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Google Has Audio Files of Everything You've Asked It

Want to listen to them?

(Newser) - "It’s all there—my dumb voice asking dumb questions that I thought were lost into the ephemerality of Google’s search servers," Mike Murphy writes on Quartz . Murphy recently learned that not only does Google store records of all your text searches, it also keeps audio recordings... More »

95% of Androids Are Wide Open to Major Hack

Android owners could be in trouble if Stagefright bugs are exploited

(Newser) - "If you ever heard about the 'Heartbleed,' this is much worse," explains Android researcher Joshua Drake on the Zimperium blog , via Forbes . Six serious flaws have left 95% of Android phones vulnerable to data-stealing attacks that, in some cases, can be delivered via "silent" text... More »

Google Unveils New Mobile Payment System

Android Pay, other upgrades, will be out later this year

(Newser) - Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants, and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple for supremacy. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may be... More »

It's On: EU Goes After Google

Statement of objections issued today

(Newser) - As expected , the EU today made it official: It is going after Google, which was today hit with the first formal antitrust charges it's ever faced, the Wall Street Journal reports. EU regulators also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. Regulators allege that since 2008, Google has... More »

Your Dating App Could Bring Down the Entire Office

Report warns using same phone for work, play could expose company to hackers

(Newser) - As if online dating weren't fraught with enough pitfalls , an IBM study published yesterday found that 26 of 41 popular Android dating apps, or 63%, had "medium to severe" security vulnerabilities that could leave users open to hacks, Reuters reports. And almost half of the companies reviewed for... More »

Tim Cook: Apple Pay Is 'Already No. 1'

CVS, Rite Aid rejection just a 'skirmish'

(Newser) - CVS and Rite Aid may have dropped Apple Pay , but the tech giant's boss isn't sweating it. "It’s a skirmish," Tim Cook told a tech conference yesterday. Meanwhile, he says, things are going well for the system, Fortune reports. "In the first 72 hours,... More »

Android Wear: More Wearable Wearable Tech?

New OS set to open up smartwatch market

(Newser) - Wearable technology looks set to take a big leap forward with Google's new Android Wear system, a version of its mobile operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. Analysts say the move opens the door for a lot of wearable devices like smartwatches that, unlike Google Glass, the general... More »

CES' Hot New Gadget Is Your Car

New vehicles sprout 4G; Google announces Open Automotive Alliance

(Newser) - The big news from the Consumer Electronics Show—where the expected theme is "the connected car"—is a plan to make your new vehicle a little more like your smartphone. General Motors and Audi tell the Wall Street Journal they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G... More »

12 Key Tech Products of the Past 2 Decades

Walt Mossberg lists most important devices, software

(Newser) - Walt Mossberg has been reviewing consumer technology for the Wall Street Journal for 22 years, and now he's signing off—but not before reflecting on the most important gadgets and software in his time with the paper. And a very fruitful period it has been. A timeline of the... More »

Google's Next Big Investment: Robots

Company turns to Android guru Andy Rubin

(Newser) - Amazon isn't the only big Internet firm in the robotics game : Google is at work on some literal androids. As part of the effort, it has quietly bought up seven US and Japanese tech companies in the past half-year, the New York Times reports. The company is hoping to... More »

Google Working on Real-Life Tracking: Report

It'll keep tabs on you, and sell data to advertisers

(Newser) - What if tracking cookies didn't just track your web activity—they tracked your every movement and reported it back to advertisers? A program Google is beta-testing does just that, ad industry sources tell Digiday . The program would track consumers' smartphone GPS data even if they didn't have any... More »

Why the iPad Will Destroy Its Rivals

New prices, single platform mean world domination: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - The iPad is poised for a bright future—and it just might be "indomitable," writes Farhad Manjoo in the Wall Street Journal . At the very least, it should continue to control a healthy portion of the tablet market. But after this week's presentation , Manjoo is willing to... More »

Google's New Android: KitKat

Version 4.4 comes with candy bar tie-in

(Newser) - Will Google's new version of Android be chunky—or breakable? The company has given the tech world a sweet surprise by announcing that version 4.4 will be called "KitKat" instead of Key Lime Pie as previously signaled. The move is seen as a marketing coup for the... More »

Could Facebook Launch Its Phone Next Week?

Rumors swirl as Facebook says announcement coming April 4

(Newser) - Is the long-rumored Facebook phone finally here? The social media giant has long denied having a phone in the works, but yesterday it issued an invitation to journalists, asking them to “Come see our new home on Android" on Thursday. And many tech watchers think this announcement will mean... More »

Apple, Google Facebook, Amazon: The Tech War Cometh

Four digital giants increasingly eyeing others' turf in 2013: WSJ

(Newser) - Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are widely considered the kings of digital world. But as they look to grow further, increasingly they will need to target each other's turf, dramatically raising the stakes in cyber conflicts in 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal .
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Ethiopian Kids Get Tablets, Start Teaching Themselves

Even begin hacking in 'One Laptop' study

(Newser) - The people behind One Laptop Per Child wanted to see if illiterate children who don't have access to school could benefit from a tablet computer, so they dropped off a few Motorola Xooms in remote, isolated Ethiopian villages, reports the MIT Technology Review . The tablets were preloaded with educational... More »

Classy Louis CK Cancels Show Over Sandy

But Lindsay Lohan's reaction to storm? Not so classy

(Newser) - Louis CK was supposed to perform in New York last night, but ultimately decided it was safer to cancel considering the threat of Hurricane Sandy was already hovering over the city. And, as you might expect from the comedian who’s done all this , CK handled the cancellation with his... More »

Google, Apple CEOs Holding Secret Peace Talks?

Tim Cook, Larry Page have had at least one conversation

(Newser) - While the smartphone patent wars rage on, the CEOs of Apple and Google have been quietly communicating with each other in an attempt to resolve a range of intellectual property issues, sources tell Reuters . Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Larry Page had a phone conversation last week and... More »

Apple Nixes App Reporting Drone Strikes

Cites 'objectionable' content

(Newser) - A new app keeps you up to date on where and when US drones have killed victims—but don't expect to pick it up from Apple's App Store. The company has repeatedly turned down the program developed by a New York University grad student, and he says he... More »

Judge to Google, Oracle: Name Journos You're Paying

One analyst calls order 'uncharted territory'

(Newser) - The jury gave its verdict nearly three months ago in the Oracle-Google copyright and patent case, but today the judge ordered both companies to 'fess up and list all the bloggers, journalists, and other commentators on their payrolls, reports Reuters . The judge did not say much, aside from that... More »

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