After introducing mandatory signups for Google+ with every new Gmail account back in 2012, Google has eased its stance, and will now let users choose whether they want to create a Google+ profile when they sign up for a new email address.
An anonymous reader writes A developer who goes by the handle Vladikoff has tweaked Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) to allow any Android app to run on any major desktop operating system, not just the handful announced last week which were also limited to Chrome OS. His tweaked version of ARC is re-packaged as ARChon. The install isn’t very straightforward, and you have to be in developer mode on Chrome. But there’s a support forum on reddit. The extension will work on any OS running the desktop version of Chrome 37 and up as long as the user also installs chromeos-apk, which converts raw Android app packages (APKs) to a Chrome extension. Ars Technica reports that apps run this way are buggy, fast, and crash often but expresses optimism for when Google officially "opens the floodgates on the Play Store, putting 1.3 million Android apps onto nearly every platform."
Microsoft’s OneDrive online hosting and synchronization service (formerly known as SkyDrive), has recently increased storage for all paid accounts to 1 TB. Free users on the other hand receive 15 Gigabyte of free storage when they sign up for the service. Options to increase the storage limit for free are provided. It is for instance […]
Need to make a new Gmail account but don’t want to deal with creating a mandatory Google+ profile to go with it? Don’t sweat it, because Mountain View’s removed that requirement to join its ailing social network, and once again signing up for the search giant’s email service takes you directly to the inbox without any fuss. As evidenced in marketing blog Wordstream‘s screenshot below, however, you’ll still need a G+ account if you want to futz around with the rest of Google’s services. Meaning, if leaving reviews for apps or media in Google Play and uploading videos to YouTube is totally your bag, you’ll have to take the plunge and "upgrade" your Gmail account regardless. Still, for those who just need to create a burner email address to give out to less-than-trustworthy websites, the process is a bit less annoying now.
storagedude writes Imagine in the not-too-distant future, your entire genome is on archival storage and accessed by your doctors for critical medical decisions. You’d want that data to be safe from hackers and data corruption, wouldn’t you? Oh, and it would need to be error-free and accessible for about a hundred years too. The problem is, we currently don’t have the data integrity, security and format migration standards to ensure that, according to Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Newman calls for standards groups to add new features like collision-proof hash to archive interfaces and software. ‘It will not be long until your genome is tracked from birth to death. I am sure we do not want to have genome objects hacked or changed via silent corruption, yet this data will need to be kept maybe a hundred or more years through a huge number of technology changes. The big problem with archiving data today is not really the media, though that too is a problem. The big problem is the software that is needed and the standards that do not yet exist to manage and control long-term data,’ writes Newman.
I hate driving, I really do. I especially hate driving in Los Angeles. And even though I know it’s impossible and unreal for me to ever feel this cool driving (unless I turn into Ryan Gosling), this time lapse by Gavin Heffernan makes me want to get in my car and drive through Los Angeles forever.
In fact, all the driving scenes in Heffernan’s time lapse are pretty stellar. We’ve seen many versions of the Los Angeles time lapse and they’re always beautiful because of the sprawl and the never ending sea of lights and the car movements but this one might be the best yet.
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