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    Pixel 4 Battery is way too small??

    Hey I have been hanging for the new Pixel 4. BUT I cannot buy a phone at the end of 2019, with a battery size of 2700 mha? What is going on? Is this a ploy by Google to make you buy the bigger more expensive phone with a bigger battery? My 2 year old Samsung has a bigger battery, and it only...
  2. cageymaru

    Google Stadia Livestream

    Google is livestreaming a reveal of its new Stadia gaming service. I was reading rumors of Destiny 2 coming to Stadia and Steam as a free-to-play title for the base game. If you want more content then you will have to pay for it. Pricing and more will be revealed during the stream. Starts in...
  3. Zarathustra[H]

    Google Disables SMT in ChromeOS due to Intel Bugs

    After OpenBSD disabled SMT in 6.4 last year, Google has now followed suit. Apple, Microsoft, Red Hat, and Xen have all also to one extent or another recommended that users might want to disable the feature for the sake of security, in response to MDS. Is this the beginning of the end of the...
  4. scojer

    Google Pixel Heads to T-Mobile

    For years, Verizon gave Pixel fans no choices, but those days are over. Pixel lovers can now upgrade to a faster network with happier customers at T-Mobile. oogle’s entire Pixel 3 lineup lands at T-Mobile – the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – and you can get the Google Pixel 3a...
  5. H

    Replacement for Firefox + TabMixPlus?

    Hi All, This latest Firefox extensions issue is the last straw for me. I've been running legacy Firefox v56.0.2 + TabMixPlus mainly for multi-row tabs (I'm a tab whore). Can anyone recommend a replacement? I would be more than happy to migrate to Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, just need...
  6. Retronym

    Google Airlines

    Wing subsidiary becomes the first group to be approved for drone delivery as an airline by the FAA. Drone regulations still don’t permit most flights over crowds and urban areas, limiting where Wing can operate. But the approvals signed by the FAA on Friday and Monday give the company the...
  7. M76

    Google's backhanded tactics

    As explained by former Firefox dev. Jonathan Nightingale I spent 8 years at Mozilla working on Firefox and for almost all of that time Google was our biggest partner. Our revenue share deal on search drove 90% of Mozilla's income. When I started at Mozilla in 2007, there was no Google Chrome...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    AMD Confirms Stadia Will Run on Intel CPUs

    As one of the world's most pervasive cloud service providers, Google is in a better position to launch a successful game streaming platform than almost anyone. The hardware they choose to use for the launch of their "Stadia" streaming service will undoubtedly influence future game streaming...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Google Fined $1.7 Billion Over Monopolistic Practices

    The European commission has reportedly slapped Google with a 1.49 billion Euro (or $1.69 billion USD) fine for "abusing its monopoly in online advertising." More specifically, the report alleges that Google prevented companies that using its search service from running any third party adverts...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    Digital Foundry Analyzes Google's Stadia Platform

    Following Google's "Stadia" game streaming service announcement yesterday, Digital Foundry decided to take a closer look at the hardware behind the platform. Google says they use a "Custom 2.7GHz hyper-threaded x86 CPU with AVX2 SIMD and 9.5MB L2+L3 cache," and while they didn't mention the...
  11. cageymaru

    Google Partners with AMD for Google Stadia Game Streaming Service

    Google has selected AMD as its partner for the Google Stadia game streaming service. Google will use high-performance, custom AMD Radeon datacenter GPUs for its Vulkan and Linux-based Google Stadia. AMD noted how its commitment to open-source AMD Linux drivers would allow Google and its...
  12. cageymaru

    Google GDC 2019 Gaming Announcement

    Here is the Google GDC gaming announcement. Gather around as we unveil Google's vision for the future of gaming at #GDC19.
  13. AlphaAtlas

    Alphabet Launches Chrome Extension That Filters Comments With AI

    Following up on the "Perspective" hate speech filtering experiment from 2017, one Alphabet's subsidiaries, Jigsaw, recently released a machine learning-powered tool designed to filter out "toxic" comments on high traffic sites. Out of curiosity, I downloaded the extension in a fresh Chrome...
  14. AlphaAtlas

    Google Discovers Vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows 7

    Google just publicized a combination of zero-day exploits for Windows 7 and Chrome that are reportedly being exploited together in the wild. The bug in Chrome allegedly involved the browser's file reader, while the vulnerability in Windows "is a NULL pointer dereference in...
  15. AlphaAtlas

