Android Q gets security updates without rebooting (CNET) Stephanie Cuthbertson, Google's senior director of Android, speaks at Google I/O 2019. More Google I/O Pixel 3a enjoys near perfect timing given 4G to 5G transition Next-gen Duplex, Assistant take over more tasks Android Q gets security updates without rebooting Google’s Assistant knows where your mom lives UI framework Flutter goes multi-platform TCAV addresses AI model bias Sundar Pichai talks amid scandals AR and Lens: Closer to the future of search Google on Wednesday released the fifth beta update for Android Q. The update is available through the Android Beta Program for eligible devices, including Google's Pixel phone lineup. According to the release schedule, today's update is the first release candidate of Android Q, indicating it's almost ready for official release. All of the APIs and tools developer use to build for the new OS are now finalized. Bug fixes and minor tweaks will be made in … [Read more...] about Android Q nears final release with Beta 5 update
Americans embrace the smartwatch, thanks to LTE Rising smartwatch sales suggest this section of the wearables market is gaining mainstream acceptance. After some rumors and leaks about an impending launch, Mobvoi is making the TicWatch Pro 4G official. The TicWatch Pro 4G is available starting today on Amazon and Mobvoi's website for $299. However, Mobvoi is still waiting for Verizon's approval of the 4G/LTE functionality, so at launch, it will be priced at $279. The company expects to have certification to enable the cellular portion of the watch in August. Mobvoi will switch to the TicWatch Pro 4G's regular price of $299 on August 10. ×1bd4ca2b-3106-498c-a874-e174d30a192b.png The overall design of the TicWatch Pro 4G's is similar to the standard TicWatch Pro. The completely wireless version still has dual screens, with a monochrome LCD used to display the time and other odds and end. When the OLED display is needed, to show notifications, … [Read more...] about Mobvoi launches TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE WearOS smartwatch
Vocus subsidiary Dodo has agreed to refund up to AU$360,000 to around 16,000 customers for providing misleading claims about its entry-level NBN broadband plans. The refunds are part of a court-enforceable undertaking made to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after Dodo admitted that its use of the statement "perfect for streaming" was likely to be false or misleading. The misleading statement was used in Dodo's advertising campaigns for certain NBN broadband services from November 2015 to March 2018, including plans that could only provide maximum speeds of 12Mbps. Some of these plans also only provided 10GB of data per month. "We were concerned that Dodo customers on these plans could not reliably stream high quality video, particularly when others in the household were using the internet at the same time. At 12Mbps, Dodo's customers could not stream ultra HD video at all," ACCC Chair Rod Sims said. "According to Netflix, high definition streaming uses up to … [Read more...] about Dodo to refund AU$360,000 for misleading NBN streaming claims
Electric vehicles are the future. But developing them is a massively expensive undertaking. A new vehicle platform costs as much as $20 billion to design, validate, and build. That means most early stage technology firms -- at least those not helmed by Elon Musk -- don't have requisite resources and have been elbowed out of the electric vehicle development race as major auto manufacturers roll ahead.But what if there were a way to reduce the development strain in order to encourage EV development and vehicle diversity, thereby hastening the transfer away from internal combustion vehicles?That's the premise of REE, an Israeli technology startup that's developing a flat, modular electric vehicle platform that auto manufacturers can use as a blank canvas. While most road vehicle design incorporates integral propulsion and steering components into a vehicle's body, REE has placed the motor, steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, and electronics into what looks like a flat … [Read more...] about Reinventing the wheel with modular electric vehicle development
Why the larger trackpad has MacBook Pro's owners unhappy Some flaws seem so obvious, and complaints so widespread, that it's hard to understand why they've not been fixed. After four years of failing to fix the MacBook's dust-prone 'butterfly' keyboard mechanism, Apple is reportedly giving up on the design and returning to the original scissor switch. Mobility Most iPhone owners are clueless about their phones (Samsung owners aren't much better) Samsung: You won't be using smartphones in 5 years Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Latest rumors, features, and release date Do you wear your AirPods during sex? 17 percent say they do. 5 phones with the best battery (CNET) 5G smartphones will surpass 4G ones by 2023 (TechRepublic) Via MacRumors, noted Apple financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons Apple will ditch the butterfly keyboard in future MacBooks, starting with a new MacBook Air this year. Apple introduced the fancy keyboard design with less key travel in 2015, as … [Read more...] about Is Apple finally ditching MacBook’s problem butterfly keyboard?