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With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today.


As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. This involves a number of criteria, including minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0 + devices, support for bulk deployment and managed profiles and devices for a consistent application experience across deployed devices. The full list includes all of the minimum app and hardware specifications required to be included in the program.


The program also requires that within 90 days of Google releasing them manufacturers make security updates available for at least three years. Ninety days feels a bit long if there is a serious vulnerability in the wild, but Google indicated this was not a fixed list and the company would update the requirements as needed over time.


As for the devices they are recommending, these include a broad range of usual suspects, such as BlackBerry KEYone and Motion; Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (of course); Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite and P smart; and LG V30 and G6, among others.


Conspicuously missing from this list is anything by Samsung, a company that has programs in place like Knox specifically designed for the enterprise. There are also no HTC phones, but to be fair, the company left the door open for more devices and additional partners to be added over time.


“You can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months. Throughout 2018, we will also be applying the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to additional partner types, including OEMs of ‘dedicated’ and rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and systems integrators,” Google director of Android Enterprise, David Still wrote in a company blog post announcing the program.


While fewer companies are probably still buying phones for their employees — those kind of programs tended to peak with the old stalwart BlackBerry devices in the days before “Bring Your Own Device” programs popped up — those who do and want to use Android need to have devices that they can manage and deploy in a consistent way. This program is designed to provide a minimum set of specifications to meet that.

Владельцу сайта нужно будет только выбрать желаемые форматы.


Google представила систему автоматизированных объявлений в сети AdSense, которая может самостоятельно размещать рекламу на сайтах, используя машинное обучение. Об этом vc.ru рассказали представители компании.


В Google утверждают, что система сама выбирает оптимальное место и время для показа рекламы, не нарушая внешний вид сайта. Сервис находит рекламные места и использует их для демонстрации объявлений. Новая система учитывает уже размещённые на сайте объявления AdSense.


Чтобы автоматическая система заработала, владельцу сайта нужно:

  • выбрать в AdSense форматы объявлений, которые он хочет разместить на своем сайте;
  • добавить код для автоматизированных объявлений на страницы сайта.

Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State this weekend, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters it would be before the congressional midterm elections in November.


The cards will be sent to people who want to purchase ads that mention candidates running for federal offices, but not issue-based political ads, Harbath said, and contain a code that buyers need to enter to verify that they are in the U.S. The program is similar to ones used by Google My Business and Nextdoor when they need to verify business owners or users who want to join closed neighborhood groups, respectively.


Harbath told Reuters that the postcards “won’t solve everything,” but were the most effective method the company came up with to prevent people from using false identities to purchase ads. In October, Facebook vice president of ads Rob Goldman published a blog post saying that the platform planned to create more transparency around ads by taking steps that include a searchable archive of federal-election ads and requiring political advertisers to verify their identity.


Facebook, Twitter and Google executives were called to testify in front of Senate last fall about how Russians used their platforms to spread misinformation intended to sway the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. The companies have been criticized for not doing enough to prevent false advertising. The issue escalated last week when U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller handed down a set of indictments charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations, including a bot farm, with interfering in the presidential election through operations including fake social media accounts.

Google Pixel smartphones have had a fair share of problems since its arrival last year. There has been series of complaints which include a burn-in on the OLED panel, voice recording bug in messaging app, screen flash when the phone is unlocked, faulty USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter, unresponsive screen edges and a faint buzzing sound during calls. While most of these issues have been handled, a couple of them are still pending and it appears that more issues are still emanating out of nowhere. About a week ago, we reported that the February security patch for Google Pixel smartphones will bring improved photography, well, what we didn’t know is that it will also come with some major issues. Recent reports on Reddit and Google Forums have it that the Pixel smartphones gets really warm (even with normal usage) and battery drains quite fast.


It appears that this issue is not consistent with all units as a few users have also reported that they are not facing these problems. Recall that the shift issue on the Pixel smartphone display is also not consistent. However, a good number of users have reported these issues and some even confirmed the persistence of this problem while the device is in safe mode thus this is probably not associated with third-party apps.


As of now, Google has not said anything with regards to this recent reports. If you have been experiencing similar problems, let us know in the comments.

