Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps

1024px-Chrome_LogoYou probably already know that you can run Android apps on your Chromebook, but did you know that you can now run Android applications on your desktop PC through Chrome? If you download a custom version of the Android Runtime extension named ARChon, you can package an unlimited number of AndroidAPKs using the chromeos-apk tool.

Unfortunately, if you’re technologically challenged, this will be no easy feat. You’ll need some familiarity with the command line prompt of your system, along with general knowledge about manually installing APKs. Lastly, since this is a relatively new feature, expect it to be unstable and buggy. However, it’s progress towards being able to run all of your favorite mobile apps on your desktop. If you’re wondering if your favorite application will work, and don’t feel like being a pioneer, check out the Chromeapk subreddit to see how well popular apps work with the tool.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 19, 2014


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps


Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android


The Play Store could start listing in-app purchase price ranges later this month


See how the new Motorola commercials were made in a behind-the-scenes video

The Oppo N3 will have a new cooling system

Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500F) leaked in photos

Smart Glasses

Sony announces SmartEyeglass and software development kit preview


See how the new Motorola commercials were made in a behind-the-scenes video

Samsung to implement a fingerprint scanner on their next smartwatch, but do they need to?

Could a gold Moto 360 be on its way?


Android L may hit Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by early December


LG billboard earns Guinness World Record entry

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Pebble Update adds Emojis, Compasses, and More


Pebble released a new update to its famous ageing smartwatch today filled to the brim with goodies. Included in the update are some bug fixes and stability improvements, emoji support, and magnetometer support.

We’ve all been there: stumbling through the streets searching in vain for our home; hopelessly lost and yearning for direction. Well, Pebble owners will never again be in this hopeless situation. Thanks to the added magnetometer support, Pebble now has a compass and apps to help you navigate your way through town.

If you enjoy putting your thoughts into faces instead of words, or just enjoy being able to further express yourself when messaging, Pebble has luckily added popular emojis with more to come for those times when only a smiley face will do your feelings justice.

Of course, stability improvements and bug fixes will be the least appreciated and most used aspect of the update. So go ahead and update your device to take advantage of these extra treats.

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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

An anonymous reader writes: Next year will be the start of my 10th year as a software developer. For the last nice years I’ve worked for a variety of companies, large and small, on projects of varying sizes. During my career, I have noticed that many of the older software developers are burnt out. They would rather do their 9-5, get paid, and go home. They have little, if any, passion left, and I constantly wonder how they became this way. This contradicts my way of thinking; I consider myself to have some level of passion for what I do, and I enjoy going home knowing I made some kind of difference.

Needless to say, I think I am starting to see the effects of complacency. In my current job, I have a development manager who is difficult to deal with on a technical level. He possesses little technical knowledge of basic JavaEE concepts, nor has kept up on any programming in the last 10 years. There is a push from the upper echelon of the business to develop a new, more scalable system, but they don’t realize that my manager is the bottleneck. Our team is constantly trying to get him to agree on software industry standards/best practices, but he doesn’t get it and often times won’t budge. I’m starting to feel the effects of becoming complacent. What is your advice?

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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)


Mike, what does SteadyServ do?


Well, SteadyServ has put together a platform that allows you to

handle inventory and order management of your draft beer in either

retail establishments like restaurants and bars, or even at

hospitality like Marriott or Hyatt Corporation and in their various

hotels around the world. We put together a sensor here and this

sensor takes weight readings every five minutes and sends them up to

our cloud service through an Intel gateway over a ZigBee connection

that turns around and takes those weight readings and watches as the

keg depletes as the server turns around and pours or the bartenders

pours beers out from the various taps that they have in their



sensor is actually made out of both rubber, plastic and aluminum. We

have an aluminum shield on top. These rubber pads right here allow

the keg to sit up slightly off of the sensor and take more accurate

readings. We have four different load cells that we average the

weight readings across. And those are then turned around and

averaged and sent up to the cloud. The hardware is made up of three

individual boards inside. The first one is a quite simple battery

board where we can put the unit in test mode for manufacturing

purposes. We also have an RFID board in here.


so the way that the kegs are paired to a sensor, is we read an RFID

tag that has a specially encoded numeric value in it and we turn

around and we associate that in the cloud with the brewer, the beer

product name, and the vessel type. Because these sensors can handle

various keg sizes, whether it be a half barrel or quarter barrel or

even a 50 L keg or 40 L keg or a 30 L keg. The third board that we

have inside is the main processor board. It has a freescale

processor on it. It turns around and controls the battery life. It

also is the one that times out every five minutes to take that weight



also has an integrated ZigBee transmitter in it, and can turn around

and transmit those weight readings to the gateway over a ZigBee

connection. Our ZigBee network is slightly different—we

do not use a mesh type ZigBee, we use a star type ZigBee network.

Where the gateway is the coordinator and the sensors basically are

nodes around the network itself. The other piece to this is that

that way the sensors can go to sleep, and they go into a deep sleep

in order to draw less battery current and extend the life of the

battery. You can change the battery out by simply opening up the

door on the underneath right here, you can take this door off, and

you can take the battery out, and replace it with a fresh one. Right

now, the batteries last anywhere from a year to 15 months.


