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Google Drive offers whole PC backup

Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and backup files inside of any folder you point it to. That can include your desktop, your entire documents folder, or other more specific locations. The backup feature will come out later this month, on...

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Google Chrome will automatically block annoying ads in 2018

Google’s Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience, the company confirmed on Thursday. Publishers will be able to understand how they will be affected through a tool Google is dubbing “The Ad Experience Report.” It will basically score a publisher’s site and inform them which of their ads are “annoying experiences.”...

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Google Docs has a sophisticated phishing attack

If someone invites you to edit a file in Google Docs today, don’t open it — it may be spam from a phishing scheme that’s been spreading quickly this afternoon. As detailed on Reddit, the attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, takes them to a real Google sign-in screen, then asks them to “continue to Google Docs.” But this...

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Google’s new invisible Captcha can only be seen by bots

Google just killed the Captcha, perhaps the most obstructive thing on the entire internet. For years, Captcha served as the primary way of telling humans and robots apart on the internet. It made sure that the person looking to access a website was actually a human being – ensuring that robots couldn’t be used to send spam or flood a website with requests, for...

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Google remains quiet about mass logout

The baffling mass logout of Google accounts last week was the result of accidental OAuth token invalidation, a cause Google acknowledged, but only to a subset of those affected. On February 24, an unknown number of people who had been logged into their Google accounts found they had been logged out and had to re-authenticate themselves to log back in. The credential removal occurred...

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Cloudflare memory leak caused by parser bug

Last Friday, Tavis Ormandy from Google’s Project Zero contacted Cloudflare to report a security problem with our edge servers. He was seeing corrupted web pages being returned by some HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. It turned out that in some unusual circumstances, which I’ll detail below, our edge servers were running past the end of a buffer and returning memory that contained private information...

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Gmail support for old Chrome, Vista, and XP stops by 2018

Google has announced that all of Google Chrome older versions will stop being compatible with Gmail by the end of 2017. Google Chrome version 53 and its previous versions will no more be compatible with Gmail in the next coming months as the report has suggested. Starting from the month of February all Google Chrome users of earlier versions will see a statement on...

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Chrome 57 permanently enables DRM

The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page. How EME Brought Mandatory DRM On The...

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Chromebooks support Android Apps and Play Store

Play Store and Android apps access on Chromebooks were announced in May of 2016 and in the time since, they have rolled as developer then stable builds to the Asus Chromebook Flip and Acer Chromebook R11 as well as the Google Chromebook Pixel 2. We know that the functionality will be coming to more of the existing Chromebooks down the line, but we didn’t know how it would...

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Google RAISR debuts and saves 75% bandwidth

Google just released  an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data without sacrificing photo quality. Claiming to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth, RAISR analyzes both low and high-quality versions of the same image. Once analyzed, it learns what makes the larger version superior and simulates the differences on the smaller version. In essence, it’s...