Microsoft now allows athletes fitted with the bracelet activity and an Android smartphone to enjoy the services of a personal assistant.
Microsoft continues to open towards the Google universe. So far, holders of Band 2 , Microsoft activity monitoring bracelet, could not take advantage of Cortana if their bracelet was paired with a smartphone running Windows 10 mobile. Now they can also enjoy the personal assistant via the Band 2 if they have an Android device.
The publisher has actually updated the Android version of its Microsoft Health app that lets you set fitness goals by tracking its activity but also to store health data, as the name suggests.
Once the update done, the user can use the microphone Band 2 to ask Cortana to answer an SMS or send an e-mail without having to touch their smartphone.
To be exact, he can do if he has also downloaded the app for Android and Cortana resides in the United States, the only country where the update of Microsoft Health is now available.
In France, we still expect that Microsoft wants to properly market the Band 2
Virtual reality is one of many workhorses of Google. The giant would work currently in a version of Chrome for Android to explore the web differently, with the smartphone resting on the nose.
VR new features in the latest versions of Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev for Android? It seems to be the case, according to the site specializing in virtual reality Road To VR . This would soon be possible to surf on any page, optimized or not, RV.
This is the browser that could take to the non-transition VR / VR on the fly.What rediscover the web with the smartphone stuck in a cardboard or within the next virtual reality headset being developed by Goole, Daydream . And that PC users are reassured, it seems that the member firm of Alphabet also working on a version of its browser compatible with the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.
Surfing in VR, already possible conditional
Currently surfing VR requires that sites be optimized in this direction. And the thing with Google favors its development kit "WebVR". But in practice, sites playing the game are still few. Thus, the VR navigation often comes to spend his time and put off the helmet, the Google Board Card or other Gear VR we have on the nose to surf properly ... so that one gets tired very quickly .Anyway, these new tools placed in the hands of developers reflect the strategy Google, which follows the path of the VR fast. Indeed, in May, the Web giant had devoted part of its annual conference, Google I / O , on virtual reality and clearly had not hidden his desire to make one of the axes development for its existing and future web applications. Let us, in this respect, mention the willingness of Google to open a real VR section very soon within the Google Play order to focus the applications of this nature.
Created by two French security researchers, this software floods the queries of users in a mass of false requests, making impossible any attempt at profiling.
On the occasion of the conference "hack Night 2016" , two security research students ESIEA - Hernault Paul and Thomas Aubin - have warned of the risks to privacy that this Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. " this is the most intrusive service you can find on Windows 10. He wants to know everything about you, your interests, your favorites, all your searches are saved. And all this in order to create a profile on you, " says Thomas Aubin. This profiling can improve the use of Cortana and make her more relevant answers. It also allows a targeted advertising, as with Google.
Those who are allergic to this form of espionage can of course disable Cortana. But this is to deprive ourselves of a service that can also be very helpful. This is why the two researchers created CortaSpoof, software that preserves the use of Cortana but makes his ineffective profiling. How?sending through Cortana a large amount of false more or less random queries to Microsoft servers. "So, the real queries will be embedded in the ground and it will be impossible to achieve a profile" , adds Thomas Aubin. The two researchers have taken advantage of the Night of Hack to demonstrate their software, while viewing the requests sent.
CortaSpoof is still quite experimental. Those interested can download its source code on GitHub . "This is not yet a proof of concept. The goal is to expand to several services in order to have more anonymity " , explain the designers.
CortaSpoof could be the first incarnation of a new generation of software, which, like the adblockers will to preserve our privacy in a world of PDAs based on artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly present.
Google will soon integrate directly to its search results the lyrics and a connection speed test. Topics regularly sought by Internet users.
Who has not wanted the lyrics of a song into Google to avoid singing in yogurt? In general, the experience ends with a multitude of links to various websites and varied and not always very reliable.
Things should change soon. Google announced a partnership with serviceLyricFind : the words will now appear directly in the search results. This will in particular Google to highlight its Google Play Music service by associating with the results, says Billboard .
