The future of Android will be a lot smarter, thanks to new programming tools that Google unveiled on Wednesday. The company announced TensorFlow Lite, a version of its machine learning framework that’s designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices, during the keynote address at its Google I/O developer conference.

“TensorFlow Lite will leverage a new neural network API to tap into silicon-specific accelerators, and over time we expect to see [digital signal processing chips] specifically designed for neural network inference and training,” said Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering for Android. “We think these new capabilities will help power a next generation of on-device speech processing, visual search, augmented reality, and more.”

The Lite framework will be made a part of the open source TensorFlow project soon, and the neural network API will come to the next major release of Android later this year.

The framework has serious implications for what Google sees as the future of mobile hardware. AI-focused chips could make it possible for smartphones to handle more advanced machine learning computations without consuming as much power. With more applications using machine learning to provide intelligent experiences, making that sort of work more easily possible on device is key.

Right now, building advanced machine learning into applications—especially when it comes to training models—requires an amount of computational power that typically requires beefy hardware, a lot of time and a lot of power. That’s not really practical for consumer smartphone applications, which means they often offload that processing to massive datacenter by sending images, text and other data in need of processing over the internet.

Processing that data in the cloud comes with several downsides, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy: Users must be willing to transfer their data to a company’s servers, and they have to be in an environment with rich enough connectivity to make sure the operation is low-latency.

There’s already one mobile processor with a machine learning-specific DSP on the market today. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip sports the Hexagon DSP that supports TensorFlow. DSPs are also used for providing functionality like recognizing the “OK, Google” wake phrase for the Google Assistant, according to Moorhead.

Users should expect to see more machine learning acceleration chips in the future, Moorhead said. “Ever since Moore’s Law slowed down, it’s been a heterogeneous computing model,” he said. “We’re using different kinds of processors to do different types of things, whether it’s a DSP, whether it’s a [field-programmable gate array], or whether it’s a CPU. It’s almost like we’re using the right golf club for the right hole.”

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Samsung Galaxy S8 is a pricey flagship phone for a reason: it packs several premium hardware under its hood. But what if we can expose these expensive parts for everyone to see?

A YouTuber named JerryRigEverything is popular for “rigging” gadgets and dismantling them to show the internal parts. For his latest video, instead of simply disassembling a device, he did something different: he created a clear back panel for the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The DIY video shows how to make a clear back panel for the Samsung Galaxy S8. Just a warning though: doing so will void the warranty, so caveat emptor!

Removing The Back Glass

The process is very simple but takes patience and careful execution. Samsung Galaxy S8 is a sturdy, well-built device so it cannot be dismantled that easily. So the user must use the necessary tools for this task. In the video, Jerry used a cutter, plastic wedge, and screwdriver. For the removal of the paint in the back panel, he used paint and epoxy remover and a piece of rag.

First, he removed the back glass panel of the phone. He heated the back side with a blow dryer to loosen the adhesive, then used a cutter to slice through the adhesive to remove the panel. (For an in-depth tutorial on Galaxy S8 teardown, watch his other video.)

The next step is to remove the camera frame and the fingerprint scanner stuck on the back panel. Using a cutter, he carefully removed the parts from the glass.

Clearing The Paint And Putting The Panel Back

The back glass is painted on the inside. As Jerry demonstrated, the paint cannot be removed by merely scratching it as it is stuck firmly on the glass. To do this, he used paint remover which can be bought from any local hardware store.

He sprayed the paint remover onto the painted side of the glass. The remover worked like acid that loosened and dissolved the paint. After a few minutes, he scraped off the paint carefully so he wouldn’t scratch the glass.

Afterwards, he removed the cloudy laminate on the glass (the paint sticks to the laminate). He peeled it off and then washed the glass to rinse the chemicals. The result: a solid, clear back glass. He cleaned it with a glass cleaner and left it to dry.

Next, he removed the back plate protecting the screws. To expose more of the parts, he completely removed the wireless charging port. Then he also cut half of the twin loudspeaker.

