Chrome 73 was released earlier this month, and following the usual two-week delay, the Chrome operating system has been updated to match. Chrome OS 73 isn't as substantial as the previous Chrome OS update, but there are still a few nice additions. Google Drive offline sync Since Chromebooks have been built from the ground up as always-online machines, basic offline features from other operating systems weren't high up on the list of priorities. Chrome OS 73 finally adds the ability to mark folders in Google Drive for offline access, as we previously covered. Folders marked for offline access will sync to your Chromebook's local storage, just like the Drive desktop client on Windows and Mac. To try it out, right-click any Drive folder in the File Manager and select 'Available offline.' Android app audio focus Android applications on Chrome OS will always be janky, but now they'll be slightly less so. On Chromebooks running Android 9.0 Pie (most are still on Nougat), starting media … [Read more...] about Chrome OS 73 adds Google Drive offline sync, audio focus for Android apps, and more
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Digital privacy is a hot topic. We have moved into an era where almost everyone carries a connected device. Everyone has a camera. Many of our daily activities — from riding the bus to accessing our bank accounts — are done online. The question arises, “who is keeping track of all that data?” Some of the world’s biggest tech companies are under scrutiny about how they use our data. What does Google know about you? Is Facebook transparent about how it handles your data? Is Huawei spying on us? To try to answer some of these questions, I created a special Wi-Fi network which let me capture every packet of data being sent from a smartphone out to the Internet. I wanted to see if any of my devices were secretly sending data to remote servers without my knowledge. Is my phone spying on me?Setup To capture all the data flowing back and forth from my smartphone I needed a private network, one where I am the boss, where I am root, where I am admin. … [Read more...] about Gary Explains: Is your smartphone spying on you?
GOOGLE'S hugely popular Gmail service appears to have stopped working for some users. Thousands of complaints are turning up online about a mysterious "Error 404" message preventing users from accessing their emails. Gmail down – who is affected? Outage tracker Down Detector started logging thousands of reports at about 11am UK time on Tuesday morning. The vast majority of users complained about log-in issues, as well as difficulty receiving email messages and accessing the Gmail website. A live outage map suggests that the UK is a particular hot-spot for the outage – although most of the USA is still asleep. Google's service status page lists no issues with Gmail right now, but users clearly disagree. Gmail down – why is Gmail not working? Users on Twitter and Down Detector are reporting seeing 'Error 404' messages when they try to access Gmail. The issue appears to be affected UK users particularly – one Twitter poster based in Yorkshire wrote: "There's … [Read more...] about Gmail DOWN – thousands report mystery ‘Error 404’ on Google email, and this is what it means
Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced that people whose WhatsApp backups haven't been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage starting November 12. Backing up WhatsApp data is not just a safe bet to preserve the messages, images and videos shared by your loved ones but also most importantly helps you keep the contacts up-to-date. Here's How To Back Up WhatsApp Data On Google Drive: 1. Open WhatsApp. You can tap Back Up to create an immediate backup. You can also tap Back up to Google Drive to set a backup frequency. 3. If you don't have a Google account already set up, tap Add account when prompted. Also, god forbid, if you lose your Android phone, you can still be able to get back those data back on your new phone within a few minutes of connecting to the internet. WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a backup once you verify your number. Simply tap RESTORE when prompted to and you are good to go. Here's How To … [Read more...] about How to backup your WhatsApp chats, images, videos on Google Drive, Apple iCloud
Google Maps’ ETA sharing feature, which lets the app share your navigation route with friends in real time, is coming to iOS today. The feature has been available on the Android app since last year, and was introduced with the clip above. The video shows some specific use cases for ETA sharing, like when you’re planning a surprise party and need to coordinate partygoers’ arrival times. It’s also just a neat, useful tool for when you want to know your friends’ whereabouts, a feature that’s long been available on other navigation apps like Waze and Citymapper. The update also allows for ETA sharing across third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Line, and WhatsApp, a feature new to Android as well. You can access it by going to the ˄ button —> “Share trip progress.” Journey sharing is available for when you’re navigating by driving, walking, and cycling, and it will end automatically once you reach your destination, or … [Read more...] about Now you can share your ETA in real time on Google Maps for iOS