76. But since Google is using 5 nm A76s, the A76 cores should be putting out less heat than the A78. Frankenchip So what exactly is the goal here? Is Google trying to seize the Android benchmark crown with this dual X1 Frankenchip? It would be a shame to spend all these engineering resources on a custom solution and turn in a medium-performance benchmark when chips with medium-performance benchmarks are readily available, out of the box, from several vendors. There's a lot of effort being spent here that will hopefully pay off somehow. Enlarge Geekbench The Android community's collective head-scratching Tensor journey started with this surprise entry in the Geekbench 5 database, which lists a "Google Pixel 6 Pro" with that unprecedented 2 x 2 x 4 core layout. Geekbench info reads from an easy-to-fake file, but this entry didn't seem like a fake since it was already completely unbelievable on its own. Rahman says, "The build fingerprint, kernel version string, CPU frequencies, CPU clusters, GPU info, and more match the values from our source’s Pixel 6 Pro." So it is very likely that this entry shows a legit Geekbench run. And for a flagship smartphone, this Geekbench 5 score is terrible. A Snapdragon 888 scores somewhere in the range of 3300-3500, while Google's Pixel 6 is scoring lower than a Pixel 4. We would guess that this is due to lots of optimization and configuration work that still needs to be done and that it would be wrong to draw any conclusions from the score. We're starting to get a clearer picture of what's in the Google Tensor SoC, even if the real-world performance is still a wild card. Samsung's Exynos unit is helping design the chip, and the other core components are very Samsung-y. The GPU is reportedly the same as the Exynos Galaxy S21, an off-the-shelf ARM Mali G78. The modem is also from Samsung (an Exynos 5123), which will mark the first time in a while that an Exynos modem has come to US shores. Google is hyping up the AI-centric parts of the chip design and promises that the chip will power onboard voice transcriptions. Because it has access to someone with a Pixel 6 Pro, XDA was also able to corroborate plenty of the other specs that have been floating around. The Samsung-made 50MP "GN1" image sensor for the main camera represents the Pixel line's first image-sensor upgrade in several years. That rectangular camera part is a 4x optical telephoto lens powered by a Sony 48 MP IMX586, while the wide-angle camera continues Google's love affair with Sony image sensors from 2016—it's a 12 MP IMX386. Other reported specs promise a computing powerhouse with a huge 5000 mAh battery, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and Wi-Fi 6E. After taking a year off with the Pixel 5, Google seems to be returning to the flagship race. Enlarge / Google's Tensor SoC gets a promotional bag of potato chips—but only in Japan. Google is certainly hyping the Google Tensor SoC in its advertising. In Japan (which is apparently Google's new second-favorite country), the company is celebrating its first-ever in-house SoC by selling "Google Original Chips" on the Google Store—these are literally bags of edible potato chips, styled after each color of the Pixel 6. They all come in a "Googley Salty Flavor" and even have a big stripe across them to match the camera block. The video ad for the chips—in which a woman charges a bag of Pixel potato chips with a USB-C plug—is really something. We still have no idea when this phone is actually coming out. Android 12 is rumored for October 4—so a release would presumably be sometime after that. Listing image by Google Shocking Pixel 6 rumor lists Google SoC with two ARM X1 CPU cores (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  5. It is quite rare for a company to release the teaser of a product that is yet to be announced. Google has decided not to care much about the norms and released the teaser of the upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone before its official launch event. And while the company wants everyone to be well-informed about its upcoming smartphone, it doesn’t want to give away the details about the exact launch date this early. Luckily for us, Google’s latest Instagram post may contain enough information to guess the exact release date. The dates on the clock widgets of the Pixel 6 reads “Tuesday 19”. And if you look down at the calendar, you’ll notice that Tuesday falls on October 19. So in all likelihood, Google Pixel 6 will go official on October 19. Again, it’s nothing more than a guess, and what we’re considering a hint may just be a random number. On the bright side, however, Google has already confirmed that the Pixel 6 will see daylight in Fall 2021. So, if Google doesn’t delay the launch event, users should be able to get their hands on the handsets right from next month, October. Meanwhile, you can check out the rumored specs about the upcoming Pixel smartphone below. Google Pixel 6 rumored specs Google Pixel 6 features a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, in the top middle of which a single punch-hole cutout resides. It’s currently not known whether or not the display will have support for a high refresh rate. It will be the first smartphone to be powered by Google’s own Tensor chip coupled with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone rocks a triple camera setup, a primary wide-angle camera, a periscope telephoto camera, and an unknown camera, which are accompanied by an LED flash. The camera module also includes 50MP primary and 12MP Ultra-wide cameras. For taking selfies, you get a 12MP front-facing selfie camera. Other features include dual stereo speakers, wireless charging, a 4614mAh battery, IP68 dust and water protection, an under-display fingerprint scanner. Google’s latest Instagram post may have revealed Pixel 6 launch date
  6. Last month, Google officially announced that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would be the company’s flagship smartphones for this year. The company also gave us a glimpse of how the smartphone will look like, confirming the previously leaked renders. And now that we’re only a few away from the official release date of the Pixel 6 series, the company has released its first Pixel 6 advertisement, showing the smartphone in people’s hands. The advertisement shows the Google Pixel 6 smartphone from every angle, giving us a detailed look at what the smartphone looks like in different colors. However, what we saw in the advertisement is already known to us, thanks to the previous leaks. What is really catchy in the ad is the tagline, which says, “For all you are.” The teaser starts by asking “What if smartphones weren’t just smart.” It’s accompanied by another question: “What if your phone saw you for who you are.” Then the teaser then goes on to show people holding the Pixel 6 smartphone. The end part of the ad reveals a tiny clip of the new Tensor chip and that the Pixel 6 series is “Coming Fall 2021.” GOOGLE PIXEL 6 RUMORED SPECS According to previous rumors, the Google Pixel 6 Pro measures roughly 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9 millimeters (11.5 millimeters thickness if you take the camera bump into account). The smartphone features a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, in the top middle of which a single punch-hole cutout resides. It’s currently not known whether or not the display will have support for a high refresh rate. Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro official render Talking about the camera, the Pixel 6 Pro rocks a triple camera setup, a primary wide-angle camera, a periscope telephoto camera, and an unknown camera, which are accompanied by an LED flash. The camera module also includes a couple of sensors, about which we have no information as of yet. Other features include dual stereo speakers, wireless charging. Rumor has it that Google will use its own processor called Whitechapel for its Pixel 6 devices. If true, this will be the first time Google will use its own chipset in a Pixel smartphone. via 9to5google Google releases its first Pixel 6 advertisement
  7. Last month, Google confirmed that its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones will be powered by Google Tensor, Google’s first custom-built SoC specifically for Pixel phones. Today, Nikkei Asia reported that Google is also working on its own chips to power future Chromebook laptops and tablets. Chromebooks powered by these new Google designed chips are expected to be available in 2023. As expected, the new Google chips will be based on ARM architecture to deliver more efficient performance when compared to the current x86 chips found on most Chromebooks. Source: Nikkei Google developing its own CPUs for Chromebook laptops
