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Andreas Proschofsky

Andreas Proschofsky 

Editor for DER STANDARD / derStandard.at with a focus on Linux, Android and Open Source in general

Occupation: Writing about tech, experimenting with hard- and software, breaking stuff, having fun while doing it.

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Cream of the Crop: 12/30/2011

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Andreas Proschofsky has been at 6 events

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Ingress4,622,038Here 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 13:00:00382  
Google+13,588,618The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033560  
Niantic Project1,762,192Agents, here are additional details related to the Emergent Anomaly in San Francisco on May 16, 2013. Operation: Bowstring2013-05-16 19:00:00253  
Google Developers2,325,526Google 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 23:00:005051  
Trey Ratcliff8,878,982*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 17:30:001381  
Vic Gundotra6,892,154Join 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 19:00:002645  

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2016-11-13 13:00:24 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

A little rant about Android security issues reporting
If you've gone to any major tech site recently you might have seen a story similar to the one I've linked below. "Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds". And while that is true the utter lack of any proper context in nearly all those reports makes this misleading to the max. See the thing is: That vulnerability isn't in any way specific to the Pixel, it is a general Android bug. So this will (most likely - we don't have any details yet) concern the vast majority of Android devices currently in circulation. So why did they choose the Pixel? Because it actually is the most secure and up-to-date Android device currently available. And also because all the Google bounties are only valid against the latest Nexus and Pixel devices (again because of their up-to-date software). Which is a totally sound decision by those... more »

Most reshares: 17

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2016-11-14 09:37:10 (8 comments; 17 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Big update for Google Play Music incoming, bringing AI to the Mix.

Most plusones: 96

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2016-11-13 13:00:24 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

A little rant about Android security issues reporting
If you've gone to any major tech site recently you might have seen a story similar to the one I've linked below. "Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds". And while that is true the utter lack of any proper context in nearly all those reports makes this misleading to the max. See the thing is: That vulnerability isn't in any way specific to the Pixel, it is a general Android bug. So this will (most likely - we don't have any details yet) concern the vast majority of Android devices currently in circulation. So why did they choose the Pixel? Because it actually is the most secure and up-to-date Android device currently available. And also because all the Google bounties are only valid against the latest Nexus and Pixel devices (again because of their up-to-date software). Which is a totally sound decision by those... more »

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2016-12-02 21:40:20 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Dear Google: WTF are you doing with your app icons recently??? Do you really think that similarity helps in easily parsing the icon? And why do you think your brand colors are so damn important that you have to make it the main design idea for random apps? And I'm not even talking about the fact that those icons are not round while you want anyone else to go that way. Or your seemingly random naming choices (why is Google Home just called Home and Google Wifi keeps its full name?).
Seriously: What's going on over in Mountain View nowadays???

Dear Google: WTF are you doing with your app icons recently??? Do you really think that similarity helps in easily parsing the icon? And why do you think your brand colors are so damn important that you have to make it the main design idea for random apps? And I'm not even talking about the fact that those icons are not round while you want anyone else to go that way. Or your seemingly random naming choices (why is Google Home just called Home and Google Wifi keeps its full name?).
Seriously: What's going on over in Mountain View nowadays???___

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2016-12-02 18:11:56 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Google WiFi is coming which means a major revamp and rename for the former Google On app. The new functionality like Family Wi-Fi is not yet active, guess this is still waiting for an upcoming OnHub update.

Google WiFi is coming which means a major revamp and rename for the former Google On app. The new functionality like Family Wi-Fi is not yet active, guess this is still waiting for an upcoming OnHub update.___

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2016-12-01 20:43:17 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Not a good sign at all for smartwatches in general (and Android Wear in particular)

Not a good sign at all for smartwatches in general (and Android Wear in particular)___

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2016-12-01 18:42:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Google is trying to help to make critical Open Source Software components more secure through continuous automated fuzzing (in very simple terms this consists of throwing random input at a program to trigger - and by that find - bugs). They also provide the infrastructure for free. Interested developers can apply their projects though Google restricts access to software that is widely used and "critical to the global IT infrastructure". Basically they decide who gets access. Still: This could potentially help a lot with the security of Open Source Software.

Google is trying to help to make critical Open Source Software components more secure through continuous automated fuzzing (in very simple terms this consists of throwing random input at a program to trigger - and by that find - bugs). They also provide the infrastructure for free. Interested developers can apply their projects though Google restricts access to software that is widely used and "critical to the global IT infrastructure". Basically they decide who gets access. Still: This could potentially help a lot with the security of Open Source Software.___

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2016-12-01 11:40:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

I sincerely hope this doesn't turn out to be just another attempt to milk money out of a well known brand with generic hardware / software.

