It looks like China, the country that has the Great Wall which so happens to be one of the new seven wonders of the world, is also known as the country that has the Great Firewall. After all, the government does wield a considerable amount of influence and control over its citizens, especially in the kind of media that they can or cannot enjoy. Having said that, here we are with all of the pro-democracy protests happening in Hong Kong that China has clamped down on the use of Instagram.
Yes sir, you read that right. China has blocked access Instagram over on the mainland, and it can be speculated that the whole point of doing so is to prevent images of the demonstrations from spreading beyond the borders of Hong Kong, as Instagram continues to function just fine in that part of the world. It does not look as though restrictions on Instagram over in China will be lifted up anytime soon as long as the protests continue, and hopefully it will not end up with a permanent ban.
Google has just introduced their latest developer guidelines for apps which will run on the soon-to-come in-car software. Android Auto is tipped to arrive before 2014 makes its way for 2015, where one will be able to interact with Android apps all the while driving, courtesy of a touchscreen display which will be integrated within select vehicles’ dashboards.
Do bear in mind that Android Auto apps are not exactly standalone apps, but rather, they happen to be smartphone or tablet apps which will feature an Auto component. Whenever you install the apps on your handset, the vehicle’s system is smart enough to recognize them for what they are, hence adding functionality to your Android Auto dashboard.
In such a manner, one is able to be on the receiving end of notifications, control music playback, as well as to make use of voice actions in the car. Similar in many ways to Google Wear, Google will continue to maintain a tight grip over the user interface, as device manufacturers cannot make use of custom skins – and will even be more locked down.