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Vivaldi is the first web browser for Android Automotive

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Google’s new Android Automotive operating system is still available on a small number of vehicles, and the choice of applications for it is limited. However, the first third-party web browser is already available for Android Automotive. This is the Vivaldi browser, which recently received a big update in versions for Android, Windows, macOS and Linux, in particular, it includes two-level tabs. The browser is available on Polestar 2 electric vehicles.

According to the developers, security was one of the top priorities when porting the browser to Android Automotive. Unsurprisingly, you can only start using the browser when your car is parked. And if you start watching live streaming and then continue driving, the browser will automatically mute the video, limiting itself to just audio.

Confidentiality is another priority. The browser will not save browsing data if you open the private tab. To transfer data between devices, you will need to be signed in to your Vivaldi account. The developers clarify that Polestar will not be able to access user information.

Of course, given the platform, the Android Automotive version of Vivaldi based on the mobile version of the browser is somewhat limited in functionality. For example, there are no two-level tabs mentioned at the beginning, it is impossible to download files and scan QR codes. At the same time, there are not many differences from other versions, and the developer promises to regularly release updates.

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary

The Google Street View feature turns 15 today. To celebrate this occasion, Google has added the ability to view street photos on mobile devices. This feature has been around on computers since 2014, but it’s only now being rolled out to iOS and Android.

Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

Google is making an important improvement to the way it captures Street View data for Google Maps with its new camera. In the image below, it’s a new modular system that weighs around 7kg and is no bigger than a house cat, according to Google. The new camera can be installed on any car with a roof rack and controlled from a mobile device. Previously, Google Street View cameras required a special vehicle mount and sophisticated processing equipment to operate.

The new camera will allow Google to expand the Street View feature. Google says the new camera will be in use next year.

It is also announced that Street View Studio will allow users to quickly and bulk upload panoramic image sequences to Google Maps.

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iOS 15.5, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-C and 1.5GB RAM. Apple is ready to release an unknown network adapter

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iOS 155 Gigabit Ethernet USB C and 15GB RAM Apple is

Apple registered with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a network adapter with model number A2657, and this happened at the beginning of the year.

The description of the device is of interest because it is equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB-C port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support. The device is running iOS 15.5 operating system, has 1.5 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash memory.

iOS 15.5, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-C and 1.5GB RAM.  Apple is ready to release an unknown network adapter

The documents also describe the second version of the accessory with a Lightning connector instead of USB-C and 1 GB of RAM.

There are no details about what this device is yet.

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“Alien” and “Predator” hunt for Android-smartphones. Details about the new spyware

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Alien and Predator hunt for Android smartphones Details about the new

Android users have been targeted by a new spyware called Alien that can download malware or the Predator virus. The spyware was allegedly developed by Cytrox in North Macedonia.

Google claims that several exploits, which collectively fall under the Alien spyware category, were sold by Cytrox to various government-backed groups. CitizenLab, an online security research company, has also discovered several attacks, and Google claims they are all related to Alien spyware.

Google claims that zero-day exploits based on Alien spyware are used alongside some older exploits. It appears that malware developers are actively trying to take advantage of the time difference between when some critical bugs were fixed but not flagged as security issues and when those fixes were fully rolled out to the Android ecosystem.

Alien and Predator hunt for Android smartphones Details about the new

The virus spreads mainly through email. Victims receive email messages with suspicious links. Either link redirects victims to a website that installs malware.

The virus can potentially record audio, hide applications, and perform a number of other actions. Google claims to have sent out patches to fix the vulnerabilities. However, it is important that Android users remain cautious when opening emails from unfamiliar sources. Also, email users should never click on links embedded in emails without first verifying the identity of the sender.

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