Google releases Flutter 3.7, teases future of app development framework

Having grown from humble beginnings on Android and iOS, Google’s Flutter SDK can now help you create apps for mobile, desktop, web, and more, all from a single Dart codebase. Since launch, over 700,000 Flutter apps have been published across various platforms.

Overall, the Flutter framework is clearly still moving full steam ahead, moving ever closer to the dream of perfect “write once, run anywhere” apps and games.

Gone But Not Forgotten (Yet): The Tech That Died in 2022

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It’s time for our annual look at the tech that died this year. Some services have been around for ages and we are just now saying farewell to the last vestiges of a once-great brand. Others went belly up in less than a month. Read on to see what the major companies—Amazon, Meta, and Google—kicked to the curb in 2022, as well as a month-by-month rundown of other products that ended up in the tech graveyard.

Google to pay record $391m privacy settlement

Google will pay $391.5m (£330m) to settle allegations about how it collects data from users.

“Consumers thought they had turned off their location-tracking features on Google – but the company continued to secretly record their movements and use that information for advertisers.”

The attorneys general said Google had been misleading consumers about location tracking since at least 2014, breaking state consumer-protection laws.

Google is shutting down Stadia

Google is refunding all Stadia purchases — hardware, software, and DLC. Members of the Stadia team will be “carrying this work forward” in other departments at Google.

… Stadia has been facing rumors of its demise practically from the start. Google has a habit of killing projects only a few years after they launch, and Stadia, a cloud gaming service from a company with few ties in the gaming industry, seemed like a prime candidate for an early demise.

Google isn’t down: Malwarebytes antivirus app blocks for many

An issue with Malwarebytes is flagging and other domains incorrectly and blocking its users from accessing those domains. The issue appears to have hit widely as of 11am ET on September 21, and causes users to be unable to access, as well as receiving notifications for malware alerts. Other Google products, such as Gmail and YouTube, are also affected by this issue.

The cause of this error is not clear, but Malwarebytes has confirmed that it is looking into the “temporary issue” on Twitter.

Google has already published its version of the new 31 emojis

The search giant said that the new emojis will be available by the end of the year on Android and next year on other Google products. Along with the color version of the updated Noto font, the company has also published a revamped monochrome version of the font with new emojis. Google first launched monochrome emojis earlier this year as a nod to emojis on old feature phones.