Apple Eulogized Google as the Safer Haven for Data Loggers

Praising the safer platform of the Google, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Google search engine on Sunday night, defending its billion-dollar deal with Google, underscored the humungus efforts put in by Google for safeguarding the Safari data and cloud data of the customer.

Apple that keeps Google Search a default search platform on its devices. “I think their search engine is the best. But two, look at what we’ve done with the controls. We have private web browsing, we have intelligent tracking prevention. “What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing, but it goes a long way in helping,” Cook told the Axios technology correspondent.

Google will reportedly pay Apple a whopping $9 billion in 2018 to remain the default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser on iOS. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall (via Business Insider), this number would only continue to grow, potentially leading to a payment of $12 billion in 2019. Cook has opposed privacy practices of some big tech companies, like Facebook, in the past, calling them a form of “surveillance”.

When it comes to regulating the tech companies, Cook said while he is “not a big fan of regulation,” but there comes time to “admit when the free market is not working”. “I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation. I think Congress and the administration at some point will pass something,” Cook said. “This is not a matter of privacy versus profits, or privacy versus technical innovation. That’s a false choice.

“Your device has incredible intelligence about you, but as a company I don’t have to have that,” the Apple CEO added. On a question on diversity at workplace, Cook said the Silicon Valley has been open and accepting to many different people from different walks of life. “But I agree 100 per cent from a gender point of view, that the valley has missed it and tech in general has missed it,” he said.

Google Can Change Settings Arbitrarily without Users’ Knowledge

As per the reports of the Android police a bunch of Pixel users had their Battery Saver Mode on, even when they had not done it. Later other users also complained of the same fault in their devices.

Amid the escalating astonishment over this sudden development in approximately a thousand phones simultaneously, Google in a reddit post admitted that it was an internal experiment that was mistakenly rolled out publicly.

“Hi all, some of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today. This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion,” Google said in the post.

The changes in device Settings remotely by Google, and without users ever knowing it, is forecasting a threat over privacy of the users.

The Verge in its report points out that both Google and Apple do have some mechanism to force changes in users’ devices (software-level). But that’s used as a last resort and mainly aimed at users’ security and safety.

Chrome Will Go Through A Major ‘Material Design’ Overhaul

Chrome will reportedly follow the suit of Gmail and will go through a major ‘Material Design’ overhaul, bringing new features on-board along with some major design modifications. The good news here is — some new changes have already landed in the Chrome’s nightly ‘Canary‘ build and the redesigned Chrome is currently available for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS that enables the new Material Design UI by default. Do note that Canary is an experimental version of Chrome which has the latest features in development. The program is designed for developers and early adopters — so it comes with its own risks. Furthermore, the software could crash anytime and you may encounter a few bugs.

Google Chrome is one of the most successful and popular web browsers and it doesn’t seem like it will lose that ‘crown’ anytime soon

According to Engadget, the redesign chrome comes with a new address bar, refreshed tab shapes and colours.

“Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort also mentions omnibox suggestion icons, tab strip colouring, pinned tabs and alert indicators in his announcement of the update,” the report stated. “Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion,” he says, although it will likely take Chrome fans a while to get used to the new set up.