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Signal's Disappearing Messages Have a Huge Flaw on Macs Signal's Disappearing Messages Have a Huge Flaw on Macs

A bevy of secure messaging options exist to serve the needs of whistleblowers, journalists, and those wanting greater privacy in general, and among them Signal has become one of the most trusted. It even comes baked in with “disappearing” messages that users can set to self-destruct anywhere from five seconds to one…

An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track

When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that…

How to Try the Android P Public Beta Right Now How to Try the Android P Public Beta Right Now

The next big release of Android is available today in the form of a public beta release, and you can try it now—if you happen to own one of the 11 devices that are supporting the OS update right out of the box.

All the New Features Coming to Google Lens All the New Features Coming to Google Lens

Lens is Google’s experimental, camera-powered search engine, but up until today, the service was buried inside Google’s Assistant and the Google Photos app. Lens still isn’t getting its own standalone app, but now Google is merging the feature into the default camera apps on a handful of Android devices, including the…

Google's New 'Digital Wellbeing' Android Features Save You From Your Phone Google's New 'Digital Wellbeing' Android Features Save You From Your Phone

Smartphones have fundamentally transformed our world but the downside of all of this is that your phone owns your ass. Remember the last time you left your phone at home? It sucked! In an effort to help improve what it calls your “Digital Wellbeing,” Google’s introducing a collection of features designed to make your…

Gmail Now Writes Emails for You Gmail Now Writes Emails for You

Emails take too long. Well, at least according to Google, which is why on Tuesday at Google I/O, the company announced a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose. The feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up…

Everything We Learned About Android P Today at Google I/O Everything We Learned About Android P Today at Google I/O

Is it going to be called Pumpkin Pie or Peppermint Patty? Or how about Popsicle? Well, whatever Google ends up deciding on, if history is any indication, we’re not going to know for sure until the fall. So to hold us over, why don’t we take a look at all the new updates and features Google showed off for Android at…

Activists Gather at Google's Developer Conference to Protest Maps Results for Sham Abortion Clinics Activists Gather at Google's Developer Conference to Protest Maps Results for Sham Abortion Clinics

Google will kick off its annual developer conference on Tuesday, showing off its latest and greatest to the people building things for its platforms. But a group of activists want to hold the tech giant accountable for how these very platforms are manipulating some of its most vulnerable users. On Tuesday morning, two…

The Fight for a Massive Pentagon Cloud Contract Is Heating Up The Fight for a Massive Pentagon Cloud Contract Is Heating Up

Top tech companies are launching a bidding war for a massive Pentagon cloud contract, even as their workforces are pressing them to refuse all military work. In addition to the protests from employees, the bidding process for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract is bogged down by infighting…

Watch the 2018 Google I/O Keynote Live Right Here

Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, kicks off today with a keynote at 1pm ET/10am PT led by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who will no doubt wax about the major projects Google’s been working on since its last conference. Are you ready for extremely nerdy details about Android P? It’s a bit too late to…

Android Things Gets Official 1.0 Release. Wait, What the Heck Is Android Things? Android Things Gets Official 1.0 Release. Wait, What the Heck Is Android Things?

Android Things was first shown off back at Google I/O 2016, and now, two years later, Google’s nebulous internet of things platform is finally getting an official release ahead of the 2018 edition of Google’s annual developer conference.

Digital Rights Groups Ask Congress for Help as Russia Ramps up Its War on Telegram Digital Rights Groups Ask Congress for Help as Russia Ramps up Its War on Telegram

It’s been a few weeks since a Russian court ordered ISPs to block encrypted messaging service Telegram—and the country proceeded to break its own internet to enforce the ruling. Google and Amazon made changes that help the ban, and Russia has moved to blocking VPNs. Now, privacy advocates are asking Congress to step…

YouTubers Are Mad Again After YouTube Deletes Videos With Paid Promos for Academic Cheating YouTubers Are Mad Again After YouTube Deletes Videos With Paid Promos for Academic Cheating

YouTube has removed “hundreds” of videos advertising an essay-writing service, EduBirdie, following a BBC investigation that concluded over 250 channels were promoting the Ukraine-based company.

Placing Election Ads on Google Will Require a Government ID Placing Election Ads on Google Will Require a Government ID

If you want to place a political advertisement through Google’s massive advertising network during the upcoming US elections, you’re going to have to show some ID first. The search giant announced new policies Friday that will require advertisers prove they are a US citizen or permanent resident when buying election…

Here's Hoping Google Fixes Lens Next Week—Because Right Now It’s a Bit Disappointing Here's Hoping Google Fixes Lens Next Week—Because Right Now It’s a Bit Disappointing

Google I/O is around the corner, and while the company has already teased us with some revamped services, we’re expecting to see a lot more. Personally, I’m hoping to see improvements to Google Lens, the image recognition tool the company has put into a few of its apps. Because right now, my friend, it ain’t great.

What to Expect at Google I/O 2018  What to Expect at Google I/O 2018 

Google’s big once-a-year developer conference kicks off Tuesday May 8th. While much of Google I/O is meant to support coders and the people who create apps and software for Google’s various platforms, what gets announced at the event will impact anyone who uses Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, or any of Google’s many…

Lenovo Made a Souped Up Oculus Go That's Missing Just One Key Feature Lenovo Made a Souped Up Oculus Go That's Missing Just One Key Feature

Less than a week has passed since the first standalone VR headset was released, and already we have another. Except this one is made by Lenovo in partnership with Google and uses the Daydream VR platform. Like the Oculus Go, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo don’t need no phone or a wire connected to a nearby PC to transport you…

Chrome Is Changing How It Mutes Autoplaying Videos—Again Chrome Is Changing How It Mutes Autoplaying Videos—Again

Google’s quest to kill autoplay videos with sound has been a confusing ride over the last year. But last month, Chrome finally went all the way and started muting autoplaying videos on sites by default. Now, Google is changing the way its mute system works... again.

Google’s Most Advanced Security Features Now Work With Apple’s Built-in iOS Apps Google’s Most Advanced Security Features Now Work With Apple’s Built-in iOS Apps

Google launched its Advanced Protection Program last fall to help secure the accounts of people who are especially at risk of being hacked. Advanced Protection allows journalists, activists, and election officials to lock down their email with hardware keys (a USB key for laptops and a Bluetooth key for phones) and…

Amazon Bends the Knee to Autocrats, Threatens to Cut Off Signal for Using Anti-Censorship Technique Amazon Bends the Knee to Autocrats, Threatens to Cut Off Signal for Using Anti-Censorship Technique

Telegram has been putting up an impressive fight against the governments of Russia and Iran in high-profile efforts to censor the messaging service over the last few weeks. But we’ve heard little about its fellow encrypted messaging app Signal. Both services have used an anti-censorship technique called “domain…

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