Google Calendar for the web finally gets a redesign and new enterprise features

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After years of little more than minor tweaks here and there, Google Calendar for the web is finally getting a long-overdue update. Inspired by the mobile app Google has developed, the revamped online version of Calendar gains a new color palette, as well as a layout rejig and a few new features. The new look uses Google’s Material Design scheme, and the update means that Calendar now intelligently resizes for different screen and browser window sizes. There are various new features for enterprise users, but there are also new views, and a focus on displaying more useful information than before.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google offers its strongest ever security with new Advanced Protection Program

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As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google has announced numerous security-related updates including revamped phishing protection. Now the company has also announced what it is referring to as its “strongest security, for those who need it most.” Aimed at protecting people who are most likely to find themselves the target of attacks — Google suggests journalists and human rights workers as examples — the new Advanced Protection Program is being made available to anyone who wants to use it. It will protect Gmail, Google Drive and YouTube data with a variety of measures including a physical authentication key. See also:… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Wifi update brings site blocking to parental controls

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An update is rolling out to the Google Wifi app which gives parents greater control over the websites their children can visit. The update adds Site Blocking to Google Wifi’s family controls, making it possible to block more than 8 million sites at the flick of a switch. These are sites that Google has determined are inappropriate for children. See also: Google Maps to lose controversial cupcakes and calorie counting feature in iOS Google launches personalized phishing protection and updated Security Checkup tool While the feature is largely a hands-off affair, Google stresses that the list of sites is undergoing… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Maps to lose controversial cupcakes and calorie counting feature in iOS

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Google has announced that it is removing a feature from the iOS version of Google Maps that estimated how many calories could be burned off by walking a particular route. Based on “strong user feedback” Google took the decision to remove the feature that had been rolled out to a number of users. Google faced an online backlash when the feature launched as it used pink mini cupcakes as a measure of calorie burning — a 2 kilometer walk, Google Maps informed users, would burn 112 calories, or one mini cupcake. The feature was criticized for being a possible trigger… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Teen image sharing site We Heart It reveals historic security breach affecting over 8 million accounts

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We Heart It — the image sharing service used by at least 40 million teenagers — suffered a “possible security breach” several years ago. The breach affects more than 8 million accounts that were created between 2008 and November 2013. Although this is an historic data breach, in which information from the user account database was leaked, We Heart It was only notified about it on October 11. The company says that email addresses, usernames, and encrypted passwords were accessed, and it recommends that users now change their passwords as they are not secure. We Heart It explains that advancements… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft suffered an internal bug database hack in 2013 and didn’t tell anyone

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Four and a half years ago, an internal bug-tracking database at Microsoft was breached by a “highly sophisticated hacking group,” according to five former employees of the company. The hack of the secret database was never made public. It is believed that this is only the second time such a corporate database has been breached. US officials were alarmed to learn of the hack which could have exposed software vulnerabilities to the attackers, reports Reuters. The five former employees spoke to Reuters separately, saying that the database had been poorly protected. Microsoft has declined to speak about the matter, beyond… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google launches personalized phishing protection and updated Security Checkup tool

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We’re in the middle of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Google is taking part. The company has launched two updated protection tools to help keep internet users safe online. While Google refers to “two new protections,” these are really updates rather than completely new offerings. Both the Security Checkup tool and Google Safe Browsing have been updated to make them more personal, and both of them will adapt over time to protect against new threats. See also: Google rolls out Chrome Cleanup to help secure its web browser The revamped Security Checkup guides you through the process of securing your Google… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh

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Facebook’s desperation to appeal to the teenage market is well known, and its latest attempt to tap into it sees the social network acquiring tbh. The anonymous feedback app has proved to be a huge hit on iOS since its launch in August. An Android version is still in the pipeline. With tbh, despite the anonymity, there’s a strong focus on positive polls — questions like “who has the best smile?” crop up, for instance — and over a billion pieces of feedback have been given in a matter of weeks. It’s not clear whether Facebook will keep the service… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google rolls out Chrome Cleanup to help secure its web browser

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With so much time now spent online, and with so many cloud-based tools now in use every day, we’re all spending more time than ever in our web browsers. To ensure that this is as secure an experience as possible, Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome — for Windows users, at least. At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it — but Mac and Linux users miss out. Google’s Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft has patched Windows against the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability — Google will secure Android soon

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Earlier today, news broke about the KRACK vulnerability that affects the WPA2 protocol. Security researchers have warned that the problem affects millions of devices running everything from Windows to Android and Linux. Microsoft has announced that it has already released a security patch to fix the vulnerability in Windows. Google says that a patch for affected Android devices will be released “in the coming weeks.” See also: KRACK warning: Severe WPA2 security vulnerability leaves millions of devices open to attack Android: DoubleLocker ransomware encrypts data and changes PINs In a statement to the Verge, Microsoft said: “We have released a… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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