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Submission + - Is Android set to dominate the IoT? (medium.com)

phonewebcam writes: Google quietly just launched Android Things, their Nougat-based OS for the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Edison and the NXP Pico SBCs. With Android now on 9 out of every 10 smartphones globally, is IoT domination the next play for Google?

Carl Whalley, CEO OTAMate, speculates on what this could mean for the future of IoT software and hardware:

The IoT OS landscape today looks very fragmented. There is clearly no market leader and despite all the hype and buzz we hear, it's still incredibly early days. Can Google do to the IoT with Android Things what it did to mobile, where it's dominance is now very close to 90%? I believe so, and if that is to happen, this launch of Android Things is exactly how they would go about it.

Of course a java based OS which can kill processes at any time can never be used for mission critical systems, but for consumer IoT stuff — like anything in your house with a plug — the path to adding a touchscreen and an internet connection just became a heck of a lot clearer. How long before some equivalent to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero can run Android?

Submission + - Is Android set to dominate the IoT? (medium.com)

phonewebcam writes: Google quietly just launched Android Things, their Nougat-based OS for the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Edison and the NXP Pico SBCs. With Android now on 9 out of every 10 smartphones globally, is the IoT the next move for Google?

Carl Whalley, CEO OTAMate, speculates on what this could mean for the future of IoT software and hardware:

The IoT OS landscape today looks very fragmented. There is clearly no market leader and despite all the marketing buzz we hear, it's still incredibly early days. Can Google do to the IoT with Android Things what it did to mobile, where it's dominance is now very close to 90%? I believe so, and if that is to happen, this launch of Android Things is exactly how they would go about it.

Of course a java based OS which can kill processes at any time can never be used for mission critical systems, but for consumer IoT stuff — like anything in your house with a plug — the path to adding a touchscreen and an internet connection just became a heck of a lot clearer. How long before some equivalent to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero can run Android?

Submission + - SPAM: Is Android set to dominate the IoT?

phonewebcam writes: Google quietly just launched Android Things, their Nougat-based OS for the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Edison and the NXP Pico SBCs. With Android now on 9 out of every 10 smartphones globally, is the IoT the next move for Google?

Carl Whalley, CEO OTAMate, speculates on what this could mean for the future of IoT software and hardware:

The IoT OS landscape today looks very fragmented. There is clearly no market leader and despite all the marketing buzz we hear, it’s still incredibly early days. Can Google do to the IoT with Android Things what it did to mobile, where it’s dominance is now very close to 90%? I believe so, and if that is to happen, this launch of Android Things is exactly how they would go about it.

Of course a java based OS which can kill processes at any time can never be used for mission critical systems, but for consumer IoT stuff — like anything in your house with a plug — the path to adding a touchscreen and an internet connection just became a heck of a lot clearer. How long before some equivalent to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero can run Android?

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Submission + - SPAM: Is Android set to dominate the IoT?

phonewebcam writes: Google quietly just launched Android Things, their Nougat-based OS for the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Edison and the NXP Pico SBCs. With Android now on 9 out of every 10 smartphones globally, is the IoT the next move for Google?

Carl Whalley speculates on what this could mean for the future of IoT software and hardware:

The IoT OS landscape today looks very fragmented. There is clearly no market leader and despite all the marketing buzz we hear, it’s still incredibly early days. Can Google do to the IoT with Android Things what it did to mobile, where it’s dominance is now very close to 90%? I believe so, and if that is to happen, this launch of Android Things is exactly how they would go about it.

Of course a java based OS which can kill processes at any time can never be used for mission critical systems, but for consumer IoT stuff — like anything in your house with a plug — the path to adding a touchscreen and an internet connection just became a heck of a lot clearer. How long before some equivalent to the $5 Raspberry Pi zero can run Android?

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Submission + - "Selfie elbow" is now a real medical condition (phonemedical.com)

phonewebcam writes: Doctors are recognizing the symptoms as being similar to RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome, and guess what? More Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat users, i.e. teenagers, are suffering from this than any other age group. From the article:

'When NBC journalist Hoda Kotb visited an orthopaedist complaining of a sore arm, she was asked if she played tennis or ping pong. After telling him no, he dug a little further. Going through her daily routine, he identified the problem as being her habit of taking up to 40 selfies at a time. The repetitive movement, combined with the strain caused by the angle of the raised arm, had led to what is now being recognized as "selfie elbow".'

Submission + - Fansmitter: Malware can hack air-gapped PCs using a smartphone (smartphonevirus.com)

phonewebcam writes: An ingenious hack has surfaced in a paper which shows a way to steal data from a PC/laptop using listening software on a smartphone, and malware controlling the fans on the target system.

From the article: "This convoluted setup wouldn't be of much interest if it wasn't for one particular trick it can pull off which almost none of the other malware attacks can — it targets air-gapped systems. Air-gapped is the term given to PC/laptops which are not connected to a network at all. Without a network connection, users assume remote hacks can't happen for obvious reasons."

