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Heads up, nerds.
 
NVIDIA today announced a voluntary recall of some of its 8-inch Shield tablets because of a concern over the battery overheating and possibly causing a fire.
NVIDIA today announced a voluntary recall of some of its 8-inch Shield tablets because of a concern over the battery overheating and possibly causing a fire. The tablets in question would have been sold between June and July 2014. Here's the full release: SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 31, 2015) - NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced a voluntary recall of its SHIELD™ 8-...
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Never mind I just got pushed the update and see I'm in the clear supposedly.
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I'm having a hard time believing that this $200 phone is really this good. But it's really this good for being a $200 phone.
 
We tend to pride ourselves on using the latest and greatest phones. Better specs. Faster processors. (More heat!) More megapixels. Pick your poison. But there's absolutely something to be said for the mid-range these days, that category of phone that tries to balance style and performance with a…
We tend to pride ourselves on using the latest and greatest phones. Better specs. Faster processors. (More heat!) More megapixels. Pick your poison. But there's absolutely something to be said for the mid-range these days, that category of phone that tries to balance style and performance with a price that doesn't break your wallet. And there are all sorts of options out there....
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+Phil Nickinson​​ typo on page 4

"But the Snapdragon 410 and 2GB of RAM have the phone working well at just about I typically ask a smartphone to do."

Great review otherwise.
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Not bad at all considering it's from a $200 smartphone.
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I'm pretty sure I'm getting off the flagship hamster wheel and getting a Moto G. My wife has owned a Gen 1 and a Gen 2 and they were excellent. And this version got great upgrades in exactly the right areas. Why would I pay $700 for a phone when I don't have to?
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An already excellent thing just got even better. Google still has the best dev console experience, IMHO.
 
Improved beta testing for developers on Google Play

Beta testing, a critical part of any developer's workflow, is now getting even better. Learn about the new open beta process that lets you sign users up with one click, as well as new tools for managing closed betas in the developer console without the need for a Google+ Community or Google Group. #androidDev
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Really not the right week to do this.
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Lmao all Hail #stagelight
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The media reaction to this Stagefright stuff is shameful.
 
There’s common, mistaken assumption that any software bug can be turned into a security exploit.  In fact, most bugs aren’t exploitable and there are many things Android has done to improve those odds. We’ve spent the last 4 years investing heavily in technologies focused on one type of bug -- memory corruption bugs -- and trying to make those bugs more difficult to exploit. 

A list of some of those technologies that have been introduced since since Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) are listed here: https://source.android.com/devices/tech/security/enhancements/index.html  The most well known of these is called Address Space Layout Randomization (‘ASLR’), which was fully completed in Android 4.1 with support for PIE (Position Independent Executables) and is now on over 85% of Android devices. This technology makes it more difficult for an attacker to guess the location of code, which is required for them to build a successful exploit.  (For the layperson — ASLR makes writing an exploit like trying to get across a foreign city without access to Google Maps, any previous knowledge of the city, any knowledge of local landmarks, or even the local language.  Depending on what city you are in and where you’re trying to go, it might be possible but it’s certainly much more difficult.)  But we didn’t stop with ASLR, we’ve also added NX, FortifySource, Read-Only-Relocations, Stack Canaries, and more.

Like most advanced security technologies, we’re always assessing the effectiveness of these new approaches, and looking for ways to refine them to better protect users. We know that some bugs are simply not exploitable, even without exploit mitigation.  We know these technologies make exploitation more difficult — and that in some instances that they make exploitation impossible.  But the research community today is incentivized to find lots of bugs rather than to test exploit mitigation technologies, so it can be difficult to know if exploitation of bugs is actually possible.

So, to help test these technologies, we designed the Android Security Rewards [ https://g.co/androidsecurityrewards ] program to strongly incentivize researchers to actually prove that an issue is exploitable.  We will pay up to $30,000 for developers that provide working remote exploits against current Nexus devices.  So far we have had a few issues filed as security bugs, but haven’t had anyone submit an exploit in an attempt to be paid via Android Security Rewards.  (Some people warn me that it’s tempting fate to make that statement.  But that’s not true: this is an intentional request for researchers to start testing those defenses. We want to know about when Android’s exploitation mitigation works, and when it doesn’t work. So I hope this will result in an exploit being presented. The sooner we know about it, the sooner Android users will get better protections.)

Of course, if there is any chance that an issue might be exploitable, we’ll quickly provide a patch for the issue to our partners, to our Android devices, and to the public via the Android Open Source Project.

