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Xiaomi has proposed to ban the installation of APKs from third-party sources. Google reacted

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As reported by Esper senior editor Mishaal Rahman, someone from Xiaomi came up with an idea that completely blocks the ability to copy and install APK files from third-party sources, since they may “may include some private resources.”

Instead, the Xiaomi developer suggests that the apps should only be available on Google Play or another trusted app store. Luckily, Google seems to be right against this proposal.

A Google employee pointed out a flaw in the Xiaomi engineer’s suggestion, which is that blocking the installation of APKs will only work on a regular (“custom”) build of Android. In such a situation, the Google employee claims, enthusiasts will simply install a debug build of Android and continue extracting the APK normally. Therefore, Google opposes Xiaomi’s protection method as it won’t actually protect anything.

Xiaomi has proposed to ban the installation of APKs from third-party sources.  Google reacted

Later, several other Google employees spoke out against the idea that the contents of the APK file may contain any personal data or resources.

Can an APK be considered private? I don’t think the contents of the APK should be expected to remain secret. I’m not sure why we even need this, and even if we wanted to, there’s really no way we can guarantee it, even with this change.

As we said before, Google is opposed to the idea of ​​banning third-party APK installations, which is a good sign for the open future of the Android app ecosystem.

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US Army tests Microsoft’s $22 billion augmented reality glasses

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US Army tests Microsofts 22 billion augmented reality glasses

The US military has completed intensive testing of Microsoft’s new multifunctional glasses. The soldiers of the 70th Army wore glasses for three weeks, playing three 72-hour scenarios, including movement towards the enemy, attack and defense.

US Army tests Microsoft's $22 billion augmented reality glasses

The results of the test report, which will be published in September, will determine whether the US Congress will approve the next $424.2 million test cycle, as well as whether purchases of the device, which is planned to spend another $21.9 billion, will begin. It should be noted that these 22 billion included not only the cost of the glasses themselves, but also spare parts, as well as technical support services for 10 years.

The glasses are a “head display” of the type used by fighter pilots. From a technical point of view, this is a heavily modified version of the HoloLens glasses. The screen of the device, which is always in front of the soldier’s eyes, displays a map of the area, instructions from commanders and other data (for example, an image of a thermal imager).

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Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter. A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

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Despite the fact that Elon Musk has not posted anything on Twitter for a week, his account on this social network is becoming more popular day by day. He recently passed the milestone of 100 million subscribers. To Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in last place in the top 5 most massive Twitter accounts, Musk is only 1.3 million subscribers.

Elon Musk already has 100 million followers on Twitter.  A little more, and he will move Cristiano Ronaldo into the top 5 most massive accounts of this social network

Just over four years ago, at the beginning of 2018, Musk had only 18 million followers on Twitter, and at the time of signing the recent deal to buy Twitter, Musk had 83.6 million followers on the social network. In other words, Ronaldo will not stay in fifth place for long.

It must be said that Musk is used by Twitter not only as a platform for communication, but also for manipulation – very often his messages influenced the quotes of stocks and cryptocurrencies. And you can also remember his tweet about Coca-Cola and cocaine – he became the second most popular in the history of the platform, having collected more than 4.5 million likes.

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones? Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

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Is ray tracing now on smartphones Arm introduced the Immortalis G715

Arm has announced a new family of GPUs aimed at the next generation of gaming smartphones. The first solution was a GPU called Immortalis-G715. This is a model that offers hardware accelerated ray tracing. At the same time, it was noted that the G715 will not replace the solutions of the Mali series.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Along with this, the company also introduced two new Mali GPUs with many improvements. For example, they support Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and other technologies, and offer 15% better performance and improved energy efficiency than previous models.

Is ray tracing now on smartphones?  Arm introduced the Immortalis-G715 GPU

Arm didn’t say much about ray tracing in the Immortalis-G715. So far, no tests or full-fledged comparisons have been presented, so it is not yet possible to assess the quality of work and the number of frames per second. At the same time, ready-made solutions will have to wait until 2023. However, Arm still shared a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the new graphics solution.

Previously, a new super-powerful Cortex-X3 processor core was reported. Less productive solutions were also presented.

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