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Google open-sources Walt, a tool that measures lag for touch and voice commands

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Google today talked for the first time about Walt, a piece of software that people can use to figure out how long it takes for a device to respond to touch or voice input. Google has been using Walt to do performance tests on Android devices and Chromebooks, and now the software is available under an open source Apache license on GitHub.

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Acer Chromebook 14 arrives with aluminium chassis and 14-hour battery life

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PC MAKER Acer has unveiled the Chromebook 14, a premium-looking Chrome OS laptop that claims a MacBook-rivalling 14-hour battery life.

Acer, perhaps not best known for premium devices, added the aluminium-clad Chromebook 14 to its laptop line-up this week. This is Acer's first all-metal Chromebook, and the chassis with rounded corners weighs just 1.55kg.

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First Casio Android Wear Watch Hits the Google Store at $499

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Back at CES 2016, held “way back” in January, Casio discretely announced their first Android Wear powered smartwatch. Simply dubbed the “Smart Outdoor Watch” the WSD-F10 is a rugged, outdoor-focused smartwatch that runs Android Wear, while also featuring some of its own party tricks, too. Running the latest version of Android Wear, the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch comes with all the same sort of features you’d find in a Moto 360, but it’s built out of stronger stuff than most Android Wear devices. Casio is very much marketing this to the sort of wearer that isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty or spend time outdoors.

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Gorgeous Cub Linux 1.0 (Chromixium OS) Release Candidate Now Available

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The Cub Linux (previously Chromixium OS) developers have just announced on their Twitter account that the RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming 1.0 version of the operating system is available for download.

Before we tell you what goodies have been shipped with the first Release Candidate builds of Cub Linux 1.0, we would like to remind those of you who are not in the loop that, earlier this year, the team announced the rename of the project to Cub Linux from Chromixium OS at the request of Google’s Trademark Enforcement Team.

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Google Updates Android for Linux Kernel Flaw

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Facing multiple Android security challenges in March so far, Google is issuing an unprecedented mid-month emergency patch update. The emergency patch is not, however, related to reports of a new Stagefright flaw but, rather, is a known Linux kernel vulnerability that Google was scheduled to fix.

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  • Jump aboard our load balancing Maglev, Google tells devs

    Google will open-source its super-duper load balancing Maglev tool to developers – a move that will also bolster its own infrastructure developments.

    In a blog post Google said it has a history of building its own networking gear, "and perhaps unsurprisingly, we build our own network load balancers as well, which have been handling most of the traffic to Google services since 2008."

  • Google Shares Details of Its Software-Defined Load Balancer

    The Maglev software-defined load balancer, which runs on commodity Linux servers, has been critical to Google Cloud Platform for eight years, company says.

    As it's already done with other areas of its massive datacenter infrastructure, Google this week gave enterprises a peek at Maglev, the software-defined network load balancer the company has been using since 2008 to handle traffic to Google services.

    Maglev, like most of Google's networking systems, was built internally. But unlike Jupiter, the custom network fabric connecting Google's data centers, Maglev runs on commodity Linux servers and does not require any specialized rack deployment, Google said in a blog post describing the technology.

Chromebook/Google/Gentoo Security

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  • Google has doubled its bounty for a Chromebook hack to $100,000

    Google doubled the bounty it will pay for a successful exploit of its Chromebook laptop to $100,000, sweetening the pot in hopes of drawing more attention from security researchers.

    The larger reward is intended for someone who finds a persistent compromise of a Chromebook in guest mode, according to Google's security blog on Monday.

  • Google's Bug Bounty for a Chromebook Hack Rises to $100,000

    We've reported a few times on bug bounties--cash prizes offered by open source communities to anyone who finds key software bugs--ranging from bounties offered by Google (for the Chrome browser) and Mozilla. This open method of discovering security vulnerabilities has been embraced at Google, especially. In fact, Google has offered up as much as $1 million to people who identify key vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser.

Google’s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android Wear

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It was Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer who kickstarted the Android Wear properly. Singleton, who is British, had been working at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, when "Hiroshi was actually thinking we should get a project started on watches and asked me to come back to the mobile team to work on Android Wear."

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Google Patches Android for Stagefright in March Update

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Among the related libraries is the core Android mediaserver, which Google is patching this month for six different vulnerabilities. Two of the issues (CVE-2016-0815 and CVE-2016-0816) are identified as critical vulnerabilities in mediaserver that could lead to a potential remote-code execution.

Another two issues (CVE-2016-0826 and CVE-2016-0827) are privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Android that Google rates as high-severity issues. Google has identified two more high-severity issues (CVE-2016-0828 and CVE-2016-0829) in mediaserver as information-disclosure vulnerabilities.

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