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Is your fingerprint scanner secure? Not if you use HTC…

The HTC One Maxx was one of the few phablets to have a fingerprint scanner on the phone. What many didn’t know was that there was a security flaw in the sensor where it stored your fingerprint in an unencrypted file. This said file could be easily accessed by any app if it was somehow utilizing the fingerprint scanner from the phone. Security firm FireEye Labs discovered this and immediately reported to HTC.

This is especially concerning because is already under order from the Federal Trade Commission to be transparent with customers, especially concerning security. Back in February 2013, “HTC was found to have failed to “take reasonable steps” in securing millions of devices, in part because it didn’t provide engineers with “adequate security training” and failed to review software for security flaws”.

Do you fully trust finger print scanners on smartphones or steer away? Let us know in the feedback form!

 

Source: The Verge

Epson solves your printing problems

Epson may have just solved your problem for those times when you need to print something and the ink has ran out. Epson has unveiled a new lineup of printers called Ecotank. The new Ecotank printers can scan, copy, and print up to two years without needing to change out the ink cartridge. The new Ecotank printers will be marketed for small businesses and consumers.

The Ecotank printers use a large reservoir tank to hold the ink. It is said to be more environmentally friendly and cheaper to fill the four tanks rather than buying the ink cartridges. Epson will also include the tanks already filled when you purchase, so you are already set to go for the next 24 months. The ink will come in bottles costing you $12.99 each or $52 for the whole set. The printers will also come wifi enabled so you can easily connect to your house internet and do mobile printing from your smartphone or tablet.

Ecotank printers will range from $379 to $1199 for the business model. Will you be buying one? Let us know in the feedback to your right!

 

Source: Yahoo News

Google’s secret car company

If you live anywhere near Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, you’ve seen Google’s self-driving  on the streets. While some of these cars were reported to be in minor accidents, they have still been approved for further testing on public roads. A recent report by The Guardian tells us Google has its very own car company and its been around since 2011. Google Auto LLC is ran by Chris Urmson. Google Auto was formed as a limited liability company for its Lexus driverless cars on the streets.

This is great as Google doesn’t have to deal with other companies for liability issues in unforeseen events, should they take place. Google also applied to for the International Vehicular Identification Number for its built from scratch self driving cars (the ones we’ve seen that have the cute face without a steering wheel).  Google also cooperated with America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to meet strict California emissions and safety requirements. Google’s self driving vehicles have a maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour, are light weight, and are low speed vehicles.

Google Auto doesn’t have any plans to sell the self driving vehicles to the public, but in the future it might be a possibility.

Can you imagine having a a Google ca pick you up to run errands and take you to work without dealing with the traffic? The future looks bright with Google.

 

Source: The Guardian

Apple CEO visits BMW Headquarters

In a recent report by Reuters, claims are being made that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to BMW’s headquarters last year. Because the Cupertino giant has a shown a strong interest in developing its very own car, they have been doing market research. It is said that hundreds of employees are working on the Apple car.

During the tour in Leipzig, Tim Cook had his interests on the BMW i3 platform and the manufacturing process for the car’s carbon fiber body. Current CEO Harald Krueger said he wants to strictly focus on the company’s direct interest rather than make partnerships with other companies.

Source: Reuters

Facebook’s solar powered airplane

Facebook has been busy trying to bring internet to rural areas, much like how Google is with its internet powered balloons. Today Facebook announced their fleet of solar-powered airplanes. Aquila is the name chosen for the fleet. Aquila is a high powered, high endurance plane that intends to bring internet to people rural areas.

Aquila has a massive V-shaped wingspan. The aircraft is said to weigh roughly 880-1000 pounds with all equipment onboard. The plane can stay afloat for 3 months shooting data down to ground levels from 60,000-90,000 feet. This ideal elevation will help it steer away from commercial aircrafts and from severe weather conditions.

The process of how the aircraft will beam down data to people according to Facebook is, lasers will be installed on ground level where they can then shoot up to the airplane for relay of internet back to the ground for communication with other planes in the vicinity. 10 gigabits of data will be delivered from the planes but if severe weather is present on ground level, this could slow down the speeds for users.

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Facebook’s Solar-Powered Airplane Video

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Google Translate app now has 20 additional languages

Google Translate is seeing the biggest update to its app since…since…well, since it launched. Google Translate originally had 7 languages that could be instantly translated by placing your phone over the text. Previously you were able to take a picture of foreign text, highlight the text by sliding your finger, and then having it translated. But today’s update adds 20 more languages (Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Hindi, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian) to the instant translation feature, making the total to 27 now.

