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Andreas Proschofsky has been at 8 events

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Google ATAP674,529Come hang out with us at #io2014 . If you're headed to the conference, be sure to swing by our Sandbox to get hands-on with Spotlight Stories and Project Tango. If not, you can still catch the latest #GoogleATAP updates with our session live stream at 9:00 a.m. PST on Thursday. See you there!Google ATAP Session at #io20142014-06-26 09:00:00162  
Google Chrome Developers142,518We will be streaming all Chrome Dev Summit sessions live on YouTube. For more information about the event, check out the website and join the Chrome Dev Summit community.Chrome Dev Summit Live Stream2013-11-20 18:30:001812  
Ingress4,295,404Here is a list of Emergent XM Anomalies based on the work of our Investigative community (in particular Agents @106659698189802662704, @117738441461289511785, @100199463603847137126 and @110159431272374626617, with the assistance of many other agents, including @105778793545951234272, @116675615740217671707 and @110871731521065367776) and verified by highly-placed Intelligence sources.   *OCTOBER 12, 2013* Los Angeles, CA San Jose, CA Bangkok, Thailand *OCTOBER 26, 2013* Seattle, WA Kiev, Ukraine *NOVEMBER 2, 2013* Atlanta, GA Madrid, Spain Mumbai, India *NOVEMBER 16, 2013* Dallas, TX Vienna, Austria *DECEMBER 7, 2013* Phoenix, AZ Rome, Italy *DECEMBER 14, 2013* San Francisco, CA Buenos Aires, Argentina The intelligence sources have indicated that as the #13MAGNUS data is analyzed further, secondary locations may also be uncovered. More information will be added to this Google+ event page as it becomes available.XM Anomaly: #13MAGNUS, Vienna2013-11-16 13:00:00381  
Google+12,215,409The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033725  
Niantic Project1,757,754Agents, here are additional details related to the Emergent Anomaly in San Francisco on May 16, 2013. Operation: Bowstring2013-05-16 19:00:00253  
Google Developers2,261,145Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005058  
Trey Ratcliff8,668,810*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001372  
Vic Gundotra6,923,170Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold. If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002648  

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2016-02-01 17:06:36 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Samsung doing what Samsung does best. Copying Apple stuff... Sorry for that inflammatory sentence but this is getting ridiculous.

Most reshares: 7

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2016-02-06 09:19:48 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Troll level: infinite. Well done +Hiroshi Lockheimer, well done. #android #nutella

Most plusones: 35

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2016-02-01 20:37:25 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Couldn't agree more about this paragraph:
When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We talk about more. But it's worth talking about the power of technology that strives to do less — much less. The thousand dollars I spent on a Pixel didn't buy my mom crazy extensibility, or the ability to run powerful apps like Photoshop or Excel. It didn't even buy her that much storage. But it did buy her a beautiful, well-designed product. And most importantly, it bought her focus, and the ability to spend her time using her computer instead of trying to learn how to use it.
Personally I think that Chrome OS devices are perfect for all the non-pro users who are not already used toW... more »

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2016-02-06 09:44:35 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The new design of Google+ is evolving further. Are there things you are still missing?

G+ Web Preview Special
Since you all asked so nicely, we added another feature to our Google+ Web preview today. Starting to roll out now... a real-time indicator of when there's new posts available in the stream.

Please enjoy and as always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item.
Thanks~___The new design of Google+ is evolving further. Are there things you are still missing?

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2016-02-06 09:19:48 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Troll level: infinite. Well done +Hiroshi Lockheimer, well done. #android #nutella

Troll level: infinite. Well done +Hiroshi Lockheimer, well done. #android #nutella___

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2016-02-04 19:29:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Lots of praise for Google's new search AND AI boss. Interesting times ahead.

Lots of praise for Google's new search AND AI boss. Interesting times ahead.___

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2016-02-04 18:24:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Definitely something I would like to get my hands on for a proper review :)

Definitely something I would like to get my hands on for a proper review :)___

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2016-02-04 17:54:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Who would have thought that the Turing Phone might just be a lot of BS? Yeah - pretty much everyone (ok, maybe not Wired). See: https://plus.google.com/+AndreasProschofsky/posts/XUnUMQQdC87

I've confirmed with Jolla that they have a licensing partnership (or will) with Turing for Sailfish OS on the Turing Phone. Two things.

