Google’s FCC-Listed Bluetooth Chromecast To Gain Range

Google has now submitted a letter for “permissive change” to a previously approved FCC listing for a Bluetooth-enabled Chromecast which should result in an increased range for that feature. For clarity, the device in question is effectively a second-generation Google Chromecast device. However, rather than only allowing media to be streamed via cast-enabled applications, the […]

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Google Partially Clarifies Location History Data Tracking

Following recent reports that called out the search giant for its “dishonest” location data tracking practices, Google has updated its support pages to clarify how its ‘Location History’ feature settings work. Prior to the update, the associated web page had simply informed users that turning off Location History would stop storing places they go. It also […]

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Google Adds ‘Confidential Mode’ To Gmail Android App

Google has introduced Confidential Mode to its Gmail application, allowing users to passcode-protect their communications and set expiration dates for both email content and attachments. The feature was initially announced during Google’s I/O developer conference earlier this year but had remained mostly out of the news in the meantime. In short, it enables users to set […]

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Google Pushing Hearing Aid Makers To Support Android Natively

Google has now updated its online guidance to give hearing aid manufacturers a better idea of how to incorporate native Android support into new Bluetooth devices. Highlighted alongside a new core definition for that, outlined as the Audio Streaming for Hearing Aid (ASHA) GATT server service, the standards should help OEMs design hearing aids that work […]

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Censored Google Search For China Not Coming Anytime Soon: CEO

Google won’t be launching a censored version of its Search engine for China anytime soon, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai told employees on Thursday, according to one company insider cited by The Wall Street Journal. During the latest iteration of the firm’s open meeting in its Mountain View campus, Alphabet President and Google co-founder Sergey […]

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Google Expands Vulnerability Reward Program Beyond Bugs

Google has now expanded its long-running Vulnerability Reward Program to include a number of exploits, workarounds, and other security flaws beyond system-level vulnerabilities. These types of issues have already seen some researchers earn a portion of the over $12 million already parceled out by the search giant since 2010. However, this is the first time […]

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Google’s Transparency Report Now Includes Political Ad Spend

Google has now added information regarding politically-motivated advertising on its Search platform to its frequently updated Transparency Report. As a result, viewers of the report can now see an outline of overall state-by-state ad spending, in addition to which advertisers are spending the most. The report also provides a set of metrics and keywords that […]

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Google One Now Available To Everyone In The US

In a recent blog post, Google announced that new customers in the United States can now choose to upgrade their plans to Google One. The company initially unveiled its revamped cloud storage offering back in May 2018, and a few weeks after it was revealed, customers with paid Google Drive subscriptions were upgraded to Google […]

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Google Patents Non-Payment Event POS Terminal ID Method

Google has been awarded a new patent for a method to identify the geolocation of point-of-sale (POS) terminals without the need for payment event data. Filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under patent number “US20180225645,” the method was tested on an unnamed device and used to scan for ‘preselected’ events. Those events are […]

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Google Patents Space-Saving Circuit Design For Smartphones

Google won a new patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) intended to reduce the amount of space taken up by an electronic device’s circuit board connections in traditional layouts. Filed under patent number ‘US20180228039,’ the documents describe what looks like a smartphone utilizing three circuit boards, with the third serving the additional purpose […]

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