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A 21-image mosaic showing the Milky Way and the setting Moon at dawn, at the Convent of Orada in Monsaraz, Portugal, in the Alqueva´s Dark Sky Reserve. Credit and copyright: Miguel Claro.

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You just don't need UI skins anymore.

Talking with Google engineering director David Burke confirmed that all of the new Android initiatives announced at the keynote this week—Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV—will have user interfaces and underlying software that is controlled by Google, not by the OEMs.

"The UI is more part of the product in this case," Burke said to Ars of Android TV in particular. "We want to just have a very consistent user experience, so if you have one TV in one room and another TV in another room and they both say Android TV, we want them to work the same and look the same... The device manufacturers can brand it, and they might have services that they want to include with it, but otherwise it should be the same."

Burke also told us that Google would be able to manage software updates for these various products directly. With Android TV, the goal is to make those updates automatic and seamless, "more like Chrome on the desktop," and the plan is to do the same for #AndroidWear and Auto. A little over a year after Sundar Pichai took over as the head of Android, his influence on the operating system's direction is obvious.

For Android enthusiasts and others who prefer Google's (increasingly confident and distinct) aesthetic vision for the operating system, this is good news. You'll be able to pay more attention to picking the hardware you want, without having to worry about oddball software choices. The flipside of this is that the Wear, Auto, and TV components probably won't be things that people can download source code for and build on top of. If you want to build an Android watch or a set-top box of your own design, you'll have to do what Samsung did with thefirst Galaxy Gear or what Amazon did with the Fire TV—take the standard Android Open Source Project code and do all the UI work and form-factor-specific optimization yourself.

For Android's second act, customizability takes a back seat to consistency.
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Intuitive Samsung design in conjunction with the Google Android wearable OS could become a perfect combination.

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Introducing the Samsung Gear Live, powered by #AndroidWear

Google has built a revolutionary wearable operating system — here’s why we’ve built the best watch for it.

The close relationship between Google and Samsung has been going strong for a long time, so when Google began working on Android for wearables, we knew we were in a great position to provide the best experience possible.

The result is the Gear Live, Samsung’s newest wearable, providing the most optimal, intuitive and customizable Android Wear experience. It works closely with all the Google services you rely on, including Google Now.

The Gear Live goes beyond notifications for staying current and a heart rate monitor for staying healthy — though it does those things exceptionally well. It’s information that moves with you, and we think we’ve built the best Android Wear experience out there with an intuitive new user interface, and superior design, build and screen quality.

With Android and Android Wear, Google has devised an amazing software platform at the front line of the digital lifestyle. With the Gear Live, you get excellent hardware quality similar to our existing smartphones, tablets and wearables.

The advanced, customizable applications and software functionality like Google Now and Gmail are pure Google. The Super AMOLED screen’s with incredible color and screen clarity, the IP67 dust and water resistance, and the sleek, comfortable design are pure Samsung.

Powered by Android Wear

Google Now gives you useful, real-time information when you need it most, and that information is tailored specifically to you. It’s been wildly popular and successful in Android phones and tablets, and it’s a natural fit for Android wearables.

Just ask using Google’s voice technology, and the Gear Live will rapidly serve up personalized flight information, traffic and weather reports, restaurant recommendations and a lot more. On top of that, you can get notifications from your favorite apps in the Google ecosystem. That means Gmail, Hangouts, Google Maps, text messaging, and a wealth of fitness apps that make brilliant use of the built-in heart rate monitor.

With an always-on display, one-touch device wakeup, and the same “OK, Google” voice commands you use on the latest Android phones and tablets, the Gear Live is the most intuitive, easily accessible wearable. You’ll get straight answers to spoken questions, nothing less. It’s information that moves with you.

The most personalized and customizable smart wearable

Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system in part because it’s highly customizable, and that philosophy stands with the Gear Live. At launch, you’ll be able to pick up the Gear Live in black, and a Wine Red option is right around the corner. 

You can pick from a variety of clock faces to make it your own, and it uses a standard 22mm watch band strap, so there are numerous interchangeable strap options. Combine that with the deep personalization of Google Now, and you can absolutely make this wearable yours.

Cutting edge specifications

From any wearable, you may expect a heart rate monitor for fitness tracking and also Bluetooth connectivity to interact with your apps, and otherwise. We took it up a notch with the Gear Live.

It uses the same Super AMOLED screen technology you know from the GALAXY S5 and the just-launched GALAXY Tab S. The screen measures 1.63 inches and packs 512 MB of RAM with 4GB of internal memory under the hood.

