Android 11 is codenamed Red Velvet Cake — but Google won’t call it that

After ditching the dessert-based nomenclature for Android versions with Android 10, Google is bringing it back for the next one — internally, at least. Android 11 is known to engineers working on the project as Red Velvet Cake, or RVC. That’s from Dave Burke, VP of engineering at the company, who revealed the internal codename in an interview on the All About Android podcast. But you’re not going to see it called that publicly; the only bit of color Android 11 will get is that it’ll be referred to as ‘Android R’ in open-source code for the OS. You can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google...
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs to face antitrust committee that owns $100K+ of those companies’ stocks

Business Insider’s Aaron Holmes reports that three of the lawmakers tasked with leading an antitrust investigation into the operations of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google own more than $100,000 in stocks of those tech firms — not the best way to run a probe. In their coverage, Holmes noted that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin owns more than $98,000 in stocks in all four companies combined; Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California has between $1,000 and $15,000 of stocks in Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet each, though she’s sold some of those shares recently; Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio holds between $15,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Apple,Facebook,Google...
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AOC wants to stop the US military from using Twitch for recruiting

US military forces have recently joined Twitch tto share live gaming streams of their esports teams and to interact with viewers who may be interested in joining the Army, Navy or Air Force. As it turns out, they haven’t exactly been playing by the platform’s rules, and now they’ve drawn the ire of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The NY Representative is set to file an amendment to the House Appropriations bill which will prevent these military forces from using funds guaranteed by the bill to “maintain a presence on Twitch.com or any video game, esports, or live-streaming platform.” What’s the big deal? US… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch...
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Dear Twitter, can we get encrypted DMs already?

Following the Twitter breach that allowed attackers to access internal admin tools and take over several prominent accounts last week, the company has now revealed that the attackers also accessed DMs belonging 36 out of the 130 affected users — including one elected official in the Netherlands. This simply won’t do, at a time when Twitter is a trusted communication platform for hundreds of millions of people around the world, as well as for global leaders. The debate around what sort of damage hackers could do by tweeting incendiary messages from the verified accounts of powerful people rages on, but… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter...
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This free Android app reveals when other apps secretly use your mic and camera

Apple introduced a nifty feature in iOS 14 that displays indicators on your iPhone or iPad every time an app begins using your mic or camera. That lets you know if your device is recording you when it shouldn’t. [Read: Gmail is getting a massive redesign to work more like Slack] There have been loads of shady apps guilty of this on Android over the years, and Google has worked to tackle concerns about them with improved access management in the OS, and better permission control for when apps can access the various sensors and recording hardware on your phone. If… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android...
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Rocket League is going free-to-play this summer — nice shot!

Psyonix, makers of the insane soccer-but-with-RC-cars game, Rocket League, announced that it’s making the popular title free-to-play later this summer — five years after its launch. While the game is available across consoles and PC platforms, the announcement only mentions details about the PC version. Rocket League will be available for free on Steam, and will arrive in the Epic Games Store when the new version launches — and it’ll support play between these platforms. So what’s changing, besides the price tag? Psyonix says it’ll “make exploring the game easier” by revamping menus, and improving major features like Tournaments and… This story continues at The Next Web...
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TikTok might be sold to US investors to ward off security concerns

Chinese short video platform TikTok is currently facing close scrutiny and risks being booted out of the US — which is home to some of its most popular content creators — but the app may find a lifeline there. The Information reports that a number of US-based investors who already have a stake in TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance, are considering purchasing the subsidiary company to gain control of the platform. The move could ease some concerns among governments and users about TikTok handing user data over to Chinese authorities. There isn’t yet a timeline in place for this, but Bytedance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security...
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Apple might skip including a charger with your iPhone 12 to make it cheaper

Market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted that Apple might ship the next iPhone without a charger and wired earbuds in the box — which would be a first for the company. 9to5Mac relayed that, according to Kuo, Apple wants to keep the iPhone 12’s price close to that of the iPhone 11, and ditching these accessories will help offset the cost of new 5G networking components. There’s no word yet on whether a Lightning cable will be included. Although this isn’t confirmed yet, I’d hate to see Apple go down this road. As 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo noted, those accessories will set… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple...
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Blackpink takes back the YouTube crown from BTS with record-breaking new video

K-pop group Blackpink has broken the record for the most views for a single video in 24 hours with its new music video ‘How You Like That,’ reports Variety. Hit the play button above to watch it. The video racked up 82.4 million views within the first 24 hours of release on June 26. It ousted the previous record holder, which happens to be another K-pop track: BTS‘ ‘Boy With Luv,’ which garnered 74.6 million views back in April 2019. This isn’t the first time Blackpink has held the record for most views in 24 hours on YouTube. ‘Kill This… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube...
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Google’s new One Tap system will make sign-ups and logins easier on Android — and I’m into it

For the past couple of years, I’ve felt like the notion of registering for a service by filling in a form seems like an aging ritual. A lot of that hassle has been sorted by autofill systems, but you still have issues like remembering whether you signed up with your Google or Facebook account, or if you used a password, or if you even registered in the first place. Google might have a way out, for those who are happy to use its solutions. The company has developed One Tap, a new system that lets you sign up on sites… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google...
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