One, Jolla is in the midst of major financial problems and general existential issues. The company had to cancel most orders of its last consumer product, a tablet, and the future of Jolla and Sailfish as a whole seems uncertain at best. Straight from the company's blog:

"However, Jolla is still very tight financially and is currently negotiating with its creditors for extended payment terms so that all the available financial resources could be efficiently used to secure the needed OS development."

Two, given those circumstances, it seems plausible Jolla would pursue any potential licensing partnerships with minimal due diligence in order to assure investors and creditors that interest in Sailfish OS is still very real. Jolla is likely far less interested in the viability of Turing's product than it is in the fact that Turing can get Sailfish OS back into headlines, regardless of whether or not the end product delivers.

Our investigation is ongoing. I have come into some new information recently which continues to paint the company's founder, Steve Chao, in a less than positive light, but I am still uncomfortable publishing what we have at this time. Additionally, I have come into possession of a Facebook post shared with what I assume are prospective corporate customers, in which Turing's CEO claims the company has bought a manufacturing facility ("ex-Microsoft ex-Nokia") in Finland to produce its devices.

It also claims the Turing Phone will be the first "Future Networks" phone based on guidelines laid out by the ITU SG-13 Future Networks group, which sounds like a huge load of horseshit (broadly, FN is about switching from circuit-switched to fully packet-based networking). The ITU's own website claims the first Future Networks implementations will not see "early realization' until 2020.

I look forward to seeing how this plays out.___Who would have thought that the Turing Phone might just be a lot of BS? Yeah - pretty much everyone (ok, maybe not Wired). See: https://plus.google.com/+AndreasProschofsky/posts/XUnUMQQdC87

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2016-02-04 17:51:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Interesting read for developers: The official documentation on how to handle runtime permissions with Android Wear. 

Interesting read for developers: The official documentation on how to handle runtime permissions with Android Wear. ___

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2016-02-04 17:38:02 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

New Android Wear update incoming! Google doesn't mention it explicitly but I guess this is the rumored release based on Marshmallow. Android Wear finally gets speaker support with this, new gestures and better voice support for messaging. For all the details head over to Google's official announcement:
http://officialandroid.blogspot.co.at/2016/02/android-wear-designed-for-your-wrist.html
Don't hold your breath for the update though. This will roll out "over the next few weeks"
Edit: Definitely Marshmallow based, see: http://android-developers.blogspot.co.at/2015/11/api-23-sdk-now-available-for-android.html

New Android Wear update incoming! Google doesn't mention it explicitly but I guess this is the rumored release based on Marshmallow. Android Wear finally gets speaker support with this, new gestures and better voice support for messaging. For all the details head over to Google's official announcement:
http://officialandroid.blogspot.co.at/2016/02/android-wear-designed-for-your-wrist.html
Don't hold your breath for the update though. This will roll out "over the next few weeks"
Edit: Definitely Marshmallow based, see: http://android-developers.blogspot.co.at/2015/11/api-23-sdk-now-available-for-android.html___

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2016-02-04 09:02:17 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Interesting little detail: After installing the latest Pixel C update (February OTA) and booting into the system I got another update offered - for the firmware on the Pixel C keyboard. If I had to guess (and that's really all I'm doing here) this is supposed to fix the connection problems between keyboard and tablet that some users have experienced. (which haven't happened to me so far - not even once)

Interesting little detail: After installing the latest Pixel C update (February OTA) and booting into the system I got another update offered - for the firmware on the Pixel C keyboard. If I had to guess (and that's really all I'm doing here) this is supposed to fix the connection problems between keyboard and tablet that some users have experienced. (which haven't happened to me so far - not even once)___

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2016-02-04 07:00:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This is mostly interesting because it most likely means that the Marshmallow update for Android Wear is getting close.