Компания Google объявила об изменениях в работе поиска картинок. Из поиска по изображениям исчезла кнопка «View image» («Открыть в полном размере» в российской версии), позволяющая открыть картинку отдельно и в полном разрешении.


Теперь пользователи могут перейти на страницу с изображением и найти его там самостоятельно — в Google считают, что это позволит смотреть на результат поиска «в контексте». Кроме того, такое решение стало балансом между удовлетворением потребностей пользователей и издателей, среди которых — крупный фотобанк Getty Images.

Теперь для открытия картинки в полном размере можно воспользоваться одним из двух вариантов:

  • В результатах поиска изображений нажать правую кнопку мыши на фото и выбрать «Открыть картинку в новой вкладке»;
  • Нажать правую кнопку мыши и выбрать «Скопировать URL картинки», после чего ввести его в адресной строке.
Пятница, 16 февраля 2018 01:02

Google launches a lightweight ‘Gmail Go’ app for Android

Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps – the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets – with the launch of Gmail Go. The app, like others in the Go line, takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail.


The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does.


But like other Go apps, Gmail Go doesn’t consume as much storage space on the device.


In fact, according to numerous reports, Gmail Go clocked in at a 9.51 MB download, and takes up roughly 25 MB of space on a device, compared with Gmail’s 20.66 MB download, and 47 MB storage space.


Google has not made a formal announcement about Gmail Go’s launch, but severalsites have spotted its availability on the Google Play store this week. We’ve asked Google for more information about the app’s feature set, and what exactly is it that Go does to reduce the burden on low-end smartphones. The company declined to comment.


Some early adopters have pointed out that scrolling on Gmail Go is a much more choppy experience than on the standard Gmail. It also syncs fewer days of emails and attachments to use less bandwidth.


But overall, there are not many noticeable differences between Gmail and Gmail Go, in terms of feature set.


That’s not always the case with the Go-branded apps. For example, YouTube Go has several unique features, like the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and sharing videos with friends nearby, for example. In Gmail Go’s case, however, it’s only been designed to meet the size and memory requirements of Android Go.


But we have learned why Google didn’t announce Gmail Go: the app is not going to be available to all users. Instead, Gmail Go will only be available to install from the Play Store, and for update purposes, on devices that already have Gmail Go pre-installed. For now, that means only Android O Go edition devices will have the ability to use the app.


If those users prefer, they can choose to install the regular Gmail app, too, and use both side-by-side.


Gmail Go is joining a growing list of Go edition apps, including YouTube Go, Files Go, Google Go, Google Maps Go, Google and Assistant Go.

Пятница, 09 февраля 2018 00:49

Chrome will soon mark all unencrypted pages as ‘not secure’

Google’s Chrome browser will soon flag every site that doesn’t use HTTPS encryption. Starting in July, with the launch of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ and prominently highlight this in its URL bar.


Over the course of the last few years, Google has strongly advocated for the use of HTTPS to help keep your browsing data safe from anybody who could be spying on your web traffic while it’s in transit between your browser and a server. With Chrome 62, Google already started marking all HTTP sites that had data entry fields as insecure and even back in 2016, it already started showing the same warning for all sites that asked for passwords and credit cards.


With this upcoming update, every HTTP site will be flagged as ‘not secure,’ whether it includes input fields or not.


Developers have clearly heard the call. Google notes that 81 of the top 100 sites on the web now use HTTPS by default and that 80 percent of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac and 70 percent of traffic from Chrome on Windows is now protected. For Chrome traffic on Android, that number is 68 percent.


Still, this means that there are (and probably always will be) plenty of sites that haven’t made the move yet. Thanks to projects like Let’s Encrypt and others, it’s now easier than ever to enable HTTPS for virtually any site. Still, the process of enabling HTTPS for existing sites isn’t always trivial and chances are that some webmasters and developers will simply opt to keep things running as they are, no matter the warnings that Chrome will soon show their visitors.

Самое крупное вознаграждение — $112,5 тысячи — получил специалист, обнаруживший эксплойт в смартфоне Pixel.


В 2017 году Google в рамках программы bug bounty выплатила $2,9 млн 274 различным исследователям в области безопасности за обнаруженные уязвимости. Об этом говорится в официальном блоге компании.


