Instagram Now Lets You Save Live Videos to Camera Roll

Instagram today made it possible to save live video broadcasts to your phone’s local gallery. Live videos that are broadcast to Instagram eventually disappear from the app, but now users can elect to store videos on their phone for safekeeping. The option is made available after users end their live broadcast. Instagram says only the raw video is saved; extras such as comments, likes, and number of viewers are not added to the saved product. The video-saving feature is available to the Android and iOS versions of Instagram, which are free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store, respectively.

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How To Elude Russian Hackers with Decent Password Security

Details from the Department of Justice indictment of Russian hackers on Wednesday show that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts — and hackers are exploiting that.

The Russian hackers didn’t have to work very hard to break into people’s email accounts, even those belonging to government officials or powerful executives. Here’s a look at a few simple ways to help safeguard your email account from hackers.

Don’t Reuse Passwords

Many online break-ins result when people have reused a password across, say, their email, social and financial accounts. If it’s compromised at any one of those services, the others are suddenly vulnerable.

One simple way to avoid this problem is to start with a base password you can remember, and then add on letters and numbers that reference where you’re using it. If your base password is “greatsurfer2017” (which isn’t particularly secure; more on that in a moment), you could make “greatsurfer2017Y” your Yahoo password, and “greatsurfer2017G” your Google password.

If you can’t be bothered to do more, this is a base level of security that can help shield you from the most obvious threats. But it’s still only a baby step.

Pick a Stronger Password

You can make things harder for attackers by making your base password stronger. The more complicated and lengthy a password is, the harder it will be for hackers to guess.

The downside: Tougher passwords are also harder to remember. But there are some ways around that.

Don’t include your kids’ names, birthdays or references to any other personal details. Hackers routinely troll Facebook and Twitter for clues to passwords like these. Obvious and default passwords such as “Password123” are also bad, as are words commonly found in dictionaries, as these are used in programs hackers have to automate guesses.

You can make your own strong passwords with randomly…
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Israeli Tech Firms Revving Up Engines for Self-Driving Cars

As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is positioning itself to be the Detroit of the future. The country has emerged as a global leader in the fast-growing field of driverless cars, as illustrated by Intel’s more than $15 billion acquisition of Israeli firm Mobileye this week.

Israel is now home to hundreds of startups that provide everything from censors to cybersecurity to data collection for autonomous vehicles, putting it alongside Silicon Valley at the forefront of an industry that many expect to take off over the next decade.

“In the last 12 months, the global interest is rising more and more,” said Lior Zeno-Zamansky, executive director of EcoMotion, a nonprofit group that promotes the smart transportation sector in Israel. “Everyone is looking for the next Mobileye.”

She said the Israeli smart transportation sector has attracted some $4 billion in investment over the past four years, roughly half of it driven by two industry leaders, Mobileye and Waze. During that time, the number of Israeli startups in the sector has grown from 87 in 2013 to over 500.

Virtually every major auto maker has established a foothold in Israel, and senior executives visit the country regularly. General Motors has already opened a research center in Israel, while Renault and Daimler are opening facilities as well. Other companies, including Ford, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Mazda, Hyundai, Volvo and Audi are all active in the Israeli market.

In a sign of this interest, EcoMotion’s annual conference in May is expected to attract over 150 investors, up from just 10 in 2013, said Zeno-Zamansky. EcoMotion is a joint venture of the Israel Innovation Institute, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Economy Ministry.

Michael Granoff, president of Maniv Mobility, Israel’s only venture firm dedicated exclusively to automotive technology, said the auto industry is “ripe for change.”…
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President of Embattled Uber Leaves After 6 Months on Job

Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.

In a brief statement, Uber didn’t say why Jones left. “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” it said.

Jones told the tech blog Recode, which first reported his resignation, that his values didn’t align with Uber’s.

“The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business,” he said in a statement.

Jones is the latest of several high-level executives to leave the San Francisco-based company.

