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Andreas Proschofsky
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Editor for DER STANDARD / derStandard.at with a focus on Linux, Android and Open Source in general
Editor for DER STANDARD / derStandard.at with a focus on Linux, Android and Open Source in general

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If only half of what Google is claiming in this blog entry is true, this looks very, very bad for Uber.

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Messenger is now called Android Messages. And Google believes you will want to use it. For whatever reason.

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What a royal fuckup by Google. Not only did I have to re-authenticate on all my devices after waking up today, Google also managed to trash my home Wi-Fi setup. Which is really, really shitty as I'm on travel right now but routinely need to connect to some devices at home (which are now all offline without me being able to do anything about it) Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

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Can I have this right now? Please? ;)
Desktop Client coming to Google Allo
Nick Fox (the Google VP of Communications) released a #SneakPeek screenshot of a Google Allo desktop client on Twitter [1]. Still in early development according to him, but something I'm definitely looking forward to!

[1] - https://twitter.com/RealNickFox/status/834922302772916224
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Seems like Google just made it waaaaay easier to purchase stuff in other countries' Google Stores (you will still need a valid shipping address in that country, but with services like Borderlinx this is more or less trivial)

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The Verge has done some really interesting digging on the Chip used in Samsungs Chromebook Plus. Turns out the mysterious OP1 SoC that delivers some surprisingly good performance is actually built (and optimized) especially for Chromebooks by Rockchip AND Google. While it is unclear which level of involvement Google really had in its design, the trademark is registered on Google and they seem to be pushing it to other manufacturers.
Also check out the official website for the OP1:
http://whatisop.com/

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Given that the current prompts are kept really vague I welcome this change. (though to be honest I never had a problem in making sure that a authorization prompt was really initiated by me...)

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Given that Google is moving Android to the desktop space itself, Jide seems to be looking for a new niche with Singularity, its own take on Microsofts Continuum (and all the similar services that came before it). Good to see them experimenting, personally I still am not convinced this is a concept with much of a future, but my inner nerd would like me to be proven wrong on this ;)

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Interesting new project by a bunch of Google devs: Upspin is a distributed (like in no central server for data storage) way to securely (like in end-to-end-encrypted) share files with others. This is NOT a new central service but a set of protocols and a reference implementation that Google has released as open source (and which others can try to set up on their own servers). For further reading check out the project website and the docs there (linked below). Also the discussion on Hacker News is pretty interesting:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13700492

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Good luck everyone!
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