[Bug Watch] Google Now Voice Instructions For Setting Reminders Create Alarms Or Calendar Occasions Rather

[Bug Watch] Google Now Voice Instructions For Setting Reminders Create Alarms Or Calendar Occasions Rather

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A number of users have started reporting issues with setting reminders using voice controls within the Search application, using the finish result becoming an alarm as opposed to a indication. This doesn’t occur when entering exactly the same command using the keyboard, therefore it would appear to become a server-side issue. In either case, you will need to consider this bug should you have a tendency to use voice instructions for this function, because you might be set for a rude awakening – literally.

This issue stands up with various wording too. For instance, “help remind me,” “set a indication,” “create a indication,” and “produce a indication” make the same result.

Reports on the internet Groups indicate this problem turning up in numerous configurations: Android 4.4.x, 5..x, and 5.1 together with Search v4.1.x, v4.2.x, and 4.3.x. There aren’t any obvious patterns with regards to the devices affected either. Personally, i tested two devices on 4.4.2 and 5..2, correspondingly, and also the last three versions from the Search application (v4.1.-v4.3). All signs indicate this being an element that resides on Google’s servers, where voice instructions are processed.

Another indicator this is probably server side is the fact that keying in the command works fine, even with similar text.

Another wrinkle happens when you consider adding more parameters towards the command, for example specific dates. Within this situation, you might be motivated to include a celebration for your calendar rather. Some have reported this, but I haven’t had the ability to replicate it in almost any of my attempts.

A Googler has taken care of immediately users on the internet Groups reporting the problem:

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for all your feedback. They is presently conscious of this problem, and we’re working to locate a solution. I’ll publish more after i come with an update.

Meanwhile, you may still create reminders by visiting recption menus icon within the top left corner of the house screen (Android) or by typing ‘remind me to’ during your search box (Android or iOS). If you want to do that, browse the Help Center article here.

Interesting persistence.

We’ll keep close track of items to see if this will get fixed. At this time, it doesn’t appear that users could make any changes to revive this function to the actual way it accustomed to work. You’ll have to sit tight. Meanwhile, as indicated, you are able to set reminders by hand by keying in exactly the same text that you’d normally dictate.

Update 1: 2015/03/25 7:53am PDT

It’s fixed

Google seems to possess folded out a fix for this around the back finish. Reminders will work again.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Lengthy Tapping The Flash light In Quick Settings Launches Your Camera, Other Icons Visit Their Particular Settings

Android N Feature Spotlight: Lengthy Tapping The Flash light In Quick Settings Launches Your Camera, Other Icons Visit Their Particular Settings
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Should there be one factor that keeps altering across different Android versions, it is the notifications and quick settings drop-lower. Google can’t appear to create up its mind about which way works more effectively and N’s latest changes to quick settings are proof of that. As the new personalization choices are probably the most prominent modification, there’s a different one worth searching at also it affects the way you enter in the detailed settings of every quick settings item.

You may recall a drop-lower arrow in Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow for that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, but that is gone in N. Rather, you are able to lengthy tap on any icon and you will be come to its settings. This differs from an easy tap which now opens a little overlay of limited settings to see and control (which Michael detailed in the overview N’s quick settings).

Many of these quick settings to full settings switches are apparent like Wi-Fi that takes you to definitely the Wi-Fi page logically, however, many are rather less apparent and something is downright cool. Auto-rotate opens Display settings, Data Saver opens the entire Data Usage screen, Hotspot goes to Wireless & Systems and never the greater appropriate Tethering & portable hotspot, and Invert colors opens the entire Ease of access settings.

When it comes to cool one, it is the Flash light which opens your camera. Weird? Yes. Is sensible? Just a little. Helpful? Most likely. May possibly not function as the fastest and many logical method to open your camera in your phone, but it is another shortcut to achieve it no matter which application or screen you are well on. More choices are always better.


YouTube App Now Has Built-In Video Trimming And Inline Previews, Turns Long Home Videos Into Great Shareable Moments

YouTube App Now Has Built-In Video Trimming And Inline Previews, Turns Long Home Videos Into Great Shareable Moments
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Baby’s first steps, carrying the cake out on grandma’s birthday, receiving your diploma at the graduation ceremony. These are great moments you want to show off, but who wants to sit through 20 minutes of dad coaching his toddler to stand on two legs? Life happens in short bursts, but we start recording everything early, just so we don’t miss the good stuff. YouTube has finally enabled video-trimming in the Android app so we can shave off that excess footage and turn those slow home movies into quick clips our friends will actually want to watch.

