Category: SciTech » Computers and Internet

Expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data

5:08 pm Eastern | U.S. News

As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates only a fraction of those.read more »

Fall into autumn with #teampixel

2:30 pm Eastern | SciTech

With autumn in full swing, we’re taking note of the warmer colors being whisked into our feeds. This week, #teampixel wonderfully captures fall’s color palette, from burnt siennas to bright oranges. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up to the fire and flip through our favorite fall finds. read more »

Expanding access to renewable energy in the EU

2:00 pm Eastern | SciTech

Earlier this year, we hosted an event in Brussels that brought business leaders, policy makers and civil society together to discuss ways to ensure EU renewable energy policy meets the changing needs of consumers. Last week, we were back in Brussels to continue the discussion at RE-Source, the largest gathering in the EU to-date of companies committed to buying renewable energy to cover their operations.With 14 data centers on four continents and offices in 150 cities around the globe, Google consumes a lot of power. And combating climate change requires the world to transition to a clean energy economy. So we’ve made it a top priority not only to become more energy efficient but also to ensure that the energy we purchase comes from clean sources such as renewables. We have also foundread more »

Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

2:00 pm Eastern | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiplread more »

Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

2:00 pm Eastern | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiplread more »

The High Five: this week’s trends have a sweet tooth

1:00 pm Eastern | Media

A celebrity baby on the way, a sidelined NBA player, and ice cream for dessert: here’s a look at the week’s top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab. Sing us a lullaby, you’re the Piano Man Search interest in “Billy Joel age” went up nearly 8,000 percent this week after it was announced that the 68-year-old musician and his wife Alexis are expecting a child. Age was top of mind in the other searches as well: people asked “How old is Billy Joel’s wife?” and “How old is Billy Joel’s daughter?” as well as “How many children does Billy Joel have?” I scream, you scream, we all search for the Museum of Ice CreamAfter it it was reported that sprinkles from San Francisco’s Museum of read more »

New Android Management API delivers simple, powerful tools for enterprise

12:00 pm Eastern | Media

Managing mobile devices and applications can be a challenge for businesses and partners of all sizes. Today, our Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) partners write their own management app in order to enable management of Android devices; we call this a “device policy controller” (DPC) app. A DPC app is essentially an agent deployed by the EMM, with the real value living in the console and back end, which the app communicates with directly.  Now, with our newest tool, the Android Management API, customers and EMMs can manage devices using a server-side API and eliminate the need to write a management app. The Android Management API takes on this complexity so partners can focus on what’s important to their customers and not worry about the underlying Android framework.Now, creating policies for your device fleet is as siread more »

Shields are in, brooms are out: this year's top Halloween costume trends

11:00 am Eastern | Media

What are you dressing up as this year? Every Halloween, people across the United States turn to Google to search for what to wear on the spookiest night of the year. And with our tool Frightgeist, you’ll get a view of Halloween costume trends across the U.S., and you can see the most-searched costumes near you (and avoid those embarrassing Halloween party costume clashes). This year, the top 10 costume list reflects everything from movie hits like “Wonderread more »

10 things you can do with your new Pixel 2

19 Oct 13:00 | Media

It’s here! Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hit shelves today in the U.S. Here’s a few things you can do with your Pixel 2, right out of the box. 1. Transfer your stuff from your old phone in less than 10 minutes—photos, videos, music, contacts, calendar events, apps, messages, and more. Just plug in the the cord and follow the simple instructions on the screen to make the switch. If you need help, there’s a team available 24/7 to talk you through it.2. Say cheese! Pixel 2 has the highest-rated smartphone camera ever, with a DxOMark Mobile score of 98. Take brilliant photos in any light, and play around with new exposure controls and features like Smartburst, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots. Get motion photos with every shot. Pixel 2 also comes with incredible video stabilization, thanks to a combination of both optical and electronic image stabilization. read more »

Helping NASA and JPL bring the surface of Mars to your browser

19 Oct 12:09 | Media

On August 6, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Ever since, it’s been searching for evidence that Mars has ever been suitable for life. It’s also been photographing the Martian terrain in great detail. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab use these photos to create a 3D model of Mars. It’s a one-of-a-kind scientific tool for planning future missions.Today, we’re putting that same 3D model into an immersive experience for everyone to explore. We call it Access Mars, and it lets you see what the scientists see. Get a real look at Curiosity’s landing site and other mission sites like Pahrump Hills and Murray Buttes. Plus, JPL will continuously update the data so you can see where Curiosity has just been in the past few days or weeks. All along the way, JPL scientist Katie Stack Morgan will be your guide, explaining key points about the rover, the mission, and some of the early findings.The experience read more »

Delivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

19 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs.At DOTComm, our employees provide technical support for more than 5,000 government workers throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Because these workers are spread across 120 different locations, our employees need access to the tools they need to do their jobs whether they’re in the office or on site with our customers. Several years ago, we realized the legacy systems we were using were getting in the way.When employees had to travel to provide technical support for the government agencies we serve, they didn’t have mobread more »

Delivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

19 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs.At DOTComm, our employees provide technical support for more than 5,000 government workers throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Because these workers are spread across 120 different locations, our employees need access to the tools they need to do their jobs whether they’re in the office or on site with our customers. Several years ago, we realized the legacy systems we were using were getting in the way.When employees had to travel to provide technical support for the government agencies we serve, they didn’t have mobile accessread more »

Google Home Mini has arrived—here’s what you can do with it

19 Oct 11:00 | Media

A few weeks ago we unveiled Google Home Mini, the newest addition to the Google Home family. About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house. Starting today, you can grab it online from the Google Store or online or on shelves of Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other stores. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

19 Oct 09:00 | Media

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work. read more »

Study examines what types of searches click for car buyers

18 Oct 17:08 | U.S. News

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines how consumers allocated their time when searching offline and on the internet as they shopped for a new automobile, and what the outcomes were for price satisfaction.read more »

For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

18 Oct 17:03 | U.S. News

Privacy concerns have long swirled around how much information online advertising networks collect about people's browsing, buying and social media habits -- typically to sell you something.read more »

Cisco Releases Security Updates

18 Oct 16:07 | SciTech

Original release date: October 18, 2017 Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:Cloud Services Platform 2100 Unauthorized Access Vulnerability cisco-sa-20171018-ccsFXOS and NX-OS System Software Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting Denial-of-Service Vulnerability cisco-sa-20171018-aaavtySmall Business SPA50x, SPA51x, and SPA52x Series IP Phones SIP Denial-of-Service Vulnerability read more »

A focus on portrait mode: behind the scenes with Pixel 2’s camera features

18 Oct 12:00 | Media

This week the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s newest smartphones, arrive in stores. Both devices come with features like Now Playing, the Google Assistant, and the best-rated smartphone camera ever, according to DXO. We designed Pixel 2’s camera by asking how we can make the camera in your Pixel 2 act like SLRs and other big cameras, and we’ve talked before about the tech we use to do that (such as read more »

Fighting phishing with smarter protections

18 Oct 11:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is the third post; read the first and second ones.Online security is top of mind for everyone these days, and we’re more focused than ever on protecting you and your data on Google, in the cloud, on your devices, and across the web. One of our biggest focuses is phishing, attacks that trick people into revealing personal information like their usernames and passwords. You may remember phishing scams as spammy emails from “princes” asking for money via wire-transfer. But things have changed a lot since then. Today’s attacks are often very targeted—this is called “speread more »

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

18 Oct 10:08 | SciTech

Original release date: October 18, 2017 Google has released Chrome version 62.0.3202.62 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

18 Oct 10:08 | SciTech

Original release date: October 18, 2017 Google has released Chrome version 62.0.3202.62 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Making computer science accessible to more students in Africa

18 Oct 03:00 | Media

Computer Science (CS) fosters innovation, critical thinking and empowers students with the skills to create powerful tools to solve major challenges. Yet, many students, especially in their the early years, do not have access to opportunities to develop their technical skills. At Google, we believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why,  in line with our commitment to prepare 10 million people in Africa for jobs of the future, we are funding 60 community organisations to hold training workshops during Africa Code Week 2017.These workshops will give over 50,000 students a chance to engage with CS and learn programming and computational-thinking skills. Africa Code Week is a grassroots movement that encourages programming by showing how to bring ideas to life with code, demystifying these read more »

Oracle Releases Security Bulletin

17 Oct 20:40 | SciTech

Original release date: October 17, 2017 Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for October 2017 to address 252 vulnerabilities across multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Oracle October 2017 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

