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Feb

Don’t touch that outlet: Public chargers could let hackers steal your data


Why it matters to you

Public chargers and outlets are more dangerous than you think. An enterprising hacker could use them to extract your phone’s data.

There’s an unlikely danger lurking in the corner of every coffee shop, airport, conference center, and public library: Power strips and chargers. CNN reports that “compromised” outlets — chargers clandestinely commandeered by hackers — can wreak havoc on your smartphone.

“Just by plugging your phone into a [compromised] power strip or charger, your device is now infected, and that compromises all your data,” Drew Paik, an executive at Authentic8, told CNN.

Ne’er-do-wells with the right skill set can rewire USB charging stations to extract stored data when an unwitting user plugs in a smartphone — a process colloquially known as “juice jacking.” That’s easier said than done — both Android and iOS phones prompt users before a file transfer can begin — but a relatively new attack, “video jacking,” requires a lot less effort on the hacker’s part.

More: Hackers are targeting ATMs and stealing wads of cash

As demonstrated last year by researchers at Krebson Security, the “video jacking” method employs custom electronics hidden inside what appears to be a USB charging station. As soon as a vulnerable phone is connected to the appropriate cord, it’s pretty much game over: The machine records a video of everything tapped, typed, and viewed as long as the handset is plugged in, including PINs, passwords, emails, texts, pictures, and videos. Even worse, it’s completely silent — there’s generally no warning on the phone to alert the user that the device’s video is being piped to another source.

Not every smartphone’s equally vulnerable, to be fair. Certain models of iPhone, Android, and HDMI-ready smartphones from Asus, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ZTE are at higher risk than others. But it’s an attack to which hundreds of people fall victim every day.

As an experiment, Authentic8 set up a hacked charging station at its RSA security conference booth in San Francisco earlier this week. Over the course of the following few days, it found that an overwhelming majority of attendees — about 80 percent — connected their phones without asking about the security.

“The majority are plugging in no problem. They are at a security conference and they should know better, but they probably feel safe,” Paik told CNET. “The others are making fun of them. They just walk by and say, ‘Do people really do that?’”

More: Update: Ever had a Yahoo account? Take these steps now to protect yourself

The safest alternative to a public power outlet is a portable USB battery pack, or a USB cord that doesn’t transmit data. But generally speaking, you’re safest relying on your own charger.

“If [you’re] concerned about security, don’t use public ports,” Paik told CNET. “If [you’re] desperate and need to upload your selfie, take your chances.”

16
Feb

Google, Telenor to bring RCS messaging to more than 200 million subscribers


Why it matters to you

Google’s trying to have more phone carriers adopt Rich Communication Services, a next-generation texting service that supports high-quality picture messaging, among other features.

RCS, short for Rich Communication Services, is the cornerstone of next-generation texting. It enables a bevy of features, works with handsets from multiple manufacturers, and, unlike internet-based services like WhatsApp and iMessage, leverages reliable cell towers signal to ferry messages between smartphones. There is only one problem: Support for the standard is few and far between. But on Thursday, the standard gained a new practitioner in Telenor.

Google, a company on the forefront of RCS technologies, announced the partnership in a press release. Support for rich messaging will roll out to Telenor’s 214 million subscribers across India, Thailand, and European nations, and in return, many of the carrier’s subsidized Android devices will come with Google’s Messenger app pre-loaded as the default SMS and RCS messaging app.

More: T-Mobile may be following Sprint and Rogers to offer RCS in Google Messenger

Telenor subscribers in markets where RCS is launched will automatically get access to the new platform via a software update.

At its most basic, RCS lets users send higher-quality picture messages up to 10MB in size, participate in group chat, share their current location, and initiate video calls. Other implementations support read receipts and typing indicators, and some even allow text participants to share media and other information while in a telephone conversation.

But RCS is far from an agreed-upon — or widely adopted — standard. Work on RCS began a decade ago, but according to data from mobile industry association the GSMA, only 50 carriers have adopted it globally. Worse, most of the RCS standards that have been adopted, including the variant adopted by T-Mobile in the U.S, are incompatible with more modern implementations.

