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Ordinary SDKs Could Threaten Android Devices: Study

Apps are not the problem, it's the SDKs. That's the finding of SDK management company SafeDK, which compared 190,000 leading apps in the Google Plan store against its list of 1,000 third-party SDKs.

 

Google Discontinues NFC Feature, Leaves Users Wondering

Used to be that an Android device could be safely and conveniently unlocked using an NFC ring or other handy device. Google last week reportedly killed the feature and people aren't happy about it.

 

How 'Big Brown' Uses Big Data

A company that moves millions of packages a day had better have a a firm grasp of its data. Learn how UPS is using analytics to improve speed and efficiency of its services.

 

Chalk Video Conferencing App for iOS Augments Reality

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Vuforia, a former subsidiary of chip-maker Qualcomm, uses Apple's ARKit to bend reality to meet participant needs. One bonus feature is the punny slogan: "What will you Chalk about?"

 

A Pair of Virtual Powerhouses Given Life By Google

League of Legends and Lego, arguably two of the world's most popular themes right now, will both be brought to life in AR fashion using Google's ARCore technology.

 

Apple's New Stuffed Teddy Bear Enables Kids to Become Virtual Surgeons

In an example of competition spurring innovation, Apple and Google leapfrog each other as their respective ARKit and ARCore development frameworks continue to bear fruit.

 

Toys-R-Us Tries Augmented Reality to Drive Traffic

As the realities of modern technology nip at the heels of toy-store pioneer Toys-R-Us, the company (which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September) is testing an AR app as a means to get bodies into its bricks-and-mortar stores.

 

Walmart Wades Into Same-Day Delivery in NYC

Retail giant Walmart, which for years has tried unsuccessfully to open a store in the Big Apple, has purchased Brooklyn startup Parcel, a same-day delivery service that according to a Walmart blog post delivered more than a million meals, grocery and other orders in the last two years.

 

Google Pixel Buds Take a Run at Apple AirPods

There's more to the rivalry between Apple and Google than AR, and language translation jobs appear to be caught in the crossfire. Google's Bluetooth ear buds can handle 40 languages.

 

DroidCon 2017 NYC Recap

In case you missed the DroidCon Android conference in midtown Manhattan in late September, here are nine important takeaways according to coding coach Daniel Heron.

'BlueBorne' is an Equal Opportunity Threat

Anything with Bluetooth, including devices running Android, iOS, Linux and Windows, is vulnerable to any of eight separate flaws revealed last week and collectively known as "BlueBorne."

 

Chilling Video: Watch as Hacker Uses BlueBorne to Take Over a Pixel 

 

Artificial Intelligence Is Good For Guessing Passwords

Technology that calculated 25 percent of LinkedIn's 43 passwords is being used to improve security by getting better at the guessing game.

 

Scanner Detects Food Freshness

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Using a pair of optical sensors, the Bosch X-Spect can decipher fabric types, the composition of a stain and whether a peach will taste sweet.

 

Android Studio 3 Beta 6 is Available

The latest beta fixes issues related to httpclient, corrupt DEX files and build failures resulting from older versions of CMake. For access, visit the Early Adopter download page.

 

Apple vs. Google: Whose AR Tools are Better?

Augmented Reality is arguably one of the next great frontiers in development. With Google's ARCore recently hitting the scene with Apple's ARKit, which is the better choice?

 

New Wireless Charger Works in a One-Foot Radius

Silicon Valley startup Pi Inc. is taking pre-orders for the Pi Charger, a cone-shaped device that uses beam-forming technology developed at MIT to direct resonant induction fields only where devices are.

 

'Zero-Touch Enrollment' Elevates Staging to New Level

Zebra is among the companies working directly with Google on technology introduced this week that allows devices to be pre-configured so that users can power up and immediately start being productive.

C# 8 Features Revealed; Still No Word on Release Date

The .Net Foundation, custodians of Microsoft's C# language, have added nullable reference types, default interfaces and other features it says are aimed at improving code quality.

