If you thought the days of paying $500 or more for an Android tablet were over and done with, think again. Dell has unveiled its Venue 10 7000, its latest tablet in its premium Android portfolio and the bigger brother to the Venue 8 7000. Or you can view it as an Android version of Microsoft's Surface -- you can add an optional full-size detachable (magnetic) keyboard to transform the tablet into a convertible.
Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.
It doesn't appear that Samsung needs much help selling Android fans on its recently released Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, but just in case you're on the fence, the South Korean handset maker is hoping a little nudge from T-Mobile will help. That nudge comes in the form of a one-year Netflix subscription at no additional cost when you purchase a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge from a T-Mobile authorized dealer.
Does anyone buy CDs or Blu-ray discs anymore? You can stream so much stuff for a few bucks a month that it's hard to make an argument for physical media these days. Those two mediums have nearly leapfrogged the downloading phase that PC games have been in for a decade, since the dawn of Steam. Now Nvidia is making a push for streaming games, too, and its new Shield console is central to that effort. We sat down today for a talk presented by Eric Young, an engineering manager at Nvidia, who gave us some more details about how the Shield handles streaming from the company's cloud-based service dubbed GRID.
Nvidia unveiled the next step on its road to dominating PC gaming (and possibly your living room) today with the announcement of an Android-based game console simply dubbed the Shield. This asymmetric, die-cast black aluminum slab—around the size of a home network router—is positioned as "the world's first Android 4K TV." The Shield is priced at $199, including an Xbox-like gamepad, and scheduled to drop in early May.
Every now and then, a product comes along that gives a glimmer of what could be. In the case of the Minix Neo X8-H, that’s the future of using Android mini-PCs as streaming set-top boxes. While the Roku 3 and Apple TV each certainly fulfill their audiences’ needs, folks who crave better input controls and customizability may eventually find that they’ll get their wish without having to shell out serious cash for a DIY HTPC build.
Google-branded hybrid device is reportedly being developed by Quanta Computer
Google is getting ready to give Wintel-powered 2-in-1 devices a run for their money with a Chromebook-tablet hybrid of its own and the device is expected to be ready by the end of this quarter, notorious rumor monger Digitimes said Friday in a report citing unnamed sources in the “upstream supply chain.”
The company has paid out over $4 million in bug bounties since the program’s inception
Now into its fifth year, Google’s bug bounty program has already seen the search engine giant pay security researchers in excess of $4 million for identifying security vulnerabilities in its various products. And according to a recent post on the company’s Online Security Blog, over $1.5 million was paid out in 2014 alone, with the largest single reward during the year being a whopping $150,000. Still not impressed? Well, neither is Google.
Famed Android modder Cyanogen and his self-titled startup could end up with an ally in Microsoft. How so? Word around the web is that Microsoft is a minority investor in a $70 million round of equity financing, which would value the company at around $500 million. However, that's only part of the story. The other part of the emerging storyline has to do with a bold statement recently made by Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster.
Don't expect a patch for WebView in pre-KitKat Android devices
If you own an Android handset running a version of the open source operating system that predates Android 4.3 KitKat, you won't be the recipient of a patch for WebView, a component of Android that developers use to display web content in their apps. WebView is also the backbone of Android's built-in browser in all versions up to KitKat. Nevertheless, Google won't spend time plugging up any security holes for WebView in older Android devices because it's "no longer practical."