Instagram Turns On Two-Factor Authentication for All Users

Instagram today said it has rolled out two-factor authentication for all users around the world. The extra layer of security is optional, but can be used to safeguard accounts. With 2FA turned on, account holders will need to enter a code (in addition to their username and password) each time they log in from a new device. The code is typically sent to a known or trusted device via text message. Instagram is also taking steps to protect users from potentially sensitive content. Moving forward, photos and videos that may have sensitive content will be covered by a screen. Instagram says these photos and videos don’t necessarily violate its guidelines, but others have reported them as offensive or sensitive. A simple tap allows people to bypass the screen and view the photo/video. Instagram is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

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Apple To Acquire Workflow iOS Automation App

Apple has acquired Workflow, a popular iOS app for automating common actions on iPads and iPhones.

The app, which fills a similar niche on iOS to services such as IFTTT on the web and Apple?EU?s own Automator on desktop, was highly praised by its users, and by Apple itself, which commended its developers with a design award in 2015.

The acquisition is unusual, by Apple?EU?s standards, since the app will continue to be available on the App Store. Now though it will be free to download for all users. Equally unusual is the fact that Apple confirmed the acquisition, with Workflow?EU?s developer Ari Weinstein saying in a statement that he was ?EU?thrilled to be joining Apple?EU?.

In its statement confirming the acquisition, Apple praised the accessibility features of Workflow, ?EU?in particular an outstanding implementation for VoiceOver with clearly labeled items, thoughtful hints and drag/drop announcements, making the app usable and quickly accessible to those who are blind or low-vision?EU?.

Some things never change, however. Following the deal, a Workflow update removed a number of features relating to compatibility with Google?EU?s services. A mapping feature was swapped to use Apple Maps, a translate tool was altered to use Microsoft Translate, and Workflow can no longer be used with the iOS version of Google Chrome.

Also removed are integrations with read-later app Pocket, messaging services Line and Telegram, and minicab service Uber.

Workflow has long been recommended as an important app for those who need to do serious work using their phone. It lets users chain together a series of actions, such as creating a short text report, saving a copy in Dropbox, and texting it to a set of numbers, then carry them out with the tap of a button.

In 2014, the Verge?EU?s Sean O?EU?Kane wrote: ?EU?With only a half-hour of familiarity I was able to set…
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17,000 AT&T Workers in California and Nevada Go on Strike

A union representing AT&T workers says about 17,000 employees in California and Nevada have gone on strike over a change in some of their job duties.

The Communications Workers of America said they went on strike Wednesday morning. The union plans to file an unfair labor charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

The workers install cable and phone service and work in call centers where customers can phone in with questions and problems.

AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job, said Sheila Bordeaux, who works in an AT&T call center and is an executive board member of the union local that covers Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

She said workers will strike until the issue is resolved.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said AT&T is talking with the union to try to get employees back to work.

AT&T and the union are also negotiating a new contract for the workers, whose contract expired almost a year ago.

Long-lasting strikes can have financial repercussions on companies. Last year, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike for seven weeks on the East Coast in a fight over a new contract. That led to delays in installations of Verizon’s Fios cable service and dinged the company’s profits for the April-June period. Verizon agreed to add new call center jobs and promised raises but also adopted some cheaper health insurance plans.
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Google Maps to add two new interesting features.

Google Maps to add two new interesting features.

Right back in 2008 I got my hands on my first Android device, the fantastic T-Mobile G1. One application stood out above all the rest – Google Maps. Back then it was just a very simple mapping tool giving users a fairly simple view of the world.

Google Maps has continued to grow along with the Android platform to what it is today – a fully featured app used by millions worldwide. Now Google has announced two new features to their mapping solution…

  • The parking pin
  • Share real time location with friends.

The Parking Pin..

Google Maps to add two new interesting features.

This addition, in the latest release of Google Maps, allows users to easily pinpoint their car and if required. It also shows the best route back to it. This feature does already exist in Maps/Google Now, but you can hold on the blue dot within maps to set the parking location manually and the new feature also provides a countdown timer (good for parking meters), notifications and more. Other details can be jotted down, including the row and level of a multi-storey car park.

You can also share the location you parked in with others, which could be useful as a meeting point after shopping trips or if you are leaving the car for someone else to use.

Share Real Time Location With Friends:

Yes, soon users on Android and iOS will be able share their real-time location with their nearest and dearest. Friends, family, colleagues. Just tap the blue dot or use the slide-out menu to share the location. You then choose who you want to be share your precise location with, and for how long. The interval ranges from 15 minutes to 3 days. There’s also an “until you turn it off” setting, and Google will hassle you via reminders just in case you forget that it’s enable.

Once you’ve set it up, Google Maps will share a link and the recipient can then monitor your location in real time. They don’t have to be using the same OS either – other Android, iPhone, and mobile / desktop web browsers are included.