More: Google is rolling out RCS, the successor to SMS, on the Sprint Network

In 2015, Google acquired Jibe Mobile, a startup specialized in helping carriers build support for native RCS messaging into their services, in order to “help bring RCS to a global audience.” But the effort’s been slow going, so far — in total, Google’s signed on Sprint in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

Google’s success is contingent on whether or not carriers adopt its flavor of RCS — the so-called Universal Profile. The search giant’s developed a universal Android client based on the Universal Profile and offers a cloud-hosted service — the “Jibe Hub” —  that provides carriers a way to launch and manage RCS without having to deploy their own infrastructure.

Time will tell whether Google makes inroads, but the search giant evidently sees a path forward. “[The] RCS messaging implementation supports the GSMA universal profile — a standard supported by more than 58 carriers and manufacturers collectively covering a subscriber base of 4.7 billion people globally,” Amir Sarhangi, Google’s head of RCS, said in a statement. “We’ve launched RCS messaging using the universal profile with carriers in the U.S. and Canada, and plan on launching RCS in more countries in the coming months.

16
Feb

Google Fiber will downsize, likely shifting focus from broadband to wireless


Why it matters to you

Google Fiber once seemed like the future of high-speed internet, but it now seems that the project is close to dropping its focus on fiber-optic connections.

It seems that Google Fiber is become less and less of a priority for Google’s parent company, Alphabet. It’s been announced that the division of the company that runs the project is being slimmed down, with employees being reassigned elsewhere.

A spokeswoman confirmed that hundreds of employees currently stationed at Alphabet’s Access division will soon be sent to other parts of the company, according to a report from Wired. This seems to be further proof that the Google Fiber project is being re-evaluated, and may end up taking a very different form from its current iteration.

Google Fiber was unveiled to the public in 2010 with the promise of better, faster internet access for everyone. In 2011, the company ran a trial in a residential community located in Palo Alto, California, before naming Kansas City, Kansas as the first location where the service would be made freely available.

More: Google Fiber, AT&T Fiber turn Kentucky city into gigabit battleground

A staggered launch was always meant to build toward a gradual expansion across the length and breadth of the country. However, installing the fiber-optic networks required to operate the service proved to be logistically challenging and enormously expensive, which has put a damper on aspirations for the project over the past few years.

In August 2016, it was reported that Alphabet had ordered major budget cuts for the Google Fiber initiative, which were expected to cause up to half the project’s workforce of 1,000 employees to lose their jobs. Today’s announcement of widespread reassignments may well stem from this decision.

It seems that Google Fiber might be retooled as a supplier of wireless internet, despite its initial purpose of delivering high-quality service along a fiber-optic connection. In June 2016, it was announced that Google Fiber had acquired Webpass, a point-to-point internet service provider, which would seem to indicate a new direction for the project going forward.

16
Feb

Yahoo is warning users over state-sponsored cookie-forging attacks


Why it matters to you

It’s yet more security headaches for Yahoo as Verizon looks to knock hundreds of millions of dollars off its buyout deal.

Yahoo’s security woes continue with the company sending out a fresh warning to users over hacked accounts at the hands of allegedly state-sponsored actors.

In an email to users, Yahoo said it has identified evidence of cookie-forging attacks on some accounts, which would allow attackers to access an account without re-entering a password. The email was only sent to accounts that Yahoo believes have been affected by these intrusion attempts so we don’t know how many people have been impacted.

“Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password,” the email reads. “Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.”

It is believed that hackers obtained Yahoo’s source code for creating cookies. The company’s forensics team has invalidated any corrupted cookies it found.

More: Verizon renegotiates deal to buy Yahoo to the tune of a $250 million discount

It’s not clear what evidence Yahoo has to suggest these cookie forging attempts were state-sponsored. However, Yahoo has been the victim of at least two major hacks that were disclosed in the last few months for which it pointed the finger at possible hackers acting on behalf of a government.

The numerous data breaches at the web firm included 500 million accounts compromised in 2014 and up to 1 billion accounts compromised in 2013. But it wasn’t until last year that these mega breaches — as they’ve been dubbed — came to light. Yahoo is now currently under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over why it waited years before disclosing the details of the hacks.

The security blunders could be costly for Yahoo as Verizon, its purchaser, has since sought a price tag reduction between $250 million and $350 million (off the original $4.83 billion offer), as it was unaware of these breaches when the offer was made.

