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HAMR technology could lead to 80TB hard drives (with 20TB HDDs coming this year)

SSDs may be faster and more durable than hard drives with spinning platters. But HDDs still have a few things going for them — they’re cheaper on a cost-per-gigabyte basis and the highest-capacity hard drives can store way more data than an SSD. And it looks like that’s going to remain the case for a […]

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Microsoft introduces dual-screen SDKs for Android, Windows 10X, and the web

Microsoft has two high-profile dual-screen devices scheduled to launch later this year — the Microsoft Surface Neo will be one of the first dual-screen computers to ship with Windows 10X, and the Surface Duo is a dual-screen Android smartphone. But neither will be very useful if developers don’t start creating apps and experiences tailored to dual-screen […]

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Microsoft releases tools for creating ARM64 apps for Windows

This year the first Windows 10 computers with ARM processors started shipping. They tend to be thin and light 2-in-1 tablets and convertible laptops with long battery life, fanless designs, and built-in support for 4G LTE. But they also have some limitations. They can run 32-bit or 64-bit apps compiled for ARM architecture, and they […]

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Google Assistant SDK offers voice service to 3rd-party hardware

Google Assistant currently works on a handful of platforms including select Android phones, the Google Home smart speaker, and Google Allo chat app. But soon Google Assistant may be available in third-party devices ranging from smart home gadgets to robots. Google has released a new software development kit that you can use to build-your-own hardware […]

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Microsoft’s Project Rome brings Android/Windows cross-device experiences to apps

Soon you may be able to use your Android phone to control and interact with more apps running on your Windows PC (or Xbox, or other Windows devices). Microsoft’s Project Rome is a software developer kit that allows app makers to offer cross-device support. For example, a music app running on your phone could automatically […]

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Android M developer preview available for Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player

Want to take an early build of Google’s next version of Android for a spin? Google has released developer preview builds of Android M for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player TV box. You can download the system images from the Android Developer Preview website. Android […]

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Microsoft Band wearable to support 3rd-party apps thanks to new SDK

The Microsoft Band is a wearable fitness tracker that you can wear like a bracelet. It tracks steps, monitors your heart rate and sleep patterns, and communicates with mobile apps that can run on Android, iOS, or Windows Phone devices. Launched late last year, the Microsoft Band was designed to work with a Microsoft health […]

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Apple Watch, Android Auto apps on the way thanks to new dev tools

Apple and Google are both inviting developers to create new kinds of apps today. Google has released the first APIs for Android Auto, enabling developers to create Android apps that can work with supported in-vehicle systems. Apple, meanwhile, has released WatchKit, a new set of tools that let developers create apps for the upcoming Apple […]

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Google releases Android 5.0 SDK and Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 preview images

The first phones, tablets, and TV boxes with Android 5.0 software should begin shipping in a few weeks, and Google will begin rolling out Android 5.0 as an over-the-air updates to owners of recent Nexus devices soon. To help developers get their apps ready, Google has released the software developer kit for Android 5.0 Lollipop. […]

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Lilbits (8-07-2014): Google Fit is coming

Google wants to make it easier for fitness-related Android apps to talk to one another, so the company is introducing a new series of APIs for developers. The platform is called Google Fit, and it’ll be available to the public when Android L is released this fall. But developers don’t have to wait until then […]

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Lilbits (6-18-2014): OnePlus One teardown, Amazon Fire Phone SDK

The OnePlus One is one of the first phones to ship with Cyanogen’s custom version of Android. It’s also a pretty powerful phone given its $299 starting price. Now that the phone is starting to ship in limited quantities, the folks at iFixit decided to take it apart and see what makes it tick. In […]

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Samsung introduces Tizen SDK for smart TV apps

Samsung seems to be intent on using the Linux-based Tizen operating system to power as many of its upcoming devices as possible. While Tizen has yet to take off as a smartphone or tablet operating system, Samsung already offers cameras, smartwatches, and fitness trackers powered by Tizen. Now Samsung has unveiled a Tizen software developer kit […]