Google’s New Android P: Simple, Adaptive, Powerful and Energy Efficient

Google I/O 2018 was mostly focused on improving Google Assistant, Maps and the News app that keeps you abreast and tackles fake news to boot. But a lot of improvements on the Android operating system, the Android P were overlooked as Duplex, the human-like voice too center stage. Note that the Android P is not Fuchsia, something designed to be a universal Operating System of sorts. But it IS predictive and ambitious in many ways. Even as it adapts to you and anticipates what you are likely to do (e.g. Suggested Actions), it also offers tools that allow you to “disconnect”. It can be downloaded not just for Pixel and Nexus but also for flagship phones of Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Essential and Sony, among others.

Google claims that Android P, at the forefront of AI and machine-learning, is all about Intelligence, Simplicity, and Well-being. One of the things it tackles is battery life, for which Google partnered with Deep-Minds to improve longevity; something which Apple had an upper hand in the past. Interestingly, this battery “spending” adapts to your own usage patterns. In short, it prioritizes apps which are often used or considered important. It has a 60% success rate in predicting and does so in an energy efficient way. For instance, its feature “App Action” adjusts screen brightness for you, based on your former preferences. Not only is it power-efficient, it second-guesses which app you are about to launch and what action you are likely to take. It has absolutely gone from “Hey, Google” to predicting your next step.

It has also streamlined user interface in an attempt to make your increasingly complex digital life to something simpler and organized. Even searching is no longer overwhelming with so many “hits”. This time with “Slice” the search ferrets back the most relevant to you in the context of what concerns you most from apps installed on your phone. For instance, typing “Lyft” will interactively give you the price it takes to get to work and such – and you don’t have to get out of search into the Lyft app because you can now order your ride from there. Neat, huh?

And if that’s not enough, Android P also has ML Kit, a new set of API that will enable:

  • Image labeling
  • Text recognition
  • Face detection
  • Barcode scanning
  • Landmark detection and
  • Smart reply

What else can it do? Beyond powerful productivity and energy efficiency, Google wants to give you more time by understanding your habits. And the really ambitious part is that it will let you “focus on what matters, switch off, and wind down.” The Android dashboard gives you a mini-analytics on how you are spending your time. Google hopes that this awareness will give you a good idea on how to balance your time – something essential for digital addicts!

Believe it or not, it also attempts to carve personal space for you with the gesture-driven “Shush” that’s essentially a NO DISTURB sign. It’s as easy as turning over your phone, face-down to shut yourself from calls, texts or pings. But it does compromise with starred contacts who are let through even when on Shush mode. And “Wind Down”? It’s something we all need -including you. Your phone calls it a night when you do. And that’s a wrap!



Early version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS launched

Windows aficionados’ long wait is over. It looks like Microsoft’s latest operating system is nearing its release with the availability of the preview of Windows 8 being unveiled in during the World Mobile Congress this week.

Companies normally release a preview version before its official release to allow individuals to test the software.

Windows 8 was designed to be used across different devices that include Tablets, smartphones and personal computers.

According to president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft Steven Sinofsky, “With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings a no-compromises approach using your PC.”

The company claims that they have improved the latest preview since the developer release. Improvements can be noticed in the touch, keyboard and mouse interface, performance and reliability improvements.

The Windows 8 also has the beta version of the Windows Store. The latter offers different Metro styled apps from third party developers and Microsoft.

Sinofsky adds, “It’s an even better Windows than Windows 7. It’s incredibly fast and fluid to just navigate this UI.”

Submission of apps for Mozilla’s open-web plans starts

Attention application developers, Mozilla is now accepting app submissions to strengthen its aim to building their own operating system for the open web.

Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project, these apps the will be developed will enable a cross-device and multi operating system integration. In other words, apps will now depend on the user and not on the device or platform.

According to Joe Stagner, Mozilla’s senior program manager for development technologies and community in his blog post, “using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, a developer can build an app using responsive design, and that app can offer the same look and feel as a device-native app, without having to rewrite for every desired target platform. One code base-all popular devices!”

The benefit of this is that developers will be exposed to nearly half a billion prospective customers along with Mozilla’s work on identity integration and app payments, sync, backup and recovery. Mozilla is also trying to develop new ways for their clients to discover and get new apps.