This is mostly interesting because it most likely means that the Marshmallow update for Android Wear is getting close.___

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2016-02-04 06:54:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

That's actually a neat little improvement.

That's actually a neat little improvement.___

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2016-02-03 21:37:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

A very welcome move. This should put a rest to some of the more aggressive forms of ads / malware that you can stumble upon on the web.

A very welcome move. This should put a rest to some of the more aggressive forms of ads / malware that you can stumble upon on the web.___

2016-02-03 17:34:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Google's search boss leaving the building.

The Journey Continues…

Dear Friends,

My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person.

As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I've been asking myself the question, "what would you want to do for the next fifteen?" The answer has overwhelmingly been: give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints--but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.

Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.

It fills me with pride to see what we have built in the last fifteen years. Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Our mission of empowering people with information and the impact it has had on this world cannot be overstated. When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined.

I love Google. It is a company that believes in doing the right thing, a company that believes in doing good in the world, a company… that cares. I look back at my time here with a profound sense of gratitude that I was a part of building this. Now, with pride, gratitude, and joy in my heart, I need to define my next fifteen years. I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically, and of course, to spend more time with my family--especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.

Feb 26 will be my last day at Google. My relationships are the most important thing I’ve accumulated in life and I’d love for that to continue. Please do drop me a line occasionally and we can have a cup of tea.

As Chief Si’ahl said “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” I am taking so many fond memories with me, and hopefully I’ve left a small footprint here.

With Love,
Amit___Google's search boss leaving the building.

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2016-02-03 16:08:13 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

If you don't want to wait for the February Nexus update getting pushed to your device here are all the links for adb sideloading.

If you don't want to wait for the February Nexus update getting pushed to your device here are all the links for adb sideloading.___

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2016-02-03 15:51:46 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

In no way is this related to the rumors that Samsung is working on supporting ad-blockers via its browser! Or maybe it is ;)

In no way is this related to the rumors that Samsung is working on supporting ad-blockers via its browser! Or maybe it is ;)___

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2016-02-03 11:51:56 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Seems like the Podcast support in Google Play Music live for some users. Do you also see it?

Seems like the Podcast support in Google Play Music live for some users. Do you also see it?___

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2016-02-02 20:57:06 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Some part of me secretly hopes that this all is just an elaborate hoax.

Some part of me secretly hopes that this all is just an elaborate hoax.___

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2016-02-02 18:56:52 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Ohnoohnoohno!!! The new Android distribution numbers are in and... Froyo has dropped to 0.1 percent!!! We have to make sure that it doesn't drop out anytime soon! So get out all your old Android phones and connect them to the Play Store!!! ;)
On a more serious note: Marshmallow is finally on more than 1 percent of devices! Party!

Ohnoohnoohno!!! The new Android distribution numbers are in and... Froyo has dropped to 0.1 percent!!! We have to make sure that it doesn't drop out anytime soon! So get out all your old Android phones and connect them to the Play Store!!! ;)
On a more serious note: Marshmallow is finally on more than 1 percent of devices! Party!___

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2016-02-02 16:30:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Google's OnHub routers are soon going to get Guest WiFi support. According to the help entry [1] this will allow fine grained access control. So you are going to be able to decide which devices are going to be accessible to your guests, which sounds like a pretty neat feature. This will be all be configurable through a web interface on http://on.here/
The support for this has just been prepared with an update to the app, but it is not functional yet. Guess it also needs a router firmware update which at least hasn't reached my device yet.
[1] https://support.google.com/onhub/answer/6340375

Google's OnHub routers are soon going to get Guest WiFi support. According to the help entry [1] this will allow fine grained access control. So you are going to be able to decide which devices are going to be accessible to your guests, which sounds like a pretty neat feature. This will be all be configurable through a web interface on http://on.here/
The support for this has just been prepared with an update to the app, but it is not functional yet. Guess it also needs a router firmware update which at least hasn't reached my device yet.
[1] https://support.google.com/onhub/answer/6340375___

2016-02-01 23:02:53 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Well, this is one really depressing blog post on Webkit and security on the Linux desktop....

