Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster outlined a combative take about Google and its control over the Android operating system, and a defiant vision for Cyanogen to build an Android operating system without Google being in the picture.
McMaster started his talk with, "I'm the CEO of Cyanogen. We're attempting to take Android away from Google."
He further explained that Cyanogen is developing a version of Android which would be open at every level. Something that other developers and partners could utilize to create their own tightly integrated services. Think of stuff that would be able to compete with Google Now, and that paints a broad picture.
"We're making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don't get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android," explained McMaster.
Is Cyanogen concerned that Google might not think too highly of this strategy? No because it sees its future as being Google-free. McMaster says Cyanogen will have its own app store in 18 months. Of course, there is nothing to stop Google from impeding Cyanogen's plans either.
We are not sure how Cyanogen intends to achieve this vision, given how dependent it currently is on Google and its services. Even open source projects need some center mass for an ecosystem to interconnect with and seek guidance from, the Android Open Source Project and Ubuntu are good examples of that.
We all got inspired from Elon Musk when he accomplished his impossible dreams but now he wants to drill hole in your skill and link your brain with smartphone apps. This new technology will allow you to control your smartphones with just your thoughts. Neuralink is one of the Musk's companies, working on neural technology for over two years, and just recently it gave its first public real peek at what this startup has been working since its launch. The startup has created a neurosurgical robot which can embed the threads similar to human hair into the brain.
So far, these threads have been tested on animals but they are hopeful to test these on humans by the end of next year. To conduct these tests on humans he would need approval from the U.S food and drug administration first. If he got the approval, he may be able to pitch a technology that can read the mind of a patient of a paralysis and transmit that data to a machine. This would open new opportunities for the disable persons. According to a Reeve foundation, there are 5.4 million people living in the US with this condition and if this technology works, it could significantly improve the quality of life of millions of people.
Neuralink is arguably one of the foremost startups dedicated to biohacking, the quest to augment human beings' physical and cognitive performance, often by performing radical experiments on ourselves. It's now facing a problem common to many biohackers: The medical system, they complain, holds back progress. On July 16, Elon Musk had a live-stream about the technology. The Must said, the event wasn't about showing off. The main reason for doing this presentation is recruiting. He wants to hire more people for the Neuralink's open positions. The company currently has 90 employees and has $158 million in funding.
Recently, Apple launched a new advertisement campaign that offers you to trade-in your old iPhone with Apple for a discount on an upgrade to the new one. Apple consider three years as a potential life of an iPhone before it is hand over to someone else to be sold as second hand handset or stored in any drawer when a new iPhone is purchased. With the latest offer, Apple is making a new shifting trend to increase the number of upgrades to new iPhone by customers by returning the handset to Apple and trade it in for a new phone.
There are a few advantages for Apple in the offer. The user will still remain in the Apple's echo system if they upgrade their handset to another iPhone. Apple's CEO Tim Cook seems to put a great emphasis on services Apple can bring to its customers. Apple is using the emotional call back by Steve Jobs "One last thing" in the advertisement as handing back to your iPhone to Apple, it is available for refurbished and "put back into the world". If the iPhone you hand over is too old or have expected life span less than one year, it will get recycled in way that "respects the planet" and not by adding more plastic pollution to the planet.
Here is what Apple's new ad says:
You've done great things with your iPhone. But at some point, you'll be ready for something new. You can easily trade it in with Apple, so it can be refurbished and put back into the world, so someone new can do their own great things with it.
But if your device is at the very end of life, materials inside will be recovered and recycled. Either way, you can continue to do what you love, while respecting the planet.
Did you ever try to guess what the "N" in Android N will stand for? If you did, then here's your chance to try and get that idea be adopted by Google itself! That's right, the digital giant has even launched an entire website to register such ideas from people all over the world. This was quite a beginning to the Google I/O that started today. It is also an unexpectedly new move by Google, who have previously been content with just revealing the name of the next Android version at the yearly conference, up till now.
Android N was announced just a few months back in March and considering that Marshmallow was officially released only back in October 2015, it was obvious that Google wanted things to be on their way faster than before. To prove this point further, they released a developer preview as a follow up, which gave a few lucky users the taste of what's to come; improved battery life, split-screen multitasking and even brand new emojis among others. We are not sure if Google is looking for the name of innovative desserts or if they are planning to take a new approach this time around, but feel free to give it a try nonetheless.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)