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Even when you tell an android app, “No, you don’t have permission to track my phone” you think you are actually stopping it from tracking your phone. You expect that by denying permission you can disable its abilities. However, researchers have something else to say on this matter. According to them, thousands of Android apps have found out ways to cheat android’s permission system, phoning home your device’s unique identifier and enough data to reveal tell your location as well.

Even when you deny permission to an app when it asks to see those personal data on your device, it may not be enough to stop it. A second app which you have given permission can make those buts available to the other app. it can even leave the bits in shared storage where another app even a malicious one can access your data. This may happen even when the two are not related to each other. According to researchers:

“Since both the apps are developed using the same software development kit, they can very access the data stored on your device.”

Also, there is clear evidence that SDK owners are receiving these data.

Based on a study presented at PrivacyCon 2019, an app from Disney and Samsung have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times by people all across the world. these apps are made using SDKs which is developed by Chinese search giant Baidu and an analytics firm called Salmonads that could pass your data from one app to another and even to their servers by storing it locally on your device first. Researchers have also found that some of these apps using the Baidu SDK can attempt to quietly obtain this data for their own use.

According to a study, a photo app called Shutterfly is actually capable of sending GPS coordinates back to its servers even without getting permission. Thus, this app can very well track your location. Similarly, there are thousands of other apps that can do the same. They harvest the data stored on your device and send it back to their servers.

 

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V3 Supercharger From Tesla Can Charge Up To 1500 Electric Vehicles In A Single Day

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Tesla has recently opened a large next-generation electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas. It is known to combine the company’s core products into one single sustainable energy ecosystem. This is done to fulfill a vision of Elon Musk, CEO.

The new V3 supercharger is known to support a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts. It has been designed to reduce the charging time for its electric vehicles. The V3 supercharger was unveiled by Tesla in March at its Fremont, Calif factory. A second V3 supercharger is located in Hawthorne, Calif close to the Tesla Design Studio. Both the sites were initially used as test sites, lack two important Tesla products.

The one located in Las Vegas is considered to be the first V3 supercharger. It is notable not only because of its size but there are 39 chargers at the station. This V3 supercharger also uses Tesla solar panels along with its Powerpack batteries in order to generate and store the power required to operate the chargers. As a result, the entire system generates its own energy and passes it along to thousands of Tesla vehicles.

The new supercharger located off the Las Vegas strip, below the High Roller on the LINQ promenade was constructed on Caesars Entertainment Property. The site is actually a part of Caesars Entertainment’s goal to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2025.

There are caveats to the capabilities of this supercharger station. Only one Tesla vehicle, model 3 long range iteration can charge at the maximum rate of 250 kW. The 250 kW results in up to 180 miles of range added to the battery in 15 minutes.

New models, Model S and Model X are designed to charge up to 200 kW rate.

Improvements to charging times are critical for the company.  wait times at supercharger stations can be lengthy.

In the past, the company has said:

“These improvements will allow the supercharger network to serve more than twice as many vehicles per day at the end of 2019 compared with today.”

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Georgia Tech Announces Vibration Powered Ant-sized Micro Robots

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A 3D-printed robot of roughly 2 mm in length almost of the size of the smallest ant is the latest entrant in the world of micro-bots.  Interestingly, these bots move in response to vibration from the piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound source or even a small speaker.

According to a research paper released by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, these ant-sized robots is likely to revolutionize the tech space as these could be used to:

 “sense environmental changes, move materials and even repair injuries inside the human body one day”

Depending on the configuration, these “micro-bristle-bots” responds differently to different vibration frequencies. This variable frequency response mechanism allows researchers to control individual ant-sized bots. The mobility response is quite amazing. According to paper, these bots can cover four times their own length in a second.

Azadeh Ansari, an assistant professor at the institute says:

 “We are working to make the technology robust, and we have a lot of potential applications in mind.”

Adding further she said that the team is working at the intersection of mechanics, electronics, biology, and physics. It’s a very rich area and there’s a lot of room for multidisciplinary concepts, she added.

As there is no battery of that minuscule size to fit within bots, this vibration response mechanism and control system could change the dynamism of the micro-bot research. Although there are immense future possibilities, as of now the team is just dealing with some tiny prototypes.

The paper says that the bot consists of a piezoelectric actuator glued onto a polymer body that is 3D-printed using two-photon polymerization lithography (TPP). Actuator induced vibration to move the springy legs up and down, propelling the micro-bot forward.

Ansari said:

“As the micro-bristle-bots move up and down, the vertical motion is translated into a directional movement by optimizing the design of the legs, which look like bristles.”

She added that the legs of the micro-robot are designed with specific angles allowing them to bend and move in one direction in resonant response to the vibration.

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Android Auto phone interface went for many on Android Q Beta 5

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Android Auto phone interface went for many on Android Q Beta 5

Android, the king of the mobile operating system with 76%, is consistently in innovative mode. As announced in May, Google has started to the killing of Android Auto phone interface. Some Reddit users reported that in the Android Q Beta 5 update on Pixel, the icon of Android Auto app is disappearing and there is no option to start the app from the phone. The tech giant plans to replace it with the Driving Mode.

However, the same user said that the Android Auto interface is still available on the Google Play Store but an option to launch the app is not there. The Auto is not completely gone. The launchable app might be missing but it one can still connect with car’s infotainment system provided your car supports the Google software.

The Mountain View, California-based giant is gearing up to revolutionize the fast-evolving self-driving car industry. The all-new Assistant Driving Mode is definitely going to be more promising as compared to the Android Auto.

Going by the past experience of delay in the Google Play Music and YouTube Music features parity, experts are a bit apprehensive about the time Google will take to complete the replacement.

Google launched Android Q Beta 5 launches on July 10 taking a step forward towards the final release.  It is time for you to test the compatibility of your apps and make sure they are ready. The tech major plans to lunch one more Beta release before the consumer launch scheduled later this quarter.

The Beta 5 update includes the latest Android Q system images for Pixel and Android jEmulator. This also includes the final Android Q developer APIs (API level 29), the official API 29 SDK, and updated build tools for Android Studio.

In gesture navigation space Google intends to switch users to 3-button navigation when they are using custom button launcher, starting in Beta 6. Google assures that they will address all remaining issues in a post-launch update allowing all users to switch to gestural navigation.

Alphabet Inc (GOOGLE) stock opened at US$1146.73 and closed at US$1153.46, up 0.26% on July 16.

 

 

 

 

 

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