    Google Employees Claim Work on Chinese Search Engine Continues

    Following protests from externals sources as well as their own employees, Google allegedly shelved their plans to launch the censored "Dragonfly" search engine in China last year. But, according to a recent report, Google employees have discovered that work on Dragonfly is ongoing. Inside...
  16. cageymaru

    Google Pay Equity Analysis Results in $9.7 Million in Adjustments

    In 2018, Google included 91% of Google employees in its annual pay equity analysis that covers all job groups that meet minimum n-count thresholds for statistical analysis. Google's annual compensation planning process includes modeling algorithmically each employee's compensation based on...
  17. AlphaAtlas

    Google Starts Selling Edge TPUs

    Back in 2016, Google revealed their custom built Tensor Processing Unit chips that were explicitly designed for machine learning tasks, and just last year, they started renting out cloud-based access to updated versions of that AI hardware. These monster ASICs are squarely aimed at ML training...
  18. cageymaru

    YouTube Disables Comments on Videos with Minors

    YouTube has responded to a report that the company allows child predators to comment and socialize in the comments section of videos that feature minors. YouTube has taken the corrective action of disabling the comments section of tens of millions of videos that feature young minors. Some videos...
  19. cageymaru

    Google Duo Is Now Accessible from the Web

    According to reports, Google Duo is now accessible on the web. By heading to the Google Duo website, users should be able to place video and phone calls within their web browser. There's no tedious setup to get started with Duo on the web--no phone number authentication or QR code scans like...
  20. cageymaru

    Android Receives FIDO2 Certification to Usher in a World Without Passwords

    The FIDO Alliance has announced that compatible devices running Android 7.0+ are now FIDO2 certified. FIDO2 certification allows these devices to have simpler, stronger authentication capabilities as users can utilize the device's built-in fingerprint sensor and/or FIDO security keys for secure...
  21. cageymaru

    How Facebook Tracks Your Ovulation and Heart Rate Through Apps

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that apps are sending sensitive information to Facebook through the Facebook SDK. The Facebook SDK makes it easy for app writers to share information with Facebook through a built-in analytics service called "App Events." 17.6% of the apps on Apple's App...
  22. cageymaru

    YouTube Updates Its Strike System

    Starting on February 25, YouTube will release its updated strike system. The new strike system will feature a simple, one-time warning for the first strike issued against a channel when content posted to the channel crosses the line. Warnings don't reset after 90 days, but strikes do. YouTube...
  23. AlphaAtlas

    Google Might Announce a Game Streaming Platform Next Month

    GamesIndustry.biz claims that Google has sent out a round of invitations for a GDC keynote address on March 19. While the invitation was particularly short on details, as both gamesindustry.biz and Kotaku's Jason Schreir note, its not hard to guess the direction Google will take. They recently...
  24. AlphaAtlas

    India Antitrust Commission is "Looking Into" Google Accusations

    After a long investigation, Google was slapped with a $5 billion dollar fine from the European Union over anti-competitive practices last year. Now, according to a recent report from Reuters, the same thing might be happening in India. One of Reuters' four sources "with direct knowledge of the...
  25. cageymaru

    Google Maps Augmented Reality Creates Navigation by Using Real World Landmarks

    Wall Street Journal reporter David Pierce was privy to a new form of pedestrian only, augmented reality navigation that is coming to Google Maps in the future. In the video below, Mr. Pierce takes his phone's camera and uses it to capture images of landmarks around him such as signs, shops, etc...
  26. cageymaru

    Apple Fixes Zero-Day Exploits with Release of iOS 12.1.4

    Apple has released iOS 12.1.4 and it fixes two zero-day exploits that had been abused by hackers. According to Google Project Zero team lead, Ben Hawkes, "CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287 were exploited in the wild as 0day." CVE-2019-7286 allowed hackers to gain elevated privileges by using a...
  27. AlphaAtlas

    Google Fiber Ends Service in Louisville

    WDRB reports that Google Fiber is ending their service in Louisville, Kentucky. The withdrawal of the ISP comes after customers suffered from serious service outages on Wednesday, and the local news station claims that Louisville is the first city Google Fiber has abandoned. The report also says...
  28. cageymaru