  8. App store owners won't be able to lock developers into their 30 percent fees. South Korea will soon pass a law banning Apple's and Google's app store payment requirements. An amendment to South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act will stop app store owners from requiring developers to use in-house payment systems. The law also bans app store owners from unreasonably delaying the approval of apps or deleting them from the marketplace, which the country fears is used as a method of retaliation. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the law has passed South Korea's National Assembly (the country's Congress equivalent), and President Moon Jae-in is expected to sign the bill into law. In the rest of the world, Apple and Google get a 30 percent cut of most app purchases, in-app sales, and subscriptions, and the companies don't allow developers to use alternative payment options. Once the bill passes in South Korea, app developers will be free to search for a payments provider that offers them the best deal. Google's and Apple's stores do provide some benefits, like user authentication for purchases, friction-free purchases thanks to stored payment information, and easy data hosting and distribution for digital goods. If developers don't need any of those things or are willing to roll their own solutions, standard credit card processors usually only take a 1-3 percent cut of sales. The Verge received statements from both Google and Apple. A Google spokesperson told the site, “Just as it costs developers money to build an app, it costs us money to build and maintain an operating system and app store. We’ll reflect on how to comply with this law while maintaining a model that supports a high-quality operating system and app store, and we will share more in the coming weeks." Apple touted the safety of its locked-down ecosystem, saying, "The proposed Telecommunications Business Act will put users who purchase digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage their purchases, and features like “Ask to Buy” and Parental Controls will become less effective. We believe user trust in App Store purchases will decrease as a result of this proposal—leading to fewer opportunities for the over 482,000 registered developers in Korea who have earned more than KRW8.55 trillion to date with Apple." Neither Google nor Apple provides exact app store revenue numbers, but analytics firm Sensor Tower estimates that the App Store facilitated $72.3 billion in global spending in 2020, while Google Play did $38.6 billion. In South Korea, Samsung dominates the smartphone market (and a bunch of other markets—Samsung is around 10-20 percent of South Korea's GDP) with 67 percent market share in Q1 2021, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple picks up most of the rest with 22 percent. In third place, with 10 percent market share, is another Korean company, LG, which quit the smartphone market in July 2021. With such a focus on Android, the bill has apparently been nicknamed the "anti-Google law" in South Korea. The South Korean law is the latest strike against Google's and Apple's app stores. Epic Games, the company behind the hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, has been battling Google's and Apple's app store rules around the world, either with lawsuits or through talks with regulators. In the US, Google is being sued by 36 states, and some states are considering passing their own app store rules. Epic, Spotify, MatchGroup (the owners of Tinder), and several other app developers have formed the “Coalition for App Fairness” advocacy group to push back against exorbitant app store fees. South Korea law forces Google and Apple to open up app store payments
  9. Executives and leaders from big tech, education, the finance sector, and infrastructure have committed to bolstering US interests' security during yesterday's White House cybersecurity summit. This summit was held by President Biden and members of his cabinet to discuss and coordinate a plan with business leaders on how they could work together to help protect US businesses and interests against increasing cyberattacks. Some of the executives who attended the summit included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon, and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan. As part of the summit, various companies and institutions have committed to increased investments in cybersecurity and education, which are listed below: Government initiatives: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will work with Microsoft, Google, IBM, Travelers, and Coalition to create new standards for securing technology and open-source software. Open-source software is a critical component that needs strengthening due to its wide use in other software, leading to potential supply chain attacks. The Biden administration has added natural gas pipelines to the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative, aiming to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Big tech initiatives: Apple will push for mass adoption of multi-factor authentications, vulnerability remediation, event logging, and security training. Google is investing $10 billion over the next five years to expand zero-trust programs and secure open-source security and the software supply chain risks. Microsoft will invest $20 billion over the next five years to increase its security solutions and initiatives. They are also immediately making $150 million available to federal, state, and local governments to upgrade their security protection. "Thank you, President Biden for convening a critical conversation on cybersecurity. Microsoft will invest $20 billion to advance our security solutions over the next 5 years, $150 million to help US government agencies upgrade protections, and expand our cybersecurity training partnerships," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a LinkedIn post. Amazon will make the security awareness training used by employees available to the public at no charge. Amazon will also provide a free multi-factor authentication device to AWS customers to help secure their accounts. IBM will train 150,000 in cybersecurity skills over the next three years and partner with 20 Historically Black Colleges & Universities to create a more diverse cyber workforce. Insurance initiatives: Cyber insurance provider Resilience will require policyholders to meet a threshold of cybersecurity best practice as a condition of receiving coverage. It is not clear what this threshold is at this time. Cyber insurance provider Coalition will make its cybersecurity risk assessment & continuous monitoring platform available for free to any organization. Education initiatives: Code.org announced it would teach cybersecurity concepts to over 3 million students across 35,000 classrooms over three years. Girls Who Code announced it would establish a micro-credentialing program for historically excluded groups in technology. The University of Texas System announced it would expand existing and develop new short-term credentials in cyber-related fields to strengthen America's cybersecurity workforce. Whatcom Community College announced it has been designated the new NSF Advanced Technological Education National Cybersecurity Center and will provide cybersecurity education and training to faculty and support program development for colleges to "fast-track" students from college to career. Microsoft and Google to invest billions to bolster US cybersecurity
  10. We reported that U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting with representatives from several companies such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, among many others. This meeting took place on August 25 and revolved around cybersecurity and the growing digital threats that the U.S. has been facing in the past few months. Now, Google has announced that it is investing $10 billion in this area in a multi-year effort. Google has explained that its $10 billion commitment will be used to strengthen cybersecurity across the nation. This includes improving open-source security, enhancing the security of supply chains, developing and expanding Zero Trust programs, and training 100,000 Americans in data analytics and IT through the Google Career Certificate program. All of this is part of a five-year initiative across which this $10 billion will be utilized. The tech giant highlighted that there are multiple reasons as to why the U.S. is currently in a cybersecurity crisis. These revolve around organizations using legacy infrastructure and also having a severe lack of tooling, expertise, and trained professionals in the domain of cybersecurity. Google has emphasized that in order to tackle cybersecurity threats head-on, companies need to utilize Zero Trust security models, which is exactly the approach Microsoft has been recommending as well. Google has also highlighted that this is not a new field for the tech giant. In the past, it has published 160 research papers on cybersecurity, developed an end-to-end framework for supply chain integrity called Supply Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA), and made significant investments in open-source security. Google announces $10 billion cybersecurity investment following meeting with U.S. president
