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Android security chief: anti-virus apps are overrated

When you are partly in charge of making a product, of course you want to project your product in the best light possible. But when Google's chief security engineer for all things Android, Adrian Ludwig, downplayed the value of anti-virus apps before Google I/O 2014, he might have projected a different and harmful image instead. While he claims that majority of users won't benefit from malware-hunting apps on Android, the number of malware on the platform, even those that get through Google Play Store's own bouncers, prove otherwise.

MindRDR lets you control Google Glass with just a thought

Google Glass might be theoretically freeing our hands from our smartphones, but it still needs our voices or our fingers for some of its actions. But what if you could make it do what you want just by thinking about it? That is what design studio This Place is creating MindRDR for, an app that brings the growing science of telekinesis to Google's smart eyewear.

Google Maps now lets you mark and measure between locations

If you’re the kind of person who likes to know the exact distance between two points, and to see this distance visually, then you’ll be extremely happy with the new update to the Google Maps, desktop version. It now allows you to plot your trips between two places, draw a line between them by clicking and dragging, so you can see how short or long it can take you to go between them.

Gmail update attaches files directly from Google Drive

While your phone’s native email app may still be your go-to friend when it comes to ease of use, there are still some things it can’t do, especially if you’re a heavy Google user. The tech giant continues to improve its whole ecosystem of apps and functionalities with its latest update to their Gmail Android app. Now you can attach files directly from your Google Drive, which saves you from a few steps more than what you usually do.

Google Search now lets you correct misheard searches

It happens to the best of us. You’ve “OK Google’d” your smartphone (or smartwatch), you’ve asked the search app to look for the best wine places around your area, but it then gives you a list of the best wing places (we hope it meant chicken wings). Usually, you’d just start a new search and “Ok Google” yourself all over again. With the new app update, you don’t need to do that anymore and instead just tell your search app “No, I said wine” (adding doofus if you’re frustrated, but that would lead you to a whole different place though.)
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