Raspberry Pi 3 Android AOSP

$35 Raspberry Pi 3 might soon run Google’s Android

By on May 26, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

$35 Raspberry Pi 3 might soon run Google’s Android

Running Android on $35 Raspberry Pi 3 computers might soon happen, and not because a clever developer managed to come up with an Android build for the ultra-affordable computer. It’s Google that’s actively looking into turning Raspberry Pi computers into devices that can run Android. More →

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Android Updates: Verizon, Sprint

Google knows that Android’s update system sucks

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Google knows that Android’s update system sucks

It has been long acknowledged in the tech industry that Android’s system of updates, which relies on phone manufacturers and carriers to roll out updates, sucks. Much as Google has long claimed that fragmentation isn’t a problem, having devices running tens of different versions is a giant headache for developers, and a boon for hackers.

As always, the first step on the road to recovery is acceptance, and according to Bloomberg, Google is getting there.

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Apple iPhone Siri AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

Since 2007, I’ve read countless versions of the “Apple is doomed” argument, most of them related to the iPhone. Apple was doomed because it dared compete in the smartphone business, then it was doomed when Android came along, and then it was doomed every time a product failed to arouse the imagination of some analyst or journalist. In all this time, however, Apple has been anything but doomed. And it’s likely that will not happen in the foreseeable future.

Today’s version of “Apple is doomed” comes from well-known outspoken software developer Marco Arment, who has often shared his views on Apple’s business. His take on the matter has an “if” in it, suggesting this scenario isn’t likely to happen, but his reasoning isn’t entirely accurate. More →

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Google Maps Ads

Google Maps will soon be flooded with ads

Google Maps will soon be flooded with ads

By on May 24, 2016 at 5:15 PM.

Without question, Google Maps is one of the most widely used and highly regarded navigation apps in the industry, but an upcoming change might be enough to convince some users to give other apps a try.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Google revealed that it will begin experimenting with local search ads on Google Maps. Ads for nearby businesses will appear on both the desktop and mobile version of Google Maps, giving advertisers the ability to show off their stores when users search for goods or services they carry. More →

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Google Passwords

A look at Google’s wild plan to kill the password

By on May 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

A look at Google’s wild plan to kill the password

Every time there’s a large scale data breach, we’re reminded how little thought and creativity people use when coming up with their passwords. In in the wake of LinkedIn’s 2012 data breach, for example, we learned that hundreds of thousands of people were using “password” as their password. A good number of users were also found to be using the password LinkedIn.

In an effort to combat people’s predilection for choosing horribly insecure passwords, Google has come with an interesting new solution called a “Trust Score” designed to replace passwords altogether. Trust Score, in a broad sense, is effectively a continuation of Project Abacus which Google first introduced last year.

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Google Paris Raid Tax Fraud

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax fraud, money laundering investigation

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:41 AM.

Google’s Paris HQ raided in tax fraud, money laundering investigation

Google’s headquarters in Paris were raided by French tax officials and law enforcement on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation over alleged tax fraud. The news was first reported by French outlet Le Parisien and then later confirmed to Reuters by sources who claim the raid began at 5:00AM local time.

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Google Allo Duo Encryption

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

Google isn’t happy with the chat apps it already has, so at I/O 2016 it showed off a new Assistant-infused Allo messaging app as well as a Duo video chat app intended to work like Apple’s FaceTime, but across platforms. From Google’s demos, you can easily see they’re incredible apps that should offer fast and smart communication. However, there are things you need to know about privacy and encryption. More →

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YouTube VR App

Your first look at the official YouTube VR app

By on May 20, 2016 at 7:20 PM.

Your first look at the official YouTube VR app

Google is going all in on virtual reality, and we saw the early stages of its plan for VR domination take shape this week at the annual Google I/O developer conference. The company covered plenty of bases during its big keynote event on Wednesday — check out the 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 — but VR was absolutely one of the biggest. In fact, the entire event was streamed live in 360-degree video so that anyone with a VR headset anywhere in the world could follow along as if they were sitting right there in the audience.

The company’s mission is clear: Google wants to own VR. Android is clearly the proper tool for the job, and now another piece of the puzzle is falling into place. YouTube, the second most popular website in the world (behind Google.com), has an official VR experience in the works and we just got our first look at it. More →

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Google IO 2016 Android N

The five most important announcements from Google’s mammoth conference

By on May 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

The five most important announcements from Google’s mammoth conference

Google I/O is finally winding down, after three days of announcements on announcements. I/O is a developer conference, so a lot of the features on display aren’t exciting if you’re not into SDKs.

But amidst the techno-speak, Google made some huge reveals. Here’s everything you missed, if you spent the last three days in a cave.

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Google Levis Wearable Jacket

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

By on May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM.

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

Touch-sensitive clothing has been one of the promised inventions coming in ‘just a few years’ for a while now. But with a partnership between Google and Levi’s promising to make an actual tangible product within the year, things are getting real.

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Project Ara

Google is making an innovative modular phone, and you can buy it next year

By on May 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

Google is making an innovative modular phone, and you can buy it next year

Initially a Motorola project that was ultimately unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Project Ara has been an intriguing project that has been on our radar for years now. For those unfamiliar, Project Ara is an ambitious program designed to create an entire hardware ecosystem for smartphone modules. So in contrast to the iPhone where the entire device is sealed shut, the Project Ara smartphone would enable users to swap out various components (battery, speaker, camera etc.) as they desire.

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Google Tracking Websites Browsing

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

By on May 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM.

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

A new study has uncovered what might be one of the least surprising revelations of the decade: Google follows you all over the internet, whether you know about it or not. Earlier this year, Princeton researchers completed the largest online tracking study ever conducted, and found traces of Google code on a vast majority of the web’s million most popular websites.

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