16
Feb

DT Daily: Apple relocates WWDC 2017, expect to see iOS 11


The dates for Apple’s 2017 Worldwide developers conference are now official. It will be June 5th through 9th, and the conference will have a new home at the McEnry convention center in San Jose. A location that’s much closer to Apple’s home in Cupertino. This is the conference where Apple shows off the latest versions of its iOS and MacOS operating systems… and it should be a big year for iOS.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so we’re expecting some major upgrades to the device. And along with that we should see equally impressive changes to iOS. Obviously we’re eager to see iOS11 because it’s also a chance to see just a few hints at the features coming to Apple’s newest iPhones.

More: Apple iPhone 8 rumors and news

Back in December, Elon Musk got fed up sitting in traffic and tweeted out, he was going to build a tunneling machine and just start digging. OK 2 things here… first, why was he sitting in traffic? Can’t he take a helicopter or jetpack everywhere? And second, a tunneling machine???

Well, the Billionaire who’s recently becoming known for saying some pretty unbelievable stuff, is actually doing this. He’s dug a 50 foot deep hole in the parking lot at the Space X offices in LA, and he acquired a 400 foot long boring machine. He believes we can tunnel our way to a transportation utopia, and he’s comparing the innovation needed in tunneling to the aerospace industry. Musk sat down with Bloomberg to outline where he’s going with his aptly named ‘Boring Company’ and just like most of what he gets into, it’s fascinating.

More: Musk wants to tunnel under LA traffic with his most boring company yet

Back in 2010, Google fiber promised a future of fiber optic cables running directly into houses across the country, along with insanely fast internet speeds. Fast forward to today where Alphabet’s Access division, they currently oversee Fiber, is pulling hundreds of employees off the project and apparently moving in a different direction. Access also has a new CEO, plus it purchased a company called Webpass that beams broadband wirelessly. When you do the math it paints a bleak future for Google Fiber as we knew it. The restructuring won’t affect operations where Fiber is available, and plans to expand to a few more cities are still in the works. But with a decidedly wireless future for Fiber in the works, will Google just become another competitor to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile?

16
Feb

DT Daily: Apple relocates WWDC 2017, expect to see iOS 11


The dates for Apple’s 2017 Worldwide developers conference are now official. It will be June 5th through 9th, and the conference will have a new home at the McEnry convention center in San Jose. A location that’s much closer to Apple’s home in Cupertino. This is the conference where Apple shows off the latest versions of its iOS and MacOS operating systems… and it should be a big year for iOS.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so we’re expecting some major upgrades to the device. And along with that we should see equally impressive changes to iOS. Obviously we’re eager to see iOS11 because it’s also a chance to see just a few hints at the features coming to Apple’s newest iPhones.

More: Apple iPhone 8 rumors and news

Back in December, Elon Musk got fed up sitting in traffic and tweeted out, he was going to build a tunneling machine and just start digging. OK 2 things here… first, why was he sitting in traffic? Can’t he take a helicopter or jetpack everywhere? And second, a tunneling machine???

Well, the Billionaire who’s recently becoming known for saying some pretty unbelievable stuff, is actually doing this. He’s dug a 50 foot deep hole in the parking lot at the Space X offices in LA, and he acquired a 400 foot long boring machine. He believes we can tunnel our way to a transportation utopia, and he’s comparing the innovation needed in tunneling to the aerospace industry. Musk sat down with Bloomberg to outline where he’s going with his aptly named ‘Boring Company’ and just like most of what he gets into, it’s fascinating.

More: Musk wants to tunnel under LA traffic with his most boring company yet

Back in 2010, Google fiber promised a future of fiber optic cables running directly into houses across the country, along with insanely fast internet speeds. Fast forward to today where Alphabet’s Access division, they currently oversee Fiber, is pulling hundreds of employees off the project and apparently moving in a different direction. Access also has a new CEO, plus it purchased a company called Webpass that beams broadband wirelessly. When you do the math it paints a bleak future for Google Fiber as we knew it. The restructuring won’t affect operations where Fiber is available, and plans to expand to a few more cities are still in the works. But with a decidedly wireless future for Fiber in the works, will Google just become another competitor to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile?

16
Feb

LG Watch Style vs Apple Watch: which is the best smartwatch?


It’s not exactly a choice, but how do these watches compare?

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Asking whether an Android Wear watch is better than an Apple Watch here on Android Central may seem a little silly. After all, you can’t use an Apple Watch on Android so it doesn’t really matter right? Also, why are we comparing the technical lesser of the two watches Google and LG released as the Android Wear 2.0 standard bearers to Apple’s one flagship watch?

