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Google Play Store Finally Trumps Apple’s App Store In Total Number of Apps Available

Posted on 30 January 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Fans from either end of the mobile device operating system spectrum will always be in a perpetual debate about which one is the best when it comes to Apple’s iOS against Android. Earning Google’s Android operating system, a bonus point is the announcement that the Google Play store now has more apps than Apple’s App store.

Apple has for many years prided themselves with the massive sales figures of iOS devices and their much-talked-about number of app downloads from the App Store. According to appFigures, Android’s Google Play store now has over 1.43 million apps for devices running a version of Android. That is slightly more than Apple Store’s total of 1.21 million accounted for by the end of 2014.

Android’s flexible platform as allowed developers to create a wide array of apps catering to the mass market flooded with various devices that run the Android operating system. Looking at the landscape of iOS devices, Apple has a stronghold on what apps are approved and placed on the Apple Store, potentially slowing the growing number of apps to a certain point. Now, that point has been reached where the Google Play store is now retaining its dominance with the total number of apps.

Total number of Apps by App Store – Source: appFigures

The excitement of Android and the many onslaughts of Android devices has been a force to reckon with. This news is not all that surprising considering how Apple iOS devices are only limited to what Apple produces, those being iPhones, iPads and, well, that’s pretty much it. When it comes to Android there are is a plethora of devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, HP, and even Motorola. The Android landscape is just so vast.

In any given time, you are bound to see one of your friends, coworkers, or family sport a new device that runs some version of Android. Of course, the angry gorilla in the room remains to be the stability and security of Android apps as we have seen cases where there is a multitude of Android apps filled with malware or vulnerabilities. Moreover, Android apps are more susceptible to being unstable. iOS apps, on the other hand, have been through a quality check and are never released into the wild until they get the stamp of approval from Apple.

It was all bound to happen, Android was the turtle in the race against the infamous hare and the turtle has wised up from all of the hares “tricks” over the years with the help of clever mobile device manufacturers. With this news it is not to say Apple is in trouble by any means of being dominated by Android devices, it means that there is viable competition on a vast landscape that has many corners to claim.

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Beware: Scam Designed to Steal Gmail Info Is Difficult to Catch

Posted on 25 March 2014 by GranTorinoGuy

Hackers and cybercrooks are always on the leading edge of exploiting computer users and one of the latest scams is one that is almost impossible to catch where it pretends to be a Google document leading to a Gmail login interface that steals your login information.

Many of us use Google in some shape or form and there is a large population that utilizes actual Google services including Gmail and Google Docs. Scammers are sending out spam emails that contain an alleged Google doc that directs you to a webpage that resembles a Google Drive login and sign-up page. This Google Drive page is rather clever in that it is almost identical to the legitimate login page, which is part of why this scam is difficult to detect or catch.

The fake pages created by hackers in this scam is yet another extension of how cybercrooks are crafty in creating phishing sites that closely resemble the legitimate form that it is attempting to mimic. In the case of the Google Drive login phishing page, most computer users will not be able to decipher the real one and the phishing page as shown in figure 1 and 2 respectfully.

Figure 1. Fake Google Drive sign-in page

Figure 2. Legitimate Google Drive sign-in page

Using the fake login page will collect your login details providing hackers with unadulterated access to your Google account, which could allow cybercrooks to pilfer your personal life by accessing items within your Gmail account and others.

As an answer to this massive scam, Google has taken action to remove the fake pages. “We’ve removed the fake pages and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again,” a representative from Google explained to the press. “If you think you may have accidentally given out your account information, please reset your password.”

In some cases, this scam is customized for different users where some systems may load a different version of the Google Drive phishing page. For now, computer users should still be on the lookout for phishing scams like this one even though Google is cracking down on them. Remember, hackers are relentless in their actions to continually attack unsuspecting computer users. In the case of this recent Google Drive phishing attack, the unsuspecting can be anyone as this clever scam is difficult to catch even for so-called computer experts.


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Google Chrome Adds ‘Reset’ Feature For Detecting & Preventing Browser Hijacker Actions

Posted on 06 February 2014 by GranTorinoGuy

Google has upped the ante when it comes to internet security by adding a new feature to prevent browser hijacking on top of its ability to quickly reset browser settings. This new feature will now prompt users when the browser detects that it has been hijacked by an add-on or other software just installed.

Browser Hijackers are a serious issue and are growing by the minute. Usually PC users get browser hijackers on their system through the download of Freeware or some type of shareware program. Once this app installs, it will load a browser hijacker program that changes internet settings to load an alternate default home page on your browser.

