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Google will notify you if your saved passwords get compromised

Security breaches is one of the most increasing issue nowadays, and most the users are do not even know if their passwords have been compromised or not. Due to which their credentials are at risk. However, to help you solve this issue, Google will notify you if the passwords saved in their Chrome browser has been compromised and will provide a way to fix it.

To ensure that a user’s passwords are not shared directly with Google themselves, Google will be using a special secured form of encryption before being sent to Google. After that, Google will compare with a list of credentials that are known to be publicly compromised to check whether your credentials are compromised or not.

Moreover, if your account has been compromised you would want to change your password. Google is making this process easier too by providing users a direct link to the relevant form to change the password for that particular account. Along with this, Safety Check is also rolling out to Google Chrome for Android and iOS, which will check for compromised passwords, if safe-browsing is enabled and ensure that Chrome is updated to the latest version.

For Chrome on iOS, Google is also adding biometric password authentication for auto-filling passwords, which is a feature that already exist in Chrome for Android. The feature is simple, when you want to fill in a password, you will need to authenticate it via FaceID biometrics.

These changes will be rolling out today to all Google Chrome users on both iOS and Android.

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Google Maps will show traffic lights on routes, starting in the United States

Google Maps will show traffic lights on streets and crossings where you can find them.

The Droid-Life site discovered the new feature and Google confirmed to The Verge that it is testing the tool for now only in the United States that joins Japan as the only two countries where this feature is available.

The feature appears only to some users, says Droid-Life. Users confirmed to the site to see the traffic lights in version 10.44.3 but not in beta 10.45.0. Google did not say when it will roll out the feature to all users.

Also Read: Facebook will notify you when you are about to share an old article

Traffic lights appear on the streets where they are located and only as an icon, since they do not change color in real time. Traffic lights on Google Maps appear in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago, with the plan to expand to other regions,  – The Verge said.

Droid-Life says Apple Maps has offered this feature since last year with iOS 13, and even Siri can use the traffic lights as prompts to say “turn right at the next traffic light” and make it sound more natural.

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How to make video calls of up to 32 people in Google Duo

The video calling tool,  Google Duo , recently increased the limit of people allowed during a call to 32 and then we tell you what you must do to carry them out.

Open the Google Duo app on your phone and on the home screen, swipe from bottom to top and tap “Create group”. Now is the time to add the participants, which can be up to 32. To do this, select one by one the contacts you want to add and press “Done”. Then click “Start” and the video call will start for everyone, although they must accept it individually. You can save and name the group when you create it or when the call ends so that you can use it in the future and not have to select the contacts one by one. To do this, touch the pencil icon, enter a name and press “Save”. 

In addition to adding contacts manually, you can send them links so they can join the group themselves. To do that, open the Duo application on your phone and press “Create group” and “Next”. You will see an option that says “Share this group link for your friends to join”, here click on the square to copy the link or on the icon with the arrow to share in other applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram. You can send the link to as many people as you want, but only 32 of them can connect to the video call.

If the recipient touches the link on a mobile device and has Duo installed, the app will automatically open with the video call, and if they do not have Duo installed, the Duo tab will open in the Play Store or App Store application for download.

Google Duo also added a few months ago new features, such as  new effects and drawing tools  during a call in addition to improving the quality of the audio.

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Google removes apps that caught stealing Facebook credentials

Google removed 25 apps from the Google Play store that were capturing user Facebook login information.

The applications, which pretended to be photo editors, file managers, flash apps, mobile games, among others, were created by the same developer, Rio Reader LLC. Together, the 25 apps exceed 2 million downloads.

Also Read: How to receive notifications of a specific email on your iPhone

According to a research report cited by ZDNet, the apps worked legitimately, but in the background they analyzed the apps running on the phone. If the recently launched or background app was Facebook, the malicious app displayed a Web page posing as the official Facebook login.

If a user didn’t detect that it was a fake page, they could enter their login details, which were sent to a now inaccessible server, says ZDNet.

According to the report, the 25 applications were reported since May by an investigative firm. Google removed the apps in early June, although some of the noted apps were available for more than a year, says ZDNet.

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Google brings dinosaurs back in augmented reality

Google brings back the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park movie franchise with the help of its search engine (Google Search) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

In association with  Universal Brand Development,  Amblin Entertainment  and  Ludia , the search giant allows users to spawn ten of the dinosaurs that appear in  Jurassic Park , such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus.

To make them appear it is necessary to type “dinosaur” in the Google search engine on a mobile device and select the “View in 3D” option to be able to zoom and see the dinosaurs in great detail. Dinosaurs can be placed in any space and you can also hear the sound of their footsteps or the characteristic roars of each species. 