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Google Reboots Android One Strategy

Company's strategy for reducing cost and waste with a lightweight operating system reportedly returns to the front burner.

 

Bluetooth Breakthrough Connects Four Devices At Once

Paris-based Tempow has developed a means of connecting as many as four audio devices to a single Bluetooth host, and the Moto X4 is the first device to bring it.

 

Sharp Returns to the Smartphone Market

Company known for its high-tech monitors and proprietary display technology will emphasize the screen to stand out in a crowded field.

 

Alexa, Siri Design Flaw Leaves All Voice Assistants Vulnerable

Using a technique call the DolphinAttack, Chinese researchers found that human voice commands converted to inaudible frequencies remain effective on the devices.

 

MIT Explains How AI Can be Used to Reduce Shoplifting

San Francisco-based startup Standard Cognition is focused on automated checkout using networks of cameras, machine vision and deep learning.

 

IBM Investing Heavily in AI

Big Blue has partnered with MIT to build the Watson AI Lab, and will spend $240M over the next 10 years on machine learning and advanced problem solving. 

 

Robot Learns the 'Rules of the Road'

Researchers at MIT are developing a set of rules that robots can use to seamlessly blend with humans.

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Android 'Oreo' Promises a Smarter, Faster Mobile OS

The next Android edition changes a few important things. Read the Android Authority review and the official migration guide.

 

Google Partners Promise Oreo-flavored Hardware This Year

LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony are among the hardware makers that have committed to releasing devices with the cream-filled cookie inside.

 

Oracle Explains Why It Will Open Java EE Source Code

Company seeks a more inclusive governance process, more flexible licensing and a Java community that's more responsive to market needs.

 

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IBM Uncovers Mass Partnership, Beefs Up Blockchain Adoption

In partnership with major food makers across the U.S., IBM is leading an effort to use shared ledger technology to improve consumer confidence in the food supply.

 

A New Breed of Sensors Use Almost No Energy

A new technology that combines RFID with an ultra-low power sensor have applications across the internet of things, including medical, industrial and agricultural.

 

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Motorola's Plans for a Phone With Self-Healing Glass

The company's patented process uses heat to literally melt the effected areas to repair cracks.

 

Court Orders Microsoft to Allow LinkedIn Data to be Harvested

Talent management company hiQ Labs, which makes its bones scraping public data from sites like LinkedIn, defeats Microsoft's attempt to block it.

 

Kotlin 1.1.4 Fixes Bugs, Performance Issues

The latest version of Kotlin, the new language that runs in existing JVMs, now runs better with the Java 9, adds new features to and improves performance of IntelliJ IDEA plugin, plus a whole lot more.

Finding 'Nearby Connections' Gets Easier

Google in July added higher bandwidth and offline capabilities to its Nearby Connections 2. API. An Android engineer with smart-appliance maker June Oven takes a look.

 

Microsoft Jumps Into Blockchain With Both Feet

Redmond has unveiled an all-in strategy for supporting cryptocurrency centered around an Azure-based enterprise blockchain service and development framework.

 

Android Developers: Learn From the Pros

Here are 30 easy-to-digest pointers from Google-certified professional Android developer Aritra Roy that are designed to boost your game.

 

The World's First AI-written Album Set to 'Break Free'

 

Android Studio 3, Beta 2 Released

The latest version moves to a newer build of IntelliJ and fixes a compiler exception thrown when using Java 8 with API 19 or higher.

 

Microsoft Seeks Defect Bounty Hunters

Looking to boost security of Windows 10, Microsoft in late July launched a bug-hunting program with offers to pay as much as $250,000 USD for the most serious threats.

 

A Practical Application of Bluetooth Low Energy, Part 1

Looking for a complete code sample that connects two devices with Bluetooth Low Energy? Software developer Andrew Lunsford of development consultancy Big Nerd Ranch delivers.

 

Google Updates 'Android of Things'

Developer Preview 5 is now based on Android O (API level 26), introduces a device management API (for doing reboots and such) and supports more boards.

