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Google’s monthly tradition continues—owners of Pixel and (some) Nexus devices can grab the latest software builds. The updates will roll out automatically in the coming days, but you don’t have to wait. The OTA files and system images have both shown up, and there are bulletins documenting the surprisingly extensive list of changes.
The new Oreo builds with April security patches are available for first and second generation Pixel phones, as well as the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C tablet.
There’s a wide selection of mobile hardware these days, but the variations between flagships are getting fewer with every year. IP-68+ ratings and high-dpi OLED displays are commonplace now, and every new phone wins a camera award. The only real way manufacturers can differentiate is via the software experience, and everyone has an option when it comes to that, including those of us here at Android Police.
Bad drivers may soon get some crucial tips on the road from Apple, if the company’s latest patent ever becomes a reality. While everyone in tech is working on driverless car systems, it appears that Apple is looking into ways to make it safer for humans to get behind the wheel too. Apple filed for […]
Sometimes Google takes features away, but sometimes they’re just hiding. Turns out, Android P still does have the System UI Tuner that we previously thought was removed. It’s just not user-facing anymore. Interested parties can still access that hidden list of UI modifications, you just have to do it the long way, and we’ve got two methods here.
It uses the DemoMode intent, yet it launches the Tuner activity, you can still do the same thing as in O pic.twitter.com/db5X0kxMPM
Apple has issued a software update to the HomePod alongside updates for iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3, bringing the firmware for the smart speaker up to version 11.3, with today’s release also marking the first update of the audio device’s software since it shipped. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
In macOS, the System Preferences app located in the Applications folder is where you can adjust various settings to customize your Mac. Most system preference panes are native to macOS and cannot be removed – although they can be hidden. In this article, we’ll show you how it’s done.
Occasionally, third-party apps installed on your Mac will insert their own preference panes in the bottom row of the System Preferences panel. Sometimes these panes will pointlessly stick around even after you’ve uninstalled the associated app. Thankfully though, they can be removed separately. To jump to our instructions on how to do that, click here. Continue reading How to Hide and Remove System Preference Panes in macOS
Baltimore's 911 dispatch system was hacked over the weekend and authorities temporarily shut it down. The mayor's office confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that the system was digitally infiltrated early Saturday morning, but provided no other details wh… Engadget RSS Feed
Google, the hipster of the tech world, was into blockchain before it was cool.
Between 2012 and 2017, when some people were only just learning about the blockchain and what they could do with it, Google was acquiring blockchain startups and pumping millions of dollars into others. Only one other company invested more money into blockchain in that timeframe. In 2016, Google opened its cloud server to blockchain developers.
Now, Google may be close to reaping the benefits of those years of research and funding. Industry insiders have told Bloomberg that Google plans to embrace a blockchain-like ledger system to support its cloud business.
Using the cloud is like renting a storage unit. You pay a certain amount of money in exchange for a certain amount of space, only the space is on a company’s servers and not in some shady gated facility. Instead of unused furniture, you store data, and instead of a padlock, you use a password to protect your valuables.
However, a determined thief could crack the padlock on the storage unit, so too could a savvy hacker break into your cloud storage company’s servers to access your data.
Blockchain would make that kind of break-in impossible. Companies have taken a number of different approached to blockchain-based cloud storage, but the idea is that your data is “decentralized.” Instead of stashing your rock collection in your one storage space, you could store each rock in a different locker. You could even duplicate the rocks just to be safe, and then store those in different lockers.
In a blockchain-supported cloud system, your files are the rock collection. The data gets broken into bits, stored on a bunch of servers, and you’re the only person with the key needed to put the pieces back together.
With the damage caused by major data hacks still fresh in the public consciousness (looking at you, Equifax), Google could use the promise of blockchain’s near-impenetrable security to draw customers away from companies offering less secure, traditional cloud storage.
And Google has even figured out a way to make money off other would-be competitors. An anonymous insider told Bloomberg Google also plans to release a white-label version of its system. That means third parties could offer customers the same system Google provides, but on their own servers and with their own branding, and would have to pay Google to do it. After all, why develop your own blockchain-based cloud storage system when you can just buy Google’s?
Of course, Google isn’t the only company exploring blockchain for cloud storage. The company hasn’t shared a release date for their system, so a competitor — another major company, even a startup— could bring their product to market first. But it’s hard to imagine that Google wouldn’t immediately become the dominant player in this field when its service does launch. After all, the company has done its blockchain homework.