  11. The company sold its last Pixel 5 long before the Pixel 6’s arrival The Pixel 5 (top) and 4A 5G (bottom) will likely sell out soon. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Amidst the news of a new Pixel phone this week, Google quietly indicated that it’s the end of the road for two other Pixel devices: the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5. Both are currently listed on Google’s online store as sold out, and remaining stock at other retailers likely won’t last long. A company spokesperson offered the following statement: With our current forecasts, we expect Google Store in the U.S. to sell out of Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 in the coming weeks following the launch of Pixel 5a (5G). These products will continue to be available through some partners while supplies last. It’s not too surprising that the 4A 5G being discontinued given that the 5A 5G looks to be a fairly direct successor. However, it is a little unusual to see the Pixel 5 discontinued well in advance of the Pixel 6’s arrival this fall. Maybe that’s because the Pixel 5 bears more of a similarity to the budget-oriented A-series phones than it will to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google appears to be pulling out all the stops for the 6-series, positioning them as true flagship competitors to Apple and Samsung’s heavy hitters. While the Pixel 5 offers step-up features like wireless charging and robust IP68 waterproofing not available in the A-series, it wasn’t quite specced out to compete with the iPhone 12 Pros and Galaxy S21s of the world. Or maybe this is just how Google does things now — it stopped selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than a year after their introduction. But on the bright side, the LTE-only Pixel 4A is still on sale for now, and it’s a steal for its $349 price tag. You’ll just need to like baby blue... er, barely blue, since the “just black” model is sold out. Google has already discontinued the Pixel 5
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    Review: Google Pixel 5A

    It’s bigger and costlier than last year’s Pixel 4A, but Google’s mid-priced Android phone remains the best option for most people. Photograph: Google Rating: 9/10 WIRED Great performance. Large, bright screen. Still one of the best camera systems for the price. Battery lasts almost two days. Plenty of helpful software features. Sub-6 5G connectivity. Google promises three years of OS upgrades and security updates (plus quarterly feature drops). IP67 water resistance, NFC for contactless payments, and a headphone jack. TIRED Available only in the US and Japan. Lacks C-band support. No MicroSD card slot, no wireless charging, and no higher screen refresh rate. Google's done it again. For the third year in a row, it has made the best smartphone that does everything most people need. The new Pixel 5A 5G is nearly identical to the $499 Pixel 4A 5G that arrived late in 2020, but at $449, this new handset is now the best deal in Androidland. For well under $500, you get an unrivaled camera system, a large OLED screen, smooth performance, smart software, and nearly two days of battery life between charges. The pandemic has stymied Google's budget Pixel in many ways. The 5A is only launching in the US and Japan and comes in just one color—Mostly Black—due to supply chain woes. (There are some fun colored cases to make up for it.) This is also partly why Google is reusing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G that was in the 5A's predecessor, as well as only loading the new phone with 6 gigabytes of RAM. You should not expect a leap in performance. What's more disheartening is that it only comes in one size. Typically, the affordable A-series Pixels come in standard and XL sizes. First came the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL. Last year's Pixel 4A was one of the smallest Android phones around and was later joined by the larger Pixel 4A 5G. In 2021, there's no luxury of choice. You're stuck with a big 6.3-inch screen. Small-phone lovers, take some solace in this: Google still hopes to sell the compact Pixel 4A as long as it can secure the components to manufacture it. That's great news, as it remains a killer deal at $349. None of this matters if you just want a good phone that won't drain your wallet. The Pixel 5A is the best phone for most people, and while the competition is stiffer than ever, it still leads the scene. If It Ain't Broke The guts of the Pixel 5A 5G are nearly identical to those in the Pixel 4A 5G—they share the aforementioned processor and RAM, have 128 gigabytes of storage, the same exact 12-megapixel main camera, 16-megapixel ultrawide, and 8-megapixel selfie shooter, plus the usual accouterments like NFC for contactless Google Pay, a rear fingerprint sensor, a headphone jack, and stereo speakers. However, the housing around all of these components has changed. The plastic unibody has been ditched in favor of aluminum, making the phone more durable. The power button still has an accent color, but it's now ridged, making it easier for your finger to distinguish between the power button and the volume rocker while the device is in your pocket. The phone's rated as IP67 water-resistant as well, which means a quick dip in the pool won't fry it. The OLED screen is bright and colorful with inky blacks—many sub-$500 phones use LCD panels, so this is most definitely a visual treat. The display is slightly bigger than the one on the 4A 5G, and the resolution (2,400 by 1,080 pixels) and aspect ratio (20:9) have been bumped to match. It makes the 5A a smidge narrower and taller. Don't worry, it's nowhere near as gigantic as phones like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, but you still might struggle to reach parts of the screen with your thumb when using the phone with one hand. I did, and I have big paws. The phone is thicker too, but for good reason. Google has stuffed a 4,680-mAh battery inside, the biggest in a Pixel phone yet. That translates to nearly two-day battery life with average use. I had to plug in around 7 pm on the second day. That's not as impressive as phones like the Moto G Stylus 5G ($400), but it's still excellent. I'm all for not having to plug in a phone every night. Sadly, you won't find any wireless charging here, which is rarely included on budget and mid-range phones like this one. As the name implies, there's sub-6 5G connectivity again. I've yet to see any major benefits from being on a 5G network over 4G LTE, so it's not a reason to upgrade. One quirk: There's no C-band 5G support. It's a group of frequencies that carriers like AT&T and Verizon are going to utilize by the end of the year to (supposedly) deliver better 5G availability and speeds. Phones like Samsung's Galaxy A52 5G ($500) include C-band 5G support, so it would have been nice to see it here on the Pixel for some future-proofing. Regardless, one of the biggest reasons I can recommend you buy this phone is the performance. Like previous A-series Pixels, you can comfortably run pretty much any app or game, and you'll rarely encounter any slowdowns. I was able to play one of the most graphically demanding mobile games, Genshin Impact, and it was hardly frustratingly slow. (Granted, I had to play it with the Low graphics option, but the game still looked fantastic.) Then there's the software. As is standard with Pixel phones of every stripe, Google has included some genuinely smart and helpful features that you won't find on any other line of phones. Call Screen is my favorite; I can screen calls from unknown numbers so I never have to answer a pesky robocall. The voice recorder app is another saving grace—it automatically (and accurately!) transcribes spoken-voice recordings and backs them up online. But my all-time favorite remains Now Playing, which automatically detects music in your surroundings and lets you know the artist and song name, even if you're offline. I've discovered so many artists through this feature that it's the first thing I turn on in every Pixel I use. I've rounded up all the smart features here in our Pixel guide if you want to hear about the others. The Pixel 5A comes with three years of security updates and three Android OS upgrades, which is more than most of the budget competition. Samsung's the only Android manufacturer that recently began outpacing Google here, promising four years of security updates. Hopefully, Google plans on matching or exceeding that, but at the very least, you will get additional software features every quarter as part of Google's “Feature Drops,” which might even include new tricks from the upcoming Google Pixel 6. Unrivaled Cameras The cameras on the 5A aren't any different from what's on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, but Google's photo processing software continues to improve. That means you're getting flagship-quality photos without spending a fortune. (That includes some of the new video features Google introduced last year too.) Seriously, I've been testing the Pixel 5A alongside Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip3, a $1,000 phone, and I frequently prefer Google's results. Google Pixel 5A 5G, main camera. The Pixel photo is really well exposed, keeps colors looking natural, and is detailed. Photograph: Julian Chokkattu Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, main camera. It's a solid photo, though colors (like the sky) are a little off. It's also not as detailed or as well exposed as the Pixel photo. Photograph: Julian Chokkattu Thanks to Night Sight, a dedicated nighttime mode in the camera app that stitches multiple images together taken at different exposures, you can capture detailed low-light photos that beat images from phones that sell for twice the price. Put this thing on a tripod and point it at the sky in a dark enough area, and you can even snap the stars with the Pixel's Astrophotography mode. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better ultrawide camera at this price range too. Most ultrawide cameras on budget and mid-range phones fail spectacularly when night falls, but not the Pixel's. I also compared the camera to the $400 Moto G Stylus 5G, and while Motorola's phone did surprisingly well, the Pixel exceeded it in almost every test. This remains the best camera under $500, and that's another cornerstone of what makes the 5A such a mass-appeal phone. Google Pixel 5A, Night Sight. Google's Night Sight mode is able to trounce most competitors in its price range at low-light photography. This shot is significantly more detailed than the result from Motorola, It doesn't have as much noise, is more colorful, and brighter too. Photograph: Julian Chokkattu Moto G Stylus 5G, Night Vision. Motorola does an OK job here with its $400 phone, but the results are pretty much what you expect on most budget to mid-range phones. The photo is a little muddy and grainy, and just not as detailed. Photograph: Julian Chokkattu Crown Pixel As I mentioned earlier, there are a few features you'll find on other phones that are absent here. One of them is a high screen refresh rate. Most phones have 60 Hz screens, meaning the display refreshes images 60 times per second. The current trend is to bump this up to 90 or 120 Hz so that the display shows you 90 or 120 frames per second, which makes the screen look and feel more responsive. It's a small but nice perk, and one that's becoming common even on sub-$300 phones. Considering that Google introduced a 90-Hz screen to last year's Pixel 5, I expected to see it here. Alas. There wasn't much else I missed. For the third year in a row, Google proves you don't need to drop anything close to $1,000 for a great smartphone. Sure, the Pixel 5A isn't exciting. It doesn't fold, there are no flashy colors, and it doesn't bring anything new to the table. I'd have liked to see the company push the bar. But if what you get is an exceptionally reliable phone that still leads the pack, then that's priceless. Pixel 5A preorders open today, and the phone fully arrives on the market on August 26. It works on all major US carriers, even if it's not directly sold by them. You do get a charger in the box, but just know that this will be the last Pixel to include one. Google's going the way of Apple and Samsung and nixing the power adapter on its phones in the interest of curbing electronic waste. Review: Google Pixel 5A
  14. Google today officially announced the Pixel 5a, a device that the company confirmed the existence of earlier this year. Unlike the Pixel 4a lineup that was offered in LTE and 5G variants, the Pixel 5a will come with 5G support as standard. As for the device itself, it is a mild upgrade over the Pixel 4a 5G, but there are a few noteworthy improvements. The phone sports a large 6.34-inch OLED display with a Full HD resolution. The display houses a punch-hole cut-out for the front-facing 8MP shooter. The camera setup at the rear is similar to that of the 4a 5G, with a 12.2MP unit doing the main camera duties accompanied by the 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens. The cameras bring the features expected from the latest Pixel phones such as Portrait Light and astrophotography prowess. The firm adds that the device sports a metal “premium unibody design”. The first of the significant additions made to the device comes in the way of an IP67 rating, the first A-series phone to be certified for water and dust resistance. The other improvement, which is a welcome one, is a larger battery. The phone sports a 4,680mAh battery, up from the 4a 5G’s 3,800mAh capacity, making it the largest on a Pixel phone yet. The Pixel 5a 5G retains the Snapdragon 765G SoC from its predecessor. Unlike the upcoming Pixel 6 that debuts the search giant’s new Tensor SoC, the more affordable offering sticks to Qualcomm’s mid-range chip. The device also comes with the firm’s Titan M security chip. Other specifications include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The specs that differentiate the 5a 5G from the Pixel 5 include the lack of a 90Hz screen and support for wireless charging. While the device could have benefitted from the increase in battery capacity had the firm introduced a higher refresh rate display, it could have overshadowed the Pixel 5, which is the more premium offering. The Pixel 5a 5G is available for pre-order from the Google Store starting today in the U.S. and Japan. In the U.S., the device can be had for an asking price of $449. The mid-ranger is available only in the ‘Mostly Black’ color that sports “forest green undertones and an olive-colored Power button”. The firm, however, is selling $29 cases in four color options: Black Moss, Maybe Moon, Likely Lime, and Partially Pink. Google's Pixel 5a 5G is official, sports an IP67 rating and a large battery
  15. A new report published by the Digital Citizens Alliance suggests that pirates sites earn more than a billion dollars in revenue per year, while pirate apps are good for another quarter. Part of the money comes from big brands such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. While Amazon appears to take the problem seriously, the report sees plenty of room for improvement at Google's end. Most pirate sites and apps won’t survive without advertising revenue. This is why the advertising industry is seen as an important partner to combat piracy. Major copyright holder groups hope to convince major players to stay clear from anything piracy-related to drain infringing sites of their income. Several voluntary initiatives have been set up to facilitate this process. This includes the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an anti-piracy certification program steered by giants including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Facebook, Disney and Warner Bros. Despite the involvement of these major players, the problem persists. A few days ago the Digital Citizens Alliance published the results of a study titled “Breaking (B)ads”, which takes a detailed look at the advertising ecosystem surrounding pirate sites and apps. $1 Billion+ Ad Revenue for Pirate Sites and Apps The overall conclusion is that there’s still plenty of advertising revenue going around in pirate circles. Based on data from 6,194 piracy websites and 884 piracy apps, the research estimates that pirate sites generated over $1.08 billion in ad revenue and apps added more than $259 million. The bulk of the money is made by a small group of pirates. The five most popular sites have an average estimated advertising income of $18.3 million. For apps, this number comes in even higher, at $27.6 million. The accuracy of these types of estimates can be debated, but it’s clear that pirate sites and apps can be very profitable. This income isn’t just coming from shady businesses either, major brands are involved as well. Major Brands Fund Pirates Fortune 500 companies, defined as ‘major brands’ in the research, paid the operators of pirate operators $100 million over the past year. On pirate sites, major brands fund 4% of all ads and for apps this percentage goes up to 24%. Thus far most initiatives have focused on stopping major brands from advertising on pirate sites. That seems to work, but the problem is still prevalent in the app ecosystem. “One in four ads on piracy apps are from well-known companies. This shift to apps comes after a concerted effort over the last eight years by these brands to stop their ads from showing up on illicit websites. The emergence of piracy apps threatens to undermine this progress” Digital Citizens Alliance, which is partly funded by the entertainment industries, commonly uses this type of research to demand tougher anti-piracy action. In the current