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Game Makers Use Starcraft to Teach AI

Blizzard has teamed up with Google's Deepmind to make AI more intelligent.

 

Apple Watch Breaks its Bonds with iPhone

Cupertino is trying to gets its Watch to think different; next versions will be able to get more done without being tethered to an iPhone.

 

Tesla to Begin Testing Self-Driving Trucks

Electric-vehicle pioneer Tesla in September is expected to begin road-testing autonomous trucks that can travel alone or in convoys.

 

Android N Update Includes 'Seamless' Updates

Android Nougat 7.1 will help prevent over-the-air updates from leaving behind a a brick.

 

Researchers Developing a Battery-Free Smartphone

Futuristic phone runs on the tiny electrical energy in radio waves that constantly coat the planet.

 

Drones Find Niche in Insurance Business

With newly relaxed federal government regulations, insurers are having an easier time using drones to help ease property inspections.

 

How Home Automation Can Go Terribly Wrong

Warning: Some of these are pretty gross.

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Google Glass Makes its Debut in the Enterprise

Falling somewhat short of a consumer craze, Glass Enterprise Edition might find better footing.

 

Windows 10 Eye Tracking Ready for Public Testing

Microsoft just last week unveiled Eye Control, offering screen navigation help for the physically disabled. To test, download the latest insider preview build.

 

Ice Cream Pops in Japan Now Melt More Slowly

Japanese researchers found that ingredients extracted from strawberries help ice cream keep its shape in the heat.

 

Conflict Erupts at Google Over Free Expression

A 10-page paper critical of the company's diversity policy as "left leaning" and oppressive sparks a social media firestorm with demands for heads to roll.

 

U.S. Secret Service Testing Drones to Boost Security

The United States Secret Service, currently charged with protecting President Trump, will add drones to its site security screening toolbox.

 

Move Those Couches, Ikea's Making Room for Solar Panels

The Swedish furniture giant will be selling solar battery kits (without panels) starting at just under $10k. It's unclear whether that comes with a free couch.

 

Forbes: 92 Percent of Computing Will be Cloud-based

With the emergence of IoT and big data, Forbes tech pundit Joe McKendrick cites research to prove his assertions.

 

If Speed is the Need, Do it In-Memory

Not a new concept, but in-memory computing is nearing its next phase as approaches emerge to make performance gains more widespread.

Adobe Flash Faces End-of-Life in 2020

The end of an era awaits web media playback, as Adobe prepares to end support for Flash. It's being replaced by simpler, open technologies such as HTML5.

 

Multiple Sensors Are Key To Self-Driving Cars

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MIT Tech Review explains why sensor variety is critical for keeping people safe in and around autonomous autos.

 

RFID Tags Help Straighten the Sheets

UK-based laundry service company tracks thousands of bed sheets as they come in after use by sewing RFID tags into the hems.

 

Google Packages, Re-brands Security Measures

With Google's so-called Play Protect, everything old is new again. The term refers to scanning of the device and Play Store, plus other features available for years.

 

A 'Street View' of the International Space Station

Internals of the ISS are now part of Google Maps; the video explains how it was done.

 

iRobot Wants to Sell Roomba Floorplan Data

It's one thing to invite someone to map the interior of your home. It's quite another for the maid to sell that data without permission.

 

London, New York City to Bring Phone Booth Into Modern Age

Once a thing of science fiction and the World's Fair, video phones could be popping up in New York and the UK thanks to a project funded by Alphabet.

 

'Sting-Ray' Attacks a Problem in Low-End Phones

A flaw found recently in 3G and 4G networks permits location tracking, even with their harder-to-crack encryption protocols.

Translating Headset Handles Eight Lingos

Four years in the making, TranslateOne2One is from an Australian startup and taps the brain of IBM's Watson for real-time translation.

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Researchers at MIT Offer Ransomware Advice

As fears from Wannacry subside, a new and more dangerous threat appears to exploit the same vulnerability.

 

The Mobile Retail Trend Continues to Accelerate

In a recent post, we reported about the appetite for a grocery store on wheels. This week the mobile shiny object is jewelry.