The new browser hijacker detection system on Google Chrome will now display an alert asking if you would like to reset altered Chrome settings. This alert comes about in the event that it noticed another program attempting to change default or current settings within the browser, mainly being the default home page or default search engine site.

Google Chrome already had a quick reset option built into it but it took the action of the computer user to use it and most times it was too late after a browser hijacker conducted its malicious actions.

We look for this new feature to be very beneficial for computer users in the case that aggressive browser hijackers are installed and attempt to alter your settings, it can be stopped dead in its tracks. However, it is still in a computer user’s best interest to completely remove any browser hijacker software on their system. Allowing browser hijackers to continually run on your system may initiate this feature to display its alerts each time you open up a new browser window until the hijacker is completely removed.

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How to ‘undo’ that email you sent and get it back

Posted on 25 August 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Now there's a way to get back those ill-advised emails you send.

Now there's a way to get back those ill-advised emails you send.

Ever send an e-mail wishing you could get it back before it lands in the recipients inbox?

Do you sometimes have second thoughts about an email rant to a loved one? What about that scathing message about your boss – the one you accidently sent to your boss? Too late! You’ve already sent it.

Well, things have changed. At least now, with Gmail, there’s something you can do about those dreaded messages. The ability to “undo” an e-mail has been a feature of Google’s e-mail service for more than a year, but in the past few days, it has been improved.

Google Operating System, an unofficial blog that shares Google news and tips, noted this weekend that a user now has up to 30 seconds to take back an unfortunate message. In reality, the feature doesn’t actually pull back an e-mail that’s already gone, it simply holds your message for 30 seconds before sending it out – just in case you change your mind.

A Google spokeswoman has confirmed that the 30-second option was added early this month. When the feature first rolled out in March 2009, you had to be super-quick to use it. It only allowed five seconds to take a message back.

Enabling the feature is a bit complicated if you’re not familiar with Google Labs, the place where the company lets users test out experiments with Gmail and other Google projects. And it’s worth noting that, because it is a testing space, anything in Labs is subject to change.

But, at least for now, here’s how to avoid instant e-mail remorse.

To enable ‘Undo Send’:

1. Log in to Gmail and go to Google Labs. If you’ve never gone to Labs before, click the word “more” in the very top left corner, then scroll down and click “even more.”

2. In the column on the right, click “Labs.” It’s next to the icon of a beaker filled with green stuff.

3. Click “Gmail Labs” in the column on the right.

4. Scroll down almost all the way to the bottom until you see “Undo Send.” Click “enable” and the feature is now on. Then scroll the rest of the way down and look in the bottom left corner for the “Save Changes” box. Click it.

5. Now, go back to the main Gmail page and click “Settings” in the top right. You should also see your green Labs beaker icon there now — this will let you go straight to Labs from now on.

6. Scroll down to “Undo Send” — it should be right above “My Picture.” Your default should be set to 10 seconds. But you can use the drop-down bar to stretch that to 30 seconds.

7. Scroll down and hit “Save Changes.”

8. To undo an email, just look for the box at the top of the screen that will have the words “Your message has been sent.” After that, you should see the “Undo” option. Click that and you’ll be sent back to the e-mail’s draft form, where you’ll have 30 seconds to edit or delete it before it goes out.

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Forget Google, The real ‘Big Brother’ has arrived

Posted on 19 August 2010 by SlimboCA

The latest eye scanning technology is already being used in a Mexican city.

The latest eye scanning technology is already being used in a Mexican city.

Nevermind Google and other “eye in the sky” satelite people watchers, the real Big Brother has arrived and he will dwell amonst us.

The Mexican city of Leon is set to install a series of real time iris scanners – capable of tracking up to 50 people per minute – to track up to 1 million citizens. Remember the movie Minority Report, where the public is tracked everywhere they go, from shopping malls to work to mass transit to the privacy of their own homes. Well, the technology is here.

The scanners, from biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers, don’t require people to stop and be scanned, instead capturing images while citizens walk around the city. The largest scanners can capture up to 50 people per minute, while smaller devices range from 15 to 30 people. The devices are currently being installed in a number of public places such as train and bus stations and are connected to a central database designed to track people as they move about the city.

City officials are hoping that retinal scans will help reduce crime and fraud. Jeff Carter of Global Rainmakers says if you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. Certainly for others, boarding a plane will be impossible.

The one million citizens in Leon have all been offered the opportunity to voluntarily scan their eyes, while convicted criminals have automatically been added to the system. Proponents of the system believe that everyone on the planet will be connected to an iris tracking system within the next 10 years.

