Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

Tech Paris Emergencies As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode. AirBnB contacted all hosts in Paris asking if they could take in those stranded in the city. Facebook let users alert their friends they were safe. Google offered free calls to Paris via Hangouts, as did Skype, Verizon and Sprint. Read More

Thorn To Set Up An Innovation Lab In Silicon Valley To Fight Child Sexual Exploitation

abstract closeup thorn of durian fruit Putting children, let alone anyone who can’t fend for themselves, into harm’s way is a monstrosity. Every single day, media of all types, photos and videos being the most prominent, depicting children in sexual scenarios are being uploaded to sites and services all over the world. It must stop. But how? Read More

You Can Now Backup WhatsApp Messages, Photos, And Videos To Google Drive

google_drive The only thing that I really worry about when I drop my phone into a tub of water is if I’ve backed everything up. More specifically, did I back my messages up. There is so much important information that flows through my text messages, it’s scary. Today, Google Drive announced adoption of a feature that’ll be rolling out over the next couple of months that will let you… Read More

Google Acquires Jibe Mobile To Help Adopt New Standard For Carrier Messaging

peak Android Today, Google announced that it will be adopting a new standard for carrier messaging called Rich Communications Services (RCS), thus eventually moving on from SMS. The company also announced the acquisition of Jibe Mobile to help bring RCS to its Android products. Here’s what Mike Dodd, Android RCS Software Engineer and Minister of Messaging had to say (and how cool is his title?):… Read More

Chrome Will Begin Pausing Flash Ads By Default, Starting In September

html5_top Google’s Chrome web browser keeps getting better. According to a new post on Google+, the company says that, starting on September 1st, Chrome will begin to pause many Flash ads by default in order to improve performance for its users. This change was first announced in June, and initially rolled out to the beta version of the Chrome desktop web browser. At the time, Google noted that… Read More

Dropbox Adds Support For U2F Security Keys

u2f-key Dropbox today announced that it will now support security keys. Security keys are physical USB dongles from companies like YubiCo that allow you to bypass the traditional app- and text message-based two-factor authentication schemes with their six-digit codes by simply plugging the key into your computer. Read More

Google And Samsung Will Now Release Monthly OTA Android Security Updates

android Earlier today, Samsung announced that it would now provide security patches for its Android devices “about once per month.” In addition to Samsung, Google also today announced a similar program for its Nexus devices. Both Samsung and Google will release these security patches as over-the-air updates. Read More

GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

17086044837_c7f38e4dc9_k Today, Sen. Al Franken announced a new report by the GAO on the use of facial recognition technology. Franken has been on the side of looking into the privacy implications on that type of tech and says today that the report shows that there needs to be a set of federal standards in place before widely adopted. Franken said in a release: Over the past several years, we’ve seen… Read More

Google Now Lets Developers Bring Their Own Security Keys To Compute Engine

5399162987_5d0402e809_o Starting today, developers who use Google’s Compute Engine infrastructure as a service platform will be able to bring their own security keys to the service. Google argues that using these customer-supplied encryption keys, which are now in public beta, give its users more control over their data security. By default, Google encrypts all of the data on its service with an AES-256 bit… Read More

Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

Microsoft Falling in step with various recent industry moves, Microsoft has set up a formal process for removing links to so-called ‘revenge porn’ from its Bing search engine, allowing victims to notify it via a dedicated web form to have access to the content cut off. Read More
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