Google releases Android Samba Client app for mounting SMB file shares in Files app

In what is not exactly a common occurrence, Google just released a completely new app of its own on the Play Store. The app’s called Android Samba Client, and in Google’s own words, it “allows users to mount an SMB file share in their Downloads/Files app in Android.” I’m not sure if I could word it better than that.

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Google shares latest plans and renders of impressive new Mountain View campus [Gallery]

Update 3/10: The Mountain View City Council approved the Charleston East project earlier this week. Work on the new Google building will begin in April and will approximately take two years.


Back in 2015, Google shared its vision for a radical Mountain View campus that incorporated lightweight, movable structures. The company revised its concept after a roadblock, leading to a more modest building. Last month, the company shared its latest plans, with new images and more details about the tent-like structure.

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iFixit: Google Home is easily repairable, shares a lot of components w/ Chromecast

The teardown masters at iFixit pulled apart the Google Pixel a couple weeks ago to reveal a little bit of expected HTC branding on the inside, and now they’re back at it again with the Google Home. This time the biggest finding is just how easy this thing is to repair, getting a score of 8 out of 10 — which is notably better than most smartphones these days.

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Here’s how to see the personal information Google shares about you on the web

Google has launched a new ‘About Me’ page, which lets you see and change what personal information is visible to others when you use any of Google’s services. The company has most likely introduced the service in an effort to counter concerns about data privacy.

Don’t expect too much from it: it’s essentially the same information you can see on Google+, and mostly appears to be an alternative for those of us who long ago consigned Google+ to history. When I checked my data, it showed only my name, gender, birthday and occupation. But if you shared contact details with any Google service, those may also be visible, so it’s worth a quick look.

You can edit the information shown, as well as choose who can view each piece of data. Personally, I always enter a false date of birth on web forms, as it’s a key piece of information used by identity thieves. I set it to private simply to ward off any mistaken birthday wishes.

You can check your own data at aboutme.google.com, where you’ll also find a link to Google’s existing privacy checkup.

Google VP Nick Fox shares sneak peek of Allo for desktop

In a Tweet this evening, Nick Fox, Google’s VP of Communications Products, shared an early look at Allo for the desktop. Although Allo had a decently strong start with over 5 million downloads in the first four days after launch, growth was quite slow after that. So slow that it took almost three months to reach 10 million downloads. Bringing Allo to the desktop might be Google’s best chance to increase user adoption…

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Evleaks shares an image of a mysterious new Huawei phone set for 2017 [Update: Mate 9 Lite]

Update: It appears Blass has deleted his tweet, which makes sense because it turns out that this device is just the Mate 9 Lite (or perhaps the already-announced Honor 6X?)

Evan Blass, otherwise known as Evleaks, has today shared an image of a supposed “Huawei GR5” smartphone set for sometime in 2017. That doesn’t make sense, however, since the Huawei GR5 is actually the name of the Huawei 5X for Canada. Still, this does appear to be a new Huawei phone…

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Samsung shares Snapchat Edge-ucation clips featuring Shonduras (Video)

Samsung isn’t one to go light on advertising campaigns. In late April they showed off the “Super Charging” power of the Galaxy S6, they tried hijacking iPhone 6s search results not long after that and, most recently, they pitted the S6 against Jetman Yves Rossy in a fast-charging race. Now, they’re back at it again, this time sharing some Snapchat “Edge-ucation” by way of renowned snapchatter (snapper?) Shonduras… more…

Google shares government request stats, more details on its fight to protect users in new Transparency Report

Google this evening released the latest version of its Transparency Report in which it offers up more information regarding emergency disclosure requests and preservation requests. Regarding emergency disclosure requests, Google says it is now reporting requests from governments in every country. Previously, Google only reported requests from the United States.

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