Well, this is one really depressing blog post on Webkit and security on the Linux desktop....___

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2016-02-01 21:32:42 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The stock market seems to really like Google / Alphabets most recent numbers so the stock is up by nearly 6% right now which leads to a symbolic shift: Google has just surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company.

The stock market seems to really like Google / Alphabets most recent numbers so the stock is up by nearly 6% right now which leads to a symbolic shift: Google has just surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company.___

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2016-02-01 20:37:25 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Couldn't agree more about this paragraph:
When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We talk about more. But it's worth talking about the power of technology that strives to do less — much less. The thousand dollars I spent on a Pixel didn't buy my mom crazy extensibility, or the ability to run powerful apps like Photoshop or Excel. It didn't even buy her that much storage. But it did buy her a beautiful, well-designed product. And most importantly, it bought her focus, and the ability to spend her time using her computer instead of trying to learn how to use it.
Personally I think that Chrome OS devices are perfect for all the non-pro users who are not already used toW... more »

Couldn't agree more about this paragraph:
When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We talk about more. But it's worth talking about the power of technology that strives to do less — much less. The thousand dollars I spent on a Pixel didn't buy my mom crazy extensibility, or the ability to run powerful apps like Photoshop or Excel. It didn't even buy her that much storage. But it did buy her a beautiful, well-designed product. And most importantly, it bought her focus, and the ability to spend her time using her computer instead of trying to learn how to use it.
Personally I think that Chrome OS devices are perfect for all the non-pro users who are not already used to Windows or OS X. For one simple reason: Those devices are basically no-maintenance, always up-to-date and as secure as it gets. Everybody who has to administer devices for their family knows what I'm talking about ;)___

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2016-02-01 19:26:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

From the "told you so" department... ;) Seriously: This comes as no surprise at all. It's been pretty obvious for quite some time now that Google is pushing for more and more control over the Nexus devices. The 5X and 6P have lots in common and the way they presented it made clear that they want to push further in this direction. Personally I think for Nexus fans this is should be a very welcome move.

From the "told you so" department... ;) Seriously: This comes as no surprise at all. It's been pretty obvious for quite some time now that Google is pushing for more and more control over the Nexus devices. The 5X and 6P have lots in common and the way they presented it made clear that they want to push further in this direction. Personally I think for Nexus fans this is should be a very welcome move.___

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2016-02-01 18:59:41 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

February Nexus Patch Day coming early :) This time five critical security issues (and a bunch of less dangerous ones) have been fixed. Factory images are already up and the good news: The Pixel C is included this time :)
Also note that this update does NOT fix the recently widely (over)reported Linux Kernel issue. This should be fixed with the March update (as Google has already made clear a few weeks ago)
For all the details see the official security bulletin:
http://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2016-02-01.html
Edit
Just another side note: Will be interesting to read all the details about that "Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi Driver". That could be pretty bad (if for instance this could be exploited on devices that are just scanning for WiFis)

February Nexus Patch Day coming early :) This time five critical security issues (and a bunch of less dangerous ones) have been fixed. Factory images are already up and the good news: The Pixel C is included this time :)
Also note that this update does NOT fix the recently widely (over)reported Linux Kernel issue. This should be fixed with the March update (as Google has already made clear a few weeks ago)
For all the details see the official security bulletin:
http://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2016-02-01.html
Edit
Just another side note: Will be interesting to read all the details about that "Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi Driver". That could be pretty bad (if for instance this could be exploited on devices that are just scanning for WiFis)___

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2016-02-01 17:06:36 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Samsung doing what Samsung does best. Copying Apple stuff... Sorry for that inflammatory sentence but this is getting ridiculous.

Samsung doing what Samsung does best. Copying Apple stuff... Sorry for that inflammatory sentence but this is getting ridiculous.___

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2016-01-31 09:07:26 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Some interesting stats on what Fosdem visitors use.

"Today we saw 3K Android, 1.3K iPhone devices, 4.5K Linux, 1.8K Mac, 272 Windows, 7 OpenBSD, 3 NetBSD and 1 FreeBSD machine at #fosdem" https://twitter.com/pvaneynd/status/693501224369438726 ___Some interesting stats on what Fosdem visitors use.

