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2017

'Android Go' Will Need Less Memory

A lightweight version of Android O will target devices with 1GB of memory and include a Google Play filter for apps that do the same.

 

The Hidden Costs of 'Free' Apps

"If it's free it's for me" might be a common refrain in many circles, but the increases in memory, bandwidth and other resources used by ad-driven apps might not be worth it.

 

Google Making Progress on VR Adoption Issues

Efforts at Google to ease the convenience and accessibility of the technology are starting to make virtual reality less virtual and more of a reality.

 

Google Seurat Plays Cinematic Renders in Real Time

 

Apple Continues to Ramp Up Its 'Swift' Training

With Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code programs for its Apple-targeted software language firmly in place, Apple is now pitching a free two-semester college program around the country.

 

If You See Something, Search Something

Google has unveiled a new search technology that uses images instead of words to return relevant search results such as historical information, restaurant reviews and location information.

 

Apple Investing in 5G

Faster internet is just around the corner, and Apple's recent patent filings have revealed its interest in millimeter wave technology that its marketing department has kept quiet. 

 

AI Software Beats World 'Go' Expert, Then Retires

For the first time in history, a software algorithm has defeated humans at Go, the ancient Chinese board game in which players attempt to dominate a geometric grid with black and white discs.

Google Lens, Apps Get More Intelligent

Google Lens premieres as a voice-controlled digital assistant, and will extend its focus into Google Photos and other apps. Android also gets more intelligent about battery usage, malware protection.

 

Microsoft Build 2017: New Apps for AI, Azure

Redmond introduced the "planet-scale" Azure Cosmos DB, Azure-based MySQL and PostgreSQL managed services and improvements to its own Azure SQL.

 

IoT Gets GPS Awareness, Not Hardware

Through a partnership with IoT platform builder Particle, Google has revealed the Google Maps Geolocation API, which can pinpoint a device's location using cell-tower and Wi-Fi information.

 

What Comes After QR Codes, NFC

Using sound as a carrier for data isn't new. But Rodney Williams, CEO of startup Lisnr  thinks that his company's new "Smart Tone" protocol can radically change device-to-device communications.

 

Google Adopts Kotlin One of its Own

Java and C++ no longer share a duopoly as the "first-class" languages for writing apps for Android. Google last week announced that Kotlin will be included with Android Studio 3.0.

 

.NET Standard 2.0 Code Base Runs on Android, iOS

At last week's Build 2017, Microsoft showed how apps made for Windows also could run on Android and iOS from a single shared code base. Redmond also unveiled a cross-platform version of XAML UI elements.

 

Xamarin Live Player Debugs Android, iOS Apps

Build 2017 also saw the launch of Xamarin Live Player, which Microsoft says can perform debugging without the need for SDKs or emulators.

 

NVIDIA's Plan to Train 100K Developers

Graphics-card maker NVIDIA says it will train 100,000 developers in its Deep Learning Institute this year, a 10x increase from its 2016 goal.

Marshmallow Security Flaw Won't Be Fixed Soon

Malware that can hijack the screen of a device running Android M could impact 38 percent of Android users. 

 

Ultrasonic Trackers Could be Following You

Will it never end? German researchers have discovered the existence of hundreds of separate apps that can track the movements of Android devices with sound inaudible to humans.  

 

A Look at Fuchsia, Google's Latest OS

First discovered last August, Google's latest operating system is pickup speed, and is thought to be the successor to Android and Chrome.   

 

Tech is 'What to Wear' in the Warehouse

Companies seeking efficiencies in warehouse management are increasingly turning to wearable technology to keep workers productive.

 

Wal-Mart Steps up IoT Efforts

The retail mega-giant plans to use sensor data to taylor its purchasing decisions based on consumer usage patterns of its merchandise.  

 

Mobile Computers Keep Airbags Moving

The world's largest airbag manufacturer uses handheld computers to keep the flow of auto airbags moving smoothly through its factories.

 

'Hey Alexa, Where's My Package?'

If it was shipped via DHL, users of the Amazon Echo device asking such a question could get a meaningful answer. 

 

Swedish Phone Comes with 'Panic Button'

The Doro 8020X comes with a dedicated key (colored red) that can automatically text a distress message to as many as five contacts, complete with GPS coordinates. 

 

The Mother of all IoT Sensors

Now there's a single module that can sense EMI, heat, humidity, motion, pressure and many more things that big-brother wants to know.

 

U.S. Military Readies Rugged Mobile Location Device

The United States Marine Corps is putting the finishing touches on the Marine Common Handheld, a ruggedized device that mission plans and comms literally at the soldier's fingertips. 

 

MIT Demos a 3D-Printed Building

They're not the first to 3D-print a building, but these MIT researchers are going big and getting more precise. 

 

Microsoft Unveils 'Visual Studio 2017 for Mac'

Microsoft has rebranded Xamarin Studio as Visual Studio 2017 for Mac OS X, which it says can be used to build and debug apps for Android, Mac OS X, iOS tvOS and other platforms including the web.

IBM to Acquire Verizon Cloud Services

Big Blue to join Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the cloud-based infrastructure arena, in a deal that's expected to close later this year.

 

Cisco Expands Internet of Things Service

With a new service called Control Center for Mobile Enterprise, Cisco leverages IoT to help companies get a grip on connection and management of employee BYOD.

 

Microsoft Ventures Into AI Startup Agolo

Redmond's corporate investment arm has planted a $3.5 seed into Agolo, a New York-based company that began in 2012 with a solution that moderates Twitter feeds.

 

Does Windows 10 Mobile Have a Future?

Even Microsoft might have some doubts. In a recent earnings report, Redmond might have been a bit too forthcoming about the relevance of the mobile version of its flagship operating system.

 

Company Testing Home Healthcare Robots

 

Forbes Fab Five: The Case for IoT in Retail

There's nothing terribly Earth-shattering here, but Forbes' Nikki Baird nicely sums up the handful of IoT opportunities awaiting retailers with resources enough to build them.

 

Android O Enhances Storage, Security and More

Android framework developer Ian Lake takes a deep dive into Android O, and explains its really significant improvements to storage, security and shared preferences.

 

Domino's Gets Creative With IoT

 

Startup to Add Hearing to Autos

A new company called OtoSense is working with the auto industry to give cars the ability to "hear" when there's a problem.

 

SAP Taps 3D Printing, Cloud to Automate Manufacturing

SAP has unveiled Distributed Manufacturing, a cloud-based application and service that adds 3D printing to its Leonardo IoT service help automate companies large and small.

 

Using Firebase as a Real-Time System

Google Expert Enrique López Mañas explains Firebase can greatly simplify development of full-function mobile apps for Android and iOS.