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Google Warns the Internet Will Disappear, the Future of Cyanogen [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-01-2015

Google predicts that the Internet will disappear, the future of Cyanogen, Malaysia Airlines gets hacked, Expedia buys Travelocity, and the 1995 Facebook TV commercial that never was.


Schmidt: “The Internet Will Disappear”

The Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, thinks “the Internet will disappear,” but don’t panic, as his words shouldn’t be taken too literally. Schmidt was speaking at the World Economic Forum is Davos, Switzerland when he made the prediction which has spawned countless misleading headlines, including our own.

Rather than suggesting the Internet will one day go the way of the dinosaurs, Schmidt was predicting that the Internet will “become so ubiquitous that you won’t even notice it.” How? By way of the Internet of Things What Is the Internet of Things? What is the Internet of Things? Here's everything you need to know about it, why it's so exciting, and some of the risks. Read More , and how more devices are becoming “smart” every day.

Schmidt further explained, “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room. A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.

Indeed it does, and at that point the Internet is likely to become less of a service we connect to and more of an omnipresence punctuating every part of our lives. And Google plans to be right at the center of this new reality.

So, if you’re worried about privacy, security, and anonymity now just wait until Schmidt’s future comes to pass Why The Internet of Things Is The Biggest Security Nightmare One day, you arrive home from work to discover that your cloud-enabled home security system has been breached. How could this happen? With Internet of Things (IoT), you could find out the hard way. Read More .


Cyanogen Moving Away from Android

Fans of Cyanogen OS How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it's also free as in open source, so that it can be modified... Read More will be interested to hear the direction in which the CEO of Cyanogen Inc. sees the mobile operating system heading in the future. According to The Information (via Android Authority), Kirt McMaster wants to “take Android away from Google.

McMaster explained, “We’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bullshit with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we’re going here.

He continued, “We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their services can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android.

McMaster is an outspoken individual, once accusing Google of having a tyrannical hold on Android. These recent comments regarding the future of Cyanogen OS should, therefore, come as no great surprise.


Lizard Squad Hacks Malaysia Airlines

Lizard Squad, the hacking group which took down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Twitter Taken Down By New Year, Bitcoin Performed Poorly In 2014 [Tech News Digest] Also, PSN and Xbox Live are back online, Pinterest rolls out Promoted Pins, how to stream The Interview, and preferring a chocolate iPhone to the real thing. Read More over the holidays, has claimed credit for hacking the website of Malaysia Airlines. The website displayed an image of a lizard wearing a top hat and monocle, with text describing Lizard Squad as the “Official Cyber Caliphate.

Malaysia Airlines issued a statement maintaining that its “servers are intact,” and assured customers that “its website was not hacked and this temporary glitch does not affect their bookings and that user data remains secured.

The company lost two aircraft in 2014, one which disappeared over the South China Sea, and one which was shot down while flying over Ukraine. Which seems to be the only reason it was targeted ahead and instead of any other airline.

Expedia Acquires Travelocity for $280m

Expedia has acquired Travelocity for $280 million in a straight cash deal. For that underwhelming sum of money, Expedia Be Mobile & Travel Well With Expedia's New Responsive Homepage Redesign Expedia has finally got a new homepage design that also goes well with mobile devices. The world's largest travel portal has gone for a responsive new look – the most significant one since 2002. Read More will get Travelocity’s North American websites., which is Travelocity Europe, will be sold to Bravofly for $120 million.


If Facebook Had Made Ads in 1995

And finally, we now know what a Facebook commercial would have looked like had the social networking service been a thing in 1995 Go Back in Time: How 12 Big Websites Looked Years Ago Travel back in time and revisit the past by seeing how these notable and popular websites looked like all those years ago. Read More . This is according to Brent Weinbach, who designed the faux television spot to mimic early spots for AOL, Yahoo, and others 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More .

It’s keenly observed, and should remind us all how far the Internet and its services have come in the past 20 years. [H/T The Verge]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you think Eric Schmidt’s prediction about the Internet disappearing is correct? Are you interested in Cyanogen and how it will evolve in the future? Would you have used Facebook if it had existed in 1995?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.


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  1. Pablo
    January 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Makeuseof is becoming yellow press? Articles like these are there to decide on unsubscription.

  2. Ragnar
    January 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Two articles wih som pertinence today, both angled at google:

    Will internet disappear? The idea and initial values of internet are allready allmost gone. You connect, you get profiled, positiionned spied upon and monetized as soon as you try to anything. High value information was there in abundance ten years ago. As anyone in the tech area tere was a good chance you'd have a pertinent soluion, just by spelling out an error code or a problem description. Now, thanks to social networks you just find a bunch of crap. If you want some real information you have to pay, and chances are you get ripped off.

    Can Cyagenmod steal Android from Google? Good luck. Don't forget that Google "stole" everything that's in Android, Like apple "stole" all the good stuff they could find ad filled up MacOS with it, the Unix which is inside, the object oriented part, etc, etc. Both companies subsequently closed in the users.

    So yes, free what was stolen and locked in.