Another innovation should happen soon: an Internet connection speed test.Speedtest.net of the brand new Fast Netflix, there are also many services to compete for the market. A force to see that the research were numerous on the subject, Google is testing with some users a tool to do so directly.
The service is based on technology Measurement Lab, an organization founded in 2009 and studying the overall performance of the Internet. Some of its members are also well-known Google employees, like Stephen Stuart or Vinton Cerf (co-inventor of the TCP / IP protocol).
The time of light keyrings and other voice expectations built into techno class in college is over: here come the wireless speaker Bose kit, the Speaker Cube!
Although intended for children (from 8 years), this installation kit designed by the manufacturer Bose audio equipment could attract larger too. With the educational project BOSEbuild it comes to building with his own hands, his own Bluetooth speaker. The first product to self-assembly is part of an educational program to sensitize the younger (and other) developing and designing audio equipment. A little as do the engineers of the American brand. Thus, the goal is to understand -for example- how the magnets and electromagnets in the field of sound. Or to be initiated into basic frequencies and other sound waves. Finally, parents can rest assured that Bose has thought of everything: no need to play the soldering iron to assemble his project. Only a pair of scissors and tape suffice.
The end result is called Speaker Cube and thus communicates wirelessly with a Bluetooth device. However, to set up the project, it is imperative to an Apple-branded model (with iOS 8 minimum). Indeed, it seems that all the editing process and introduction to various physical elements used in acoustics is detailed on a dedicated App ... Available on the App Store only.
App which also appears (as) to help manage the color of the LEDs on the PCB of the chamber and thus create atmospheres to animate birthday parties and other small festivities in honor of our little darlings. Better it would be possible to model the lighting of small bulbs depending on pace to stick to the best songs heard. Bose ensures quality sound Speaker Cube is consistent with the requirement that he may have with its own products. In addition, a two-year warranty is provided by the manufacturer. And, for the most handymen, once mounted, it is possible to disassemble its creation safely ... to better reconstruct it. The only downside to all this, the BOSEBuild is only available for the US market currently. However, we contacted representatives of the brand in France as to whether an export project was -or not- in cartons.If this is the case, we'll be sure to update this article.
In 2016, virtual reality is omnipresent. At Computex, few PC makers stalls which did not offer to rub it. Those of MSI and Zotac, the VR slipped into backpacks dedicated.We tried them!
Virtual reality in the back, it's coming! But why would you need a bag? Simply to take advantage of its virtual reality headset without being impeded by cables lying around. A dream that seems to get a little more each day. This is certainly the feeling that was discovering the PC solution in a backpack and PC Zotac shaped back of MSI bag.
Two different approaches to the same goal: provide enough power to run games VR, for 1 hour at 1:30 ET, in order to move relatively naturally, without feeling like being chained to a PC.
The Zotac Mobile VR, a big miniPC in a backpack
Hard to miss the virtual reality and the backpack dedicated to him on the stand of Zotac. Prominently on a platform, the confreres of the Asian press gesticulate HTC Vive on the nose and backpack on shoulders. So much for our doubts that one day this prototype materialize in the real world. Here it under our noses just weeks after Android: Google Play Games now saves its parts video game .
Two minutes later, here we are harnessed! First observation, the Zotac backpack does not weigh very heavy. A view of shoulders, no more than 4 Kg, maybe a little more.
The VR program starts and we see that it is at the bottom of the bag that we find the hottest spots without that cooks either. Our test session went very smoothly, everything works well and the feeling of freedom of movement is there. We almost forget the backpack and mask.
After five intense minutes, end of the adventure. After removing the bag carefully, we ask innocently if we can take pictures of the inside ... not, it is we refuse. Can we see the batteries or at least how they are charging? No more.Zotac does not want to show us anything as its Mobile VR is still in the prototype stage ... A brand representative tells us instead that it is the future Magnus EN980, the more upscale Zotac small PC that provides the show.
Magnus EN980 is also not easily upgradable, detail that will matter. Inside are a The QTE, gaming cancer? , a desktop GTX 980 but at 3.0 MXM file (that of some laptops), up to 16GB of memory, an SSD format M .2 and, on some versions, an SSD or HDD 2.5 inches.