report, it calls out several companies directly. Amazon, Facebook and Google The findings show that major tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google make up nearly three-quarters of all Fortune 500 company ads on pirate apps. As such, they are seen as major funders of the piracy ecosystem. “That means these three companies are supporting these piracy operators with potentially tens of millions of dollars in advertising on piracy apps alone,” the report highlights. Interestingly, these three companies are all part of and ‘certified’ by TAG, which strives to prevent just this. The report stresses that, through TAG, Amazon took swift action to reduce ads on pirate sites earlier this year. Google, however, presents a different story. Research Singles Out Google While Amazon and Facebook spend more on ‘pirate’ ads, the research report singles out Google and dedicates a separate section to the company. “Despite having a sophisticated and dedicated program to protect advertisers and block ads to illegal publishers, Google is a significant contributor to the piracy ecosystem,” the research notes. “Google paid pirate operators millions of dollars to place its own ads on their illicit piracy apps. Given the company’s boasts about its analytical prowess and data expertise, it seems far-fetched that Google doesn’t know how it’s spending millions of dollars” In addition to advertising on pirate sites and apps, Google is also called out for its role as an advertising platform. Through its ad platforms, the company facilitates ad placement for third-party brands as well. As shown above, Google’s tech role is particularly dominant on piracy apps, where Google CDN and Google Ad Tech serve more than 50% of all advertisements. Moving Forward This isn’t the first time that the Digital Citizens Alliance has researched the money flow to pirate services. An earlier study concluded that the pirate IPTV market generates a billion dollars a year in the United States alone. These types of studies are meant to provide insight into the scope of the piracy issue. They are regularly cited by copyright holders in legislative discussions, and also help to put pressure on the names companies directly. That pressure is also apparent from the closing lines on the report, which end with a Hobson’s choice. “Ultimately, it’s up to the advertising ecosystem to determine whether it wants to allow Ad Tech companies to serve both the reputable brands and publishers and the pirate operators, or instead to demand the entities choose whether to be exclusively on the legitimate or illegitimate side of the fence. “But after this report, turning a blind eye to the entities that facilitate funneling $1.34 billion to pirates can no longer be an option,” the report concludes. — A copy of the “Breaking (B)ads” report, which was prepared by Digital Citizens Alliance and piracy and advertising specialists White Bullet, is available here (pdf) Amazon, Facebook and Google Paid Millions to Pirates, Study Finds
  16. Bill would make iOS and Android more open to 3rd-party stores and sideloaded apps. Apple and Google seem to be worried about legislation that would force iOS and Android to be more open to third-party app stores and sideloaded apps. US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced their Open App Markets Act yesterday. Shortly after the senators announced the bill, a group funded by Apple and Google sent a statement to media claiming that the proposed law "is a finger in the eye of anyone who bought an iPhone or Android because the phones and their app stores are safe, reliable, and easy to use." The statement came from the "Chamber of Progress," which calls itself "a new center-left tech industry policy coalition promoting technology's progressive future." "I don't see any consumers marching in Washington demanding that Congress make their smartphones dumber. And Congress has better things to do than intervene in a multi-million dollar dispute between businesses," said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich, who was formerly a longtime Google lobbyist. Kovacevich played key role at Google The Chamber of Progress' website lists 20 "corporate partners," with Apple and Google being the most relevant ones in this case. Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter are also funders. The group says its "partners do not sit on our board of directors and do not have a vote on or veto over our positions" and that "we do not speak for individual partner companies and remain true to our stated principles even when our partners disagree." But the group's lobbying against the new app-store legislation neatly matches the positions of Apple and Google, which have been fighting attempts to make their mobile operating systems more open. Apple issued a statement yesterday that conveyed the same basic message in a less combative way. "At Apple, our focus is on maintaining an App Store where people can have confidence that every app must meet our rigorous guidelines and their privacy and security is protected," the company said, according to CNBC. Google declined to comment when contacted by Ars today but has pointed out that Android is more open to app stores and sideloaded apps than iOS. The Chamber of Progress became active a few months ago and also lobbied against antitrust legislation that could prohibit platform operators like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook from favoring their own products and services and even break up Big Tech companies. Kovacevich's bio on the Chamber of Progress website says he "previously led Google's 15-person US policy strategy and external affairs team" and approvingly quotes a June 2019 Wall Street Journal article that said Kovacevich "helped build [Google's] influence operation into one of the largest in the nation's capital" and was "a central player in Google's efforts to shape perceptions and rules in ways that have been favorable to the business of the search and advertising giant." The bio also says Kovacevich "ran Google's work to close its 2011–2013 FTC antitrust investigation." “Tear down coercive anticompetitive walls” The lawmakers' announcement of their bill said that "Google and Apple have gatekeeper control of the two dominant mobile operating systems and their app stores that allow them to exclusively dictate the terms of the app market, inhibiting competition and restricting consumer choice." The lawmakers summarize the legislation as follows: The Open App Markets Act would protect developers' rights to tell consumers about lower prices and offer competitive pricing; protect sideloading of apps; open up competitive avenues for startup apps, third party app stores, and payment services; make it possible for developers to offer new experiences that take advantage of consumer device features; give consumers more control over their devices; prevent app stores from disadvantaging developers; and set safeguards to continue to protect privacy, security, and safety of consumers. Blackburn said that "Apple and Google want to prevent developers and consumers from using third-party app stores that would threaten their bottom line," while Blumenthal said the two companies "have squashed competitors and kept consumers in the dark—pocketing hefty windfalls while acting as supposedly benevolent gatekeepers of this multi-billion dollar market." "This legislation will tear down coercive anticompetitive walls in the app economy, giving consumers more choices and smaller startup tech companies a fighting chance," Blumenthal said. What the bill does The bill covers companies that own or control an app store with at least 50 million US users, obviously targeting Apple and Google. The companies would have to "allow and provide the readily accessible means for users" to "choose third-party Apps or App Stores as defaults for categories appropriate to the App or App Store" and "install third-party Apps or App Stores through means other than its App Store." Apple and Google would also have to let users "hide or delete Apps or App Stores provided or preinstalled by the App Store owner or any of its business partners." Android does allow sideloading and third-party app stores, while Apple locks iOS down more strictly, but both companies could have to change business practices to different degrees if the legislation becomes law. Despite Android's openness relative to iOS, 36 states sued Google last month, claiming it worked to "preemptively quash" competing app stores. The Open App Markets Act would prohibit the app-store operators from requiring developers to use the Apple and Google in-app payment systems and from imposing terms that block or penalize developers who offer the same app at a different price elsewhere. Apple and Google also would not be allowed to preference their own apps in search "unreasonably," which is defined as "applying ranking schemes or algorithms that prioritize apps" simply because they are