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‘Fuchsia’ operating system project is interesting, lacking details that make it matter

The Fuchsia project looks to be a promising new operating system but it’s not going to replace Android anytime soon.

There’s a bit of chatter on the nerdier side of the internet today about a mysterious repository of code hosted at Google’s Git called Fuchsia. Fuchsia is a new operating system being developed by folks like Travis Geiselbrecht (BeOS, iOS, and webOS) and Brian Swetland (Android, BeOS, and HiptopOS) as well as current Google software engineers like Petr Hosek. The limited information provided at thew code repository doesn’t tell us much.

Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)

So we went digging.

Some Google-Fu and IRC lurking (#fuchsia on Freenode for folks who are still into IRC) give us a little more information. It looks like Fuchsia is an operating system that uses the LK kernel, with a component called Magenta that extends its capabilities. LK was designed for embedded devices with limited hardware. Magenta “targets modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors, non-trivial amounts of RAM with arbitrary peripherals doing open-ended computation.” Other interesting bits include a new graphics rendering project called escher, which appears to use OpenGL or Vulkan APIs to support advanced graphics like diffusion, real-time volumetric soft shadows, and other lighting effects, and the Flutter framework for the user interface.

If you’re a code nerd on any level, take a few minutes and look through what’s been uploaded to the Git. It’s buildable on Linux or OS X, and there’s even an emulated version if you want to play with it. There is just enough there to get interesting.

Based on what we have now, any ‘conclusions’ are pure speculation

But anything else is just speculation at this point. I’ve already seen headlines about how Fuchsia is going to replace Android and Chrome with a new unified unicorn. Based on what we have now, that’s not even close to correct. Google isn’t going to abandon the current Android and Chrome ecosystem, and it will take a lot more that what we have now for any of that content to run in Fuchsia. I never say never, but the idea of a unified operating system to rule them all from Google doesn’t seem to be the goal here.

The developers say that things will eventually be public, documented, and announced, but not right now. In the meantime, we all get to guess what Fuchsia is going to be and what it’s going to do.

My guess is that it will have something to do with robotics, automation, and AR/VR. Ideally, you would want a real-time operating system here so you can have a reasonable expectation of latency and how consistent it will be and the graphics engine needs to have its own low-latency pipe. There are some examples and project files included in the escher code for iOS as well. We know that Google loves VR and they are always working on the next thing, and we might be seeing it as it develops.

Or this might just be a bunch of guys doing the things they love because they can.

What I can say is that Fuchsia isn’t poised to replace anything you have now. As it develops, we’ll be able to get a better feel for their end goal with Fuchsia.

Jerry Hildenbrand #AndroidCentral #Android #News #Google #Alphabethttp://www.androidcentral.com/google-fuchsia-interesting-lacking-details  

How to Charge Your Ring Doorbell When the Battery Gets Low

The Ring Doorbell is a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell system with an integrated camera so that you can quickly see who’s at the door. But its internal battery means that you need to recharge it once or twice every year. Here’s how to recharge the Ring Doorbell whenever the battery gets low.

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by Craig Lloyd #HowToGeekhttp://www.howtogeek.com/263522/how-to-charge-your-ring-doorbell-when-the-battery-gets-low/  

Geek Trivia: Unlike Humans, Octopus Blood Is Not Iron-Based But?

Unlike Humans, Octopus Blood Is Not Iron-Based But?

Silver-Based

Sulfur-Based

Manganese-Based

Copper-Based

Think you know the answer?

by Jason Fitzpatrick #HowToGeekhttp://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/unlike-humans-octopus-blood-is-not-iron-based-but/  

Getty is using underwater robots and VR to make its Rio Olympics pictures stand out

The stock image house now has to compete with every fan and athlete with a smartphone.

In an era when nearly every Olympic athlete — and millions of fans — are all taking pictures, it is harder and harder for the professional picture takers to stand out.

So official photography agency Getty Images is relying increasingly on technology to capture new angles and views that no smartphone can compete with.

“Our challenge is to use the technology to help us capture something they didn’t see through their TV screens,” says Ken Mainardis, vice president of sport for Getty Images.

In Rio, Getty is using underwater cameras for swimming, overhead robot cameras to capture gymnastics and other stadium sports, and 360-degree cameras to create immersive photography suitable for virtual reality headsets like the Gear 360.

That means Getty can offer a unique twist on the flips from Simone Biles and a different lens into how Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps are dominating in the pools.

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Getty uses an overhead robot camera to capture American gymnast Simone Biles on the balance beam.
Capturing imagery for viewing in virtual reality has been a major push this year for Getty, though its work in the area started with shooters carrying inexpensive 360-degree cameras back at the 2012 London Olympics.

Courtesy of Getty Images
A Getty photographer holding the 360-degree camera being used to capture virtual reality images from the Rio Games.
A higher-resolution camera, in use for Rio, creates a 108-megapixel image from 36 lenses, stitching it together on the fly.

In shooting 360-degree images, photographers face a new challenge — how to stay out of the shot, or at least blend in.

“Depending on the camera and the situation, it’s sometimes hard not to be a part of your own picture with a 360 camera,” Getty photographer Richard Heathcote told Recode. Sometimes, he said, you can mount the camera on a pole and delay enough time to duck behind a wall or otherwise get out of the frame. Other times, you can shoot with a traditional camera while the 360-degree image is being shot and look like a natural part of the action.

“Occasionally you just can’t help it and then you have to hope people don’t rotate the 360 downwards,” he said.

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
A 360-degree view of Olympic Park at the Rio Olympics, a view which also gives a glimpse of the photographer taking the shot.

As for the underwater photography effort, this year’s crop of robotic cameras are vastly improved from the remote cameras Getty used in London. There, the cameras were static, with photographers having to wait for the swimmers to enter the frame.

This time around the photographers can alter vantage point and lens focal length, and swivel the camera 300 degrees. As the action moves around a venue, photographers can easily follow along and capture an image when the timing is right.

Courtesy of Getty Images
Getty’s robotic underwater camera lets photographers track the action.
One unexpected challenge in Rio, Mainardis said, has been dealing with the cost-cutting nature of the cash-strapped Brazilian games.

“The current situation means that the Games branding that we are so used to seeing at every Olympics has suffered, and this branding is important as it tends to give you a sense of place,” he said in an email from Rio. “Visually it means that it is more difficult for our photographers to produce imagery that takes you into the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Difficult — but not impossible.”

Ina Fried #ReCode #TechNews #BizNews #Newshttp://www.recode.net/2016/8/12/12405918/getty-photos-rio-olympics-360-robot  

Bose QC35 review: So nice, I bought it twice

Ridiculous comfort, insane noise cancellation and huge sound: the Bose QC35 Bluetooth headset is a hyperbole hater’s nightmare, but a traveling music lover’s dream.

The QC35 was pushed on me by an aggressive salesman at San Francisco International while I was waiting for a flight back to Boston; I initially found the price too rich for my blood, but that all changed the moment I flipped that noise-cancelling switch. Six hours of blissful flying between two screaming babies later, I was sold for life – and I even bought the QC35 a second time when I lost my first set in a hotel room.

As iMore’s Serenity Caldwell can attest, it’s just that good. Check out all the high points — and a few of the lows — in MrMobile’s first Bluetooth headset video, the Bose QC35 review!

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MrMobile #AndroidCentral #Android #News #Google #Alphabethttp://www.androidcentral.com/bose-qc35-review-so-nice-i-bought-it-twice