Google's Product Announcement and Apple Pay Hits Russia

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A Look Into Google’s Pixel Phone and More from the Product Announcement
Google announced its first flagship phone this past Tuesday, along with a slew of product announcements that included Google Assistant, the VR Headset, Daydream View, and Google Home.

The Pixel, arguably Google’s biggest announcement during their Tuesday event, will be available beginning Tuesday, exclusively sold by Verizon. There are two sizes to the phone, Pixel and Pixel XL. The XL is exactly the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus. That being said, the devices were built by HTC. More on the Pixel can be found on ComputerWorld.

Along with the announcement of the Pixel, Google also introduced its first piece of VR hardware, the Daydream View. The Daydream View will require a smartphone to work (the Pixel at the moment); though it is rumored that the headset will work with other phones besides the Pixel in the future.

The company also announced that their new Wi-Fi solution will bring an integrated network into users’ homes by combining small routers throughout the house than depending on hardware partnerships such as OnHub and TP-Link.

Last but not least, Google revealed its Google Home device, a competitor to Amazon Echo, at the event. Similar to the Echo, Google Home listens for users’ voice commands to play music, control smart home devices, and more.

A more detailed recap of Tuesday’s event can be found on The Verge.

iOS 10 Hack Could Now Earn You $1.5 Million

Security startup Zerodium, a company that purchases vulnerabilities and exploits for platforms and applications has tripled the price for an iOS jailbreak from $500,000 to $1.5 million. The “Zerodium iOS bounty does NOT compete with Apple,” indicates Chaouki Bekrar, founder of Zerodium, “as we focus on browsers+kernel while they focus on secure boot and enclave." Up for the challenge? Learn more about the program here.

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