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Video trimming couldn’t be more straight forward. It is now a part of the upload process, appearing immediately after selecting a video to upload. A preview timeline shows up with two handles to control where the video begins and ends. It only takes a couple of seconds to chop off most of the unwanted content. To achieve more fine-grained control, hold down on either handle and the view zooms in for roughly 1/30th of a second precision. To check out your handiwork, just press on the play button for an inline preview.

We’ve known that video trimming has been on the way for a few months, ever since the first signs turned up in a teardown back in November. There have been reports from randomly selected users who received early access to this feature, but availability has been very limited. After an announcement on the YouTube Creators page, it seems video trimming has been turned on for everybody. This is the first of many editing features that are expected to appear in the YouTube app, including Instagram-like video filters and substituting licensed music for your audio, so keep watching for more to come.

Alternate Title: YouTube App Now Has Built-In Video Trimming, Because Nobody Wants To Watch Your Baby ALMOST Walk For 20 Minutes.

Countdown to Windows XP shutdown: Dutch government joins UK in extension

Countdown to Windows XP shutdown: Dutch government joins UK in extension

At the time of writing, there is 13 hours, 52 minutes and 48 seconds left to go before Microsoft officially stops support for Windows XP – and still, many people are leaving it to the last minute.

The Dutch news site Webwerald reports that the country’s government has joined the UK premiership by shelling out between €6.8m and €8m on Windows XP support from Microsoft for another year. This works out at 34-40,000 PCs, with estimated support from Redmond hitting €200 per machine.

It’s another telling sign regarding how organisations even at the highest level are taking a laissez faire attitude to security.

But what else has come to light in the past few days? Enterprise mobility provider Fiberlink has released figures which show a distinct lack of motivation for businesses to migrate.

The survey results, from a sampling of one million laptops and desktops, show that 44% of businesses are still running Windows XP today, with less than 1% of that number onto Windows 8.

That’s a worrying number to say the least – but it’s worth noting that Microsoft isn’t shutting down everything tomorrow. Antimalware software for XP will continue to be updated, until July 14 2015, although Redmond was at pains to point out this was the only door they were keeping open.

At the time Enterprise AppsTech described it as an “act of kindness”, inferring it was the final, final warning. Yet, less than 24 hours from pulling the plug, the situation is grim for many companies.

Indeed, for smaller organisations it may easier to save money by backing things up and keeping the IT department on standby if things go seriously wrong.

But for Stephen Bonner, a partner in KPMG’s Information Protection & Business Resilience team, the landscape should be one of pragmatism than sheer naked terror.

“It is worth remembering just how much obsolete software resides on our desktops,” he explained. “A survey of Java versions on a million end points last year found many had multiple versions of Java installed. On average organisations ran over 50 different Java versions, and more than half the organisations surveyed had Java software running which was over 5 years old.”

Bonner advises people first and foremost to ‘learn some lessons about the importance of managing obsolescence, removing obsolete software, and remembering to secure those out of sight computers.’

Yet he believes the number of machines which use the 10-year-old OS will ‘remain stubbornly high for some time.’

“The picture is even more complex with XP still running on computers embedded in systems that are difficult to upgrade – the likes of ATM machines, kiosks, airline ticketing or military systems,” he said. “So XP will be with us for some time, and in some quite unexpected places – little wonder banks and governments are paying millions to extend support beyond April 8.”

Google Photos 1.20 Adds Commenting And Smart Suggestions For Shared Albums [APK Download]

Google Photos 1.20 Adds Commenting And Smart Suggestions For Shared Albums [APK Download]
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Google Photos 1.20 has started rolling out, bringing with it the second social feature for the platform: comments in shared albums and photos, plus smart suggestions for relevant additions to a shared album.

Commenting is for either individual photos or an entire album. Cody already found evidence of it in his Photos v1.16 teardown, so it’s not a total surprise it’s turned up now. When enabled through an album’s sharing options (the feature is off by default), there will be a button on the footer when viewing a photo, or “add a comment” is added at the bottom of an album. There’s comment deletion, as you would expect, and a ‘copy text’ action too. Comments can also be reported for abuse. Like Cody expected, there is currently no editing – you either delete or leave it, there’s no middle ground. When someone else comments on a photo or album, the owner will get a notification.


Left: an album with a comment. Right: an individual photo with a comment.

Regarding smart suggestions, if you are viewing someone else’s shared album and Google thinks you could add a relevant photo, it will tell you this. I personally couldn’t get it working, though; it’s probably one of those features which will pop up only occasionally.

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PlayStation Vue will launch for Android phones and tablets next week (with Cast support!)

