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Google has taken to its official blog to announce the introduction of a new Google account feature it calls "Find Your Phone." If a user loses his or her iPhone or Android device or has it stolen, the feature allows users to take steps to secure their Google account in the first instance by signing out of remotely, something that works for both iPhone and Android users. In order to locate an iPhone, however, the service redirects iPhone users to Apple's iCloud-based "Find My iPhone" service.
Oracle has lost its lawsuit against Google, after a jury declared Android's use of 37 APIs for Java were considered "fair use." Following after three days of deliberation by jurors, the two-week trial ends in failure for Oracle, which was hoping to collect as much as $9 billion from the search giant over the potential API copyright infringement if the jury sided with the company, though there is still the chance Oracle will appeal the decision.
Oracle and Google laid out their closing arguments to the jury yesterday, in the latest lawsuit between the two companies over Google's use of Java in Android. Google maintained the use of Java APIs was transformative and counts as "fair use" for copyright purposes, while Oracle managed to sum up its entire argument into one short sentence, telling the jury "You don't take people's property and use it without permission."
Apple has rolled out an update to the Android version of the Apple Music app, adding a couple of new features that brings it closer to what the iOS app already provides for its users. Apple outlines two new items in the change log, with the Android app including the ability to search and play music videos for the first time, as well as the option of signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership from within the app itself.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
The European Union's anti-trust agency, the European Commission, has officially launched an investigation against Alphabet and Google about anti-competitive behavior in the Android operating system. The regulatory agency claims that Google violated anti-trust laws by "requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google's Chrome browser and requiring them to set Google Search as default search service on their devices" in addition to "preventing manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing operating systems based on the Android open source code."
Swift, the programming language typically associated with iOS and OS X app development, may soon find a greater role within Android. A report claims Google is looking into potentially making Swift a "first class" language for Android, effectively making it easier for app developers to use the language to create software for the platform. The same report also suggests other major entities are looking to expand their usage of Swift on their respective technology platforms.
Last year, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen moved back to using a Mac after a five-year absence. Recently, he has made another similar switching decision, this time migrating from his Android tablet to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. In this post, Malcolm explains the experience that Android users will most likely go through when making the switch to iOS.
Oracle is demanding Google pays a hefty amount in damages for infringing copyright by using Java's APIs in Android without licensing the software, a claim it has attempted to attack Google with previously. Filed in a federal court last week, the damages report from Oracle is requesting $9.3 billion from Google for the alleged infringement, with the request arriving ahead of a pretrial hearing scheduled to start at the end of April, and a trial in May.
Google is seemingly taking a page from Apple in its new specification for Material Design, the guidelines app developers are asked to adhere to in order to fit in with the rest of the modern Android user interface. Recently published guidelines advise for developers to start using "bottom navigation bars," a design feature that app creators have employed with iOS-bound releases for a considerable amount of time already.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R