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It might be hard to believe, but it's now been an entire year since Google decided to expand its bug bounty mechanism towards an ecosystem that desperately needed it: Android. At the time the program launched, and leading up to this point, the maximum payout for reports has been $38,000. That kind of figure is not common for the regular submitter to see, though; instead, the payouts might be measured in the thousands, rather than tens of thousands. Nonetheless, those who plan to submit reports for a chance at a nice payout are going to be even happier going forward. Due to the success of the program,... Read more...
The moment all Chromebook users have been waiting for has arrived! Well, at least those sporting ASUS Flip Chromebooks, as that seems to be the first destination for added support for apps found through Google's Play Store. If you're rocking an ASUS Flip, you'll need to enable the development channel in order to gain access, so it's not quite "public" yet. We first learned of Google's Chromebook Play Store plans way back in April, which came to us in the form of a rumor. A mere month later, Google confirmed the feature at its I/O developer conference. Fast forward less than a month, and the ASUS... Read more...
We're inching ever closer to the formal release of the next major version Android, referred to simply as Android N, which is due out any day now. In the meantime, Google has made available fourth developer preview of Android N, noting that the APIs for Android N are now final, along with the Software Development Kit (SDK). All that's left are some "finishing touches" before rolling out to consumers later this summer. Supported preview devices include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9G, Nexus PLayer, Pixel X, General Mobile 4G (Android One), and Sony's Xperia Z3 handset. If you have... Read more...
Memory leaks continue to give some Android users headaches, especially those privileged to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Well, the good news is Google and it's Android team seem to have discovered what's causing the memory leaks and have a fix in place. The bad news? You'll probably have to wait for Android N to benefit from the fix.The memory leak in Marshmallow was brought to attention in November of last year on the Android Issue Tracker forum. At the time, it was noted that the "System UI" appears to just keep growing its footprint. An Android user provided screenshots showing it consuming... Read more...
Streaming devices for HDTVs are a hot item these days, and the price of entry for many of the top-selling devices is extremely attractive for folks that want an easy to way to stream Netflix, Hulu or even Amazon Video content. Stepping into the streaming market can come as cheaply as $35 for the Google Chromecast, while similar devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku Streaming Stick will run you just $5 and $15 more respectively. According to the latest analysis from IHS, it looks as though Google’s incredibly attractive pricing on the Chromecast has resulted in some... Read more...
As time goes on and advances in technology lead to increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence systems, the prevailing thought is we'll one day bow to our robot overlords. It's the oft-cited Skynet scenario, which gets its roots in the Terminator series, and there are some brilliant minds such as Tesla founder Elon Musk and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking who think it's a very real threat. There are also those who think it's nothing more than science fiction. Count former Google CEO Eric Schmidt among them. Schmidt downplayed the Skynet scenario at the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm... Read more...
There's a new version of Google's Chrome browser available for Android devices, one that includes "two barges full of performance and stability fixes." The new build, Chrome 51, also brings tabs back into the Chrome application rather than continuing to utilize the merged babs feature that was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014. The "Merged tabs and apps" feature made Chrome put open tabs in the app switcher instead of having them all in one place. It was a change that users generally disliked, and though Google included the option of disabling the feature, it was turned on by default.... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Google’s Project Fi hybrid wireless service, you’ll be happy to learn that the company is expanding network coverage with a third wireless carrier partner: U.S. Cellular. U.S. Cellular will join T-Mobile and Sprint, which have provided a patchwork of coverage across the United States for Project Fi subscribers since its inception. U.S. Cellular has service in 23 states, providing 4G LTE coverage to 99 percent of its subscribers in both rural and urban areas. The addition of a third wireless carrier is great news for those that were put off by the combined coverage are of T-Mobile... Read more...
Are you a disgruntled iOS user who yearns for the ability to run Android on your iPhone? We didn't think so either, but in the event that there is someone out there wanting this functionality, Tendigi might just have a solution to suit them. At the moment, there is no product for sale; rather, Tendigi is just giving us a preview of what it's come up with, and has even detailed the build steps at its blog. In the accompanying announcement video, we're shown a real iPhone running modern iOS that then slips into a special case to allow Android to run. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out... Read more...
If there's a point of frustration for Android users, it's the inevitable waiting game for newer builds to trickle down to their handsets and tablets. Looking at the latest data from Google, just 10.1 percent of Android users are enjoying Marshmallow, with the majority of users still stuck on Lollipop, KitKat, and Jelly Bean (in that order). Google said at its I/O event that the next major version of its mobile operating system, Android N, will be out sometime this summer. Even if that means a September launch, it's unlikely that Marshmallow's ranks will swell much above a couple of percentage points... Read more...
When the first reports surfaced that Google was getting close to enabling the ability to run nearly the entire library of Android apps on Chromebooks, our interests were piqued. When Google made the announcement official, our excitement intensified. However, we hadn’t really gotten a glimpse at how the two distinct app environments would mesh — until now. Thanks to a video recently posted from Google I/O, we now are able to see just how Android apps coexist in the Chrome OS environment. And from the looks of things, Google has a real game-changer on its hands. The demo lasts just under 25 minutes... Read more...
Wondering what's next for AlphaGo, the computer that bested South Korea's Lee Sedol, the world champion in the ancient Chinese board game Go? The artificial intelligence program developed from Google's DeepMind division will go up against Ke Jie, China's top Go grandmaster, sometime in March of next year. This is something the Chinese Go Association wanted to see happen so it got in contact with Google and its AlphaGo team and discussed a possible match. Google returned the interest, and so the two sides will arrange the match and accompanying details this year, assuming nothing unforeseen gets... Read more...
When Jeopardy game show champion Ken Jennings made light of the beating he took at the hand of IBM's Watson supercomputer, by noting "I for one welcome our new computer overlords," not many at the time took Ken's musing for much more than a light-hearted pat on the back for IBM's big data analytics and AI ambassador. Since then, a lot has changed and advances in artificial intelligence and deep learning machines are beginning to do amazing things, from autonomous vehicles to near-human language comprehension, to AI assistants that blow Siri clean out of the water. And with big, powerful companies... Read more...
We can’t say that we didn't see this one coming. There’s been trouble brewing in Alphabet’s Nest home automation division for months. The company has been dogged by reports of missed revenue targets, internal fighting amongst executives, and a less than stellar acquisition of security camera manufacturer Dropcam. Given all of the dark clouds circling the company, it should come as no surprise that Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is jumping ship. Fadell has been at the helm of Nest since it launched its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. But according to Fadell, now... Read more...
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