PlayStation Vue will launch for Android phones and tablets next week (with Cast support!)
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Sony announced on the official US PlayStation blog this morning that its Vue live TV and video streaming service will launch on Android next week (the week of June 26th). The Vue app will work with Android smartphones and tablets with Android 4.4 or higher, and the app will support Casting – hallelujah.

PlayStation Vue essentially aims to be a “cable replacement” service of sorts, offering cable, premium, and specialty channels at a variety of pricing packages ranging from $29.99 up to $54.99 per month. PlayStation Vue also offers a number of a la carte channels. And now, with an incoming Android app, you’ll be able to Vue anywhere – including on TVs without PlayStations (and with Cast).

It was also announced earlier today that Roku is getting a Vue channel, adding yet more support for Sony’s surprisingly adept streaming and TV offering here in the US. It had been hinted late last year that PS Vue would be getting Cast support (which it does currently have… on iOS), but that seemed silly to do without just making a full-on Android streaming app to go along with it. Vue already has apps for iPhone and iPad, as well as Amazon Fire TV.

We’ll let you know when it’s out.

Adobe Lightroom comes to Android phones

Adobe Lightroom comes to Android phones

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe has launched a version of its popular Lightroom photo editing software for Android phones.

The company launched its Lightroom app for iPad and iPhone last year, and now it has announced the availability of the photo editing software on Android too.

Intriguingly, while the iPad was the lead platform on iOS, this Android iteration has been designed specifically for phones. A tablet-optimised version is on the way, but with high-end Android tablets still relatively unpopular, it’s fairly clear where Adobe’s priorities lie.

The Android version of Lightroom appears to contain all the major features of the iOS version, which means that it’s been designed as a complement to Adobe Lightroom 5 on desktop rather than a full stand-alone app.

This also means that the app itself is a free download, but that you’ll need an active Creative Cloud subscription to make use of it.

The app will allow you to sync your photos with the full Lightroom app, allowing your to make adjustments to your main images on the fly.

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You get a range of basic editing tools here, allowing you to tweak things like exposure, saturation, shadows, and colour temperature. It’s also possible to handle full-sized RAW files, and adjustments can be made even when the file isn’t available locally on your phone.

Adobe Lightroom mobile for Android is available on the Google Play Store now. If you can’t see it, Adobe notes that it may take up to 24 hours for it to appear on all stores.

Facebook readying Flipboard rival news reader service

Facebook readying Flipboard rival news reader service

Flipboard Paper’s main target Flipboard

Facebook is almost ready to launch its own news reader service to take on Flipboard at its own game.

Paper, as the service is called, will apparently launch in the coming weeks as either a mobile app or a mobile-focused web service.

That’s according to a fresh report on the matter from Re/code, which cites an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

According to the report, Paper will share many of its features with Flipboard, the current big-hitter in the mobile news reading space. Like Flipboard, Paper will essentially aggregate existing news sources from established publications and websites. It will also mix in Facebook status updates.

As the name suggests, Paper will rejig these stories into a format that tips its news-hound hat to the kind of physical news-disseminating publications (that’s newspapers) we relied on before the internet took hold.

The Paper project has been in the works for years now with the Facebook team that brought you the News Feed feature, and actually started life as an attempt to overhaul that simple stream of content. Indeed, March’s News Feed refresh is said to have represented a portion of the Paper team’s efforts up to then.

Back in June 2013, it was rumoured that Facebook was preparing an RSS reader service to receive former Google Reader users when the latter service was finally shuttered the following month.

It now seems that Facebook has its sights set on a much more ambitious and visually stimulating target. We could well find out for sure before January is finished.

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A real life guide to protecting sensitive data in an IoT world

A real life guide to protecting sensitive data in an IoT world

I attended the 2016 RSA Security Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.  On the first day of the conference, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) presented a half-day seminar entitled “Securing the IoT with Trusted Computing”. There were panels with industry leaders and demonstrations of IoT in action. Much of the focus of the discussions was on the vulnerabilities in the IoT and how trust might support better security. Naturally the TCG’s TPM (Trusted Platform Module) got a lot of play with a look at the newest and best ways to leverage the TPM to secure the IoT.

We also had a demonstration, but chose to focus on storage security in the IoT. At least some of the 50 billion devices that will populate the IoT by 2020 will contain sensitive data. As with desktops and laptops software full drive encryption (FDE) and TCG self-encrypting drives (SEDs) can have a key role to play when protecting data at rest in the IoT.