    Google Uses TensorFlow to Fight Spam Emails

    Google has announced that it uses TensorFlow, an open-source machine learning (ML) framework developed by Google, to block 99.9% of spam, phishing, and malware before it reaches Google's 1.5 billion Gmail customers each month. New improvements to protections powered by TensorFlow allow Google to...
  29. cageymaru

    Google Launches Password Checkup Extension

    Google has announced a new extension for Google Chrome called Password Checkup that will monitor the passwords that you type into websites to see if they have been compromised in a third-party data breach. Google says it has access to over 4 billion credentials that have been compromised and...
  30. AlphaAtlas

    Apple Reactivates Facebook's and Revokes Google's Enterprise Certification

    Following Facebook's latest privacy scandal, where they, among other things, blatantly violated Apple's guidelines for the iOS Enterprise Certificate program, Apple revoked Facebooks certifications, effectively disabling many of their corporate apps. Now, TechCrunch reports that Apple has...
  31. AlphaAtlas

    Google Disables ""Screenwise Meter" Tracking App on iOS

    Facebook recently faced another wave of negative publicity following a TechCrunch report, which claimed that Facebook sideloaded apps onto users' devices that tracked almost everything, and did so with a relatively lax parental consent process. On iOS devices, installing 3rd party apps from...
  32. AlphaAtlas

    Locking Out Law Enforcement Is an 'Unintended Side Effect' of New Android Security

    Apple has received both praise and criticism for their efforts to secure iDevices from everyone and everything, including law enforcement. Now, Motherboard reports that Rene Mayrhofer, Google's Director of Android Platform Security, is saying that Google is following in Apple's footsteps with...
  33. AlphaAtlas

    Unity Partners With Google for Game Playing AI Challenge

    Google has pushed the field of game playing AIs by leaps and bounds recently. Last week, their DeepMind AI put up a remarkable fight against two fast-clicking StarCraft 2 Pros, beating them 10-1. And today, in what appears to be a partnership with Google, Unity announced the "Obstacle tower...
  34. AlphaAtlas

    The Polestar 2 Will Come With Google Integration

    Awhile ago, Volvo spun off a company called Polestar that seems dead set on competing with Tesla and electric offerings from other companies. While the Polestar 1 is a hybrid that's already been crash tested and seen out in the wild, the more mysterious Polestar 2 is set to be Polestar's first...
  35. AlphaAtlas

    Nest Users Are Getting Hacked Again

    AFP reports that Nest, a smart camera manufacturer founded by former Apple engineers and owned by Alphabet, is urging customers to use two factor authentication for their home systems. The plea comes after local media near San Francisco reported on a couple's trouble with a Nest camera mounted...
  36. cageymaru

    YouTube TV Expands Its Service Nationwide

    YouTube TV Program Manager Ben Moores has announced that the TV streaming service has expanded nationwide with added coverage in 95 more markets. After launching the service 2 years ago, YouTube TV now covers 98% of the United States. The company has signed deals to provide "complete local...
  37. cageymaru

    Waymo Expands Its Self-Driving Vehicle Operations in Michigan

    Waymo has chosen to expand its vehicle integration operations in Southeast Michigan. The Alphabet subsidiary seeks to work with OEM partners to integrate its self-driving systems into their vehicle platforms. Private investments into the project are expected to generate $13.6 million and create...
  38. cageymaru

    Google Buys Fossil Group Smartwatch Technology for $40 Million

    Google has entered into a deal with Fossil Group to purchase its smartwatch technology that is still in development. The internet giant has also purchased the R&D teams directly involved with developing the secretive technology. Fossil Group will retain 200 members of its R&D team that aren't...
  39. cageymaru

    FCC Approves Google "Project Soli" Radar Sensor to Operate at Higher Power Levels

    The FCC has approved higher radar operating levels for Soli sensors in "Project Soli"; a gesture based system that can capture touchless motion commands from users with mobility, speech and tactile impairments. Project Soli allows the previously mentioned users to operate computers, tablets...
  40. AlphaAtlas

    Popular Android Apps Still Send Data to Facebook

    The fact that Facebook shares data from Android phones, even when users aren't logged in, is no secret. Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are all baked into my HTC's system image, and it takes work just to keep them disabled. But Privacy International recently tested a wide range of 3rd...
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