Android 9 Pie Backup Server Secured With Titan Security Chip

In short: Google is introducing Titan security chip-based protection directly into its Android smartphone backups at the server level beginning in Android 9 Pie, the company said. What’s more, backed-up applications and associated data won’t be accessible, even by Google, the company says. That’s because the encrypted data can only be decrypted by a randomly generated key […]

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Android 9 Pie Backup Server Secured With Titan Security Chip

In short: Google is introducing Titan security chip-based protection directly into its Android smartphone backups at the server level beginning in Android 9 Pie, the company said. What’s more, backed-up applications and associated data won’t be accessible, even by Google, the company says. That’s because the encrypted data can only be decrypted by a randomly generated key […]

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OUKITEL WP2 Review – Huge Rugged Handset With Massive Battery

OUKITEL’s WP2 is a very rugged 6-inch phablet with a 10,000 mAh battery and mid-range performance. OUKITEL is a relatively prolific Android handset maker that has specialized for quite some time in developing rugged devices in the mid-range with oversized batteries at a reasonable cost. It’s fair to say there hasn’t been a lot of […]

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HTC Envisions VR With A Rotating Slider For A Better Fit

In short: HTC may be planning a new VR headset with multiple adjustable straps that use a geared rotating mechanism in order to provide users with a more firm and comfortable fit, according to a patent recently published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In total, there appear to be at least three places that […]

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Facebook Experiments With Zero-Input Search Function

In short: Facebook now appears to be experimenting with ways to enable a contextual search functionality within its application that requires no input from the user at all, based on a recently published patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). As described in the associated documents, the search would essentially be centered around […]

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Broken Android Notification To Be Optimized Out Of Chrome OS

In short: Chrome OS project managers have approved the complete removal of at least one notification related to the Android Runtime for Chrome (ARC), based on a recent change spotted in the Chromium Gerrit. The rework is presently marked as “active” and hasn’t gone into effect yet and there’s no indication as to whether users would need […]

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Samsung Announces “Always On” Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE)

In short: Samsung has announced its first “Always On” Chrome OS device with the launch of the new Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE), set to become available on November 2. The gadget, which is aesthetically exactly like the recently launched Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, is priced at $599.99 and will be available for purchase through Verizon, Best Buy, or […]

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“Kalista” Is A New Google Chromebase Reference Board

In short: The baseboard referred to as “Kalista” in the Chromium Gerrit now appears to point to a new piece of reference hardware for Google’s Chromebase Chrome OS platform, based on a comment recently added to the code. The comment in question seems to be in response to inquiries about whether or not the board […]

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Pokemon GO Creators Embrace 5G, Pursue Next-Gen Mobile Gaming

In short: Pokemon GO developer Niantic has teamed up with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom to reveal that its ‘Real World’ AR platform will be brought to the operator’s MobiledgeX Edge servers and 5G network. That platform is the proprietary developer toolkit that underpins the company’s popular Pokemon GO and Ingress PRIME exploratory AR titles. Although preliminary […]

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Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Camera Could Improve Autonomous Cars

In short: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have now developed a new camera that could improve the dynamic range over those found in current self-driving vehicles by as much as 10,000 times. The design is actually inspired by one of nature’s most complex eyes, found in mantis shrimp […]

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