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Android Q and Next-Level Safety; Uber Flop; Bloatware; Big Gaming Study; New Comm Tool
 

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May 13 · Issue #183 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Android Q and Next-Level Safety; Uber Flop; Bloatware; Big Gaming Study; New Comm Tool

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No Crash Dummy. A system that detects a car crash and calls for help is nothing new (GM’s OnStar, anyone?), but one that could live inside your smartphone, well that could be special. According to some code sleuths, the upcoming Android Q may have car crash detection built in. They base this not on seeing the features in action, but code comments like this: “automatically launch an alert activity when the device detects you are in a car crash.” How this would work is anyone’s guess. For my part, I’d hope that if the phone does detect a crash, it asks the driver if, in fact, they were in one and did not simply stop short. I don’t need the phone making a call every time someone cuts me off.
Google testing automatic car crash detection in Android Q, but will your phone get it?
Call Me a Cab. Last week, Uber launched an IPO and things did not go as planned. The stock opened around $45 and closed around $42, which means some investors quickly lost millions. A single day does not define the future public life of this ride-sharing service, but it does indicate strong concerns about its long-term viability.
Uber's IPO Price Fell 7.6%, Making It One of the Worst Mega IPOs Ever | Fortune
From Air to the Sea. Scientists finally solved a long-time communication conundrum, figuring out how to communicate between submarines underwater and planes in the air. The reason it’s so difficult is that radio waves don’t travel through water, so subs use sonar. Now, scientists figured out how to use an ultra-sensitive radar to pick up sonar signals as they reach the surface of the water.
MIT finally figures out how to get planes and submarines to communicate - CNET
Android Bloat. You’re not crazy. Your Android phone did arrive with a lot of bloatware. In fact, a recent study found that it’s kind of out of control. Some pre-installed stuff, like Spotify, is useful. Some, like a second web browser or even some tracking software, is not. This all reminds me of the early days of Windows, when desktop manufacturers used to pre-load tons of software on new PCs. As with Android devices, it was an easy way to make lots of money on licensing fees. Consumers hated it and they’ve since pulled back. Perhaps Android handset manufacturers should consider doing the same.
Study finds Android smartphones riddled with suspect ‘bloatware’ – Naked Security
Gamers R Us. Most of us are gamers. According to a new study from the Entertainment Software Association, 65% of all Americans play games and we spent over $43 billion on them last year. Those numbers should make this next part obvious: It’s not just teenage boys gaming. 46 percent of U.S. gamers are female, though the study did note that women tend to prefer different types of games than men. The big takeaway? Gaming is big business for everyone.
U.S. adults are spending big on video games, playing mostly on smartphones - Reuters
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