Apple is preparing to add new features that will make it easier for users to view and manage their data and privacy in the company’s ecosystem. The features, which will take the form of various privacy and data controls, are being added to comply with new European Union regulations. But news of the move comes […] Read More… iDrop News
Server Message Block, or SMB for short, is a popular way to share files over a local network. It has been built into Windows for decades, and the open-source Samba implementation is used on macOS and many Linux distributions. If you’ve connected to a computer or printer over a network before, you’ve probably used SMB.
Having trouble enrolling your Galaxy S9 or S9+ in Samsung Premium Care? You’re not alone – but fear not: Samsung says post-purchase enrollment is opening in the coming weeks, and that you’ll be notified once it’s available.
Samsung Premium Care is one of the better extended warranty programs out there for smartphones in the US, and Samsung made it available starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Basically, you pay Samsung $ 12 a month for an extended warranty – including accidental damage protection – and Samsung makes the process of replacing a damaged or inoperable phone a lot easier.
Thinking of Slack-ing off? Well your boss can now download all of your private chats on Slack.
Slack is an instant office messaging service that’s available for both desktop and mobile. It features chatroom-style “channels”, allowing businesses to compartmentalize teams. These channels are essentially public to every member of that particular Slack group, and users can also message each other privately.
Slack customers who pay for certain premium services will be able to download all the data from their workspace–both public and private–apparently without informing members of the community. Which is to say: Information from both private messages and room chats are fair game if the owner of the Slack wants it. (Fast Company)
Before the update, Slack had offered something called “compliance export“, a feature that was only available for customers who paid top dollar, but now with the settings change, this new tool will allow bosses to see all forms of communication between employees.
In short, if you want to secretly and easily spy on your workspace, you have to pay Slack for the option. (Fast Company)
This new feature will be available by April 2018.
What do you think?
Are you a big fan of this new feature from Slack? Or are you opposed to bosses being able to creep your convos?
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments down below!
Google continues to improve YouTube’s livestreaming features after having announced auto-captions and new chat features just last month. Today, Google has revealed that it’s refining YouTube Live’s streaming process to make it much simpler and quicker for users to get their livestream up and running.
Up until now, it’s been fairly cumbersome to start a livestream from a computer using an encoder, requiring several steps and specific software. With today’s changes, all a user has to do is head over to youtube.com/webcam and hit the “Go live” button to start streaming — no additional software or setup needed.
Even though Chrome OS is based on Linux (Gentoo Linux, to be exact), you can’t run traditional desktop Linux applications. One solution to this problem is Crouton, a script that sets up a chroot of Ubuntu or Debian Linux on top of Chrome OS. While this does allow many people to use Chrome OS who otherwise couldn’t, it’s a hacky solution and requires enabling Developer Mode (which turns off most of Chrome OS’ security features).
Apple this morning informed developers that they’re now able to offer up to 10 screenshots in their App Store product pages for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV apps, allowing them to show customers more of an app’s experience.
In the App Store, each app has its own product page that offers up a description and images to explain its function or gameplay.
Previously, app developers were limited to a total of five screenshots plus up to three 30-second preview videos for demonstrative purposes, which is increasing to 10 images plus videos.
For apps that run on multiple devices, developers will be able to provide 10 tailored screenshots for each device.
For customers, the expanded screenshot limit means developers will be able to offer a clearer, more expansive picture of what an app is capable of, providing a better idea of an app’s feature set ahead of purchase.
A couple of months back, Google introduced a brand new mobile payments app exclusive to India. The country’s banking landscape is a little different to many of the territories that currently have access to Android Pay, and so it needed a different approach. Until now, Tez has only been able to pay participating merchants or transfer between users, but it will soon be possible to pay utility bills, too.
Picture the scene: a few years from now, your phone runs out of battery. Instead of scrambling for a charger, you clap your hands and watch it spring back into life.
Sound far-fetched? It’s not, thanks to a new technology developed by researchers at Clemson’s Nanomaterials Institute (CNI). In March 2017, the team put together a seemingly rudimentary device made of plastic and tape, with the unique ability to generate electricity from movements. When the two materials are brought together — by clapping hands or tapping feet — they create a voltage. And because no one can stand cables, there’s now a wireless version known as the W-TENG, which is made of a combination of teflon and a multi-part fiber containing the ultra thin material graphene.
The tile-like device has a maximum capacity of 3,000 volts. As it creates a voltage, it generates an electric field that transmits energy over a distance of up to 3 meters.
It cannot only give you energy, but you can use the electric field also as an actuated remote. For example, you can tap the W-TENG and use its electric field as a ‘button’ to open your garage door, or you could activate a security system — all without a battery, passively and wirelessly.
The team behind the W-TENG is already in talks with industrial partners to develop practical applications of the tech, and they want to make sure that when it hits the market, the magic tile is also environmentally friendly, so they are looking for an alternative to teflon.
All being well, W-TENG could streamline our capacity to charge electronic devices, and one day help reduce the burden of energy poverty in the developing world too. According to CNI director Apparao Rao, its success is a matter of ensuring that the economics of the project are as bulletproof as its scientific basis.