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Google Nexus 6 2016 Rumors: Early Details Surface, Android N, Snapdragon 820 Chipset Expected

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For the first time Google chose to collaborate with Huawei to manufacture the Nexus 6P smartphone. Now, fresh rumors suggest that both companies again will work together in building the Google Nexus 6 (2016) smartphone.

According to Gizmo China, industry expert Pan Jiutang has revealed that the alleged Google Nexus 6P successor will be a Huawei product. However, since it will be a flagship smartphone, it is likely to be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset.

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Google Pixel C Review: Android's Not Ready For a Tablet This Good

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With the Pixel C, Google imagines a tablet as more than just a portable window into the internet. These things have to be good for more than endless Candy Crush and Netflix, right?

The current thinking is tablets needs to evolve, and so Google, like its rivals, has created its own, kinda-sorta work tablet, complete with keyboard accessory. Although I did manage to get work done on this thing, the hefty price didn’t justify the minimal convenience.

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Google is done selling the Nexus 6

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Google has said a quiet goodbye to the Nexus 6: as of today, you're no longer able to buy it from the Play Store. The decision appears to mark the end of the road for the 6-inch handset now that both the Nexus 5X and its successor, the Nexus 6P, are up for sale. If you're still itching to get your hands on one — though we can't think of a reason you'd want to — Amazon is still selling a 32GB version for $349.99. Google was not immediately available for comment on whether the phone has been permanently discontinued.

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Google To Launch Android One v2.0 In India On December 16th?

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Sources also say that Google plans to launch a new Android One handset in partnership with an India-based smartphone manufacturer Lava. The phone is expected to cost less than Rs. 4,000, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow will almost certainly going to come pre-installed on that handset. As rumored recently, Sundar Pichai is also expected to give more control to companies which manufacture Android One devices, like Lava for example, which should make it easier for manufacturers. It is possible that there’s more to this event than Android One, but this is all the info we have at the moment. As a side note, Google has launched Android One project in India back in 2014, and up to today, Android One devices didn’t exactly meet expectations, let’s see what’s Google’s next step.

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Android Headliner: What Google Still Needs To Do To Win Over India

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China is still the largest smartphone market in the world. Chinese smartphone market has been growing at an incredible pace for years, and this country is actually home to a ton of smartphone manufacturing companies. Huawei, ZTE, Meizu, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus might be some of the best known China-based smartphone manufacturing companies, but there are tons of additional companies active over there, companies you probably never heard of. That being said, India is the second-biggest smartphone market in the world, and judging by its growth-rate, it might even catch up to China at some point.

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Google releases Cloud Vision API with demo for Pi-based robot

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Google released a preview of its Cloud Vision API for tasks like identifying objects and faces, plus a Linux demo that runs on a Raspberry Pi-based robot.

Some of the image analysis wizardry used by Google services, such as Google Photos, is now available to developers. Google is offering a free limited preview of its Google Cloud Vision API, which is available as an “easy to use” REST API, says the company. Google also released demo code using the API that turns the Raspberry Pi-based Dexter Industries GoPiGo robot or any other camera-enabled robot based on the Pi into an image recognition and analysis bot.

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Guide to Chromebook and Google account privacy settings for students

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I love the idea behind Chromebooks, but because of the privacy implications of using them, I just admire them from a distance.

However, because of their cheap price and lower cost of maintenance, they’ve been very popular with educational institutions. The problem, is most people are either not aware or don’t care about the privacy implications of using those light and cheap notebooks or other devices running Chrome OS.

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Google killing Chrome for 32-bit Linux

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  • Google killing Chrome for 32-bit Linux

    If you live in the web browser, using a Linux-based operating system makes a lot of sense. By combining say, Ubuntu and Google Chrome, you can have a very secure and easy-to-use platform running the world's best web browser. A bloated and heavy Windows 10, for instance, could be unnecessary.

  • Google ends 32-bit Linux support for Chrome

    The first signs of the end of 32bit are on the wall - starting with Linux. I wonder how long Google will continue to support 32bit Chrome on Windows. For some strange reason, Microsoft is still selling 32bit Windows 10.

  • Google Decides to End Support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux OSes

    The brief announcement was made an hour ago by Dirk Pranke on the Chromium-dev group, and it informs users of Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux distributions that starting with March 2016, the Google Chrome web browser will no longer be available for 32-bit hardware platforms.

Mozilla: we’re not getting money from Google any more but we’re doing fine

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For many years, Firefox developer Mozilla generated substantial income from a sponsorship deal with Google; the search and advertising firm paid Mozilla in return for Firefox making Google its default search engine. That deal was ended last year, with Firefox defaulting to Yahoo in the US, Yandex in Russia, and Baidu in China.

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

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Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more