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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...
Another high-level executive is leaving one of Alphabet's units that operate outside of the company's main Google search business. This time it's Bill Maris, founder and chief executive officer of Google Ventures (GV), the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet that provides seed, venture, and growth stage funding to "bold new companies."Maris is the third high ranking executive to leave an Alphabet company in the past several months, which could be seen as an indicator transitioning to a new corporate structure isn't working out all that well. However, Maris said his decision was about wanting... Read more...
LG is getting ready to release it's V20 smartphone, a follow-up to the funky V10 device and the first handset on the planet to come sweetened with Android 7.0 Nougat. There's been plenty of leaked information ahead of the phone's planned September 6 unveiling, and now the first batch of renders has started making the rounds, renders that hint at a possible modular design.One of the things that can be seen in the renders is a button on the right side that looks similar to the module release button found on LG's G5 handset. There's also a bit of a bottom lip that, if not aesthetic purposes, could... Read more...
Go ahead and cue up Cartman's "No kitty, that's a bad kitty!" soundbite, only this time it's not in reference to stealing those delicious Cheesy Poofs. McAfee's mobile malware research division found a sample of ransomware for Android that it's calling "ElGato," and once infected, it can steal a user's SMS messages, among wreaking other kinds of havoc. ElGato has botnet capabilities and a web-based control panel service, McAfee says. It's an ornery piece of software that reveals itself as a humorous image of a cat on infected devices. In addition to silently swiping potentially sensitive SMS messages,... Read more...
The complete eradication of Adobe Flash from the face of the internet can’t come soon enough. Browser manufacturers and many websites are doing everything in their power to send Flash packing as quickly as possible. Google today gave an update on the state of Flash depreciation in its popular Chrome browser. Luckily, things are proceeding swimmingly for those that can’t wait to be completely rid of the plugin. According to Google, 90 percent of Flash loads in the background to support operations like page analytics. However, starting with the release of Chrome 53 in September, Google will block... Read more...
Check Point, the company that's perhaps best known for its ZoneAlarm security software, found four vulnerabilities that put at risk most Android smartphones tablets. Collectively called QuadRooter, Check Point's mobile research team says the set of vulnerabilities affects Android devices that use Qualcomm chipsets, of which there are about 900 million in the wild. Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of LTE chipsets with a dominating 65 percent share of the LTE modem baseband market. That leaves hundreds of millions of people susceptible to QuadRooter, including owners of the BlackBerry Priv,... Read more...
When it comes to fully autonomous vehicles, no other company comes close to Google’s prowess or its commendable safety record (after millions of miles of driving, only one accident has been proven to be the fault of a Google car, and even that was a relatively minor incident). Unfortunately for Google, it has lost a person that has been instrumental in the ongoing success and spectacular achievements of the company’s AI-driven autonomous car initiative. That person is Chris Urmson, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher that decided to jump aboard the fast-moving Google train back in 2009.... Read more...
A new version of Android is on the horizon, Android 7.0 otherwise deliciously known as Nougat, along with a refresh of Google's Nexus smartphone line (assuming the new phones will still carry the Nexus name) for 2016. But wait, there's more! Well, maybe. Rumor has it Google is planning to debut a fancy new Launcher for its forthcoming Nexus smartphones known as Marlin and Sailfish.While nothing is yet official, the folks at Android Police believe they have it on good authority from "multiple reliable sources" that this is happening. Combined with "substantial visual evidence" in the form of animated... Read more...
If you’re a tech nerd like all of us here at HotHardware, you crave speed. Faster graphics cards, faster processors, faster SSDs, faster smartphones — you get the idea. And of course, who wouldn’t want faster internet at relatively reasonable prices? In markets around the United States where there is little to no competition in the ISP arena, customers are usually stuck with just one broadband provider (meaning that you have no choice but to accept their data speeds and prices). It is because of this dark cloud surrounding the U.S. broadband internet industry that many enthusiasts become positively... Read more...
If you’ve been patiently awaiting the final "official" release of Google’s sweet, chewy Android 7.0 Nougat goodness, the wait will soon be over. Google released the final developer preview of Nougat earlier this month and is confident enough in its stability and completeness to move forward with an official launch in August. The always reliable Evan Blass confirmed the news via Twitter, along with the sad news that the beloved Nexus 5, which as released way back in 2013, won’t be receiving Nougat:Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you... Read more...
Cyanogen Inc. is up to something, that much is clear and even company co-founder Steve Kondik doesn't dispute it. However, Kondik takes issue with the recent "circus of misinformation" making the rounds, namely that his company is cleaning house in order to phase out development on an alternative version of Android while making a pivot to apps. That's just not true, Kondik says.The short of it is that "CyanogenMod isn't going anywhere, nor has Cyanogen Inc. discontinued its efforts the goal of bringing it to a larger audience." Kondik followed that up with a longer explanation, noting that it's... Read more...
Google Maps is an indispensable tool for Android (and iOS) users, and it just received some very useful updates. The app now warns users when there are huge mass transit delays and offers the option to restrict data usage to only Wi-Fi. The new features are currently only available on select phones and will be launched in staged rollouts.In order to activate the Wi-Fi feature, go to your Settings on Google Maps. It should be the second line under settings. If you are one of the few that has access to the new feature, the line will read “Wi-Fi only”. If not, the line will read “Offline areas”.... Read more...
A significant portion of the talented folk working at Cyanogen Inc. have been laid off or are in the process of being let go, according to multiple reports. The reported layoffs are heavily concentrated on the company's Android ROM division, which builds alternative versions of Google's open source operating system for mobile devices.Building an alternative OS based on Android has been Cyanogen's main mission for the past several years, but with it failing to catch on with people, the company has apparently decided to focus its attention on apps. It's not entirely clear what that will involve,... Read more...
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