According to spokespersons for Zotac, the battery is given to hold an hour continuous play. This may seem little, but in addition to the PC, it must also power the HTC Vive headset module. However, you can not be confirm its exact location. The bottom of the bag is the most plausible, that's when we noticed the most hot spots and heat dissipation appears to be at the top and sides.
A hypothetical release date? No, not yet, no matter what region of the globe.However, our interlocutor tells us that Zotac is working hard and hopes to have the first units in final test at the end of the year. Appointment is taken!
The BackPack VR, the PC-shaped back of MSI bag
MSI, same goal but different approach. No way to drag a PC in a bag and attach the battery. The idea is good but does not provide enough collateral in case of shocks, slips us a hint a representative of the brand. That's why MSI has created a PC shaped backpack. Radical but effective, if one believes the statements of representatives of the stand to red and white dragon.
After showing their credentials, one finally reaches the backpack to try. First observation. Ouch! It is heavy ! And yet we are quite used to carrying backpacks full of PCs and other hardware. The communications officer hastens to give us the weight, about 5 kilos, and press to add that the brand is working to reduce the load on the final product.
MSI thus planning an exit! When? Unable to meet us but " soon. And it is even possible to change the battery because it comes with a small and a large model. Better, we plan to allow the user to change the components of the business model . " That's a good point that does not offset the rigidity of the whole, which resembles a biker backpack. It is far the relative flexibility of the device Zotac ... Fortunately, MSI instead of padding fabric all along the spine and even thicker elements at the lower back and on the shoulder straps. To ensure that the bag remains in place, it must also secure the straps around the waist and torso. We are ready to jump from the plane, like a paratrooper.
Chopped up in this way, we can start. Same game for Zotac, we manipulate a small vessel with a radius, you must destroy opponents while avoiding projectiles. Do not worry, it runs well. No lag or artifact.
Zotac at home, we try to see if it heats. But impossible to realize, the bottom is rigid and does not seem to let the air. Going up the hands to the sides to pretend to reposition the bag, the heat wave is felt: it is by the sides of the device that calories configuration dissipated. Configuration which, as we said, will be upgradeable in the future. We can therefore swap the GeForce GTX 980 of the device against a 1080 GTX or 1070 for example. For the rest, it features a latest-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR4 memory and SSDs. The big battery model would be able to power - again - the configuration and headset module Vive HTC for 1 hour and a half.
A preference ?
The two solutions, which do we prefer? Hard to say after 7 minutes for each test. The relative flexibility of the backpack Zotac has seduced us and, paradoxically, the rigidity of the housing / back of MSI bag is reassuring. But the weight is to the advantage of Zotac now. Clearly. Regarding configurations, they are very close to the paper in the state. We will wait for the final versions and also their prices to settle.
This second iteration is always based on the Instax Mini film but promises to be faster, quieter and offer better picture quality.
After a first draft Instax Share SP1 rather decent, Fujifilm updates its instant mobile printer by announcing today the Instax Share SP2. On the menu, a more angular and sleek design, but mainly technical improvements.
Just like the first model, the Instax Share SP2 is a small handheld printer (hand / backpack would be more accurate) that works with Fujifilm Instax instant film silver Mini. Once connected to a Wi-Fi iOS or Android device (smartphone or tablet), it can print digital photos directly on the silver film. A much better quality of technology as movies running Zink.
The first pretty technical improvement is the image definition, up from 254 dpi (dots per inch, step by inch) to 320 dpi. Add to this the efforts made on silence - the first version was indeed quite noisy - as well as a net gain in printing speed. When SP1 16s put out an image, it would only take 10s to the new model. If this rate holds, hope it does not come at the expense of the battery.
Hooray, a rechargeable battery!
major technical fault of the previous edition was uses two CR2 batteries, not widespread and expensive batteries. Fujifilm has listened to the complaints of its users by getting rid of these exotic batteries and incorporating a rechargeable Li-ion battery via a Micro USB cable. Welcome Fujifilm in 2016, and thank you!
