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LG is planning to formally introduce its V20 handset on September 6, 2016, a notable phone because it will be the first one out of the gate with Google's Android 7.0 (Nougat) platform installed. We've already seen some leaked renders of the handset ahead of its release, and now famed leaker Evan Blass (known by his Twitter handle @evleaks) is showing off what looks to be an official press image of the device, seemingly confirming the presence of a secondary ticker display. The leaked photo looks similar to the previous renders, only colored in and fleshed out with a home screen showing of Android... 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...
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...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... 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...
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...
The running rumor is that Google has tapped HTC to build both of its 2016 Nexus phones, each one set to debut with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of the two, the one codenamed Sailfish is the smaller handset, presumably with a screen size of 5 inches, versus the larger Marlin phone that's said to sport a 5.5-inch display. If you're wondering what they'll look like, some low quality photos of the former give an early glimpse, assuming they're legit shots. Photos of the unreleased handset ended up in the hands of Android Police, which said it's 100 percent positive it's Sailfish that's pictured, not the larger... Read more...
It's been clear for a good while that Linux (and Unix) can prove to be a great fit for a countless number of use cases. From mobile devices to smartwatches, IoT devices, and so forth; Linux can extend far beyond the desktop and data center. But, in some cases, it's not light enough, or not fine-tuned enough. It's customizable, but at some point, it just might make more sense to start from scratch. As it appears, that's just what Google is targeting with a project it calls "Fuchsia." This project appears on Google's own Git project site, and it doesn't take much imagination to understand what... Read more...
A filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveals just how adamant Google is about building out a wireless version Fiber, its high-speed Internet service that offers up to 1Gbps upload and download speeds in select locations across the United States. The wireless transmission technology is already being tested in Kansas City, which is one of the locations where Fiber service is offered, and Google wants permission to expand.According to the redacted FCC filing, Google wants to use "experimental transmitters" in around two dozen locations, including several cities in California and... Read more...
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