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Chromebooks to get millions of new apps from Android's Play Store

Google currently maintains two distinct operating systems, Android and Chrome OS. The company may be planning to tie the two together more closely than ever before though, letting the millions of Android apps run natively on Chromebook PCs.

Google.com 'partially dangerous,' according to Google

Google's homepage at google.com is unsafe, according to the search giant's own safe browsing search tool. Google's Transparency Report named its own homepage as a domain that could be hosting malware and "deceptive content" used by hackers.

2.1 million Android devices were infected by malware last year

Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015, revealing that over 2.1 million devices were infected by malware present in the Play Store last year. Google's own store front is supposed to be a secure way to find new apps.

EU to charge Google over Android on Wednesday: Sources

Brussels - The EU's anti-trust chief is widely expected to unveil anti-trust charges against Google's Android, the world's most popular mobile phone operating system, as she faces reporters on Wednesday.

Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Google Books get OK from U.S. Supreme Court

Washington - Google's massive book-scanning project cleared its final legal hurdle Monday as the US Supreme Court denied an appeal contending it violates copyright law.

Google's new tool lets you build your own photographic phone case

Google has announced a new online tool to let owners of its Nexus smartphones create truly unique cases featuring their own photo or map and overlay design. "My Live Case" rivals Motorola's similar Moto Maker, making phones more personal.

Save webpages to read later with Google's new Chrome extension

Google has quietly launched a new Chrome extension that lets you save webpages to the cloud for later reading. The extension rivals existing tools with the same purpose including Pocket, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote.

Google ending free Fiber Internet in Kansas City

Google is going to discontinue its free Internet service in Kansas City. Since the launch of Google Fiber, residents have been able to pay a one-time construction fee and then receive unlimited Internet access for free, a deal Google has decided to end.

Google may adopt Apple's programming language as Android default

Google could be planning to adopt Apple's open-source Swift programming language for use in building Android apps. Doing so would be a huge task requiring the rewrite of many existing code libraries but would free Google from its ongoing issues with Java.

Op-Ed: How will the Google 2016 algorithm change affect our content?

At the beginning of 2016, Google announced a core update of its famous Truth Algorithm. Since most of the real changes of the ranking metrics are still a secret, what the factual effects we experienced so far are, and how is this affecting our content?

Chrome to dethrone Internet Explorer as most popular browser

Google Chrome is now very close to becoming the world's most popular web browser. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are about to swap places in the charts as Microsoft's aging browser continues to quickly fall out of favour with many consumers.

Apple, Google have been asked to decrypt phones at least 63 times

The U.S. government has attempted to force Apple, Google and other smartphone manufacturers to unlock at least 63 devices. The FBI is demanding access to a lot more than one phone, despite its recent claims in the Apple case.

Google's April Fool's 'joke' may have cost Gmail users their jobs

Google is known for its elaborate April Fool's Day pranks, entertaining users each year with harmless new "features" in its software. This year, things didn't go to plan though, with a minion-themed "Mic & Drop" Gmail button allegedly costing users jobs.

5 astonishing (and free) Chrome hacks you didn't know you needed Commissioned

For years, savvy Internet users have been making simple changes to their Google Chrome browsers to optimize their online experience.

Google to join the livestreaming space with YouTube-branded app

Google is reportedly building its own livestreaming app for iOS and Android devices. The service will be branded as YouTube Connect and is designed to rival services including Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live as livestreaming gains in popularity.

Report: Google building a keyboard for Apple's iOS

Google is said to be building a feature-packed third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad that will see it bring elements of the Android user interface to Apple's rival platform. The company wants to increase the number of searches made by iOS users.

Chrome app launcher being killed off as Google simplifies browser

Google has announced it will remove the app launcher from Windows, Mac and Linux versions of its popular Chrome web browser. The company is making the change to streamline the browsing experience as few people actively use the feature.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

Unannounced 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition' spotted on eBay

A development version of an unannounced Google Glass headset has appeared on eBay and is currently fetching in excess of $8,000. The device is believed to be an example of the 'Enterprise Edition,' a Glass variant that Google has yet to reveal.

Less than 10% of Android devices encrypted, nearly all iPhones

Over 95 percent of all iPhones in use are encrypted, according to a report today. Apple enables encryption out of the box, making it much more prevalent among iPhone users than Android fans. Only 10 percent of Android phones are thought to be encrypted.

Can you hack a Chromebook? Google offers $100k for your time

Google has set a challenge to security research and friendly hacking communities. It will pay $100,000 to anyone who details a working exploit that gives them remote and persistent access to a Chromebook computer, an attractive new reward.

Google's new speech recognition works offline, powered by a phone

Google is building a speech recognition system that can run on a smartphone even while it is offline. The company has substantially trimmed down its speech libraries to maintain accuracy while running on a phone's limited processor and memory.

World's leading tech companies plotting to strengthen encryption

As Apple fights the FBI over an order to decrypt its own software, some of the world's largest technology firms are planning to increase the encryption applied to user data, according to a report today. The move will antagonize law enforcement worldwide.

Google announces first Android N preview, includes multi-window

In a break from tradition, Google has launched the first developer preview of Android N, the next version of Android to be released this year. For the first time, it includes true split-screen multi-window support alongside other new features.

Android Marshmallow has miniscule impact, on just 2% of phones

Google released new official figures revealing how the rollout of the latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow, is going. The vast majority of users have yet to experience the new OS as it is present on only 2 percent of phones, months since launch.

Google lets you write your own ebooks with new Google Docs update

Google has updated its online office suite, Google Docs, with a new export option that will benefit owners of ebook readers. Documents can now be converted directly to EPUB ebooks from within Google Docs, letting users write their own ebooks.

Google backs Zika prevention and research

Internet giant Google has pledged $1 million to help fight Zika virus disease. The disease has been detected in 26 countries around the world, with Brazil the hardest hit.

'Inceptionism' — Taking a look at the computer's dreams

If a computer could dream, what do you think its images would look like? This is the idea behind a project Google began in an effort to understand how artificial intelligence interprets the world.

'I'll pay with Google': Pay with your voice with new Google app

Google has announced a limited trial of a new mobile payments app that lets you pay for something in a store with nothing more than your voice. The system requires your phone to be present but doesn’t force you to pick it up.
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