Also an update to voice conversation mode is included. Voice conversations become more natural and in real-time. You can set the language translation from English to Spanish and when you speak English to your phone, it will spit back out the Spanish equivalent by voice the moment you finish. This can come in handy when traveling the world and needing a quick translation for the person on the other side.

Check out the video below to see the feature in action and go out and explore the world with Google Translate!

Speaking of updates, we’ve updated Team:on Android app. Navigation buttons are no longer hidden! Grab the latest here: Team:on Android

Source: Google Blog

Windows 10 is out! And it’s FREE!

It’s July 29th and you know what that means…Windows 10 gets pushed out to users running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7!
This update is free and costs you NOTHING. There are some confusing articles out there stating that you shouldn’t upgrade because you’ll lose your license for current Windows 7 or 8.1, present bugs on Windows 10 make it impossible to use, unfinished product, you will have to pay for the Windows 10 upgrade after one year, etc.

Let’s get a few things straight. This is a FREE upgrade to users running legitimate copies of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you used a pirate copy, then you’ll have to deal with the consequences it brings. The FREE upgrade is valid for one year. After July 29th 2016 you will have to pay to upgrade, but for the tie being it’s FREE for the life of your laptop, no strings attached. I’ve been luck to have bought a US region laptop and to receive the upgrade yesterday. It’s been a solid 8 hours running it and from my experience, I can say it runs smoother than Windows 8.1, my keyboard doesn’t glitch out, its fast, apps open fast without lag, and it looks beautiful.

I did however run into a problem installing it the first time. I didn’t install some recommended update so it had to revert back to Windows 8.1 on my latop half way through the install. After the second attempt, it went through and it looks gorgeous.

 

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Google Search app shows busiest times for places and more hands free messaging

An update from the server side is being pushed to Android users using the Google Search app. This new update allows you to send hands-free messages to your contacts beyond email, hangouts and SMS. Some of the few apps to already take advantage of this are, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, NextPlus, and a few others. After the devs push an update to their messaging apps, you will be able to send hands-free messages with that app. This comes in handy while driving or if your hands are occupied.

The Google Search app will also see an update to its places and business searches. When you search for a specific place or business, Google Search app will tell you the busiest times for it. If you are like me and hate standing in long lines, then this will ultimately benefit you in every way. You can also scroll through the days to see when it is less crowded to plan your trip there.

I personally haven’t received this feature but some of my android colleagues have and they already love it.

 

Source: Phandroid

How to make your Chrome and Firefox faster

We love having multiple tabs open on our favorite browsers. It’s convenient for us to refer back to them later in the day and it’s faster than bookmarking them. Our laptops and desktops can become pretty sluggish with all those tabs open. But not all of us are running powerhouses at our work or homes. The best solution would be to close all those tabs, but who wants to do that?!

The other solution to this would be to install OneTab. OneTab is an an add-on extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. What it does is consolidate all your tabs into one tab with just one click. To see all your tabs again, just click the OneTab extension icon and all your tabs will reappear.

This improves on the system performance without needing to upgrade your laptop or desktop.

OneTab extension can be downloaded here: OneTab

Let us know your thoughts and if it works for you!

Amazon grocery stores coming to Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that Amazon has taken the initiative to place brick and mortar grocery stores, the first being in the silicon valley. An Amazon grocery store could provide convenience to people that prefer to pick up their produce rather than wait for it at home.

Amazon provides Amazon Fresh delivery, but only to select densely populated cities. For less densely populated cities, this wouldn’t make any sense. Ideally, Amazon wants this to be a drive up store concept where people order online and then go to the store to pick up after work. Amazon might also have a smaller local store for those that want to go and shop produce themselves.

Amazon has submitted plans for a 11,600-square-foot building with a real estate developer in Sunnyvale. No confirmation was made by the real estate developer or Amazon. If this comes to fruition, this could be an expanded version of Amazon locker where customers go to pick up their items at 7-eleven stores and such. The drive up model gives people more options rather than just patiently waiting at home for their deliveries or accidentally miss their deliveries. It also makes sure that Amazon gets the customers products into their hands no matter what.

 

Source Silicon Valley Business Journal