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Forget the Rock, can you smell what Google is cooking? It's Android 7.0, otherwise deliciously known as Nougat, the next major version of its open-source mobile operating system. Nougat is set to arrive with LG's forthcoming V20 phone, and as with past releases, it will trickle out to more devices, both old and new as carriers get around to rolling out updates. Are you excited? If you're an Android user, you should be.Android 7.0 Nougat will usher in a bunch of new features and upgrades compared to Marshmallow and every other previous iteration. Yes, there will be the usual round of speed... Read more...
Google is really trying to get the ball -- or should we say tire -- rolling on its self-driving car project. The company just hired one of Airbnb’s top executives, Shaun Stewart. Stewart’s job will be to aid in the commercialization of Google’s self-driving car technology. Stewart’s specialty lies in building and scaling businesses. He helped to setup Airbnb’s vacation rentals business. Before that he was chief executive of Jetsetter, a company that was later acquired by TripAdvisor. Stewart will report to ex-Hyundai executive John Krafcik, who was hired as the project’s CEO in 2015. Google recently... Read more...
When Google Fiber first launched in Kansas City back in 2012, it was hailed as a revolution in high-speed internet connectivity for consumers and businesses. Offering gigabit internet speeds for $70 per month was unheard of at the time, and Google promised to quickly spread the service across the United States. Four years later, Google Fiber deployments have rolled out a snail-like paces as [now] parent company Alphabet has run into problem with geography, city ordinances, and entrenched broadband players like Comcast and AT&T. And according to a new report from The Information, Alphabet is... Read more...
Microsoft just released an updated version of Word Flow for iOS, its predictive keyboard app. The app now incorporates information from the Bing search engine and allows users to look-up and add GIFs, images, and videos. The updated version targets its stiffest competition, Google’s Gboard. According to Microsoft, Word Flow, “is a blazing fast keyboard that comes with search (GIFs, restaurants, and more), free customization options and includes Arc mode for comfortable one-handed typing.” Word Flow was first launched on iOS earlier this Spring. It allowed users to text via swiping and clicking... Read more...
We reported earlier this year on Daydream, a new Google solution for virtual reality. It's in effect set to become Google Cardboard's replacement, and requires Android 7.0 'Nougat' to use. If all of the required specs are met, then Google will denote compatible phones as 'Daydream Ready'. If Google has its way, Daydream is going to be huge, and the company isn't going to leave it to chance that it's going to happen. As Bloomberg reports, the company has been investing 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars into various projects that will launch for Daydream, giving those who adopt the technology some... Read more...
Most people would agree that pop-ups, in general, are annoying. It's one thing if a website wants you to confirm that you're okay accepting cookies, but it's quite another when a pop-up ad covers the content you're trying to read after clicking on an interesting link, especially on a mobile device. Well, Google recognizes this and is making an effort to rid webmasters of this unwanted behavior. "Although the majority of pages now have text and content on the page that is readable without zooming, we’ve recently seen many examples where these pages show intrusive interstitials to users," Google... Read more...
It looks as though the leak from Canadian carrier Telus was accurate: August 22nd is indeed the official launch day for Android 7.0 Nougat. Google confirmed the news this afternoon, and announced that supported Nexus devices will begin receiving the update in waves over the coming weeks. Supported devices include: Nexus 6PNexus 5XNexus 6Nexus 9Pixel C Unfortunately, those that have clung to the original Nexus 5 are left out of the loop this time around. Google also confirmed news that we first heard earlier this month: the LG V20 will be the first smartphone to ship with Nougat installed, hitting... Read more...
Google is giving Chromebook owners a new way to unlock their laptops, one that Windows users have been taking advantage of for over a year now. It's the ability to sign in to Chrome OS using a PIN code. Previously if someone wanted to lock down their Chromebook, they'd need to use their Google account password or pair it with a smartphone. The third option was revealed by Google developer and self-proclaimed "Happy Evangelist" François Beaufort, who stated on his Google+ page that this is an experimental feature that's currently being tested in the latest Dev update. "All you have to do is enable... Read more...
Oracle is not going down without a fight. The company is currently funding a nonprofit group to help blacken Google’s name following their legal battle over Java. Ken Glueck, Senior Vice President of Oracle, has admitted that Oracle is “absolutely a contributor” to this smear campaign. Oracle is currently aiding in the “Google Transparency Project” on the Campaign for Accountability website. The “Campaign for Accountability” was created this past Spring in Washington in order to promote initiatives such as LGBTQIA rights and clean water. Daniel Stevens, Deputy Director of the “Campaign for Accountability”... Read more...
Google’s current aim is to simplify Chrome as much as possible. This means removing support for Chrome apps on all platforms except Chrome OS. Chrome apps were originally launched three years ago to offer services the Web was unable to provide. This included working offline, sending notifications, and connecting directly to hardware.  There are currently two types of Chrome apps -- “packaged” and “hosted”. A hosted app works on all browsers as long as it uses features that are supported by Google. A packaged app only functions on Chrome, however, its code can be used for regular web apps.... Read more...
It looks as though Google is having a hard time overcoming the obstacles standing in the way of deploying Google Fiber in Nashville, Tennessee. When we last touched on the story, Google Fiber was lobbying to push “One Touch Make Ready”, which would allow Google to move Comcast and AT&T equipment installed on utility poles as needed — using approved personnel — to speed up fiber deployments throughout the city. Needless to say, Comcast and AT&T weren’t happy about the thought of a third-party manhandling its equipment, let alone the thought of another competitor entering the market. One... Read more...
At the end of July, we learned that there would be a chance of Android N coming out in August. Thanks to a leak that came out of Canadian carrier Telus, we might have just gained an even more accurate answer: August 22nd. The information leaked from Telus is a simple schedule of updates hitting various phone models. This list states which each update is, and for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, August 22nd will be the day for the "Android N Update". Per the information we found last month, it still appears that the Nexus 5 will not be treated to any nougat-flavored OS -- a harsh reminder of just how quickly... Read more...
You know what everyone hates? Robocalls. AT&T, Apple, Google, Verizon, and Comcast are joining together to create the “Robocall Strike Force” which will work with the FCC to eliminate the annoyance. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead the effort. A robocall is a phone call with a prerecorded message, and are often used to defraud people. Time Warner Cable was actually forced to pay $230,000 USD in July 2015 for robocalling one woman 153 times. One of the worst cases of fraud is when people fall for a robocall claiming it is from the IRS. This practice is so prevalent that the IRS has... Read more...
Whenever I give advice on keeping Windows secure from the many threats on the web, I preface things by saying that even the safest computing habits aren't enough these days. Simply visiting a compromised website can get your system infected, but it's not just Windows users that are at risk. Researchers at security outfit Kaspersky Lab discovered a banking Trojan that's compromising Android users by way of Google's AdSense program. There are plenty of websites out there that use Google's AdSense advertising network, including news sites. "By simply viewing their favorite news sites over their morning... Read more...
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