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CloudReady on old Lenovo laptop

The future of Chrome OS on old desktop PCs and laptops

Google has quietly made an investment that has the potential to have a big impact on the future of Chrome OS. The search engine giant was lead investor in the latest fundraising round from Neverware, the company behind the CloudReady operating system. It is an investment which could have a big impact on the future of Chrome OS.

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Nokia 3 - black

Arto Nummela in surprise departure from HMD Global

The CEO of HMD Global has resigned, with Arto Nummela leaving the Finnish company with immediate effect. The resignation comes at a busy time for HMD, which owns the rights to Nokia phones.

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LG G6 - black - rear fingerprint scanner and dual camera

Qualcomm has reinvented the fingerprint scanner

This year both Samsung and LG have launched flagship smartphones with near bezel-less displays, but in doing so removed one obvious site for a fingerprint scanner from their devices. Soon, though, a much-discussed in-display scanner could be an option, thanks to new technology from Qualcomm.

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Petya ransomware

Ransomware hitting Ukraine shows how easily a country could be crippled by cyberattack

Another major ransomware outbreak has taken place today, with a number of major institutions affected in Ukraine. The government, an energy supplier and a bank have all been hit in the latest incident.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm announces revised charging standard with Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm has provided details of its latest charging technology, designed to act more efficiently than previous generations. The new standard, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, includes three central areas of improvement.

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Google Data Gif maker

Google’s new tool creates GIFs from data

Data can play a major role in explaining, and providing evidence for, a wide range of subject matter. Yet data itself is not always easy to present in an appealing manner; an issue that has lead Google to create an easy-to-use visualisation tool.

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Google announces Android emoji overhaul

All current Android emojis are to be retired, with a new set of icons to be introduced in their place. News has come following an announcement at the Android I/O developer conference, with confirmation that design features first introduced in 2013 will now be dropped.

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Project Treble - phone SKU

Google hoping Project Treble will result in faster Android updates

With Android 8.0 O, a new initiative will be introduced which is designed to ensure that users experience shorter waiting times for Android updates. Project Treble will simplify the update process for device manufacturers, which should in turn reduce delays.

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Fuchsia OS

Google’s new Fuchsia OS appears online

In what could prove to be a major development, a new operating system from Google has emerged online. The platform, currently known as Fuchsia, is very different from Android, and employs an all-new interface.

News about Fuchsia is not a complete surprise, as its existence has been rumoured for some time.

Fuchsia’s current development status has been uncovered by Ars Technica. As well as looking very different to either Android or Chrome OS, it is not based on Linux.

Google is well known for investing heavily in new projects, many of which do not become viable long-term products.

Arguably the most interesting aspect of this news breaking is a comment that was made by developer Travis Geiselbrecht, in Fuchsia IRC channel.

Geiselbrecht was very clear that Fuchsia is an important project – not experimental or speculative research.

“[Fuchsia] isn’t a toy thing, it’s not a 20% project, it’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore,” he said

[via Ars Technica]

Nexus 6P - Aluminium, Graphite and Frost

Google prepares for Android O public beta release

Having made the stable build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat available to those who are part of the Android beta programme, Google has started to increase focus on the development of its next mobile operating system. The search engine giant has ended the Android Nougat beta releases, declaring it will now concentrate on Android O.

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