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Facebook seems to be exploring speech recognition with ‘Aloha’ voice testing

Facebook may be testing speech recognition again with a new “Aloha” voice feature, spotted by frequent app investigator Jane Manchun Wong and reported by TechCrunch, in the latest development in the company’s voice interaction ambitions. The company was originally said to be planning a smart speaker (also codenamed “Aloha,” as well as “Portal”), but plans […]
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Facebook open sources library to enhance latest Transport Layer Security protocol

For several years, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working to improve the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, which is designed to help developers protect data as it moves around the internet. Facebook created an API library called Fizz to enhance the latest version, TLS 1.3, on Facebook’s networks. Today, it announced it’s […]
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Let Google’s A.I. make a mini version of you with Minis for Gboard

Emojis are so yesterday, and even stickers are slowly going out of fashion. We need a new, more personal ways to express ourselves. Thankfully, Google has responded to our needs, and Gboard is getting the ability to turn your face into a sticker with Minis on Gboard for iOS and Android. From today, August 27, […]
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Facebook now deletes posts that financially endanger/trick people

It’s not just inciting violence, threats, and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering someone financially, not just physically, or tricking them to earn a profit are now also strictly prohibited. Facebook today spelled out its policy with more clarity in hopes of establishing a […]
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Integritek Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

Austin, Texas, February 19, 2019 – Integritek, One rate. No surprises. IT done right, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Integritek to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the prestigious ELITE 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed […]
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Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Photo: AP Last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but learned very little. Like the […]
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How to Recognize Tech Support Scams – Avoid a High-Cost Headache

Do you and your employees know how to recognize a tech support scam? If you are unfamiliar with the term, a tech support scam usually looks like this: the phone rings unexpectedly, you answer, the caller claims to be a representative from Microsoft or Apple, and you’re given the news that your device is infected […]
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Amazon patents a real-time accent translator

Amazon has applied for a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn’t mean the company has made it (or necessarily that it will be granted), but there’s also […]
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How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked

Photo: Ali Abdul Rahman (Unsplash) You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you’ve probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud—right?—there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for repair or swap it out for a new one. Or […]
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