Google ships final Android O beta before official launch

“You won’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on Android O. Google has posted its fourth Developer Preview for the mobile operating system, and it’s the last beta you’ll see — after this, the next stop is the finished version that will reach everyday users. This release candidate is really just a dry run for the official launch, with all the features and behavior intact.”  …

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Weekend poll: Do you have a Google Home?

So, how many of you have picked one up? Do you use it? For what? Vote in the poll, and discuss in the comments below.


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Thousands of Fake Google Maps Listings Redirect Users To Fraudulent Sites

Thousands of Fake Google Maps Listings Redirect Users To Fraudulent Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer:
Tens of thousands of fake listings are added to Google Maps each month, redirecting users to fraudulent websites selling phony or overpriced services, or are part of some referral scam. Researchers say that 74% of these abusive listings were for local businesses in the U.S. and India, mainly in pockets around certain local hotspots, especially in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Houston, or Los Angeles. In most cases, the scheme was simple. A customer in need of a locksmith or electrician would search Google Maps for a local company. If he navigated to the website of a fake business or called its number, a call center operator posing as the business’ representative would send over an unaccredited contractor that would charge much more than regular professionals. If a customer’s situation were urgent, the contractor would often charge more than the initial agreed upon price. Researchers said that 40.3% of all the listings for fake companies they found focused on on-call services, such as locksmiths, plumbers, and electricians, and were for customers who were desperate to resolve issues. Further, overall, operators of fake listings managed to hijack 0.5% of Google Maps’ outbound traffic for the studied period

Does Android use more memory than iOS? – Gary explains

Microsoft, Google, Facebook and 94 more tech companies support legal challenge to Trump entry ban 


#GoogleHome: The smart person’s guide – TechRepublic


Googlers stage a walkout to protest trump’s immigration ban via @engadget