IC3 Issues Alert on DDoS Attacks

17 Oct 20:39 | SciTech

Original release date: October 17, 2017 The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)-for-hire services advertised on criminal forums and marketplaces. Using DDoS attacks to prevent legitimate users from accessing websites or information can lead to serious consequences.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert for more information and US-CERT's Alert on Heightened DDoS Threat Posed by Mirai and Other Botnets. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

IC3 Issues Alert on IoT Devices

17 Oct 18:56 | SciTech

Original release date: October 17, 2017 In conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert to individuals and businesses about the security risks involved with the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the emerging network of devices (e.g., smart TVs, home automation systems) that connect to one another via the Internet, often automatically sending and receiving data. IC3 warns that once a device is compromised, an attacker may take control of an affected system, obtain sensitive information, or cause a denial-of-service condition.US-CERT encourages individuals and businesses to review the IC3 Alert for more information on IoT vulnerabilities and mitigation techniques. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this read more »

Stream YouTube TV using your voice on Google Home

17 Oct 13:00 | Media

Google Home, Google Home Mini, and soon Google Home Max, let you enjoy your entertainment hands-free with the Google Assistant. With Chromecast, you can already stream your favorite YouTube clips, Netflix shows (if you have a subscription, of course), and more straight to your TV with a simple voice command.  Starting today, voice control gets even better on Google Home with support for YouTube TV. Available in most major U.S. cities, YouTube TV now offers live local broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as popular cable networks like ESPN, AMC and FX, and regional sports networks. read more »

Stream YouTube TV using your voice on Google Home

17 Oct 13:00 | Media

Google Home, Google Home Mini, and soon Google Home Max, let you enjoy your entertainment hands-free with the Google Assistant. With Chromecast, you can already stream your favorite YouTube clips, Netflix shows (if you have a subscription, of course), and more straight to your TV with a simple voice command.  Starting today, voice control gets even better on Google Home with support for YouTube TV. Available in most major U.S. cities, YouTube TV now offers live local broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as popular cable networks like ESPN, AMC and FX, and regional sports networks.Getting started is simpleOnce you’ve set up Google Home and Chromecast, open the Google Home app to link the two. After that, simply use your voice to control your YouTube TV experience. Just start witread more »

Time for a refresh: meet the new Google Calendar for web

17 Oct 12:00 | Media

Check your schedule. Starting today, a fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web to help you manage your time more efficiently and get more done.We’re taking a lot of what you know and love from Calendar’s mobile application, like the modern color palette and sleek design, and bringing it to the web with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size. We’ve also added more features for enterprises to help teams schedule and prepare for meetings. read more »

Pixel Visual Core: image processing and machine learning on Pixel 2

17 Oct 12:00 | Media

The camera on the new Pixel 2 is packed full of great hardware, software and machine learning (ML), so all you need to do is point and shoot to take amazing photos and videos. One of the technologies that helps you take great photos is HDR+, which makes it possible to get excellent photos of scenes with a large range of brightness levels, from dimly lit landscapes to a very sunny sky. HDR+ produces beautiful images, and we’ve evolved the algorithm that powers it over the past year to use the Pixel 2’s application processor efficiently, and enable you to take multiple pictures in sequence by intelligently processing HDR+ in the background. In parallel, we’ve also been working on creating hardware capabilities that enable significantly greater computing power—beyond eread more »

Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

17 Oct 07:24 | SciTech

Original release date: October 17, 2017 October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. Smart cities, connected devices, digitized records, as well as smart cars and homes, have become a new reality. While there are tremendous benefits to this technology, it is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways. The National Cyber Security Alliance has released Online Cybersecurity Advice to help users access digital innovations safely and efficiently.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following resources:DHS steps to Protecting Your Digital Home,Stop.Think.Connect. tips on read more »

Google’s strongest security, for those who need it most

17 Oct 07:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week.When operating at the scale of Google, we usually strive to build products that serve the needs of billions of people. Today we’re introducing a different kind of product—one that we specifically tailored to protect the online security of a much smaller set of users.We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks. For example, these might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety. Sometimes even the most careful and security-minded users are successfully attacked through phishing scams, especially if those phishing scams were individually targeted at read more »