Very similar services already exist in the Waze navigation app which is owned by Google, and new Trusted Contacts app from Google allows real-time location sharing. Now the company are baking these features into their own mapping solution. Anyone remember the now-canned Google Latitude app ??

These updates will be coming over the coming days, so do keep checking for updates.

 

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  • Review: LG Stylo 3 for Boost Mobile

    LG’s third-generation Stylo for Boost Mobile includes a large screen, stylus, big battery, and advanced software. This mid-range Android handset delivers an uneven experience, but there’s middle ground to appreciate. Here is PhoneScoop’s in-depth review.

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    Android Wear 2.0 updates start rolling out

    Android Wear 2.0 updates start rolling out

    One of the most frustrating things in the tech world, as far as I’m concerned, is the announcement of a device, and then a massive lull before it is actually available to buy or download.  This is particularly annoying for OTA updates.  Android Wear 2.0 is the classic case in point.  The two new LG watches were announced in the middle of last month, as was the long anticipated update to the watch software.  Those in the US are able to buy them now; for those of us based outside the US the watch is not yet available, and there’s actually been no confirmation of whether they will be released at all.  Worse still, Android Wear 2.0 was announced along with a list of those watches which would receive the update but then…silence.

    Android Wear 2.0 comes with a number of changes: some are visual (for instance, the change to the menus), and some are more significant, such as the addition of a watch play store and the ability to download apps directly via the watch itself.  For those with either the Huawei Watch, or the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, it has been possible to get Android Wear 2.0 via the Developer’s Preview software.  For everyone else with a watch that is going to be upgraded, it is a question of how quickly the OEMs can adapt the software for their respective devices.

    Now, at last, the delay for some is over!  Huawei have started to release the final version of Android Wear 2.0 via an OTA update to user; as has Fossil for its Q series of Android Wear watches.  For everyone else hopefully the long wait will be over soon.  If any of our readers have received the update do let us know in the comments what you make of 2.0.

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  • FileCloud Launches Microsoft Office Online Server Integration

    AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 23, 2017 — Today, CodeLathe launched the integration of Office Online Server with FileCloud, the IT Industry?EU?s one and only Enterprise File Sharing and Sync platform for on-premise Windows Servers. This new integration brings powerful Office document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) web editing capabilities to on-premise Windows file servers. Microsoft Office Online Server enables organizations to deliver browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote behind their firewall. FileCloud expands the capability by allowing users to edit files through a browser, even from outside the firewall.

    Users can select any file stored in FileCloud, open it via the Office Online Server, edit it, and then save it back to FileCloud without ever leaving the browser. This industry leading integration supports Microsoft Office documents (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) and offers significant benefits for firms that use file servers as their common file repository. More details on FileCloud and Office Online Server can be found via the company’s website.

    ?EU?We recently deployed the new browser-based document editing capabilities (offered by FileCloud and MS Office Online Server Integration) on our platform, and we have got a tremendous response from our customers. This new integration allows our customers to access their documents on the road, which makes it so much easier to work flexibly. It definitely makes FileCloud one of the most powerful EFSS in the market?EU? said OfficeBox, a private cloud provider from the Netherlands.

    According to the survey conducted by Spiceworks, a community of system administrators, more than 87% of on-premise, physical and virtual servers run the windows server operating system. It is a well-known fact that Windows file servers are the primary component in any enterprise file sharing infrastructure. Many organizations use Windows file servers as an organization?EU?s central repository to store and share files among employees, partners, and customers.

    Even though file…
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    You fanboy you

    Google defines a fanboy as ‘a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, film, or science fiction’. To most of us, however, a fanboy is a passionate, perhaps an irrational, but most definitely a misguided fan of a rival mobile phone operating system (could be Android or Apple or, yes, even Windows). I say ‘rival’ because you would never admit to being a fanboy yourself. Oh no, it’s always the other person, the one in the opposition camp. Fanboys are uncritically loyal to an OS, and fiercely defend it. To be called a fanboy is not a compliment. It’s an accusation. But are you a fanboy? Have a look below to find out.

    You fanboy you

    You’re an Apple fanboy if you believe:

    • Gizmodo has never been properly punished for the lost iPhone 4 affair.
    • It was Apple that said ‘Let there be light’ at the beginning of the universe.
    • It was Apple that said ‘Let there be smart watches’ at the beginning of 2015.
    • The price is always right.
    • A statue of Steve Jobs should permanently occupy the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square.
    • Shouting ‘Whoo-hoo’ and punching the air is a perfectly reasonable response to Tim Cook clearing his throat on stage at an Apple event.
    • A door is a Magic Entry Portal, and a table is a Wizardly Floor Raiser.
    • Bins are for filling up with obsolete Apple device accessories; you’re making room in yours for all your headphones.
    • ‘To boldly go’ may well be a split-infinitive. But it should in fact be ‘to go bold’. That’s proper grammar to people who think different.