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2016-01-30 20:18:43 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Trying out this Google Contributor thing. Basically what you get is less ads for paying a monthly fee (which goes directly to participating sites). And you can either just replace the ads with whitespace or if you prefer (I do) pictures of cats. You also get a dashboard that shows you where your money goes and how money ads were not displayed.
https://contributor.google.com/
Let's find out how useful this is.


Trying out this Google Contributor thing. Basically what you get is less ads for paying a monthly fee (which goes directly to participating sites). And you can either just replace the ads with whitespace or if you prefer (I do) pictures of cats. You also get a dashboard that shows you where your money goes and how money ads were not displayed.
https://contributor.google.com/
Let's find out how useful this is.
___

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2016-01-30 00:35:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

X has a new website! So cool
https://www.solveforx.com/

*Formerly known as Google[x]

#moonshot #googlex #innovation

X has a new website! So cool
https://www.solveforx.com/

*Formerly known as Google[x]

#moonshot #googlex #innovation___

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2016-01-30 00:25:34 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Solar Drone delivering a 5G network. Can I have this now, please?

Solar Drone delivering a 5G network. Can I have this now, please?___

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2016-01-29 22:19:14 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Let me introduce you to the S7 / S7 Edge.

Let me introduce you to the S7 / S7 Edge.___

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2016-01-29 21:33:42 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

oooooooooh, not good. at all.

oooooooooh, not good. at all.___

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2016-01-29 07:58:26 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I'd say "dead" might be a bit strongly worded. Still: The last quarter was a devastating one for Windows Phone / mobile Windows. Sales went down a staggering 57 percent. This is especially troubling because the new Lumias were introduced last quarter. Personally I'm not overly surprised given that it was pretty obvious for quite some time now that Microsoft is shifting its focus away from mobile Windows (though there is a very vocal minority who comes out in force if you dare to say so ;) ). Also when playing around with the Lumia 950 / XL I pretty quickly got the feeling that this is a device where the manufacturer stopped caring about it at some point during development. Releasing it with such unfinished software seemed like a "Let's get over with this" kinda statement to me.
Having said that: Will be interesting to see what all that means for the rumored Surface Phone... more »

I'd say "dead" might be a bit strongly worded. Still: The last quarter was a devastating one for Windows Phone / mobile Windows. Sales went down a staggering 57 percent. This is especially troubling because the new Lumias were introduced last quarter. Personally I'm not overly surprised given that it was pretty obvious for quite some time now that Microsoft is shifting its focus away from mobile Windows (though there is a very vocal minority who comes out in force if you dare to say so ;) ). Also when playing around with the Lumia 950 / XL I pretty quickly got the feeling that this is a device where the manufacturer stopped caring about it at some point during development. Releasing it with such unfinished software seemed like a "Let's get over with this" kinda statement to me.
Having said that: Will be interesting to see what all that means for the rumored Surface Phone - and how seriously MS is going to take this one. Also I wonder if any mobile Windows devices by other manufacturers will actually make it to market (given that MS reportedly has told its partners that they are not going to continue mobile Windows on ARM)___

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2016-01-27 18:56:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

That's actually a pretty big deal for AI

That's actually a pretty big deal for AI___

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2016-01-27 18:54:33 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

That would make a pretty great addition for the next generation of Nexus devices / the Android Sensor hub

That would make a pretty great addition for the next generation of Nexus devices / the Android Sensor hub___

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2016-01-27 17:26:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Some pretty impressive numbers.

Some pretty impressive numbers.___

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2016-01-27 13:34:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Nexus 5X and 6P just saw a significant price drop. They now start at 349 and 549 Euros in the European Google Stores. This amounts to a price reduction of 80 / 100 Euros.

Nexus 5X and 6P just saw a significant price drop. They now start at 349 and 549 Euros in the European Google Stores. This amounts to a price reduction of 80 / 100 Euros.___

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2016-01-27 06:42:09 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

A Hangout update with some actual improvements. Stunning. ;)

A Hangout update with some actual improvements. Stunning. ;)___

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2016-01-26 16:17:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Inbox getting better and better. This time: search.