Google’s strongest security, for those who need it most

17 Oct 07:00 | Media

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is the second post; see our first one here.When operating at the scale of Google, we usually strive to build products that serve the needs of billions of people. Today we’re introducing a different kind of product—one that we specifically tailored to protect the online security of a much smaller set of users.We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks. For example, these might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety. Sometimes even the most read more »

AGDATA Australia: from family farm to global partners

17 Oct 00:25 | Media

Editor’s note: As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we chatted with Glenn Skerman, who, together with his brother Brendan, are directors of AGDATA Australia, a farming accounting software company. Founded in 1984, their working family farm has grown into a software business that employs 18 team members with over 10,000 customers. AGDATA products are used by farmers all around the world, from the Falkland Islands to Papua New Guinea.Keyword: Can you tell us a bit about yourselves, what inspired you to become entrepreneurs and create this platform for farmers? Glenn Skerman: Actually, our father founded the business back in the 1980s. Originally, he was only trying to solve a problem for himself on the family cattle and grain farm. He was tired of trying to make existing accounting products mread more »

Siempre Selena

17 Oct 00:00 | Media

My love of music started with Selena Quintanilla. One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting her classics like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. But Selena’s influence in my life goes so much further than that. I’m the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mother and grew up in a small, primarily white town in rural Texas. Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus, I could do whatever I set my mind to. She showed me that my hybrid cultural identity was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud to be Mexicana. Today we celebrate Selena’s legacy with a Google Doodle. Set to her iconic song (and my roadtrip favorite jam) “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” toread more »

New security protections, tailored to you

16 Oct 16:00 | Media

Editor’s Note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week.Security is top of mind for everyone these days, and with one troubling headline after another, you may be concerned about the security of your information online.Rest assured: your Google data is secured by the best protections on the planet, and we’ll never stop improving them to ensure your information remains safe.Today, we're announcing two new protections to help you stay safer online—an upgrade to our Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome.Personalized advice from your new Security CheckupWe’re rolling out a revamped Security Checkup, which now provides personalized guidance to help you improve the security of your account. Instead of the same, passive checklist for everyoneread more »

New security protections, tailored to you

16 Oct 16:00 | Media

Editor’s Note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week.Security is top of mind for everyone these days, and with one troubling headline after another, you may be concerned about the security of your information online.Rest assured: your Google data is secured by the best protections on the planet, and we’ll never stop improving them to ensure your information remains safe.Today, we're announcing two new protections to help you stay safer online—an upgrade to our Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome.Personalized advice from your new Security CheckupWe’re rolling out a revamped Security Checkup, which now provides personalized guidance to help you improve the security of your account. Instead of the same, passive checklist for everyoneread more »

New security protections, tailored to you

16 Oct 16:00 | Media

Editor’s Note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. This is our first post; see the second one here.Security is top of mind for everyone these days, and with one troubling headline after another, you may be concerned about the security of your information online.Rest assured: your Google data is secured by the best protections on the planet, and we’ll never stop improving them to ensure your information remains safe.Today, we're announcing two new protections to help you stay safer online—an upgrade to our Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome.Personalized advice from your new Security CheckupWe’re rolling out a revamped Secread more »

Adobe Releases Security Updates

16 Oct 15:33 | SciTech

Original release date: October 16, 2017 Adobe has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB17-32 and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Meow it’s even easier to find your furry friends in Google Photos

16 Oct 13:00 | Media

If you have a bunch of photos of your furry friends, you now have the oppawtunity to see them all in one place in Google Photos.When you want to look back on old photos of Oliver as a puppy or Mr. Whiskers as a kitten, you no longer need to type “dog” or “cat” into search in Google Photos. Rolling out in most countries today, you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them. This makes it even easier to create albums, movies, or even a photo book of your pet. read more »

Meow it’s even easier to find your furry friends in Google Photos

16 Oct 13:00 | Media

If you have a bunch of photos of your furry friends, you now have the oppawtunity to see them all in one place in Google Photos.When you want to look back on old photos of Oliver as a puppy or Mr. Whiskers as a kitten, you no longer need to type “dog” or “cat” into search in Google Photos. Rolling out in most countries today, you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them. This makes it even easier to create albums, movies, or even a photo book of your pet. read more »

