Is the $100 Google Mobile Web Developer certificate worth it?

Has your dream always been to be a Google-certified mobile web developer? Well, now is your chance. According to The Next Web (TNW), Google recently launched a certification program for mobile web developers, in which you must successfully pass a “Mobile Web Specialist” exam and interview, in return for a badge that can be used on websites and resumes. Recipients of the certification are also entered into a registry, so that employers can check if their certification is legitimate. The certification costs $99. “The exam content focuses on several fundamental areas, like creating and formatting forms, and rudimentary JavaScript. Google

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Google Chrome to add perma-mute button

Nobody likes noisy popups on websites. In fact, ad blocker extensions might not be so popular if it weren’t for those annoying little videos. If you feel these frustrations, then Google Chrome has a nice surprise for you. According to PC Mag, the browser will soon add a setting that can permanently mute certain web pages. Google’s François Beaufort wrote in a Google+ post on August 25 that Chrome “is currently experimenting with a setting to mute a website directly from the Page Info bubble. This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at

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Beware of this CopyCat malware infecting Android

According to CNET, researchers from Check Point have found that more than fourteen million Android devices around the world have been infected by a new strain of malware called CopyCat. It roots into phones, hijacks apps, and is generating millions of dollars in fraudulent ad revenue. Most of CopyCat’s victims are in Asia, but more than 280,000 of the infected phones are in the United States. Google, who had been tracking the malware for a couple years now, updated Play Protect to block CopyCat. CheckPoint claims there is no evidence of CopyCat being distributed through Google Play – instead users

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Google takes on Microsoft with Chrome Enterprise Bundle

Despite many users’ obvious preference for the Chrome browser, a lot of enterprises remain loyal to Microsoft’s software, including the outdated Internet Explorer or unpopular Microsoft Edge. According to Computer World, Google plans to challenge this loyalty with the release of its “enterprise bundle”, which includes Chrome, management templates, and add-ons for dealing with legacy sites and apps. None of the components to the enterprise bundle are new – they’re all available individually, outside of this package. However, the bundle conveniently lumps them all together, potentially saving businesses time if they want to make the transition. “The new bundle includes

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Malware infects Android phones via Google Play Store

If you’ve been downloading any new games from the Google Play Store lately, pay attention. According to ZDNet, Security researchers at Check Point Software have just discovered a huge malware campaign infecting some of the apps. The malware is called Judy, named after the cartoon, doll-like character many of the malicious apps feature. Judy is spread across 41 different apps developed by the same developer, a Korean team called Kiniwini, whose software has been downloaded by around 18 million Android users. Some of these apps have been available for years and are frequently updated. The malware is also infecting apps

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Android, make room for Fuchsia

Google has been working on a new operating system for smartphones and tablets, which has the potential to be released as early as this summer. According to TechNewsWorld, the project is called Fuchsia and has been handled very discreetly. Fuchsia is moving away from Google’s long-time association with Linux. The project is supposed to have an entirely Google feel, achieved by doing away with the Linux kernel that was integral to past operating systems, as well as the General Public License under which most operating systems function. The OS is the brainchild of Travis Geiselbrecht – who has worked in

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Google announced new cloud platform, Cloud IoT Core

On May 16th, Google announced a new cloud platform to help enterprises collect data from a vast network of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It’s called Google Cloud IoT Core, and according to Google’s cloud product manager, Indranil Chakraborty, it connects globally distributed devices to Google’s Cloud Platform, where they can be centrally managed and integrated with Google’s data analytics services. According to Computer World, Google has been testing the new service with Energyworx, an American company of 40 workers, and loyal users of Google’s cloud services since 2014. Energyworx provides data analytics to utility companies to help them optimize

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Google Docs becomes latest medium for phishing scams

Recently, Google Docs fell prey to a rather sophisticated phishing scam which tricked people into giving up access to their Google accounts. According to CNET, Google responded quickly to fix the situation. According to reports, the ruse appears to have mainly targeted journalists and educators. Users received an email linking them to a rogue app – which looked like Google Docs – and were asked to grant the app permission to use their Gmail account. If the user granted access, they had been effectively phished without even having revealed their password. Even worse, if a user fell for the email

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Google takes on Pinterest with Similar Items tab

Copycatting is just part of the deal when it comes to tech companies it seems. It started with Facebook stories, and now Google is adapting its search platform to win back some users who might prefer Pinterest. The company’s mobile web and Android app will now feature a “Similar Items” tab, which will point users to more products they love, particularly in regards to fashion and apparel. In cooperation with “Similar Items” users will also have access to “Style Ideas,” which will “surface inspirational lifestyle images and outfits that show off the fashion product images [they] had been browsing,” according

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The new commuter-friendly update for Google Maps

If you’re an Android user and/or a commuter, you might be interested to know that your Google Maps app has recently undergone a useful makeover. According to The Verge, Users can now easily access a new information panel at the bottom of their home screen, giving them an option for three new tabs. One gives information on useful nearby amenities such as restaurants and ATMs. Another provides real-time commuter information, including traffic estimates. The third displays public transportation details, such as estimated time of arrival for upcoming trains and city buses. While this seems like a small update overall, it

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