Also Read: Facebook launches app to make predictions about world events

This is not the first time that Google has played with augmented reality technology since Google recently added 3D and augmented reality experiences to searches (Google Search). However, dinosaurs pose a new challenge: their large size. 

“Android’s new auto scale feature can automatically calculate the distance between your phone and a surface in your space and resize the dinosaur to fit your phone’s screen,” Google wrote on its blog. 

This feature is already available on Android devices with Android version 7 and up, and on iOS on devices with iOS 11 onward.

Jurassic World: Dominion will  be released in theaters on June 11, 2021.

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Google Pixel 4a may be coming: report

Google’s next phone,  the Pixel 4a, could be just around the corner.

The phone has recently been certified under the code name G025J by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to an XDA Developers editor who shared the news on his Twitter account on June 25. FCC certifications are typically one of the last bureaucratic red tape done before launching a device to market, so the news suggests the new mid-range Pixel may be very close to being officially unveiled.

The launch of the new Pixel 4a, which was previously delayed from May to June, is expected  on July 13. Rumors suggest that Google considers it more favorable to launch the phone in the second half of the year due to the current coronavirus crisis. The Pixel 4a will be a mid-range smartphone that will arrive with a front camera integrated into the screen, a single camera in the back, a headphone port and  without the Active Edge function  that allows you to activate Google Assistant by pressing it. 

It has been reported that the phone would be priced at US $ 399, with which it could compete with phones like  iPhone SE 2020  and according to reports, there will not be a normal model and an XL as there has always been in the Pixel, but only a normal model in black color.

Google has not yet commented on the Pixel 4a.

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These are the 5 best new features of Android 11

Google released the first public beta version of Android 11 this week and it comes with many hidden features for developers to take advantage of, but regular users aren’t left out either. You can install the first beta version right now as long as you have one of supported devices. I signed up to participate in the beta program on a Pixel 4 XL and have been reviewing the update. 

We’re big fans of the new Quick Controls page that is easy to access and incredibly useful, along with revamped media controls, while app hints and Bubble calls will take time to get used to.

While we’re sure Google has more surprises for Android 11 in coming days, until then here’s are five features we’ve tested and know you’ll love when it launches later this year. 

Android 11's quick controls are great.
Android 11’s quick controls are great.

Android 11: Quick controls are great

The first thing you should do after installing Android 11, either in public beta or when it is officially released, is to long press the power button on your phone to bring up the new Quick Controls screen. On my Pixel, at least, this screen provides power control options on top, provides shortcuts to your Google Pay cards and boarding passes, and then underneath that you’ll find my favorite Android 11 feature: controls fast for smart home devices.

My phone automatically selected some devices that I’ve linked to Google Assistant, like the Nest and my Nest video doorbell. I can even watch a live stream from my doorbell directly on this screen, without having to open the Nest app (which is slow and difficult to use). It’s great.

You can add or remove devices from your smart home by tapping the menu button and selecting add or edit controls. 

Bubbles: Bubbles to message your friends

Do you remember the bubbles? This feature was supposed to be part of Android 10, but Google removed it at the last minute. Well, they are back with Android 11.

The bubbles are similar to Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads” feature. When activated, a small avatar, or Bubble, appears on your screen no matter what application you are using. Tap the avatar and a small window will open for you to read and send new messages in that thread, without fully opening the application. You can drag the bubble around your screen or drag it to the bottom of the screen to remove it.

In the first public beta, the only app that seems to work with Bubbles right now is Facebook Messenger. Even then, it doesn’t fully work. We hope Google fixes the issues before the full release of Android 11.

To use Bubbles in a conversation, there will be a small Bubbles icon in the lower right corner of the notification. Touching it will immediately enable bubbles for that thread.

Another way to activate Bubbles for specific conversations is to long-press a notification and mark it as a priority. Doing so will not only activate Bubbles for that thread, but will also allow that conversation to interrupt Do Not Disturb ensuring that you don’t miss any messages. 

App suggestions are also new to Android 11.
App suggestions are also new to Android 11.

New app suggestions are great

Right after installing the public beta of Android 11 and unlocking my Pixel 4 XL, I received an option to enable app hints on the home screen. Unsure of what exactly that was, I reluctantly agreed. Turns out it’s pretty cool.

Previously, Android made suggestions in the app drawer that it believed you would want to use, depending on the time of day and other mysterious factors. In Android 11, there is now a row of app hints at the bottom of the home screen where the main app-base would normally be displayed.

Apps have a shiny border around them and change frequently when you return to the home screen while using your phone. You can tap and hold any of the app icons to pin that suggestion on your home screen.