A cleaner, safer web with Chrome Cleanup

16 Oct 12:00 | Media

Unwanted software impacts the browsing experience of millions of web users every day. Effects of this harmful software are often quite subtle—search results are modified to redirect users to other pages or additional ads are injected in the pages that users visit. But in some cases, the changes are so severe that they can make the web unusable—people are redirected to unwanted sites full of ads, and it can be next to impossible to navigate away from these pages.Chrome already has tools to help people avoid unwanted software. For example, Safe Browsing prevents many infections from taking place by warning millions of users. But sometimes harmful software slips through.Recently, we rolled out three changes to help Chrome for Windows users recover from unwanted software infections.Hijacked settings detectionExtensions cread more »

Help keep kids safe online with Site Blocking from Google Wifi

16 Oct 11:00 | Media

Being a parent in today’s connected world can be tough. You want to give your kids the ability to learn and explore across the digital universe, but worry they might stumble upon inappropriate content along the way.With Site Blocking—the latest addition to Google Wifi's family controls—we're removing some of the worry. Site Blocking allows you to block access to more than 8 million non-kid-friendly websites on any device in your home—all with a few taps in the Google Wifi app. read more »

CERT/CC Reports WPA2 Vulnerabilities

16 Oct 09:20 | SciTech

Original release date: October 16, 2017 CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.The vulnerabilities are in the WPA2 protocol, not within individual WPA2 implementations, which means that all WPA2 wireless networking may be affected. Mitigations include installing updates to affected products and hosts as they become available. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review CERT/CC's VU #228519. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. read more »

Space out with planets in Google Maps

16 Oct 09:00 | Media

Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer. For extra fun, try zooming out from the Earth until you're in space! read more »

Fight global hunger with your favorite apps and games on Google Play

16 Oct 09:00 | Media

We grow enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Yet 815 million people–one in nine—still go to bed on an empty stomach every day.On October 16, people from around the world come together for World Food Day, with the goal to promote awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and to advocate for food security and nutritious diets for all.To raise funds and awareness for this cause, Google Play has joined forces with 12 popular apps and games to create the Apps and Games Against Hunger collection available in North and Latin America.From now until October 21, 100 percent of revenue from designated in-app purchases made in Google Play’s Apps and Games Against Hunger collection will be donated to World Food Program USA.Wread more »

Healthy eating, with sustainability in mind

16 Oct 09:00 | Media

Today, the United Nations, Google and many others celebrate World Food Day, which promotes worldwide action on food security and ensuring nutritious diets for those who suffer from hunger. At Google, food is central to our culture and something we think about every day. Feeding more than 70,000 people around the world breakfast, lunch and dinner is a pretty big undertaking, and we strive to make healthy eating an easy choice for our employees and do so in the most sustainable way possible.One of our priorities is to minimize the environmental impact from the production of the food in our cafes. This is particularly important given that agricultural activities in the U.S. are estimated to generate read more »

Towards a future of work that works for everyone

16 Oct 05:00 | Media

The future of work concerns us all. Our grandchildren will have jobs that don’t yet exist, and will live lives we cannot imagine. In Europe, getting the future of work right for individuals, societies and industries means having an open debate about the possibilities right now. We want to be a part of that discussion, and help contribute to a future of work that works for everyone. So last week in Stockholm and The Hague we brought together a range of leading international experts from academia, trade unions, public sector and businesses to discuss the impact of technology on jobs. We also asked McKinsey for a report on the impact of automation on work, jobs and skills. As advances in machine learning and robotics make headlines, there’s a heated debate about whether innovation is a magic fix for an aging workforce, or a fast track to mass unemployment. Data can illuminate that debate, and McKinsey focused read more »

Supporting those affected by the California fires

13 Oct 21:00 | Media

Fueled by high winds, fast-moving wildfires in the California wine country and the Anaheim Hills have spread quickly—killing dozens, damaging tens of thousands of acres, destroying infrastructure, forcing evacuations, and leaving hundreds of people unaccounted for. Like many people in the Bay Area, my first news of the North Bay fires was the smell of smoke Monday morning. My thoughts immediately turned to my family and childhood home in Santa Rosa. My family was safe, but I raced up to Petaluma to see how I could help. In addition to needed resources on the ground, I saw how centralized information can be crucial to help people find shelter and other resources. SOS Alerts and Fire InformationOn Monday, the Crisis Response team launched an SOS Alert—a read more »

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