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Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

After a bit of speculation and waiting, Google has finally given official word about the Android 5.1 update. Although it's a slightly bigger version bump than the maintenance releases, this upgrade isn't as spectacular as initially believed. That or Google is keeping things under wraps, leaving some treasures for us to discover on our own. That said, there are still a good number of changes in 5.1 that will appeal to both OEMs and users whatever the tier, from emerging markets to more seasoned ones.

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Google patent wants to make even doorknobs smart

Google patent wants to make even doorknobs smart

Google acquired Nest and then Dropcam, so it isn't much of a surprise that it might want more. If there was any doubt there, this latest patent, filed just months after the two acquisitions, would dispel all that. It might be deceptively called "Security Scoring in a Smart-sensored Home", but the message it sends is clear. Google wants to make homes smarter, and probably gather more information than you're willing to hand over through browsers and phones. And like any other house, it all starts at the door.

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Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google is working on Android for virtual reality, according to sources that have surfaced. The work is being done by a small team presently, they say; the Android version being worked on is destined to power VR applications. The team has been described as "tens of engineers", meaning that while small it is not only a handful of people -- this new platform, whenever it should arise, will be made freely available. Google has declined commenting on the rumor, which follows Facebook's own heavy investment in VR.

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Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Quantum computers can solve problems that would take an ordinary computer millions of years to complete. It would take not thousands, but millions of years to create solutions to complex equations. Google and researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have just tackled the latest roadblock that was holding back quantum computing. They created program groups called qubits, which use delicate quantum physics to represent information. They programmed these qubits to identify and prevent calculation errors. Qubits haven't actually prevented initial bit-flip errors, but they prevent the mistake from derailing a calculation.

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Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

iOS 8 has introduced a lot of new features that add convenience and speed to the platform, but not all apps have immediately taken advantage of those. Some are just starting to catch up to go with the times. Google has just pushed out a few updates to its apps on iOS, but most notable perhaps is Gmail. In the latest 4.0 version of the app, Google has added three new features that let you handle your email or create one right then and there, without batting an eyelash.

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Google’s MVNO vision reported to only see the Nexus 6

Google’s MVNO vision reported to only see the Nexus 6

When Google's Sundar Pichai drew associations between it's planned cellular service and the Nexus program, we didn't quite expect him to mean it literally. But that might just be the case based on reports coming from sources close to the matter. According to them, that MVNO network will only work with Google's Nexus devices. In fact, it might even only work on the latest generations, starting with the Nexus 6 and leaving older devices to survive on their own with regular mobile carriers.

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Vuzix IWear 720 VR headset comes with its own headphones

Vuzix IWear 720 VR headset comes with its own headphones

It seems that smart eyewear maker Vuzix has found a new market to wade into. At GDC 2015 this week, the company has announced its latest venture, one that takes it into a new world. A virtual reality world, that is. But the IWear 720 isn't just your regular virtual reality head piece that are quite the fad these days. For one, it embraces not just VR or 3D content but almost anything that you want to view in a different way. And for another, you won't need an extra pair of earphones to go with it either.

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Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

We've brought you news about Apple's lawsuits over patent infringement before. This latest lawsuit is from the other side of the industry. This time, workers from various tech companies including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., and Adobe Systems Inc. have come forward saying that these companies made illegal agreements with each other not to hire new employees coming from one of the said companies. This effectively ended the ability for all of those employees to leverage outside opportunities for better positions within their own companies.

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HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset. There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring. Cloistered in a room at the back of HTC’s Mobile World Congress stand, and with the reassuring voice of a Vive engineer whispering in my ear, I got to try out a number of demo apps and environments created for the platform by Valve and others, including the first announced title for SteamVR.

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Google softens Android full-disk encryption requirement

Google softens Android full-disk encryption requirement

Encryption has become a touchy subject. What was once was, and still is, a standard way to protect data has become controversial in light of recent events. But while most tech companies hailed its privacy and security benefits, few, especially on the mobile device sector, choose to enforce it. It seems that, at least for the time being, the cause has lost one strong proponent. Google has rather quietly revised its Android 5.0 compatibility requirements to let OEMs choose whether to enable full-disk encryption or not.

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