But updates are truly a last resort.  They should be neither the first nor the only step in a multi-layered stack of security technology. I’m optimistic that advanced exploitation mitigation technology in Android will help us to move beyond the period of time when fast patching was the only solution available to secure devices.  And I look forward to more research into how these technologies can be used to prevent exploitation on Android and other platforms.
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+Mark Stronge basically someone found an exploit in Android and unlike when an exploit is found in Apple devices, the media has blown it way out of proportion. 
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Maybe I'm just getting old, but I don't see how a 16-step process in Tasker is helping things.
If there are two things we love in the modern home, it's Tasker and Sonos. Tasker is an absurdly powerful Android app that can fire off actions when certain triggers are met. Sonos is a polished lineup of connected home speakers that talk to each other seamlessly and plug into every streaming music service out there. Without an IFTTT channel, it can be a little hard dealing with your...
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I installed it once, had a look through, had a good long cry, and uninstalled it as quick as possible.
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This is just nuts when you look at it like this.
 
Nobody who should be listened to will tell you the NVIDIA Shield TV is capable of providing a gaming experience comparable to the Xbox One, PS4, or even the Wii U. The hardware and software in those consoles is finely tuned to provide things the Tegra X1 and Android TV simply aren't capable of…
Nobody who should be listened to will tell you the NVIDIA Shield TV is capable of providing a gaming experience comparable to the Xbox One, PS4, or even the Wii U. The hardware and software in those consoles is finely tuned to provide things the Tegra X1 and Android TV simply aren't capable of delivering. Gaming on the Shield Android TV is fun, but the current lineup is mostly nostalgia...
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Love my Nvidia Shield console. 
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I'm absolutely buying one of these. 
Show your love and support for Microsoft and the launch of Windows 10 by wearing a limited edition Ninja Cat T-Rex tee!Our goal is to sell 729 t-shirts in honor of the July 27th (7/29) roll out of Windows 10. We've paid special attention to the design of the shirt to ensure it is extra awesome, including the addition of the #UpgradeYourWorld hash tag on the back.The design is available in a variety of styles and colors for both men and women. Be ...
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Awesome! I've been hunting for decent looking technology related t-shirts. I'm also looking at this one: http://www.redbubble.com/people/mont42/works/13835815-unix-1970?grid_pos=18&p=t-shirt
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OnePlus' co-founder reflects on the journey of the OnePlus One, and its successor's path to release. Whether you think the OnePlus 2 is the next big thing or it's not even on your radar, there's no arguing how impactful OnePlus as a company has been over the last year and a half. As a new company,…
OnePlus' co-founder reflects on the journey of the OnePlus One, and its successor's path to release. Whether you think the OnePlus 2 is the next big thing or it's not even on your radar, there's no arguing how impactful OnePlus as a company has been over the last year and a half. As a new company, the way we talk about OnePlus and the kind of buzz they have created for themselves is...
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+Tim Box riiiiighhhht because it explains so much.....
I have a job at which I enjoy. Besides going to work for a company that
A) encouraged destruction
B) was sexist in ads
C) tried to sell hardware flaws as softwares flaws
D) lies through their teeth
E) is arrogant as hell
Is not high in my list of priorities. Learn to admit when you're wrong. It'll help you to go a long way. And stop judging people for being trolls because who knows sometimes people actually know some stuff.
I consider this conversation closed because I have from my stance proven my point with a hell lot of evidence that what can and has been done. You can go ahead have your opinion and I'll respect you for it.
Adios
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Ooooooooo. The Moto X Style is definitely bigger than the 2014 Moto X, but it also feels a little smaller than the Nexus 6. This is gonna be tough.
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Too big. Too damn big. 😟
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Love waking up to great work from +Russell Holly and +Andrew Martonik. Will have to do some serious thinking about how I feel about this "invite system" again, though.
OnePlus has finally pulled the covers off of its next phone. And despite all of the leaks and teases there are plenty of new and interesting things to explore. It has been 460 days since OnePlus last announced a smartphone — its only smartphone, actually. And as co-founder Carl Pei is quick to tell everyone within earshot (which on the Internet is a lot of folks) this is somewhat...
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+Jeremy Miller yeah, contacts for the NFC chip is not equal to a NFC Chip ;) This just means that you can buy a NFC Pad or a Swap-Cover with built-in NFC chip to plug it in there.
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