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Major security flaw found in antivirus firm's 'secure' browser

A major security flaw has been found in Avast's SecureZone browser, also known as Avastium, that allows an attacker to remotely read any file on the user's computer, over the Internet. Antivirus firm Avast quickly patched the embarrassing bug.

Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

Google to beam 5G Internet from the skies using a fleet of drones

Google is working on a system that will see solar-powered drones delivering 5G Internet from the sky, according to a report. The company has already built several prototype versions of "Project SkyBender" and has acquired FCC permission to do so.

Google's bug bounty program paid out $2 million last year

Google paid out $2 million to security researchers last year as part of its bug bounty program. At least 10 percent of the total payout was for Android vulnerabilities.

Google donating 25,000 new Chromebook laptops to refugees

Google has announced it will donate 25,000 Chromebooks to refugees fleeing countries like Syria for the safety of Europe. The company says Chromebooks will be a good option for refugees because of the range of software available.

Google Glass disappears from social media, consumer version dies

Google has closed down the social media accounts formerly used to promote its Google Glass wearable computer. The consumer edition of the headset has been abandoned in favour of a business-centric version called "Glass: Enterprise Edition."

Google+ integration removed from Play Games as network fades away

Google has announced it is separating Google+ from its Play Games Android gaming service. It is the latest move from the company to decouple the Facebook-rivaling but unpopular social network from its core apps, something long-requested by users.

Google paid Apple $1b in 2014 to remain default iOS search engine

Google reportedly paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain as the default search engine in the company's iOS software used on the iPhone and iPad. The information was revealed as part of Google's ongoing legal case with Oracle.

The next version of Google Chrome could be up to 26% faster

Google is claiming some impressive performance improvements for the next version of its Chrome browser, due in a few weeks. The use of a new compression engine known as Brotli could let some webpages load as much as 26 percent faster.

Google could be trusting HTC to build this year's Nexus phones

Google has reportedly called on HTC to make this year's Nexus phones, the flagship Android handsets designed to showcase the platform at its best. HTC has built Nexus hardware in the past but not for a couple of years.

Google could let the public choose the name of 2016's Android 'N'

Google is known for always naming new releases of its Android mobile operating system after a sweet treat or dessert. Traditionally, the public has had no say in what each version is called though, something CEO Sundar Pichai says he may change.

Google and Samsung want to give Android 'more fluency' than iOS

Google and Samsung are reportedly working to make Android feel more fluid to use than Apple's iOS. iOS is generally considered the most consistently responsive mobile OS, something that Android fans and manufacturers are understandably unhappy about.

Google announces plans to expand Android Pay into apps

An update to Android Pay today adds support for using the system to buy things from within apps. Google says it is the "next step" in developing Android Pay, now accepted in over 1 million locations across the U.S.

Google's best Android apps this year cover work and play

Google has published its list of the best Android apps of 2015, including titles ranging from popular games to productivity staples. All the apps command very positive store ratings and most are free.

Google's criticised Pixel C tablet wasn't meant to run Android

Days after the creators of the Google Pixel C tablet were overwhelmed with negative feedback in a Reddit AMA, it's emerged the criticised device may never have been built to run Android. Its software is largely viewed as its major weakness.

Google did a Reddit AMA for its new tablet and got destroyed

The team behind Google's Pixel C Android tablet participated in a Reddit ask me anything (AMA) session earlier this week. The conversation was quickly flooded with overwhelmingly negative comments though, fuelled by media criticism of the device.

Google's quantum computer '100 million times faster' than your PC

Google has developed a working quantum supercomputer that has 100 million times greater performance than a typical desktop machine. D-Wave can compute in a second what a standard desktop would take 10,000 years to do.

iPhone owners love Apple's once-awful Maps app more than Google

After its notoriously bug-filled launch, Apple Maps has developed significantly over the past few years to become a competent rival to services like Google Maps. Apple now claims Apple Maps sees three times as many iPhone visitors as Google.

Google: Smartphones to see three 'big shifts' by 2020

A key Google director has explained where mobile tech is going and what changes we can expect to see in the next five years. The future apparently consists of an emphasis on digital assistants and "getting stuff done," instead of finding things out.

Google Chromebooks now 50% of all education PCs, nobody sure how

Google's Chromebook laptops may not be the most popular devices in general but their low cost and lightweight form-factor are making them a winning solution for education. Half of all computers in U.S. classrooms are now Chromebooks.

Google Chrome can now save up to 70 percent of your mobile data

The Android version of Google's popular Chrome browser now features an enhanced Data Saver mode which can reduce mobile data usage by as much as 70 percent. It is supposed to improve performance on slow networks and lower bills.

Bizarre bug leaves Google stumped by UK political leaders

Google has been found to be clueless regarding UK politics. An odd quirk in its search engine sees it presenting a jumbled-up assortment of past figures when entering terms like "Labour leader."

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.

Google flooded with piracy takedown requests, gets 1,500 a minute

Google's latest Transparency Report has confirmed the flood of piracy takedown requests shows no sign of stopping soon. The company now receives over 2 million requests to remove URLs from search results every day, equating to 1,500 each minute.

Google 'experiment' lets you stream Android apps from the web

An update to the Google search app on Android devices has enabled a new feature that lets users stream apps from the Internet if they don't already have them installed, opening the door to richer search experiences and marking a new first for Android.

Google announces relaunch of Google+ with Community at the centre

Google has released a public preview of a relaunched version of Google+, following through on promises to make major changes to the unpopular service. The site is now centred around Communities and Collections, the two most frequented current features.

Android Wear now lets you do more from your wrist with LTE

This week, Google added support for LTE data connections to Android Wear, opening the door to a new wave of smartwatches that function independently of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links to smartphones. The first device to support the feature is built by LG.

Twitter, Facebook introduce tools to aid Paris attack victims

Paris - In the aftermath of the brutal massacre that has killed at least 129 people in Paris, Twitter, Facebook, and Google have jumped in with tools that can help people receive news and updates on friends and relatives residing there.

Google Chrome to end support for Windows XP and Vista next year

Google has announced that its Chrome web browser will no longer be supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and some older versions of Mac OS X from next year. Users still have a little time left but the company is keen to get people upgrading.

Apple and Google remove Instagram app that stole user details

Apple and Google have removed a third-party Instagram client app from their stores that has stolen hundreds of thousands of user passwords. InstaAgent has quickly grown to be one of the most popular free clients in the UK, Canada and U.S.
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