Stagner adds, “Both consumers and developers can easily get what they want from the Marketplace experience, on the front side or on the back end.”

New Trojan can stay hidden in Windows

Reports have it that a new malware has been discovered that hijacks a critical file and is hidden in the system while still being active.

According to antivirus company BitDefender, this complex Trojan is identified as Trojan.Dropper.UAJ. The latter tries to evade antivirus detection by not adding itself to the list of programs during startup.

The company’s Malware City blog read, “Trojan.Dropper.UAJ comes with its own approach – it patches a vital code library (comres.dll) forcing all applications that rely on comres.dll to execute this particular e-threat, as well.”

BitDefender states that comres.dll is commonly used by Internet browser (most). They use it for communication applications and networking tools. That is why this is very popular and very important to the operating system of the computer.

They say that the Trojan duplicates the genuine comres.dll file, and then patches it and saves it in the Windows directory folder where the OS looks for a dynamic link library or DLL.

Then the Trojan drops the file identified as a backdoor .Zxshell.B or prfn0305.dat which contains the function that eventually compromises your operating system.

BitDefender says that the Trojan can run on almost any Windows operating systems both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can you imagine if you could only work with one application such as e-mail, word processing, or browser at a time? This would obviously be a radical impairment on our ability to work. The same holds true for operating systems and platforms. Restriction to one of these at a time is a needless hindrance, and now Dell virtualization provides a way to run Windows, Linux, Mac, and other operating systems on one server.
Dell virtualization software allows you to run more than one operating system on a server. Virtualizing can save money, time, energy, and space by using remote technology to accomplish a variety of tasks without being tied down to the physical contingencies of a physical server.
To install the software for virtualization, you boot up the server or computer, load the virtualization program, and install an operating system from the media you have. The main operating system will be called the host operating system; secondary platforms will be guests. Once the virtualization program is running, each operating system you install on your server will perform like a new, separate computer. You can do anything on the guest servers that you can do with the host. You can run programs, share files, and partition drive space. The litany of benefits of virtualization includes:
Consolidation of Servers – Your server infrastructure can be maximized without having to purchase additional hardware; resources can be used more efficiently.
Energy Conservation – The less servers you have, the less electricity you will use. It has been estimated that the energy costs associated with running servers are actually more than the cost of the servers.
Management Made Easier – Managing one physical server with more than one virtual server is easier than managing several physical units. Hardware upgrades can be done using a management console, which eliminates having to shut the server down, install the hardware, and restart the server. Servers can all be managed with the same console.
Reduction of Backup and Recovery Time – Backing up and restoring virtual machines is easier as well. Hard drives and other hardware failures will not affect virtual machines as they are restricted to their physical medium.
As you can see, virtualization is a smart, efficient way to make the most of your networking infrastructure.

No Windows 7 for some corporations

Through a new survey conducted by Quest Software’s ScriptLogic unit, a significant number of corporations have no plans to immediately change their OS to Windows 7.

From 1000 responses from IT administrators, only 5.4 percent said they will move to Windows 7 this year while over a third of the survey respondents said that they plan to deploy by the end of next year.

It’s not because of problems with the OS that many corporations opt not to upgrade though. According to Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows management ScriptLogic, it was found out through the survey that “thirty five percent of respondents say they’ve saved money by skipping upgrades and delaying purchases,” which according to him, highlights the impact the economy has on IT.

It was also found out through the results of the survey that the two top reasons for corporations not moving to the new OS were lack of time and resources and application compatibility, which the latter could also result to added expenses.

The code for Windows 7 is expected to be finalized later this month.


Google OS coming soon

Another news from Google and this time, they’re not just staying on the web. Rumors have been going on about an operating system from the giant company and now it’s confirmed!

Google has announced last Tuesday night in its blog that there will be an operating system based on Google’s browser, Chrome soon, which was released to the public December 11 of last year.

This OS will be carried by lower-end PCs more known to the public as Netbooks and will be included in the second half of 2010. Manufacturers of Netbooks haven’t been revealed though. This open-source project will be run under the covers by Linux.

This move by Google shows how serious they are with their business. “Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director has both said in the blog post.

Google’s browser is created with a “minimal design with sophisticated technology”, makes you curious about what the OS would look like eh?

Something tells me Microsoft will be making a run for its money soon now!