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Day: September 15, 2017

  • It’s not really news that Google will automatically schedule deletion of your Android Backups after your Android device is inactive for more than two months. After two weeks of activity, Google puts the timer on for the two months. Google backup is just like Apple they backup the standard Apps, Call History, Device Settings, Contacts, Calendar, Text Messages, and Pictures. Google allows for backups of your Android mobile device to be saved on Google Drive makes sense since both the phone OS Android and Drive are both Google products. The issue becomes the backups will only be retained as long as you are active on your device. After two weeks of your device being inactive Google Drive will then display an expiration date below the backup, showing a countdown of how much longer you have until the backup gets automatically wiped. If you use an Android device during the two months that expiration date would go away. After two months of inactivity, it will delete the backup. All this came to light recently after a Reddit User discovered while his Nexus 6P was sent for a refund claim. While waiting to find an Android replacement device, he glanced at his Google Drive Backup folder and found his Nexus 6P backup missing. In Google support documentation they say “Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. If you don’t use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup.” But what really gets to me about this is if I delete a file I can go in the trash and recover the file, in this case, there is no recovering the deleted backup. The other thing with this I don’t like is Google deletes unused backups after two months and all that app and...
  • It’s about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it might end up with a significant investment from Alphabet in the middle of that train wreck, according to a report by Axios. That’s not to say that this is directly related to Uber, which has a new CEO and is trying to move on from the disaster of the past few months. Still, Alphabet appears to be discussing a $1 billion investment in Lyft in an effort led by CEO Larry Page, according to the report. Lyft last raised $600 million at a $7.5 billion valuation in April. This would be an interesting move for Google, which invested in Uber early in its life through its investment arm GV. We’d heard some murmurs of something brewing between Alphabet and Lyft for a few weeks, but it was unclear what the outcome would be. Bloomberg also reported the news this afternoon. In the end, it appears that Lyft may get a big infusion of cash to fuel its efforts to pick away at Uber — especially as it appears primed to begin its move internationally, according to a report from The Information. Techcrunch I would like to see this happen as Uber is dominating the market and I would like to see some competition in the space.
  • The iPhone X is going to get some competition from Google this fall. The search giant on Thursday announced it will host a hardware event on Oct. 4, where it’s expected to reveal its next-generation smartphone, the Pixel 2. The tech titan posted a cryptic video on its YouTube site that featured a Google search box with multiple queries being typed in. “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” one asked. Another wanted to know “Why doesn’t my phone understand me?” The video suggests, among other things, that the Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s new smartphone may be equipped with an improved version of its voice-activated Google Assistant. The Oct. 4 date falls on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Google’s first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which were tagged by reviewers as one of the best smartphones on the market that use Google’s Android mobile operating system. NYPost It’s a pretty safe bet this is the time of year Apple and Google roll stuff out for the holiday season.
  • Each generation of iPhone brings with it a custom system-on-chip (SoC) with an impressive amount of power, and Apple is keeping that tradition with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10). Each of those handsets sports a custom A11 Bionic processor with six cores of computing muscle—four high performance cores and two power efficiency cores. If early leaked benchmarks are any indication, the A11 Bionic is going to set some records. The A11 Bionic is reportedly built on a 10-nanometer FinFET process. We suspect the two power efficiency cores will perform the bulk medial chores to maintain battery life, which Apple says will be 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7. But for heavy lifting, the chip is capable of not only firing up its four high performance cores, it can tap all six cores simultaneously. Combined with a burly GPU, the A11 Bionic looks like a fierce chip. HotHardware Looking back I bet Intel upset they turn the deal down to make phone processors for Apple.
  • Google is taking on the irritating trend of auto-playing Web videos with its Chrome browser. Starting in Chrome 64, which is currently earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted or when a “user has indicated an interest in the media.” The latter applies if the site has been added to the home screen on mobile or if the user has frequently played media on the site on desktop. Google also says auto-play will be allowed if the user has “tapped or clicked somewhere on the site during the browsing session.” arstechnica I am glad I don’t like the fact that Facebook Autoplays its a security issue I feel.
  • The Apple TV 4K doesn’t arrive until next week, but Apple is already delivering 4K and HDR content to its customers via the iTunes Store. As you may recall, I described Apple’s Apple TV 4K announcements this week to be the only unadulterated win from its iPhone X press event. That is, this device will provide 4K and HDR content to a living room device that is (for Apple) reasonably priced. And better still, Apple’s 4K content will not cost extra. “In the only real surprise at the event, and what I will argue was, in fact, the best news of the day, Apple will not charge extra for purchased 4K/UHD/HDR content,” I wrote. “That is, movies and TV shows in these formats will cost the same as Full HD/1080p videos did before (typically $15 or $20 for a new movie). And better still, if you purchased movies or TV shows from Apple in Full HD before, they will automatically be upgraded to 4K/UHD/HDR as those versions become available. Other service providers charge a lot of money for this kind of thing. For example, Google sells the movie King Kong: Skull Island for $19.99 in Full HD, but the 4K/UHD/HDR version is $29.99. For people who care about home entertainment, Apple’s pricing here is—yes, really—a game changer.” Thurrott Apple is really on the ball with their services that’s why they are on their way to being the first trillion dollar company.