Recently, after the US banned sales of Huawei cell phones due to spying, Google has suspended all business with the Chinese telephone manufacturer over genuine concerns that Huawei phones have spying issues. Google will not be updating Huaweii phones, give access to the app store, or any other product support. Huawei has also been added to the US Department of Commerce trade blacklist. Leo says it's a shame because Huawei makes some great hardware.
Talya O'Shea has done some research, and she's found that African Americans are more likely to see clickbait with the term "arrested" next to it than whites. And what the bias is from, is Google's Algorithm, which the advertising is based on. Leo says that O'Shea wrote a book about it, concluding that Google needs to improve that algorithm to be accurate, because it can cause a lot of harm to people's online reputation.
Google has agreed to a settlement that will pay original Google Pixel or Pixel XL owners up to five hundred dollars for a defective microphone in the phone that caused issues while calling. Other users may be eligible for up to $20.
NEST has officially become Google NEST, and will solely become a Google Product. Leo says that while Google has owned NEST for a while now, it had kept it largely autonomous, including the data it collected. No longer. No Google owns all the data it collects and will use it. Even worse, Leo says that Google is already phasing out support for other IoT devices and will solely be supported by Google Assistant. Leo says it's annoying when a company encourages you to deep dive into a product's ecosystem and then changes it so that it can't be used with other products.
Scott uses Google Hangouts on his iPad Mini, but when he used it today, the little phone icon is missing. It's been removed from his personal account. What gives? Leo says Google has announced that it is eliminating Hangouts to all but Google Fi users.
Rich wants to learn more about solar power and what he would need to get into solar, like how much it would cost, etc.
Rich says that Google's Project SunRoof will answer a lot of questions of how he can get started and get off the grid.
But Rich isn't ready to buy into solar power just yet because the efficiency isn't where it should be and he's not thrilled with drilling into the roof to mount the panels.
A Sad Week in Google, as Google killed off a ton of services this week. Google+ closed down. Google Chromecast Audio was discontinued. The InBox in Gmail is now gone. Leo was really sad that Google+ never really grabbed the kind of attention from users that Facebook has. The sad part is that Google+ was very popular with photographers since images posted weren't as compressed as other social media sites do. They could upload uncompressed, or hi-resolution versions. But no more.
Wesley recently lost access to his Gmail. He tried doing password recovery, expecting 2-factor authentication. But Gmail says they can't be sure it's him, so he remains locked out. At least he can log in with his phone because Gmail trusts Wesley's iPhone, which knows the password. Leo isn't sure why the recovery hasn't worked. Perhaps his challenge questions are being answered incorrectly? Since Wesley's phone is working better with Gmail, he should try recovering the password with the phone.
When you want to find out if you should stay away from typing in a suspicious and possibly fake web address, check the URL's TLD (top-level domain) which should imply whether the site is legitimate or not. For example, if a web address reads Google(dot)com/blahblah then it is a legitimate Google page. However, bad guys can spoof Google and create an address like Google(dot)badguy(dot)com which may easily deceive many victims at first glance. Always be cautious of deceptive URLs and links that can infiltrate your device if clicked.
David received an email from Google asking if he'd participate in a media use survey. Is it legit? Leo says to look at the web address. Hackers are very good at spoofing emails. He wants to see the top-level domain of google.com/restoftheurl. If it's google.somethingelse.com then that isn't legit.