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Posted in News Roundup at 1:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Android Gaming

Android TV

Android Wearables

Android/Chromecast Software

Android in Cars

  • Cebit: Volkswagen CEO tells auto industry to protect data in connected cars

    He reminded the audience of Volkswagon’s recent talks with Google, with Audi in particular committing to working with the firm on in-car technology based on Android. But he said that he wanted to see more collaboration from technology firms in other countries. “It would no doubt be a good thing if German and European IT companies would put themselves forward as partners too,” he said.

Laptops and Android


  • Sub-$400 CyanogenMod-powered smartphone details emerge

    OnePlus, the upstart making a CyanogenMod-powered phone, has revealed a few details about the device that the company says will be cheaper and better than big brand phones and definitely won’t include a heart-rate monitor.

  • AllCast adds DLNA support

    Koushik Dutta, the famed developer of CyanogenMOD has added DLNA support to his AllCast Android app. Ever since Google opened Chromcast to 3rd party developers Koush is on roll. He has, in fact, been toying with Chromecast the day it was released and created some stir in the free software community when Google changed the preview APIs for Chromecast which broke his app.



  • HP 8 1401 Android tablet launched at $170

    HP has added a 7.85″ unit to compliment its line-up of 7″ and 8″ tablets. The HP 8 1401 is a quad-core tablet that runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. “It’s got responsiveness that delivers entertainment where you want it. Sleek and smart with technology you can trust, the HP 8 is big on performance, slim in style, and small on price,” claims the company.

Google/Chrome OS/Chromebook

  • Do users really need Windows applications in Chrome OS?

    Phoronix is reporting that running Windows applications in Chrome OS via Wine seems very unlikely to happen. And it got me wondering about how many people really want to run Windows applications in Chrome OS

  • Attack of the 64-bit Octa-core: A Roundup of Newly Announced Mobile Processors

    As usual, Mobile World Congress was packed with cool new SoCs, most of which are destined for Android phones and tablets. Some will see wider usage in the broader world of embedded Linux and Android devices.The big news was the invasion of 64-bit ARMv8 and x86 SoCs, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 and Intel’s Atom Z34xx. The ARM models are built on the ARMv8 Cortex-A53 design. Eventually, we’ll see the -A53 used in Big.Little hybrids along with the similarly 64-bit, server-class Cortex-A57.

  • If Beast Died Tomorrow, Chromebook 2 Could Be Its Replacement

    Beast is fine. It’s old, but still kicking. It boots. It edits. It searches. It networks. Beast’s CPU is way over-sized for what I do and I do a lot. 99% of the time it idles. Every few weeks I open it up to full throttle to build the next Linux-3.10.x kernel, but what’s the rush? If it took twice or thrice as long I would still be happy.

  • Samsung announced quad core powered Chromebook 2
  • Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

    The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor.

Chrome Security

  • Google Pays Handsomely for the Latest Round of Chrome Bugs

    At Google, there continue to be big cash bounties available for talented hackers. We’ve reported before on the bug bounty program that Google has been running for several years now, focused on rewarding hackers and security researchers with cash for discovering meaningful bugs in the Chrome browser. The company just participated in the annual Pwnium and Pwn2own events, where hackers and researchers are challenged to uncover bugs in browsers, and Google has already patched a number of significant bugs that were uncovered.

  • Google Extends Monetization Options to Chrome App Developers

    Google officials said this week that the company will reward developers of Chrome packaged apps by letting them give users free trials and in-app purchases, marking an expansion of Google’s focus on fostering a robust ecosystem of applications. The company is also going to allow developers of browser extensions to charge for them for the first time. The Google Developers Blog makes clear that the company is very focused on monetization options for app creators, which has been a key point of focus for Apple as it has sought to attract iOS app developers.

Chrome Aura/GTK/Graphics

Chrome Voice

Ballnux Android (Microsoft-Taxed)


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