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Is Google's Project Fuchsia a Windows and Android Killer? (The 3:59, Ep. 96)

We also talk about virtual reality (again) and why Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram account.

Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
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  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
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Mike Sorrentino is a Senior Editor for Mobile, covering phones, texting apps and smartwatches -- obsessing about how we can make the most of them. Mike also keeps an eye out on the movie and toy industry, and outside of work enjoys biking and pizza making.
Expertise Phones, texting apps, iOS, Android, smartwatches, fitness trackers, mobile accessories, gaming phones, budget phones, toys, Star Wars, Marvel, Power Rangers, DC, mobile accessibility, iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, RCS
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Google's got something brewing.

The online search giant is working on something called Project Fuchsia, and no one really knows what it is. A description says it's an operating system for "modern" phones and computers, which is pretty vague. But theoretically, Google could be creating a new operating system to replace Microsoft's Windows, and even its own Android software.

We talk about how difficult it is to create a new OS and what the possibilities might be.

We also talk about Nvidia's new line of chips, and how that might get you to actually run virtual reality on your next laptop. It's a step in the right direction for VR, which got a little additional help from Minecraft coming to the Oculus system.

Lastly, we explain why Justin Bieber quit Instagram. Yes, we feel a little dirty about it.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

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