Check out this video showing the eye scanner in action:

So will we live the future under iris scanners and constant Big Brother monitoring? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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Facebook vs. Google: Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

Posted on 29 June 2010 by SlimboCA

Facebook and Google Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

Facebook and Google Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

More than likely you are already one of the almost 500 million users of Facebook, the largest online social network, and you have probably wondered if there is any competition for Facebook in sight.

You do not have to look too far to find a potential future competitor to Facebook, you may be using one of their products right now if you are “searching” the internet.

As far as immediate competition there really isn’t any unless you consider Twitter a type of competition or maybe the dwindling Myspace.com social site “old” competition. On the horizon you have Google which everyone knows is “THE SEARCH ENGINE” for the whole internet but did you know they are planning a Google social network, codenamed “Google Me”?

According to certain sources from a former Facebook CTO and Quora (a social networking site that aggregates questions and answers on various topics) co-founder, Google is modeling a “first-class social network” off of Facebook. The project comes has a high priority matter as Google expects Facebook’s growth to taper off. If you look at recent statistics, Facebook’s growth has done everything but taper off. That may push Google to roll out their “ultimate” social network sooner than we think.

Why a Google social network?

Why not have a social network built by Google, the search engine giant? Facebook needs some type of competition considering that now outside websites are popping up in Facebook internet search results. That’s right, if you perform searches via Facebook’s Open Graph protocol (Graph API) you may discover over 50,000 sites had those new “Like” buttons within three weeks of their inception.

Those new Facebook “Like” buttons are really beefing up Facebook’s ability to query search results of external sites which gives the social networking giant some “search engine power”. Of course this is nothing (think of it as only 2% of what Google can do) compared to what Google provides but it is a start and one that could provide very customized and detailed search results. Such search results within Facebook could be more customized based on user preferences. Just think, Google would be Coca-Cola and Facebook would be Pepsi, both are a type of soda but they offer totally different flavors in their line of products.

Facebook would unlikely rival Google but the idea of Google creating a type of social network to jump ahead of Facebook on a type of socialistic-customized search will be an interesting thing to witness. Of course all of the buzz and rumors about a battle between Google and Facebook are starting to circulate it could turn very ugly before it gets pretty.

What have you heard about a feat between Google and Facebook? Do you even think it would be feasible to compare the two since they are totally different in this present day? Do you think Google will create a social network to rival Facebook?

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Google Video puts Chrome to the Test. Must See!

Posted on 06 May 2010 by SlimboCA

Google wanted to show the world the speed of the new Chrome Browser rather than merely just telling us about it. To do this they compiled a cool video showing exactly how fast web pages can load in Chrome.

The web pages load at 2 700 frames per second and the speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times.

Equipment used:
– Computer: MacBook Pro laptop with Windows installed.
– Monitor – 24″ Asus: We had to replace the standard fluorescent backlight with very large tungsten fixtures to funnel in more light to capture the screen. In addition, we flipped the monitor 180 degrees to eliminate a shadow from the driver board and set the system preferences on the computer to rotate 180 degrees. No special software was used in this process.
– 15Mbps Internet connection.
– Camera: Phantom v640 High Speed Camera at 1920 x 1080, films up to 2700 fps

If you’re interested check out the video!

What do think about the video/browser? Let us know be sharing your feelings below.

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Still No Porn on Google in China

Posted on 24 March 2010 by SlimboCA

Google is still censoring pornographic search results for users in China, even though they are now being redirected to a search engine in Hong Kong that does not block sensitive political content.

As of Monday March 22, the United States-based Internet search giant started rerouting search requests from mainland China through its Hong Kong servers. Despite this rerouting, Chinese censors can still stop unwelcome content from reaching mainland computers. Chinese Web filters – collectively known as the Great Firewall – still automatically weed out pornographic or politically sensitive content before it reaches computers in China.

Though part of China, Hong Kong has a semi-autonomous status due to its history as a British colony, and Google is not legally required to censor results there. If Google’s ploy had worked, particularly given the company’s very public announcement of the plan, then Beijing’s only option would have been restricting Hong Kong’s freedom of information in the name of national security. But Google Inc. says it is still censoring search content for some of its customers in China.

A company spokesperson says the decision underscores the Internet giant’s delicate effort to hold onto its mainland businesses. The decision to provide censored searches was made to honor contracts with current business partners, and Google will continue to meet those commitments, says Jessica Powell, the company’s Tokyo-based spokesperson. She says that all censoring done by Google in China will be phased out in due time.

Meanwhile, top Chinese search engine Baidu Inc could see its sales rise by more than half if Google’s high-profile battle with Beijing escalates this year. Analysts say Baidu can win as much as half of Google China’s search revenue after it shut down its google.cn site and redirects users to its Hong Kong site. That could add as much as $330 million annually to Baidu’s top line, representing a more than 50 percent increase on 2009 revenue of 4.45 billion yuan ($645 million).

