Chrome 70 Arrives With Option To Disable Linked Sign-Ins, PWAs On Windows, and AV1 Decoder

Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins, Progressive Web Apps on Windows, the ability for users to restrict extensions’ access to a custom list of sites, an AV1 decoder, and plenty more. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.

An anonymous Slashdot reader adds: “The most anticipated addition to today’s release is a new Chrome setting panel option that allows users to control how the browser behaves when they log into a Google account,” reports ZDNet. “Google added this new setting after the company was accused last month of secretly logging users into their Chrome browser accounts whenever they logged into a Google website.” Chrome 70 also comes with support for the AV1 video format, TLS 1.3 final,


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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Announced With Bigger Screens and Best Cameras Yet

Google on Tuesday unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest flagship Android smartphones. “For life on the go, we designed the world’s best camera and put it in the world’s most helpful phone,” said Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh. From a report: The Pixel 3 starts at $799 for 64GB, with the 3 XL costing $899. Add $100 to either for the 128GB storage option. Core specs for both include a Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM (there’s no option for more), Bluetooth 5.0, and front-facing stereo speakers. Also inside is a new Titan M security chip, which Google says provides “on-device protection for login credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system.” Preorders for both phones begin today, and buyers will get six months of free YouTube Music service. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL both feature larger screens than last year’s models thanks


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Google Revamps Search Engine To Include New Cards and Tags As It Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

As Google celebrates its 20th anniversary, it announced a range of new updates to its namesake search engine. The Mountain View company announced it was drawing on its artificial intelligence capabilities to provide smart videos in Google search with a new “Featured Videos” card. It will start to play videos in results, one after another — but only show the short parts of videos that are relevant to your search. Google, the parent company of which is Alphabet, also introduced an activity card which would show pages a user has visited, at the top of search results. Users will have the ability to delete items from this activity card. The company also introduced “Collections,” through which it will let users save content from the activity card to their collections. Google will then use things you’ve saved, and your history, in order to recommend new content for your collections. CNBC adds:


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Grammarly now saves you from embarrassing mistakes in Google Docs, too

Grammarly now supports Google Docs. Over the course of the last few years, Grammarly has made a name for itself as one of the better grammar and spelling checkers on the market. As a Chrome extension, it neatly integrates with virtually every major online tool and social media site, but until now, Google Docs remained a blind spot.
Because of its real-time collaboration features, the Google Docs editor isn’t just a straight-up text field, after all, so the Grammarly team had to do a bit of extra work to make its service work there. Once you have installed the extension, though, it’ll now work just like in any other web app.
The feature has actually been available as a beta to paying premium users for a little while, but now everybody can give it a try.
It’s interesting to see Grammarly come to Google Docs now. In July, after all, Google announced that


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Google launches Titan Security Key… that is nothing to do with Yubico

Google now has its own hardware security keys — the Titan Security Key. These FIDO-compatible keys include Google firmware that verifies the integrity of security keys at the hardware level. The Titan Security Key offers secure hardware-based two-factor authentication, and is available to Google Cloud customers. The keys are similar to those offered by Yubico — so similar, in fact, that the company has gone out of its way to stress that it is not manufacturing the devices for Google. See also: Google (sort of) redirects Duck.com to DuckDuckGo after complaints of anti-competitive behavior from its search rival Google, Facebook,… [Continue Reading]


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Chrome has a secret Material Design mode — here’s how to enable it

With the launch of Chrome 68 a few days ago, Google changed the way it handled non-HTTPS websites. But the browser update also hides a secret — a Material Design mode that you can enable by tinkering with the relevant hidden settings. The new look is currently available on the desktop and in the iOS version of Chrome, and it gives the browser a much cleaner, fresher look and a bit of a UI rejig. See also: Brace yourself for a slew of security warnings from Chrome Chrome will stop highlighting HTTPS sites as secure Chrome’s RAM usage is higher… [Continue Reading]


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None of Google’s 85,000 Employees Have Been Phished in More Than a Year After Company Required Them to Use Physical Security Keys For 2FA

Google has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of passwords and one-time codes, the company told KrebsOnSecurity. From the report: Security Keys are inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g., a mobile device). A Google spokesperson said Security Keys now form the basis of all account access at Google. “We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google,” the spokesperson said. “Users might be asked to authenticate using their security key for many different apps/reasons. It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in


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Amazon’s Alexa is Getting Clobbered

An anonymous reader writes: In the first quarter of 2016, Amazon Echo held 80% of the global smart assistant market, according to marketing research firm Canalys. Chinese companies were so far behind that they registered zero. But just a year later, Amazon has collapsed to a 28% market share, behind Google Home’s 36% and ahead of China’s Alibaba and Xiaomi with a combined 19%. Amazon had a strong head start with its Echo lineup, which launched in 2014. But now it’s losing ground both in the U.S. and China, the leading markets for the devices.

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Google updates Android Messages so you can send texts from the web

Google is rolling out a series of changes to Android Messages, one of which makes it possible to send text messages from the comfort of your computer. Called “Messages for web” the feature enables users to use a desktop web browser to send SMSes rather than their phone. While this is almost certainly the biggest and most exciting changes for Messages, Google is also pushing a number of other new features to the app, including Smart Replies, GIF search and link previews. See also: Google enters ‘strategic partnership’ with China’s JD.com Android emulator Andy OS seems to be secretly installing… [Continue Reading]


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