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Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

Google has spent years cruising down roads to gather data for Street View, but it isn't just after photographic data. The Street View cars also collect information about local WiFi networks, and a 2010 lawsuit alleged Google grabbed too much data. After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, Google is putting this issue to rest by paying a mere $13 million. That's a pittance compared to the billions in damages many observers predicted years ago.

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Android Q's Wi-Fi Easy Connect is a more secure replacement for WPS authentication

Wi-Fi Protected Setup authentication, or WPS for short, disappeared from Android 9 Pie in an intentional move by Google due to security concerns, although it then promised that the feature would return in a future Android release, although perhaps in a slightly different form. Instead, Android Q supports a similar technology called Wi-Fi Easy Connect.

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[Update: Not quite] Android Q won't automatically reconnect to Wi-Fi networks you manually disconnect from

Picture this situation: there's something wrong with a Wi-Fi network, so you disconnect from it, but then your phone tries to reconnect again a few seconds later. You try to disconnect again, but with the memory of a goldfish, your phone sees an available network and connects to it again. Eventually you give up and turn off Wi-Fi completely, then realize eight hours later while watching Netflix in bed that you've run through 2GB of cell data.

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Android Q Beta 3 can show WiFi passwords in plain text

Security is all well and good, but convenience is nice, too. The latest Android Q beta includes a very thoughtful feature that makes it easy to share your WiFi passwords, and it's pretty simple. It just shows the password in plain text.

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You're holding it wrong — Touching the corner of the Galaxy Tab S5e reportedly kills WiFi performance

The Samsung Tab S4 is a nice piece of hardware if you're into Android tablets, but it's very expensive. The new Tab S5e has some of the S4's features but drops the price to $400. It turns out it also drops the WiFi signal when you touch the corner. Maybe we're all just holding it wrong.

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[Update: Notification channels too] Android Q Beta 2 adds actionable WiFi and Bluetooth options to the main Settings screen

In the first Android Q Beta, a few cosmetic changes were made to the Settings app, but nothing of great consequence. Now that Beta 2 is upon us, some more meaningful changes have been included, with suggestions at the top of the Settings screen encouraging you to connect to a Wifi network and a card with information about connected Bluetooth devices.

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Grab a refurb Orbi RBK50, Netgear's excellent Mesh system, for only $180 on Woot ($120 off)

If you've been looking for a whole home Mesh Wi-Fi router, drop everything you're doing and listen to me. I'll tell you about a discount on the Netgear Orbi RBK50 on Woot, and I wouldn't be this excited if I hadn't recently purchased the same system and wasn't utterly happy about my decision. Do we have an, erm, deal?

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New Wi-Fi WPA3 security could be just as vulnerable to password hacks as WPA2

The vast majority of people out there don't know much about network security, if at all, but thankfully there are talented groups and individuals out there who are on constant lookout for flaws and vulnerabilities. Each security protocol we've seen has had some kind of issue (sometimes crippling), but the still-young Wi-Fi Protected Access protocol version 3, aka WPA3, remains vulnerable to attack, thanks to some pretty serious design flaws.

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Google Duo rolls out better data saver mode for mobile and WiFi connections

On the scale of online data-hungry activities, video chatting is certainly high up. Not only are you receiving video, you're also sending it, which puts a toll on your connection and consumes your gee-bees. Google's Duo used to offer a setting to limit mobile data usage, but is now rolling a new Data saving mode that works on both mobile and WiFi connections.

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Android Q lets you share and connect to WiFi networks with QR codes

You want to have a strong WiFi password for security's sake, but man, typing in all those characters can be tedious. Android Q has a solution, though. You can share and join networks on your phone with a QR code. Just scan, and you're in.

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