Google Calendar for web gets a beautiful design overhaul
By Brian Reigh
Google Calendar for web is finally getting the long-awaited Material Design update along with a handful of new features.
After first introducing Material Design all the way back in 2014, Google promptly updated its mobile apps and services to reflect the company’s new design language. The trend spilled over to Google’s web-based apps over the course of year or two, but sadly, Calendar for web seemed forgotten and abandoned. Until now, that is. After months of rumors claiming that Google might be testing a brand-new UI for its web-based calendar app, the search giant has taken to its blog to officially announce that indeed, Material Design is coming to Google Calendar for web, and it’s bringing with it quite a few features that could help enterprises with managing meetings.
Material Design is coming to Google Calendar for web, and it’s bringing with it quite a few features that could help enterprises with managing meetings.
As you can see above, the new design is highly reminiscent of the Google Calendar app for Android. The revamped layout as well as its Material Design-inspired colors are a huge improvement. The update is rolling out gradually, but if you’re eager to try it out now, you can click this link provided by Corbin Davenport at Android Police. This will take you to your Calendar page where you should see a “Use new Calendar” button in between Agenda and More buttons in the top right corner. Click that, and voila, you have a brand-new calendar on your screen!
If you use the web version of Google Calendar for business, you will be glad to know that Google has added a handful of new features to help you maximize efficiency in organizing and preparing for meetings:
See conference room details when booking a room. G Suite admins can now enter detailed information about their organization’s meeting rooms—so employees know where a conference room is located, how large it is, and whether it has audio/video equipment or is wheelchair accessible. Employees can simply hover over the room name in Calendar when they want to book a space, and a hovercard will pop up with details about the conference location and resources.
Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites. Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This can help you create more detailed agendas and ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.
Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view. Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for employees who manage multiple calendars, like administrative assistants, to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.
For the full list of new changes, you can visit here.
Do you see the new update on your web calendar yet? Thoughts on the new design? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Source:: android authority
Advanced Protection Program is Google’s answer to targeted online attacks
By Brian Reigh
The newly-announced program goes beyond the regular two-factor authentication. It’s designed to provide Google’s strongest security for those who need it the most.
If you are a journalist, business leader, a political campaign team member, or just someone who values and needs maximum security when using Google’s services, the search giant is now offering an extra layer of security through the all-new Advanced Protection Program. Largely designed for high-profile people who are frequent hacking targets, the program replaces the usual two-factor authentication and takes extra preventative measures to safeguard personal emails and files and block fraudulent account access.
Largely designed for high-profile people who are frequent hacking targets, the program replaces the usual two-factor authentication.
The most noticeable change would probably be the physical security key. Instead of having a code sent to your phone in a two-factor authentication format, Google will require that you use your physical key to sign in so that hackers won’t be able to use fake log-in pages to extract sensitive information. Google also states that the program will restrict third-party apps from accessing Gmail or Drive to minimize security vulnerabilities:
When you sign up for new apps or services, you are sometimes asked for access to your data, like your emails or documents. By giving permission, you might introduce vulnerabilities that could be used to access your personal data. For example, an app you trust could be exploited or impersonated.
And if you happen to lose access to your account and your physical security keys, you will have to take additional verification steps to restore your access. Google adds that “the Advanced Protection Program will proactively add new security features to stay a step ahead of hackers,” so if you have a reason to be concerned about the security of your account and you have a personal Google account, you can enroll in the program right now by signing up here. You will, as you may have expected, need to buy the security keys separately in the process.
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Deal: Take $50 off the BlackBerry KEYone for a limited time
When it comes to smartphones, the BlackBerry KEYone is the epitome of the classic phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” You can look at the keyboard, the processor, and the display as independent components and frown at them, but put together, they make the BlackBerry KEYone a productive device that has carved a niche with the Android faithful.
Starting tomorrow, October 18, that productive device will get quite a bit cheaper as the silver-colored KEYone will be offered for $500, $50 cheaper than what it usually goes for.
There are a few things to keep in mind regarding the discount, the biggest being that it will be in effect for only 24 hours. This means that you have from 1am EST on October 18 until 12:59am EST on October 19 to purchase the KEYone for $50 off. Also, both the GSM and CDMA unlocked versions are discounted, but not the Black Edition KEYone.
As previously mentioned, the KEYone is certainly greater than the sum of its parts, which start with the keyboard that features touch-sensitive frets between rows of keys. The phone also features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, which, when paired with the 3,505 mAh battery, means that battery life is among the best out of any current phone. The KEYone also gets by with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, the latter of which is augmented by the microSD card slot.
Finally, the phone currently runs a stock-ish version of Android Nougat, with an update to Android Oreo presumably incoming.
If you had your eye on the KEYone and were waiting on some sort of discount to pick it up, now is your chance to do so. The phone’s flash sale is through Amazon and Best Buy, and lucky for you, we have purchase links down below.
