Russia orders Google to loosen its Android policies by November 18th

Engadget - 29 min 57 sec ago
Russia is convinced that Google's policies on pre-installed Android apps are anti-competitive, and it's now drawing a line in the sand. The country's regulators have ordered Google to remove restrictions on bundled third-party apps by November 18...

Sony and Verizon just scrapped the Xperia Z4v's US launch

Engadget - 55 min 57 sec ago
Sony makes a mean smartphone, but it could never quite crack the macadamia nut that is the US mobile market. For while there it seemed like it had another fighting chance in the Verizon-only Z4v, too. Not anymore. After much hemming and hawing abou...

When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley

TechCrunch - 57 min 7 sec ago
 The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has made two trips to Silicon Valley this year, but has only spoken directly to his counterpart in Russia once in the same period — despite NATO being on its highest possible alert level. That’s how serious the Pentagon is about courting Silicon Valley to bolster defense innovation. Read More

Report: Google Invests In Wall Street Messaging Tool Symphony

TechCrunch - 57 min 20 sec ago
 Google Inc. has participated in a new round of funding for Symphony Communication Services, valuing the company at $650 million, reports Dow Jones. The deal is expected to close this week. Launched last year, the Palo Alto-based messaging service has previously received financing from Wall Street giants including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BlackRock. Symphony hopes its… Read More

CodeWeavers To Release CrossOver For Android To Run Windows Programs

Slashdot - 59 min 57 sec ago
An anonymous reader writes: For the better part of three years there has been talk about running Wine on Android to bring Windows x86 programs to Android phones/tablets, and it's going to become a reality. CodeWeavers is planning to release CrossOver For Android before the end of the year. This will allow native Windows binaries to run on Android, but will be limited to Android-x86 due to struggles in emulating x86 Windows code on ARM. The tech preview will be free and once published the open-source patches will be published for Wine.

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Bud Light's connected fridge ensures you never run out of beer

Engadget - 1 hour 22 min ago
There's no good time to run out of beer. And if it's going to happen, it's usually when you have friends over or your team is in a close game. To ease the frustration of drinking up all of your suds, Bud Light has the Bud-E Fridge. The mini fridge...

On-Chip Liquid Cooling Permits Smaller Devices With No Heatsinks Or Fans

Slashdot - 1 hour 42 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: DARPA-funded research into on-chip liquid cooling has resulted in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) liquid-cooled device that can operate at 24 degrees Celsius, versus 60 degrees Celsius for an equivalent air-cooled device. The cooling fluid resides only nanometers from the heat it must address, and operates so efficiently as to offer potential to stack CPUs and GPUs using copper columns, as well as dispensing with heat-sinks and fan systems. With those components removed, the system can facilitate far more compact designs than are currently feasible.

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Apple Watch Hermès leather bands are now available

Engadget - 1 hour 53 min ago
In case you haven't been paying attention for the last seven months or so, it's very, very easy to spend a lot of money on an Apple Watch. But if Apple's own lineup of bands and crazy expensive solid-gold cases aren't exactly working with your own...

Secret Co-Founder David Byttow Preps New Enterprise Startup After Stint At Medium

TechCrunch - 2 hours 12 min ago
 Though his last startup flamed out, Secret co-founder David Byttow is ready to take another shot alongside former Secret designer Ben Lee. TechCrunch has learned the new startup will be in the enterprise space and won’t be based around anonymity. An image attained by TechCrunch shows Byttow told Facebook friends late last week that he’d been working at Medium on their upcoming… Read More

Russia’s Regulators: Google Has Until November 18th To Play Fair

TechCrunch - 2 hours 12 min ago
 Early last month, Russia’s FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service) stated that Google had violated Russian competition rules with its stock apps in Android. The folks complaining happen to be Google’s biggest competition in Russia…Yandex. Today, the FAS announced that Google has until November 18 “to eliminate the violation of the law on protection of competition in terms… Read More

You'll soon watch 4K live sports with HDR... in Canada

Engadget - 2 hours 19 min ago
You might think that Japan, South Korea or the US would be the most enthusiastic about 4K live sports, but nope: right now, that distinction goes to Canada. The country's largest cable firm, Rogers, has unveiled a 4K strategy that reportedly inclu...

