A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

Ramaswamy's startup company, Neeva, is that "something different"—and though it, too, is a search engine, it seeks to sidestep some of Google's problems by avoiding the ads altogether.

Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

In the first quarter of 2020, just 4.2 percent of all smartwatches sold were running Google's Wear OS platform, according to Vincent Thielke, an analyst at Canalys.

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features, or they can with the help of a third-party extension.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Sneaky Mac Malware Is Posing as Flash Downloads

Sneaky Mac Malware Is Posing as Flash Downloads

While Google has taken proactive steps in the last year or so to improve Chrome extension security , the incident shows that it still has a ways to go.79 Netgear Devices All Have the Same Zero Day VulnerabilityAnother day, another router bug.

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

Very few Covid-19 tracking apps are out in the wild yet, but the features that Apple and Google have worked on are now live.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

It can't actually send and receive emails without an internet connection, but it will let you search through old messages and compose new ones (which can then be sent as soon as connectivity returns).In your web browser, click the cog icon (on the right), then Settings and Offline —check the box marked Enable offline mail , and choose how many days of messages you want to sync to your computer (7, 30 or 90).Screenshot: Wired Staff via Google.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

"Chrome checks the URL of each site you visit or file you download against a local list, which is updated approximately every 30 minutes," Google explains in a blog post about the new setting.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Screenshot: David Nield via GoogleIf someone's clogging your inbox but Gmail's Report spam feature isn't catching it, Gmail lets you block individual senders easily.Instead of choosing Block or Report spam from the menu, pick Filter messages like this .

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

The Google Pixel 3A costs $230 ($170 off) at Best Buy and $280 ($120 off) at Amazon, Walmart, and B&H Photo Video.The larger Google Pixel 3A XL costs $270 ($210 off) at Best Buy and $319 ($160 off) at Walmart and B&H Photo Video.

Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn't Plan to Go Entirely Remote

Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn't Plan to Go Entirely Remote

The 47-year-old CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet (he assumed the latter post from cofounder Larry Page in December 2019) was already dealing with antitrust allegations, employee unrest , and a feeling that as a trillion-dollar behemoth dominating global search and advertising, the company’s mojo as a charming innovator was fading.

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Chrome browser users take heart: Google developers are rolling out a feature that neuters abusive ads that covertly leach your CPU resources, bandwidth, and electricity.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

And the Google sister company founded to digitize and techify urban planning would collect data on all of it, in a quest to perfect city living.

Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look

Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look

If two people running the app spend a certain amount of time in proximity—say, 10 minutes within six feet, or whatever health care agencies dictate—their phones will both record each others' Bluetooth codes.

I Can’t Stop Escaping Into Google Photos’ Nostalgia Vortex

I Can’t Stop Escaping Into Google Photos’ Nostalgia Vortex

I downloaded Google Photos years ago, during the era that I’ve only half-jokingly started to call the Before Times.In the Before Times, I would close the app after I backed up my camera roll to the cloud.

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Kicking white nationalists and other extremists off of your platform also seems like it shouldn't be controversial, and yet Steam continues to give neo-Nazis and other bad actors a wide berth .We also took a look at a hacking group that managed to sneak malware into the Google Play Store repeatedly over several years.

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

What Is Fleeceware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

It's always safer to download mobile apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's iOS App Store, but even then there's still some risk that malicious apps have snuck in.

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Still, it's worth checking out our guide on how to make your smart speaker as private as possible .If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.We've linked to applicable reviews for the devices mentioned below, but you might also want to check out our Best Smart Speakers buying guide.

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

Unlike most of the shady apps found in Play Store malware, Kaspersky's researchers say, PhantomLance's hackers apparently smuggled in data-stealing apps with the aim of infecting only some hundreds of users; the spy campaign likely sent links to the malicious apps to those targets via phishing emails.

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

In a blog post, Pichai said the milestone affirmed his belief that quantum computers might one day tackle problems like climate change , and name-checked John Martinis, who had established Google’s quantum hardware group in 2014.Here’s what Pichai didn’t mention: Soon after the team had first got its quantum supremacy experiment working a few months earlier, Martinis says, he had been reassigned from a leadership position to an advisory one.

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

In other words, it counts how many times people request driving, walking, or transit directions during a day, and then plots the number of those requests on a chart.

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Is Apple and Google's Covid-19 Contact Tracing a Privacy Risk?

Security and privacy-focused technologists have pointed to a long list of potential flaws in Apple and Google's system , including techniques that could reveal the identities of Covid-19 positive users or help advertisers track them, false positives from trolls, mistaken self-diagnoses, and faulty signals between phones.

Apple’s $400 iPhone SE Is Back, and Bigger Than Before

Apple’s $400 iPhone SE Is Back, and Bigger Than Before

Similar to how Google made photographic magic happen with limited physical hardware on its older Pixel phones, Apple is wielding its software tools to add Portrait mode, Smart HDR, stage lighting effects, and auto white-balancing to the iPhone SE’s rear camera.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week

Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week

Google and Apple said yeah, sure, we can help with that .Meanwhile, gig workers for companies like Uber and Lyft aren’t having an easy time getting their hands on federal pandemic relief funds .

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

France's competition authority says that Google must go back to the bargaining table to negotiate a rate that the search giant will pay to link to articles on French news sites.

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

On Friday, the two companies announced a rare joint project to create the groundwork for Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps that can work across both iOS and Android phones.

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google is revealing anonymized location data on the movements of people in 131 countries as a guide for public health officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

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