More Google Google's Chromebook looks like a Surface knock-off Are Google's new devices priced right? 5 reasons to choose Pixel 3 over an iPhone or Galaxy Is Pixel Slate a threat to the iPad or Surface? Pixel Slate's problem: The Android apps are awful 10 reasons the Galaxy Note 9 is better than the Pixel 3 XL for business In courting Android users, which path should companies follow? Is it the one that Google advocated at its signature developer event I/O? Or the one that goes with its own hardware? This year, the distance between what was deemed good for the goose at its developer I/O event in Mountain View and what was good for the Google at its Made by Google event in New York City went beyond geography.Also: Android turns 10: Google's fierce iPhone rival had a stumbling start CNETThings started typically enough with Google's new Pixel 3 phones, which run on the latest version of Android. Even in a relatively concise Pixel 3 presentation, Google made a strong case for … [Read more...] about Google to device makers: You do you, and I’ll do me
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A new Trojan has been unmasked by researchers which pretends to be a Google service on infected Android devices. The malware, dubbed "GPlayed," is a Trojan which labels itself "Google Play Marketplace" and uses a very similar icon to the standard Google Play app in order to dupe victims into believing the software is legitimate. According to researchers from Cisco Talos, GPlayed is "extremely powerful" and its key strengths are flexibility and the ability to adapt after deployment. The Trojan contains a number of interesting built-in capabilities. Written in .NET using the Xamarin mobile environment, GPlayed's main .DLL is called Reznov, which, in turn, contains a root class called "eClient." The malware has been given a modular infrastructure which is able to remotely load plugins installed in real-time or when the malware is compiled and packaged. "This means that the authors or the operators can add capabilities without the need to recompile and upgrade the Trojan package on … [Read more...] about This Trojan masquerades as Google Play to hide on your phone in plain sight
Amazon introduced a flurry of new Alexa gadgets at a whirlwind event in Seattle last month. Key among them, a brand new version of Amazon's Alexa best-seller, the $50 Echo Dot. Like the versions that came before it, the new, third-gen Echo Dot is a puckish, pint-sized smart speaker that's really made to be connected with other, bigger audio setups via Bluetooth of auxiliary cable. But the new Echo Dot is also noticeably bigger than before -- and Amazon says that's because it beefed up the sound quality on the speaker inside. That move is likely meant to counter Google, which one-upped the Echo Dot as far as sound quality is concerned when it released the equally cheap Google Home Mini. With a new, better-sounding Echo Dot that still costs $50, Alexa's now in a better position to stay competitive with the insurgent Google Assistant. So how's the new Dot sound? So glad you asked. Now playing: Watch this: The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? 1:54 Dot … [Read more...] about Amazon’s new Echo Dot vs. the Google Home Mini: Which sounds better?
One of the most anticipated smartphone throwdowns of the year -- the 2018 iPhones and Google Pixel 3 -- will be about far more than just phones. The competition will go to the root of Apple's iOS 12 software versus Google's Android Pie.Although Apple and Google are located about 9 miles away from one another in the heart of Silicon Valley, their philosophies are worlds apart. Google's Android OS is about openness (but that can lead to fragmentation) and Apple's iOS is about making a tight system work well (but many services only function within Apple's relatively narrow device ecosystem). Now Playing: Watch this: iOS 12 beta may hide clues about the 2018 iPhones 5:04 Google has made Android 9 Pie official -- it's out of beta and working on existing phones, while iOS 12 is still in beta. That means we can assess their current features side by side, but with the understanding that Apple and Google are likely to save some surprises for the actual launch of their rumored … [Read more...] about Google Android Pie versus Apple iOS 12: Guess who’s winning now
Google launched its new “Google One” cloud storage plans back in May and started rolling its paid storage customers over to the new service. Today, Google is opening up Google One for new U.S. customers. Here’s what you get and how Google’s new cloud storage offerings stack up against the competition. This post was originally published in May 2018 and was updated with new information about Google One in August 2018. Google One: Way better than older Google Drive storage plans Let’s talk storage. Here’s how Google One changes up what the company previously offered for Google Drive: 15GB: Still free. Keep going crazy. 100GB: $2/mo 200GB: $3/mo (new!) 1TB: $10/mo (gone!) 2TB: $20/mo $10/mo 10TB: $100/mo 20TB: $200/mo 30TB: $300/mo In addition to that, Google One subscribers can share their storage allotment with up to five family members—or roommates, if you want to go that route, so long as one person doesn’t mind being responsible … [Read more...] about Google One Is Now Available to Everyone in the U.S., But Is It a Good Deal?