You can also block apps from appearing as suggestions if you don’t want something like Gmail to appear even if you use a different email app.

To access App Tips and customize how it works for you, touch and hold the Home screen, and select Startup Settings, then Tips. There you can control the suggestions in the app drawer and on the home screen or block the apps from appearing in the list. 

The new media controls are very cute.

Android 11 improves its multimedia controls

In the announcement of the public beta for Android 11, Google showed a new music control interface that looked amazing. Rather than making the playback controls more like a pending notification, they are placed in the Quick Settings panel at the top of the screen. And when you interact with them, there is a new option to control where the music plays.

For example, if you have Google’s new Pixel Buds 2 and a Nest Hub, you can quickly switch between the two devices with a few taps.

If you install the beta version of Android 11, you will not be able to find the function when you start playing music, but do not be discouraged, it is there, but it is hidden.

You’ll need to enable Developer Options on your phone by opening the Settings app and going to About phone . Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find Build Number . Press it until a small notification appears saying something like “Congratulations! You are now a developer.”

Next, you’ll have to go to Developer Options in Settings> System. Once there, look for media resume, turn it on, and then restart your phone.

The next time you start playing music, you’re going to see the new multimedia controls. 

Finally you can record your screen with an official Google tool.

Finally! A way to record your screen

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to capture something on the screen, but there are times when a recording is better suited to the task at hand. For example, if you want to show your gaming skills, or highlight the steps to play an error screen recording.

You can find the Screen Record tool in the Quick Settings panel after installing Android 11. If it’s not visible, tap the pencil icon to add it to your panel. 

Tap the Record Screen icon and select if you want your microphone to record audio and if you want your touch interactions to be highlighted in the video. To stop recording, tap the Record screen notification. The video will be saved on the camera roll, where you can edit and share the recording.

We will continue to test Android 11 and see what other things are hidden or added during the rest of the beta process. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for Android 11 to launch later this year, you can install it right now

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Google Play Store: 9 free action games to install on your Android!

Today we have a list of free games to install on your Android smartphone. They are action games that will leave you full of adrenaline and who knows, win a captive spot on your phone. As always, games have good ratings on the Play Store.

Dead by Daylight Mobile

Dead by Daylight is one of the best games released in recent times. It is supposed to be played with 5 people, where one of them will be the killer who must hunt the other players.

Armed Heist: Action Shooter Fighting Game

Time to get to work in Armed Heist – the action-packed third person shooter game that gets your heart pumping! Test your reflexes as you venture on your bank robbery spree. Robbing banks & armored trucks has never been more thrilling as you avoid flying bullets.

Bullet Echo

Lead your team in this mind-blowing shooter with brutal graphics.

Stickman Warriors – Super Dragon Shadow Fight

This stick figure game inspired by Dragon Ball is a lot of fun. It is certainly a must have for any fan of the saga.

Gangstar New Orleans

Directly from Gameloft, this game puts you in the heart of a city full of crime and danger. Will you survive?

Grimvalor

The demons have invaded the world and it is up to you to defeat them. Use the RPG elements to gain power.

Johnny Trigger

Johnny Trigger is furious and you must help him to defeat his enemies. Take the weapons and find the best way to pass the levels that get more complicated.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure is one of the most loved games on mobile phones. Glide around the world with beautiful graphics and simple gameplay.

DEAD TRIGGER 2 – Zombie FPS and Survival

A classic of zombie games for smartphones. Enter the dangerous world of the living dead where the only goal is to survive.

That’s all as of now, Do let us know in the comment which one is your favorite.

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4 steps to protect your Gmail account right away

From bank statements to personal messages , and even password reset requests, your Gmail account contains a wealth of personal information. If someone had access to it, in practice they could access your entire identity online.

Rather than simply waiting for hackers not to access your account, take 10 minutes of your time and secure your Gmail account right now.

Use a strong password

I suspect that we are all guilty of having reused simple passwords at some point. I admit that I used to. But using the same passwords on multiple sites and services is like asking someone to hack your accounts. It is enough with an information leak or data violation in some service, so that the hackers begin to try to log in to all your accounts.

It is time to change things. Use unique, randomly generated passwords for each online account you have. Keeping track of all those passwords is easy if you use a password manager.

To change the password for your Google account, visit the security page account  and click Password ( Password ) in section Signing in to Google ( Log on Google ). Verify your password if prompted, then enter your new password (generated by your administrator password) and click Change Password ( Change Password ).

Set up two-step verification in your Google account.
Set up two-step verification in your Google account.

Enable two-step verification

Without two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, hackers only need your password to access your entire Google account, which includes YouTube, Gmail, and Google Pay. And remember, if you reuse the same password for multiple services, hackers could get it from a data breach or through a phishing scam.