Last month, a top engineering executive, Amit Singhal, left Uber five weeks after his hire was announced. He allegedly failed to disclose that he’d left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.

Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, resigned earlier this month. So did Charlie Miller, Uber’s top security researcher, who left to join Didi, China’s larger ride-hailing company.

Jones’ departure comes days after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company will hire a chief operating officer who can help write its “next chapter.”

Jones had left Target, where he was chief marketing officer, to join Uber in September.

Uber has been hit by several controversies, including allegations that it routinely ignores sexual harassment. A recent video showed Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in Uber’s rates.

Uber also acknowledged it has used a program to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its service in cities around the world.

The company also has faces challenges in court.

Waymo, a self-driving car company that used to be part of Google, last month sued…
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Samsung Galaxy S8 to Include 'Bixby' Voice-Based User Interface

Samsung today announced Bixby, a new voice-based user interface that will mark its debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung said it developed Bixby in order to minimize friction between the user and the phone in terms of how voice commands are issued and understood. Samsung calls Bixby a user interface that relies on artificial intelligence. it is not a personal assistant, per se, though it includes those functions. Samsung adapted Bixby’s ability to listen and understand commands based on how people speak, rather than force people to issue specific commands (such as “Hey, Bixby”) to get the interface working. Samsung is targeting a handful of core behaviors with Bixby. For example, it is embracing something it calls “completeness” — meaning if an app is Bixby enabled, Bixby will be able to interact with nearly every task that app is capable of completing. Bixby is contextual, which means it will work seamlessly in voice mode or touch screen mode without forcing people to start over or lose their place within a command sequence. Last, Bixby will include cognitive tolerance, or the ability to “understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge.” The Galaxy S8, which Samsung plans to announce at a March 29 event in New York City, will feature a dedicated Bixby button, something Samsung says will reduce friction in calling upon Bixby for help. Galaxy S8 owners will be able to press the Bixby button and issue the command they want without first unlocking the phone. Samsung says a small subset of apps on the Galaxy S8 will be Bixby-enabeld at launch, though it expects to add more over time. Further, the company will release an SDK so third-party developers can add Bixby functionality to their own apps. Samsung intends to push Bixby across most of its products tline, including tablets, PCs, and even appliances.

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Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform Brings 4G to Entry-Level Phones

Qualcomm today announced the 205 Mobile Platform, a collection of components that includes an application processor, radios, audio codec, power management, and speaker amplifier. Qualcomm sees the 205 Mobile Platform as a plug-and-play solution for device maker to bring ultra-low-cost feature phones to emerging markets. The 205 includes a 1.1 GHz dual-core processor using Qualcomm’s 28nm process. Other pieces of the platform include an Adreno 304 GPU, Snapdragon X5 (Cat 4) LTE modem with support for VoLTE, as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi radios. As for ancillary features, the 205 Mobile Platform supports cameras up to 3 megapixels, video capture up to 480p, VGA displays, and MP4, H.264, and VP8 media codecs. Qualcomm says the 205 Mobile Platform is compatible with Linux-based operating systems.

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Coolsmartphone Podcast 199. An in-car special. Remember these?

Coolsmartphone Podcast 199. An in car special. Remember these?
After the insanity of the Mobile World Congress, a lot of my colleagues have collapsed with exhaustion. So, with time at a premium and a distinct lack of coffee or holiday time, I’ve decided to record a special edition of the Coolsmartphone Podcast.

Long-time listeners may remember how I used to record the early podcasts during my drive to and from work. Oh, how we laughed at that idea.

Well, umm…. I decided to bring it back. YAY! 🙂

This week I cover the whole Barcelona experience, including the LG G6 announcement, the Huawei P10, the Nokia 3310, the Sony Xperia handsets and a whole lot more besides.

Don’t worry, you won’t hear me swearing at other drivers in the podcast, but do let me know what you think – I love to push the boundaries of technology a tiny bit every now and then.

Download here, listen to the stream above. Subscribe or get the podcast from TuneIn, Mixcloud or your favourite audio app.

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