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Running Android 7.0 or later? Here’s how to use your smartphone as a two-factor authentication key

Two-factor authentication is a service that keeps your online accounts and services a whole lot safer than they would be otherwise. Why else would you lock down a Steam account using Steam Guard, a Blizzard account with Blizzard Authenticator, an Xbox Live account with whichever notification system from Microsoft annoys you the least? Shouldn't your more business-y accounts have the same protectio...[Read More]

Gmail turns traditional emails into interactive web pages

Google has started rolling out a major Gmail update that will let you interact with dynamic emails inside the inbox ecosystem.

In the future, everyone might use quantum computers

Today, quantum computing is in its infancy. Quantum computation incorporates some of the most mind-bending concepts from 20th-century physics. In the U.S., Google, IBM and NASA are experimenting and building the first quantum computers. China is also investing heavily in quantum technology.

Google has announced their cloud-based gaming platform, called Stadia

Google officially announced a new gaming platform called Stadia. This time around, though, it’s not a console, or any hardware for that matter...

Experience the Big Bang in augmented reality with Google and CERN

Yes, augmented reality (AR) is now pretty much as widespread as it could be, but we’ve always wondered what real-world applications are actually worth using it for? A few things, it turns out. We might’ve just found the coolest application of AR yet, and it involves the Big Bang.

Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn’t working for you even if it feels like it is

Of all the fictional virtual assistants we know from pop culture, few stand up to the original and perhaps most famous: the HAL 9000 from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We should probably be thankful for that. After all, Alexa may shut your lights off, but she won’t turn against you and wreak havoc on your life. Or will she?

New patent filings show that Google hasn’t given up on the modular smartphone

Cast your mind back to recent years and you might recall a little something called Project Ara. This was a modular smartphone project created by Google, the sole remaining bit of the company’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. You know, before that company was sold to Lenovo. Honestly, we thought that Ara was dead but a pair of new patent filings by Google late last year shows that they have...[Read More]

Gmail adding a quick menu that lets you reply to, forward and search for emails

Gmail is rolling out new right-click menu options that'll let you reply to, forward and search for emails directly from your inbox, according to an updated published by Google this week.

Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of ex...[Read More]

Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can’t track your movements

Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy. Smartphone users are never a...[Read More]

What trended on Google in South Africa this year?

Google has announced its annual statistics concerning web search around the world. And locally we’re not even surprised, because most of the top Google search terms for South Africa in 2018 mirror the real issues that South Africans experience on a daily. Here’s a breakdown of the search company’s Year in South African Search. The Google year review looks at the top searches in a few categor...[Read More]

Google Play Store announces best apps of the year

Oh, the end of the year — when retailers get the red, white and green decorations out of the storeroom, end-of-year parties are badly attended, and awards are given to the best tech of the year. Ask us, we’re grinding to get the Stuff Gadget and App of the Year awards sorted before the Christmas spirit befalls us. The Google Play store has crowned its favourite apps of the year — and w...[Read More]

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