Twitter Shuts Down JSON API and Names New CEO

Slashdot - 2 hours 25 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: This month Twitter is closing down the JSON endpoint API which thousands of third-party software and plugin developers have depended upon for years. The alternative Rest API offers data which is aggregated or limited in other ways, whilst the full-featured share data offered by Gnip (purchased last year by Twitter) can cost developers thousands per month to access — in one case up to £20,000 a month. The general objective seems to be to either drive users back to the core Twitter interface where they can be monetized via the social network's advertising, or to regain lost advertising by converting open source data — currently utilized a lot in scientific research — into premium information, offering the possibility for well-funded organizations to gain reputations as Twitter barometers without ever needing to expose the expensive, accurate share figures. The company also announced today that co-founder Jack Dorsey would be the new CEO.

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Thousands of images from NASA's Apollo missions make it to Flickr

Engadget - 2 hours 43 min ago
Over the past few months, NASA's been showing us a ton of stunning images of Pluto. And if you thought that was captivating, wait until you see what else has made it onto the web. On Friday, Project Apollo Archive took to Flickr to publish more tha...

Sensor-equipped plant pods take the guesswork out of indoor gardening

Engadget - 3 hours 6 min ago
Have you been thinking about trying your hand at gardening, but lack the green thumb to keep those plants alive? There's a new Kickstarter project that may be able to lend a hand. Plug & Plant is a wall-mounted system of pods that not only neat...

Sensor Network Makes Life Easier For Japan's Aging Rice Farmers

Slashdot - 3 hours 7 min ago
szczys writes: The average age of Japan's rice farmers is 65-70 years old. The work is difficult and even small changes to the way things are done can have a profound impact on these lives. The flooded paddies where the rice is grown must maintain a consistent water level, which means farmers must regularly traverse the terraced fields to check many different paddies. A simple sensor board is changing this, letting farmers check their fields by phone instead of in person. This might not sound like much, but reducing the number of times someone needs to walk the fields has a big effect on the man-hours spent on each crop. The system, called TechRice, is inexpensive and the nodes recharge batteries from a solar cell. The data is aggregated on the Internet and can be presented as a webpage, a text-message interface, or any other reporting scheme imaginable by utilizing the API of the Open Source software. This is a testament to the power we have as small groups of engineers to improve the world.

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Android Marshmallow begins rolling out to Nexus devices today

Engadget - 3 hours 31 min ago
As expected, Nexus owners are in for a treat this week as Google's latest OS revisions begins rolling out to select devices. According to a post on the Official Android Blog, the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (the 2013 model), 9 and Player are all in line to recei...

Video Collaboration Startup Raises $2.2M

TechCrunch - 3 hours 47 min ago, a startup that improves the collaboration process around video production, is announcing that it has raised a $2.2 million seed round led by Accel Partners. Co-founder and CEO Emery Wells previously worked in video post-production, and he said emerged from his own frustrations about the tools available to work with clients, team members and other collaborators. Read More

Review: The Martian

Slashdot - 3 hours 49 min ago
I was both pleased and disappointed, as always, when I heard that a book I enjoyed was being made into a movie. Andy Weir's The Martian was the best new book I'd read in years. It was written for nerds, by a nerd — by somebody with an obvious love for NASA, science, and spaceflight. How could it possibly be condensed into the format of a Hollywood blockbuster? Well, director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard figured out how. The Martian is an excellent film, well worth watching. Read on for my review (very minor spoilers only), and feel free to share your own in the comments.

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Twitter Shares Pop 5.7% On News Of @Jack’s Return

TechCrunch - 3 hours 50 min ago
 Providing proof that markets are silly, shares of Twitter stock are up around 5 percent today following news that Jack Dorsey will again be its CEO. Dorsey will retain his role at Square, making him a rare double executive. Read More

Adobe Partners With Morisawa To Bring 20 Japanese Fonts To Typekit

TechCrunch - 3 hours 57 min ago
 Adobe continues to expand its support for East Asian languages in its services. Earlier this year, the company partnered with Google to launch a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages. In addition, Adobe extended its Typekit font service to support these fonts. Today, at its MAX conference, Adobe announced additional support for Japanese fonts. The company… Read More