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+ - Patents show Google Fi was envisioned before the iPhone was released->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to Google Fi, filed in early 2007, explain Google's vision – smartphones negotiate for and connect to the fastest network available. The patent and Google Fi share a common notion that the smartphone should connect to the fastest network available, not a single carrier's network that may not provide the best performance. It breaks the exclusive relationship between a smartphone and a single carrier.
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+ - Carmakers' shotgun wedding with Apple and Google ->

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smaxp writes: Apple, Google and automakers have reached a standoff—a demilitarized zone drawn at the dashboard. This is where Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay vie for control of the dashboard console to display messages, navigation and entertainment apps. Recent statements by German automakers portray an industry wary of Apple and Google that contradicts the cooperation represented by the many Android Auto and CarPlay partnerships announced over the last year.
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+ - React Native: Facebook's New JavaScript Library Fix For Mobile App Development->

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smaxp writes: Facebook’s solution is an open-source project called React Native that builds on its successful React project for Web development. Facebook claims that React Native will let the same set of engineers build applications in the same way for either iOS or Android. This time the company has set its sights a little more realistically than it did with HTML5. React Native is a learn-once-run-everywhere (LORE) app development tool.
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+ - GAO: airplane Wi-Fi could help terrorists bring down a passenger plane->

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An anonymous reader writes: A new report [http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669627.pdf] from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that the increasing uptake of Wi-Fi on commercial flights opens the possibility for attackers to take over the avionics control of a passenger plane. The report states that "the presence of personal smart phones and tablets in the cockpit increases the risk of a system’s being compromised by trusted insiders, both malicious and non-malicious, if these devices have the capability to transmit information to aircraft avionics systems," and notes that the fact that the passenger network is ring-fenced from cockpit avionics by a firewall does not necessarily provide protection from a cyber-hijack; one security professional the GAO approached said "Internet connectivity in the cabin should be considered a direct link between the aircraft and the outside world, which includes potential malicious actors,"
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+ - The Apple Watch's cure for notification overload? More notifications->

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smaxp writes: Smartwatches targeted at fixing people's compulsive reactions to smartphone notifications only make the problem worse.

After the user has been buzzed and buzzed by the Apple Watch, alerting of yet one more notification, the only choice is to turn off all notifications except those from which the user is willing to accept constant interruptions.

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+ - Today The Apple Watch Platform Begins Its Evolution->

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smaxp writes: The Apple Watch platform’s evolution will really start when Apple opens it to allow independent developers to build native apps later this year and designers master a new kind of app.

Developers building apps for the Apple Watch using the WatchKit framework will find they are already familiar with the Xcode IDE, Objective-C and Swift tool chain used to develop iOS. But WatchKit apps with interactions measured in seconds compared to iOS apps with interactions measured in minutes will at first be completely foreign.

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+ - How secure is Android? Google wants the world to know within 2 decimal points ->

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An anonymous reader writes: Google just released its 2014 Android Security Year in Review, an intensely data-driven report intended to bring transparency to the vulnerability of phones running on Android. Its findings: fewer than 0.15% of devices that only install from Google Play had a Potentially Harmful App (PHA)—apps that pose a threat to users or their data— installed. Overall, fewer than 1% of Android devices had a PHA installed in 2014. Apple, Microsoft, and Blackberry haven’t released similar figures.
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+ - Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development->

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An anonymous reader writes: Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android. Facebook runs much of its operations on open-source software, and is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source project. It builds on the success of the React, the company's three-year-old open-source web user interface (UI) library.
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+ - Comcast defends against Google Fiber w/ 2 Gbs home internet service in Atlanta->

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smaxp writes: It looks like Google's strategy to promote faster internet worked. Google gave the impression that it wanted to compete with Comcast when it first announced Google Fiber in Kansas City. But Google really wanted to create demand for hyper-fast internet because the company's ability to monetize its users increases proportionally with internet access speeds.
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+ - F8: Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development->

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smaxp writes: After changing course on HTML5 cross platform mobile development, Facebook is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source Javascript project.

At its F8 developer conference this week, Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android.

React-Native shouldn't be confused with a return to a write-once-run-everywhere (WORE) mobile strategy. More accurately for developers, it's more of a learn-once-write-everywhere mobile strategy.

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+ - Facebook invites developers to monetize Messenger at F8 conference->

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smaxp writes: For the last two years, a Facebook buy button has been expected. The company did recently introduce Payments to Messenger, foreshadowing Facebook's evolving ecommerce capabilities. At F8, ecommerce became a development platform. The large community of Facebook developers, given open access to the Messenger platform, are more likely to produce a killer Facebook ecommerce app than the company is to do so on its own.
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+ - How Google's partnership with Intel, TAG Heuer could fight off Apple Watch->

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smaxp writes: With an early start in wearables, Google adds Intel's silicon expertise and TAG Heuer's style in a partnership announced today a Baselworld.

With an early start in wearables, Google adds Intel's silicon expertise and TAG Heuer's style in a partnership announced today a Baselworld.

Apple should take notice of the partnership announced today at the Baselworld watch and jewelry conference, because Google has put together partners that could build a watch that even iPhone customers would want.

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+ - Inside look at Google's Android Auto in action->

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smaxp writes: I was given a test ride in a Hyundai Sonata featuring Android Auto, and got a glimpse into the future of the in-car experience.

There's no question that this is the future of driving. The computer in the dashboard that runs the steering wheel controls and dashboard display will adapt to the driver's smartphone and preferences. A friend's car or a rental car will adapt and operate with an individual's smartphone in exactly the same way as the driver's own car.

Seeing the operation of either the Pioneer after-market head unit or the integrated Hyundai Sonata unit will make every smartphone-owning driver want one. This integration will become a differentiating factor that will determine the car that buyers choose to buy.

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+ - Apple Watch app development pales in comparison to Android Wear->

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smaxp writes: With limited app development resources available in the first Apple Watch release, it seems very likely that the it will be upgraded within six to nine months to give developers better programming tools to build better apps, just like Google Glass.

Apple is in new territory – it needs more complete resources for developers to build apps. The company isn't sure what a killer watch app looks like; in fact, no one is. That's why WatchKit is limited. In the next six to nine months, Apple needs to gain an understanding of what developers need to build a killer app, and add it to WatchKit.

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