Google showed off password-free logins last year as part of Project Abacus, and it now looks like the feature will see wider availability this year. Project Abacus monitors a combination of signals in real-time to verify your authenticity, including typing and voice patterns, current location, facial recognition, and more. This "Trust Score" is used to determine if you are who you say who are.
The new Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs are now ready to order, enabling owners to add every shade of white to their home lighting setup. From cold daylight to warm white light, these new bulbs can be configured for different mood settings depending on the time of day, and is believed to even aid in having a good night's rest.
Netflix has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney movies — including Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar films — on the U.S. pay TV circuit. Netflix signed the agreement with Disney in 2012, and the deal is set to go into effect from September. The move keeps Disney's latest hits from streaming on rival services, as well as subscription networks during the first-run window.
The latest Moto G4 Plus adverts show off key features of the phone, including the Snapdragon 617 SoC, the 16MP camera with PDAF, laser autofocus, and an f/2.0 lens. The phone's camera app lets you tap to focus on a subject, and you can quickly control the exposure with a slider.
Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He founded reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google in 2009, and then co-founded Duolingo, world's largest language-learning online platform.
Google has tried — and failed — to get regulatory signoff to conduct trials of its Project Loon initiative in India, but it looks like that's about to change. The government's communications and IT ministry is said to be in talks with Google over a Loon pilot, which will last for four days.
Bell's impending acquisition of Manitoba's regional telecommunications incumbent, MTS, still needs approval by Canada's various regulators and government bodies, but the company's biggest test is with the province's own cellphone customers.
According to an interview with Winnipeg Free Press, Bell CEO Wade Oosterman says that while price changes are not guaranteed, service improvements are:
"I think it's way too early to speculate on (price changes). What I know with certainty is that quality will go up."
At the same time, Manitoba's own Premier, Brian Pallister, a member of the provincial Progressive Conservative party, supports the deal, noting, "We've had cheaper, limited services. Now we get better service."
Bell promises $1 billion in investment across the province over the next five years, including the filling of cellular dead zones, the beginnings of which have already begun in areas along Highway 75, near the Manitoba-North Dakota border.
Google Home took first place in our poll, snatching up 31.29% of the votes. In second place was Google Assistant with a solid 25.33%. Allo Messenger managed to sneak into third with 19.95% of the vote. In four place was Android Wear 2.0 with 13.42% of the overall vote. Duo video grabbed up only 6.65% of the vote, enough to slide into fifth place. Android Studio 2.2 came in last, getting only 3.35% of the vote.
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Nextbit has created an exclusive, limited supply, special-edition Robin in the color MintNight, and we have two to give away! In case you aren't familiar with it, the Nextbit Robin is a unique device, with a standout look and a handy feature that ensures that you'll never run out of space on your phone. Apps you rarely use are offloaded to the cloud, and when you do want to use them, a tap restores everything just as if it were never gone. Jerry had a lot of great things to say about this phone in his review, and the experience has only gotten better with recent updates.
THE PRIZE Two lucky Android Central readers will each win a Nextbit Robin in the color MintNight, which is a specially made combo of their existing colors, Mint and Midnight. So hot!
THE GIVEAWAY Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! Keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. The giveaway is open until the end of May, and winners will be announced here shortly after the close date. Good luck!
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Cars have been pretty dumb for a pretty long time. That's finally starting to change as Android Auto shifts into a new gear.
Android Auto has come a long way in the past year of so of its public existence. It's gone from being built in just a handful of cars to dozens and dozens, from major manufacturers in nearly 30 countries. (And counting!) It's available as an aftermarket option in a number of head units from several manufacturers. Android Auto apps are expanding all the time.
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