Google removes NFC Smart Unlock for new Google Accounts

Google has removed an important device feature silently without notice or warning to customers. NFC Smart Unlock has been removed for all newly signed in Google Accounts on Android. Accounts signed-in/setup from June or earlier are not yet affected. Users that have signed-in/setup their Google Accounts/Devices from July/August 2017 and onward DO NOT have access … Continue reading Google removes NFC Smart Unlock for new Google Accounts

"Create a need for something, then take it away."

"Create a need for something, then take it away. This is control."Stumbled on this quote today and my first thought was "so wanting anything is bad and makes you vulnerable to control?" I guess that makes sense, but there are plenty of "controls" of that kind that have nothing to do with people and are … Continue reading "Create a need for something, then take it away."

Canonical & Microsoft make Azure-tailored Linux kernel

Canonical has announced that it is joining forces with the Microsoft Azure team to build an Azure-tailored Linux kernel for Ubuntu Cloud Images of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The new kernel will receive the same level of support and security maintenance offered to supported kernels but is not yet compatible with the Canonical Livepatch Service – … Continue reading Canonical & Microsoft make Azure-tailored Linux kernel

Google bought HTC’s Design & Engineering Operations

From the Financial TimesThe purchase involves part of HTC’s design and engineering operations, as well as some of the Taiwanese company’s intellectual property, according to two people familiar with the terms. The purchase price was likely to be between $500m-$1bn, the sources said.Google created its own hardware division last year and launched the Pixel, the … Continue reading Google bought HTC’s Design & Engineering Operations

Forking Internet to suit our Modern Requirements

I've been pondering on this for a little while. So many of the protocols we created that are the base of the internet were just not designed for the needs of today. Security wasn't a thing. Privacy wasn't a concern. Anonymity was a bonus not a feature. Email didn't have to worry about spam. DNS didn't … Continue reading Forking Internet to suit our Modern Requirements

Human Crafts will reverberate through Galaxies for Eons

A Day in the Life of NASA's Voyagers"At more than 10 billion miles away from Earth, there is no day and night. Time and space are fathomless and our Sun is a distant point of starlight — a faint reminder of the home NASA’s twin Voyagers, humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, left behind 40 years … Continue reading Human Crafts will reverberate through Galaxies for Eons

Japan finally has an International Buyer for its Bullet Train: India

Japan’s government and its rail companies lobbied the U.S. for years to sell its bullet-train technology and found little success. Finally, there’s an international buyer: India.When it comes to their bullet train technology, Japan actually found no success at all, as it's the French TGV which have been selected by the U.S..The contracts are interesting … Continue reading Japan finally has an International Buyer for its Bullet Train: India