Google is also facing a mounting backlash from the Chinese media following its decision to shut down its Chinese search engine. The English-language China Daily accused Google of spreading pornography and subversive content, saying the Chinese web would “continue to grow in a cleaner and more peaceful environment” without google.cn. The Global Times reported that Google had made a “huge strategic misstep” by pulling out of the Chinese market of 380 million online users. The People’s Daily overseas edition accused Google of colluding with the US government security agencies and speculated whether the Google pullout wasn’t the first round in a new US-sponsored Internet war against China.

Foreign firms based in China say Google’s two-month confrontation with the authorities has only underscored the difficulties many multinational companies routinely face in maintaining relationships with local authorities. A survey released by the American Chamber of Commerce reveals that 38 percent of companies felt “unwelcome” in China, up from 26 percent last year. Inconsistent regulations and laws were cited as their biggest concern.

But with 400 million Internet users, China provides the world’s biggest Internet market, and most companies say local difficulties is a small price to pay to do business here.

Share your thoughts in our feedback section. Do you think Google made a mistake to take on China?

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China Government Denies any Role in Google Hacking Attacks

Posted on 25 January 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

China Google Hack Attack A war of words is heating up between China and the United States regarding Internet policy.

China has now pleaded innocence in the ongoing cyber attack saga involving Google.

The statements carried on the state news agency Xinhua on Monday, come nearly two weeks after Google threatened to pull out of the country after finding that email accounts belonging to human-rights activists had been compromised.

Google traced the attacks to hackers in China, but has not directly accused the government of being behind them. The increasingly heated dispute is likely to create problems in negotiating a deal that would suit both Google’s and China’s interests.

The company said it remains optimistic it can persuade China’s ruling party to loosen restrictions on free expression on the internet, so it can keep doing business there. But the Chinese government has given little indication it will budge.

Any “accusation that the Chinese government participated in [any] cyber attack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China,” an unidentified spokesman for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told Xinhua.

“We [are] firmly opposed to that,” the spokesman said. China’s Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper meanwhile, accused the US government of strictly controlling the Internet at home while urging other countries to build an “Internet freedom utopia.” “In reality, this ‘Internet freedom’ that it is marketing everywhere is nothing but a diplomatic strategy, and only an illusion of freedom,” the paper said.

Internet control is considered a critical matter of state security in China. Beijing promotes Internet use for commerce, but heavily censors content it deems pornographic, anti-social or politically subversive and blocks many foreign news and social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.

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Google’s Nexus One Not Flawless

Posted on 11 January 2010 by SlimboCA

Consumers say Google has not provided enough support for complaints about the Nexus One smart phone.

Consumers say Google has not provided enough support for complaints about the Nexus One smart phone.

Google has been inundated with complaints about its new Nexus One android phone. The smartphone – which is said to rival Apple’s iPhone – was launched on 5 January. Nexus One can be bought directly from Google and used on almost any phone network. But confusion over who should answer customer queries has led many to file complaints on support forums.

Many people are unhappy with Google only responding to queries via email and are calling for phone-based support. Americans can buy the Nexus One directly from Google for USD$529 (£331) or on a contract with T-Mobile for USD$179 (£112).

In the UK, the phone will be available via Vodafone but prices and launch dates have yet to be released. The support forums that Google has set up for the Nexus One are filling up with complaints from many of the first to buy the phone who need help.

The top query, with more than 500 responses, is about how much people should pay for the phone and whether T-Mobile customers can get the device at a reduced rate. Many are also trying to get more information about the phone and have placed an order to see how long it will take to reach them.

About 500 people have logged problems with the Nexus One’s support for 3G wireless networks. Others reported bugs when synchronizing contacts or getting the handset to work with existing Google accounts.

Users are also complaining about the time that it takes Google to respond. Google said responses via email may take a day or two to arrive. Frustrations were also reported by those that had turned to either T-Mobile or HTC for help and had been bounced back and forth between the handset maker and the mobile operator.

Conflicting information about whether the phone supports 3G, is being given by Google’s partners. A common sentiment on the support forum was that for the $500 people have paid for the phone they should be able to call a dedicated help line.

“Right now it’s a big mess,” said one person on the forum.

Google has answered a handful of the questions posted on the query but so far the vast majority lack a response from the search firm.

A spokesperson for Google says they worked closely with their Nexus One launch partners to make support available through a variety of channels. The spokesperson added that this is a new way to purchase and support a mobile phone, and Google is committed to sorting out the few kinks that do exist.

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