 

Mobile Jewelry is One Thing. But a Mobile Mall?

Can't get to the mall? Maybe the mall can come to you TechCrunch ponders the idea of mobile mass retail and how it might look.

 

Low-Power Sensors Mean High-Value Wearables

A power-efficiency breakthrough at UC San Diego shows promise for tackling one of the primary challenges for wearable devices.

 

Verily Life Sciences Crunching the Wearable Numbers

A Google spin-off company will gather data from 10,000 participants over four years to help predict medical emergencies.

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Roll Your Own Wireless Charging

For organizations dissatisfied with the wireless charging solutions available today, Powercast offers a do-it-yourself kit.

 

Robots Offer Assistance at Airports

Here's a worker that can help travelers find gates and restrooms, and doesn't mind pitching in with the cleaning.

Qualcomm Uses Pulse as Password

Showing off a new series of sensors at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai last week, chip-maker Qualcomm says its versatile fingerprint readers work across glass, metal and even under water.

 

Google 'Android of Things' Targets Beginners

Recognizing that IoT is more than a passing fad, Google's Raspberry Pi-based development kit comes with all the right stuff.

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Google To Halt E-Mail Snooping

Though it will halt the practice of scanning private email to tailor the ads it displays, the company will continue to mine the other things it knows about users to generate revenue.

 

Wearable Technology Paves a Road to Worker Safety

Caterpillar and construction-design firm Skanska demonstrate solutions being developed to keep workers safe and avoid costly accidents and workplace mishaps.

 

Wearable Passwords? New Device Does That and More

In today's digital world, it was only a matter of time before someone developed an appliance to store passwords, credit cards, biometrics and other access methods.

 

EU Slaps Google With Heavy Fines for Monopolizing Search

The European Union has imposed a $2.7b fine on Google, charging the company abused its power by favoring its own products in search results.

 

The Case for Low-Power Bluetooth

With mobile pay, mobile ticketing and the like, mobile phones are quickly becoming the one thing you just can't leave home without. Is there a single wireless standard that's best for all things?

 

Amazon Testing a Free In-home Fitting Room

If there's one thing that's keeping online clothes shopping from going viral, it's now being addressed. 

Android O APIs: Final Answer

Advice from Google's VP of Engineering on how to get apps ready and ensure a smooth transition to the O-dessert's sweetness.

 

About Google's Object Detection API

From the minds of Google researchers comes the TensorFlow Object Detection API; use it to train IoT apps to better figure out what they're seeing.

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Blocking Comparison-Shopping at Whole Foods?

On the heels of its $13.7 billion purchase of supermarket chain Whole Foods, Amazon has revealed that in late May it was granted a patent for "Physical Store Online Shopping Control" which describes ways to block a consumer price-shopping scenario.

 

Analysts Predict Tech-Centric Retail Wars

With Amazon getting into the bricks-and-mortar grocery business, analysts at JP Morgan Chase expect other major supermarket companies to respond with high-tech efforts to increase efficiencies.  

 

Swedish Firm Testing Clerk-Free Store in China

With a decidedly futuristic feel, high-tech startup Wheelys has created a grocery store on wheels that visits college towns to cash in on calorie-starved all-nighters.

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Augmented Reality in Manufacturing, Design

Companies are saving millions in R&D costs by using "virtual" prototypes before physical ones.

 

Nokia Tries to Reinvent Itself with VR

The reality for Nokia is that its mobile-phone platform was once the worldwide market leader and now it's not. Can the company stage a comeback with a platform for digital wellness?

 

Wearable Tech: Old Meets New

Wearable technology in yoga pants might help improve your downward dog, but is this a pre-cursor to efficiencies in manufacturing, logistics and elsewhere in the enterprise? 

 

Carnegie Mellow Makes Robot Building Easy

 

Kuka Wants to Make Your Robot

The market for domestic robots in the next decade is expected to reach $4.4 billion, and the company that's making them for Boing and Tesla also wants to make them for you. 