Here’s the thing — it doesn’t make sense to compare the LG Watch Sport to the Apple Watch. They aren’t competing products. For starters, one is nearly twice the thickness of the other and offers its own cellular connection as a totally standalone platform. The other is an Apple Watch. They aren’t comparable products by any stretch, but the LG Watch Style is positioned perfectly to compete with Apple on their own turf.

So how does the new LG Watch Style with Android Wear 2.0 compete with Apple’s Series 2 Watch? Lets take a look!

Hardware

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It couldn’t be more clear by looking at these watches side by side that Apple and Google wanted watches that disappeared under a dress shirt and didn’t get in the way until you actually wanted to interact with them. In effect, these watches are identical in height and thickness. Apple manages to shave a couple tenths of a millimeter here and there, but when wearing the watches it’s impossible to feel or see the difference.

Where you will see a substantial difference is width, due in no small part to the biggest physical difference between these two watches. Apple’s legacy of rounded rectangles made its way to the Apple Watch, while LG joined the ranks of many other smartwatch manufacturers with a round body. Historically, Android Wear have been noticeably larger than the Apple Watch but the LG Watch Style does a great job showing off what a round watch at Apple’s scale looks like.

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Both watches offer up a stainless steel version of their watches, but for LG that more durable metal is the default option. Apple’s aluminum Watch variants are the less expensive base models, and are not quite as durable as their stainless counterparts. The underside of both watches are not the metal you find on top in order to support wireless charging. Apple’s Watch uses glass to support the sensors for fitness monitoring, while LG’s underside is a rigid plastic with no fitness sensors. Both watches include magnetic chargers that snap into place quick and easy, so there’s no confusion about whether your watch is being charged.

Fitness sensors aren’t the only thing the Watch Style is missing when compared to the Apple Watch. There’s no NFC radio built into the Watch Style, so Android Pay from your wrist is not an option on this version. Apple’s Watch also includes a second button on the casing instead of just the rotating crown button, which can be customized for rapid app access. You also won’t find a speaker on the LG Watch Style, and whether that matters to you or not you can’t miss the one on the side of the Apple Watch.

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One huge things both watches do incredibly well is auto-brightness with no sensor shelf or “flat tire” on the face of the display. The top-down look for both of these watches is fantastic, and both watches handle brightness controls quickly and efficiently. In many cases LG’s Watch Style is just a hair faster when adjusting to extreme light changes, and a big part of why is the LG Watch Style display never fully turns off. The always-on display in this and most Android Wear watches keeps a dimmed version of the watch face or a glanceable version of the app you’re using without consuming a ton of power, which isn’t available on the Apple Watch. Instead, Apple turns off the display to conserve power and activates the display when you lift your wrist.

There’s a lot to like about both of these watches, especially when you start looking at customization. Google’s leather MODE watch band is included with every LG Watch Style so you can quickly swap watch bands to accessorize as you see fit, and Apple’s proprietary watch band system is practically legendary at this point. There are dozens of different bands to choose from in just about every material, all built specifically for the Apple Watch. You’ve got plenty of options either way you go, but you’re significantly more likely to wander through a mall and see a watch band you like that works with your LG Watch Style. Unless, of course, you’re wandering through an Apple Store in your mall.

Software

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This may shock you, but Android Wear and Watch OS are fairly different. I know, take a minute if you need. I’ll wait.

Apple designed WatchOS from the ground up to be style first. It’s very pretty, it’s very animated, and when you want to actually do something it can be a little clumsy. Everything starts with the watch face, and a quick swipe left or right will give you access to other faces. This means you can use a fitness-focused watch face at the gym in the morning, a more professional face during the work day, and a silly watch face in the evening when you’re crashed out on the couch or out with friends.

Each watch face has been built by Apple, with personalization sections called Complications that allow you to inject data that is important to you. This can be a step counter, email notification, apps, weather, and personal contacts. Some complications are larger, and can display more information, but you don’t have a lot of control over their placement because you don’t have any control over the watch faces themselves.

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Press the crown in, and you get a hexagonal grid of bubbles with app icons. There are no names for these apps, so you need to know what your icon looks like when it’s roughly 1/6 the size of the icon on your phone. You can move your apps around so the ones you use most are closest to the center, but there’s not much else going on here. Like the iPhone, you can’t uninstall any of the “core” Apple apps that are included. Other watch apps can be installed from the App Store, but the bigger your hex grid gets the more tedious it is to locate an app you don’t use frequently.