  3. geekmee
    January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I think Eric Schmidt would have been more useful if he would have warned... In the future privacy will disappear.

  4. geekmee
    January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I think I read this book,....Oh, yeah Bill Gates... "The Road Ahead".... or was that the road to anywhere?

  5. molly_dog
    January 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    OMG, it truly *has* been over 20 years since I bought my first Windows computer! Worse yet, we fell for advertising exactly like that.

    How will today's "cutting edge" marketing look in another 20 years? LOL

  6. Lulu is SickofitAll
    January 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    That comment was directed at Bill, I guess I was so caught up in the excitement of someone actually using their bran...I forgot to use mine.

  7. Lulu is SickofitAll
    January 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    You deserve an award or gift of some sort for using your common sense. Common sense seems to b a thing of the past, that most people have forgotten how to use.

    • Tek
      January 28, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      If most people have forgotten how to use common sense, it can't be so common then - can it? Mmmmm..!

  8. Bill
    January 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Had high speed router before the telephone company could support it, was dsl ready before it was actually available, got my cable net setup for first day of cable internet, and was the "techie" at a consulting engineering company building future technologies. I point out the above to show I'm not tech adverse, but I still don't use Facebook as I understood long ago that anything, ANYTHING, you net you place in the public domain forever.

  9. J
    January 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Man I hate these clickbait titles.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      I quoted the man, so how can that be clickbait? He did actually say that, but it's up to the reader to take the comment how they want.

  10. Vinny
    January 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, must be an old guy and have lost contact with the youngsters around him: "It will be part of your presence all the time." For most youngster, even up to 40, this is already happening. The can't think being without there phone online. They don't even talk Internet anymore

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      This is true, but right now you still have to actively interact with the Internet and you're aware of doing so. In the future, when every single device in our houses is smart and connected to the Internet, it could become less of an activity and more of a default.

    • Phillip
      January 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Sad to see that those under 40's also have a hard time with grammar and spelling - I guess the thinking is " who needs to know how to spell or speak proper English is you have a phone that will do it all for you - with autocorrect!

  11. Dave
    January 27, 2015 at 6:29 am

    William Gibson anyone? For those techno-absorbed among you - he wrote/writes books which were/are printed on actual paper made from actual trees...

  12. DoktorThomas™
    January 27, 2015 at 5:08 am

    If people had the vaguest idea of the breath (thousands) of trackings, unauthorized personal data sharing, privacy violations that were taking place every minute on the Net, it would disappear from fear and lack of use.
    Thwarting of Google is a favorite pastime. Try it. ©2015

    • gbswales
      January 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

      You know I don't think it would - humans traditionally embrace danger and the more dangerous it is the greater the risks we like to take! To me the internet was a new phenomenom as were electronic databases. Future generations will have embraced it from birth and will have little understanding for the word privacy. The will develop different concerns about different things - it is called evolution

  13. Bud
    January 27, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Can’t happen if one can’t afford it, so maybe only the rich and tecno-geeks will have and use it
    and by the time it supposedly becomes available, I’ll be popping daises around my headstone/grave marker !

  14. Scottinseattle
    January 27, 2015 at 2:35 am

    What Chairman Eric Schmidt is talking about is the "fish in water" syndrome. A fish is so use to being in water, it probably doesn't even realize it.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Exactly. I actually meant to use that analogy in the piece, but it slipped my mind. We did add context to his comments though rather than leave anyone thinking he meant the Internet was actually going to disappear.

  15. Anna
    January 27, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Well... haha... This was one lousy "click and bait" headline....
    So lame even for MakeUseOf...

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      I personally don't think a quote can be a clickbait headline. Eric Schmidt actually said those words, and I could hardly explain exactly what he meant by them in the headline.

    • Chris
      February 19, 2015 at 2:00 am

      @Dave: Quotes that are disturbing when taken out of context can most certainly be bait and click headlines. It's clearly misleading and not cool.

      @Anna: What do you mean "even for MakeUseOf"? The content here is generally informative and level-headed, or at least I think so.

  16. DonGateley
    January 26, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    The CyanogenMod video and story is almost a year and a half old. How's about an update.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      The video may be old (because it's there just to add context to the story) but the comments from McMaster are entirely fresh.

  17. Martin
    January 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Please don't publicize the likes of Lizard Squark. You know this is what they want so YOU ARE FEEDING their desire to do this again and again. You really should know better.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Don't shoot the messenger! While it would be great if we all exhausted Lizard Squad of publicity, it's kind of my job to report the news.

  18. Charlene
    January 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Saw the title and had a panic attack. My freakin' heart! (O.O) DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!!!

    • djsinging
      January 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Get A Life man.... theres muc more to living life than INTERNET OF ANYTHING....

  19. dragonmouth
    January 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    "So, if you’re worried about privacy, security, and anonymity now just wait until Schmidt’s future comes to pass."
    Resistance is futile. The Borg Collective is coming closer and closer to being realized. I wonder who will be the Borg Queen?

    • Doc
      January 27, 2015 at 12:03 am