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​The 10 best ways to secure your Android phone

The most secure smartphones are Android smartphones. Don’t buy that? Apple’s latest version of iOS 11 was cracked a day — a day! — after it was released. So Android is perfect? Heck no! Android is under constant attack and older versions are far more vulnerable than new ones. Way …

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YouTube Kids update gives kids their own profiles, expands controls

YouTube Kids, the kid-friendly, more filtered version of YouTube first introduced in 2015, is getting a notable upgrade. The updated app is adding several new features designed to reflect the app’s now aging user base, including profiles that are customized based on the kid’s date of birth, as well as …

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Google’s Waymo accelerates self-driving car push with AutoNation partnership

Image: Waymo AutoNation, the largest auto dealership chain in the United States, has partnered with Google’s Waymo as part of the former’s push to produce self-driving cars for wider use. Waymo was spun out of the search engine giant almost one year ago, after nearly eight years as part of …

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OpenAI Director Shivon Zilis explains why AI requires oversight now

At Google’s second annual Go North conference, much of the focus is on artificial intelligence and its impact on our world. The conference kicked off with a discussion between OpenAI Director Shivon Zilis and AI Fund Director of Ethics and Governance Tim Hwang, and both shared perspective on AI’s progress, …

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​Google denies Korean tax evasion allegation

Google has denied allegations from Lee Hae-jin, founder of Naver, South Korea’s largest search engine, that it doesn’t pay proper taxes in the country. Google, in a rare statement, strongly denied the allegation made by Lee at a National Assembly inspection meeting earlier this week, saying it is paying taxes …

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Google takes aim at medtech for Launchpad Studio’s first batch of AI-focused startups

Google has been going all-in on artificial intelligence and machine learning for some time now, and part of that is, of course, nurturing the growing ecosystem around it, from developer tools to startups. Their latest effort, Launchpad Studio, targets one vertical at a time, fostering startups looking to make deep …

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Google announces Hangouts Meet hardware kit

Hangouts Meet hardware kit (Image: G Suite) Google’s G Suite has unveiled its Hangouts Meet hardware kit, a set of four components that claims to enable high-quality video conference meetings of any size. The kit, which works with Hangouts Meet video-conferencing software, includes a touchscreen controller, speakermic, 4K sensor camera, …

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In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms …

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Google: Russian groups did use our ads and YouTube to influence 2016 elections

Video: Is Russia using hacking and misinformation to disrupt Western nations? Along with Facebook and Twitter, Google has now revealed details of Kremlin-linked groups buying ads and using YouTube to spread disinformation during the lead-up to US 2016 election. Google has shared its report ahead of this week’s series of …

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Google offers new findings on Russian disinformation across its products

Just a day before tech’s big Russia-focused Congressional hearings begin, Google is out with a new report on the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election across its platforms. “While we have found only limited activity on our services, we will continue to work to prevent all …

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