Android device owners can now use a remote lock function for their lost device, using Android Device Manager. Earlier the Android Device Manager used to let users track their lost devices on a map, ring them and remotely erase all the data on the device.
According to Android police, Android’s upcoming remote device lock functionality has quietly gone live in the Android Device Manager. Now even if you have your device locked with a pattern, PIN, or other method, the Device Manger will instantly override it. You’ll be asked to choose a new password when submitting the lock request. This functionality will even turn off the screen if it’s on to get things locked down tight.
Even if the device is in Airplane mode, the lock request will be completed as soon as the device is reconnected to the internet.
Android Device Manager is part of the Google Play services since August. So as long as you are logged into your Google account on your phone or tablet, you can log in to the Device Manager website to locate your missing device on a map. But only if the Google location settings have been enabled on your device and it is connected to internet.
Users can also ring the device at full volume for five minutes and even erase all the data. The Web interface allows tracking of multiple Android devices through a drop-down menu and users can also rename their Android devices through it.
The service is available for all Android 2.2 and above devices.
The company Bluebox security, has found a security hole in Android’s operating system. What’s even more scary about this news is the report states that this security hole has been around since Android 1.6 Donut. Apparently what can happen is malicious developers can change the APK of a legitimate company, without any breaks to its cryptographic signature. This basically means that if an app is hacked on Android, the user would not know and could be entering their information and sending it to the malicious hackers unknowingly.
On Monday, Google will pull the plug on Google Reader, despite much general online despair about the death of the most popular RSS reader.
While this is definitely the most popular tool Google has put on ice, it’s certainly not the first. The company is known for dabbling in all sorts of products, and dropping the ones it didn’t feel were well-supported.
So if you were ever a fan of Google Wave, Google Labs or maybe even Google Buzz, you’re probably a little nostalgic for the services of Google’s past.
If you want to take the trip down memory lane, check out the infographic below, courtesy of Wordstream.
Google Inc. is developing a video gaming console and a wristwatch powered by its Android operating system. Supposedly, Google is making these Android-powered devices in reaction to Apple’s upcoming devices. According to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet giant seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets, they also hope to design and market the devices itself. Also the rumours suggest that they might release at least one of them this fall.
Samsung has said it’s working on an Android-based watch with smartphone-like capabilities. Wearable computing is a hot area of development for startups and technology giants. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple was developing a watch-like device with smartphone features.
Facebook is experimenting with a lot of mobile-centric ideas, aiming to take the social network’s presence beyond just Facebook. Although it has reportedly been in the works for well over a year, it appears as though Facebook is working on a news aggregating app.
Now according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is developing a new tool that focuses on news consumption in order to re-shape its identity as a social network, like Twitter, that can compete in the news consumption space. The project, which is reportedly called “Reader,” would be a feature that runs on Apple’s iOS Devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people with knowledge of the matter said.
The project, which the company has been developing for more than a year, is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent versions of Reader resemble Flipboard Inc., a smartphone and tablet app that aggregates stories from multiple sources and lets users swipe to flip through articles, said the people with knowledge of the project.
While it’s unclear when Facebook will be ready to unveil the product, if it ever is, the Reader project is a sign the company is trying to get users to spend more time with it on mobile devices—and to see more ads.
Facebook is clearly making an initiative to be more than just a social network to share photos and statuses
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While Android 4.3 never actually materialized at Google I/O last month, the latest version of Jelly Bean keeps popping up and making cameos all over. It most recently appeared in the specs for LG’s Optimus L7 II Dual (that name’s a handful, we know) on the company’s website. The handset was running Android 4.1 when we played with it at Mobile World Congress and appears to have shipped with that OS version in some markets. Obviously, it’s only a matter of time until Android 4.3 becomes official but we fully expect it to debut on Google’s own Nexus 4 flagship before coming to any other device. In light of this, and considering the Optimus L7 II features a 4.3-inch screen, perhaps we’re just looking at a typo? We’ve reached out to LG for clarification — we’ll keep you posted.
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- Tagged Android, Android 4.3, Android4.3, Dual SIM, Google, Google I/O, Jelly bean, JellyBean, LG, LG Optimus, Mobile World Congress, mobilepostcross, Nexus 4, Operating system, Optimus L7 II, Optimus L7 II Dual, OptimusL7Ii, OptimusL7IiDual
That little ol’ company down in Mountain View is cooking up a new HTML5 design tool, according to a recent blog post by the Google’s advertising arm, DoubleClick. Simply dubbed Google Web Designer, it’s ostensibly designed for creative professionals to create “engaging web content” and is integrated with DoubleClick Studio and AdMob right out of the gate. Its advertising roots aside however, it looks like anyone with the proper knowhow could use it to create a web page, similar to the much-neglected Google Sites. Of course, we won’t know much more about the tool until it launches, which is said to be “in the coming months.
While the public decides how to deal with Google Glass-wearing cyborgs walking among us, there are already startups trying to add facial recognition to the device. That includes the MedRef for Glass app for Doctors and an API created by Lambda Labs that’s on the way. Unfortunately, apparently due to privacy concerns, a post tonight by the Project Glass team says that it will not approve any app using the tech for release — at least until it has some privacy protections in place. That’s the same standard it previously said would need to be met before it added facial recognition to its own services.
We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.
Without approval, we don’t expect to see any standard apps with the API built-in, however with the headset’s current wide open nature, we assume interested hackers will be able to get the software running if they so desire. So, how comfortable do you feel having a conversation with someone wearing Glass, considering third parties may add extra features even if Google itself is not involved? Check out the full statement from Google linked below, as well as a look at Lambda Labs from TechCrunch.
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- Tagged Application programming interface, Facial recognition system, facialrecognition, Glass, glassware, Google, Google Glass, lambdalabs, Privacy, Project Glass, projectglass, TechCrunch