It never quite made headlines, but Google left something interesting in the official changelog for Android 4.3. The /system folder is mounted as “nosuid” and “zygote processes” are unable to run setuid binaries. This means nothing to us laymen, but it has critical implications for the future of rooting on Android. These changes effectively kill every root app except SuperSU. The new setup in Android 4.3 blocks a common way developers used to get root access before. “This is a pretty nasty change,” wrote developer Koushik Dutta. There is no doubt they’ll find a way to root Android again. Android is open-source, and we’ve seen more impressive feats in the past.
Over the last few years Google has made some cool products for the internet. We’ve seen some seriously amazing web apps like Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Play Music. With each new service, Mountain View is moving closer to its obvious goal – creating a complete, end-to-end ecosystem for its users. If it got its way, you would never have to use anything other than Google products. Enter ChromeOS. This is Google’s answer to the desktop question. For people who still want a PC-like experience, the company offers a set of laptops running a highly customized version of Linux.
If you’ve ever been concerned about your online privacy, chances are you’ve checked out or even used a password management service like LastPass, an extension that stores all of your passwords in a single vault. But what if an emergency arises where you’re away or sick, and it’s essential family or your significant other has access to your files and passwords? With LastPass this is possible, thanks to their built-in “Share” option. This is just one way to make sure your family has your important passwords in case of an emergency. Google too has created a tool to manage inactive
On Wednesday, August 7, Jean-Baptiste Quéru announced his retirement as the AOSP maintainer. A series of unfortunate decisions outside his control so frustrated him that he felt he had no choice, but to step down from the position of maintainer. The news had been several months in the making but still came as a shock to the Android community. The man colloquially know as JBQ has done great work in the past. Without him, our experience (especially on custom ROMs) would be much worse. The Descent Quéru works at Google. As a maintainer of the Android Open Source Project, he builds
If you use Google search on a regular basis, you must have noticed how Google redirects to your country specific domain name to give you a better search experience, based on your local factors. Similarly, if you’re browsing a Blogger blog from a particular region, Google’s Blogger platform will automatically redirect the URL to reflect your location. For example, browsers from the UK who may wish to view example.blogspot.com, will find that their URL will switch to example.blogspot.co.uk. The problem is that these redirections quite commonly fail to work, leaving you with a blank page or 404 error (page can’t
After weeks and months of endless rumors, we’ve finally seen the Moto X. It’s a real phone, and it is impressive. We’ve been waiting for Motorola to deliver a new phone ever since its purchase by Google, and this is it. The results are certainly striking. The Moto X is a phone unlike anything else in Android. Motorola is aiming high for the mass market with a phone designed to appeal to the average consumer. The company has made some bold decisions that break from traditional Motorola phones and even the industry as a whole. Here’s how the people from Libertyville, Indiana, are changing the game.
Every website references CSS scripts to give the browser instructions for how the styling of the pages should appear. Sometimes these styles just aren’t how we'd like them and would prefer to have a different look for our favorite sites, which is where Stylebot comes in. Install this extension to overwrite the default CSS scripts for any website and choose your own styling. The extension is simple enough, allowing text to be entered, saved, and alternatively shared with the Stylebot community. The script will automatically run once enabled and using uploaded scripts from other users is as simple as a point and click.
If you’re on the internet, chances are you've used a Microsoft product at some point in your life. It’s hard to avoid. Redmond makes so many parts of the modern technology industry that not using one of their creations requires an active effort. Microsoft is a major part of the tech landscape, and that’s unlikely to change. However, the good folks at Redmond are unsatisfied with simply being a part of the scenery. They want to be the scenery, to consume as much of the market as possible. That’s free-market capitalism for you. Everything’s a dogfight. This, however, does matter to Microsoft. Its plan for owning the technology market is built upon people using its operating system. If Microsoft has its way, the future will all be Windows.
Last week’s Breakfast with Sundar Pichai event was a telling event for Google. We’ve been getting an inkling of where the company is going (especially at I/O 2013), but the last conference was perhaps the clearest indicator of the future. The people at Mountain View have big plans for the future of data and computing. They’re playing the long game, planning to position themselves well five to ten years from now. What does Google want? Simple. It wants you to use its products so that you can view advertisements. Right now, that’s the Mountain View revenue model. Those “suggested results”
The news is finally in. All the rumors about Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event of the past few days have revealed themselves to be true. Everything we thought we knew before is in fact correct. We have seen the results of Mountain View’s handiwork, and they are a sight to behold. In plain terms, we got some cool announcements out of today’s press conference (it wasn’t actually a breakfast). Android fans have a lot to be excited about. Some cool stuff is coming their way in the coming days, weeks, and even minutes (if you’re a Nexus owner). Google
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