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There's probably isn't a huge crowd of smartphone shoppers fretting over the decision to go with Android or Windows Phone, but for those pondering the two platforms, Samsung may one day make the choice easy—go with both! That's the idea behind a patent application Samsung filed in South Korea, one that describes a phone running both OSes at the same time.Samsung's approach is different than that of a dual-booting solution. What Samsung conceived is a much slicker solution in which switching between Windows Phone and Android would be similar to bouncing around different open apps like you can already... Read more...
[Image Source: Houang Stephen/flickr]If you were a fan of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 tablet, which was released way back in 2013, then it looks as though Google finally has a worthy successor in the pipeline. According to famed (and usually right on point) gadget leaker Evan Blass, the tablet will arrive later this year. Blass posted the following in a tweet: Google's Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 5, 2016 Huawei is no stranger to Nexus-esque Google hardware, as the company built last year’s Nexus 6P, which... Read more...
Mark October 4th on your calendars. Google will reportedly be hosting an event that focuses on hardware on that date. Announcements should include Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a 4K Chromecast, Google Home, and a Daydream VR viewer device. Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, have been referred to previously as Marlin and Sailfish. Pixel will be the name for Google's 5-inch Sailfish device and Pixel XL for its 5.5-inch Marlin handset. The larger of the phones is expected to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a USB Type-C... Read more...
The hashtag #YouTubeIsOver is currently fluttering all over Twitter. Many content creators are up in arms over YouTube’s alleged censorship and have taken to all forms of social media to air their grievances. Has YouTube’s censorship rules actually changed in the last few days? Who is affected by the censorship? How did the campaign against YouTube even get started? We have some answers for you. YouTubers have been complaining about censorship for years. In the past, YouTube has offered some rather vague explanations for removing videos, striking channels, or preventing videos from being monetized.... Read more...
Don't get too attached to Google's codenames for its next flagship phones, Marlin and Sailfish. Cool as they are (especially if you're into deep sea fishing), rumor has it Google will market and sell the devices as Pixel and Pixel XL. If true, it means a departure from the familiar Nexus branding that's been in place the past few generations.The folks at Android Authority say they've heard from two independent sources that Pixel will be the name for Google's 5-inch Sailfish device and Pixel XL for its 5.5-inch Marlin handset. One of those sources has apparently been "exceptionally reliable in the... Read more...
As we’ve reported on a number of occasions in the past several weeks, Google Fiber has encountered an incredibly rough patch with deployments. This has been especially true in Nashville, Tennessee where the company has not only faced challenges with the geography of the region (it’s not exactly easy to bury fiber cable in limestone rock), but also from firmly entrenched competition like AT&T and Comcast. AT&T hasn’t made it easy for Google Fiber to simply roll in to cities across the country and provide gigabit internet speeds to residents. In fact, AT&T has done its best to stomp out... Read more...
Nest Labs pounced on the emerging Internet of Things market by making and selling Internet-connected smart thermostats and smoke detectors. That caught the attention of Google, which in 2014 acquired the company for $3.2 billion. Since then, Google's had trouble figuring out how best to utilize its acquisition, though parent company Alphabet has an idea. Alphabet's made the decision to pluck Nest's entire platform team and make it a part of Google.The idea is to creat a unified IoT platform. Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer will spearhead the effort, though it's not clear if he'll also continue... Read more...
Acer rightfully says there's a new sheriff in town, that being its new Predator 21 X laptop, a mammoth system that's packed to the gills with high-end hardware. This crazy thing even has a curved screen display—it's the first laptop in the world to offer that amenity, which comes by way of a 21-inch panel with a 2,200R curvature and 2560x1080 resolution. If we can fixate on the display for a moment, this looks to be a highlight of a laptop with several bragging points. It uses an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, which typically means generous viewing angles and more accurate color reproduction compared... Read more...
Here's a reminder to always check the URL of a website before entering in your login details, folks. That bit of safe computing advice applies to all online services, both big and small. Lest anyone doubt that, security researcher Aiden Woods recently notified Google of a potential security flaw in the way it handles user logins that, if exploited, could allow an attacker to steal the user's login credentials and/or distribute malware. Google has chosen not to address it. When you login into a Google service such as Gmail, the login page accepts what Woods says is a "vulnerable GET parameter."... Read more...
If you’ve grown a fond attachment to Google’s Nexus branding for its flagship Android smartphones and tablets, now might be the time to cut the cord. According to a new report out today, Google will axe the Nexus name starting with this year’s Marlin and Sailfish Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones. Although the Nexus name has been prominently displayed on devices since the original Nexus One debuted in 2009, Google will instead put its name front and center for all to see. And even more telling, Google reportedly won’t even give a shout out to the company that actually is designing and producing this... Read more...
It seems hard to believe now, but for a long time the monitor market was stuck in a rut without any kind of real innovation taking place. That started to change with 4K Ultra HD gained steam, and monitor makers have been using the opportunity to release new models with fancy new features. Just this week alone we've seen Samsung launch a trio of promising Quantum Dot displays and now LG offering up three new models of its own, including one with Google Cast built into it. That's the 34UM79M, a 34-inch UltraWide flat panel display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That gives you a bunch of vertical space... Read more...
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...
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