Android M Rumored to Launch at Google I/O

Industry insiders are speculating that Android M, being referred to internally by developers as Android Macadamia Nut Cookie, could be revealed at Google I/O. The latest build of Google’s mobile operating system might make its official debut at Google’s upcoming annual software developer-focused conference held in San Francisco, California on May 28 and 29. Some Skeptics believe Android M may not launch until next year, as developers need more time to make Android 6.0 into a fully integrated ecosystem with other devices such as Chromebooks. Nevertheless, many still believe a beta version of Android M will be revealed at Google

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Beam Messenger Aims to Revolutionize Texting

Bean Messenger, a new messaging app available for free download from the Google Play Store, allows users to see what someone is typing in real time. If the app catches on, it could mean an end to being able to edit yourself before sending a message. Developed for Android users, the app is promoted as “the closest you will get to having a verbal conversation in a messaging app.” It has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 on the Google Play Store, and so far the main downfall is both parties must have the app in order to correspond.

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Android Founder Leaves Google

Andy Rubin, the man who co-founded the Android operating system, has confirmed in an email to The Wall Street Journal that he is leaving Google. Rubin is also Google’s head of robotics, but only a week after the company reorganized its management, he announced his departure to launch an incubator for hardware start-ups. Rubin joined Google in 2005, after its purchase of Android. He remained in charge of Android until very recently, when CEO Larry Page appointed him as head of robotics. James Kuffner, a research scientist for the robotics division, will take Rubin’s place. Page’s managerial switch-up of multiple

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New Android OS to Improve Facial Recognition

Android’s 5.0 Lollipop update will be available soon, and may come with a hidden security feature. The “Trusted Face” feature, which promises to be an improved version of its facial recognition software, might make standard passwords a thing of the past. Trusted Face uses facial recognition to unlock a user’s phone. In the past, the feature took too long to unlock and it could easily be hacked by holding a photo of the user in front of the device. However, Lollipop’s update comes with a faster, more secure version. Trusted Face is a way for Android to compete with Apple’s

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Dating site Tawkify uses Klout scores for matchmaking

Single? Your ability to promote yourself on Twitter and Facebook just might be your ticket to matchmaking heaven. The problem with dating sites is that members are faced with the challenge of having to weed out the genuine from crap. People can lie just about everything — age, weight, height, income, and so on and so forth. That’s why a new dating site has thought about adding a new twist to the dating game: Tawkify your way to finding your perfect match. Tawkify, a dating site launched in January, “is the newest way to meet someone . . . using

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Google Wallet raises security concerns

The mobile payment system unveiled by Google Thursday, which lets users pay for purchases using Android-based smartphones,  has whipped up a storm of disapproval from security experts and the media. Google Wallet transforms a smartphone into a digital wallet with the hope of eventually phasing out plastic credit cards.  Google is confident that the system is secure because a pin number is required before the Google Wallet can be used. The user’s financial details are encrypted and stored on a chip which will self destruct if removed. Should a user lose his cell phone, his credit card details would still be

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Kissing Machine: When a kiss isn’t just a kiss

Call it another proof of Japan’s obsession with technological advancements if you will, or yet another manifestation of a strange fetish, but you got to leave it to the Japanese to come up with something out of this world.  Japanese researchers from the Kajimoto Laboratory at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo are mighty proud of their new invention: the Kiss Transmission Device. As the name suggests, the Kissing Machine supposedly simulates kissing. It works by hooking up two boxes with plastic tubes or straws on one end to the computer. You put the straw into your mouth and start

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Cloud Girlfriend: What’s next, Cloud Marriage?

Those who think the upcoming social network application Cloud Girlfriend is weird or repulsive have probably never read about  the man who married a pillow or the one who, er, exchanged “I dos” with himself, or the woman who got hitched to the Berlin Wall. Some even married their lovers’ corpses! (um, how does the pledge “till death do us part” apply here?) Strange, loony world we live in. The Cloud Girlfriend is generating much heat, thanks largely to bloggers who couldn’t seem to get enough of writing (often bitching) about this latest cyber oddity, and to Twitter. Scores of

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Paypal to let you shop, pay bills on TV

Soon you will be able to shop and pay your bills through your TV remote control. Online shopping behemoth Paypal has partnered with FourthWall Media and Canoe Ventures to roll out TV shopping or T-Commerce. First glimpsed at the Paypal X Innovation conference in October, the TV Buy Button allows viewers to access digital wallets to instantly buy stuff they see on television. “We at PayPal believe that the wallet should live and will live ‘in the cloud,’” wrote Osama Bedier, vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures at Paypal in the company’s blog. Bedier said increasingly enabling the

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Google acquires mobile predictive text whiz Blind Type

Google has bought up Blind Type, the start-up company that has revolutionized the typing experience on mobile phones by predicting the words as you type. The technology makes it possible to type on the touch screen phone without actually looking at the screen. In fact, you can type anywhere on the screen and the app then tries to figure out the words you are trying to input. Google reportedly wants to use Blind Type as a free application for their Android Mobile Operating Systems. Blind Type has confirmed the purchase, gushing about it on the company’s official blog. Google has

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