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Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Posted on: June 18, 2019, in Blog

Mark Zuckerberg: “The future is private.” Sundar Pichai: “The present is private.” While both CEOs made protecting user data a central theme of their conference keynotes this month, Facebook’s product updates were mostly vague vaporware while Google’s were either ready to ship or ready to demo. The contrast highlights the divergence in strategy between the […]

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Google launches new Assistant developer tools

Posted on: June 18, 2019, in Blog

At its I/O conference, Google today announced a slew of new tools for developers who want to build experiences for the company’s Assistant platform. These range from the ability to build games for smart displays, like the Google Home Hub and the launch of App Actions for taking users from an Assistant answer to their […]

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What Chromes browser changes mean for your privacy and security

Posted on: June 17, 2019, in Blog

At the risk of sounding too optimistic, 2019 might be the year of the private web browser. In the beginning, browsers were a cobbled together mess that put a premium on making the contents within look good. Security was an afterthought — Internet Explorer is no better example — and user privacy was seldom considered […]

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Google launches Jetpack Compose, an open-source, Kotlin-based UI development toolkit

Posted on: June 17, 2019, in Blog

Google today announced the first preview of Jetpack Compose, a new open-source UI toolkit for Kotlin developers who want to use a reactive programming model similar to React Native and Vue.js. Jetpack Compose is an unbundled toolkit that is part of Google’s overall Android Jetpack set of software components for Android developers, but there is […]

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Google strengthens Chromes privacy controls

Posted on: June 15, 2019, in Blog

Google today announced a major new initiative around its Chrome browser that will, in the long run, introduce significant changes to how Chrome handles cookies and enhance its users’ privacy across the web. With this move, Google is making cookies more private and also adding new anti-fingerprinting technology to its browser. While some of the […]

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Googles Flutter framework spreads its wings and goes multi-platform

Posted on: June 14, 2019, in Blog

Google’s Flutter UI toolkit for cross-platform development may only be two years old, but it has quickly become the framework of choice for many developers. Until now, though, ‘cross-platform’ only referred to Android and iOS. Late last year, Google announced that it would also take flutter beyond mobile and to the web. Today, at its […]

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US digital advertising exceeded $100B in 2018 (IAB report)

Posted on: June 14, 2019, in Blog

Digital ad spending in the United States exceeded $100 billion for the first time last year, according to the latest internet advertising report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Specifically, total domestic spending reached $107.5 billion, a 22% increase from 2017. Mobile advertising has become increasingly dominant, growing 40% year-over-year, to $69.9 billion. And […]

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Googles latest Android Studio release focuses on speed and stability

Posted on: June 13, 2019, in Blog

At last year’s I/O developer conference, Google announced Project Marble, an effort to bring more speed and stability to the company’s Android Studio IDE. That was in marked contrast to previous updates, where the focus was very much on adding new features. Over time, though, as Google extended Android Studio, it started to slow down. […]

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Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new Focus mode, adds improved parental controls to Android

Posted on: June 13, 2019, in Blog

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital well-being tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage and configure their device’s “do not disturb” settings. Today, Google is updating its suite of tools to include a new feature called “Focus Mode” that lets you temporarily disable […]

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Facebook unveils an automated ad builder and an appointment manager for small businesses

Posted on: June 12, 2019, in Blog

Facebook today said it’s launching a number of new products aimed at small businesses — which is appropriate, as we’re currently in the middle of National Small Business Week. These new features include Automated Ads, which Director of Product Management Nikila Srinivasan said are “really built for small businesses that are one- to two-person businesses […]

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