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Android is the most popular operating system in the world, and any new release is met with much fanfare. That will certainly be the case with Android O, which is the latest in a long line of mobile operating systems from Google (and is still unnamed). Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices. Developer Preview 3 brought us finalized APIs, while Developer Preview 4 is being billed as a release candidate version of the operating system. Like the previous build, it also includes finalized system behaviors, along with the latest bug fixes and... Read more...
You may have found yourself cursing the smartphone gods if you picked up a Nexus 6P handset only to have it eventually develop an annoying habit of endlessly rebooting. Known as the Bootloop of Death, users tried in vain to find a solution, but no amount of flashing, re-flashing, and wiping affected handsets seemed to cure whatever was ailing the phone. That led to the belief that a hardware issue was the culprit, not software, and there is now (finally) a fix in place.The random reboot issue popped up around the end of 2016, with users taking to forums and social media to complain about the issue.... Read more...
Do you want to keep your private conversations, well, private? The beta of Briar, a darknet messaging system for Android was just released today. The messaging app is intended for users like activists and journalists who need a safe and secure form of communication. Briar does not require servers to function, but instead utilizes a peer-to-peer network. The “messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices” and can sync through Bluetooth, WiFi, or the Tor network. Briar also encrypts all data end-to-end and hides metadata. Overall, Briar promises that identity of the users as well... Read more...
In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
When Apple introduced Live Photos with its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets, it also opened the door for developers to think of creative ways of tapping into the feature. It did not take long for Google to jump on board with Motion Stills, an app that stabilizes Live Photos and lets users view and share them as looping GIFs and and videos. Now that same functionality is available on Android. "From its initial release, the community has been asking us to also make Motion Stills available for Android. We listened to your feedback and today, we're excited to announce that we’re bringing this... Read more...
Alphabet’s Google Fiber business has been in a bit of turmoil for the past 9 months. In late October, the company was forced to shutter its plans to expand services in 10 metropolitan areas across the country. In its place, the company has looked into wireless deployments — courtesy of its Webpass acquisition — to further its efforts as an ISP. However, Google Fiber’s troubles are once again bubbling to the surface. It was reported this week that the chief executive of Access, the Alphabet division that manages Google Fiber, is leaving. Gregory McCray came onboard to helm Access in February, and... Read more...
While the history books are still being written, we may one day look back on Google Glass and determine that it was ahead of its time. That will depend on how the next few years play out, especially now that companies are making a major push into virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality hardware and experiences. Glass was one of the first to get there before Google changed directions and took aim at the enterprise market. Now nearly two years later, Glass is back. Image Source: Alphabet (X-company) This newest version of Glass is dubbed "Enterprise Edition" and it is now available... Read more...
WikiLeaks has published another set of leaked documents from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This latest leak is part of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 batch and details a malicious app for Android devices called HighRise. Also called TideCheck, this app allows a remote hacker to redirect or intercept SMS text messages that are sent to a target's cellular phone, and have those communications forwarded to a remote web server.This appears to be an old tool that was used by the CIA, or at least the version described in the leaked documents is an older piece of malware. The accompanying manual... Read more...
Do you backup your files and photos on a regular basis? Most of us know that we should be backing up our data, but for one reason or another—usually the inconvenience of it all—we don't. That is like playing with fire, especially if you have important files that you either cannot afford to lose, or would strongly prefer you didn't. Well, Google is making things easier with a new app for both PC and Mac systems. It is called Backup and Sync and it works with both Google Drive and Google Photos. This is something Google aimed to release last month but was delayed for some last minute tweaking. It... Read more...
When it comes to Google’s next generation Android flagships, we’ve covered plenty of leaks on the devices’ rumored specs and features, but we haven’t seen much with regards to what the actual smartphones will look like. Thankfully, a new leak is giving us our first look at the overall design language of the upcoming devices. Android Police has just posted a speculative render of the second-generation Pixel XL (which we’ll simply call Pixel 2 XL from here on out) based on information received from its sources. While the Pixel 2 XL (codename Taimen) might not come out looking 100 percent identical... Read more...
Google is not about to let Amazon steal the spotlight with its upcoming Prime Day sales event. While Google is countering with a site wide sale of its own, the Mountain View company is offering a hefty discount on its Home smart speaker and Chromecast streaming gadget bundle. The two devices are being offered up through Google's eBay account for just a Benjamin ($100).That is a 39 percent savings over the cost of buying them individually, which would set you back $164. Free shipping is part of the promotion, too. According to the eBay listing, Google is offering up a "limited quantity" of its Home... Read more...
Backyards are not only a fun place to hang out, but could also potentially be a functional part of one’s household. Dandelion, a new start-up created by Google X’s secretive lab, plans to to offer home geothermal and cooling systems. Homeowners would be able to tap into the ground’s energy to heat and cool their houses. Dandelion’s system would utilize plastic underground pipes or “ground loops” that would connect to a pump inside the home. During the winter, water inside of the pipes would absorb heat and pump warm air to the building. During the summer months, the pump would pull warm air from... Read more...
Google did not have touch input in mind when it developed Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system that would serve as the foundation for its Chromebook initiative. Instead, Google was preoccupied with the cloud. Nevertheless, Google's hardware partners came out with touch-capable Chromebooks anyway, and now the Chrome OS team is tooling around with a touch-friendly version of the launcher for Chrome Canary (experimental version). While this is still in the experimental phase, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Chrome OS will be upgraded with a touch-friendly launcher in the near future.... Read more...
Imitation may not be the sincerest or safest form of flattery. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. researchers just revealed that CopyCat Android malware infected 14 million devices worldwide in 2016, and eight million of these infected devices were also rooted. How was this malware so successful? According to Check Point, CopyCat has a modular structure. They noted, “This allows the malware developers to choose and change their strategy and the malware’s behavior on the device to accommodate their current target.” CopyCat mimicked popular apps that were spread through third-party distributors.... Read more...
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