Huawei will develop its own mobile OS to reduce reliance on Android
A new report has claimed that Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei is building its own mobile operating system that will help it reduce its reliance on Google’s Android. The project is in its early days and includes ex-employees from Nokia and as for now, the details related to the new OS from Huawei are limited. The move is reminiscent of Samsung’s attempt with Tizen, as well as Amazon’s decision to use its Android-based Fire OS for its tablet devices.
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Google Fiber acquires Webpass to be able to increase its urban coverage
For Google Fiber, which has typically worked with cities in planning and building a fiber network from scratch, the acquisition will give the Alphabet business a headstart in many markets, particularly in dense urban areas. Webpass in San Francisco owns and operates its Ethernet network, thus removing its dependence on phone and cable companies. The company offers business connections from 10 to 1,000 Mbps and to residential customers service from 100 Mbps to 1Gbps.
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Amazon launches lighter, thinner Ebook Reader
Amazon unveiled an upgraded Kindle, aiming to boost its e-reader sales with a thinner, lighter device at a low price. The new Kindle will be priced as low as $80, which is the same price as the version it replaces, but with more memory and added features. Some of the features include “export notes,” allowing users to send notes and highlights from a book to e-mail, and Bluetooth audio paired with a screen reader that can allow the visually impaired to hear content without an adaptor.
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LeEco likely to launch new smartphone
There are rumors LeEco is working on a device with 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 821 and about to be launched on 29 June. According to a previous report, the render of LeEco’s new smartphone looks very similar to the recently launched Le Max 2 with a metal build. So, it is believed that the coming device could be just another variant. Speculations are rife that the device could be the Le Max 2 Pro.
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DevOps makes a huge difference in software release speed and quality
The latest Puppet survey confirms that companies that have strong DevOps programs in place not only are able to deploy software 200 times more frequently, but also have 2,555 times faster lead times for their projects (the time from code commit to putting it in production). DevOps seeks to align the activities of developers, who work at a pace different than that of operations teams, who need to keep on top of release schedules. Respondents who report they are part of a DevOps team increased from 16 percent in 2014 to 22 percent in this year’s survey.
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Google is offering a Udacity course for Android development newcomers
Google wants more people to learn to program, especially for its Android platform. While the company already offered a few programming courses, they were typically geared toward students with at least some rudimentary programming experience. But now Google is introducing an Android Basics nanodegree (available in a week-long free trial) at Udacity that has Google experts teaching you how to write simple Android apps, even if you don’t know a lick of code.
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A massive virtual city where autonomous vehicles can safely learn how to drive
Scientists at the Computer Vision Center in Barcelona have created a virtual city simulation, called SYNTHIA, which they are using to teach autonomous vehicle AIs to be better drivers. To build the city simulation, researchers used the same Unity engine that has been previously utilized for a wide range of consumer video games. The realistic cityscape is populated with inattentive pedestrians, badly-parked buses, and even its own extreme weather system.
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