Facebook sneakily shifts data of 1.5 billion users away from Europe and GDPR

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Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the spotlight of privacy has been firmly on Facebook. The social network has made numerous promises about offering greater privacy controls to users, and after fears that Europe would end up with greater controls because of GDPR, Facebook then revealed similar tools will be rolled out around the world. Just a few days ago, the company gave a little more information about these new privacy controls, boasting that it will soon be “offering new privacy protections to everyone, no matter where you live”. Sounds great. But it’s not — strictly speaking — true. And Facebook… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google pauses development of Allo in favour of RCS Chat

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Google has had no shortage of chat and messaging tools over the years, and the company just added another one to its list. Google’s Chat is based on the RCS (Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services) protocol which it is hoped will succeed SMS. The company is hitting pause on Allo — which only launched towards the end of 2016 — to focus resources on RCS. Google is transferring “almost all” of the team currently working on Allo to Android Messages which will ultimately feature Chat, its own RCS implementation. See also: Google loses big ‘right to be forgotten’ case… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Will iOS and macOS converge? Don’t hold your breath…

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Apple has no plans to merge iOS and macOS, with Tim Cook explaining: “I don’t think that’s what users want.” This runs counter to rumors and speculation that have circulated in recent years, but in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald Cook makes it clear that the two operating system will remain distinct entities. See also: Leaked memo shows Apple threatens leakers with criminal action Apple encourages the switch to 64-bit with ‘not optimized for Mac’ message Apple could drop Intel and start making its own chips for Macs Apple says the redesigned Mac Pro is coming in 2019… …Continue reading on BetaNews

It looks like Facebook is preparing to build its own AI chips

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Facebook appears to be looking to design and build its own processors at some point in the future. The social networking giant has posted a job listing on its corporate website looking for a manager to help build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization”. The move would see Facebook doing what Apple and Google have started to do in recent years, moving design and production in-house to reduce reliance on the likes of Intel and Qualcomm. While little is known about how its own processors would be used, it is likely that they would feature in future Oculus… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft to kill off OneNote’s desktop app in Office 2019 to focus on OneNote for Windows 10

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When Microsoft releases Office 2019 later this year, it will be killing off the desktop version of OneNote. At the moment there are desktop and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) versions available, but soon Microsoft will only offer OneNote for Windows 10. While the killing off of OneNote 2016 coincides with the launch of Office 2019, OneNote for Windows 10 will also become the “default OneNote experience” for Office 365 users. But because the desktop version of the app has a dedicated userbase, it will continue to be supported for a number of years. Microsoft says that OneNote 2016 will …Continue reading on BetaNews

TaskRabbit returns after security breach and reveals ‘personally identifiable information’ was exposed

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The CEO of TaskRabbit has informed users that “certain personally identifiable information may have been compromised” in a security incident that saw the website and app taken offline earlier in the week. TaskRabbit — a service that puts “taskers” in touch with people who need help with jobs around the home — is now back online, and the company is now on a damage limitation exercise, issuing a statement in the name of “trust, openness, and transparency”. Stacy Brown-Philpot says that an investigation is still underway to determine what happened, but explains that “preliminary evidence shows that an unauthorized user… …Continue reading on BetaNews

AI-powered offline translation comes to Microsoft Translator apps

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Having a translation app on your phone is great when you’re abroad and want to be able to speak in the local lingo. But if you find yourself without an internet connection, you might struggle to find the words you need. If you’re a Microsoft Translator user, however, this now changes. Microsoft has introduced free, downloadable AI-powered translation packs which the company says brings “the benefit of neural translation technology regardless of whether the device is connected to the cloud or offline”. See also: Microsoft brings Windows Defender Browser Protection extension to Google Chrome Microsoft, Facebook and Symantec are among… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft brings Windows Defender Browser Protection extension to Google Chrome

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Recognizing that comparatively few people are using its Edge browser, Microsoft has released a new security tool for those who have opted to use Google Chrome — the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension. The add-on offers real-time protection against a variety of online threats such as phishing attacks and malicious websites. As these security options are already available in Chrome, it’s not clear quite who the extension is aimed at. See also: Microsoft, Facebook and Symantec are among 34 companies pledging not to help governments launch cyberattacks Microsoft launches Defending Democracy Program to protect against hacking and misinformation Microsoft releases… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook reveals new privacy controls for users around the world

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Facebook has been hit with renewed criticism of its privacy policies in recent weeks in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Having promised to give users more control over their privacy settings — and after already introducing some tools to this end — the social network has now revealed how it will comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and bring new “privacy protection” to users around the world. With the impending arrival of GDPR, it had previously been thought that European Facebook users would have greater privacy controls than those in other parts of the world.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Password manager RememBear exits beta with official launch

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After around six months in beta — and two years in the making — the team behind the TunnelBear VPN tool has officially launched its password manager, RememBear. Vying for attention in an already somewhat crowded marketplace, RememBear takes a leaf out of TunnelBear’s book, and concentrates on offering functionality that’s simple to use. There’s also the same quirky use of animations throughout, but this should not distract from the fact that this is a powerful and secure place to store passwords. See also: Privacy: Hotspot Shield, PureVPN, and ZenMate found to leak sensitive data McAfee buys VPN firm TunnelBear… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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