Google says next-generation ReCaptcha coming, where you don’t even have to tick a box

Google is teasing a next-generation ReCaptcha algorithm for websites to tell real visitors from bots which it promises will require no user interaction at all. The new system will be called Invisible ReCaptcha.

The earliest Captcha systems – an ancroynm for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – were  one of the biggest annoyances on the web, requiring users to figure out numbers from messy graphics. Switching instead to simple additions was an improvement but still a nuisance, before Google raised the bar with a system where all we had to do was tick a box …

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Nintendo says Super Mario Run will come to Android in March, Fire Emblem Heroes on Feb. 2

Following the release of Super Mario Run earlier this year on iOS, Nintendo today announced that the game will come to Android this March. The company also announced its next mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. After previously teasing it, the company today made Fire Emblem Heroes official and revealed the game will come to Android on February 2nd.

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Moto Z ‘likely’ to get Tango functionality via a new module, Lenovo SVP says

Lenovo launched the Phab2 Pro earlier this year (actually, it just recently started shipping) as the first Android “phone” to have support for Google’s Tango. I say “phone” because the Lenovo Phab2 Pro is basically a 7-inch tablet with cellular radios. Now, however, it looks like Tango might be coming to an actual phone in the form of a new module for the Moto Z…

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Four years on, Chief Architect of Google+ says ‘this is going really well’

Most pretty much universally agree at this point that Google+ didn’t work out the way the Mountain View company hoped it might. I would definitely agree with this narrative to some extent, but I — unlike most — wouldn’t go as far as to say that Google+ is dead. While it definitely doesn’t have the mainstream […]

Android is as secure as iOS on the iPhone, says Google’s director of security

One of the stigmas Android has long had to live with is its alleged lack of security. Despite patches deployed directly by Google every month, the slowness of intermediaries such as carriers and OEMs has put the whole platform in a position of uncertainty, especially when compared with the more vertically integrated iOS.

Of course, however, Android’s director of security Adrian Ludwig disagrees…

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Elon Musk says that the LIDAR Google uses in its self-driving car ‘doesn’t make sense in a car context’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk held a press conference a couple of days ago to explain the Autopilot features included in the company’s 7.0 software update, but LIDAR, one of the remote sensing technologies that Google uses in its self-driving car, also came up briefly. Elon Musk had some bold comments about to use of LIDAR in autonomous vehicles, in response to one inquiry from a WSJ reporter, which questioned whether the Model S would need more sensors for greater levels autonomy… more…

OnePlus apologizes for missing deadline on Oxygen OS, says CM12 coming ‘as soon as possible’

OnePlus missed its March 27th goal for bringing its new Oxygen OS to the public today, and the company has now taken to its forum to apologize. It’s not exactly surprising to see this happen as OnePlus definitely hasn’t been known for being the most reliable deliverer of software, but it’s unfortunate nonetheless. more…

Snapchat down for many, company says aware of problem and working on a fix

Snapchat Support has tweeted that it is aware that many users are “experiencing loading issues,” and says that it is working on a fix.

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Users are variously reporting that they cannot login, load content or upload to the service.

The Android app got a boost back in the summer, with extra emoji and a travel mode designed to save data usage when roaming.

LlabTooFeR contradicts oft-reliable Evleaks, says HTC One M10 will be 5.2-inch

A couple weeks ago, Evan Blass came out to unveil pretty much all of the upcoming HTC One M10’s specs, saying that — among other details — the phone is going to ship with a 5.1-inch display. Now, famed Android leaker LlabTooFeR has come out on Twitter to challenge Evan’s great track record. Apparently, the M10 is going to ship with a display not 5.1-inches in size, but 5.2-inches.

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FAA responds to Galaxy Note 7 recall, says not to charge or use it during flights

For the last week, we have been hearing reports of numerous Samsung Galaxy Note 7  units exploding due to battery issues with some even claiming that the phone burned down a home and ignited a car. Thankfully, Samsung issued a recall for the device but that hasn’t stopped some government agencies from looking into the matter further.

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