Inbox getting better and better. This time: search.___

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2016-01-25 20:27:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Another interesting report by The Information today: Basically they are stating that Amazon plans to gain influence over Android by partnering "with phone brands at a “factory level” to integrate its services with devices in a deeper way than simply preloading apps as it currently does with some companies".
That report makes me scratch my head. If we are really talking about getting any sort of control over Android devices this would basically boil down to replacing Google's services. Which raises the question how this should work from a legal standpoint? Google has deals with its partners which prohibit exactly that. Remember Acer / Aliyun OS? [1] So if you go with Amazon - bye-bye Google apps / services. (and I guess those deals are multi-year arrangements). I doubt anyone would want to do this.
OR it is about preloading apps / services after all? That is something they couldeas... more »

Another interesting report by The Information today: Basically they are stating that Amazon plans to gain influence over Android by partnering "with phone brands at a “factory level” to integrate its services with devices in a deeper way than simply preloading apps as it currently does with some companies".
That report makes me scratch my head. If we are really talking about getting any sort of control over Android devices this would basically boil down to replacing Google's services. Which raises the question how this should work from a legal standpoint? Google has deals with its partners which prohibit exactly that. Remember Acer / Aliyun OS? [1] So if you go with Amazon - bye-bye Google apps / services. (and I guess those deals are multi-year arrangements). I doubt anyone would want to do this.
OR it is about preloading apps / services after all? That is something they could easily do (same as Samsung, Microsoft do), but then I don't get how this would give them any level of control over Android. Also Amazon could have done this for like ever but chose not to.
Guess we'll have to wait to find out, but that report unfortunately raises more questions than it answers.

[1] http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/09/google-blocked-acers-rival-phone-to-prevent-android-fragmentation/___

2016-01-24 08:14:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Google is going to reshuffle Play Games a bit. Most importantly users will now be auto-logged (if they have agreed once and didn't opt-out). Also Google is dropping the connection between games ID and Google+ account so the latter won't be necessary anymore to use the Play Games services.

Google is going to reshuffle Play Games a bit. Most importantly users will now be auto-logged (if they have agreed once and didn't opt-out). Also Google is dropping the connection between games ID and Google+ account so the latter won't be necessary anymore to use the Play Games services.___

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2016-01-22 15:00:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

This isn't exactly news but I wanted to use the article to raise a question: As Google is going to drop not only their 32-bit builds but also support for older Linux distros like Ubuntu 12.04 will they take this opportunity to finally clean up their deps? Their Linux builds still link against ridiculously outdated stuff like gconf...
Anyone got some insight to share?

This isn't exactly news but I wanted to use the article to raise a question: As Google is going to drop not only their 32-bit builds but also support for older Linux distros like Ubuntu 12.04 will they take this opportunity to finally clean up their deps? Their Linux builds still link against ridiculously outdated stuff like gconf...
Anyone got some insight to share?___

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2016-01-21 21:58:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

How much money has Google made with Android so far? Oracle claims it is $22 billion - which would be more than I would have expected. Though the original report is not very specific how Oracle got to this number (the $31 billion in revenue is from Google but it's not clear which expenses they did - or did not - include to get to their profits number).

How much money has Google made with Android so far? Oracle claims it is $22 billion - which would be more than I would have expected. Though the original report is not very specific how Oracle got to this number (the $31 billion in revenue is from Google but it's not clear which expenses they did - or did not - include to get to their profits number).___

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2016-01-21 17:18:22 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The new weather interface in Google search has just been made official. Already working for me. More details = good.
Here is the official announcement:
http://insidesearch.blogspot.co.at/2016/01/prepare-for-next-storm-with-new-weather.html

The new weather interface in Google search has just been made official. Already working for me. More details = good.
Here is the official announcement:
http://insidesearch.blogspot.co.at/2016/01/prepare-for-next-storm-with-new-weather.html___

2016-01-21 13:58:20 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

As expected: Seems like the number of Android devices actually affected by the widely overblown reported local Linux Kernel root exploit is actually pretty low.