owned by Apple and Google or their business partners. Clearly disclosed advertising is exempt from that provision. To help third-party software developers, the bill says Apple and Google must provide "access to operating system interfaces, development information, and hardware and software features" to developers "on a timely basis and on terms that are equivalent or functionally equivalent" to the terms that apply to Apple and Google or their business partners. Violations of the bill would be considered unfair methods of competition under US law. The Federal Trade Commission, US attorney general, and state attorneys general would be able to sue companies over violations. Developers who are "injured by reason of anything forbidden in this act" would be able to sue the companies for damages and injunctive relief. Addressing security Apple and Google would likely object to the bill on security grounds. Apple in particular has touted the security benefits of the iOS app model that generally prevents the installation of software from outside the App Store. To address this issue, the Open App Markets Act allows the companies to impose restrictions designed solely for security purposes, although this is nebulously defined. The bill says that actions by app-store operators would not violate the proposed law if they are "necessary to achieve user privacy, security, or digital safety; taken to prevent spam or fraud; or taken to prevent a violation of, or comply with, federal or state law." To obtain this exemption, Apple and Google would have to establish "by clear and convincing evidence that the action described is applied on a demonstrably consistent basis to apps of the covered company or its business partners and to other apps; not used as a pretext to exclude, or impose unnecessary or discriminatory terms on, third-party apps, in-app payment systems, or app stores; and narrowly tailored and could not be achieved through a less discriminatory and technically possible means." App battle on the way The quick response from the Apple- and Google-funded group to yesterday's announcement foreshadows another battle on Capitol Hill if the bill moves forward. Apple in June "launched a substantial public-relations push" against "calls from regulators to open the gates to alternative app stores and sideloaded apps on the iPhone," as we wrote at the time. CEO Tim Cook said that sideloading is "not in the best interests of the user," while another Apple executive claimed that "sideloading in this case is actually eliminating choice" and described sideloading as the app-installation equivalent of "some dark alley or side road." When the 36 states filed their antitrust lawsuit against Google last month, Google called the complaint meritless and said it is "strange that a group of state attorneys general chose to file a lawsuit attacking a system that provides more openness and choice than others." Meanwhile, a "Coalition for App Fairness," with members such as Spotify, Epic Games, Match Group, Basecamp, ProtonMail, and Deezer, is on board with the Open App Markets Act. "The Open App Markets Act would fix a broken app marketplace by barring app stores from requiring apps to use their in-app payment systems, through which they charge exorbitant fees and block communications between developers and their own customers," the group said. "It would also strengthen consumer freedom by allowing people to choose and install the app store and default apps that make the most sense for them and easily delete preinstalled apps they don't want to use." Apple and Google seem spooked by bill requiring more app stores and sideloading
  17. Google is discontinuing the Bluetooth Titan Security Key to focus on security keys with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. As part of this move, Google has also announced a new Titan Security Key with USB-C and NFC to go along with the previously available USB-A + NFC security key. Google's Titan Security Keys were introduced in 2018 and are designed to help users prevent Google account takeover attempts using credentials stolen in data breaches or following phishing attacks. They work with the most popular devices, browsers, and an increasing number of apps that come with FIDO standard support. Only USB-A and USB-C NFC keys for sale starting tomorrow "Since NFC functionality is now supported by a wide range of Android phones and iPhones, we are discontinuing the Bluetooth Titan Security Key and focusing on the easier and more widely available NFC capability," said Christiaan Brand, Google Cloud Product Manager. "However, for existing users with our Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, these will continue to work with Bluetooth and will continue to work as an NFC key on most modern mobile devices." The company will also continue to service existing Bluetooth Titan Security Keys until they are out of warranty. Starting August 10, Google will only offer the USB-A and a USB-C NFC version of Titan Security Keys, with the USB-A (which also comes with USB-A to USB-C adapter) to sell for $30 and the USB-C+NFC key to be priced at $35. Customers can follow this simple guide to buy a Titan Security key for their device: If you have a computer with USB-A ports, we recommend you get the USB-A + NFC security key If you have a computer with USB-C ports, we recommend you get the USB-C + NFC security key If you have an iPad with a USB-C connector you can use the USB-C Titan Security Key. If you have an iPad with a lightning connector, it’s recommended to get a USB-A Titan Security Key with an Apple Lightning adapter Work with Google's Advanced Protection Program "Paired with our Advanced Protection Program and its industry-leading automatic protections, the Titan Security Key remains one of the best ways to keep your Google Account safe," Brand said. APP allows high-risk or regular users to defend their accounts from state-sponsored spear-phishing attempts with a more secure login procedure requiring them to use security keys or smartphones to verify their identity. Google advises anyone at risk of targeted online attacks, including but not limited to business leaders, journalists, activists, and IT administrators, to enroll in Advanced Protection as the most accessible defense against account takeover attempts with the help of additional identity checks. Advanced Protection applies all of the following protections at once, automatically overriding similar and manually configured settings: Strong authentication with security keys Use of security codes with security keys (as needed) Restrictions on third-party access to account data Deep Gmail scans Google Safe Browsing protection in Chrome (when users are signed in to Chrome using the same identity as their Advanced Protection Program identity) Account recovery through admin Google provides more information on how security keys can help protect you from phishing attacks on the Titan Security Key product page. Google drops Bluetooth Titan Security Keys in favor of NFC versions
  18. Software and extension stores that rely on automatic store submission reviews are more prone to fake and malicious extensions being offered. The latest addition to the growing number of Chrome Store extensions that fall into the category is called Microsoft Authenticator. The name suggests that it is an official product by Microsoft, but it is not. One hint that something is off is that the company that is offering the extension is not Microsoft Corporation but "Extensions". The app has 448 users and a three out of five stars rating at the store at the moment. It has been in the store since April 23, 2021. If you have read our guide on verifying Chrome extensions before installation, you know that direct information such as the developer may provide hints that something may be fishy. The developer email address looks like one of those fake email addresses used for poising or spam sending; it uses a Gmail address, and not an official Microsoft address. A look at the reviews includes several warnings from other users, but also some that praise it. The latter are likely fake and used to instill a level of trust in users who check the reviews before trying the extension. A quick check of Microsoft's Authenticator homepage reveals that it is available as a mobile application, and as a Microsoft Store version, but not as a browser extension. The Microsoft Authenticator application cannot be used to authenticate Microsoft account sign-ins or any other sign-in for the matter. It displays a basic page with the option to "run Microsoft Authenticator". A click on the button opens a Polish webpage that redirects to another webpage automatically asking for a sign-in or the creation of an account. Closing Words In this case, it is pretty obvious that the extension is not legitimate but fake. Still, more than 400 users have installed the extension already and it is possible that the count will increase in the coming days or weeks. Much of it depends on Google and whether the company will do something about it. Now You: do you vet extensions before you install them? Source
