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  1. Google says its AI is much faster and better chip designer than humans Even before Artificial Intelligence (AI) had started taking shape, we humans have feared that it will outsmart and outdo us to take over our jobs, and eventually everything. Well, we may be very close to the realization of those fears now. Today, in its study published in Nature, Google Brain, - which is Google's deep learning and AI research team - has claimed that it has developed a new reinforcement-learning system that can do microprocessor floor-planning designs much faster and bet
  2. Google kills its augmented reality “Measure” app App let you measure things with your smartphone. The final version of Google's Measure app. Measure a door! Measure a table! Measure stuff. Volume measurement and some settings. Another day, another dead Google product. This time, the augmented reality app "Measure" is being put out to pasture. As first spotted by Android Police, the Android app is no longer available via a Play Store search, and a direct link to the listing shows a new message in the
  3. Google Chrome 91.0.4472.101 https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/06/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html Downloads: x86 (70.32 MB): https://r1---sn-xupn5a5uxbt-j5py.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/AN-n_8hS0gppwoSjkGVycH0_91.0.4472.101/91.0.4472.101_chrome_installer.exe http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/AN-n_8hS0gppwoSjkGVycH0_91.0.4472.101/91.0.4472.101_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/AN-n_8hS0gppwoSjkGVycH0_91.0.4472.101/91.0.4472.101_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/e
  4. Google ends search provider auctions on Android Google displays a search engine selection screen on Android devices in some regions of the world, including the European Union. The majority of Android devices have Google Search as the default search provider and one complaint that was leveled at Google by regulators from the European Union was that the company pushed manufacturers to keep Google Search and Google Apps as the defaults on their devices. Google made the decision to display a search engine selection screen in those regions. The initial selection process required pay
  5. New Pixel Feature Drop brings astrophotography features, new Pride wallpapers, and more As is the case every once in a while, Google has rolled out the latest Feature Drop for its Pixel line of devices that are currently supported, adding a few new features. This month’s additions include enhancements to the astrophotography capabilities of the devices, new wallpapers and ringtones for Pride month, Locked folders, and more. Pixel devices feature enhanced astrophotography capabilities through their Night Sight mode that is used for low li
  6. Google makes small Android advertising concession in wake of iOS 14.5 Android ad tracking still isn't opt-in, though, so not much will change. After Apple shook up the advertising industry by requiring users to opt-in to ad tracking in iOS 14.5, Google—the world's biggest ad company—is announcing a small concession for advertising on Android. Starting in late 2021, Google will begin to roll out a feature that makes Android's years-old advertising opt-out checkbox less likely to be bypassed by apps. Enlarge / Android'
  7. Google reportedly working on its own foldable Pixel phone (with a bit of help from Samsung) Korean publication ETNews reports that Google is working on a foldable smartphone and that Samsung will be providing some components for this. Specifically, Samsung Display will be offering a flexible display and ultra-thin glass, with the latter being something of a Samsung speciality. Samsung Display expressed some concern about wider distribution of UTG technology would undermine Samsung’s competitiveness, but on reflection, they note
  8. Google reportedly made it difficult for smartphone users to find privacy settings The details come from unredacted documents in Arizona’s lawsuit against the company Unredacted documents in Arizona’s lawsuit against Google show that company executives and engineers were aware that the search giant had made it hard for smartphone users to keep location information private, Insider reported. The documents suggest that Google collected location data even after users had turned off location sharing, and made privacy settings difficult
  9. Malvertising Campaign On Google Distributed Trojanized AnyDesk Installer Cybersecurity researchers on Wednesday publicized the disruption of a "clever" malvertising network targeting AnyDesk that delivered a weaponized installer of the remote desktop software via rogue Google ads that appeared in the search engine results pages. The campaign, which is believed to have begun as early as April 21, 2021, involves a malicious file that masquerades as a setup executable for AnyDesk (AnyDeskSetup.exe), which, upon execution, downloads a PowerShell implant to amass and exfiltrate syst
  10. Google Chrome now lets you run more commands via the address bar Google has added a new batch of Chrome Actions for early testing in the latest Google Chrome web browser releases before the feature's worldwide rollout later this year. Chrome Actions is a recently introduced experimental Chrome feature that allows you to type in a command, causing an action to be displayed inline in the browser's address bar search results. When clicked, the action will be automatically executed in the browser, helping you get more things done quicker and easier. For instance, o
  11. Everything Google Announced Today: Android, AI, Holograms The annual Google IO developer conference kicked off with a two-hour keynote filled with announcements. Here are the highlights. Tuesday marked the return of Google’s annual developer conference. The 2020 edition of the event was canceled because of the pandemic, but today Google IO returned as a virtual event. The three-day conference began with an opening keynote address, where Google executives and project managers took turns showing off new software features, new AI-powe
  12. 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
  13. Google Pixel 6 leak shows off distinctive new design Besides the all-new Google "Whitechapel" SoC, it's reportedly getting a new design. Renders of the Pixel 6. Get a load of that camera bar. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. The Pixel 6 promises to be a landmark device for Google, as it is expected to mark the debut of the Google-developed "Whitechapel" system on a chip instead of the Qualcomm chips the search giant has shipped in all of its previous devices. To go along with