Apple Watch Apps are largely sidecar versions of apps on your phone, and are great for quickly interacting with existing data. Fitness apps pass data back to the core apps on the phone, but are very much installed and used primarily on the Watch. Apps on the Watch are frequently slower than their phone counterparts, which is to but can also leave you wondering why you don’t just pull your phone out. The most important exception to this is Siri, which launches quickly and delivers nearly the same experience as you expect on the phone.

In typical Google fashion, Android Wear is built to be largely predictive. Also in typical Google fashion, it’s really cool when it works and deeply frustrating when it doesn’t. When you start playing music on your phone or casting something to a television, the player controls are immediately there for you to interact with. If you have a calendar appointment with a location, you’ll get a notification with traffic aware data telling you when you need to leave in order to arrive on time.

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Google’s OS now starts with a watch face and includes very little else until you press the physical button, which is a significant departure from the original layout of this OS. Watch faces can be quickly switched around with a swipe left or right, and the ability to shop for watch faces right on your wrist opens up a nearly unlimited number of customization options. There are several third-party tools for building your own watch face from scratch if you are so inclined, but the included watch faces offer a fair amount of personalization through Complications.

Google and LG have done a great job building a watch that actually looks and feels like a watch that fits smaller wrists.

Complications give you the ability to grab data from apps, launch apps, access media playback controls, report weather, and all of the other fairly standard options. Not every watch face supports Complications right now, but those that do include many options for data position and amount of data presented. This is a fairly new system for Google’s ecosystem, but like the ability to make watch faces it has been adopted quickly.

Pressing the crown gives you a list of apps, sorted alphabetically save for the last app you used, which sits at the top of the list. Swiping or scrolling through this list, even with many apps installed, can be done quickly. Each app icon comes with an app name, but not even app functions the same. Google has a healthy mix of sidecar apps and apps that are installed directly on the watch, meaning some apps pull data from the phone while others can exist and function without a phone connected at all.

One of the more important apps installed on the LG Watch Style is the Google Play Store. This gives any LG Watch Style owner access to Google’s entire catalog of apps and watch faces for this watch even if the phone is not connected to an Android phone. This is great news for iPhone users that find themselves embedded in the Google ecosystem, since it also means apps can be installed directly to the watch by using the Play Store web interface. On an Android phone the difference is fairly minimal, save for new notifications about updating apps directly on the watch.

Which is better?

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Calling something the “best” invites a lot of subjective criticism, but there are things about each of these watches that are decidedly better than its counterpart. Apple does an incredible job fitting as much hardware as they do in such a small body, but the consequence of this is a battery that can’t power the display all the time. Google and LG have done a great job building a watch that actually looks and feels like a watch that fits smaller wrists, but sacrificed quite a bit in the process.

As for which software is best, it’s not easy to say. Apple’s OS is more visually pleasing, but frequently requires more taps to accomplish the same task on Android Wear. While Google’s predictive software is very nice when it works, the failure rate is still far too high to be considered a solid feature for most. It’s also worth pointing out Google’s massive library of watch faces entirely dwarfs any claim to personalization Apple can claim.

Really, what this comes down to in many cases is price. The LG Watch Style at $249 has a stainless steel body and a nice leather strap in the box. A comparably assembled Apple Watch is $599, plus whatever you’d pay for a leather strap instead of the sport band included in the box. Even if you compare against the aluminum Apple Watch, there’s still a $150 price difference before you add in a leather watch strap. The big question is whether Apple Watch is actually $150 better than the LG Watch Style, and unless you really want to pay for things from your wrist and get a constant look at your heart rate the answer is probably no.

Android Wear

  • Everything you need to know about Android Wear 2.0
  • LG Watch Sport review
  • LG Watch Style review
  • These watches will get Android Wear 2.0
  • Discuss Android Wear in the forums!

16
Feb

Using Android Wear with Google Home


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Google Assistant still lacks any sort of chain of command when using it across multiple devices. And now your watch has it.

A big part of the Android Wear 2.0 update is the inclusion of Google Assistant. If you’ve never used it, Google Assistant is like a friendlier version of Google Now that can remember things and help you by doing more “stuff” than the original could. It’s pretty cool, and even though it’s not been around for long we’ve already seen it get better and smarter. And now, it’s on your watch.

