YouTube's success comes from how easy it is to find, share, and discover user-uploaded content from around the world, but not every clip is intended to be public. Unlisted videos serve as a bridge between public and private, allowing for embeds and sharable links without appearing in search results or subscription feeds. However, a new security update coming to YouTube could turn many of your unlisted videos private if you don't take action.
Google Photos might cost you money going forward, but Google is working hard on making it an enticing service nonetheless, with Google One editing perks and automatic creations that you can't find on other platforms. Now the company has introduced another stand-out feature: a Locked Folder. As more details about it are emerging, we've also learned about a potential dealbreaker for some — the Locked Folder is purely local on your phone, with no cloud backups available.
For privacy-conscious users, Incognito Mode has long been a favorite feature of Google Chrome. It lets you browse the web without maintaining a history or saving information like cookies and form inputs. Other browsers have tended to call it Private Mode, since that's probably a term more people are familiar with, and it looks like Google might be planning to go down that route too.
Until now, Amazon's Kindle and Fire devices have lacked one important feature that sets them far behind their Android counterparts: porn. Wait, that's not true, there's tons of porn on Amazon, you can hardly look on the bookstore without seeing self-published Harlequin-style short stories. But if you want to browse a bunch of sites on the less savory side of the Internet on your Kindle Fire without leaving a trail, you're out of luck.
Until now. The latest update to Amazon's proprietary Silk browser adds a private browsing mode, which won't record any history, cookies, or searches when enabled. It's basically the same thing that's been in Chrome and other browsers for years.
Motorola's been planning a soak test for select users of the Moto X 2014 Pure Edition for a little while now, and it looks like it's officially beginning. Earlier this evening, a tipster shared a shot of the update prompt with us, confirming that the test is bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the handset, earlier than Google's own OTAs for existing Nexus devices (besides the new Nexus 9 and unreleased Nexus 6). Motorola has itself uploaded release notes for the update, describing some of Lollipop's new treats for Moto X users. Lock screen notifications, interruption control, screen pinning, and other features we've come to know appear to be in tow.
The Chromecast has been evolving rapidly over the last few months. After getting a final SDK and a whole boatload of new apps, Google has now added support for private YouTube videos. Yes, you can cast any private video you've got to the Chromecast. Embedded videos gained support back in February as well.
Google has updated its Chromecast support page to reflect the change in functionality. We've tested to make sure the new feature is live, and everything seems to be working as expected. Keep in mind you are still unable to play live content or videos not approved for mobile – no way to know when or if those restrictions will be done away with.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for wanting a private browser mode. Maybe you're on a shared device and you don't want to leave history. Maybe you're concerned that you're being watched by shadowy government alphabet organizations (and you are). But let's be honest with ourselves here: the most common reason for using Incognito or private mode is porn. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
On the other hand, it's kind of a pain to switch between standard and private modes in any browser, making you less likely to actually use the privacy/security/monkey-spanking feature. To that end the makers of Dolphin Browser have released Dolphin Zero, a mobile browser that's all-private, all the time.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Facebook has a privacy hole that exposes private information to the public. And it's a serious one, this time in Facebook Pages Manager for Android, which has been installed over 5 million times since January of this year. Let me explain.
Update 5/26/13 11:30pm PT: Rory from Facebook Security has informed me that the company is looking into the issue and "will try to get a fix up soon."
Developers, repeat after me: invisible keyboards never work. Do you understand? Good. I hope we're clear on this. Because after trying to use the ridiculous "invisible" SnapKeys Si, which blocks more on-screen crap than any other input software I've ever seen, I'm ready to throw my beloved Nexus 7 through the next wall to look at me funny.
Here's the basic idea behind how SnapKeys Si works: Instead of being given a full QWERTY keyboard, you get a selection of twelve letters, divided among four colored blocks. If you want to type one of these letters, you just hit its block.