  14. Web giant tells us it's considering its response to €100m fine demand Google was tickled with a €100m fine by Italy’s monopoly watchdog on Thursday for unfairly holding back an Android app maker. The Italian Competition Authority said Google “holds a dominant position” in the industry, given its curated Play Store that comes with Android, and that about three quarters of smartphones in the Euro nation run the operating system. As gatekeepers of this software bazaar, Google controls what apps are allowed, and what access third-party developers can have with its own apps
  15. A New Android Auto Version Is Now Available with More Mysterious Improvements Google has just released a new Android Auto version, but as per the company’s typical approach, no changelog is included, which means users will have to figure out what’s been improved on their own. Android Auto 6.4 is therefore now available for download for everybody, though it’s very important to keep in mind that the rollout via the Google Play Store takes place gradually and the new version may not show up for all users just yet. If you don’t want to wait f
  16. Google releases Android Studio 4.2 with IntelliJ upgrade and wizard UI refresh Upgrading your project to the latest version will be less complicated Android Studio is the primary tool developers use to make apps for Android. After being in beta for months, the latest version of the SDK — Studio 4.2 — is available to download through the stable channel. The release features an upgraded IntelliJ platform, and developers will be able to make use of an updated GitHub UI for pull requests and a new centralized problems window found in the IntelliJ IDEA Comm
  17. Yet another Google AI leader has defected to Apple He will work under John Giannandrea, who also left Google for Apple. Enlarge / AI researcher Samy Bengio (left) poses with his brother Yoshua Bengio (right) for a photo tied to a report from cloud-platform company Paperspace on the future of AI. Paperspace Apple has hired Samy Bengio, a prominent AI researcher who previously worked at Google. Bengio will lead "a new AI research unit" within Apple, according to a recent report in Reuters. He is just the latest i
  18. Google is working on UWB connectivity, possibly for Pixel 6 family Google is experimenting with putting ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity into their Android hardware, likely for the Pixel 6 family of phones. Over the last year or so, UWB has become the latest hot feature for smartphones and smart home devices alike. In the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 12 series uses UWB to do neat things like connect to a HomePod Mini just by bringing your phone close to it or precisely locate an AirTag. Samsung is also using UWB for their SmartTags as well as allowing your
  19. Everybody hates “FLoC,” Google’s tracking plan for Chrome ads The EFF, Mozilla, Brave, Vivaldi, and DuckDuckGo, say "no way" to FLoC. Enlarge / Vivaldi's graphic on FLoC. Vivaldi Google wants to kill third-party tracking cookies used for ads in Chrome with the "Chrome Privacy Sandbox." Since Google is also the world's largest ad company, though, it's not killing tracking cookies without putting something else in its place. Google's replacement plan is to have Chrome locally build an ad interest profile for you, via a system
  20. Google is no longer recommending RenderScript for performance-critical tasks Google introduced the RenderScript API for Android 3.0 Honeycomb almost a decade ago. It offered a way to accelerate certain performance-critical tasks by making use of heterogeneous hardware such as GPUs. Now, the company has announced that it will no longer recommend the legacy API for such tasks, and says that developers should shift to alternatives such as Vulkan. RenderScript APIs will be deprecated in Android 12, and while they will continue to work, if you compile RenderS
  21. Google is adding its Dinosaur Game as an iPhone widget Google is bringing its Dinosaur Game to Apple iPhones as an iOS widget that you can add to your home screen. When Google Chrome cannot access the Internet, it displays a Dinosaur Game where you jump and duck under obstacles while waiting for the Internet to be fixed. This game is also known as Dino-Run, the Dino Game, T-Rex Runner, or even Steve the Dinosaur Game.. Google Chrome's Dinosaur Game on desktop With the release of Chrome 91 Beta for iOS (visit from an iOS device)
  22. Google may let users manage Android’s hidden Recycle Bin in Android 12 Google I/O 2021 kicks off on May 18th next month, and at the event, we’re expecting to see Google announce all the features coming to Android 12. Before the event starts, we’ve been collecting as much information as we can on the latest OS release from the two publicly available Developer Previews. The other day, we also got our hands on an unreleased build of Android 12 and showcased many of the smaller functional and design changes we could find. After digging through the framework and system apps, w
  23. Google officially confirms the Pixel 5a 5G exists, will launch later this year Despite rumors this morning to the contrary, Google has just issued an on-the-record statement that the “Pixel 5a 5G” does indeed exist and will not be canceled. “Pixel 5a 5G is not canceled. It will be available later this year in the US and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.” – A Google spokesperson Google did acknowledge that global supply chain issues limited wider availability, but the next mid-range Pixel will be rel
  24. Google launches Lyra codec in beta to reduce voice call bandwidth usage NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Google's offices stand in downtown Manhattan on October 20, 2020 in New York City. Accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets, the Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust case against Google. Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Google today open-sourced Lyra in beta, an audio codec that uses machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls. The cod
  25. Supreme Court rules API copying is fair use The ruling heads off an expected wave of lawsuits over API copyrights. Enlarge / Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters of Google and parent company Alphabet, May 2018. Getty Images | zphotos The Supreme Court has sided with Google in its decade-long legal battle with Oracle over the copyright status of application programming interfaces. The ruling means that Google will not owe Oracle billions of dollars in damages. It also has bi
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