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7 min ago

Project Abacus is an ATAP project aimed at killing the password

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Google ATAP wants to implement a real time security system that constantly makes sure the person using your phone is you.

The folks at ATAP, who are usually busy with things like Project Ara or making our clothes smarter, want to kill the password. It's a lofty goal, one we've heard from many folks in the past, but the demonstration at Google I/O today is one of the first that seems like it might actually work. The effort is currently being called Project Abacus, and it's the result of a massive collaboration with 33 Universities, tested with 40tb of data across 28 states.

How does it work? Well, in a sense, it works by constantly paying attention to who you are and how you behave.

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15 min ago

Google's new Saved Passwords site and Smart Lock for Passwords are now available

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Google quietly rolled out a new password service that builds on its existing Chrome sync system.

With the announcement of Google Play Services 7.5 during all of the Google I/O fun yesterday, Google quietly slipped in a new password syncing feature that developers can take advantage of. What we didn't know is that it'd be going live for anyone to use so quickly, and now the new features are out there to see.

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27 min ago

Google's Project Jacquard turns your tunic, trousers or anything else into a touchpad

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Project Jacquard

The idea of slipping sensors and controls into clothing isn't exactly new — you'll read stories about it every now and then. Connected workout clothes for monitoring your heart rate or other vitals without having to wear a wristband or chest strap. Or maybe you're just talking a hoodie with built-in Bluetooth. Whatever.

Google's Project Jacquard takes things to a new level, basically turning your clothing into a touchpad.

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1 hour ago

Project Vault can provide secure storage for any device in the size of a microSD card

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The ATAP group within Google is doing really neat (and secure) things with external storage devices.

We're at Google's ATAP (the Advanced Technology And Projects group, and self-proclaimed pirates that "make epic shit") session during Google I/O 2015, and we just saw our first look at Project Vault — one of those crazy projects that folks at Google love to get started.

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1 hour ago

Huawei and Volkswagen will team up to connect smartphones and cars

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Soon, smartphones made by Huawei will soon have apps that will allow those devices to connect seamlessly to cars made by Volkswagen.

Even as Android Auto begins its slow rollout in the US, there are even more projects in the works for the connected car fan. Today, Huawei announced plans to partner with Volkswagen to allow smartphones made by the Chinese company to connect to some Volkswagen vehicles.

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1 hour ago

Age-based app ratings now showing in Google Play Store

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Google back in March announced that all Android apps in the Google Play Store soon would display age-based content ratings. Developers would answer questions in a fairly simple survey (I've done it a dozen times now) and in turn would receive a rating from the International Age Rating Coalition. (More on that here.)

Today, those ratings have gone live in the web version of the Google Play Store, visible just under the app ratings. (Presumably the app-based Google Play Store will show them soon, too.)

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1 hour ago

Google announces new 'Hands Free' payment system, testing to begin later this year

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Later this year Google will begin testing of another payment option, Hands Free, which will let customers pay with just their voice.

At Google I/O Google introduced Android Pay, the companies newest mobile payment system. It appears as though the company is also set to test yet another payment option, Hands Free. This new payment system will be tested out later this year, starting in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1 hour ago

Google ATAP's 'Soli' opens a world of new virtual controls with radar on a chip

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Google's ATAP group — think next-generation Skunkworks — this morning at Google I/O unveiled its latest moonshot — Project Soli. It's basically a tiny doppler radar instead of optical cameras to track motion, offering a higher level of fidelity and discrete movements, and opening up a whole new world of interacting with technology. (That and radar's just cool.)

The size of the radar chip itself is what opens the door to that new world. It'll be able to be embedded in all sorts of applications that have been previously limited. Think Minority Report gesturing, but not just for desktop-size devices. Think tapping in the air above a radio. Or beckoning a light to brighten merely by waving your hand.

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1 hour ago

Candy Crush Soda Saga bursts its way into Amazon's Appstore

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Candy Crush Soda Saga is now available as a free download in Amazon's Appstore, giving users yet another place to grab the highly addictive game.

Whether you have five minutes or two hours to kill, Candy Crush Soda Saga is an extremely addictive way to do so. The game has made its way over to the Amazon Appstore, and is now available as a free download.

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2 hours ago

Android Wear support is coming to Volvo's Android app in June

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Volvo is the latest company with plans to support Android Wear, thanks to an update for its Volvo on Call app in late June.

If you own a Volvo and an Android Wear smartwatch, you will have some good news in late June. That's when the car company will issue an update to its Volvo on Call app for Android that will include support for smartwatches running Android Wear.

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2 hours ago

Seidio LEDGER Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Perfect for storing a card or two for everyday use, the LEDGER Case feels as good as it looks — offering more than one way to enjoy media.

We've seen the the S-View Case for the Galaxy S6 up-close, but the storage and kickstand options of Seidio's LEDGER Case were too enticing to not give a trial run. What we didn't expect, however, was a disadvantage that could render this particular cover useless for many Galaxy S6 owners.

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4 hours ago

Android Central 238: Google I/O 2015 Special Edition!

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Audio-only stream below

Another Google I/O keynote has come and gone. Two and a half hours of Android goodness — and that barely scratched the surface of what's going on at Google's annual developer conference. We've got the new Android M Developer Preview. We've got the new Google Photos. We've got more Google Cardboard. More from ATAP. More ... well, you're just going to have to listen to catch up. Join Phil, Jerry and Justin and they break it all down, and what it means for the weeks and months to come.

Audio only this week, folks, as we're live from San Francisco. Enjoy!

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4 hours ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, May 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's the end of the month, and that can only mean one thing: It's time for the Mobile Nations Community Update! As always, we're about to take a look at the happenings around our network, including Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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4 hours ago

Lets call the NVIDIA Shield Android TV what it is — a console competitor

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Google and NVIDIA have come together to release a proper game console, one that has a surprisingly good out of the box experience.

You can't throw a stick without hitting someone writing something about the downfall of the game console. Mobile gaming has exploded such that catering to the casual gamer seems like a more viable business model to some, and with a game console in your pocket what need have you for a device that tethers you to the couch? It's a broad brush to paint with, and this past console generation proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the console gamer is not only here to stay, but demands more.

This amazing clash of gaming cultures is precisely why the NVIDIA Shield exists, and if the companies responsible for bringing it to life can keep the content flowing it's likely we'll soon recognize this device as the fourth major game console on the market.

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