Google secretly tracking users offline purchase data with Mastercard: Previously Google admits, they track users even after they turn off location tracking and now this. Google has a secret deal with Mastercard that allows it to track the user’s offline purchase data so, they can link it with adverts.
Over the past year, the multi-million dollar deal has given the tech titan unprecedented insight into whether the ads it runs online translate into real-world purchases.
Users are able to opt out of being tracked. However, the deal, uncovered by this week by Bloomberg, was not disclosed to the public by either Google or Mastercard.
Google has boasted that this new feature for advertisers, called Store Sales Measurement, gives the company access to about 70% of U.S. credit and debit card data.
The company hasn’t named who its partners are, but it’s likely more than just Mastercard. It’s currently being tested with a small group of advertisers, reports Bloomberg. Google adds that users can opt out of this kind of tracking via its “Web and App Activity” setting.
You can read the full Bloomberg report here.
Top Smartphones releasing in April 2020!
Many smartphones that were to be released in March had to be postponed due to the severe outbreak of COVID-19. But many companies have confirmed that they would be releasing their new products in April 2020.
So here is a list of the the top brand of smartphones that would be launching new phones this month.
1. Apple iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 plus
Both of these phones were scheduled to launched on March 31st but due to the corona pandemic, their launch is now expected in April. It is declared to be an iPhone on a budget with a screen of 4.7 inches.
2. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
OnePlus has announced the date of the launch event of the OnePlus 8 Series in India. As per the official website, the series will be launched in India on April 14, 2020, at 8:30 pm IST.
3. Google Pixel 4A
Google is expected to release the Google Pixel 4A in the month of April and unlike Google Pixel 4, this phone will also be available in India. Though the launch would face some difficulties, it is still to be anticipated in this April4.
4. Nubia Red magic 5G
This one is a flagship gaming smartphone with a display of 144hz and with a vibrant and colourful design. The drawback might be that it is expected to be pretty expensive, so start saving up gamers!
5. OPPO Find X2 and Find X2 Pro
These two phones have already been launched globally but are to be released in India this April. These are flagship phones with an impressive camera and reasonable prices.
6. Motorola Edge+
Motorola is launching a flagship phone, with a 108 mega pixels camera and a waterfall display. there are strong possibilities that the phone will be launched in India in April itself.
It seems that the day we have been waiting for is finally near, so, all the tech nerds should start saving up!
YouTube Music and Amazon Music Streamable on Google Home and Amazon Echo
YouTube Music and Amazon Music Streamable on Google Home and Amazon Echo: Users were in for a treat this week. First, Google and YouTube decided to end their long running feud, and second, both the companies announced that users will now be able to stream music from their services on their respective smart speakers. This means that if you are a Google Home user, you will be able to stream songs on Google Home devices through YouTube Music, and similarly, if you own an Echo devices, you can now stream audio through Amazon Music.
“Starting today, YouTube Music is offering a free experience with ads on Google Home speakers (or other Google Assistant-powered speakers). With YouTube Music and Google Home, you can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood. YouTube Music Premium on your smart speakers gives you the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand,” Google said in a statement.
Users in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria can now listen to YouTube Music on smart speakers. The support will be available in more countries soon. You just need to navigate to Account Settings in Google Home app, tap Services and select Music. Then, select YouTube Music as the default music service.
Similarly, those who own Amazon Echo devices, can stream songs from Amazon Music on the smart speakers with Alexa. Amazon Prime members already have Amazon Music subscription so they don’t have to spend more to stream music on Alexa-powered devices. If you don’t have Prime membership, you can still stream ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free. The support is extended to customers in the US.
To listen, users can simply say:
- “Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture” to hear the ultimate global playlist for today’s pop music.
- “Alexa, play the Imagine Dragons station” to hear a station inspired by the popular rock band.
- “Alexa, play 80s music” to hear a station filled with music from the era.
- “Alexa, play country music” to hear a station with some of the best in the genre.
Google is removing all tech support scammers
Google is removing all tech support scammers: Google is taking action against the tech support scams that advertise on its platform.
The tech giant is making a commitment to removing misleading ads. Google told the Wall Street Journal it removed more than 100 ads every second for violating some part of its policies. Now, it’s also implementing a verification program to further combat bad actors.
The program is meant to ensure that only legitimate third-party tech support companies will be able to advertise on Google. The company announced it will also restrict the category globally in a blog post-Friday.
The move comes after an investigation from the Wall Street Journal found fraudulent tech support ads masquerading as larger companies like Apple. Scammers would utilize Google’s advertising system to create misleading ads. The ads would display a link to Apple’s website, but the number in the ad would direct to a call center that the Wall Street Journal says “engages in tech-support scams.”
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