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  • Google pulls Huawei’s Android license

    Mon 5:23pm By Thom Holwerda
    Big news over the weekend. Following The United States government’s ban on importing products from Huawei, Google had to suspend Huawei’s Android license. Alphabet’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware,…
  • Translating an ARM iOS app to Intel macOS using Bitcode

    Mon 5:07pm By Thom Holwerda
    What is Bitcode? Well, bitcode with a small b is an architecture-specific intermediate representation used by LLVM, and capital-B Bitcode pertains to a set of features allowing you to embed this representation in your Mach-O binary and the mechanisms by which…
  • Wide color photos are coming to Android

    Mon 5:03pm By Thom Holwerda
    Android is now at the point where sRGB color gamut with 8 bits per color channel is not enough to take advantage of the display and camera technology. At Android we have been working to make wide color photography happen end-to-end, e.g. more bits and bigger…
  • IBM 360 Model 20 rescue and restoration

    Mon 10:14am By Thom Holwerda
    In late April of 2019 Adam Bradley and Chris Blackburn were sitting in a pub on a Monday night when Chris happened across a somewhat unusual eBay listing for an IBM 360 Model 20. This eBay listing was unusual mainly because it didn’t actually list the…
  • Three big reasons why Americans aren’t upgrading their phones

    Fri 7:47pm By Thom Holwerda
    Last month, Verizon and AT&T made official something you’ve probably been aware of for a while: American smartphone owners are upgrading a lot less than they used to. In fact, they’re hitting record lows at the two biggest US carriers, with people…
  • How the first smartphone came out in 1994, but flopped

    Fri 7:40pm By Thom Holwerda
    Silicon Valley’s favorite mantra goes “Fail often, fail fast.” It captures the tech industry’s long history of dismantled startups, lost jobs, demoralization, and bankruptcy. One casualty was General Magic, an offshoot of Apple that strove to develop…
  • The 101 of ELF files on Linux: understanding and analysis

    Thu 8:33pm By Thom Holwerda
    Some of the true craftsmanship in the world we take for granted. One of these things is the common tools on Linux, like ps and ls. Even though the commands might be perceived as simple, there is more to it when looking under the hood. This is where ELF or the…
  • Introducing Translatotron: an end-to-end speech-to-speech translation model

    Thu 7:34pm By Thom Holwerda
    In “Direct speech-to-speech translation with a sequence-to-sequence model”, we propose an experimental new system that is based on a single attentive sequence-to-sequence model for direct speech-to-speech translation without relying on intermediate text…
  • Sony and Microsoft set rivalry aside for cloud gaming alliance

    Thu 6:41pm By Thom Holwerda
    Sony and Microsoft, bitter rivals in the video game console wars, will team up in on-demand gaming to better compete with newcomers like Google as the industry’s main battlefield looks poised to shift to the cloud, Nikkei learned Thursday. During a recent…
  • It’s time to pay attention to Intel’s Clear Linux OS project

    Wed 7:55pm By Thom Holwerda
    Intel’s Clear Linux Project has been on my radar for months, mainly because of its sheer dominance over traditional Linux distributions — and often Windows — when it comes to performance. From time to time I check in on the latest Phoronix benchmarks and…
  • Behind Twitter’s plan to get people to stop yelling at one another

    Wed 7:47pm By Thom Holwerda
    Over several days this spring, BuzzFeed News met with Twitter’s leadership and watched as twttr’s team worked on its first big push: helping people better understand what’s being said in often chaotic conversations. The team thinks that if people took…
  • WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones

    May 13, 2019, 8:45 pm By Thom Holwerda
    A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said. WhatsApp, which is used by 1.5bn people worldwide, discovered in early May that…
  • Supreme Court says Apple will have to face App Store monopoly lawsuit

    May 13, 2019, 7:45 pm By Thom Holwerda
    The Supreme Court is letting an antitrust lawsuit against Apple proceed, and it’s rejected Apple’s argument that iOS App Store users aren’t really its customers. The Supreme Court upheld the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Apple v. Pepper,…
  • Google warns that ADB backup and restore may be removed in a future Android release

    May 13, 2019, 7:38 pm By Thom Holwerda
    ADB backup and restore is a handy tool that allows you to do more than some built-in backup options. You can save private data and installed applications without needing root, depending on whether or not the app allows it. Unfortunately, it looks like ADB…
  • Google acknowledges Fuchsia is a thing that exists

    May 10, 2019, 8:19 pm By Thom Holwerda
    It’s a miracle! Google has finally actually mentioned Fuchsia a few times during Google I/O… Without really saying much of anything at all. Head of Android and Chrome, Hiroshi Lockheimer, said during a live taping of The Vergecast: “We’re looking at…