At the very end of the Google I/O 2008 conference last week the Android development team hosted a great fireside chat on the new mobile platform. The session was free-form, completely driven by questions from the audience. Although Google was trying to keep mum on a number of issues, several interesting tidbits slipped out. You might be surprised at who was asking a few of the questions, too. From left to right: Andy Rubin, Brian Swetland, Dan Bornstein, San Mehat, Mike Cleron, Grace Kloba, Dave Bort, Steve Horowitz. Since it was the last talk of the day, it went on rather long, but there were no complaints from the attendees. Besides, I had arrived early and snagged a nice comfy bean bag chair up front. The following is one of my trademark transcript/paraphrases of the session, taken down as fast as I could type for your enjoyment. There were 50 questions in all. Q. Should we jump in to Android? What's the guarantee that's what I will see on a phone? Will service providers turn off … [Read more...] about 50 questions asked and answered on Android
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Don’t let $2 gas fool you, the alternative fuel revolution is well under way. A vast majority of car makers offer at least one hybrid model, and the number of electric cars on the market grows annually. However, hydrogen technology is still lagging behind because it’s plagued by an array of setbacks, including an underdeveloped infrastructure.Digital Trends sat down with Merten Jung, BMW’s head of fuel cell development, to get insight on where the technology stands today, what will change in the coming years, and when we can expect to see a hydrogen-powered car in a BMW showroom. Digital Trends: BMW sells the all-electric i3 and several plug-in hybrid models. Why are you investing in fuel cell technology?Merten Jung: Because a fuel cell drivetrain combines zero-emissions mobility with the fast refueling time that’s needed for long-distance driving. Moving forward, electric vehicles will have longer ranges thanks to advances in battery technology, but the … [Read more...] about While you’re charging your EV, BMW is preparing for a hydrogen future
Toyota’s tail-happy GT86 is headed to the rally course.The Japanese automaker has just confirmed a CS-R3 rally version of its beloved GT86 coupe, which will house an upgraded engine and a completely revamped suspension.The CS-R3 signifies Toyota’s return to the rally circuit, an area the manufacturer hasn’t competed in since 1999. Toyota Motorsport GmbH was responsible for creating rally cars for the brand in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, but in 1999, the company stopped participating to focus on Formula One.The gurus at Toyota Motorsport have been itching to get back into rallying since ’99, but they just needed the right car. Well, it looks like they’ve found it.The track-only CS-R3 was developed to qualify for the FIA’s R3 rallying class, and it features a retooled version of the 2.0-liter boxer engine from the standard car. It pumps out between 240 and 250 horsepower now, and it does so without the aid of a turbocharger: modified engine software, … [Read more...] about Toyota returns to rallying with the hardcore GT86 CS-R3
As they imagine the Internet of 2020, computer scientists across the U.S. are starting from scratch and re-thinking everything: from IP addresses to DNS to routing tables to Internet security in general. They're envisioning how the Internet might work without some of the most fundamental features of today's ISP and enterprise networks. To borrow from John Lennon: Imagine there's no latency, no spam or phishing, a community of trust. Imagine all the people, able to get online. This is the kind of utopian network architecture that leading Internet engineers are dreaming about today. As they imagine the Internet of 2020, computer scientists across the country are starting from scratch and re-thinking everything: from IP addresses to DNS to routing tables to Internet security in general. They're envisioning how the Internet might work without some of the most fundamental features of today's ISP and enterprise networks. Their goal is audacious: To create an Internet without so … [Read more...] about 2020 Vision: Why you won’t recognize the ‘Net in 10 years
When I visited Chicago a couple of weeks ago, I met the founder of a small analytics startup. Showing my San Francisco bias, I asked him if it was difficult to find the talent he needed in the Chicago area. He scoffed and began rattling off a list of the various states and countries where his developers worked.What's happening with remote work now is different than the wave of offshoring that crested in the 2000s, which was driven mainly by a misguided zeal to cut costs. Today's programmers can work almost anywhere, anytime, and you don't need to go through a big offshore outsourcing shop to find them. The nature of work, particularly coding, is slowly beginning to parallel the distributed open source software development model. [ Also on InfoWorld: 7 blowhard bosses huff and puff and bring your job down. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]Sharp contractors or valued employees typically have some degree of power to pick the projects that … [Read more...] about You don’t need to be in Silicon Valley
Conventional wisdom seems to be seeing that Facebook paid too much to acquire WhatsApp, a mobile texting startup that is enjoying meteoric success in developing countries. At $19 billion, the price may exceed the GNP of some of those countries, so I see the point if you think that is what should be measured. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock But I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg is much os a conventional thinker. If he was, then Facebook would not have transcended from a dating site for Ivy League fraternity boys into the world’s largest social network. I am not Zuckerberg’s greatest fan, but his ability to choose roads not taken and get to important goals before anyone else has been pretty impressive so far.I personally, think this is a brilliant–but risky–deal, one that give Facebook a clear shot of becoming the most successful of all Internet companies in the 21st century, but I am looking through an unconventional prism. As … [Read more...] about Facebook WhatsApp Deal: Boneheaded Or Brilliant?