Source:: android authority
Google will begin selling devices at its pop-up shops
By Matt Adams
Google is doing everything it can to get its products into your hands. Even though it’s only partnering with one carrier, it is the largest of the four in the US. It also has its phones, Chromecast, and Home devices in big box stores like Walmart and Best Buy so you can check them out in person. Unfortunately, what Google doesn’t have is a retail space like Apple’s stores to truly showcase its products. Even if it were to build something like that, it would take years to see the fruit of its efforts.
Since it doesn’t have its own retail presence, Google has experimented with a few pop-up stores, including one in New York last year. These shops have allowed customers to test the products in hand before buying them online. Now, it’s taking that concept one step further. Google will now begin to sell hardware at the temporary pop-up stores. It’ll start with the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Google Home Mini in New York and California. The sales kick off Thursday, October 19 and last through the end of the year.
Google will add more devices as they’re being released to the public over the next few weeks. It currently has stores in retail spaces at 8552 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood, CA and 110 5th Ave in New York, NY where you can go see the latest and greatest hardware it has to offer. Both of the stores are open from 10 AM to 8 PM local time. Since the earliest a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL will ship from the Google Store is October 29, this might be the fastest way to get your hands on one if you live nearby.
Will you be visiting one of the pop-up stores? Let us know down in the comments.
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Essential is being sued for its wireless accessory connector
By Dima Aryeh
Essential’s accessory connector is an interesting one. It uses two physical power pins and wireless data transfer. Unfortunately, a previous potential partner is suing the company over that wireless data transfer tech.
Essential was in talks with Keyssa (backed by Tony Fadell, an ex-Google employee just like Andy Rubin) over its wireless data transfer technology for 10 months but an agreement was never reached. The company ended up going with SiBEAM for the wireless accessory connector, but Keyssa alleges that Essential used techniques that it developed to build the connector.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but it’s yet another challenge that Essential is facing. The launch of the Essential Phone was a bumpy ride and issue after issue has popped up. Hopefully this blows over smoothly.
What’s keeping Xiaomi from the US?
By Adam Doud
Xiaomi is a fun company. Its phones are great to play with. They’re powerful, innovative, and for the most part, cheap. My biggest problem with their phones is that I can’t get them; they’re not available in the United States.
Xiaomi is a China-first affair, with precious few exceptions. Despite public comments about building a patent war chest in advance of a Stateside launch in mid-2015, there’s been no meaningful push into the American market.
Xiaomi’s position has shifted over time— from preparing to enter the United States, to not talking about it, to dismissing the question entirely. Even back at CES 2017, then-global-VP Hugo Barra said, “We don’t want to go anywhere near the half-hearted efforts to launch a brand in the US just to say we’re in the US.” Barra pointed to brand-building efforts in the United States, such as its release of a set-top box at Google I/O 2016. Less than a month later, Barra left Xiaomi. Not drawing any parallels; just saying.
We got you covered…or not
Xiaomi wants to bring its smartphones to the US and Western Europe in a huge way, rather than have a slow build.
About a week later, Xiaomi had a brand-new supplier in the United States. US Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO, announced they would be the first US-based Xiaomi phone provider. Then, the next day, on February 2, the phones were pulled, and it was announced that they were never an authorized dealer. Whoops.
Later in April 2017, Wang Xiang, who took over Barra’s role as global VP, said that Xiaomi’s engineers were “super busy” and would struggle to effectively manage relationships with US carriers. Xiaomi wants to bring its smartphones to the US and Western Europe in a huge way, rather than via a slow build. Fair enough, but what’s causing the delay?
Android Authority has reached out to Xiaomi for comment and we’ll be sure to update this article if we get a response.
Xiaomi’s patent filings by country and by year. Courtesy of greyb.com
One of the biggest obstacles that Xiaomi faces in entering western markets lies with its patents, or rather the patents of other companies. Every aspect of making a smartphone has been legally secured in markets around the world. Xiaomi has been working on growing its patent collection, but the bulk of those patents reside in its home market of China. Any attempt to bring its products to western markets would open it up to legal issues that would be both costly and drawn out. Think Apple v. Samsung in Europe.
To avoid this, Xiaomi has been building up its patent portfolio through a number of deals over the past few years. GreyB.com has a full breakdown of Xiaomi’s patents, the highlights of which include patent deals with Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Nokia. By building up its patent portfolio, Xiaomi will avoid many legal complications in new markets.
Get ’em while they’re hot
In the meantime, you can actually buy Xiaomi phones in the US. This website allows you to browse a number of Xiaomi phones. If you want to buy them, it redirects to another site where you can actually order the phones. The phones themselves are sold unlocked, without Google Play services, but you can buy them if you want. Neither website is owned or maintained by Xiaomi— they’re only set up to import the phones. I guess that makes it better, somehow?