Finally, he put back the camera frame and fingerprint scanner using a double-sided adhesive tape. He reattached the fingerprint scanner pins using a plastic wedge. He also put tape along the side of the case before snapping the panel back in place.

Voila, a Samsung Galaxy S8 with a transparent back panel to boast its topnotch hardware!

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Whether you got a smartphone under the tree or just plan to gift yourself a handset soon, we hope the joy of the holidays extends to your relationship with your new phone. 

But don’t forget about the old one! Sure, you might not need it in your pocket, but if you’re not planning to repurpose the device or keep it as a backup, then you shouldn’t just toss it in a drawer or shove it in a closet somewhere. That dated device might still have cash value, or you could donate it to a good cause (possibly for a tax writeoff). At the very least, if you don’t plan on using the phone again, then you should recycle it and ensure that the harmful materials within don’t end up in the dump. 

Whatever your plan with your old device, be sure you do it right—which extends to clearing all of your personal data off of the storage. Here’s our guide to wiping your phone and finding a new home for it, whether it’s with a buyer, a charity, or a disposal service. And if you’re the one gifting a phone this season, be sure to pass along this advice as well.

First, wipe it clean

If you used that old phone for the last couple of years, then it’s surely loaded with all sorts of personal information: accounts, contacts, photos, passwords, and other little bits of data you may not even realize. Unless you’re passing your phone off to a friend or family member, you probably won’t know who’s going to have his or her hands on it next. In fact, no matter who is taking your phone next, you shouldn’t risk it.

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U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is apparently poised to introduce alterations to its strategies, which will make them more pricey. Nonetheless, the data will be increased by Verizon. ( Eric Hauser | Flickr )

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Based on a report from on-line publication CNET, which cites sources knowledgeable about the issue, Verizon is set to increase the cost of its strategies.

Based on CNET, the cost changes are part of a huge overhaul for the subscriber strategies of the carrier. This strategy will give people “a brand new means to prevent overage fees, and better accessibility to Canada and Mexico.”

For those wondering how subscribers’ smartphone strategies will be changed by the Verizon cost allowances, here are the details:

S Plan

This strategy will increase from $ 30 to $ 35 per month. Yet, for the additional $ 5, subscribers of this strategy will get 2 GB of info rather than the preceding 1 GB.

M Plan

This strategy will become $ 50 a month and also finds a rise of $ 5.

L Plan

For the additional $ 10, consumers’ info will even find a rise from 6 GB to 8 GB.

XL Plan

The XL Strategy, which formerly cost $ 80 a month, will be $ 90 a month. Subscribers’ info will be from 12 GB at 16 GB.

XXL Plan

Via this program, users can switch from paying overage fees on the Security Mode, that will safeguard subscribers.

The Security Style will be free for subscribers of the XL or XXL strategies. In case you are on the S, L or M strategies, then you may need to shell out $ 5 to get the functionality.

If you’re an existing Verizon subscriber, you’ll have the alternative of changing to some of the strategies that are new, but will not be compelled to change over.

A representative from the insurance company simply disclosed that folks should “stay tuned” for an announcement and indicated “fireworks” this week.

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LG declared that two of its latest cellphones can be used by the authorities and the military in their own line of duty.

The apparatus also package the proper applications and characteristics to make them useful in governmental and business issues.

Are the two smartphones quite protected, but they additionally holster strong specs. In addition to that, they take Google’s Android for Work, optimizing the LG Defended Entry To Business’s (GATE) networking possibility.

One of many reasons the bar was passed by LG is the fact the G5 and V10 handsets use the proprietary GATE technology of the producer. It should be noted the certification doesn’t make the cellphones impervious to hacking, but makes the procedure significantly tougher.

Chris Yie, LG Mobile Communications’ leader of advertising communications, clarifies the certification is not unimportant.

“With the growing relevance of higher security in company nowadays, … a company security platform is a necessity for cellular workplace apparatus,” Yie says.

More than 25 states acknowledge NIAP’s certification, including Canada, South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, France and the Uk.

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