Google kept itself busy this week by finding a critical flaw in a widespread code library that exposed Linux apps and IoT devices to malware threats.
The company also released an iOS testing framework, abandoned its Picasa photo management suite and leaped to the defence of Apple.
Major bug exposes thousands of Linux apps and IoT devices to hacks
Google and Red Hat found a flaw in a widespread computer code library that leaves hundreds of thousands of devices vulnerable to malware when performing domain-name lookups.
The bug was found in the GNU C Library, colloquially known as glibc, which offers developers a collection of open source code to act as the foundation of an app and can be found in many uses of Linux.
Google and Microsoft back Apple in iPhone encryption case with US government
Google joined Microsoft to come out in defence of Apple in response to demands from the US government that it unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Apple has said that it will not unlock the phone in this way as it creates a dangerous precedent and undermines the security of all its devices and in turn its billion-strong user base.
Google kicks its own Picasa to concentrate on Google Photos
The INQUIRER reported that Google will close the venerable Picasa photo management suite next month.
The online version of Picasa has been superseded twice, first by merging with Google+ then demerging into Google Photos.
Google EarlGrey brings easy visual app testing to iOS
Google launched a functional testing framework for iOS called EarlGrey.
The company tested the framework internally on YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Translate and Google Play Music.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is rolling out now to Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
Samsung is pushing out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.
The handsets are first in the queue for the upgrade to Google’s latest sweet-themed mobile software, but other tablets and smartphones will get the upgrade soon after.
ZenFone 5 Pro appears to boast a Snapdragon 845 SOC, an Adreno 630 GPU and 6GB of RAM
Pilot project will serve 300 homes to start with