Two-factor authentication is a great way to protect your online accounts, but it can be a tad cumbersome: you need to have your phone handy so you can either receive a one-time password via SMS (which frequently fails me), or set up an app like Google Authenticator to generate codes offline. The folks at New York-based startup TypingDNA have come up with a way to make that a lot easier, and it’s one of the most interesting ideas in biometrics I’ve heard of in a while – and it now works as a two-factor authentication tool right in your browser.…
Every few weeks, Amazon adds a couple of features to its Echo line-up or Alexa app, and today is no different. Rolling out now are two changes: a Follow-Up Mode for Echo speakers and the option to make calls, send messages, and drop in from tablets.
Starting with Follow-Up Mode, this can be activated on a device basis only for US English, and lets you ask other questions to your Echo without repeating the wake word “Alexa.” The way this works is after Alexa answers your first request, the blue indicator light on the Echo remains active for a few seconds, waiting to see if you have any more questions, then turns off.
In an attempt to stay one step ahead of the virtual assistant competition, like Apple and Google, Amazon recently released a new feature that allows users to ask multiple questions in succession without repeating the "Alexa" wake word. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Token, a wearable ring that lets users make contactless transactions at millions of merchant locations raised a $ 5M Series A investment, bringing Token’s total funding to $ 7M. Investors include New York Ventures, Blockchange Ventures led by Ken Seiff and the VC fund Neo. The startup will use the funding proceeds to fine-tune its go-to-market efforts, hiring in in Rochester and New York City and forge partnerships.
The ring essentially uses a fingerprint sensor on the inside of the ring that scans users’ finger as they put it on to unlock things. Some of Token’s popular use cases are using the ring to log into Windows 10, or using it to access things across digital and physical touchpoints. The device combines 2FA (two-factor authentication) since it proves possession of the device along with the biometric second factor. Customers can expect using it instead of passwords, house key, credit card, car key, access badge and transit card.
Key features of Token ring are internet connectivity via Bluetooth and NFC, waterproof body, and a two week battery life. It is currently being sold at $ 249 and comes with a USB inductive charger.
On Saturday, Saurik flipped the switch for making purchases through Cydia on jailbroken iOS 10.3.x devices.
The change lets anyone jailbroken by way of sticktron’s G0blin tool to purchase paid jailbreak tweaks and themes from the Cydia Store. Before today, this was only possible on jailbroken devices running iOS 10.2 and earlier with Yalu…. Read the rest of this post here
If you were around for yesterday’s activities, you’ve already seen that Android Pay has been switched over to the new Google Pay branding, along with some upgrades to both the look and function. As part of the announcement, we were told that the Google Wallet app would be undergoing a short term rebranding of its own, taking on the name Google Pay Send. That version is now here, and unsurprisingly, it has been given some minor visual touch-ups.
Google has announced that it’s turning on the Pixel Visual Core for Pixel 2 users with the February update. That update is now live on Google’s factory image and OTA image sites, which means that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners should begin seeing it hit their devices soon.
The Pixel Visual Core is improves image quality in third-party apps that utilize it. It does so by using the computational photography and machine learning that powers the Pixel’s HDR+ technology. Now this HDR+ technology can be used in photography apps other than Google’s own.
In the example images below, the photo on the left was taken without the Pixel’s HDR+ technology and the photo on the right uses HDR+ tech.
So which apps can use the Pixel Visual Core? Google has confirmed that Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and “many other apps” support the feature.
Google also confirmed that it’s rolling out new Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers to Pixel phones this week. These stickers will be themed around winter sports to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympics. The stickers include freestyle skiers, twirling ice skaters, hockey players, and more.
Google Maps has a new beta peeking out on devices. After a great deal of poking around, the list of changes for the interface is pretty sparse, but as always, there’s a ton to discuss from the teardown. There’s more from the home screen shortcuts, showtimes with ticket sales, detail fields for food photos, and way more.
Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Add / Remove places visited
Manually add or remove visited places
If you’re looking back through places you’ve been, the most convenient route is through the ‘Your places’ screen with the ‘Visited’ tab.
Apple just announced that the next version of iOS, 11.3, will enable Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which automatically sends your location to emergency services in countries that support the solution. This is a pleasant surprise since Apple had been weirdly reluctant to enable the feature as TNW covered last year. The company ignored requests to enable AML and didn’t reply to TNW when asked about it, while Google enabled it for Android way back in July 2016. The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) — an organization working on getting tech companies and governments to implement AML — didn’t know about…
With Wednesday’s release of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, Apple is slowly rolling out support for AirPlay 2, a hotly anticipated wireless protocol that allows users to stream music to, and remotely control, multiple devices in different rooms. AppleInsider – Frontpage News