Основную часть этой суммы — $1,1 млн — получили исследователи, обнаружившие уязвимости в Google и Android. Также Google выделила $125 тысяч 50 исследователям по всему миру в рамках своей программы грантов на изучение уязвимостей. Ещё $50 тысяч компания выделила тем, кто улучшает безопасность программного обеспечения с открытым кодом. Оставшуюся сумму получили исследователи, которые нашли недостатки в системе Chrome.


Самое крупное вознаграждение — $112 500 — получил исследователь Гуан Гун (Guang Gong), который в августе 2017 года обнаружил цепочку эксплойтов в смартфонах Pixel.


Пользователь под псевдонимом gzobqq получил $100 тысяч. Он нашёл ошибки, позволяющие удалённо выполнить код в режиме гостя в операционной системе Chrome. Специалисту по кибербезопасности Алексу Бирсану Google выплатила $15 600 — он нашёл ошибку в баг-трекере, через который сотрудники компании отслеживают все сообщения о неисправностях и уязвимостях.


С момента запуска программы bug bounty в ноябре 2010 года Google выплатила пользователям и специалистам почти $12 млн.

Google announced today it’s adding a series of features to Google Search and other products to help users looking for the latest information about the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.


As the company often does for major events, extra information will begin to appear at the top of Google Search results after being triggered by various keywords and search terms. In addition, Google will connect users to live video, VR video, plus Google Earth and Street View imagery related to the Winter Games.


For example, if you search for Winter Olympics, Google will return a list of the various sports as small thumbnails you can click into to get updates – like which athletes won. It will also use your current location to provide updates about your country’s own ranking in terms of medals count, as well as display the top news stories from the Games, and more.


Also notable is how Google is incorporating YouTube into the search results.


Starting tomorrow, February 8, 2018, the search results will return select Olympic Winter Games video highlights from official Olympic broadcasters on YouTube. This feature will be live in over 80 countries worldwide, and includes participation from a range of broadcast partners, like  NBCUniversal (USA), BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), France TV (France), and Eurosport (Rest of Europe), says Google.


In the US, Google’s over-the-top streaming service for cord cutters, YouTube TV, will stream live coverage of the Olympics. And in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal, the Winter Games will be aired live for free for the first time on the Olympic Channel on YouTube.


VR coverage is also available for YouTube TV subscribers, who can now use their credentials to log into the NBC Sports VR app. The app will offer the ability to stream over 50 hours of NBC’s live video coverage, including the Opening Ceremony, alpine skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, curling and more.


In Europe, the Eurosport VR app offers similar VR coverage.


Google has integrated Olympics content into Google Earth and Street View, too. In the former, there’s now a “sports” category in the Google Earth Voyager educational feature that will include five stories about the Winter Games, like ski jumping destinations, the Olympic Torch relay, and travel itineraries in South Korea.


Street View, meanwhile, has been updated with new imagery of the stadiums, plus the towns and cities near Pyeongchang.


Google Assistant will answer questions about the Olympics as well – something its rival Alexa is also now offering. And NBC is launching an Olympics-themed trivia game for the Google Assistant platform, too.

For the longest time now, Google Photos has used its machine learning magic to automatically create movies for you based on your recent trips or around special occasions. What you couldn’t do, though, was tell Google Photos to create these movies on demand. That’s changing today, as Google has now launched the ability to create themed movies via the app or web on demand.


Google says it timed this launch around Valentine’s Day, but that’s only one of the options. The others include movies around your cats and dogs (but not both at the same time), your kids (or those of your friends and family members), a selfie movie, “Smiles of 2017,” Mother’s and Father’s Day movies and, on a sadder note, “In Loving Memory.” 


For these movies, you simply select the people or animals who should star in them and Google will automatically try to find the best images and videos, set them to the appropriate music and give you the full video a minute or two after you started the process.


Because Google neither knows who is a father, mother or dead, you can obviously create these movies for everybody. I’m sure your friends would love to be featured in your “In Loving Memory” movies.


Indeed, don’t expect too many smarts here, as Google Photos also happily created a “Meow Movie” for people. The only real difference between movies, it seems, is the song that plays in the background. For the “Meow Movie,” for example, that song used the word “meow” way too many times. I’m not sure what I expected when I first tried this, but it was more.


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