Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app. This request will open the user's account. This feature is available starting today, but only in English. More languages are coming soon. Google added a new feature that lets people find their phone if it is lost or stolen. Using the My Account web site, people can locate the phone, or lock it, call it, leave a callback number, or even wipe it. The tool works for Android and iOS devices. Google says soon people will be able to find their phones by simply searching the Google app for "I lost my phone." Android device owners can already find their phone by searching for it online or via the Android Device Manager app. Last, Google plans to add a function that allows people to search for their own name and then, if logged in, see a shortcut to My Account. Google says these tools are meant to help people protect their personal information and secure their account/devices.
Google Play Protect Now Securing Android Devices
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Play Protect, a security tool Google announced earlier this year, has made its way to many of today's Android smartphones. Play Protect is a set of features that Google created to keep Android phones safe from malware and other malicious applications.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Aug 14, 2017
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.
Apple Reveals iOS 10 Features
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Apple today showed off iOS 10, what it calls the biggest release of iOS ever for both end users and developers. To start, the platform changes up the lock screen, making it easier to access the camera, notifications, Control Center, and widgets.
Apple Says iOS 11.3 to Add Battery Tool, More Animoji, Better AR
Jan 24, 2018
Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, a system update that will give iPhone owners with a significant number of new tools and features. First up, iOS 11.3 provides iPhone users with more control over their handset's battery performance.