- Google is Getting Ready to Inspire a Dozen Fire TV Competitors
- New Report Suggests Wifi is Probably Not Frying Your Brain
- Nook for Android Updated
Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:26 PM PDT
The Verge got their hands on documents concerning something called Android TV. Almost no hardware details are known about it, but it looks to me like Android TV is intended to do for TVs what Android Wear did for smartwatches:
Aside from the framework Google is providing to developers, there is very little here that hasn’t already shown up in existing smartTVs and set top boxes like the Fire TV, Roku 3, or the dozens of similar boxes and dongles developed by Chinese and other gadget makers.
But what sets Android TV apart is that it looks to me like Android TV isn’t a device so much as it is a platform for device makers and app developers to build on. If I am right them this could spur the development of not just one set top box running Android but a whole host of competing devices.
Google had previously shown interest in this market when they debuted the failed Google TV concept in 2012, but now it feels like Google TV is going to have the same status as Google Glass. The latter device has been sidelined ever since Android Wear launched last month as the newer platform picked up more press and more attention from developers.
There’s no word yet on when this will launch but I would expect to see this soon.
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Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:39 PM PDT
The 165 page report was generated on behalf of Health Canada as part of that organization’s regular reconsideration of safety standards, and while it doesn’t contain any new data it does include a review of existing research.
The tl;dr version of the report is that a panel of experts have concluded that current safety standards are sufficient. While it is true that a sufficiently powerful electromagnetic signal can have effects like shocks, a tingling sensation, or increase your body temperature via a general heating of water, the report concludes that these effects are unlikely to occur with existing Canadian safety standards.
Most importantly, the report notes that there is no conclusive evidence that currently widely used technologies (Wifi, for example) are dangerous at the time. So long as equipment meets existing certifications, the many groups trying to get Wifi banned from schools are panicking about nothing.
It’s worth noting that the reports did find some in the risks of exposure to em signals that met current safety standards, but it was inconsistent:
The report says that further study is needed.
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Posted: 05 Apr 2014 12:16 PM PDT
According to my sources, the app now enables readers to browse and sample ebooks without an account. It will also now ping you with notifications about deals in the Nook Store, reading recommendations and more.
The browsing option is an uncommon feature among reading apps, but the notifications s not. Kobo has implemented a similar feature on their Android tablets. (This can be annoying if you don’t buy from Kobo.)
And finally thanks to the update the app also now supports annual subscriptions. This last is a rather odd feature to highlight, given the Nook Store has supported subscriptions for at least 3 years now.
You can find the app in Google Play.
• Start reading with just 3 taps. Browse and sample books free before creating an account.
• Get NOOK notifications about great deals, reading recommendations & more.
• Newsstand savings—set up an annual subscriptions to select magazines and lock-in one low rate for an entire year.
• Bug fixes
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