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Google employee says Hangouts isn’t secure, wiretapping likely to happen

Whether you like it or not, some Google products and services are really prone to hacks and security can be compromised. For one, the Android mobile platform is susceptible to hackers but the tech giant is doing everything to keep the bad geeks away. And for those who use Hangouts, know that the program doesn't use end-to-end encryption. This is according to a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread where a Google employee was challenged to share how secure Hangouts is.

Google halts Map Maker due to “escalated attacks”

In another round of "this is why we can't have nice things", Google has decided to stop allowing users to edit stuff via its Map Maker. This is due to the fact that there have been a lot of "pranks" (otherwise known as people with too much time on their hands) in the edits that some users have been making, including an Android mascot peeing on an Apple logo, among others.

Mad Men retrospective brought to you by Lionsgate and Google Play

It's less than a week until one of the most critically-acclaimed dramas on network television finally comes to an end after seven seasons on air, and to commemorate it, Lionsgate and Google Play have teamed up to bring you the ultimate Mad Men digital retrospective. It contains a lot of never-before seen materials, as well as the ultimate multi-media stuff to prepare you for the series finale airing this Sunday on AMC.

Huawei tipped to manufacture the next Nexus phone

I know a lot of Google Nexus fans who are waiting for the next Nexus model. Rumor has it the next one will be a Huawei model. If true, it will be the first time Huawei will be offering a Nexus device to be powered by Google. The tech giant's next flagship phone could be a Huawei Nexus but we're leaving this as a rumor for now until more hints, leaked images, and eventually official teasers are published.

YouTube’s Collections feature to be discontinued May 20

If you're an avid YouTube viewer, subscriber, and creator, let it be known that Google is making some changes to the video sharing site and in how you manage channel and feed subscriptions beginning the 20th of May. The YouTube team has decided to discontinue Collections but promised to make subscriptions more enjoyable than ever.

Android devs add pre-register feature to Google Play

Software and game developers usually announce upcoming apps to build hype and attract future downloaders. Most games in the Google Play Store start that way, making gamers and geeks excited over the release of a new title. Some people want to be ahead of others by getting the app first even if just the beta version. Good thing Google now allows developers to add the option to pre-register for apps yet to be launched.

Android Community Weekly Digest: May 10, 2015

The past days were definitely for the history books, with some rather controversial news. T-Mobile goes after Verizon. The HTC One M9 fails to bring in the cash. Google's Project Fi messing with Google Voice. And Cyanogen, Inc. might start looking a bit like the bad guy. Of course, it's not all bad news, as Android Lollipop jumps to almost 10 percent last month. And the LG Watch Urbane turns out to be a repair-friendly wearable. All of these in your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from May 4 to May 10, 2015.

Start ordering food while still on Google search page

Google is constantly trying to make life easier for us by integrating a lot of things while you're still on their search page. One of the newest things they've added is the ability to start ordering food, if it's available, when you search for your favorite restaurant, while still on the search page. This is pretty good news for people who like to order in, and it even gives you a choice as to where to order from.
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