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Google Tries an Android for Machine Learning, Releasing Open Source AI System

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Hence TensorFlow, a machine-learning system that Google has used internally for a few years. Today, Google is taking it open source, releasing the software parameters to fellow engineers, academics and hacks with enough coding chops.

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Google is giving away a big part of its machine learning software

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Google has just announced that it's open sourcing TensorFlow under the Apache 2 license. That awfully nerdy sentence means that part of the software that Google uses to power its machine learning systems — the stuff that can translate words on a sign with your camera or learn what a cat looks like just by looking at a ton of photos — will now be free for anybody to use or alter.

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Google offers a free Nexus 5X to companies who try Android for Work

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Google is hopeful that a shiny new phone will entice companies to give Android for Work a try. The first 3,000 companies to set up Android for Work with a participating enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution by December 31, 2015, will get a brand new Nexus 5X smartphone.

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Is Google spinning a merged Chrome/Android OS for laptops?

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So far, most of the signs for a potential merger have occurred on the Chrome OS side rather than Android. In April of this year Google opened up its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), enabling the porting of Android apps to Chrome OS. In addition, the Chrome OS Chrome Launcher 2.0 features a more Android-like Material Design, and integrates Android’s Google Now personal assistant.

There was not much evidence of a Chrome OS infusion in the most recent Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” release. However, Google recently furthered its vision of Android on the desktop with the Pixel C, a keyboard-convertible tablet developed by Google’s Chromebook team.

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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

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Wall Street Journal was wrong. Below reverse-chronological headlines.

Google killing Chrome OS and building it into Android

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Google's two operating systems will soon be one. Chrome OS is going to be combined with Android, and the combined OS could be revealed as soon as next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that Chrome is essentially being folded into Android, because Android has emerged as the dominant operating system by quite a long stretch. Combining the two operating systems means setting up Android to run on laptops and desktop computers, which would require big changes, as well as supporting the Google Play Store. Chromebooks will reportedly receive a new name to reflect the new OS.

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Google steps up in the war against Android bloatware

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This is a very important step forward in preventing OEMs and carriers from adding bloatware to devices, which is a practice that needs to be curtailed completely. No, this doesn't empower the user to remove bloatware, but it does give them control over whether those pesky apps can do anything of significance. So if you "accidentally" run one of those apps, they won't get a chance to dive into and mine your data.

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Google Adds New "Chell" Chromebook & New Coreboot Graphics Library

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Google engineers have landed a bunch of new code this morning into Coreboot.

Perhaps most interesting out of today's Coreboot commits by Google is the addition of a Chell mainboard. Chell is based on the "Glados" Chromebook but with some minor changes. This "Chell" codenamed device will use an Intel Skylake SoC. Details beyond that are scarce at the moment.

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