Ars has an in-depth review of Android 7.0 Nougat, so sit back, relax, and have fun.

After a lengthy Developer Preview program starting in March, the final version of Android 7.0 (codenamed “Nougat”) is finally launching today. The OS update will slowly begin to rollout to devices over the next few weeks. This year, Google is adding even more form factors to the world’s most popular operating system. After tackling watches, phones, tablets, TVs, and cars, Nougat brings platform improvements aimed at virtual reality headsets and – with some help from Chrome OS – also targets laptops and desktops.

For Android’s primary platform (still phones and tablets), there’s a myriad of improvements. Nougat brings a new multitasking split screen mode, a redesigned notification panel, an adjustable UI scale, and fresh emoji. Nougat also sports numerous under-the-hood improvements, like changes to the Android Runtime, updates to the battery saving “Doze” mode, and developer goodies like Vulkan and Java 8 support.

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DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

August 24, 2016

 A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $ 20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform. The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use. The Part 107 rules, announced […]

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The GIF is dead – long live the GIF

August 23, 2016

Already more than a decade old and with roots reaching back half a decade before the World Wide Web itself, the GIF was showing its age. It offered support for a paltry 256 colors. Its animation capabilities were easily rivaled by a flipbook. It was markedly inferior to virtually every file format that had followed […]

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Developing a global financial architecture

August 20, 2016

 The movement of capital around the globe is of paramount importance to an increasingly globalized society. As companies, workers and jobs become more fluid across permeable borders, it will become increasingly necessary to move money freely without arduous costs or constraints. Yet no comprehensive solution exists today that resolves the issues damming the flow of […]

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* Self-driving car technology will change more than your car *

August 19, 2016

Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot, essentially a […]

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Windows 10 free upgrade ends today

August 19, 2016

If you wanted to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10…today is the last day to do it (July 29th 2016). Here is where you can force it to start: Windows 10 Free Upgrade For many administrators this will be the end of the nightmare, and if you want to get it for […]

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Crunch Report | Intel’s VR headset

August 17, 2016

Google’s new video calling app Duo launches today, India’s messaging app Hike raises $ 175 million, Google search now includes info on how to vote, Apple is building a super secret lab in China, Intel reveals its all-in-one virtual reality headset. All this On Crunch Report. Read More TechCrunch

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ARM Cortex-M, Interrupts and FreeRTOS

August 16, 2016

I’m covering the topic of FreeRTOS and interrupts in my university lecture material. But I have seen so many wrong usage of interrupts with the RTOS that I think it deserves a dedicated article. The amazing thing I see many times: even if the interrupts are configured in a clearly wrong way, surprisingly the application […]

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Gillmor Gang: What Ailes You

August 13, 2016

 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, August 12, 2016. Why Twitter should call itself the Peacock Network, why many are fleeing Facebook until after the election, why social video is moving into corporate life, and why I’m going to help Trumpty continue his great fall. […]

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Fuchsia: a new open source OS by Google for phones, PCs

August 12, 2016

Update: interesting summary of the repository – “So, the stack seems to be: Dart is the language for GUI apps, Flutter provides the widgets, and Escher renders the layers.” Something intriguing: a new open source operating system from Google, Fuchsia, has found its way to Google’s repositories. There’s pretty much no information anywhere about this, […]

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