Google Maps for iOS adds search and ‘Know before you go’ widgets
Google gently pushes Apple to adopt RCS by pointing out the poor security of SMS fallback
Messaging has always been a tough point for Android phones compared to iPhones simply because iMessage is, put simply, very good both for its experience and its security. As Google finally solves that problem with expanded adoption of RCS with end-to-end encryption, the company is pushing for its rival, Apple, to do the same by pointing out that the current fallback method instantly drops security.
Ahead of iPhone 13, Google teases new Pixel 6 and 6 Pro with its own custom silicon
After taking a mid-range approach with the Pixel 5, Google has officially teased it’s ready to take on the high-end market and iPhone 13 and 13 Pro with its fall smartphone lineup. The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will come with a custom “Tensor” chip, all-new design, 120Hz display, in-screen fingerprint reader, 4x zoom […]
Google launches new ‘Drive for desktop’ Mac & Windows app; ‘Backup and Sync’ stops working this year
At the start of this year, Google announced that it was revamping its desktop client strategy for Drive. The new “Google Drive for desktop” that replaces “Backup and Sync” by adding automatic Google Photos upload is now appearing for some users.
Google developing ‘Switch to Android’ app for iOS to copy data and apps from your iPhone
Google is developing a new iOS app called “Switch to Android,” which should be able to copy the most important data from your iPhone and bring over your apps.
Apple Pay versus Google Pay battle over security in Australian antitrust hearing
An Australian antitrust hearing has witnessed an Apple Pay versus Google Pay security tussle, as the iPhone maker defends its decision to use a proprietary system instead of an open standard. Apple says it limits use of the NFC chip for payment purposes to Apple Pay for security reasons, but Google disagrees, stating its own […]
Ex-Googler explains why Chrome abandoned a redesign similar to iOS 15 Safari years ago
Apple’s mobile web browser is the main lightning rod of this year’s iOS 15 beta period and it remains to be seen whether it will actually launch in the fall. Chrome for Android tried a similar Safari on iOS 15 redesign years ago, and a designer on that project provided some interesting insight into why Google abandoned it.
Zero-day exploit allowed SolarWinds hackers to extract login information from iOS devices
While Apple constantly works to improve the security of its devices, hackers are always looking for new ways to crack the security systems found in the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other devices. Earlier this year, an exploit found in Apple’s WebKit (which is the Safari engine) allowed hackers to extract login information from iOS devices.
Review: Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series are an excellent value at $99, but should you use them with an iPhone?
Using the Google Pixel Buds A-Series with the iPhone has been a better experience than I expected, but it’s not as good as using AirPods. That should be expected given the fact that they are made by Apple’s biggest competitor. But Google’s Pixel Buds A are excellent wireless earbuds with great fit and decent sound. […]
Apple reportedly increases spending on Google cloud services by 50% year over year, exceeds 8 exabytes of storage
As Apple moves more of its services into the cloud, and more Apple users adopt iCloud for photo library and file storage, the company’s infrastructure requirements keep on rising. Although Apple manages many of its own data centers, it also relies heavily on third-party cloud companies as well. The Information reports that Apple’s spending on […]
Android’s ‘Data Restore Tool’ readies transferring WhatsApp chats from iOS
Google’s Data Transfer Tool, the standard tool for copying files from one Android to another or from iOS to Android, is preparing to offer a way to copy your WhatsApp chats from your iPhone.
Apple boots ‘Tinder for anti-vaxxers’ app from the App Store for violating COVID-19 guidelines
Apple has removed an app called “Unjected” from the App Store for violating its guidelines around COVID-19 and misinformation, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The app, which billed itself as a place for “like-minded people that support medical autonomy and free speech,” was available in the App Store until Bloomberg reached out for […]
Twitter for iOS officially gains support for Sign in with Apple
After beta testing the feature last month, Twitter for iOS is now officially rolling out support for signing in with Apple. This means you can now create a Twitter account with your Apple ID for increased privacy.
Google app for iOS hides a fun pinball game Easter egg; here’s how to access it
There are countless Easter eggs hidden throughout Google products, whether they’re online or in various apps. Recently, a new one was discovered within the Google app on iOS that lets you play a pinball/brick breaker game.
Digital Inception: Here’s how to run Android, Chrome OS, and Windows on your Mac
Lots of folks like to think of the Mac as just another product in Apple’s precious walled garden, but many don’t know that you can actually run virtually any operating system on a Mac with a little bit of work. It’s fairly easy to get the three biggest platforms that aren’t made by Apple up […]
Tim Cook says Apple considering whether requiring employee vaccinations is ‘the right answer’
Following the breaking news that Google will require employees returning to its offices in October to get the COVID vaccine, Tim Cook has shared that the company is continuing to “monitor things daily” before deciding if that’s “the right answer or not.”
CIRP: iPhone catches up to Android, now accounts for 50% of new smartphone activations in the US
A new report today from analysts at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) details that Apple and Google are nearing parity in terms of new smartphone buyers in the United States. According to the data, Android and iOS each accounted for 50% of new smartphone activations during the second calendar quarter of 2021. “CIRP estimates for […]
Facebook-commissioned ‘study’ claims Apple’s pre-installed apps unfairly dominate the iPhone
A new study has been published that aims to show how popular Apple and Google’s first-party apps are and to specifically make the case that they limit competition as they’re preinstalled. The Verge got an exclusive look at the study that was paid for by one of Apple and Google’s biggest critics. However, Apple says […]
Amazon reportedly considering Alexa-powered Apple Watch competitor for kids
While the Apple Watch currently largely dominates the smartwatch industry, companies such as Facebook and Google are actively expanding their efforts in the industry. Now, a new report from Bloomberg says that Amazon has also considered an Alexa-powered wearable that would specifically be designed for children.