I sincerely hope this doesn't turn out to be just another attempt to milk money out of a well known brand with generic hardware / software.___

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2016-11-30 21:08:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

For a prime example of the craziness that is not only Adobe Flash Player but also DRM development in general read this:
It turns out that the Adobe DRM and Widevine teams are under greater constraints than normal development teams. After discussion with my original contact at Adobe they didn’t have access to the DRM code for Flash.
What. The. ????? Seriously.

For a prime example of the craziness that is not only Adobe Flash Player but also DRM development in general read this:
It turns out that the Adobe DRM and Widevine teams are under greater constraints than normal development teams. After discussion with my original contact at Adobe they didn’t have access to the DRM code for Flash.
What. The. ????? Seriously.___

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2016-11-30 19:09:19 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Newly discovered Android malware has infected a million Android devices with the intent to use the connected Google accounts to post fake Play Store reviews and install Adware. While this is quite an impressive number, remember a few things:
+ As far as we know right now the malware was exclusively distributed outside of the Play Store. So as long as you stay away from "unknown source", you are - once again - good.
+ The malware uses exploits that have been long fixed in Android. So again and again: Choose wisely which devices you buy.
+ Google is now using Verify Apps to find infected devices and warn their users about it (and block new installs)

Newly discovered Android malware has infected a million Android devices with the intent to use the connected Google accounts to post fake Play Store reviews and install Adware. While this is quite an impressive number, remember a few things:
+ As far as we know right now the malware was exclusively distributed outside of the Play Store. So as long as you stay away from "unknown source", you are - once again - good.
+ The malware uses exploits that have been long fixed in Android. So again and again: Choose wisely which devices you buy.
+ Google is now using Verify Apps to find infected devices and warn their users about it (and block new installs)___

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2016-11-30 18:41:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

This is sorta nice, but unfortunately only "sorta". Contrary to Allo Hangouts doesn't use the full width for displaying images. So the GIFs look way less nice. Still: Good to have. (though I wonder how this is "focusing on business features")

This is sorta nice, but unfortunately only "sorta". Contrary to Allo Hangouts doesn't use the full width for displaying images. So the GIFs look way less nice. Still: Good to have. (though I wonder how this is "focusing on business features")___

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2016-11-30 18:33:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Google adds 4K support for Youtube, not just for regular videos but also VR. Nice.

Google adds 4K support for Youtube, not just for regular videos but also VR. Nice.___

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2016-11-29 20:47:09 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Well played! ;)))

omg im dying___Well played! ;)))

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2016-11-29 20:42:17 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

This is seriously amazing. Thanks to Google Earth you can now watch a 32-year satellite imagery timelapse of every place on the planet. Read the article for more details or just head over to https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/ to play around with it yourself

This is seriously amazing. Thanks to Google Earth you can now watch a 32-year satellite imagery timelapse of every place on the planet. Read the article for more details or just head over to https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/ to play around with it yourself___

2016-11-29 19:09:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Google battling fake reviews and ratings on the Play Store.

Google battling fake reviews and ratings on the Play Store.___

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2016-11-28 19:15:40 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A few former Mythbusters stars got back together for the White Rabbit Project. This is the first trailer for the show that is going to stream on Netflix starting December 9th.

A few former Mythbusters stars got back together for the White Rabbit Project. This is the first trailer for the show that is going to stream on Netflix starting December 9th.___

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2016-11-28 15:34:03 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Something for aspiring Android developers in the EU.

Something for aspiring Android developers in the EU.___

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2016-11-27 20:19:18 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

It's Apple, Samsung, Google and no one else in India's premium smartphone market. While certainly an encouraging sign for Google that success is very relative as this particular market segment is rather small in India. (10 percent amounts to 33.000 devices sold in the month of October)

It's Apple, Samsung, Google and no one else in India's premium smartphone market. While certainly an encouraging sign for Google that success is very relative as this particular market segment is rather small in India. (10 percent amounts to 33.000 devices sold in the month of October)___

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2016-11-24 22:16:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

This is good to hear, hope they'll do it globally.

This is good to hear, hope they'll do it globally.___

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2016-11-24 17:06:22 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Great analysis on the current state of Android device encryption. tl;dr: While better than what you'll get on desktop computers Google still has some way to go to catch up to Apple's iOS.