The Gear Live is your key to a multiscreen world, and we think it should meet or exceed the same standards of quality, responsiveness and durability that your other devices have.
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Trey Ford, global security strategist for Rapid7, says LZO compression is pervasive. "You will find it in practically all variants of Linux and it may also affect Solaris, iOS, and Android. Note that some variation of the Linux kernel -- the foundation of an operating system -- is used in almost every Internet of Things device, regardless of function," he says.

But without specifics on the flaw and its presence in different implementations, it's tough to determine just how dangerous this may be, Ford says. "This vulnerability might permit bypass of signatures for bootloaders in the deployment of modified kernel, or perhaps a local-only kernel level exploit provided by a special dirty USB drive. It’s very hard to assess the possible impact without more detail," he says.

Meanwhile, Bailey says the flaw only scratches the surface of vulnerabilities out there in embedded systems. "We're going to see more of this as the Internet of Things becomes more prominent," he says.

And not all systems will even get the LZO patch or future patches, he says. "A lot of older projects don't adhere to licensing and may not be patching," he says. "Or organizations may have legacy systems and don't know the library is use in them."

The LZO bug has some parallels to Heartbleed, he says, but it's not immediately impactful as Heartbleed was. "It's almost as dangerous because it affects a wide number of platforms in a range of ways, with remote memory disclosure, DoS, and remote code execution with one bug," he says.

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A newly discovered bug in the pervasive LZO algorithm has generated a wave of patching of open-source tools such as the Linux kernel this week.
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The tech-heavy Nasdaq is creeping up toward its high point, reached in early 2000 just before the dot-com crash. It closed Friday up by 18.88 points at 4,397.93, its highest point since the spring of 2000.
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Meet Google Cardboard

Google joins the virtual reality craze ... with a piece of cardboard
Virtual reality is all the rage these days. Well, that is, apart from the fact that you can't yet buy any of the most talked-about VR hardware. But if a just so crazy it might work Google project has its way, we might all soon be walking around with homemade VR headsets made on the cheap. Meet Google Cardboard.
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Consenting to having your data used is not the same as consenting to being made to feel sad. To make the line a little easier to see, imagine this hypothetical: I'm collecting data on a group of people. Everyone I study signs a form stating that they consent to let me collect data on them. Then I proceed to slap one across the face in order to measure his reaction. When he protests, I say "Of course you consented. You agreed to have your data used for research purposes."

Consenting to being observed is not the same as consenting to having our emotional states altered. The former does not imply the latter.

Angel D'Amico

It’s a website, people. And a business. It’s not your life (although many of us, myself included forget this). However, now I can blame any bad decision I made in 2012 on Facebook. “Sorry Mom for that crappy Mother’s Day present. I was emotionally traumatized because I had negative Facebook news feeds.” Ridiculous.

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_Its Human experimentation no matter how you try to parse it. Its morally wrong and completely unethical what they are doing regardless of the TOS. If you dont find something wrong with intentionally trying to manipulate someones emotions without their knowledge by the very company that is supposed to be a neutral arbiter for its services, there might be something wrong with your point of view._

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Facebook's data scientists manipulated the News Feeds of 689,003 users, filling them with either positive posts or negative posts or posts devoid of sentiment in order to see how it affected their moods.
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*"Most American retirement savings is invested in the public stock market. Most Americans can't invest in private companies and most Americans can't invest in venture capital and private equity funds. They're actually prohibited from doing so by the SEC. If you both prohibit them from investing in private growth and wire the market so they can't get into public growth, then you can't be invested in growth. That raises the societal question of how are we going to pay for retirements. That's the question that needs to be asked that nobody asks because it's too scary."*

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Netscape cofounder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen says the decline of the initial public offering is bad for ordinary investors. He also critiques economist Thomas Piketty.
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Haha, now that is cutting it close and with precision.
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This is a picture of some of the people who built Google+, but they are not the ones who make it. Those of you reading this do. And I want to thank you all for spending time with us and making this place your own. We've got a lot of exciting things planned for the future and it's been a blast hanging out with you for the last three years.  

Whether you’re into star gazing, boy bands, or football: you’ve all made Google+ an amazing place to explore the things you love, with the people who love them too. To celebrate our community, create a post and tell us: who are your people on Plus?

Here are mine:

+Michael B. Stuart, +Robin Griggs Wood, and +Wesly Smith. These are some of my many people on Plus.

Three years ago today we started the Google+ project. Back then I took the occasional smartphone photo, but that was about it. It was folks like Michael, Robin and Wesly who inspired me to be creative with my pictures. And because of their encouraging +1s, tips, and inspirational #bokehlicious  pictures, photography has gone from just a casual interest to my new favorite pastime. I've even been introduced as "that guy who takes pretty pictures of flowers!" 

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