Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Dutch IT services company Levi9, reportedly found that the vulnerability can occur when an attacker sends about 30 so-called Flash SMS messages -- messages that appear immediately on the phone's screen on arrival -- to the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, or the Nexus 5. If the messages aren't promptly dismissed, … Read more
In the spirit of Black Friday, Google is offering shoppers credit if they buy the Chromecast video dongle within the next week.
Between Friday and December 7, a Chromecast purchase will get users a $6 credit on Google Play that can be used for an HD movie rental or anything else in the online store. The credit cannot be used toward a discount on devices or subscriptions -- it's only for items $6 or less.
To get the deal, shoppers can buy Chromecast at several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and on Google Play.
Google's Chromecast is like … Read more
Brandyn White's adventures hacking on Google Glass began not in a fancy Silicon Valley lab, but in a St. Petersburg, Fla., car repair shop in the mid-1990s.
His dad gave him a Tandy personal computer. The classic DOS desktop tower, "which was old then," White said with a laugh, was part of a payment his dad had received for fixing a customer's car. Limited in what he could do with the Tandy, White soon picked up a programming book from his school library. He was 10.
By the time he was a teenager, White had started … Read more
Google's practice of combining user data from its different services without user consent violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said Thursday.
"Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. And that is forbidden by law," DPA Chairman … Read more
What will you bring to your Thanksgiving feast?
A pie, perhaps. Or a turkey, some sauvignon blanc and a risque joke you heard at work.
But what if you're a fox and you go around killing chickens for the fun of it, never once imagining that you could make a positive contribution to society?
Well, Google's latest beguiling doodle -- this one for Thanksgiving -- tells a story that has deep philosophical undertones.
Here we have a group of animals preparing their Thanksgiving feast in the woods.
Each has been thoughtful enough to bring something of edible and … Read more
Turn your Chrome browser into a fantasy portal complete with dwarves worthy of Bilbo Baggins. Journey through Middle-earth is an interactive Chrome browser experience inspired by the new movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and developed by North Kingdom.
Explore Hobbit locales such as Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur. Other locations, such as Thranduil's Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor, will be unlocked as the movie's December premiere gets closer.
In the wild upland woods of Trollshaw, the hunting place of Hill-trolls who terrorize unsuspecting travelers, we learn about its dangerous inhabitants and Bilbo's encounter with them. Run through a maze surrounded by Hill-trolls and hopefully escape without being snatched. … Read more
The CyanogenMod app to more easily install the open-source Android variant only lasted two weeks on Google Play.
CyanogenMod developers removed the installer because Google said it violates Google Play developer terms, but the startup has hopes it'll be restored. Cyanogen explained the installer removal in a blog post Wednesday:
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution...
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, since it &… Read more
We should be thankful for clarity.
There's so little of it around and sometimes it does a fine job of piercing the odorous fog.
One Seattle diner, the Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, decided to be -- in its view, at least -- very clear with a customer about his wearing Google Glass while eating.
Nick Starr, a video teleconference network engineer, sat down at the diner with his Google Glass proudly perched on his nose. That nose was soon put out of joint when he was asked to take off the famed glasses or take off.
As he … Read more
Chrome 32 Beta has a useful feature that lets you launch apps from the Chrome App Launcher without first installing them.
If you are using Chrome 32 Beta and are running Windows or Chrome OS, you'll need to enable the experimental ephemeral apps flag to use this feature. To do so, head to this page:
The "Enable experimental ephemeral apps" line should be highlighted at the top of the page. Click the Enable link and restart Chrome.
Now, when you open the Chrome App Launcher, for any app that gets returned as a search … Read more
Considering the Internet was invented in the US, it's a bit strange that the country doesn't do better in speed rankings. Alas, it comes in at a sad 31st in global download speed tests.
According to data from Ookla, which runs Speedtest.net, the US places below dozens of countries, including Latvia, Moldova, Andorra, Estonia, and Uruguay. Asian and European countries appear to be leading the pack with Hong Kong, Singapore, Romania, South Korea, and Sweden snapping up the top five spots, respectively.
Ookla based its download speed results on millions of tests of consumer download speeds from … Read more