    You’re a Windows mobile fanboy if you believe:

    • ‘Microsoft’ is an anagram of ‘Nokia’.
    • Fingerprint scanners don’t work properly; you stare at them futilely when trying to unlock non-Windows phones.
    • A statue of the Lumia 1020 should permanently occupy the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square.
    • Your Seagate portable hard drive often ends up in your pocket instead of your venerable Lumia 830 when you leave the house without looking at what you’re picking up.
    • All the best phones are qualified by the word ‘venerable’.
    • Glance Screen is the bee’s-knees of smart phone features.
    • The absence of Snapchat in the Windows store simply shows that Windows is an operating system for grown-ups.

    You’re an Android fanboy if you believe:

      • The threat of malware is all part of life’s rich tapestry.
      • Using an outdated version of an operating system is no different from driving a classic car or playing vinyl music albums.
      • Waterproofing for flagship phones takes the form of an umbrella.
      • Samsung merely included a fireworks function on the Galaxy Note 7.
      • A good home-screen widget is way more important than a good app.
      • Plastic feels excellent in the hand (glass is for coffee tables and whiskey tumblers).
      • A statue of Android’s logo should permanently replace Nelson at the top of the column in Trafalgar square.
      • Chinese is a great language to learn.
      • The phonetic alphabet should be modified to contain Android versions (Alpha, Beta, Cupcake, Donut, Éclair…)

    Of course these are just a few of the questionable beliefs that can afflict a true fanboy. But don’t worry too much if you experience any. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unhealthy. Though if you do suspect that your obsessive partisanship is taking its toll on your well-being, then I suggest an Apple a day to keep the doctor away, or a plate of fresh Nougat to replace that mouldy Marshmallow, or even, well, just opening the Windows to let some fresh air in. The choice is yours.

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  • The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    Well, how do I start this one exactly?

    Quite some time ago, the people at Cubot sent me a phone to review. It was the Cubot X17. Now you may not have heard of them, but they do a range of smartphones but this particular one is over a year old now. It’s not actually available to buy, but if you do find one on eBay or perhaps on GearBest, you can expect to pay around £100.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    What can you expect for £100 nowadays? Well, not too long ago it wouldn’t get you much, but I have to say that – despite the age of this particular device – it’s holding up fairly well. It’s powered by a MediaTek MTK6735A 64-bit Quad Core 1.3GHz CPU and has 3GB of RAM. A good start, and definitely a decent amount of memory. There’s 16GB of on-board storage and – thanks to the dual SIM / microSD tray, you can boost that storage further.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    Perhaps the biggest surprise, apart from the moment when I found it in the garage under some boxes (sorry Cubot), is the Full HD 1920×1080 pixel screen. It’s 5″ and, although the phone still only runs Android 5.1 OS, after I dressed it up with a Nougat-style launcher from Google Play, it looked pretty good.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    Camera-wise it has a 16 megapixel camera which, although it won’t keep up with the latest and greatest top-end cameras on a flagship smartphone, is enough for many. The front has an 8 megapixel front shooter and it’ll do 4G t’boot.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    There’s a couple of drawbacks. It won’t do 5Ghz WiFi and the battery is only a 2500mAh. I also had to clean out the cache a couple of times in order to upgrade the Google apps properly but, for the money, it is amazing what you can get from a cheap smartphone.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    Perhaps the best part of this phone is how thin it is. It’s a mere 6.1mm thick and it’s built well with a pretty decent design and fairly thin screen surround. OK, so it’s not going to beat your latest Samsung or your hot new LG, but for just a £100 budget you can get something which isn’t terrible.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

    It’s got a good screen, a fairly decent performance level (a quad-core 1.3GHz chip is OK but don’t push it too far), a decent camera and it looks nice too.

    This is still available from GearBest and you can head to the Cubot.com for their range of handsets.

    The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

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  • Apple Launch New iPhones and a cheaper iPad

    Without the usual fanfare of an Apple launch, a number of new iDevices have been announced to the market.

    Yes Red iPhones, larger capacity iPhone SEs and a new iPad have announced by everyone’s  fruit based tech company, and we have to say that the red looks rather awesome.

    Apple Launch New iPhones and a cheaper iPad

    The new red colour iPhone 7 and 7 plus is part of Apple’s Product Red Campaign which raises money for Aids and HIV good causes which so far has raised an impressive $130 million. The Product Red range also includes, a red iPod shuffle, nano and touch, red Beats products and a red Apple Watch sport band.

    The Red iPhones do indeed look very nice with their vibrant red aluminum finish, although the white front facing bezel looks a little odd, a single colour red device would have been completely stunning.

    Apple Launch New iPhones and a cheaper iPad

    Also announced was a 32GB  and 128GB iPhone SE, which increases the storage on the small screen version of the iPhone, it’s worth mentioning that the old configurations will no longer be available.

    Finally a new cheaper iPad has been announced, with a 9.7″ Retina screen and supporting a split screen mode at £339 offers real value.

    Three have confirmed that they will be ranging the new Red iPhones for March 24th with the new iPAD following in April.

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