Great analysis on the current state of Android device encryption. tl;dr: While better than what you'll get on desktop computers Google still has some way to go to catch up to Apple's iOS.___

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2016-11-23 16:53:39 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Android support also means that Chromebooks will get it. This is now surely the end for Windows! ;)

Android support also means that Chromebooks will get it. This is now surely the end for Windows! ;)___

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2016-11-23 15:20:33 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

The Chromecast Ultra setup instructions come with the worst german translation I've ever seen on any Google product. I really marveled at the first sentence for a few seconds to find out what they are trying to tell me. For those that don't understand german: The first part literally translates back to english as "Connect to the force" (And no, this is not a bad Star Wars reference, the rest of the card is equally bad). This is especially "impressive" as even Google Translate got that sentence right.

The Chromecast Ultra setup instructions come with the worst german translation I've ever seen on any Google product. I really marveled at the first sentence for a few seconds to find out what they are trying to tell me. For those that don't understand german: The first part literally translates back to english as "Connect to the force" (And no, this is not a bad Star Wars reference, the rest of the card is equally bad). This is especially "impressive" as even Google Translate got that sentence right.___

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2016-11-23 14:36:00 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Not scary at all. Right?

Not scary at all. Right?___

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2016-11-23 11:51:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

After the first few (mostly pretty fun) days of Daydream View usage, Hunters Gate is my early favorite. Think of it as sort of a Baldurs Gate / Diablo clone for VR. What's nice is that they don't try to overdo the VR possibilities but stick to an isometric view of the action. Controls are very well done and show off the strenghts of the Daydream Controller nicely. It's a bit pricey (as are most of the early Daydream View Games) but definitely something to check out. It also has a multiplayer mode, but I didn't get to play with it so far, so can't comment how well this works.

After the first few (mostly pretty fun) days of Daydream View usage, Hunters Gate is my early favorite. Think of it as sort of a Baldurs Gate / Diablo clone for VR. What's nice is that they don't try to overdo the VR possibilities but stick to an isometric view of the action. Controls are very well done and show off the strenghts of the Daydream Controller nicely. It's a bit pricey (as are most of the early Daydream View Games) but definitely something to check out. It also has a multiplayer mode, but I didn't get to play with it so far, so can't comment how well this works.___

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2016-11-23 11:39:36 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

This is an interesting move for sure. Will be interesting to see if that helps with some of the Touchwiz UI performance problems. Surprised to see them change something as central as the resolution via an update though, seems curious. Seems more fitting for a new device, like a model with a 4K display (that has been rumored for the S8)

This is an interesting move for sure. Will be interesting to see if that helps with some of the Touchwiz UI performance problems. Surprised to see them change something as central as the resolution via an update though, seems curious. Seems more fitting for a new device, like a model with a 4K display (that has been rumored for the S8)___

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2016-11-23 11:13:51 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Yet another Google rebranding effort. Now we are back at Chromecast. This is beyond absurd at this point.
Thx to +Garrett LeSage​ for the link.

Yet another Google rebranding effort. Now we are back at Chromecast. This is beyond absurd at this point.
Thx to +Garrett LeSage​ for the link.___

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2016-11-22 18:59:22 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Seems like someone pushed the update button a bit too early ;) Anyways: Great to see "Double Tap to check phone" and "Lift to check phone" making a comeback, I've actually been missing them (Lift to check Phone is available on the Nexus 6P but not on the Pixels so far)

Seems like someone pushed the update button a bit too early ;) Anyways: Great to see "Double Tap to check phone" and "Lift to check phone" making a comeback, I've actually been missing them (Lift to check Phone is available on the Nexus 6P but not on the Pixels so far)___

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2016-11-22 18:29:27 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Fedora 25 is out! First one with Wayland enabled by default which is a major milestone for the Linux Desktop! Congrats to everyone involved!

Fedora 25 is out! First one with Wayland enabled by default which is a major milestone for the Linux Desktop! Congrats to everyone involved!___

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2016-11-22 18:28:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Android 7.1.1 is nearly ready, the second (and final) Developer Preview has just been released.

Android 7.1.1 is nearly ready, the second (and final) Developer Preview has just been released.___

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2016-11-21 21:06:50 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Bye-bye Gingerbread

Bye-bye Gingerbread___

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2016-11-21 19:43:35 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

This is kinda amazing. Well, at least if it really works ;)

This is kinda amazing. Well, at least if it really works ;)___

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2016-11-21 19:24:13 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

A Google financed test puts Google Wifi against its main two competitors Eero and Luma. You won't believe what happened next!

Seriously: Will be interesting to see what independent testers will say about Google Wifi.

A Google financed test puts Google Wifi against its main two competitors Eero and Luma. You won't believe what happened next!

