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What Makes the Google Pixel Different from Other Smartphones?

By Kacey Deamer, Staff Writer for LiveScience | October 6, 2016

 

Google debuted its first smartphone this week, dubbed "Pixel," signaling the company's move into an industry long dominated by the likes of Apple and Samsung. And considering Google is already the developer of the Android mobile operating system, what will make the Pixel different from other smartphones already on the market?

Google unveiled the Pixel Oct. 4, saying it will provide the best experience "by bringing hardware and software design together under one roof."

This isn't Google's first foray into the smartphone industry: The company's Android operating system is available on smartphones from a number of companies, including Samsung, HTC and Motorola. Previous smartphone releases from Google were part of the Nexus program, in partnership with other smartphone providers. But Pixel is all Google's — the first smartphone built entirely by the company.

"With Pixel, we obsessed over every detail, from the industrial design to the user experience," Brian Rakowski, vice president of product management at Google, wrote in a blog post to introduce the new phone...

Finding That Needle In The Huge Data Stack

By Michael Upchurch Founder and COO of Fuzzy Logix | October 12, 2016

 

For those who hit the “snooze” button on earlier big data wake-up calls, consider this your espresso shot of information: Our society creates as much data in two days—approximately five exabytes of data—as all of civilization did prior to 2003. In light of that statistic, maybe they should change Moore’s Law to A Little Moore’s Law out of respect.

Connected devices are generating massive amounts of data, to the extent that we can soon expect the amount of data in the world to double every year. Not surprisingly, it’s business that feels the growing pains of big data most acutely. Enterprises have become data dependent to make decisions, service customer relationships, foster innovation, improve operational efficiencies and, crucially gain competitive advantage.

So what’s stopping you? Panic? Too Much, Too Late?

The next major version of Windows 10 just got a potential release date

By Darren Allan, TechRadar, October 14 2016

 

It seems the rumor mill has a date for the release of the next major update to Windows 10, so if you want to mark next March in your diary, go right ahead – because that’s when we should see Redstone 2 (RS2) arrive.

Previously, we’ve heard that there will be two major updates coming in 2017, the first of which is RS2; speculation already pointed to it arriving in the spring.

While some thought later in the spring was more likely – perhaps April – the new date was uncovered by Twitter’s WalkingCat (the source of many Microsoft rumors), who spotted references in the current preview build of Windows 10referring to RS2 as being version 1703 of the OS.

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