What kind of batteries are you using there?


They are basically lithium ion type battery — low voltage and quite

simply they are like your phone handset at home type batteries.

Alright. Here you press the button when you want to pair, what

happens is that you will see right here, we have a red light, so when

you press the button, and you pass the RFID over this antenna the LED

will flash and you know the sensors have

been paired.


Right now you are concentrating only on beers—is that right?


That’s correct. But there are actually other beverages in the

marketplace for example, wine. We can handle wine as well. There is

something out in the market called the sixth barrel. The wine

industry is moving toward distributing their wines through sixth

barrels. They actually look like old Coke canisters, if you will,

from years past. There is a wine manufacturer in Australia called

Yellow Tail, you may have heard of it, they have actually purchased

up all the sixth barrels inventory in the world in order to

distribute their wines in sixth barrels. So that they don’t

have to deal with bottles and the cost of bottles quite frankly.

They get to reuse these sixth barrel kegs over and over to distribute

their wines, just as the beer manufacturers get to do with their



How do they keep it fresh? Is it nitrogen inside?


Yes. They actually infuse nitrogen in the kegs in order to get the

beer out, to get the wine out, excuse me.


That’s the beer talking.


Yeah, that’s the beer talking.


Now I understand it is off to an API that is… at least it works to

use some of the data that all the sensing is going through.


Yes, so what we are doing is in our partnership with Intel we are

moving to a more structured data warehouse using an open source

Hadoop type of architecture. And what we want to do is we want to

develop reports that get extracted from that data warehouse as well

as provide an API to that data warehouse. So that’s also the

big piece that we have running here is we are getting into big data.

We are going to provide an API. That API can be used by brewers in

order to see how well their beers are selling in a particular

territory etc. or the distributors—perhaps they want to know

how well their clients are doing with some of the beers that are

getting put out there. It is also being a big hit with the craft

breweries. The craft brewers are really trying to figure out where

to sell their beer next. And so they may test market some of their

products in order to get those beers into those distributors and

distributed to those retail locations going forward.


Especially with the microbrewer, they need to make checks to measure

frequently because they can’t rely on how many millions of

units they are shipping.


Right, so they get to look at their data almost virtually real time.

Or they can do it through the API in real time if they choose to do



What about a smaller version? A lot of times, a weight based sensor

like this would be very useful. Are there any other versions that

you make or are planning?


Actually, there is. So we are actually going to shrink the size of

our sensor. Right now, you can put a sixth barrel right on the

inside of these rubber pads, but what we want to do is we actually

want to develop a sixth barrel sensor that looks more like a hockey


basically just a little bit larger than a hockey pod that will slide

underneath the sixth barrel. We have a lot of there are a

lot of retail establishments out in the marketplace that have

kegerators in their bars and what they are doing is they are putting

these sixth barrels inside in order to handle more than a dozen taps

that they want to provide for their customers. So putting a sixth

barrel on top of something like this will work, but it takes up space

within the cooler, valuable space that they could add more product to

if they so choose.


What is so special? What is it like being a tech company in



Actually the tech industry in Indiana is becoming quite popular.

Down at IU, they have a big program informatics with they are

developing a UX Consortium.


I think they were one of the first informatics programs.


Yes. Actually, they are one of the premier UX programs in the

country. We also have in Indianapolis at IUPUI which is a joint

venture between Indiaana University and Purdue University. They have

one of the best video scanning algorithm development departments in

the country there as well. The FBI turned to them quite often in

order to do facial recognition of video tapes etc. that are becoming

quite popular obviously. There are a lot of tech firms. And the tech

growth in Indiana is being fostered by the state as well. So

actually they are an investor in SteadyServ as well, the state is.

They have an Elevate fund there and they invest in our company as


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Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

An anonymous reader writes: Dropbox, Google, and the Open Technology Fund have announced a new organization focused on making open source security tools easier to use. Called Simply Secure, the initiative brings together security researchers with experts in user interaction and design to boost adoption rates for consumer-facing security solutions. The companies point out that various security options already do exist, and are technically effective. Features like two-factor authentication remain useless, however, because users don’t adopt them due to inconvenience or technical difficulty.

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Amazon Purchases .buy TLD For $4.6 Million

Now that Amazon has won, the competition is over, and the global Internet community can go broadly fuck themselves.

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Google’s Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Sometimes pages serves content from a different domain but that is rare enough to manage manually.

Not anymore.
Far too many sites (/. included) have or use a CDN for content.
And they will fetch at least half a dozen scripts for bookmarking/sharing with facebook/linkedin/tumblr/twitter/pinterest/googlehangouts/etc
Then, they’ll try and fetch a non-zero number of tracking/website monitoring scripts.

Ghostery says [] is a 1×1 pixel tracker for WebTrends.

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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

I want MIcrosoft to stop making awful Operating systems. We know they can do it, because XP was excellent, W7 almost as good. (…) I want Microsoft to change their “We know what’s best for you dammit!” attitude, and ignore feedback. Both Vista and W8 had people begging them not to go there.

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