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Google launches secure USB key for safer login

Worried about your password getting into the wrong hands? Google has just launched a USB stick that might put your mind at rest. According to ExtremeTech, Google is calling it Security Key, and uses the Universal Second Factor protocol, found in some makes of USB thumb drives. Basically, when it comes to login on Chrome,…

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Flappy Bird found hiding in Android Lollipop

How about this? Hidden in the depths of the next version of Google's Android operating system is a clone of the wildly popular Flappy Bird. As one developer uncovered, tapping on the version number in the "About" menu in settings, triggered the game: Unlike regular Flappy Bird, the bird has been replaced with an Android…

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Google says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings

Google is tweaking its search engine to make sure that the most "notorious" piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The changes were revealed in a blogpost by Katherine Oyama, the company's senior copyright policy counsel, and they include new ad formats that are designed…

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The Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

  Microsoft has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects, according to The Register: "The patch that aimed to add 'SHA-2 Hashing' to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has instead raised some concerns among Redmond's customers. The company is therefore 'investigating behavior associated with this update' and…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Is Android going to get 3DS-style local multiplayer features?

Word is that Google is planning improvements to Android's local multiplayer gaming capabilities - which could encourage more playing together with the people around you, rather than cursing the sky when someone on the other side of the world beats you at Scrabble. According to ETMag (which despite what it looks like, isn't coming through…

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WATCH: What will Google call Android L?

The next version of Android - version 5.0, codename "L" - is due for release rather soon indeed, and the promotional campaign has already started. Following in Android's (sugar) rich tradition of naming releases after snacks, Google has made the video below of the naming "auditions". What do you think it will be called? Give…

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Google Glass will now show your mobile notifications

Google has released a software update that has Glass showing your phone notifications - making Glass genuinely useful! The update works using the same principles as an Android Wear smartwatch: When you receive a notification from an app, such as a WhatsApp Message, Glass will alert you - and it appears it will tap into…

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Chromecast updates lets you change the backdrop

Way back in June Google announced a bunch of updates that were coming for its Chromecast - and it appears the changes have finally arrived, with updated apps appearing in the iOS app store and Google Play on Android. The major update is the ability to customise the backdrops that appear on screen when your…

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