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by dgstorm at May 27, 2016
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It looks like the first fight between Oracle and Google over Android's alleged infringement on Oracle patents has ended in the defeat of Oracle. The judge ruled in favor of Google and basically came to the conclusion that Google did not infringe on any of Oracle''s Java APIs because they were considered fair use.

The verdict basically means that Google will not be required to pay any of the $9.3 Billion that Oracle was demanding for supposed Android duplication of functions from Oracle's Java software.

More than likely, Oracle will appeal this first verdict, so this is really a case which will drag on for years just the way the Apple v Samsung case did. Despite this likely going into the appeals process for long into the future, this is still a landmark case and a solid verdict for the cause of software development.

Here are a couple of links with more of the details,
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by dgstorm at May 27, 2016
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The latest rumors surrounding the next version of Android suggest the final dessert name could be a tough one for some of us to pronounce. Supposedly, an East Indian dessert called Neyyappam is at the top of the list of potentials at the moment. Neyyappam is a popular deep-fried dessert in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is made of rice and jaggery.

Google opened up the naming of this year's new version of Google to the public. You can submit what you think would be the best dessert name on the following web-landing page: Help name Android N. Entries will be tallied right up until June 9th.

We live in an increasingly more globally focused world, and it makes sense that at least some of the dessert names starting with letters from the English alphabet will need to be from a country other than a Western one. What do you folks think?
by dgstorm at May 26, 2016
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We aren't sure if this strategy would work, but we are all for Google trying just about anything to get Android device vendors to release Android updates in a more timely fashion. The latest rumors suggests Google is considering a "name and shame" to light a fire under the proverbial butts of any lagging vendors *cough*rhymes with horizon*cough*.

Apparently, Google actually keeps a detailed database on the Android releases from the various Android vendors and OEMs, but they have always kept it to themselves. Google execs are considering making that list public to see if PR shaming will spur faster work. Google has supposedly also been pushing vendors to automatically release any security updates and skip tests entirely.

Of course, all of this is just rumor at this point, so who knows if it will actually happen. What do you folks think? Is this something Google should do, or would it be bad etiquette?

by dgstorm at May 25, 2016
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It looks like Samsung really was working on a new mobile device that includes an Iris-Scanner for security. Sadly, it turns out that the first one they made is nothing but a pretty low-end Android tablet that is focused on the enterprise market.

The new device is appropriately called the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris, and here are its specs:
  • 7.0” WSVGA(1024×600)
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad Core
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 5MP AF (Rear)
  • Iris Camera & Subsystem
  • RAM 1.5GB (LPDDR3)
  • 8GB Storage (up to 200 GB microSD)
  • Dimensions - 193.4 x 116.4 x 9.7mm
  • Weight - 327g
  • Battery - 3,600mAh
  • 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, BT4.1, USB2.0 with Host
As you can see, this is hardly a piece of tech worth getting worked up over. Samsung specifically described it as an affordable biometric security device for government and enterprise. It will have to be "affordable" to get any attention, because, other than the Iris Scanner, there's nothing at all to distinguish this from...
by dgstorm at May 25, 2016
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Owners of the LTE version of the NVIDIA Shield Android tablet might be pleased to know that their device will soon have a tasty and fluffy, white treat on it. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow has started pushing out to that version of the device. The NVIDIA Shield K1 and the WiFi version already received the update, so it's good to see that NVIDIA finally finished up with Marshmallow for all of their Shield tablet devices.

Here's a breakdown of some of the highlighted features included in this update:
  • Updated Emojis
  • Better button layout in landscape mode
  • Fixed compass issues
  • Shifted Lasso Capture icons
  • Fixed Gamepad mapper issues
  • Fixed SD card app issues
  • Android Doze support
  • Doom 3 HDMI-out fix
  • USB MIDI support
  • Do Not Disturb Until Next Alarm
  • Various performance and functionality fixes
The LTE Shield Tablet now also includes full support for NVIDIA's own Vulkan Graphics API, which is their latest 3D computing API...