9to5Mac Daily 063: April 13, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/9to5mac-daily-april-13-2018.mp3 more…

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Alliance for Open Media’s AV1 video codec outperforms popular standards, testing finds

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/alliance-for-open-media-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-486135" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/alliance-for-open-media-hero-728x306.png" alt="" width="668" height="281" /></a></p> <p>Testing by Facebook engineers found that the Alliance for Open Media's new video codec, AV1, outperforms widely-used standards like the x264 and VP9 codecs, Facebook announced in a <a href="https://code.facebook.com/posts/253852078523394/av1-beats-x264-and-libvpx-vp9-in-practical-use-case/">post</a> on its engineering blog this week. While AV1 exhibits better compression, videos do take longer to encode with the new format.</p> <p><span id="more-486133"></span></p> <p>The Alliance for Open Media is a consortium of video-on-demand providers that was formed in 2015. The group includes big names in video streaming like Netflix and Google, as well as Facebook itself.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/alliance-open-medias-av1-video-codec-outperforms-popular-standards-testing-finds/"...

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Do you factor Android Auto inclusion when buying a car? [Poll]

A recent survey found that users with Android Auto built into their cars were becoming more reliant on the alternative infotainment system software. With wireless Android Auto functionality making its way to Pixel and some Nexus phones, we wanted to know if you would need Android Auto inclusion before even thinking about buying a new […]

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Google’s Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/google-talk-to-books-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-486127" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/google-talk-to-books-hero-728x384.png" alt="" width="668" height="352" /></a></p> <p>Google launched a new experience today that it's calling <a href="https://books.google.com/talktobooks/">Talk to Books</a>. It's pretty much what it sounds like: the demo asks for input in the form of regular old sentences, then tries to locate logical responses to those sentences from a pool of books. In a <a href="https://research.googleblog.com/2018/04/introducing-semantic-experiences-with.html">post</a> on its Developer Blog, Google calls Talk to Books "an entirely new way to explore books by starting at the sentence level, rather than the author or topic level."</p> <p><span id="more-486126"></span></p> <p>The experiment is meant to showcase advances machine learning...

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[Update: Gymboree too] Google Express no longer delivers items from Staples

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/04/13 4:26pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/google-express-no-longer-delivers-items-staples/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/04/13 4:26pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Gymboree was just taken down as well.</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/nexus2cee_GoogleExpress.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-335797" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/nexus2cee_GoogleExpress-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Google Express has been around for years, allowing you to order items from multiple retailers through one central location. The service gained more popularity after the Google Home was released, since you could place orders using only voice commands, similar to Amazon on Alexa speakers. Now it appears one major store is pulling out of Express - Staples.<div...

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Turn your Mac into a virtual safe for your personal information with this program

<p>Our house is armed with locks to keep thieves from entering and stealing our hard-earned possessions. Unfortunately, most people do not utilize the same level of protection when it comes to their computers. With all the personal information on your Mac, it's important that you ensure that information is private and encrypted. That's what makes Hider 2 so useful.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/04/13/turn-your-mac-into-a-virtual-safe-for-your-personal-information-with-this-program/">Turn your Mac into a virtual safe for your personal information with this program</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com">TechnoBuffalo</a>.</p>

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052: Android Auto Wireless, Android P navigation, and Fuchsia Friday | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got Android Auto Wireless which is now live for Pixel and Nexus phones, Android P’s new navigation bar is confirmed in a new leaked screenshot, and Fuchsia Friday. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/9to5google-daily-052.mp3 more…

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Telegram to be banned in Russia, but VPN will bypass ban

The Russian government announced that, due to legal violations, we’d see Telegram banned in the country soon. Telegram could avoid the ban if it eliminated its end-to-end encryption, but the company will not comply. When we see Telegram banned in Russia, a VPN will bypass that ban. Three weeks ago, we informed you that encrypted […]

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Fuchsia Friday: The dream team behind Google’s new OS

This week on Fuchsia Friday, we take count of Fuchsia’s development team and highlight some of its members. The backgrounds of Fuchsia’s contributors are widely varied, including those from RedHat, FreeBSD, Danger, BeOS, iOS and more. Let’s take a look at some of these, and have fun speculating what it might mean for the behind-the-scenes […]

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Telegram may be turning a blind eye to rampant piracy

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/teleg.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-486121" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/teleg-728x495.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="454" /></a></p> <p>Telegram is a service for sending messages while remaining anonymous. That's something with which Russia has taken issue, and it just <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/russia-will-block-access-telegram-continued-refusal-let-authorities-read-messages/">banned the service</a> over it. However, Telegram may also be gaining in popularity because it's an easy way to share pirated content. The Outline spoke with several Telegram channel admins who say Telegram seems uninterested in policing the files users upload.</p> <p><span id="more-486120"></span></p> <p>You may not even realize this, but Telegram lets users access open channels using the global search.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/telegram-may-turning-blind-eye-rampant-piracy/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/telegram-may-turning-blind-eye-rampant-piracy/'>Telegram may be turning a...

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Google Duo v32 adds ‘hacky’ call history export, may introduce a bokeh filter and auto-rotation [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/duo.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-486116" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/duo.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Duo is getting an update to v32 today, following shortly after the launch of the long-awaited ability to <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/03/30/google-looks-nearly-ready-link-duo-google-account/">link a Google account</a>. There aren't any immediately obvious changes in the UI for this version, and a look through the teardown seems to support that it contains mostly changes to phrasing and other tweaks to improve the sign-up process. However, a few things were discovered during a teardown, including a tool for exporting call history, which is already live<span id="more-486075"></span></p> <h2>What's New</h2> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <p><span style="text-decoration:...

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New ‘self-destructing’ confidential emails being tested in Gmail

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Confidential-mode-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-486113" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Confidential-mode-hero-728x413.png" alt="" width="668" height="379" /></a></p> <p>It's no secret that Gmail is <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/13/gmail-getting-new-web-ui-snooze-smart-replies-early-adopter-program/">getting a redesign</a>, but it looks like some new non-visual features may also be inbound. <em>TechCrunch</em> is <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/13/google-is-testing-self-destructing-emails-in-new-gmail/">reporting</a> that "self-destructing" confidential emails with a configurable expiration date are coming to Gmail. Best of all, we can see what these new emails will look like and how they generally behave. <span id="more-486094"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/rgmail3-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-486097" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/rgmail3-1-668x352.png" alt="" width="668" height="352" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center"><em>Confidential mode lock in the bottom right above, close-up below. Image via <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/13/google-is-testing-self-destructing-emails-in-new-gmail/">TechCrunch</a>.</em><div class="clear"></div> <a...

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Android Auto wireless is here for a select few

Android Auto wireless enables you to connect to your car dash unit without hooking up to a USB cable. Unfortunately, Android Auto wireless only works with a small group of phones and a small group of dash units. Google promises more phone support soon for Android Auto wireless, but you can’t software upgrade a dash […]

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iPhone X in gold leaks

<p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/04/13/iphone-x-in-gold-leaks/">iPhone X in gold leaks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com">TechnoBuffalo</a>.</p>

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