Google Calendar appears to have a bug that could create some embarrassing situations for users or even produce a security breach for some users. Through the Google web interface, it has been discovered that invites for private events may be triggered if an email address is included in the title. Users may be familiar with how Google tries to interpret the information in a title if they have ever included time and date info in the field. Including the schedule info will cause Google Calendar to populate those fields even though the data was typed into the title. Apparently Google handles email addresses the same way in some instances, assuming a user wants to invite someone to an event if their email address is in the title. » Read the rest
Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.
Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.
Source: FOSS Patents
Whether or not you are heavy user on Google+, one thing we have to agree on is the Hangouts feature is pretty cool. Hangouts can be just a simple one on one with your friend, or there are a number of on-air live Hangouts that you can check out regularly. Even President Obama has appeared in Hangouts in the past, but Google and the President have something different in store for next week.
After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to Congress, he will “travel” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour on Friday, January 31 via Google+ Hangouts. People from across the United States will get to ask President Obama questions regarding his State of the Union address.
Here’s the drawback to Google recently implemented voice recognition into Chrome; malicious websites can utilize that voice recognition to listen in and possibly record you.
Before you freak out, that sounds significantly worse than it actually is. The “exploit,” according to developer Tal Ater, involves a website asking for your permission to use your microphone for whatever purpose. Afterwards, that site can exploit a bug in Chrome’s voice recognition to listen in on you. A site may launch a pop-up to continue listening in even if you’ve closed the tab for that particular site. » Read the rest
Are the Nexus 5′s two color options just too boring for you? You may want to keep an eye out for Google to announce a few more colors for the stock Android handset. According to a leaked video showing a new Play Store listing for the Nexus 5, Google may begin selling the Nexus in 8 different color schemes; black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. That’s enough colors that just about anyone should be able to find one that they like.
There’s not much else in the video, but if this is real, it’s definitely going to be a big announcement. Personally, I like the red option. Check out the video below and let us know which color looks the best to you. » Read the rest
Over on the XDA Developers site, forum member pcelli figured out how to get a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch working with his Nexus 5 smartphone. This had to be done on an unofficial basis as up to now Samsung has only enabled support for the Galaxy Gear with other Samsung devices. Although there have been some hints indicating Samsung may eventually break down the wall around that particular garden, getting a Galaxy Gear to work with a non-Samsung device may never be officially supported. » Read the rest
For a limited time you can get 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases from the Google Play Store. These include The Nexus 5 Bumper Case ($26.24), LG QuickCover for the Nexus 5 ($37.49), Nexus 7 sleeve ($22.49), Nexus 7 Folio (out of stock), and Nexus 7 case ($37.49).
You don’t need to enter a coupon code or any other funny business. The discounted prices are already reflected when you add them to your cart. Google is saying this is for a limited time, but we don’t know for how long, so don’t hesitate.
source: Google Play
Shortly after the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, news circulated the internet suggesting that Google was working on an eight inch Nexus tablet. This news was all but confirmed with a photo that was found online. Google quickly squashed rumors though with a touched up photo that made it look like a Nexus 7. The idea of the Nexus 8 was dead. However, if current rumors are correct, it may have risen from the grave.
If recent reports are any indication, Google is taking a hit on the second generation Nexus 7 due to competitors having lower-priced devices. That hit, may have pushed Google to consider a bigger Nexus. According to supply chain sources, Google may debut an eight inch Nexus by mid-2014 (typically the time frame the Nexus 7 debuts). Asus would also be making this tablet and it would run on Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform. More information regarding the new Google tablet is said to be unveiled over the next month.
Of course, it’s good to remain skeptical given the back and forth this tablet has already had. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
A lot of people saw Google’s purchase of Nest, the popular modern thermostat manufacturer, as a sign of some pretty scary things to come.
For example: If you have your (internet-connected) thermostat set to stop heating your home while you’re on vacation, Nest (and now Google) will have access to that information. Imagine if that information was leaked, hacked, or sold to advertisers— do you really want the world knowing when you’re on vacation or out of your home? I certainly don’t.
Paranoid Android has locked itself in as one of the premiere Android custom ROMs, and we have some good news for those of you who are fans of the PA team.
The third Beta version has been released for Paranoid Android 4, which is compatible with a series of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. You can find the download link for the ROM through the source link below.
The updated version brings a series of new features, which are included in the official changelog after the break.