Quitting Google

Nithin Coca of The Next Web went on a quest to quitting Google. In this article, he describes his experience and gives plenty of pointers on how to achieve the same. He start out making a point about individual privacy, and points out individual alternatives to popular Google services. Starting from using Firefox over Chrome to particular services for daily office use. At the end of the year, this little “Quitting Google” guide contains little news, but serves as a good starting point to maybe develop a new years resolution and be more sensitive about privacy in the upcoming year 2020.

Nithin Coca of The Next Web
Nithin Coca of The Next Web

Over the past six months, I have gone on a surprisingly tough, time-intensive, and enlightening quest — to quit using, entirely, the products of just one company — Google. What should be a simple task was, in reality, many hours of research and testing. But I did it. Today, I am Google-free, part of the […]

Source: How I fully quit Google (and you can, too)

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Develop Open Smart Home Standard

Source: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Alliance to Develop Open Standard for Smart Home Devices – MacRumors

Update: Google also reports on their blog.

Edge vs. Chrome: A new Browser War

The new Edge browser, built on the same open source code as Google Chrome, contains a new Tracking Prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers and, at the Strict setting, many ads. My tests show that one in four items blocked are from Google.

Source: Edge vs. Chrome: Microsoft’s Tracking Prevention hits Google the hardest

Gmail Free Storage Thing of Past

Nobody could see THAT coming!

Gmail
Gmail

When people hit those caps, they realize they have little choice but to start paying, or risk losing access to emails, photos and personal documents.

Source: Bloomberg

Google introduced AR navigation.

Apparently it’s not just a cool new feature but a controversial discussion.

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers

“Does the owner of a home need to disclose to a guest? I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.”

Well, d’uh. If Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices and Services, says so. At least the BBC writes.

Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Google announced they built a 53 qubit quantum computer. A usecase Quantum computers are popular for is factorizing products of large prime numbers, making them interesting in the field of Cryptography. With 53 qubits, Google increased the possible performance by a factor

via fortune.com

Look, No Hands!

Black Hat 2019
Black Hat 2019

Google’s Project Zero drops a hand full of Zero Day vulnerabilities for the iPhone at Black Hat 2019. Apparently one of them isn’t patched yet. Interaction-less Attack Surface in this context means, it’s wormable, executing code with no human interaction.

Source: Look, No Hands! — The Remote, Interaction-less Attack Surface of the iPhone

The colors of future

Sabine Hossenfelder googled images for ‘futuristic’ and found something puzzling. A quick experiment verified her finding. So it seems the future will not be bright but something in black and blue. Somebody really needs to figure out and in particular why the past is more orange.

Salesforce buys Tableau

Salesforce buys Tableau for an amount of $15.7B, in not only its largest M&A deal to date, but probably one of the largest deals ever.

Salesforce buys Tableau for an amount of $15.7B, in not only its largest M&A deal to date, but probably one of the largest deals ever. After Google only acquired Looker earlier past week, it seems the race for Business Analytics is on.

SaaS giant Salesforce announced that it has signed an agreement with Seattle-based data visualization and analysis platform Tableau for $15.7 billion in stock. Both companies’ boards of directors approved the deal, which “is expected to be completed during Salesforce’s fiscal third quarter […]

Source: Salesforce To Buy Tableau For $15.7B In Its Largest M&A Deal To Date