The chairman of the media regulator Ofcom has said she believes internet businesses such as Google and Facebook are publishers, raising the prospect that they could eventually face more regulation. Dame Patricia Hodgson also revealed that the board of Ofcom discussed how the internet could be regulated in the future at a strategy day last week, although she said this was ultimately a matter for the government. Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are under growing pressure over the growth of fake news – including stories allegedly pushed by Russia before the 2016 US election – the spread of extremist content such as terrorist propaganda videos, and whether the sites should pay news providers for content. Hodgson was speaking to MPs at a hearing of the digital, culture, media and sport committee. Asked about the rise of fake news and whether internet companies should face greater regulation, Hodgson said: “Those particular distribution systems [Facebook etc] are not … [Read more...] about Ofcom chair raises prospect of regulation for Google and Facebook
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. money money The date, as well as the amount, are prominently displayed under your total. Jason England 9 Dec 2019 2 Source: Android CentralWhat you need to know Google Opinion Rewards now shows you when your next credit will expire. It can be found directly under your total on the main screen of the app. Previously, you could only check it via the Play Store app, but it only gave you a date, not the amount. Back in November, we covered the case of the mysteriously disappearing Google Play credits that were earned from the Google Opinion Rewards app. At that time, Google announced via an updated support page that it was working on a way to warn users when credits would expire. Source: Android Central While it has been Google's policy that credits expire after a year, it has never been easy to check on when exactly they will expire. The only method involved opening the Play Store app and checking your … [Read more...] about Google Opinion Rewards adds expiration date for your credits
Take a look at your Google Chrome. Go on, I'll wait for you. So, how many tabs do you have open? If you're like me, I'll bet it's a lot, but fear now! Help is at hand. Here's how you can take back control and make your browser a happier, more productive place to work. Must read: Ten cool and useful gadgets that make great last-minute gifts, and all are under $50 #1: DON'T USE TABS AS BOOKMARKS Use bookmarks as bookmarks. Leaving tabs open because you want to go back to that page or remember where you saw something is the biggest cause of tab overload. Don't do it! Awesome Google Chrome extensions (May 2019... SEE FULL GALLERY 1 - 5 of 58 NEXT PREV #2: USE THE POWER OF THE RIGHT-CLICK The first thing worth exploring is how to work with tabs using the right-click. Try it now. Right-click on a tab and look at the options you have available. There are some powerful features on offer there: New Tab to the RightReloadDuplicatePin TabMute SiteClose Close … [Read more...] about Too many Google Chrome tabs open? Here are tips on how to take back control!
Google is recruiting a team of experienced hackers who will be charged with hunting down serious weaknesses in internet security in the hope they can prevent the most advanced cyber attacks. The Project Zero team, announced by Google’s “researcher herder” and security chief Chris Evans, will look to protect users of some of the web's most commonly used tools, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and other connected software. “You should be able to use the web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect your computer, steal secrets or monitor your communications,” Evans said in a blog post. Project Zero will spend much of its time finding “zero-day vulnerabilities” - tech speak for software weaknesses that are unknown to the wider world and are often used to hack people’s computers or smartphones so they can be spied upon. As these vulnerabilities are usually unknown to the software … [Read more...] about Google uncloaks Project Zero security team set to defend the internet
The smart speaker is reinvigorating the news summary format common in broadcast with quick headlines and context consumable in a compact package. We at the Lab are experimenting with synthesising such a bulletin, designed for Google Assistant and based on existing Guardian journalism and curation. Available for Google Home and Google Assistant The application is available from Google and you can check it out on Google Home devices or through the Google Assistant on your smartphone by saying, “Hey Google, talk to the Guardian Briefing.” Although we make in-depth podcasts, the Guardian does not produce anything appropriate for this format in audio. We do, however, create visual, predominantly text-based packages in the form of newsletters and morning briefings. The Lab is attempting to create this well-understood audio summary content by blending human and synthetic voices, harnessing the power of text-to-speech technology on the Assistant platform. Smart speakers create new … [Read more...] about Guardian news to start your day, adapted for Google Assistant
Google’s new Pixel 3 smartphones attempt to push the computational photography envelope, challenging Apple’s new iPhone XS and Samsung’s Galaxy S9. As with last year’s Pixel 2, Google is further flexing its artificial-intelligence muscle, with more and more local AI-driven features across every facet of the device, from the camera and smart Gmail replies to battery life and device control. “We’ve been very thoughtful about how we design phones, thinking about their purpose for consumers,” said Mario Queiroz, head of Google’s Pixel. “We want to make sure we have a the right balance between being really helpful but not intrusive, being delightful but not controlling, simple but not cumbersome.” The Pixel devices look familiar on the outside, with a two-tone back that is now all glass with two finishes – polished at the top and etched at the bottom. Both devices come with increased screen sizes and IP68 water resistance. … [Read more...] about Google launches Pixel 3 smartphones and Pixel Slate tablet