Assistant is on different devices with different hardware and different abilities.

That means you can tell your watch to do things like add milk to your shopping list, tell you the weather or how traffic looks for your evening commute, or even play a movie on your Chromecast. It can do all those things and will. But Google Assistant acts differently depending on what device it’s running on, and there are some things your watch can’t do as well as other devices can and even some things your watch can’t do at all. And you’ll notice that right away if you already have a Google Home.

Google Home can’t show you pictures of cats if you ask it to. If you have an Android TV, it will try to show you pictures of cats on it but will eventually tell you that it just can’t do that. It makes sense because Google Home has no display. Your watch can show you pictures of cats but it also has limitations, and it’s not going to be able to play the latest episode of your favorite Netflix show. It’s a little frustrating but expected. At least until LG or Motorola makes a version with a projector module, anyway.

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If you have both a Google Home and a new Wear 2.0 watch, things can get even more frustrating. Google Assistant doesn’t yet “decide” which device is best to use when trying to answer your questions. By default, any time Google Home can hear you ask Assistant to do something, it will try to do it. Even when it can’t do it, or when you want it to be done through your watch.

For example, if I’m in the bathroom combing my hair and getting ready for work I might want to know if traffic on my commute looks good. If I ask Assistant, and if Google Home hears, it will answer through the Home speaker instead of showing the traffic card on my watch. Or it will do both. Or it won’t do either. And there is no setting of any type to tell it what you wanted to be done in a case like this.

Google Home trumps everything else when it comes to the Assistant chain of command.

This isn’t something new with your watch and people with both a Google Home and a Pixel have seen the same issues since Assistant became a thing. Your phone will tell you that things are being answered on another device and Google Home will tell you it can do that thing when it can’t do it. Google knows what’s up here and they have some sort of solution in the works. But that doesn’t help us in the here and now.

We don’t have any real advice how to get one Assistant to do some things and the other Assistant to do other things. Nobody does, and all you can do is turn off the microphone on one or the other (or both when Google doesn’t need to hear things) which isn’t very great. But know that it’s not just you or something you’re doing wrong, and we’re all waiting to see what Google does to fix it since Assistant is going to be on plenty of other things in the near future.

16
Feb

ZTE officially teases the Gigabit Phone for MWC 2017


The company will showcase the “forward-looking” capabilities of its first Gigabit smartphone, in addition to a few new devices.

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Straight from the mouth of babes, ZTE has announced what it plans to showcase at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2017, happening February 27 in Barcelona.

The official press release states the following:

The introduction of the forward-looking smartphone, the ZTE Gigabit Phone, marks an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era. The ZTE Gigabit Phone is revolutionizing connectivity with a new standard of download speeds, 1Gbps, bringing a qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience by making 360° panoramic VR video, instant cloud storage, entertainment upgrades and fast cache of ultra Hi-Fi music and movies possible.

Moreover, visitors are also welcome to experience ZTE’s flagship smartphone, the newly updated Axon 7 with both Android Nougat and Daydream by Google. ZTE is set to launch a range of new devices as part of the highly acclaimed Blade series.

Is a gigabit-capable smartphone really forward-looking? Or is this merely an attempt to establish relevancy for a product that most people aren’t even aware is on the horizon? Either way, we’ll likely be hearing more about the ZTE Gigabit Phone once the world’s biggest smartphone show is officially underway.

16
Feb

Sundar Pichai replies to 7-year-old’s request to work at Google


We all need a feel good story every one in a while. This one will undoubtedly warm your heart.

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Need a little pick-me-up? Check out this wonderfully sweet story about Google CEO, Sundar Pichai. From the BBC:

After discussing her father’s work, Chloe Bridgewater decided she would like to work for Google and penned a letter beginning “dear Google boss”.

The letter — which you can read in its entirety at the BBC — details little Chloe’s dream to nab “a job with Google” and “do swimming in the Olympics.” She also mentions that she has “only ever sent one other [letter] and that was to Father Christmas.”

Here was Pichai’s full reply:

“Thank you so much for your letter. I’m glad that you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology.

“I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming at the Olympics.

“I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! 🙂

“All the best to you and your family.”

Pichai even signed the typed-out letter with his actual signature. Read the story in its entirety at the BBC.

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