Category Archives: Google

Polaroid, Edwin Land: Gone In An Instant

Over the weekend, I listened to an MP3 conversion of a talk at Google by Christopher Bonanos.

He wrote Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

It’s difficult to imagine such a massive company hitting the rocks and sinking so quickly.

But consumer videotape was the rock that sunk Polaroid like a corporate Titanic.

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Google Books Takes A Turn For The Worse

What the hell is this at the Google Books home page?!!?

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I don’t want that shit. I want the regular page it’s had for ages!

Where the hell do people even start if they just want to browse and explore?!

That’s not welcoming at all. It’s like a locked door!

And it gets worse!

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Apple Maps Versus Google Maps

What a frikkin difference in images!

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Another Android Vulnerability Found

Trend Micro Discovers Vulnerability That Renders Android Devices Silent

We have discovered a vulnerability in Android that can render a phone apparently dead – silent, unable to make calls, with a lifeless screen. This vulnerability is present from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) up to the current version, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). Combined, these versions account for more than half of Android devices in use today. No patch has been issued in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code by the Android Engineering Team to fix this vulnerability since we reported it in late May.

This vulnerability can be exploited in two ways: either via a malicious app installed on the device, or through a specially-crafted web site. The first technique can cause long-term effects to the device: an app with an embedded MKV file that registers itself to auto-start whenever the device boots would case the OS to crash every time it is turned on.

In some ways, this vulnerability is similar to the recently discovered Stagefright vulnerability. Both vulnerabilities are triggered when Android handles media files, although the way these files reach the user differs.

The kicker: Google calls it “a low priority vulnerability.”

There’s going to come a day of reckoning here. Some day, some way, several million people will be hit with an exploit — probably though a fake news site or infected video about a major news story that spreads like wildfire through Twitter — that will create a class-action lawsuit that Google will have to deal with for years.

And the bad press from that will cause a huge decline in Android device sales.

Previously here:

Critical Android Security Flaw


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Critical Android Security Flaw

Bad News: Security Hole Can Let An Attacker Take Over Your Android Phone With A Single Text

The level of access attackers would gain would allow access to files stored on SD cards as well as on the phone memory. Attackers could also turn your phone into a bug, remotely recording audio and video without your knowledge. Bluetooth access is also hackable via Stagefright. All versions of Android from 2.2 and up are considered vulnerable.

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The Worst Google Books Scan Ever

I’ve seen some doozies, but this is the absolute worst.


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Hound, Siri, Google, Cortana: The Road To Box & Her

Thanks to Dan Miller for pointing me to the video after the break.

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Toogles Is Dead?!

I despise searching YouTube.

I’ve always used Toogles.

Now Toogles is gone?

WTF, Google.

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Google, Android, Intel, AOSP: What?

With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS’ driving seat

Its Android One partnerships mean Google no longer has to put its eggs in one basket, and also make sure that local OEMs stick with Android as Google envisages it, not as handset makers and operators would have it. Google seems to have been increasingly trying to reduce others’ influence on the operating system — banning the customisation of Auto, TV, and Wear; wrestling Samsung over its Magazine UI; and gradually withdrawing its support for the AOSP version of Android.

Android One is just the next step in that progression. Google is using the lure of a turnkey mobile platform to get everyone else in the value chain to give up hope of tweaking Android for their own ends. While most handsets in developed markets use the GMS version of Android, which puts Google’s services front and centre, in the developing world AOSP — the original open source Android that can be forked and adapted at will — is far more prevalent. Google has been slowly allowing AOSP to wither and has now stepped in with Android One an alternative — an alternative that puts Android back under its control and its services back in users’ eyelines.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Say What? Google Translate

I really don’t like to translate something twice.

But then there are times when it’s imperative:

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