Google pays people to find and close the flaws in its systems. This is pretty common throughout the tech industry, largely because it motivates people to approach from different backgrounds and with contrasting ways of thinking, something you can't get from internal employees. With Google products getting into the hands of billions of people and serving mission critical roles, it's crucial that services and information are safe.
Over the past five years, Google says it has paid over 1.5 million dollars to people that discovered vulnerabilities in Chrome and other products through its Security Rewards program. Read More
Okay, Sony. Can you just decide what you want to call this phone? Is it the Z4 like in Japan, or the Z3+ as in most other markets? I say this because the phone is coming to the US as the Xperia Z4v on Verizon. It will be out this summer with obnoxious Verizon branding and yes, a Snapdragon 810. It's not clear if Verizon will be posting warnings in its stores. Read More
A growing thread on XDA has seen over 100 LG G4 owners claim that their devices are experiencing a rather troubling touchscreen problem with varying severity. Essentially, the touchscreen is regularly "missing" touch inputs particularly around the edges of the screen, causing swipes and other inputs to go unregistered. The problem is being compared to UI "lock-ups" where input goes unresponsive for short periods of time, though it may be more nuanced than that.
So far, Verizon and T-Mobile models seem most affected, though there have been reports of the issue by several AT&T users and at least one person on Sprint. Read More
Veteran Android users, particularly those who stick to Nexus devices, are well aware of the fact that you can usually flash OTA updates manually once someone pulls a link to the actual update file. This normally provides a much better option than waiting for your device to get the update sent to it, which could take weeks. Android Wear has this functionality as well, but each watch is a little different in terms of proper procedures for doing so. We're going to run a series of posts on how to manually flash updates to each Android Wear device that supports it (sorry, Moto 360 users) in the hopes of providing some clarity on the issue. Read More
OK, Amazon, I can sympathize with your plight. As both the legal operator of a massive software distribution service and a TV, movie, and music vendor beholden to various rights holders, you might be tempted to remove anything from your app store that even whiffs of piracy or copyright infringement. Hell, I could help you spot some examples if you want. But that really doesn't excuse booting legitimate, useful apps off of your store without a second thought, as appears to be the case with Kodi Media Center.
AFTV reports that Amazon removed Kodi, a highly technical open-source media manager (formerly called XBMC), from the Amazon Appstore last week. Read More
The Nexus 6 is great. It's also expensive, which is why the current $150 discount in the Google Store and other retailers is going over so well. But if you act quickly you can get Google's flagship phone for even less: an eBay seller is offering the standard 32GB blue model for $439.99, just over two hundred bucks off of the retail price. Discounts like this on Nexus phones are rare, and this is a new model, not refurbished.
The savings add up, too. US buyers get free standard shipping, and as long as you live outside Illinois you can Read More
skip the sales tax carefully report the purchase on your state tax return.
Google has unveiled several handy new features for Sheets, their Excel competitor that quite honestly needs all the help it can get. The goodies include enhancements to core functions in addition to collaboration. One of these involves being able to apply sharing permissions to specific parts of the spreadsheet, rather than the entire file.
With the new functionality, I can highlight a cell or set of cells and then right click, tap on "protect cells," and then alter the access rights to them. You may share your document with someone but not necessarily expect them to make major alterations. Read More
Google's bookmark revamp (which was sometimes referred to as "Stars") has had a rough ride over the past dozen or so months. After being spotted online, it showed up as a standalone Chrome extension and web interface, then resurfaced as the Bookmark Manager for Chrome. It seems however that the experiment wasn't as positive or fruitful as the team had hoped, and the redesign has been canned - at least as the default bookmarks view in Chrome.
Writing on the Google Product Forums, Google employee Sarah Dee explained, "For the time being, we’ve decided to bring back the previous version. Our team will continue to explore other ways to improve the bookmarks experience. Read More
If you look at the hero image of this post, you'll notice that, despite running basically the same software, my Galaxy S6 has a slightly different set of notification toggles than my S6 Edge. Specifically, the Edge is missing private mode. Both devices are missing the toggles for mobile data and hotspot, too, which they originally shipped with. But... why?
At this point, the frank answer is that no one knows. In a problem that appears to be affecting a huge number of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners, several notification quick toggles in varying combinations seem to simply be evaporating out of the drawer. Read More
According to M&A giant Mesa Global, Ouya has officially been acquired by Razer, as was rumored last week. No details of the transaction were provided.
Razer, a PC and gaming accessory manufacturer with ecosystem fantasies, recently launched its Forge Android TV "console" to outright terrible customer reviews on Amazon largely because the box shipped without Netflix support or the promised PC game streaming feature meant to compete with NVIDIA's GameStream technology. Basically, it's junk at the moment - buggy and incomplete.
Ouya, a Kickstarter Cinderella story if Cinderella ended with the protagonist being sold into human bondage as a mannequin model at a moderately successful but tasteless high-end garment and shoe factory, also shipped a console box thing at one point, and we thought it was also pretty much terrible. Read More