However, IoT devices often operate in very different environments than laptops. ATMs (automated teller machines) are one example of an IoT device that sit in a potentially hostile environment open to physical attack and at the same time an attractive target. ATMs are usually network connected, expected to boot automatically, and unlike a laptop, there is no trusted user present to perform pre-boot authentication. 

Of the three basic goals of information security (preserving confidentiality, integrity and availability of data) surprisingly integrity is the most important application for FDE in ATMs.  That is because of something called malware injection attacks where the attacker takes the ATM offline, injects their own special software to monitor and control the ATM, allows it to come back online and then at the optimal time revisits the ATM to use their secret malware code to jackpot the machine. Granted, most IoT devices are not going to contain cash but you can see how this attack could extend to other IoT devices.  That said, the actual data on ATMs may be sensitive too, especially if there is any residual card holder data that must be keep confidential.

This is where encryption and centralised key management come in. ATMs with a central key manager that provides a method to configure encryption policy for the ATMs and visibility with compliance reports and logs preserves confidentiality. MOST importantly for ATMs it solves the local boot / OFFLINE malware injection problem by utilising pre-boot networking (PBN). The authentication of the device  is done over the network before the ATM Operating System (OS) is booted utilising PBN instead of just trying to hide the SED unlock credential or software encryption key somewhere on the drive, and hoping an attacker will not find it.

The following sequence illustrates central key management and encryption in action protecting an IoT device, an ATM.

  • After the initial deployment and encryption of the ATM the keys are saved in the central key manager. They are transmitted to the central manager over the network in an encrypted, secure fashion. When the ATMs start up, they use pre-boot networking to contact the central key manager
  • If, and only if, they can contact the central manger and the ATM is configured to be able to boot then the keys are provided over the network before the OS boots. The keys required to boot are not stored locally or derived locally. The ATM doesn’t come online unless the central manger allows it to
  • If the ATM is taken offline the keys are not available. Maintenance can be done on the hardware but no access to the data or OS is possible because it is encrypted
  • If the ATM was brought offline for maintenance it can easily rejoin the network, get the key and come online again
  • However if the ATM is brought offline by an attacker and even if the attacker attempts reverse engineering, the data and OS files are protected for confidentiality and integrity  by encryption against injection of malware
  • If an ATM is reported stolen the admin on the central key manager console removes it from the autoboot group and can instead queue up a crypto-erase. In this case when the attacker attempts to put the machine online it will be crypt-erased via pre-boot networking with the appropriate log file entries made to record the event.

As you can see, encryption and centralised key management have an important role in protecting the confidentiality and integrity of IoT devices, now and in the future.

Skype Enables Video On "Majority" Of Android Devices

Skype Enables Video On “Majority” Of Android Devices

Skype for Android 2.1

When Skype launched support for video calling on Android devices at the end of June, there was
loud cheers soon followed by even louder boos when people realised that only a
couple of handsets were being supported.

However, Skype has now announced that it is adding support
for 17 of the most popular Android devices. The launch of Skype for Android 2.1
brings video calling support for devices such as the HTC Desire, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S and S II and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Skype for Android 2.1

However if you don’t see your phone or tablet on the list of
newly supported devices, fret not, you should still be able to enable Skype
video calling. Simply by launching the updated Skype app, go to Skype settings
and tick “enable video calling.” Unfortunately, if you cannot see the video
calling settings, it means your Android phone does not meet the minimum
requirements needed to make Skype video calls.

Skype warns that the quality of video calling on non-certified
devices may not be as good and only the rear camera of the device will work if
you are running Android 2.2 (Froyo). The app is available to download from the Android Market now and includes some bug fixes as well as the added support.

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[Deal Alert] Buy One Of These 8 Movies From Google Play In The US And Give Away Another Copy Free

[Deal Alert] Buy One Of These 8 Movies From Google Play In The US And Give Away Another Copy Free
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Google is currently running a promotion in the Play Store that could make you and someone you like very happy. Under Movies & TV you can find eight movies that, if you buy one, comes with a free copy you can gift to another person in the US.

Since there are only eight movies to pick from, not everyone will find something they’re interested in. Options include Back to the Future, Despicable Me 1 & 2, E.T., Fast & Furious 6, Jurassic Park, Love Actually, and Pitch Perfect.

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The promo page shows each movie priced at $2.99, but those are just for rentals. You’re looking at paying $9.99 to $12.99 depending on whether you want the HD versions.

The offer is limited to one per each of the eight movies, so you can gift more than one if you’re interested in a couple of the films on this list. You must buy the movie by December 17th, and you have a month to redeem them afterward. On the other hand, the promotional link for the gifted movie will expire with 48 hours after your purchase, so you don’t want to wait around.

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