The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

You might’ve seen a leaked image earlier today of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T, but the carrier is also launching a ruggedized smartphone for customers on a tight budget. The LG X Venture is an Android 7.0 Nougat device with IP68 dust and water resistance, and the company claims the phone has passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests, including drop and temperature evaluations.

It’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States, but will also be sold internationally. AT&T will sell the X Venture for $11 per month beginning May 26th, which comes out to a little over $260 after 24 months.

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Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Liron Damir, Pebble’s former VP of design and one of the leaders behind creating webOS for HP and LG, is heading to Google to serve as the new head of UX for Google Home, via Variety. Per Damir’s announcement on LinkedIn, he’ll be “lead[ing] the design of Google Home products,” in his new role at the company.

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Is Android security turning a corner?

Is Android security turning a corner?

Is Android security turning a corner?

Android security has always been an uphill fight. Unlike iOS, there’s no single mandatory App Store, making it easier for a bad link to give rise to a persistent malware problem. At the same time, the operating system is spread across dozens of carriers and device manufacturers, making it hard to push out fixes once a vulnerability is discovered. But after 2015’s Stagefright bug, Google started a new crackdown, hardening subsequent versions of Android and demanding better patching schedules from partners. Now, a year and a half later, those efforts may finally be starting to bear fruit.

Today, Google published a new report on the fight, running down the state of Android security in 2015. Over the course of 71 pages, the report details how well Android phones held up in 2016, both in receiving patches and avoiding malware. It’s still an uphill fight, but the report shows some of Google’s most aggressive moves may be starting to pay off.

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You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

Back when Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it also took the wraps off some other goodies as well. The recently released Google Home Mini was one, but another was the updated Daydream View VR headset. We weren’t given a release date at the time of the announcement, but it looks like the headset has just gone live. 

You can now head over to the Google Store (link below) and pick up the headset in either Fog, Charcoal, or Coral. If you want yours sooner rather than later, the Charcoal and Coral headsets are expected to ship by October 22, while the Fog headset is back ordered by two to three weeks. 

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Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

We have self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving boats, and self-driving buses, so it was only a matter of time before we got self-driving bulldozers.

Built Robotics is a new company coming out of stealth today that aims to disrupt the $130 billion excavation industry with its fleet of autonomous earth movers. Rather than sit in the dusty cab all day, operators can program the coordinates for the size hole that needs digging, then stand off to the side and watch the vehicle do all the work. The startup just raised $15 million to hire engineers and get the product to market.

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Misplaced your phone? Google Home can now help you find it

Misplaced your phone? Google Home can now help you find it

Misplaced your phone? Google Home can now help you find it

Google has made it easier for owners of a Home smart speaker to locate their Android smartphone that got lost somewhere in the house. All you have to do is say, “OK Google, find my phone”, and your device will start ringing, making it easier to locate it.

The great thing about the new feature is that your misplaced smartphone will start ringing even if it’s in silent mode. Additionally, as Google Home can distinguish between different voices, it will always ring the device of the person giving the command and not the one owned by someone else who also uses the same smart speaker.

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Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home

Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home

Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home

Google is reportedly planning to unveil a miniaturized version of its Home smart speaker at a hardware event dedicated to the upcoming Pixel sequel, according to a report from Android Police. The event may occur in October as last year’s Pixel and Google Home launch event did, although we don’t have concrete specifics on when or where Google will host it.

The mini Home speaker would likely be positioned as an Amazon Echo Dot competitor. That would allow you to hook up traditional audio systems with voice control, string together multiple Home units, and access Google Assistant throughout your house without spending an additional $129 on a standalone Home speaker.

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Google releases pay methodology in an attempt to prove no gender gap exists

Google releases pay methodology in an attempt to prove no gender gap exists

Google releases pay methodology in an attempt to prove no gender gap exists

Google has published a new response to Department of Labor claims that it systematically underpays its female staff members. The statement once again denies that any pay gap exists within the company, explaining the “gender-blind” way the company makes its salary calculations, which it says is based on “role, job level, job location as well as current and recent performance ratings.”

Once a salary is calculated by analysts — who Google says have no access to the gender information of the employee in question — it’s then fed into the company’s pay equity model. This is a four-stage process that compares suggested compensation amounts between genders, and theoretically prods the company to make adjustments if any statistical gap is observed.

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Google Daydream VR will add Chrome support and more in upcoming updates

Google Daydream VR will add Chrome support and more in upcoming updates

Google Daydream VR will add Chrome support and more in upcoming updates

The second day keynote address for the 2017 Google I/O developer conference concentrated on the company’s future plans for virtual and augmented reality. That includes some major upcoming updates for its Daydream VR platform.

The biggest news is that Daydream 2.0, which has the code name “Daydream Euphrates”, will add support for browsing and viewing web pages on headsets via Google’s Chrome browser. The Daydream controller will be used to type in URL addresses, and will also allow users to click on links in web pages via Chrome. If you browse to a page that has a WebVR app, you will automatically be switched over to that full 360 degree immersive game or app in your headset. You will also be able to view regular web videos in a big screen format on a Daydream headset.

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