The internet will be a safer place thanks to Google’s Project Zero

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Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.

Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.

This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.

source: Google Online Security

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis pairs with Google to make smart contact lenses a reality

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Well that didn’t take long.

Just yesterday, former Google X director Babak Parviz announced he was leaving Google to work for Amazon.

Since he’s left, Google has already announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to commercialize Google’s smart contact lens technology, one of Parviz’s main projects.

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Relive Google I/O in under 2 minutes

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Google I/O was only 2 full days, but it was jam packed with probably more stuff than any of the previous years. We are all very busy and can’t always find the time to watch the entire keynote or many of the sessions that happened over the course of the 2 days. Well here’s Google to the rescue with a short video highlighting all the important stuff. When I say short, I mean short. We are talking 1 minute and 42 seconds to be exact. I think we can all find that much time, so hit the break to watch the video. And if you need to catch up on any news from Google I/O, click here.

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Jumping Ship: Google Glass lead creator ditching for Amazon

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We’ve seen some pretty wild ideas come out of Google X Labs in the past few years — Google Glass for one, Google Contact Lenses, driverless cars and Project Loon are just a few.

But now it seems that the man responsible for all that, Babak Parviz, (now-former) Google X director, will be leaving the company to work on new projects with Amazon.

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Low-end processor support indicates that Chromebooks can get even cheaper

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Thought $199 was cheap for a Chromebook? Or how about $179 for a Chromebox? Get ready, because the race to the bottom for a Chrome OS device has not even started. Found within the code for the backbone of Chrome OS is support for a low-end processor with the source being MediaTek. Low-end means that the prices would drop; however, do know that performance would also drop. Currently, there are Chromebooks out there that experience problems with multiple tabs being opened at once. That is why Intel stepped forward to support the operating system with quality processors at decent price points. That company has backed Chromebooks with its Bay Trail, Celeron, and Haswell processors.

Source: Chromium
Via: Engadget

Google Camera gets another update with Photo Sphere improvements

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Google released an update to the Google Camera on the Play Store just a few days ago that brought some Android Wear functionality. Also part of that update isn’t quite as big, but it does fix a lot of issues that users had with Photo Sphere and related modes.

Photo Sphere has been improved so it has a larger target area, which is extremely helpful in bright sunlight. This change should make creating Photo Spheres much, much easier. Aside from that small tweak, Photo Spheres should use less memory during the stitching process, which will supposedly cut down on crashes in the camera app. That performance change should also affect related camera modes, including Fish Eye, Panorama, and Wide Angle.

source: Google+

[APK Download] Update to Google Camera puts Android Wear devices to work

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Need a way to snap photos with your smartphone without actually touching your smartphone? Don’t laugh, it can be done! The latest update to the Google Camera app makes it possible to do just that. Now, when paired with an Android Wear device, users can use the display as a remote shutter button. In addition to tapping to shutter, the smartwatch can also show a countdown for when the photo will be taken. And finally, the update allows Android Wear devices to display photos that were just taken.

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[APK Download] Gmail app update allows sharing Drive files

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One of the most common things to do when composing an email is attaching a file. With any email client, this is pivotal. For some reason though, the Gmail app for Android has lacked the ability to attach files from Drive. That changes today with an update that allows users to insert files from Drive. If the file is not already shared with the recipient, you can quickly do so from within the app.

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