Google is working with iRobot to map the inside of your home and share data with smart devices

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Google is all about data, and there have long been concerns about how the data it collects is used and the associated privacy issues. As such, the company’s latest collaboration is likely to raise a few hackles. Google and iRobot are joining forces to use data collected by smart vacuum cleaners like the Roomba i7+ to create maps of the inside of people’s home — and then share that data with other smart devices. The partnership is described by iRobot as “a collaboration with Google to integrate robotic and smart home technologies that will advance the next-generation smart home”. What… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple reveals new iPad Pro with USB-C

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In addition to its new MacBook Air and Mac mini, Apple today launched the new iPad Pro. The most immediately-noticeable change is the death of the home button, but there’s much more to this new model than just that. The screen of the smaller iPad Pro has jumped from 10.5 to 11 inches without changing the overall size of the body, while the 12.9-inch model is available in a dramatically smaller casing. Both are thinner than before (just 5.9 mm), Face ID has been added, and there’s more going on under the hood. See also: Apple unveils new MacBook Air… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple unveils new MacBook Air with Retina Display and Touch ID

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At the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apple today revealed a new MacBook Air. As well as a Retina Display, Apple has shrunk the bezels to near-invisibility. The screen measures 13.3-inch with four times the resolution of its predecessor. The new model features Touch ID built directly into the keyboard. The keyboard itself has been upgraded for a better and more reliable typing experience, and the new Force Touchpad below this is 20 percent larger. But what else does the new MacBook Air have to offer? Security is taken care of by Apple’s T2 chip, and Apple has boosted the speakers… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple announces iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime, new emoji, dual-SIM support and more

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Later today Apple is holding an event in Brooklyn at which we expect to see a new iPad Pro, iMac and MacBook Air. That’s the hardware side of things. Today is also about software — specifically iOS 12.1 which holds many treats for iPhone and iPad users. The latest version of iOS will be available today, and it includes Group FaceTime and more than 70 new emoji. On top of this, there’s also Depth Control in real-time preview and dual-SIM support for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. See also: How to watch Apple’s new iPad and Mac… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google is working on a patch for weird double-notch bug affecting Pixel 3 XL

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The notches that grace an increasing number of phones — from the iPhone XS to the OnePlus 6T — have proved quite divisive, but it seems unlikely they are going to disappear anytime soon. In fact, thanks to a weird bug,some Pixel 3 XL owners have found that they have extra notches to contend with. A number of users have encountered a bug that adds a second notch to the side of the screen in addition to the usual one at the top. The cause of the problem is not known, but Google is working on fixing it. See also: …Continue reading on BetaNews

Here’s the OnePlus 6T — and it’s coming to T-Mobile in the US

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After months of build up from the Chinese company, a tremendous number of leaks, and endless hype, the OnePlus 6T has finally been officially announced. Something of an evolution of the OnePlus 6, the latest handset features a smaller notch, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and no headphone socket. With a starting price of $549 there’s a lot to get excited about with the latest addition to the OnePlus range — and the specs are certainly impressive. But for folks in the US who have been eagerly anticipating OnePlus handsets finally launching in their country, the wait is finally over. The… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Linux systems vulnerable to privilege escalation and file overwrite exploit in X.Org server

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An “incorrect command-line parameter validation” vulnerability in X.Org server makes it possible to escalate privileges as well as overwrite files. The problem affects Linux and BSD distributions using the open source X Window System implementation. The vulnerability has been present for a couple of years, but has been brought to light by security researcher Narendra Shinde. Unpatched system can be exploited by non-root users if X server is running with elevated privileges. See also: Linux-friendly company System76 shares more open source Thelio computer details System76 releases Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS 18.10 Linux distribution Linus Torvalds is back in charge as Linux kernel… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google brags about Gmail’s 1.5 billion users

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You’re probably well aware that Gmail is popular… but have you ever thought about just how popular it is? If this is the sort of thing that keeps you awake at night, Google has provided an answer. Apparently around a fifth of the world’s population has a Gmail account — 1.5 billion in total. Of course, there are many people who have more than one Gmail email address, but the number is pretty impressive nonetheless. See also: Leaked documents show Google now requires OEMs to provide 2 years of Android security updates Privacy: Google makes it easier to delete your… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft defends its JEDI cloud project bid

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Google may have pulled out of the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud project, but Microsoft has no intention of following suit. Company president Brad Smith has used a blog post to defend the decision to bid for military contracts, despite pressure from its employees. Smith recognizes that there are ethical concerns about getting involved in military projects, particularly when artificial intelligence technology is involved. However, he says: “we believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft”. See also: Microsoft employees… …Continue reading on BetaNews

UK hits Facebook with maximum possible fine for Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has penalized Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal by fining it the maximum amount permissible under law. But the fine is unlikely to make Facebook break a sweat. At just £500,000 ($645,000) the sum represents a miniscule percentage of the social network’s income. There will undoubtedly be arguments that this is little more than a rap on the knuckles for failing to protect the private data of at least a million Facebook users in the UK. See also: Facebook Messenger 4 is simpler and far, far less ugly Facebook says it could use… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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