Seriously: Will be interesting to see what independent testers will say about Google Wifi.___

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2016-11-21 18:57:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

With the update to Android 7.0 the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force are now officially certified as Daydream Ready.

With the update to Android 7.0 the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force are now officially certified as Daydream Ready.___

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2016-11-19 10:33:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Android support finally coming to more Chromebooks :)

Android support finally coming to more Chromebooks :)___

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2016-11-18 11:06:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

According to Google its news app Play Newsstand is used by 100 Million monthly active users. Which sounds a lot, but also makes me wonder what the metrics for daily active users are, I guess that number would be waaaaaay lower. Given that this was preinstalled on hundreds of millions of devices I guess the monthly active users number amounts to users accidentally launching the app once or twice a month ;) Which is a shame given that this is actually a really well built app, just one which seems to have fallen to the sidelines in Google's app strategy (if there even is such a thing). Google should have taken the opportunity of the recent redesign and relaunch it under a new name - like say "Google News". Or anything else, just not that ridiculous "Google Play Newsstand". 

According to Google its news app Play Newsstand is used by 100 Million monthly active users. Which sounds a lot, but also makes me wonder what the metrics for daily active users are, I guess that number would be waaaaaay lower. Given that this was preinstalled on hundreds of millions of devices I guess the monthly active users number amounts to users accidentally launching the app once or twice a month ;) Which is a shame given that this is actually a really well built app, just one which seems to have fallen to the sidelines in Google's app strategy (if there even is such a thing). Google should have taken the opportunity of the recent redesign and relaunch it under a new name - like say "Google News". Or anything else, just not that ridiculous "Google Play Newsstand". ___

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2016-11-18 09:46:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Yet another go at "King Kong". Trailer looks fun, though. Beware: Don't watch if you don't want to be spoiled, this is one of those that gives away quite a bit of the story.

Yet another go at "King Kong". Trailer looks fun, though. Beware: Don't watch if you don't want to be spoiled, this is one of those that gives away quite a bit of the story.___

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2016-11-18 09:38:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Great to see Canonical move forward with Unity 8 (and Mir). Hope it will be more usable in Ubuntu 17.04 than it was in 16.10.

Great to see Canonical move forward with Unity 8 (and Mir). Hope it will be more usable in Ubuntu 17.04 than it was in 16.10.___

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2016-11-17 23:28:10 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Can't remember Google ever using celebrities in one of their spots before. Or am I forgetting something? Anyway: A new ad for Google Duo stars basketball players Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Also shows you that they really hope to push Duo.

Can't remember Google ever using celebrities in one of their spots before. Or am I forgetting something? Anyway: A new ad for Google Duo stars basketball players Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Also shows you that they really hope to push Duo.___

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2016-11-17 23:11:35 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Some nice extra info on the security of the Pixel phones and in particular on how encryption is implemented. Can't remember that Google ever gave such a detailed inside view on such topics, hope we'll get more of that in the future. One interesting info snippet is that the ARM TrustZone now also enforces VerifiedBoot for encryption. Translation: If the system software gets modified in any way (like say a Trojan) it will never allow access to encrypted data.

Some nice extra info on the security of the Pixel phones and in particular on how encryption is implemented. Can't remember that Google ever gave such a detailed inside view on such topics, hope we'll get more of that in the future. One interesting info snippet is that the ARM TrustZone now also enforces VerifiedBoot for encryption. Translation: If the system software gets modified in any way (like say a Trojan) it will never allow access to encrypted data.___

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2016-11-17 20:45:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Given the central and security-critical position Qualcomms drivers have I would argue that the bounty is not high enough. Still good to see them move in the right direction.

Given the central and security-critical position Qualcomms drivers have I would argue that the bounty is not high enough. Still good to see them move in the right direction.___

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2016-11-17 07:29:55 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

"New" Tablets that are equipped with Android 4.4... I really don't know why Google allows such things.

"New" Tablets that are equipped with Android 4.4... I really don't know why Google allows such things.___

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2016-11-16 20:48:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Google Play Newsstand now has a web version! [1] This comes only a few days after the redesigned Android app. As well done as all this is I'm still not sure where Google is going with this (and how serious they actually take it)
[1] https://play.google.com/newsstand/web/home


Google Play Newsstand now has a web version! [1] This comes only a few days after the redesigned Android app. As well done as all this is I'm still not sure where Google is going with this (and how serious they actually take it)
[1] https://play.google.com/newsstand/web/home
___

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2016-11-16 19:10:22 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Great to see that happening :)

Great to see that happening :)___

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2016-11-16 18:49:15 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

I know this might not be a mainstream opinion, but: I actually really like Allo. Sure, it's shortcomings drive me mad (no desktop client, no multi-device synchronisation mostly) but otoh it is really well built (the app is just so much better than Hangouts).

