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Jack M. Germain
Can Android Challenge Embedded Linux?
01/21/14 11:10 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1211 Words

... the Android OS morphing into a new form of embedded Linux ? Android is a Linux OS derivative perched to make inroads beyond its growing user base in smartphones and tablets. Some auto makers are considering the potential for Android-connected communications systems...

Jack M. Germain
How Linuxy Is Android?
10/18/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1317 Words

Even if Amazon does not lock down its altered Android platform , it clearly has created a major fork in the Linux road. Modifying Android is nothing new. HTC , Motorola and other phone makers have already established that practice. Android is an...

Jack M. Germain
Android-x86 Just Might Make a Good Linux Desktop Alternative
03/20/14 3:33 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1716 Words

... with the Android OS on a desktop computer environment takes personal computing in a new direction. How many will follow it remains to be seen. The release of Android-x86 version 4.4-RC1 (KitKat-x86) by the Android-x86 Project brings the viability of an Android...

Jack M. Germain
New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems
08/31/15 5:52 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1646 Words

The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer. However, the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices,...

Jack M. Germain
Acer's Android Smart Display Pushes Desktop Boundaries
06/13/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2156 Words

Acer's Smart Display DA220HQL is a 21.5-inch all-in-one touchscreen released earlier this year that runs the Android operating system with a wireless keyboard and mouse and has the potential to change your desktop computing habits. I have a growing affinity for my 10-inch...

Jack M. Germain
Is Google Thwarting Android-x86 Development?
03/26/14 1:56 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1033 Words

... Google been spreading FUD to discourage computer makers from using an Android OS retooled to run on legacy computers? The maintainer of the Android-x86 Project has suggested that the Justice Department should investigate whether Google has been interfering with adoption of the...

Jack M. Germain
Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple
07/23/16 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1801 Words

Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P -- the first Chromebook to get the upgrade...

Jack M. Germain
New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds
07/01/15 2:31 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1003 Words

... stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a report G Data SecurityLabs released Wednesday. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report...

Jack M. Germain
BoxTone's Brian Reed: Securing Android for the Enterprise
07/16/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1585 Words

... enterprise mobility management platform is designed to bring Android security up to levels better-suited to the rigors of the business workforce, but in making Android enterprise-hardened, the company left Android's open source trappings intact. As part of that EMM platform, BoxTone delivers...

Jack M. Germain
Hacker Gives Google a Hand With Chrome-Android Compatibility
09/23/14 9:42 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 615 Words

... unplanned convergence of Android apps and the Chrome OS may be setting the stage for a wide-open cross-platform architecture that combines Android and Chrome. Freelance programmer Vlad Filippov, aka "Vladikoff," discovered a way around Google's limitations on its ARC, or App Runtime...

Jack M. Germain
Adobe Opens Lightroom's Door to Android
01/19/15 2:59 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 609 Words

Adobe last week released an Android mobile app as a companion to its Lightroom desktop application and cloud service. Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. It is not available for the Linux...

Jack M. Germain
Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's Jugular
03/27/15 4:06 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 918 Words

Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google . Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform.

Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution...

Jack M. Germain
Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat
09/21/15 12:52 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 799 Words

Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices. However, it could take weeks to months for manufacturers and service providers to roll out the...

Jack M. Germain
Android Marshmallow on PC Falls Flat
12/07/16 3:31 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1361 Words

The developers late this summer released the first stable version of Android-x86 6.0 , codenamed "Marshmallow." Android-x86 lets you run the Android OS with the Google Chrome browser on your desktop and laptop computers, rather than buying one of the qualified Chromebooks...

Jack M. Germain
Can Android Grow From Micro-Machine to Iron Giant?
05/13/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1026 Words

The Android OS is currently available in just one smartphone in the U.S. (the T-Mobile G1, manufactured by HTC ), but many other device makers are rumored to have Android products in the works. The OS may also appear in small netbook...

Richard Adhikari
A Taste of Android's Freshly Baked Eclair
10/30/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 904 Words

... the Verizon Droid from Motorola arrives next month, it will include a new version of the Android Operating system . Android 2.0, also known as "Eclair," will no doubt show up in lots of other new smartphones over the coming months. Android...

Rob Walch
Android's Smartphone 'Lead' Relies on Fishy Numbers
10/01/10 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1373 Words

... read an article recently in ComputerWorld titled "Devs bet big on Android over Apple's iOS." If that is not the definition of "link bait," I don't know what is. Either way, with hook in mouth, I surfed over to the article to...

Jack M. Germain
Are Android Tablets Stumbling Out of the Gate?
05/27/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1381 Words

... on initial sales reports and some tablet market flip flops, the few Android tablets that have hit the shelves so far seem to have crashed and burned. Early sales figures indicate that no Android tab is coming close to being the much-awaited...

Richard Adhikari
Google Sweetens the Android Pot With Honeycomb 3.2 SDK
07/19/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 723 Words

Google Friday announced Android 3.2 and released updated software development kit (SDK) tools for the platform . Android 3.2 is an incremental release that adds several new capabilities for both users and developers, the Internet giant said.

It includes changes to the...

Jack M. Germain
Android Apps and the Honeycomb Holdup
07/26/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1545 Words

... Android Honeycomb tablets are now on store shelves and vendor websites. Six months from Honeycomb's release, tablet makers have finally optimized their hardware to fit the new made-for-tablets OS version to their larger-than-smartphone screens. But where are the apps? Buyers of shiny...

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Is "too much screen time" really a problem?
Yes -- smartphone addiction is ruining relationships.
Yes -- but primarily due to parents' failure to regulate kids' use.
Possibly -- long-term effects on health are not yet known.
Not really -- lack of self-discipline and good judgement are the problems.
No -- angst over "screen time" is just the latest overreaction to technology.
No -- what matters is the quality of content, not the time spent viewing it.