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Nest + Google = Data Sharing

Google bought Nest a few months ago for $3.2 Billion dollars in a move that had some people scratching their heads as to how Nest was worth that kinda money. Nest then made headlines by saying that they weren't becoming part of the "Google Machine" and that your info would not be shared. Apparently that might not have been the truth as it has now been reported that in fact there is some data sharing going on between the two companies (as one would expect after Google paid big bucks to buy our Nest). Users will have the option to opt out, but be default it appears like Nest has become a part of the Google machine. TechHive has the story.

Fish gotta fly. Birds gotta swim. Google has to buy smaller companies and change their products’ privacy policies so they can now share data with Google. It’s just the natural order of things, and now it’s happening with Nest.

Nest co-founder Matt Rogers posted to Nest’s official blog late Monday night to announce the company’s Nest Developer Program, a set of developer tools that will allow other products to securely integrate with Nest. Your Nest could trigger actions, like turning your lights on when you get home, and other products can also control the Nest. Your Jawbone UP24, for example, can alert your Nest thermostat to start heating your house when it detects that you’ve woken up.

Oculus Rift on a budget

The Oculus Rift and other VR devices are expensive and not readily available so Google has done something about that. Google has introduced "Cardboard" which is a VR device that is made of, yup you guessed it, cardboard. I'm sure the other VR developers aren't too amused by this device, but it seems like Google is actually somewhat serious seeing as they've released a software toolkit so you can make your own cardboard apps. If you don't believe me head on over to Google's Developer site and check it out for yourself.

Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.

The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.

By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.

WTU Episode #268 - Amazon, Nokia & BlackBerry's Android'ish Phones

We have just posted up Episode #268 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing that Blackberry has a new phone, Amazon has a new phone and in Soviet Russia CPUs get banned. We have those stories and more and the links below!


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Google I/O Liveblog

If you want to stay tuned to everything Google I/O, make sure you check out the Liveblog at Engadget and TheVerge for starters. We'll have some highlights as the day goes on, but these sources are your best bet for up-to-the-second coverage.


Source(s): Engadget, TheVerge

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Verizon Cancels "Free Data" with Chromebook Deal

There are a lot of Chromebooks on the market today and many of them can be found for under $249. These all come with an impressive 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. If you spend an extra $1000 on a Chromebook Pixel, you also received LTE data from Verizon - gratis - just for shopping and spending a lot of extra money. Well, the gravy train has derailed and Verizon just canceled this promotion and that affects everyone who bought into it. Google is trying to make amends and offering $150 credit, but still that doesn't go very far when you're eating up data. Poor form Verizon. Poor form.

Verizon is telling customers that as far as it's concerned, the plans were valid only for one year -- and that's why those initiated last spring are now expiring. I called the carrier's customer service line and, after holding for 15 minutes and then talking in circles to an agent for another 10, was able to get through to a supervisor. That person politely told me he wasn't aware of any two-year commitment and that -- despite my pointing out official documentation to the contrary -- there was nothing he could do to help me.

Source: ComputerWorld

How Hard is the Government Spying on Your Phone? Lots

Digital surveillance is everywhere whether we like it or not and we used to think that most of it was on street corners, tagged to our credit cards and maybe even through our GPS unit in our vehicles. Those that used to be labeled as "paranoid" would also lament how much the government was spying on you through your own phone and according to the link below, it's actually much, much worse than you thought. Ouch. This article is worth reading.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

Source: Wired

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon

Intel is not resting. They are bound and determined to make sure that they keep on pushing CPUs to lower power, higher efficiency and more work done per clock cycle. Their latest series of Core i7 chips are labeled "Devil's Canyon" and if you want one of these, you should take a look at the review and see how it really stacks up. Newer is not always that much better, so you'll have to read and find out if it is worth spending your cash on.

If you recall, Intel moved the voltage regulator on-die with Haswell and this caused problems for overclockers by creating an additional hot spot on the chip. Moreover, the company never changed the thermal interface material (TIM) from Ivy Bridge, which was believed to be a downgrade from Sandy Bridge's and led to Ivy Bridge and Haswell parts to running hotter than older Sandy Bridge ones.

Source: TechSpot

Android App Pick #141 - Angry Birds Epic

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we go back to Angry Birds for an Epic adventure! This game is not your typical Angry Birds. Epic is like a cross between Final Fantasy and the best Rovio ever made. If you like to mix things up a bit, make sure you take a look at this week's pick. It will have your battling for hours!



Microsoft Gives More Space to OneDrive

If you use Microsoft's OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), you'll be happy to know that they've just upped their free storage space in order to keep up with the likes of Google Drive. This is good news for those of us that want 15GB of free storage for access on the go. If you need even more storage than that, you will also be glad to know that Microsoft also slashed their prices on larger storage plans as well.

Microsoft's moves come as all the major players are scrambling to offer customers more for less. Earlier this month, Apple said it would cut prices by up to 70% for paid iCloud plans. And last week Amazon said that users of its Fire phone would have an unlimited amount of storage for photos taken with the device's camera.

Source: ComputerWorld

PSA: If you have cloud storage on a bunch of different services, make it easy to access everything in one place using CloudCube. It was a recent App Pick of the Week.

Russia Pulls the Plug on AMD & Intel

After all of the NSA spying crap going on (and it hasn't stopped), Russia is getting a little worried and doesn't want to risk their government computers to NSA spying on a CPU-level. They are getting prepared to pull the plug on AMD and Intel and are thinking of moving to their home-grown Baikal processors. These little chips are 64-bit and are based on the Cortex A-57 platform and are more than adequate as Baikal plays a roll in the manufacture of supercomputers. Good for Russia.

The Baikal chips will be installed on computers of government bodies and in state-run firms, which purchase some 700,000 personal computers annually worth $500 million and 300,000 servers worth $800 million. The total volume of the market amounts to about five million devices worth $3.5 billion. Russia has been unhappy with Intel and AMD since the US government's spying programme was revealed and routers from Cisco were found to have been intercepted and installed with bugs.

Source: TechEye

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