WhatsApp Backups To No Longer Count Against Drive Storage

As of August 21, WhatsApp backups to Google Drive will no longer count against a user’s overall allotted storage space, according to WhatsApp. Backup and restoration features have been in place for several years now but prior to this those had been counted against a Drive user’s overall storage. That’s meant to help users in the […]

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Uber Investors Eye Self-Driving Exit Amid Mounting Losses: Report

Some Uber investors are eyeing a self-driving exit and have already suggested that course of action to the company amid revelations about the startup’s mounting losses which are largely attributable to the troubled unit, The Information reports, citing sources close to the firm. Over the last 18 months, the autonomous driving division of Uber’s Advanced […]

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Google Patents Non-Payment Event POS Terminal ID Method

Google has been awarded a new patent for a method to identify the geolocation of point-of-sale (POS) terminals without the need for payment event data. Filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under patent number “US20180225645,” the method was tested on an unnamed device and used to scan for ‘preselected’ events. Those events are […]

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Researchers Argue The Need For Autonomous Cars To Be Courteous

Autonomous vehicles need to be taught to be ‘courteous’ in order to balance out the aggressive human driving habits they emulate, according to a new paper published by researchers at U.C. Berkeley. The paper is titled Courteous Autonomous Cars and asserts that safety, efficiency, and driving quality form a good starting point for A.I. automobiles, […]

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Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 9

Introduction Do we have a good one for you today – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is compared to the new Galaxy Note 9. We need to know if Samsung went far enough with its new flagship to encourage Note 8 owners to upgrade to the newer model, or if owners of other smartphones should […]

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Android Messages Pairing With Chrome OS Will Be PWA-Powered

Integration between Google’s Chrome OS and Android’s default messaging platform – Android Messages – will be driven by a progressive web application (PWA) on the Chromebook side of the equation. That’s based on newly spotted commits to the Chromium Gerrit which explicitly points to the use of the new web technology for Android Messages on […]

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ASUS Quietly Confirms Chromebook C223 With Online Listing

ASUS has now officially revealed the existence of its Chromebook C223 via a new page for the device uploaded to its website without fanfare bearing a ‘Chromebook 12’ designation. The 11.6-inch Chromebook 12 had been leaked back in June but not many specifications were given at that time. Now that it’s official, the full details […]

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Google Patents Space-Saving Circuit Design For Smartphones

Google won a new patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) intended to reduce the amount of space taken up by an electronic device’s circuit board connections in traditional layouts. Filed under patent number ‘US20180228039,’ the documents describe what looks like a smartphone utilizing three circuit boards, with the third serving the additional purpose […]

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Sony Adds Android Pie To Its AOSP GitHub Repository & Guide

Sony has upgraded its GitHub repository and guides for select Android device configurations with the addition of Android 9 Pie builds. For clarity, the company’s AOSP project has been running since Android 4.4 KitKat and provides developers with a source for downloading the OS in configurations specifically designed to work with their respective devices. Moreover, changes […]

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Google Location Data Tracking Practices Are Dishonest: Report

Key aspects of the settings associated with Google’s location data tracking and storage are inherently dishonest, according to a new Associated Press investigation and report. Specifically, the search giant is being called out for ambiguously informing its users that turning off various settings will halt the practice when in reality those settings will not. For example, […]

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