I get Xiaomi’s reservation here. The sad truth is that smartphone sales are largely carrier driven, which sucks if you don’t have a relationship with one. The number of postpaid carrier accounts is on the rise— people still buy phones from AT&T, not just Apple, Google, Samsung, etc. The fact of the matter is, as much success as Huawei has in the United States now, its lack of carrier relationship made things very difficult. It’s just as likely Xiaomi might see LeEco’s level of success, rather than Huawei’s.
Right idea, wrong execution
Bringing brand awareness to the Western market in the form of a set top box, on the back of Google I/O, is a good idea. But how many people do you know that have a Xiaomi set top box? Yeah, me neither. Maybe it’s a good idea, but it’s the wrong time to try getting into the already crowded set top box market.
Personally, I’d like to see Xiaomi make a go of it. The company is already in a great position in its own market, as well as in India. The Mi MIX 2 is right in line (and in some ways superior) today’s flagships and their minimal bezels. Unfortunately, there are two huge barriers that prevent Xiaomi from doing just that— patents and carrier relationships.
The company has been slowly making deals to account for it’s patent problems, but as for carrier relationships, I’m not sure this is an area where it can …read more
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WhatsApp announces encrypted location sharing
By Evan Selleck
Sharing one’s location is definitely not hard these days, as it’s a feature that is built into most services in some way or another.
Now WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging platforms out there, is announcing its own effort in the location sharing game. Today the company officially announced a brand new way to share your “live location,” effectively giving real-time location info to those you want to share it with.
It works about the same way it does in any other messaging service. You open a chat with the person you want to share your location with — the feature also supports groups, too — and from there, you open the “Location” option within the attach section and click the new “Share Live Location.” You will get to pick how long you share your location with the people in the chat. So if you just want to let them know where you are for a half hour, you’ll be able to do that.
Once the timer runs out, the app will stop sharing your location automatically. And if you want to stop sharing sooner, you can end it at any time. What’s more, this location sharing in real-time is end-to-end encrypted.
According to WhatsApp, this new feature will be available for both the Android and iOS apps, and it will begin rolling out to users in the coming weeks. So if this is something you’ll want to use, keep an eye out for it.
Price drop on ZenMate VPN Premium Lifetime Subscription
By AA Picks
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As you wish!
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You can now stream YouTube TV using your Google Home
By Dima Aryeh
The great thing about YouTube TV is that you can stream it from your phone to any cast-enabled device. There’s no need for an expensive, bulky set-top box with a terrible interface. And now you’ll be able to do the same from your Google Home.
Google has announced that you can ask your Google Home to stream different shows or content with your voice. You’ll also be able to control it, including rewinding 15 seconds and enabling captions.
If you want to give it a shot, head to the Google Home app and link YouTube TV to it. And if you haven’t signed up for YouTube TV, Google is offering up a free $35 Chromecast to those who do.
NBC Universal and Snap are creating a studio for Snapchat-only content
By Matt Adams
How much video do you watch on your phone? Do you count it in minutes or in hours? Cell phones have revolutionized how we consume news and media, and a new venture from Snap and NBC Universal is looking to capitalize on that. The two companies have created a joint venture to produce scripted programming to air on Snapchat.
The new joint venture studio doesn’t have a name yet, but it has hired Lauren Anderson to head the project. Anderson was NBC Entertainment’s Senior VP of Current Programming and has a history of working with Snapchat. She’ll be charged with building on the success that NBCU has already had on Snapchat’s platform.
To garner that success, the new studio will work with multiple content creators. It has already reached a deal with indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass to come on board. The brothers have gained notoriety recently for their shows “Room 104” and “Togetherness”, as well as inking a four-movie deal with Netflix. Mark Duplass has already said he and his brother have several concepts for scripted and unscripted shows. The concepts span from comedy to drama, horror, and documentaries. Speaking to Variety, Mark Duplass said:
We’re definitely thinking about their user base, what would appeal to their core group of users, who are essentially millennials. If we make one show and it’s really doing well, we might just stick with that – and do 100 episodes of that show.
NBCU and Snap haven’t specified how many series the Duplass brothers will produce, but are targetting eight to ten minutes per episode. The companies say we’ll see content in 2018, but haven’t given any more details beyond that. NBCU was convinced to move forward on the project by Snapchat’s large user count, 173 million active users, and the high level of engagement it sees on its current Snapchat-specific offerings. The new studio will be a 50/50 ownership between NBC Universal and Snap.
One of the most interesting aspects of the new venture for the Duplass brothers is figuring out how to tell compelling stories in a vertical format. Since all of the content will be consumed within the Snapchat app, they will have to frame their content around the dimensions of a phone’s screen. But, Mark Duplass says the brothers are ready for the challenge:
“It’s an exciting process of discovery: How do I use this frame in an interesting way to tell a story?”
What do you think of the new joint venture? Are you currently consuming most of your content on your phone? Are you willing to watch eight to ten minute episodes on a small screen? Let us know down in the comments.
Source:: android authority