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Google: We’ll test hiding the full URL in Chrome 86 to combat phishing – ZDNet

Google aims to find out if showing only a domain name in the address bar will help Chrome users spot scams.

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Google will subject Chrome users to a large-scale test in the next version of its browser to discover how people respond to just seeing a site’s domain name without the full URL for pages on that site. 
The test will be carried out on Chrome 86, which is due for a stable release at the end of this month. 
Chrome 86 is already known to include a feature that detects and unloads heavy ads and throttles JavaScript timers used on websites to deliver better battery life for end-user devices.   
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Tap-to-pay issues with Google Pay appear to be affecting phones from Google, OnePlus, and others – Android Police

Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days,

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Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days, almost every flagship phone includes the NFC interface required for Google Pay to function. But that doesn’t guarantee that tap-to-pay will actually work. Recently, issues have popped up on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Pixel 5 — but it looks like this problem might be much more far reaching.
While owners of newer phones like the Pixel 5 and…

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iPhone 12 drop test results are in: Ceramic shield is as tough as it sounds – CNET

We dropped and scraped the iPhone 12 to find out how much the new “ceramic shield” screen can handle. Spoiler: It’s a lot more than a six-foot drop.

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Apple has covered its new iPhone 12 with a brand-new type of glass called “ceramic shield”, which it says is the toughest glass ever on a smartphone. Every year Apple makes a similar claim about its glass, but this time may be different because this is no ordinary glass. While it may look and feel exactly like glass, the ceramic shield covering the screens is, as the name suggests, a combination of glass and ceramic (which is harder than most metals). It’s a totally new cover material…

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Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more – Ars Technica

Link previews provide convenience. They can also compromise privacy or security.

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Link previews are a ubiquitous feature found in just about every chat and messaging app, and with good reason. They make online conversations easier by providing images and text associated with the file thats being linked.
Unfortunately, they can also leak our sensitive data, consume our limited bandwidth, drain our batteries, and, in one case, expose links in chats that are supposed to be end-to-end encrypted. Among the worst offenders, according to research published…

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