  19. We can't even say how big a deal this might be Researchers with Google's quantum computing division just published a study to the pre-print server ArXiv claiming to have created physics-defying "Time Crystals" using the company's Sycamore quantum computer, and it's honestly impossible to say how big of a deal this might turn out to be. As Quanta Magazine explains, a time crystal is both stable and constantly in flux, with definable states repeating at predictable intervals without ever dissolving into a state of total randomness. Without getting too bogged down in up-spins and down-spins of the qubits (the sub-atomic particles that can represent both 1 and 0 and which are the foundation of quantum computing), what Google claims to have done is essentially taken a checkers board with all the red pieces on one side and all the black pieces on the other and metaphorically struck the table in such a way as to perfectly switch the two sides without expending any energy. The second law of thermodynamics says that this simply can't happen, but time crystals don't seem to give a hoot about entropy and now Google is saying that it's not only seen one in action, but that the process which produced it is scalable – and the implications of that could be huge. We need to reiterate that Google's results haven't been peer-reviewed, so we can't say for certain that what Google researchers have done will hold up under scrutiny. That said, if what Google's quantum computer accomplished can be replicated, then time crystals aren't just real, but they might actually be put to some actual real world use. The implications of such a technology for computer memory alone are hard to fathom, much less for computer processing itself. Ultimately though, it's very hard to say what would come from a system that defies entropy, since nature as we know it doesn't work that way – and the assumption of entropy is built into every system we've ever produced or observed. We've never seen something like this before, assuming these results hold up, so predicting what we can do with it is a genuinely difficult but incredibly exciting mystery. Google announces it might have created physics-breaking 'Time Crystals'
  20. Changelog: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/08/the-stable-channel-has-been-updated-to.html Downloads: Consumer x86 (71.2 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acvksryijph5436b4vd2wlr6pa7q_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe Consumer x64 (73.7 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/do72cijpiyhdsrdbpx3wgvzzyy_92.0.4515.131/92.0.4515.131_chrome_installer.exe Enterprise MSI: x86 (73.6 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi x64 (76.2 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi Linux: x64 (76.5 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb x86 (76.2 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm Mac: (99.5 MB) https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
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  22. Microsoft working with Google for improved Clipboard API Microsoft is determined to make PWAs first-class applications on Windows and their latest effort is improving support for the system clipboard for websites and web apps. Microsoft and Google are currently working on a new Pickle Clipboard API which lets websites read and write arbitrary unsanitized payloads using a standardized pickling format, as well as read and write a limited subset of OS-specific formats (for supporting legacy apps). Microsoft says the existing Web Platform has an API that supports the most popular standardized data types (text, image, rich text) across all platforms, however, this API does not scale to the long tail of specialized formats. In particular, custom formats, non-web-standard formats like TIFF (a large image format), and proprietary formats like .docx (a document format), are not supported by the current Web Platform. With web apps becoming more prevalent, some powerful web applications would like to exchange data payloads with web and native applications via the OS clipboard (copy-paste). The Pickle Clipboard API would see the name of the clipboard format is managed by the browser in a standardized way to indicate that the content is from the web, which allows native applications to opt-in to accepting the unsanitized content. Microsoft says the new API will allow: Allow copy/paste between web and native apps using the system clipboard. Developers can create custom clipboard formats. Preserve security/privacy. Provide fine-grained control over the clipboard. Built on existing Async Clipboard API. The work has already begun to implement Pickling into Chromium, and will hopefully proceed without the controversy caused by Microsoft’s Enhanced URL copy and paste. via WindowsLatest Microsoft working with Google for improved Clipboard API
  23. Apple and Google’s AI wizardry promises privacy—at a cost Upgraded data protection and less reliance on the cloud could lock users in. Since the dawn of the iPhone, many of the smarts in smartphones have come from elsewhere: the corporate computers known as the cloud. Mobile apps sent user data cloudward for useful tasks like transcribing speech or suggesting message replies. Now Apple and Google say smartphones are smart enough to do some crucial and sensitive machine-learning tasks like those on their own. At Apple's WWDC event this month, the company said its virtual assistant Siri will transcribe speech without tapping the cloud in some languages on recent and future iPhones and iPads. During its own I/O developer event last month, Google said the latest version of its Android operating system has a feature dedicated to secure, on-device processing of sensitive data, called the Private Compute Core. Its initial uses include powering the version of the company's Smart Reply feature built into its mobile keyboard that can suggest responses to incoming messages. Apple and Google both say on-device machine learning offers more privacy and snappier apps. Not transmitting personal data cuts the risk of exposure and saves time spent waiting for data to traverse the internet. At the same time, keeping data on devices aligns with the tech giants' long-term interest in keeping consumers bound into their ecosystems. People that hear their data can be processed more privately might become more willing to agree to share more data. The companies' recent promotion of on-device machine learning comes after years of work on technology to constrain the data their clouds can "see." In 2014, Google started gathering some data on Chrome browser usage through a technique called differential privacy, which adds noise to harvested data in ways that restrict what those samples reveal about individuals. Apple has used the technique on data gathered from phones to inform emoji and typing predictions and for web browsing data. More recently, both companies have adopted a technology called federated learning. It allows a cloud-based machine-learning system to be updated without scooping in raw data; instead, individual devices process data locally and share only digested updates. As with differential privacy, the companies have discussed using federated learning only in limited cases. Google has used the technique to keep its mobile typing predictions up to date with language trends; Apple has published research on using it to update speech-recognition models. Rachel Cummings, an assistant professor at Columbia who has previously consulted on privacy for Apple, says the rapid shift to do some machine learning on phones has been striking. "It's incredibly rare to see something going from the first conception to being deployed at scale in so few years," she says. That progress has required not just advances in computer science but for companies to take on the practical challenges of processing data on devices owned by consumers. Google has said that its federated learning system only taps users' devices when they are plugged in, idle, and on a free Internet connection. The technique was enabled in part by improvements in the power of mobile processors. Beefier mobile hardware also contributed to Google's 2019 announcement that voice recognition for its virtual assistant on Pixel devices would be wholly on-device, free from the crutch of the cloud. Apple's new on-device voice recognition for Siri, announced at WWDC this month, will use the "neural engine" the company added to its mobile processors to power up machine-learning algorithms. The technical feats are impressive. It's debatable how much they will meaningfully change users' relationship with tech giants. Presenters at Apple's WWDC said Siri's new design was a "major update to privacy" that addressed the risk associated with accidentally