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Google is rolling out something akin to DRM for Android APKs as a way to verify that apps originated from the Play Store. Rogue apps that are malware-ridden are running rampant these days, so this is just an extra layer of security that Google is implementing to help safeguard Android users from attacks. The new DRM has a single goal, and that is to allow users to be certain that an app they are using is genuine and hasn't been tampered with. The number of apps that have been found with malware inside or to be outright fake is ever growing in the Android realm. Late last year it was found that... Read more...
The wearables market might not be exactly booming right now, but regardless growth is expected in the segment. Apple is currently leading with its Apple Watch. However, Google is aiming to take the wearables fight directly to Apple, and hinted back in May that it could be rolling out a Pixel Wearable running its Android Wear OS to directly combat Apple. We have some detail on what to expect from Google for its forthcoming wearable and at the heart of the smartwatches will be a Qualcomm chip. Qualcomm chips haven't exactly been confirmed, but there were strong hints from Qualcomm's Pankaj... Read more...
Could Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, be a threat to American national security? The United States Congress recently urged Google to reconsider their partnership with Huawei. The lawmakers believe that Huawei is capable of phone-tapping and cyber-espionage. Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton and Representatives Michael Conaway, Liz Cheney, and Dutch Ruppersberger wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. They recommended that Google discontinue their relationship with Huawei, “...particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project... Read more...
Lest there be any doubt to Google's mindset as a company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said that artificial intelligence is more important than electricity or fire.Google also recently rebranded its Google Research division 'Google AI' to better reflect its commitment to one of the biggest fields in technology at the moment. AI development has seemingly endless implications, and one that Google is particularly interested in applies to healthcare. Specifically, the company's Medical Brain team developed an algorithm that can assess health risks, including how likely a patient is to die. This... Read more...
Android fans in the market for a new phone may want to check out the deal that Best Buy has going right now on the Pixel 2 XL. The electronics retail giant is offering the Pixel 2 XL 64GB smartphone in black or black/white for $18.74 per month via Verizon. That is a total savings of $400 and the deal breaks down in part with an instant credit on the purchase and bill credits on your monthly service plan. Best Buy is offering a $200 instant discount that combines with a discount of $8.33 per month on your carrier bill as a credit each month for 24 months, meaning users pay $18.74 monthly for the... Read more...
Android users who favor Android Messages as their default messaging application will be thrilled to hear that Google has begun the rollout of desktop browser support. That means that text messages can be sent and read on the PC. The rollout of the new feature will be staggered throughout the remainder of the week. The web version of Android Messages will support text, images, and stickers giving the full experience from the desktop. The process for using the web version requires users to hit up the Android Messages website where you will find a QR code that creates a link between the smartphone... Read more...
One of the most highly anticipated Android phones of 2018 is no doubt the Pixel 3 family, which will usher in Google's Android P operating system. The first-generation Pixel and Pixel 2 phones dazzled with their excellent system performance and stunning cameras, and we expect no less with the Pixel 3 lineup. The latest leak, which comes courtesy of Ice Universe, seemingly confirms that the Pixel 3 XL will continue to feature just a single camera on the rear of the device. Ice universe posted an image of a third-party case that shows rear cutouts for the single camera, LED flash and fingerprint... Read more...
Virtual reality (VR) content used to be hard to procure, but that's hardly the case nowadays. VR is both growing in popularity and becoming cheaper and easier than ever to capture. The biggest problem at the moment for the end-user isn't so much the hardware, but the software. For such a young ecosystem, there's still much work to be done to make editing VR as seamless as any other type of video. To help folks who are supporting Google's VR180 format along, the company has just released a tool for macOS and Linux (Windows will surely come soon) that allows users to plug their VR180 raw content... Read more...
Google has been able to train its various DeepMind AIs to do some very cool things. The AlphaZero AI was able to destroy the highly acclaimed Stockfish chess program over a 100-game match, winning 28 of the matches outright and tying the other 72 matches for a no loss record. DeepMind certainly isn’t the only AI that has performed some cool and impressive feats, however. With respect to a pure gaming venue, EA has developed an AI that is able to successfully battle human players in Battlefield 1. And yet another AI, inspired by the human visual cortex, was recently demonstrated as having... Read more...
When Google launched the new Pixelbook back in October 2017, there was no denying the svelte and sexy style of the device. The problem for many was that the little rig was $999 and only ran Chrome OS, which for many was a deal breaker. Google later made the device a testing ground for the Fuchsia OS. A new rumor is floating around that if true may finally put the sleek Pixelbook on the must-have list for your typical computer user. A new report claims that Google is working to get the Pixelbook certified for Windows 10. The rumor claims that mentions of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification... Read more...
It looks as though we've finally scored some real life, hands-on photos of Google's upcoming Android P flagship. The Google Pixel 3 XL has been highly anticipated and these new photos confirm many of the rumors that we've heard about the device over the past few months. Two images originally leaked, showing the device from the front and the back. The front shot showed that the smartphone has dual cameras up front along with a narrow and deep notch at the top center of the 6.2-inch display. This particular prototype is confirmed to have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage -- we also expect... Read more...
The final release of Android P is just around the bend at this point. We know this because Google has released the second beta of Android P, noting that it includes the final APIs for the next major release of its mobile operating system, along with the latest system images and updated developer tools. On top of that, Google said very plainly that the consumer release of Android is "coming later in the summer." Android P beta 2 arrives four weeks after Google pushed out the first beta at its Google I/O event in Mountain View, California. It can be installed on both generations of Pixel devices... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave talk about AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 32-core beast, Intel's 28-core Core-X powerhouse, Maingear's incredible F131 gaming desktop PC, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 850 for thin and light all-day, always-connected Windows 10 PCs, ARM's next-generation mobile processor cores, and we’re looking for ideas on what we should give away next! Show Notes: 07:50 - AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2 15:57 - Intel Demos 28-Core, 56-Thread 5GHz Monster Core-X CPU,... Read more...
Amazon and Google are massive tech giants, for vastly different reasons. Google is the leading search engine provider, a smartphone platform juggernaut, and huge advertising machine, while Amazon is the largest e-tailer in the world and a cloud services powerhouse, though Google is coming up strong. Though they are different animals, these two companies find themselves locked in heated battle with their respective Google Home and Amazon Echo devices; a battle for AI dominance that could determine who will ultimately control a good chunk of the Smart Home market. The Smart Home market has massive... Read more...
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