Google-blessed Android Automotive infotainment system for cars finally arrives

Google has (finally) formally announced its Android Automotive in-car infotainment system. The company has signed a deal with Audi and Volvo to bring a car-focused version of Android to market, with Google building and licensing the OS for car makers just as it does for phone OEMs. Both Audi and Volvo will build Google’s version of car Android into “their next generation” of cars.

Today Google’s only spot in the automotive market is Android Auto, which is not an operating system. Android Auto is a “casted” interface that runs on a smartphone and uses the in-dash car display as an external touchscreen monitor. This new initiative (called “Android Automotive” in Google’s Android compatibility documentation) is a full operating system that runs directly on the car’s onboard computers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 said to have 6.3-inch 18.5:9 screen

There have already been plenty of leaks and speculation surrounding Samsung's replacement for the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, and every one of them show that the new handset will firmly put memories of exploding devices into the dim and distant past.The…

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Google partners with Audi and Volvo for Android-based infotainment systems including Google Assistant; live demos to be on display at Google I/O this week (Bloomberg)


Google partners with Audi and Volvo for Android-based infotainment systems including Google Assistant; live demos to be on display at Google I/O this week  —  The search giant is partnering with Audi and Volvo to ship car systems running the Android operating system.  —  Android already powers most smartphones on earth.

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Judge issues injunction against Uber in Waymo file theft case

Uber Waymo lawsuit: injunction

A legal case between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets theft has heated up, as a federal judge has issued a partial injunction against Uber. The order, filed Monday, stops Uber from using any information from files stolen from Waymo, and orders Uber to return any stolen documents to Waymo.

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7 ways Apple Watch is already in the enterprise

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Apple has become the world’s biggest wearable devices company and its Apple Watch is already in use in a variety of different enterprise implementations, even before it becomes truly smart.

Apple and the enterprise

Apple has a great enterprise story to tell. Not only are a huge number of enterprises already using iOS devices, but IBM now claims it is three times more expensive to manage PCs than to manage Macs. And that’s even before you consider that if the UK’s NHS had deployed Macs rather than Windows XP, the recent ransomware attack that used NSA-developed tools would not have succeeded.

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Netflix Says No To Unlocked Android Smartphones

An anonymous reader writes: Last week Netflix app started showing up as “incompatible” on the Play Store for rooted and unlocked Android devices. However, the app itself continued to work fine, leading some to think it could have been an accident. However, Netflix has now confirmed to blog AndroidPolice that blocking modified devices from downloading the app was intentional. This is the full statement: “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.”

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The continuing rise of graph databases

Graph technology is well on its way from a fringe domain to going mainstream. We take a look at the state of the union in graph, featuring Neo4j’s latest release and insights as well as data and opinions from Cloudera, DataStax, and IBM.
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One of Silicon Valley’s biggest names could be California’s next governor

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Sam Altman, president of storied Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, is reportedly considering a run for governor of California in 2018.

According to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Willie Brown, Altman recently came to Brown for political advice. Brown served as mayor of San Francisco for eight years, and is a veteran of state politics.

Next year, the race for the governorship of the most populous state in America will be wide open for the first time in many years, with Gov. Jerry Brown facing term limits.

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