Chrome sings ‘When I’m 64’ on Windows

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 27th, 2014 Google yesterday released a 64-bit Windows version of Chrome, touting it as a performance and stability improvement over the six-year-old 32-bit edition. In early June, Google promoted the 64-bit version to its preview channels, including the rough-edged “Dev” build line. On Tuesday, the company pushed the browser…

Google buys Zync for large scale cloud rendering

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 26th, 2014 Google plans to give Zync users better pricing and more scalability. To beef up its cloud platform with more specialized packages, Google is acquiring Zync for its large scale rendering service for movie special effects, called Zync Render. Google plans to offer the Zync service…

China to launch home-grown OS in October as Windows replacement

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 24th, 2014 Plans to compete with Microsoft, Google and Apple on the OS front. China hopes to launch a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows, the government-run Xinhua news agency said Sunday. The operating system, which Xinhua did not name, will…

Google gets patent to make Glass look like ordinary specs

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | August 21st, 2014 New design, if used, could make wearable computers look less dorky. Google appears to be redesigning Glass to make the wearable computer look less nerdy and more like ordinary eyeglasses. With the company’s computerized eyeglasses, users can take photos and video, view maps and weather reports and…

Google broadens its malware sleuthing to sniff out deceptive downloads

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By Zach Miners, TechWorld | August 14th, 2014 More types of malicious software will be identified by Google’s safe browsing service. Google is expanding its safe browsing technology to notify Web users of downloads that appear benign, but actually make unwanted changes to their computers. Starting next week, the company’s safe browsing service will identify…

How Google is heading toward safe, global Gmail

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CSO | August 14th, 2014 Google has made an important change to its Gmail spam filter that is expected to make targeted phishing attacks more difficult while allowing for a more global webmail service. The Internet company recently took a step toward more global email by accepting non-Latin and accented Latin characters approved by the…

Google tightens Gmail spam filtering

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By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 The company is tackling scammers’ use of similar Unicode characters for tricking users into going to malicious websites. Google is boosting Gmail’s ability to detect and block malicious emails from spammers and scammers that exploit similarities among Unicode characters to dupe users into clicking…

3 Cool Google cloud features

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By Brandon Butler, Network World | August 12th, 2014 With competition being as intense as ever, Google is attempting to distinguish its cloud offering by appealing directly to developers. In the increasingly competitive cloud IaaS market Google is attempting to distinguish its platform by arming its cloud with unique features and cutting-edge technology that customers…

Google backs $300 million undersea Internet cable to Japan

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 The system will help Google connect its data centers in Asia and the US. Google is joining forces with five Asian telecommunications firms to build and operate an underwater cable system from the U.S. to Japan to support rising bandwidth usage and better link its…

How hackers used Google in stealing corporate data

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 7th, 2014 A group of innovative hackers used free services from Google and an Internet infrastructure company to disguise data stolen from corporate and government computers, a security firm reported. FireEye discovered the campaign, dubbed Poisoned Hurricane, in March while analyzing traffic originating from systems infected with a remote…

Big tech firms back Wi-FAR for remote broadband

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By Matt Hamblen, Computerworld | August 7th, 2014 802.22 standard, approved in 2011, promises low-cost broadband for remote areas. Google, Microsoft and Facebook are cranking up an emerging wireless technology known as Wi-FAR to help reduce the digital divide in remote and unconnected regions of the world. Wi-FAR is a recently trademarked name from the…

Google ships 64-bit Chrome for OS X

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 6th, 2014 Releases the browser to its Dev preview channel; follows Windows 64-bit promotion to Beta. Google has promoted the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows to the browser’s more stable Beta distribution channel, and boosted Chrome for OS X to 64-bit on the more preliminary Canary and Dev…

Some are twisting the facts in requests to be forgotten, Google says

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 31st, 2014 Some requests are being made with ‘false and inaccurate information,’ Google says. Some of those seeking to scrub their histories from the Web under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rule are being economical with the truth when making their requests, Google said Thursday. In a…

64-bit Google Chrome browser moves into beta

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 31st, 2014 A 64-bit version of Chrome inches closer to release status as Google releases it in beta form. Google’s 64-bit Chrome browser took the last step before being formally released, as Google published a 64-bit beta of the browser on Wednesday morning. If you’d like, you can…

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

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By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 Large-screen iPhones could pose a threat to Google’s dominance, said Strategy Analytics. Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.…

Google makes Chromebox for Meetings more business-friendly

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 30th, 2014 Google’s improvements to its under-the-radar videoconferencing tool include SLA support and personal calendaring. In a sign that its Chromebox for Meetings videoconferencing solution is alive and well, Google unveiled a boatload of new features and capabilities, all designed at luring businesses to its Google Apps platform.…

Chinese users tire of older social networking sites

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By Michael Kan, IDG News Service | July 28th, 2014 WeChat, a messaging app, is disrupting China’s social networking market. Social networking sites in China that are modeled on Facebook are having a hard time holding on to users, with customers like Beijing resident Shi Yunfeng, drifting away to newer services. “The user activity has…

Criminals ride Google coattails in DDoS attacks

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | July 26th, 2014 The easy access Google’s web crawlers have to sites is increasingly being exploited by cybercriminals in launching distributed denial of service attacks, a security vendor says. Fake Web crawlers accounted for 4 percent of the total number of legitimate ones, called Googlebots, analyzed by Incapsula. In investigating…

Google Docs: 3 incredibly useful tools for edits and revisions

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By Alex Campbell, PC World | July 22nd, 2014 Check out the collaboration-friendly tools built into Google Docs, and learn how to set some handy preferences. Google’s cloud productivity suite, whatever you want to call it, has been making inroads in the world of work and collaboration. And it’s not just because there’s no software…