With two-step verification, hackers would need your password and a randomly generated six-digit access code, or have physical access to your phone, in order to access your account.

Enables two – step verification visiting the page up your Google account and clicking on 2-Step Verification ( 2 – step verification ).

Setting up two-step verification
Setting up two-step verification greatly reduces the chances of someone accessing your account.

Follow the prompts until you reach the section you see in the screenshot above. Once there, decide if you want to receive push alerts in the Gmail app to approve login requests (the default option), or if you want to use random access codes. Using alerts in the Gmail application is easier, but it means that you must have your phone close at all times. You will also need a data connection to approve the alert. If you are in a place without coverage, such as on a plane, for example, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi.

If you choose to use an access code, you can receive it by text message or access it in a password manager. I use a password manager to manage my verification codes in two steps, allowing me to access the codes on any device, regardless of whether I have a data connection on my phone.

If you choose to use alerts, click Try it now ( Try Now ). You will receive an alert on the phone that appeared on the screen. Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the setup.

But if you want to use access codes, click Choose another option ( Choose another option ) and then Text message or voice call ( text message or phone call ).

Enter your phone number and then enter the code to activate two-step verification. After entering the code and clicking a few more buttons, two-step verification will be activated.

Scan the QR code to add your verification codes in two steps to Authenticator or your password manager.
Scan the QR code to add your verification codes in two steps to Authenticator or your password manager.

But wait, we’re not done yet. Although using two-step verification using access codes sent by text message is safer than not using it at all, I recommend using push alerts if possible . The scams change SIM cards are becoming more common, and allow hackers to take over your phone number and receive your verification codes in two steps.

If you prefer to use access codes, take a few extra minutes of your time and set up an authentication app for your Google account. You can use the Google Authenticator app or a password manager. Click Set Up ( Configuration ) section of the application Authenticator app ( App of the Authenticator ) and then select the type of phone you use. Use your preferred application to scan the QR code, then enter the access code generated by your application to verify that everything is configured correctly and ready.

Note : There is an even more secure option to protect your Google account that uses a physical security key. For most people, however, charging an additional device is not a realistic option. At the very least, you should activate two-step verification.

Make sure this section has the correct information in case you cannot access your account.
Make sure this section has the correct information in case you cannot access your account.

Check your backup contact methods

It is possible that from the first time you set up your Gmail account you have changed your phone number or closed a previous email account. Therefore, it is a good idea to verify your backup contact methods. It is the information that Google will use in case you cannot access your account to confirm that it really belongs to you.

Visit this page and look for the section entitled Ways we can verify it’s you ( Ways to verify your identity ).

Click on each section – Recovery phone ( Phone Recovery ) Recovery email ( E – mail retrieval ) and Security question ( security question ) – and updates the information if necessary.

Remember that if this information is out of date and you cannot access your account, Google will not be able to verify that you belong.

If you suspect that someone is accessing your Gmail account, check where they access it on the web and close all sessions.
If you suspect that someone is accessing your Gmail account, check where they access it on the web and close all sessions.

Check your account activity

It is possible that a hacker (or an ex) is accessing your account without your knowledge. To verify it, log in to your Gmail account and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a line that says “Last account activity”.

At the end of that line, click Details ( Details ) to see me when, how and where you are using your account. If you suspect that there is some unknown activity, click the button Sign out of all other sessions Gmail web ( Close all other open sessions on the web ) and change your password immediately.

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Google delays the launch of the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5: report

Google will have to delay the launch of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 due to current “market conditions,” according to tech specialist Jon Prosser. 

The blogger said on his Twitter account that Google intends to announce the Pixel 4a in July, after several delays. The mid-range phone, which would compete with the iPhone SE , would be available in August, Prosser said. The Pixel 5 would also be delayed, although Prosser did not give a specific date.

Prosser says the Pixel 4a was to be announced in May, but was later delayed to June and is now delayed to July again. The specialist says the units are already available for distribution, but the announcement has been delayed due to “market conditions” and not due to problems in the production chain.

In addition to the delay, the Pixel 4a will not be immediately available in all colors. The model in black tone (Just black) would arrive on August 6, and a blue model (Barely Blue) would be available until October 1, according to the specialist.

The Pixel 4a is a widely rumored phone from last year, its older siblings, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, were barely announced. The 4a, unlike its relatives, is a phone for the mid-range. With a possible price of US $ 399, it will compete with the recent Apple phone with a similar cost and that stand out for trying to seduce consumers who do not want to spend much.

Google has not commented on the launch of the Pixel 4a or Pixel 5.