Submission + - People Shown a Fake iPhone 5 Claim it's "Way Better" (geekbeat.tv)

phonewebcam writes: "Oops! "The Jimmy Kimmel Live show took to the street with an iPhone 4S, but told people it was an iPhone 5 to get their opinions. We don’t know how many thought it was worse, but as you can see from the video plenty of people fell for it and started talking about how much better it was. One guy who even claimed he has a 4S went on and on about how much better the new iPhone 5 was.""
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft giving away Windows phones to Czech developers (thenextweb.com)

phonewebcam writes: "It’s easy to become overly focused on the US and UK smartphone markets, assuming that they are essentially the game complete, and not simply two of its many players. However, the purveyors of the major smartphone lines know better, and focus on countries by the dozen; every place you don’t invest, someone else will, potentially limiting your market share.

Nokia and Microsoft are operating along that line of thought, and are currently paying attention to the Czech Republic, and its developer population. To help build interest among developers there, the two companies are offering up Lumia 710 and 800 phones to the first 100 local developers who place three apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and rack up 50 downloads."

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft approved to administer TV white space da (fiercebroadbandwireless.com)

phonewebcam writes: "The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has named Microsoft as an administrator of the TV white spaces database, despite the company filing late and others opposing its designation.
Microsoft is now required to develop and operate a TV bands database in its geographic area that will locate the unused slivers of broadcast spectrum. Microsoft is now the 10th company the FCC has designated as a white space database provider."

Android

Submission + - BT sues Google over Android (guardian.co.uk)

phonewebcam writes: "British Telecom is claiming billions of dollars of damages from Google in a lawsuit filed in the US which says that the Android mobile operating system infringes a number of the telecoms company's key patents.

The lawsuit, filed in the state of Delaware in the US, relates to six patents which BT says are infringed by the Google Maps, Google Music, location-based advertising and Android Market products on Android.

If successful, the suit could mean that Google or mobile handset makers will have to pay BT royalties on each Android handset in use and which they produce."

Submission + - French President Nicholas Sarkozy's pad busted for (torrentfreak.com)

phonewebcam writes: "French President Nicholas Sarkozy is a man who has championed some of the most aggressive anti-piracy legislation in Europe. But today it’s revealed that the occupants of his very own office and home are responsible for a nice selection of pirate downloads using BitTorrent. Three strikes? Those with access to the Presidential Palace’s IP addresses have already doubled that quota.

Located near the Champs-Élysées in the French capital, Paris, the Élysée Palace is the official residence of President Sarkozy. As husband of ‘first lady’ and musician Carla Bruni, Sarkozy has helped promote and push through some of the toughest anti-filesharing legislation to be found anywhere in Europe."

Android

Submission + - Microsoft wants you to diss Android for a free WP7 (cnet.co.uk)

phonewebcam writes: "As the WP7 market share hovers around what Android would consider a rounding error, Microsoft sinks to a new level of desperation:

"This could be a little controversial. Microsoft is offering the chance of winning a free Windows Phone, in exchange for Android owners sharing tales of woe on Twitter concerning Google's operating system, Electric Pig reports.

People are encouraged to use the hashtag #droidrage to vent their dissatisfaction.

Windows Phone 'evangelist' Ben Rudolph tweeted: "Share your android malware story... and you could win a #windowsphone upgrade."""

Microsoft

Submission + - Man Survives Steve Ballmer's Flying Chair To Build (wired.com)

phonewebcam writes: "Mark Lucovsky was the other man in the room when Steve Ballmer threw his chair and called Eric Schmidt a “fucking pussy.”

Yes, the story is true. At least according to Lucovsky. Microsoft calls it a “gross exaggeration,” but Lucovsky says that when he walked into Ballmer’s office and told the Microsoft CEO he was leaving the company for Google, Ballmer picked up his chair and chucked it across the room. “Why does that surprise anyone?” Lucovsky tells Wired.com, seven years later. “If you play golf with Steve and he loses a five-cent bet, he’s pissy for the next week. Should it surprise you that when I tell Steve I’m quitting and going to work for Google, he would get animated?”"

Cloud

Submission + - Google Apps Customer Explains How Microsoft Tried (sfgate.com)

phonewebcam writes: "A couple years ago, we heard a rumor that Microsoft viewed Google Apps as the number-one threat to its enterprise business. Apparently, whenever a big Microsoft customer announced a plan to use Gmail or Google Apps, Microsoft would sic a special team on them to try and change their mind.

Now, we know it's true.

Michael Rodger is the IT director of a Canadian hotel chain called Delta Hotels. In 2009, they decided to move their company's email to the cloud."

Iphone

Submission + - Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too (theregister.co.uk)

phonewebcam writes: "The Reg reports: "Samsung could try to get the iPhone 5 delayed or banned in Europe, a source has told South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper today. The Korean giant is considering a lawsuit against the next version of the Apple smartphone due in October, in the expectation that iPhone 5 will make use of some basic telecoms technology that Samsung has patented.

A patent suit could at least delay the launch of the phone until the case is resolved.

It comes a day after The Korea Times quoted an anonymous Samsung exec saying that the company would attempt to do the same thing in Korea.

According to Reuters, the MBN's source said that Samsung was considering further legal action against Apple and that the "South Korean firm may seek an injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe."""

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