On January 19th, 2016, Perception Point and Red Hat announced a security issue (CVE-2016-0728) in the mainline linux kernel that affects some Android devices. We have received some questions, so I want to quickly provide an update.

We have prepared a patch, which has been released to open source and provided to partners today. This patch will be required on all devices with a security patch level of March 1 2016 or greater.

In addition, since this issue was released without prior notice to the Android Security Team,  we are now investigating the claims made about the significance of this issue to the Android ecosystem.  We believe that the number of Android devices affected is significantly smaller than initially reported. 

We believe that no Nexus devices are vulnerable to exploitation by 3rd party applications.  Further, devices with Android 5.0 and above are protected, as the Android SELinux policy prevents 3rd party applications from reaching the affected code. Also, many devices running Android 4.4 and earlier do not contain the vulnerable code introduced in linux kernel 3.8, as those newer kernel versions not common on older Android devices.___As expected: Seems like the number of Android devices actually affected by the widely overblown reported local Linux Kernel root exploit is actually pretty low.

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2016-01-20 15:49:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is working on a new browser called Brave. Based on Chromium it promises to be faster than other browser by replacing "bad" ads with clean ones. It also removes tracking pixels/cookies and automatically redirects to HTTPS sites. Head over to their webpage to sign up for the first beta release. It's coming for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is working on a new browser called Brave. Based on Chromium it promises to be faster than other browser by replacing "bad" ads with clean ones. It also removes tracking pixels/cookies and automatically redirects to HTTPS sites. Head over to their webpage to sign up for the first beta release. It's coming for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.___

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2016-01-20 09:21:58 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Wrote something about that root exploit for Linux / Android that is currently making the rounds in the tech press (with ever escalating wording).
Allow me to use this case to make a general observation: I find it increasingly "interesting" to see which security stories get lots of coverage - and which don't. Is this a bad bug? Sure. Is it worse than any of the four (!) root exploits Google has fixed in the last Nexus update? No. It's not even clear this one is exploitable on most Android devices at all. So why does it get so much coverage? If we are all honest it simply is because the security vendor cared enough to write a detailed blog post about it. (And yeah this obviously also is some sort of self-criticism, we are all part of this circus)

Wrote something about that root exploit for Linux / Android that is currently making the rounds in the tech press (with ever escalating wording).
Allow me to use this case to make a general observation: I find it increasingly "interesting" to see which security stories get lots of coverage - and which don't. Is this a bad bug? Sure. Is it worse than any of the four (!) root exploits Google has fixed in the last Nexus update? No. It's not even clear this one is exploitable on most Android devices at all. So why does it get so much coverage? If we are all honest it simply is because the security vendor cared enough to write a detailed blog post about it. (And yeah this obviously also is some sort of self-criticism, we are all part of this circus)___

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2016-01-20 06:13:21 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

This should be fun. First trailer for Suicide Squad.

This should be fun. First trailer for Suicide Squad.___

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2016-01-19 20:33:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Seems like the first Ubuntu device with Convergence is finally coming - and it is a tablet (produced by Bq).
Thoughts?

Seems like the first Ubuntu device with Convergence is finally coming - and it is a tablet (produced by Bq).
Thoughts?___

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2016-01-19 20:06:17 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Interesting move by Facebook. 

Interesting move by Facebook. ___

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2016-01-19 15:35:43 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I for one wouldn't mind a Nexus or two built by HTC...

I for one wouldn't mind a Nexus or two built by HTC...___

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2016-01-19 14:04:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

This is the kind of update I like. The newest Pocket Casts release is not only moving to the new permissions model of Android 6+, the devs also used this occasion to minimize their permission usage. So the phone permission is gone leaving only storage which you only have to grant if you want to move the cache folder to a different directory.
Well done!

This is the kind of update I like. The newest Pocket Casts release is not only moving to the new permissions model of Android 6+, the devs also used this occasion to minimize their permission usage. So the phone permission is gone leaving only storage which you only have to grant if you want to move the cache folder to a different directory.
Well done!___

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