Amazon's Dash Wand Scans Barcodes

The latest Amazon gizmo communicates with Alexa to access information or place orders either verbally or by scanning a barcode.

 

Robots Are Now Unpacking Palettes

A California start-up has developed a self-teaching robot that can take apart a shipment regardless of the size and shape of its contents.

 

What Can Google Tango Do for Retail?

 

Take a Crash Course in Tango

Google is preparing to take Tango into the real world. If the Lowe's video above sparked some interest, then bookmark the Tango page and make it a regular stop.

 

Everyone Apparently Has a Digital Twin

It was only a matter of time before the modern-day dopplegänger found its way into the bitstream.

 

What Good Are 5G Networks?

Just two years from now, mobile devices will have more bandwidth at their disposal than enterprise app developers know what to do with.

 

Look Out Intel; Little Processors Are Coming

Like millions of tiny ants operating with a singular purpose, the small chips that power most mobile devices have combined to overtake the once-mighty x86-based supercomputer.

 

How the Barcode Revolutionized Retail

Inventions such as the telephone, the automobile, antibiotics and the internet are among the small number of things that have literally changed the world. Does the barcode belong on that list?

Google Ups the Ante for Bug Finders

With the maximum bug bounty raised to $200K, Google hopes to have more takers of its open invitation to report Android security exploits.

 

Node.js 8 Packed With Power

Available now, the Node.js 8 server-side execution environment for JavaScript reportedly includes an API that won't break native modules with every new release line.

 

The 5nm Process of the Future

 

Dawn of the Virtual Desktop

MIT believes that the desktop computer will soon be on the scrap heap of history along with typewriters and SCSI cables.

 

Healthcare Increasingly Turning Mobile

Like the IT departments of most other industries, workers in healthcare are looking more at mobile solutions to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

 

Google Creates Intelligent Spreadsheets

A human assistant might understand "a histogram of 2017 ice cream sales" and put it into a spreadsheet. Now Google's virtual assistant is trying to do the same with AI.

 

The State of Warehouse Robotics

RK Logistics employs smart robots as a "virtual conveyor" of goods in the warehouse.

 

And the Winner Is...

CMU Technologies takes the top prize in the Le Monde International Smart Cities Global Innovation competition. 

 

Robocop No Longer Science Fiction

Dubai has become the first city in the world to employ robots as law-enforcement officers.

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Android Studio 3.0 Preview is Here

The latest Android-targeted IDE supports Kotlin and Instant Apps, improves Gradle build time and includes new performance profiling tools for squeezing more speed from apps. Download now.

 

Making the Case for Kotlin

For those not yet convinced of the benefits of JetBrains' latest brainchild, Collective Idea's Victoria Gonda makes a compelling case.

 

Android Instant Apps Primer

Nish Tahir and James Sun of coding contractor WillowTree wrote a good introduction to Android Instant Apps, the modular programming model introduced at Google I/O last year.

 

Google, IBM, Lyft Collaborate on Microservices Platform

The three companies are working on Istio, an open-source platform designed to provide a common way to connect, secure, manage and easily scale apps that use HTTP, gRPC and TCP microservices.

 

What Types of Tools are IoT Devs Using?

Covering IoT since 2012, Stijn Schuermans of research firm VisionMobile explores the platforms, sensors, tools and other factors that go into devices made for the internet of things.

 

Gartner's Top 10 Tech Trends for 2017

On the subject of IoT, the tech of smart devices, AI and machine learning play heavily in the researcher's picks for this year's strategic technology report.

 

RedLock CSI: Huge Hole in Cloud Security

Security concerns raised by a security company shouldn't be a huge surprise. But 82 percent is a number too big to ignore; is your company among the culprits?

 

Community Offers Help with Gradle-Plugin Migration

For Gradle users planning to migrate to the Android plugin 3.0.0-alpha1, the Android developer community offers this timely tutorial.

 

Raspberry Pi to Merge with CoderDojo

By merging their respective developer communities, the organizations hope to give young device makers who cut their teeth on Raspberry Pi access to a broader base of developers and source code. 

'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.