Google rolls out Trusted Contacts

With all the technology out there meant to connect people, Google think it’s about time to adapt that to emergency situations. According to Mashable, the company’s new app, Trusted Contacts, allows friends and family members to remotely share their location with one touch, allowing you to notify your loved ones after any kind of disaster or accident. This is similar to Apple’s Find My Friends, but the difference is that Trusted Contacts is an opt in program, and doesn’t share your information without prior permission. After downloading Trusted Contacts, you can designate specific contacts in your address as “trusted.” These

Read More »

Gmail finally lets you un-send on your phone

Maybe it’s because of that spelling mistake you always make, or because you accidentally entered the wrong Brian’s email address – either way, we’ve all had that moment where we immediately regret sending an email. Thankfully, the newly updated Gmail update for iOS allows you to hit the undo button. According to Mashable, the brand new “Undo Send” button for mobile allows the user to quickly reverse the user’s mistake, moments after they’ve hit send. The only catch is that you must make this decision within five seconds, unlike the desktop version that gives you thirty. Along with the undo

Read More »

Google wants it faster!

Google wants to make Chrome faster for all. According to Tech Crunch, Google announced a project to reduce memory usage in early October. At the same time, it quietly began work on optimizations to make its browser run fifteen percent faster than before. This will benefit Windows users, because Google has been using Microsoft’s so-called Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) technology. PGO is a feature of Microsoft’s Visual Studio developer tools used for measuring how users interact with a given application. This data can be used to optimize the most often used functions of a program. In this case, Chrome. Google

Read More »

Meet Google’s “Allo”

Google has launched a new app called Allo which aims to be your very own virtual assistant for online conversations. According to an article by CTV, Allo is a “smart” alternative for conversations. For example, if someone types “Want to get sushi?” Allo will supply you with a list of restaurant recommendations. This way, you don’t have to exit the app and look up this information in a separate platform. Allo wants to do it all. While the concept is certainly tempting, there are a lot of messaging apps out there. Do we need another? Google thinks you’ll embrace Allo’s

Read More »

Google Wants to Help You Vote

Google has recently released a feature that will help U.S users register to vote. With a critical federal election coming up, and voter turnout being so important, Google’s program could potentially make a difference. When someone searches for “register to vote” in the U.S, the search engine will now display detailed guidelines, voting requirements, and how to register based on the user’s state. This information will be available both on your PC and mobile device. Of course this information has been available on the web, but Google’s plan is lay it out simply so that everyone has a chance to

Read More »

Google Cutting Out the Android Middleman

Google reportedly has its own smartphones and smartwatches ready for release by the end of 2016. With the widespread global success of Android OS, it makes sense that Google would want to keep more of the profits for itself. Google started by partnering with manufacturers like Samsung or HTC to sell Android-based third-party devices. It has also recently relied on Nexus devices, which were manufactured in collaboration with a number of tech firms. But now Google is cutting out the middlemen and selling in-house devices under the Google brand. The first, Android Nougat, is set for release this fall. Google’s

Read More »

A Quarter of Users Abandon Apps After One Try

There are a lot of apps in the world, and nobody has the time or space for all of them. The iTunes App Store is host to more than 1.5 million applications, while Google Play has over 2 million. The number of available apps could be overkill – a recent study found one in four users download an app and only use it once. The Localytics study looked at a user base of 37,000 people and found that 62 percent of them will use an app less than 11 times. That’s not good news for developers, since it is a

Read More »

FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

Read More »

Internet Explorer Dethroned by Chrome

Internet users around the world have spoken, pronouncing Chrome their brower of choice. For the first time, Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer, now being used by 41.7 percent of PC users. Microsoft’s IE still has 41.3 percent market share, with the next choice being Mozilla Firefox at 10 percent. This probably doesn’t seem like huge news, especially if you use the web on your phone more often than your computer. Google’s browser has long been dominant on mobile devices, accounting for 49 percent of mobile usage, followed by Apple’s Safari at 29 percent. In the mobile world, Internet Explorer lags

Read More »

Android Updates Boost Accessibility

Smartphones make our lives so easy we don’t often think of the challenges they pose for individuals with disabilities. Google is working to make their products more accessible, releasing a group of updates including Voice Access Beta, which allows anyone to control their phone by talking to it. Voice Access Beta is meant for “people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons.” It allows users to instruct their device to perform a range of tasks, such as “open Chrome,” or “scroll down.” At the moment, the beta version of Voice Access

Read More »
Archives