Beware! Google Is Reading Your Mails On Gmail

At a time when privacy concerns have become paramount on the back of scandals like Prism, in a shocking revelation, Google has admitted that it opens and reads user mails, to direct targeted advertisements based on the content in the mail.

What’s more, Google has also said that these actions include access to mails that are sent by third party mailing domains that haven’t even signed Google terms and conditions. Google justifies reading user mails on the back of a justification wherein Google says that it is part of the Terms and Conditions users sign when signing up for a Google account.

In a court filing earlier last week Google says, “All users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing. Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”

In essence, Google is comparing itself with a postal service and using an old act which says that senders of mails give up their right to privacy once they hand the letter over to a third party.

Tech experts, however, have taken exception to this, saying that the analogy being used here is wrong, given the fact that one expects the Post Office to deliver the letter based on the address written on the envelope and not to open the letter and read it.

“Similarly, when I send an email, I expect it to be delivered to the intended recipient with a Gmail account based on the email address; why would I expect its content will be intercepted by Google and read? Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy. People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy, don’t use Gmail,” says John Simpson, head of the privacy project at Consumer Watchdog

Steps To Create Your Own Android App

Are dreaming of developing your own android app?

Here’s a snippet that will give you details about what you will need to develop a android app and where you will find them.

Android is basically a Linux based operating system with java interface.

Requirments:

You will need a compiler, debugger and a virtual machine to run the application. You get these all in a single package called Android software development kit(SDK) .

But these tools are command line based so a little homework is needed for it.

Android virtual device (AVD)is the emulator which can be used to test the app without an actual android phone and Android debug bridge (ADB) can be used to connect to a real android device or an virtual one.

This is one way development

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If you are using eclipse Google provide Android development tool which are specifically designed to develop using eclipse IDE.

If you are using java coding than you might require Dalvik virtual machine (DVM) which converts into its owns byte code rather than using java byte code.

So you cannot run java class codes directly you will have to use DVM.

You can get the SDK from here http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.

How to do?

Primary step would be to write a java program for your app then convert them into java class file using java compiler.

Converting the files into  executable(.dex) using dalvik virtual machine. During this process the redundant files are compressed in the (.dex) file. Hence these (.dex )files are smaller in size. The image and the XML file the program will be packed into (.apk) by the Android Asset Packaging Tool.

This (.apk) is the final file that has all the executable files. This can be bridged into a virtual machine or a mobile phone using the ADB.

Except for writing the java program and compiling it , all other process will be carried out by ADT and the final (.apk) will be generated.

This way you will have your app ready.

If you wanna learn it step by step Google has very well documented material. Visit http://developer.android.com/training/basics/firstapp/index.html

So proceed to build your android app.

 

Apple seeks Android source code from Google: Report

The company founded by late visionary Steve Jobs has asked a US court to direct the world’s biggest internet search company to handover the source code of its Android operating system.

According to a news report in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple told the US court that Google is “improperly withholding” data that it requested in the pre-trial information sharing stage. Apple has sought this information in the second-patent infringement case it has filed at the San Jose court. As per the court filing, the iPhone maker has argued that Android is used in all of Samsung’s allegedly infringing products and “provides much of the accused functionality.”

The latest development in the war between Apple and Samsung comes in the lawsuit that includes patent violation charges on phones like iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III.

However, a lawyer for Google (but who also represents Samsung in the case) told the court that the Tim Cook-led company made this “strategic decision to keep Google off the complaint.” He said that the internet search giant does not have the same legal rights as the Apple and Samsung in this case “with respect to reciprocal discovery,” the report states.

Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a patent battles across various parts of the world. One of the biggest judgements in the matter came last year, when a US jury concluded that Samsung has violated Apple patents and awarded the latter $1.05 billion. However, this sum was slashed later to $450.5 million by the court and a new date to determine final damages in the case was set.

Tips on How to Solve Common Android Problems

Android OS is very flexible when it comes to customisation and applications, but there are things that can annoy you sometimes when the device freezes, lags or suddenly stops. Being more knowledgeable of the OS, the device and common issues will help owners troubleshoot any Android device.

  • Occasional Lags and Freezes The common reason why the device suffers lags or freezes is due to overlapping applications that contradict each other. Be simple and eliminate third-party task manage or battery savers. Android can manage what those apps do. Uninstall any recent applications before the problem occurred.
  • Removal of Certain Apps Android core applications stay on your device forever, but there are ways to help you get freedom from bloating the RAM. Android apps such as Maps can be disabled manually. Go to “Settings – Applications – All – Maps”. Clear Data, Force Stop, and Disable it. Once disabled, you have to re-enable it to use the Google Maps app. For other applications, you can check their details as well and select the option “Move to SD card,” if possible.
  • Speed Up Performance Try not to stress and push to the limit your Android device all the time even it can. Pushing a device frequently can affect overall performance and stability. If you did something which causes the device to lag at certain times such as use a high-graphics live wallpaper, try choosing another one or stay with still ones. If an app does not work with your device, do not force it. Restart your device frequently to free up memory and get a fresh start.
  • Media and Gallery App failed to read media files Sometimes the Android media scanner fails to read media files for music and gallery core apps, but the file manager can browse them from the storages. The main reason is the confusing database Android reads such as multiple album thumbnails, leftover images of apps, and more. The best solution is to create a backup of all media files only, not the entire contents of your storages. Format internal/external storage and transfer back the files. Turn off the devices and switch it on, leave it for 5-10 minutes to complete indexing all files.
  • Battery Management According to some experts, third-party battery saver apps that are poorly written can worsen battery problems. If you do not know the safe ones, simply adjust your display brightness so low settings would be visible, switch to still wallpapers, use the back key when leaving applications, turn off Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/GPS/Auto-sync when not in use, use Wi-Fi if available than data connection and uninstall apps which eat more battery than expected.

OMG: Internet Connection With 2Gbps Speed

Google began offering 1Gbps internet speed recently, which seems to have lost its charm infront of this new technology

The world watched in awe when Google announced 1 Gbps fibre service in Kansas City of Japan. While Indian start-up in Kochi was trying to be at par, Japan has created something much better to offer. Leaving the 1 Gbps lines behind, a new ISP by Sony – ‘So-Net’ has begun to offer 2 Gbps line in Japan. And the high point is the cost of this solution. One month of the 2 Gbps line service will cost you just $51 per month on a contract of 2 years, which is $20 less than the cost of Google Fiber, which costs $71 per month.So-Net has started to roll out their services for the residents and businesses around the city of Tokyo. The provider is offering an Optical Network Unit (ONT) which will help the blazing fast optical lines to convert into broadband lines. And if the user has got the right hardware, he can enjoy blazing fast speed and pause-less 4K resolution YouTube videos.  

Customize the Google Search background in Chrome

Make the Google Search homepage your own by installing a simple Chrome extension that allows you to change the background image.

 

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Google removed the ability to display a custom background image on your Google Search homepage. However, there’s a Chrome extension that can help you regain your little slice of customization.

Aside from allowing you to change the background image, the extension will let you do some other neat things, too. You can remove the Google logo, search and lucky buttons, footer, and promotional links.

Head to the Google Chrome Web Store and install the Custom Google Background extension.

After installing the extention open GOOGLE.com and then you will find “Change Background Image ” option in bottom left corner click on it , a page will appear.

 

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Now you can also randomize images if you provide more than one (from your local machine, a URL, or via search).

This Custom Google Background extension is a nice alternative to a theme, since it doesn’t take over the entire browser window..

 

Really COOOL! 🙂