Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google launches Lightsaber Escape, an browser game that turns your phone into a lightsaber

lightsaber escapeGoogle’s latest Chrome experiment involves your computer, your smartphone, and a lightsaber, and it’s as cool as it sounds.

The browser-based game links your desktop (or laptop) with your smartphone, and allows you to play the game by using your phone as the hilt of a lightsaber. It’s an extremely unique way to play a game, especially one that’s based in a web browser. Read more

Google Safe Browsing comes to Android and Google Chrome in latest Play Services update

Google_ChromeGoogle Safe Browsing currently protects over a billion users on the web by blocking tons of malware, social engineering, and bloated software. It’s been available on desktop platforms for years, but now Google is bringing that extra layer of security to mobile devices, too.

Google Play Services 8.1 brings support for Safe Browsing, and the first app to support it is, of course, Google Chrome. It’s on by default, and just like on the desktop version of Chrome, if you try to visit a malware-infected site with Safe Browsing on, Chrome will block the website and prompt for your permission before going any further. Read more

Google Chrome surpasses 800 million monthly mobile users

 

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As you may or may not know, Google is in the midst of holding its annual 2-day Chrome Developer Summit in California. During the conference’s opening ceremony this morning, the search engine giant revealed that the mobile version of its Chrome browser is currently being used by more than 800 million people each month, which is pretty impressive seeing as this time last year, the amount of Chrome mobile users was only estimated to be approximately 400 million — so in the last twelve months alone, it has doubled its user base. By the end of Q1 2016, Google expects there to be over one billion users using the service.

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Vulnerability in Chrome could allow attackers to take control of Android devices

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In Tokyo, Japan, at the PacSec conference, security researcher Guang Gong revealed an exploit he developed over the past three months that enables a hacker to take control of an Android phone with no user interaction outside of clinking on a link in the Chrome browser. The exploit targets the JavaScript v8 engine in order to open the device up to delivery and installation of malicious code. Read more