3 ways Android Q is being built for 5G

Android Q has a lot of exciting UX additions and improvements, like Dark Mode, but it also has some under-the-hood additions to help usher in the era of 5G phones. Chief among them, we learned at Google IO 2019, are new capabilities for app developers to detect user data download speed and latency, as well as whether their connections are metered by carriers.

“[TechRadar saw] a phone running Android Q beta 3 load an 8K video in just over a second.”

How does this help? With the massive download speed upgrades promised by 5G – up to 1Gbps, some carriers claim – users will be able to get data far more quickly than before, allowing them to load hours-long HD videos in seconds, for example.

At Google IO, Bhavin Rokad, Google’s head of Android Strategy, showed TechRadar a phone running Android Q beta 3 on a local 5G network load an 8K video in just over a second, even after flipping through different time stamps. We saw the device quickly download AR animations, just like we’d seen [...]  read more

A brief history of Uber’s bumpy road to an IPO

It’s been nine years since UberCab made its first appearance on the WordPress pages of this website. In the ensuing years, the startup has grown from an upstart looking to upend the taxi cab cartels, to a juggernaut that has its hands in every form of transportation and logistics service it can think of.

In the process, Uber has done some things that might give (and in fact has given) some shareholders pause.

From its first pitch deck to this historic public offering, TechCrunch has covered the über startup that has defined the post-financial-crisis era of consumer venture investing.

Here are some of the things that shouldn’t get swept into the dustbin of Uber’s history as the [...]  read more

Uber’s first day as a public company didn’t go so well

Ouch. Yikes. Oof. Sigh.

Those are some of the friendlier phrases I imagine came out of the mouths of bankers, investors, executives and really anyone who has been paying close attention to Uber’s road to the stock markets today when the company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange below its initial public offering price.

The ride-hailing business (NYSE: UBER), previously valued at $72 billion by venture capitalists, priced its stock at $45 apiece for a valuation of $82.4 billion on Thursday. It began trading this morning at $42 apiece only to close even lower at $41.57 or down 7.6 percent from its IPO price.

Still, the IPO was successful enough for Uber. The business now has $8.1 billion on its balance sheet to invest in growth and ideally, transform into a profitable business.

Anyone that expected Uber to climb past $100 billion at its IPO is surely disappointed. And those who projected a valuation of some $120 billion, well they’re probably feeling pretty dumb. Nonetheless, Uber’s [...]  read more

Cryptomining gangs go to war over unsecured Linux systems

In an effort to gain greater control of vulnerable cloud-based infrastructure, two hacking groups behind large-scale cryptomining campaigns have begun to target each other’s cryptominers.

The Pacha Group, first detected in September of 2018, is a threat group of Chinese origins which was profiled by Intezer Labs while trying to spread its cryptocurrency mining malware Linux.GreedyAntd.

The firm’s researchers discovered the group’s malware was designed to search for other cryptojacking malware present on the systems it infects though this technique has been used by similar malware strains in the past.

The Linux.GreedyAnd modular malware used Systemd to gain persistence to make it harder to detect and remove. The malware is also used to attack and remove the cryptominers of other cybercrime groups but the Rocke Group is its main target.

Intezer Labs’ Ignacio Sanmillan explained how Linux.GreedyAndt differs from previous malware released by the Pacha Group in a  [...]  read more

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Developer conferences aren’t just a chance for tech companies to incentivize app makers and show off the latest tricks and tools in software. The events also present an opportunity for companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google to assure the public that they are on it when it comes to issues like privacy, openness, and also, privacy. And companies often use the giant keynote stage to show futuristic demos involving augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and assistive technologies. How much of this is reality—not the virtual kind—and how much is simply lip service? The Gadget Lab team discusses on this week’s podcast.


p class=”paywall”>Recommendations: Arielle recommends checking out BTS, if you haven’t already. Lauren recommends Emily Dreyfuss’ compelling interview with Melinda Gates. Peter recommends this percussive therapy instrument. No, really.

Arielle Pardes can be found at @ [...]  read more