Google Blurs The Line Between Web And Native Apps On Android

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IMG_0039 Today at Google I/O, Chrome Director of Product Management Avni Shah introduced the new version of Chrome coming in the next Android update dubbed Android L. As expected, we got a couple of feature updates. But it isn’t just a better version of Chrome. There is a clear and more profound message coming from Google — the company wants to blend native apps with web tabs. And the end… Read More

Google Announces Android Auto, Promises Enabled Cars By End Of 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.19.17 AM Today in its sprawling keynote at its I/O event, Google announced Android Auto. The version of Android will be “completely voice enabled” according to the company, and will help users navigate, communicate and listen to music in their cars. The system will be “contextually aware,” Google says, and will allow for hands-free access, an important feature of an experience… Read More

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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