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Huawei Demonstrated 5G Technology in Bangladesh

Posts & Telecommunications Division, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in cooperation with Huawei and Robi, has demonstrated 5G technology for the first time in…

Huawei Demonstrated 5G Technology in Bangladesh

Posts & Telecommunications Division, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in cooperation with Huawei and Robi, has demonstrated 5G technology for the first time in…

Q&A on Election Integrity

Below is the transcript from the July 24, 2018 press briefing related to Facebook’s work on elections.

Threat Roundup for July 13-20

Today, as we do every week, Talos is giving you a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed this week — covering the dates between July 13 and 20….

Updating your games for modern Android

Posted by Tom Greenaway, Senior Partner Developer Advocate

Last year we announced that starting from August 2018 Google Play will require all new apps and games to target a recent Android API level – set to API level 26 (Android 8.0 Oreo), or higher. Additionally, this requirement will extend to updates for existing apps and games starting from November 2018.

Every new Android version introduces changes that bring significant security and performance improvements – and enhance the user experience of Android overall. Updating your games to target the latest API level ensures that your users can benefit from these improvements, while still allowing your games to run on older Android versions.

Simple next steps:

  • Install the Android 8.0 Oreo SDK (API level 26) via Android Studio by navigating to (Tools > Android > SDK Manager > Android SDK > SDK Platforms).
  • Update your game to target API level 26 and see whether your game has any incompatibilities or issues as soon as possible. Update any external dependencies as necessary. Learn more about the incremental changes between versions of Android here.
  • If you are using an advertising network, SDK or plugin which is incompatible with API level 26, reach out to your contacts and find out their timeline for supporting target API level 26. The sooner they’re aware of these changes the better.
  • If you build your game with Unity, support for target API 26 is built into Unity 5.6.6 and beyond. Simply ensure the latest target API level is selected in your Android build settings for Unity (Build Settings > Android > Player Settings). For versions of Unity 5.6.5 and prior, consult this documentation which includes a workaround for versions dating back to 4.3.
  • For games built with Unreal, check your Android platform settings has the “Target SDK Version” set to 26.
  • If you use Cocos2D-X, check the target API level in the gradle.properties file that is generated.

Significant changes to be aware of:

  • Since API 23, we have required permissions be requested at runtime which helps streamline the app install process.
  • Since API 24, apps can no longer dynamically link against non-NDK libraries. If your app (including third-party static libraries) contains native code, you should only be using public NDK APIs.
  • If your game uses Android push notifications, the Google Play Services SDK in your game will need to be updated to version 10.2.1 or above for your game to support API level 26.
  • If your game uses opaque binary blobs (OBB), then your game must check if it can access the directory before attempting to access the OBB files themselves. We recommend explicitly requesting permission for access using the Runtime Permissions API, and gracefully handling cases wherein the permission is not granted. Additionally, add an entry in the manifest for the external storage access:
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
    

Moving ahead

Remember, updating the target API level is just the first step – make sure your game is compatible with the behavior changes between your current target API level and API level 26. Check out further guidance on the changes in past versions of Android to help in your migration process. These policy changes are important for moving the Android ecosystem forward and keeping it healthy for our users – and yours.

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Building the cloud together: Diversity and inclusion at Next ‘18

Building a cloud for everyone takes inspiration and ideas from all corners of our community. This year at Next ‘18 in San Francisco, we’re celebrating our diverse community of builders and innovators. Here’s a little of what we’ll have in store.

Kicking off Next by celebrating diversity

On July 23rd, the first day of Next, we’re hosting two events to welcome our community of women, people of color, LGBTQ-A, people with disabilities, and the intersections thereof. Both the Women in Tech Social and the Celebrate Diversity Reception will offer networking opportunities, demos, interactive experiences, and food and wine pairings.

Bringing community together at the Equality Lounge

In collaboration with The Female Quotient, we created Equality Lounge. This women-focused, all gender inclusive drop-in space will offer confidence coaching, professional headshots, and #IamRemarkable workshops. We’ll also be hosting panel discussions, where I’ll be joined by leaders ranging from Annie Jean-Baptise, Google’s Global Product Inclusion Evangelist, to Janet Foutty, CEO of Deloitte Consulting. Local San Jose illustrator Sam Rodriguez will be displaying an original work titled “ChangeMakers,” honoring four extraordinary women: Miroslava Silva Ordaz, Morgan DeBaun, Patricia Graves, andRana Abdelhamid—-each of whom lead with inclusivity, empower change and impact their global communities. The Equality Lounge is located at Moscone West, Level 3 and will be open throughout Next ‘18.

Highlighting diversity and inclusion in our breakout sessions

Interested in learning to build for a more inclusive community? Disability rights activist Haben Girma and members of Google’s UX team will lead talks on the intersection of tech and accessibility. And you can attend our “Women of Cloud” panel with Melody Meckfessel, VP of Engineering, who’ll share insights on how women can develop their careers and spheres of influence.

Offering inclusive resources throughout Next ‘18

We want to ensure comfort and accessibility for all Next attendees. We’ll be offering resources such as mother’s rooms, child care reimbursements, multi-faith and meditation rooms, gender neutral restrooms, real-time captioning services and ADA-friendly spaces throughout the event. If you need support, or would like to share feedback regarding these resources, please reach out to us at next18@google.com.

See you in San Francisco!

Powering our customers: the innovation story behind Microsoft’s earnings

With Microsoft’s fourth quarter earnings, we delivered double-digit revenue growth across all segments anchored by the growing success in our commercial cloud as technology helps our customers power their innovation. Recently organizations like GE, PGA, NBA, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks, InMobi  Bayer and Telefonica shared how they are leveraging cloud and artificial intelligence to support…

The post Powering our customers: the innovation story behind Microsoft’s earnings appeared first on The Official Microsoft Blog.

12 must-see G Suite sessions at Google Cloud Next ‘18

Next week, IT and business leaders from across the globe will gather alongside Google experts in San Francisco to see what’s new in cloud at our annual conference, Google Cloud Next.

Last year, we introduced new solutions to best suit the needs of large organizations, including new ways for companies to work in real-time in Hangouts Meet and Chat, and more features in Google Drive. This year, we’ll hear from Google leadership about how organizations are reimagining work with G Suite. More and more, we see companies viewing G Suite as an investment in their people because employees are able to collaborate more quickly and effectively, spend more time working creatively and drive even greater impact.

In addition to keynotes, we’re also hosting a Spotlight Session on Wednesday, July 25th where we’ll showcase new capabilities in more depth, and nearly 50 deep-dive sessions specific to G Suite where AI experts, developers, customers, technology partners and others will cover a range of topics. If you’re planning to attend and need help narrowing down your list of sessions, here are some that I recommend.

If you want to hear best practices for deploying G Suite (straight from customers):

If you need to understand how G Suite can help secure business data:

If you want to build on G Suite to optimize work processes, or see how G Suite tools work easily with other enterprise apps:

If you want tips on how to be more productive in G Suite or how AI can help:

You can check out the full list of session content or register for the event on the Next ‘18 website. See you there.

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