transmitting audio to the cloud, saying that was users' largest privacy concern about voice assistants. Some Siri commands—such as setting timers—can be recognized wholly locally, making for a speedy response. Yet in many cases transcribed commands to Siri—presumably including from accidental recordings—will be sent to Apple servers for software to decode and respond. Siri voice transcription will still be cloud-based for HomePod smart speakers commonly installed in bedrooms and kitchens, where accidental recording can be more concerning. Google also promotes on-device data processing as a privacy win and has signaled it will expand the practice. The company expects partners such as Samsung that use its Android operating system to adopt the new Privacy Compute Core and use it for features that rely on sensitive data. Google has also made local analysis of browsing data a feature of its proposal for reinventing online ad targeting, dubbed FLoC and claimed to be more private. Academics and some rival tech companies have said the design is likely to help Google consolidate its dominance of online ads by making targeting more difficult for other companies. Michael Veale, a lecturer in digital rights at University College London, says on-device data processing can be a good thing but adds that the way tech companies promote it shows they are primarily motivated by a desire to keep people tied into lucrative digital ecosystems. "Privacy gets confused with keeping data confidential, but it's also about limiting power," says Veale. "If you're a big tech company and manage to reframe privacy as only confidentiality of data, that allows you to continue business as normal and gives you license to operate." A Google spokesperson said the company "builds for privacy everywhere computing happens" and that data sent to the Private Compute Core for processing "needs to be tied to user value." Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Cummings of Columbia says new privacy techniques and the way companies market them add complexity to the trade-offs of digital life. Over recent years, as machine learning has become more widely deployed, tech companies have steadily expanded the range of data they collect and analyze. There is evidence some consumers misunderstand the privacy protections trumpeted by tech giants. A forthcoming survey study from Cummings and collaborators at Boston University and the Max Planck Institute showed descriptions of differential privacy drawn from tech companies, media, and academics to 675 Americans. Hearing about the technique made people about twice as likely to report they would be willing to share data. But there was evidence that descriptions of differential privacy's benefits also encouraged unrealistic expectations. One-fifth of respondents expected their data to be protected against law enforcement searches, something differential privacy does not do. Apple's and Google's latest proclamations about on-device data processing may bring new opportunities for misunderstandings. This story originally appeared on wired.com. Apple and Google’s AI wizardry promises privacy—at a cost
  24. Here’s what’s inside Google’s first-ever retail store Buy a speaker, try Google Stadia, or fix a cracked phone screen—the store is open. The inside of the store is wood-on-wood, with these crazy bendy poles everywhere. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. After years of flirting with the idea of opening a physical store, Google announced its first-ever permanent retail location last month. Today, June 17, is the official grand opening, and Google celebrated with a blog post detailing what the store is like. Officially, this is "The Google Store Chelsea," and it lives in New York City on 15th and 9th, aka the Chelsea Market building, aka the headquarters of Google's New York City campus. Unlike the stark white Apple Stores that Google is chasing after, the Google Store has a natural look, with warm wood walls and furniture. Whimsical bendy rods shoot out of the floor and decorate the store, looking like a giant version of a bead maze from a pediatrician's office. The store was designed by Ivy Ross, Google’s VP of hardware design. What can you buy in a Google Store? It's essentially an offline version of store.google.com. That means it will sell Pixel phones, earbuds, Pixelbook laptops, Chromecasts, Google TVs, Stadia controllers, and Nest-branded speakers, smart displays, thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras, Wi-Fi routers, and doorbells. Google also notes that it will "have experts on hand to help visitors get the most out of their device, such as troubleshooting an issue, fixing a cracked Pixel screen, or helping with installations." "Sandbox" areas for Pixel, Stadia, and Nest will pitch customers on the benefits of each product line. The Pixel area shows off the phone's camera technology with various lighting effects; the Stadia area is one of the only places the public can actually try the game streaming service; and the Nest section is a big living room full of smart home devices. A "workshop" space will host regular events and lessons. There's also a rotating exhibit called the "Google Imagination Space," a "17-foot-tall circular glass structure" that surrounds a visitor with several vertical screens. Right now, it's pitching Google Translate, and visitors can "experience real-time translation of your speech into 24 languages simultaneously and then learn how this all happens on the back end using several Google technologies." A one-off store or the start of a Googley retail empire? It's hard to say if this is a one-off vanity store for Google's NYC HQ or if Google is getting serious about retail. One of the co-authors of the blog post is "Nathan Allen, Head of Store Design & Special Projects," which is a very interesting title for someone at a company with a single retail store. According to Allen's LinkedIn, he held the title of "Head of Design for Experiential & Special Projects" until two months ago, but "Head of Store Design" apparently provides enough work to be his full-time job now. The blog post also notes that during the development of the store, Google "built a full-scale mockup of the space at our retail hangar in Mountain View." Again, having a "retail hangar" to experiment with sounds like part of a process rather than a one-off thing. Apple has over 500 physical Apple Stores, but the company is also a hardware juggernaut. It's not clear if Google's limited and inconsistent hardware selection can support a retail store. Microsoft is in a similar boat as Google, shipping low-volume, aspirational hardware in an ecosystem flooded with compromised partner devices. Microsoft started its retail store idea in 2009 and ended up getting out of the space in 2020. Regardless of Google's future retail plans, this Google Store is going to be a special case. Google owns this entire building, so it's not risking much as a retail venture since the property costs are accruing anyway. Google is turning 5,000 square feet of the ground floor from what could be office space into a public retail store. If the idea works out, maybe the company will build more stores. If not, the store can either stick around as a vanity project or can go back to being office space. I wonder what happens if you walk into the store and shout, "Hey, Google." Here’s what’s inside Google’s first-ever retail store (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  25. Google’s first-ever foldable phone will be more like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and less like Galaxy Z Flip Google is currently working on its first-ever foldable smartphone, which is said to be codenamed “Passport.” While the Mountain View company has so far managed to keep its upcoming foldable phone a secret, display analyst Ross Young has revealed an important piece of information about the upcoming Google foldable phone. According to the display analyst, the upcoming Google foldable phone will be more like Galaxy Z Fold 2 and less like the Galaxy Z Flip. In other words, it’ll fold horizontally and unfold into a tablet, unlike the Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola RAZR, which unfold into tall phones. A few months back, we heard that the Pixel maker will be launching the foldable phone by the end of this year, though the exact launch date is unknown. Nevertheless, we’re hopeful that we’ll get to know more about the foldable in the coming months. Meanwhile, Google is taking help Samsung to develop the foldable display for its foldable phone. The South Korean tech firm is also helping a lot of other Chinese phone makers, including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, to develop the display of their first-ever foldable phones. Google’s first-ever foldable phone will be more like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and less like Galaxy Z Flip
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