I know this might not be a mainstream opinion, but: I actually really like Allo. Sure, it's shortcomings drive me mad (no desktop client, no multi-device synchronisation mostly) but otoh it is really well built (the app is just so much better than Hangouts).___

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2016-11-15 21:38:44 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Google Translate gets a big update. According to Google this should vastly improve translation quality thanks to - I'm pretty sure you've already guessed it - machine learning. The given example surely sounds impressive, but I reserve my final judgement until I got some more time to play with this.

Google Translate gets a big update. According to Google this should vastly improve translation quality thanks to - I'm pretty sure you've already guessed it - machine learning. The given example surely sounds impressive, but I reserve my final judgement until I got some more time to play with this.___

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2016-11-15 19:28:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Google Wifi is available for pre-order (in the US). Shipments will not start before December 5th though.

Google Wifi is available for pre-order (in the US). Shipments will not start before December 5th though.___

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2016-11-15 19:04:46 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

My Daydream View arrived :) First impression: Setup is super easy, VR quality is pretty nice with the Pixel XL (looots better than with Cardboard, but that was to be expected). Couldn't have arrived at a better time (for me at least), as I'm on a little two weeks timeout (non-travelling vacation) right now. (Which also means: Don't expect a review or other articles before end of November)

My Daydream View arrived :) First impression: Setup is super easy, VR quality is pretty nice with the Pixel XL (looots better than with Cardboard, but that was to be expected). Couldn't have arrived at a better time (for me at least), as I'm on a little two weeks timeout (non-travelling vacation) right now. (Which also means: Don't expect a review or other articles before end of November)___

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2016-11-15 18:47:36 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Google now has a separate app to digitize your old photo prints.

Google now has a separate app to digitize your old photo prints.___

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2016-11-15 18:44:51 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

tl;dr: Turns out if you buy shit you get shit. More interestingly: One of those backdoored devices is the one which Amazon sold really cheap in exchange for putting their ads on it.

tl;dr: Turns out if you buy shit you get shit. More interestingly: One of those backdoored devices is the one which Amazon sold really cheap in exchange for putting their ads on it.___

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2016-11-15 09:09:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

TWRP is finally available for the Pixel / Pixel XL.

TWRP is finally available for the Pixel / Pixel XL.___

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2016-11-15 09:00:09 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Better photo upscaling thanks to machine learning. Impressive stuff.

Better photo upscaling thanks to machine learning. Impressive stuff.___

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2016-11-14 09:37:10 (8 comments; 17 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Big update for Google Play Music incoming, bringing AI to the Mix.

Big update for Google Play Music incoming, bringing AI to the Mix.___

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2016-11-13 13:00:24 (21 comments; 9 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

A little rant about Android security issues reporting
If you've gone to any major tech site recently you might have seen a story similar to the one I've linked below. "Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds". And while that is true the utter lack of any proper context in nearly all those reports makes this misleading to the max. See the thing is: That vulnerability isn't in any way specific to the Pixel, it is a general Android bug. So this will (most likely - we don't have any details yet) concern the vast majority of Android devices currently in circulation. So why did they choose the Pixel? Because it actually is the most secure and up-to-date Android device currently available. And also because all the Google bounties are only valid against the latest Nexus and Pixel devices (again because of their up-to-date software). Which is a totally sound decision by those... more »

A little rant about Android security issues reporting
If you've gone to any major tech site recently you might have seen a story similar to the one I've linked below. "Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds". And while that is true the utter lack of any proper context in nearly all those reports makes this misleading to the max. See the thing is: That vulnerability isn't in any way specific to the Pixel, it is a general Android bug. So this will (most likely - we don't have any details yet) concern the vast majority of Android devices currently in circulation. So why did they choose the Pixel? Because it actually is the most secure and up-to-date Android device currently available. And also because all the Google bounties are only valid against the latest Nexus and Pixel devices (again because of their up-to-date software). Which is a totally sound decision by those that worked on the exploit. But somewhere along the line all that somehow gets twisted into reports that make it sound like the Pixel would be less secure than other Android devices while in reality the exact opposite is true...

Btw: Thanks to the rules of Google's bug bounty program those bugs will be fixed before any further details go public. So no need to be afraid of those issues - well at least if you get your software from a manufacturer that actually cares about monthly security updates.___

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