And therein lies a partial solution to the platform's fragmentation problem. The abject failure of the Android Update Alliance announced at I/O 2011 made it clear that getting Android hardware partners to fall in line with respect to device updates would be a Herculean (or, perhaps, Sisyphean) task. So Google has in essence done what newcomers like Firefox OS are proposing to do: apply more device updates at higher layers of the operating system, layers that don't need to be customized by OEMs and verified by carriers. … [Read more...] about How Google updated Android without releasing version 4.3
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All Access is priced at $9.99 per month, and all users can get a one-month free trial. Users that sign up before June 30 can subscribe at a rate of $7.99 per month. At rollout, the service will be offered only in the US, though Yerga stated the company plans to roll out to more countries in the coming months. … [Read more...] about Google unveils new music subscription service to compete with Spotify
The Rise of In-App Purchases and Free to Play Much of the rise in freemium apps can be attributed to in-app purchases. Every mobile app in the Play and App Stores has the option to sell additional features. Most apps that utilize ads have an in-app purchase that allows you to remove ads entirely. … [Read more...] about What Are “Freemium” Apps, and How Do They Work?
But neither Google nor Microsoft send their entity extractors out into the wild Web without some early training. Both had stores of data already on hand to “seed” their entity engines with some well-structured starter entities. In Google’s case, the Knowledge Graph team was able to begin with the 12 million entities that had already been put into Freebase by its user community, as well as by drawing on open sources of data such as the CIA World Fact Book and Wikipedia. Microsoft was more focused on providing objects that would best play into its Action Object model, so much of the initial attention was paid to product catalogs and e-commerce sites, according to Weitz. … [Read more...] about How Google and Microsoft taught search to “understand” the Web
Those features aside the Versa 2 is a lot like the original Fitbit Versa. It has got a slightly bigger screen and some other minor improvements, but otherwise is much like its predecessor. You should be able to buy it in most regions before the end of September, at a price of $199.95 / £199.99 / AU$299.95. … [Read more...] about 5 best smartwatches of IFA 2019: the top wearables announced this week