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Google's former Senior Director of Engineering is helping Facebook design chips

Facebook has been ramping up its hardware development efforts. The company is currently working on a smart display (akin to an Echo Show), which was delayed after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. Facebook also wants to develop its own chipsets, including one that will improve Alexa smart speakers.

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This 'airbag' smartphone case is both absurd and brilliant

Smartphone cases, in all their various forms, are meant to do one thing: guard our increasingly expensive pocket-sized supercomputers in case we lose our grip as we absentmindedly jab at them with one finger while also walking and drinking coffee. There are many that do a pretty good job of this, but a German engineering student was evidently dissatisfied with the level of protection afforded by what's currently on the market. So, naturally, he created ADcase, a silly and wonderful contraption that detects when your phone is falling and ejects springy spider legs to dampen its impact.

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[Editorial] It Is Finally Time To Start Getting Excited About Motorola Again

Today, something happened that has not happened in an age: I actually got excited while watching a Motorola event. Don't get me wrong, the devices were still middling at best (though the RAZR M does seem kind of snazzy). What happened wasn't that Motorola announces some earth-shattering devices. No, this was more important: Motorola got its groove back. Or, perhaps more accurately, Motorola started syncing its old groove up with Google's current one. (That's how grooves work, right?)

The presentation actually started in what should've been a boring way: with a history of the company. This is the first time we've seen a really huge Motorola announcement since Google finalized the purchase of the manufacturer in May.

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[New App] Autodesk's ForceEffect For Android Brings Realistic Mechanical Simulation To Your Mobile Device

When the terms architectural, engineering, and construction are mentioned regarding design software, one name comes to mind: AutoDesk. They company has made available some pretty amazing software for Android, like AutoCAD, SketchBook, Inventor Publisher, and Design Review. Now, it has released its popular three-dimensional engineering software ForceEffect to the Play Store.

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ForceEffect offers some very nice features:

  • Freehand sketching of elements and construction lines with snaps, constraints, and inferencing
  • Object dimensioning, global scaling, units, constraints
  • Import image as background
  • Create joints (welded, pinned)
  • Break element at joints
  • Create supports (fixed, grounded, sliding)
  • Create loads (known, unknown, distributed) and moments
  • Add weight to individual elements
  • Compute reaction forces and moments for equilibrium and over-constrained systems
  • Toggle forces to show force vector components
  • Results reporting with picture, results, all equations
  • Save and load files from Autodesk 360
  • In app tutorials

Best of all, it's completely free, so even if it looks like something you'd just like to play with, you're not spending a penny to give it a shot.

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Dan Morrill Reveals The Real Reason Behind The Galaxy Nexus' Barometer

Since last night's announcement, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the Galaxy Nexus. One of the most mysterious features of Samsung's latest Nexus device is its onboard barometer. Many have been questioning why Samsung would include a barometer in the Nexus' sleek chassis, citing possibilities from more accurate weather prediction to simple altitude detection (which is partially true).

In a Google+ post today, Android Engineer Dan Morrill gave us the scoop on what the barometer is actually for, and it's more interesting than you might think.

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Morrill explains that the barometer is actually intended to speed up GPS location, because "locking onto a GPS involves numerically solving a 4-dimensional set of linear equations - 3 dimensions in space, and time."

That sounds a bit complicated, doesn't it?

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[Update: Now Flashable] DROID Incredible Gingerbread Test Build Leaks

Update 2: You can now get a fully-flashable ROM of the Gingerbread test build for the DROID Incredible, and it includes a new radio baseband version as well.

Get the ROM here, and the new radio here.

Instructions below:

Instructions:

*Includes superuser.

1.  Download the GB file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2.  Boot into Clockwork Recovery and perform a factory reset.
3.  Choose “install zip for sd card” and locate the file from above.
4.  Install it.
5.  Enjoy!

Update Radio:

1.  Download “New Radio” file from above and drop on root of SD card.

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Android + Device Built Into Handlebars = Bike Navigation Evolved

In a very awesome and useful display of the innovative genius that we've come to expect from Android developers and modders, Interaction Designer (how awesome does that sound?) Michael Fretz and his team have come up with a bicycle navigation system that can only be described as ingenious. The awkwardly named Punkt.Fizen is a truly creative, original idea that utilizes the power of the Android platform and the versatility of the Arduino.

When I first read about the idea, I wasn't too sure about it but, after reading the intro and description, I got interested:

How does one orient oneself while biking, for example as a tourist?

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Google's VP Of Engineering Confirms Full Flash Support In Android 2.2 Froyo, Compares Apple To North Korea

Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, recently gave an interview to the New York Times, touching on topics ranging from Flash to North Korea. With Google vying for top place in the smartphone market, Rubin seemed confident that Android devices can overtake the number of iPhones, saying

I don’t know when it might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins.

When commenting on the number of Android devices that are currently on the market, Rubin said that the driving force behind Android taking off is the fact that it’s open and available to so many manufacturers, commenting on how

It’s a numbers game.

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