Google touts 1 billion active Android users per month

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At last year’s Google I/O the company revealed it had activated 900 million Android devices, and this year that number has hit the billion mark. Over a 30-day period, 1 billion people now actively use Android devices. Google’s Android and Chrome chief, Sundar Pichai, revealed the latest Android figures on stage at Google I/O in San Francisco today, including the fact that phones are checked 100 billion times each day.

The selfie phenomenon hasn’t escaped Android users either, with Pichai revealing that 93 million are taken each day with Android devices alongside the delivery of 20 billion text messages per day on Android. Pichai was also keen to highlight Google’s tablet efforts, claiming that Android tablets account for 62 percent of…

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Aereo Says That SCOTUS Ruling “Sends A Chilling Message To The Tech Industry”

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aereo-legal-shutterstock_140860981 Aereo has issued a formal response to the decision passed down today by the Supreme Court, ruling that Aereo is illegal because the service is considered a public performance under the Copyright Act. In the response, Aereo calls this decision a “massive setback for the American consumer.” Chet Kanojia, Aereo CEO, also cites Justice Scalia’s dissent in the statement,… Read More

Victorious Launches To Build Mobile Apps For YouTube Stars

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victorious A startup called Victorious is looking to build mobile apps for “digitally-born stars”, creating hubs that bring together a creator’s content from YouTube and social media sites. There are a couple of former YouTube executives involved in the company, including Chief Creative Officer Bing Chen (previously YouTube’s global head of creator development and management)… Read More

Google Unveils New Cross Platform Design Language “Material Design”

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IMG_0014 Google announced a new universal design language as part of the forthcoming “L” release of Google’s Android mobile operating system, which it’s calling “Material Design.” The design is meant to offer a more consistent, universal look-and-feel across mobile, tablets, desktop and “beyond,” the company explains. “We imagined… what if… Read More

YouTube Rolls Out A Bigger Video Player Ahead Of Music Subscription Service Launch

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youtube-bigger Ahead of this morning’s keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference, the company has rolled out an upgraded video player on YouTube.com, which some people on Twitter are already noticing is significantly larger than before. Of course, in the general spirit of hating change because – ugh, it’s different! – not everyone is happy about the switch. Why is the… Read More

Broadcast Stocks Trade Higher In Wake Of Aereo Ruling

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Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 8.48.29 AM This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, a startup that employed myriad, tiny antennas to bring broadcast television to consumers digitally, saying that it operates in violation of the Copyright Act. The startup, which previously stated that it had no ‘Plan B’ in the case of loss, is troubled. Broadcast stocks, however, are anything but. CBS is up more than… Read More

Hyundai’s latest car automatically slows down for speed cameras

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Cars have long used GPS and mapping features to help drivers detect speed cameras, but Hyundai’s latest vehicle goes one step further to ensure you truly avoid them. The Hyundai Genesis combines GPS and braking technology to slow the car down if drivers are speeding when they approach a speed camera. “It knows there is a speed camera there, it knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed,” explains Hyundai’s Guido Schenken in an interview with Australia’s drive.com.

The speed camera detection system will also alert drivers 800 meters in advance and sound a signal if the car is speeding ahead of a camera. Fixed-speed cameras and average-speed cameras are detected by the car, but the system will obviously not work…

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The Soviet Union’s gigantic stash of porn

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There is a mountain of pornographic media buried deep in the Russian State Library. The Moscow Times’ Joy Neumeyer explores how the Soviet Union came into possession of 12,000 pieces of erotica, including scandalous paintings, bawdy limericks, and multiple copies of the Kama Sutra. Some of the titillating material was confiscated from aristocrats, while others originated from a librarian’s private collection. Unsurprisingly, “top Stalinist henchmen” had easy access to the tantalizing treasure trove. Civil war hero Semyon Budyonny and Soviet figurehead Mikhail Kalinin were reputedly among its fans.

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Toyota’s answer to Tesla is this $70,000 fuel-cell car

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Toyota may be the maker of the most iconic hybrid vehicle of them all, the Prius, but the Japanese company refuses to go all-in on electric and is instead focusing on hydrogen fuel cells for powering its future cars. The first among them will be a 2015 sedan that has today been priced at ¥7 million (roughly $70,000) for its launch market of Japan. That’s right in line with Tesla’s Model S, which will be its most direct competitor in the developing market for alternative energy vehicles. Toyota claims a cruising range of 430 miles for its hydrogen-fueled car and a refueling time of just three minutes — both numbers underlining the key benefits of its technology over standard batteries.

After Japan gets it by April 2015, the…

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Aereo loses to broadcasters in Supreme Court fight for its life

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The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed. In a 6–3 ruling, the court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing back recordings of broadcasters’ TV shows — even though it legally captures those shows over the air and obtains individual copies for each viewer. Aereo had argued that it was merely providing technology that its subscribers were renting in order to watch TV, posing that the viewers were responsible for playing back those recordings.

“Insofar as there are differences, those differences concern not the nature of the service that Aereo provides so much as the technological manner in which it provides…

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Supreme Court bluntly tells police to ‘get a warrant’ to pry into your phone

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In its second major ruling of the day, the Supreme Court has decided that, unless under certain extreme circumstances, law enforcement may not search cell phones without a warrant. The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, was reached unanimously by the court, and brings a resolution to a long-standing civil liberties debate with regard to digital privacy.

The decision’s summary is fairly clear on the issue: “The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested.” While the Court does allow for warrantless searches in certain “exigent circumstances” like kidnappings and bomb threats, those are limited and does not apply searches after arrests.

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Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

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shutterstock_157028330 Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and everything on our devices was open to a dedicated hacker. But he never said how it was done. Now… Read More

RainBird Opens Beta To Build Knowledge Base Platform

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A startup with an intriguing API product has raised a small seed round of £330,000. RainBird is an API platform lets developers build knowledge bases or publish web sites based on those knowledge bases. The founders say it’s “a bit like GitHub is with source code repositories”. If you don’t want to pay for it, you are adding knowledge into the RainBird community for… Read More

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