Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products

From the Cnet Article ‘Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products’ by   

By promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.

Google’s most powerful product chief just got more powerful.

Sundar Pichai, a well-respected executive who oversees some of the company’s most important businesses, has been elevated to take on even more of Google’s core products, the company confirmed to CNET.

Pichai already runs Android, the most widely used mobile operating system in the world; Google’s Web-based software Chrome; and the company’s suite of apps, including Gmail and Docs. Under the reorganization, he will additionally have oversight over research, search, maps, the Google+ social network, ads and infrastructure, according to Recode, which earlier reported the news.

The promotion punctuates Pichai’s quick rise inside the company as well as CEO Larry Page’s desire to off-load some of his management duties to better focus on overall business strategy. While Google’s search and advertising business still generates $50 billion a year in revenue, some financial analysts fear its business is slowing. The company last week reported that paid clicks for the third quarter rose 17 percent from the same period last year. That compares with 26 percent growth the year before.

While Pichai is taking on those new responsibilities, Page will continue to directly oversee a number of Google’s divisions, including the YouTube online video service run by veteran Google employee Susan Wojcicki. Page will also manage business and operations.

Pichai, a well-liked figure at the company, has been a magnet for Google’s product teams. He has been at the company since 2004, managing the Chrome department. He added Google Apps to his responsibilities in 2012 and Android in 2013.

Pichai was the clear star of Google’s I/O developer conference in June — serving as the keynote’s master of ceremonies as Google showed off its latest developments in Android and Chrome.

Though Google confirmed the staff change to CNET, it declined to comment further or disclose his compensation.

 

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Hackers Transform a Smartphone Gyroscope into an Always-On Microphone

From  Engadget.com’s Steve Dent

Apps that use your smartphone’s microphone need to ask permission, but the motion sensors? No say-so needed. That might not sound like a big deal, but security researchers from Stanford University and defense firm Rafael have discovered a way to turn Android phone gyroscopes into crude microphones. They call their app “Gyrophone” and here’s how it works: the tiny gyros in your phone that measure orientation do so using vibrating pressure plates. As it turns out, they can also pick up air vibrations from sounds, and many Android devices can do it in the 80 to 250 hertz range — exactly the frequency of a human voice.

By contrast, the iPhone’s sensor only uses frequencies below 100Hz, and is therefore useless for tapping conversations. Though the researchers’ system can only pick up the odd word or the speaker’s gender, they said that voice recognition experts could no doubt make it work better. They’ll be delivering a paper next week at the Usenix Security conference, but luckily, Google is already up on the research. “This early, academic work should allow us to provide defenses before there is any likelihood of real exploitation.”

For more information check out Stanford University’s Security Research page HERE

 

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Moneypak Strikes Again

Moneypak Strikes Again! Android Users Impacted.

Recently the Moneypak malware made the jump from Microsoft Windows to Google’s Android operating system. Unlike Windows that have an abundance of Apps designed to removed this common nuisance there aren’t as many for Android as this is a fresh market for hackers to wreak havoc on.

So what can you do? Well first and foremost shut your tablet off and get yourself into a technician to have a look. In some cases you may be looking at a complete wipe and reload of your Android device, in other cases you may not be so unfortunate. If you haven’t gotten it yet be sure to take precautionary measure like backing up your data, syncing your pictures/music/videos to the cloud, and avoid websites you haven’t been to before.

Once you are infected there may be no going back but don’t let it get to you, it happens to the best of us. Again the best thing you can do for yourself is get your device into a virus removal specialist and see what they can do for you. Keep your eyes peeled as time goes on it’s only going to get worse.

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