Software

Google’s Futuristic In-Air Gesture Control System Could Replace Buttons

Google was recently awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering its invention of an air-, motion- and radar-based gesture control system which could one day find its way into everything from computers, to smartphones, smartwatches, appliances and more, allowing “touchless control” of key features and functions. Now, Reuters is reporting that the Mountain View, California search-giant this week received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to begin testing this in-air gesture-based control system — dubbed Project Soli — at higher…

Smartphones

Google’s Pixel Camera Will Support External Microphones Starting This Week

One of the highlights of Google’s Pixel family of handsets is camera performance. If you have not done so already, check out some photos we recently took with the Pixel 3 as a preview to the full review. We like what we see so far, though like previous Pixel devices, the default camera app does not support external microphones. That’s going to change very soon. The lack of support for external microphones by the default camera app is a notable omission, in part because…

Technology

Google Says It’s Killing the Tired Social Media Platform Google+

Google will be shutting down their social media platform Google+ over a software bug that exposed the private personal information of around 500,000 users. The company announced Monday that it would permanently close down Google+ as part of their Project Strobe initiative, which aims to protect user data and improve third-party APIs. The decision comes after the company announced that it had kept the software bug hidden from the public for more than six months. According to Google’s Safety and Security release,…

Software

Google Lets Third-Party App Developers Read Your Emails

Google allows third-party developers to scan or read the contents of your emails on Gmail, according to a new report. While it’s been over a year since the Mountain View company pledged to stop scanning your inbox for ad targeting, Google still allows “hundreds of outside software developers” to scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users, The Wall Street Journal reported. App developers who are part of Google’s Gmail program are allowed to read emails to create new app features or services. Most…

Software

Google Lets Third-Party App Developers Read Your Emails

Google allows third-party developers to scan or read the contents of your emails on Gmail, according to a new report. While it’s been over a year since the Mountain View company pledged to stop scanning your inbox for ad targeting, Google still allows “hundreds of outside software developers” to scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users, The Wall Street Journalreported. App developers who are part of Google’s Gmail program are allowed to read emails to create new app features or services. Most…

Software

Notifications are broken. Here’s how Apple and Google can fix them.

Nothing epitomizes our love-hate relationship with today’s tech more than the push notification. Our hatred of those badges, banners, and little red dots has never felt more visceral. To anyone with a smartphone, the device often feels like a devil’s bargain: You get to carry around knowledge and communication beyond what anyone in history has ever wielded at the cost of getting interrupted several times a day by default. It’s not just smartphones. Desktop operating systems have borrowed heavily from…

Gadgets

Google Chrome Users Installed Malicious AdBlockers 20M Times

Following an investigation conducted by internet security experts with AdGuard, Google has removed an assortment of fake and malicious AdBlockers from its Chrome Store, citing how the code hidden within their scripts may have been used to collect unauthorized information from users’ browsing sessions and manipulate the behavior of their browsers. “All the extensions I’ve highlighted are simple rip-offs with a few lines of code and some analytics code added by the ‘authors,’” said Andrew Meshkov, a security analyst with cybersecurity…

Science

Google Celebrates Dr. Har Gobind Khorana with Home Page Doodle

If you visit Google today you’ll see a doodle of a man in a laboratory with two colorful strands of RNA floating overhead. This is a representation of Dr. Har Gobind Khorana who today would have turned 96 years old. His exact date of birth is unknown, but documents show January 9, 1922. Dr. Khorana died on November 9, 2011 at 89 years old. A Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Khorana created the first synthetic gene. He was known for his…

Gadgets

This secret Google trick will turn your browser all Christmassy

Google has unveiled its latest hidden easter egg – and this one is perfect for putting you in a fuzzy, festive mood in the run up to Christmas. If you type ‘Christmas’ (or ‘Christmas cards’, ‘Christmas presents’, any phrase with the word Christmas in), into the search engine, you’ll be greeted by a string of animated twinkly lights, a gingerbread house, candy canes, candles and even a few sprigs of holly. It’s the perfect amount of Christmassy cheer to warm…

Technology

Chromecast, Google Home May Be Overloading Your Wi-Fi

Home smart speaker sales exploded over Christmas, reportedly because so many people gave them as gifts. Concerns over the ethics of giving someone a home spying device aside, it appears the hardware is causing real problems for Wi-Fi routers. Originally, it was thought that the problem was confined to one Google device, the Google Home Max, and one company’s routers (TP-Link). Additional analysis has shown this is not the case, on either end. The Google Home Mini, Google Home, and…

Technology

Google Art & Culture App’s Selfie Matching Feature Comes to India

HIGHLIGHTS The app was previously best know for showing famous artworks Last week, it gained viral popularity thanks to its viral nature However, at launch, the feature was limited to a few countries  While the belief ‘there are seven lookalikes in the world’ may not be true to the word, according to Google Arts & Culture app there is a portrait in some corner of the world that looks like you. The app’s selfie matching feature, which matched your selfie with a…

Technology

Flipkart Republic Day Sale Begins: Best Offers on iPhone 7, Google Pixel 2, Lenovo K8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and More

The Flipkart sale will end on January 23, one day before Amazon’s sale does HIGHLIGHTS Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL are close to their lowest price yet iPhone 7 can also be bought for under Rs. 40,000 this sale Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is on sale too on Flipkart Flipkart has kicked off the Republic Day Sale, with deals and offers on all major product categories on the platform, from mobile phones to fashion and from laptops and TVs to home furnishings.…