The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 will be available later this summer to 199 €.
Messaging, which allows to communicate in encrypted form, work with a protocol developed internally by mathematicians far from experts. A good reason not to use it for some specialists.
Pavel Durov, likes to tell it created Telegram to escape the supervision of the Russian government. Adorned with the prestigious Legend, the application promises its users seamless encryption of communications. Telegram but would not be so sure it as emphasized several US media including The Daily Dot and Gizmodo .
First problem: cats are not encrypted by default as WhatsApp or signal, used for example by Edward Snowden himself. You have to go to settings and make additional settings for that to be the case. That do not know many users believe converse discreetly. A boon for intelligence services or hackers.
MTProto, the mysterious house protocol
Worse, the founders of Telegram would not resume protocol WhatsApp or signal which have been proven. They preferred to use non-mathematicians experts in the field who have developed a protocol house, MTProto, which no one knows the algorithms. "Unless you have considerable experience in the field, nobody has to develop its own protocol. Nobody really understands why they did that " , told Gizmodo Professor at the University of Surrey Alan Woodward, a specialist in computer security.
Furthermore, Telegram has been leaked metadata earlier this year. A researcher had indeed realized that it was possible to understand when a user was online or offline.
The expert Thaddeus grugq has therefore engaged in a regular attack of the application on his blog : "Telegram is subject to bugs, works with encryption homemade fuiter has already voluminous metadata steals books to address and is now known to be a haven for terrorists. We could not do worse combination for secure messaging " , he asserts. He concluded: "For better protection, use anything" .
It would be better to use another application
Finally, leaders Telegram collaborate without being asked with governments or government agencies such as the FBI. It has long been the preferred mobile email jihadists, until a large number of their accounts to be deleted in the month of November under pressure from the international community. But the terrorists have once recreated.
Recall that to date still no evidence that the Telegram encryption keys were broken. So these are vis-à-vis safety recommendations of an application that inspires concern to experts because it was not developed by specialists.
The marketing of the tablet will cease at the end of the year, even though it is often already out of stock and the area 4 does not seem to point the tip of his nose.
In the US the tablet Surface 3 is hard to find for a few weeks which was beginning to talk high-tech sites. Microsoft breaks silence recognizing officially with the site ZDNET.com that cease marketing the product in the month December 2016. Microsoft's statement:
"Since the launch of the Surface 3 there over a year, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction of our customers. Inventory is limited now and by the end of December 2016, we do not produce more devices Surface 3 ".
No area 4 on the horizon
For now, not a word about his potential successor: Microsoft Surface 4. he would wait for this next major release of Windows 10. Will he wait until 2017 to find out more? Mystery.
Launched in spring 2015 at 719 euros with the OS Windows 8.1, this tablet hybrid that can turn into PC was designed as a more affordable version of the Surface Pro, but it also was fishing with his every performance. She would still have found its audience with students and families, according to Microsoft. Since then she has received updates of Windows 10 and the arrival of 4G.
Adding that the bracelet tracker activities would likely suffer the same fate.Already often out of stock, production is likely to cease in the coming months without being immediately replaced by another product.
Riding the wave of Euro 2016, fake ticket selling sites start appearing on the web, and mobile games that are biased to advertising.
Two big events happen in the world of football, first in the US with the Copa America Centenario (from 3 to 26 June), followed by France with the Euro 2016 Championship (June 10 to July 10 ). The fans and other fans will of course be at the rendezvous, but also scammers. Thus, the famous Avast antivirus editor published on his blog a series of recommendations to avoid being cheated.
Beware of counterfeit notes
Cybercriminals will first tackle the sale of tickets for the matches, which are now very difficult to obtain. They set up fake retail sites and launched campaigns on social networks (Facebook, Twitter) or by email to encourage fans to order. Their goal is to sell fake tickets and especially easily retrieve banking information of buyers (credit card number, PIN, etc.).
Thus, UEFA recommends that you buy tickets as among authorized dealers, for example ... on the UEFA website, offering the browser extension Brandsays to detect illegal sites. Caution also selling tickets whose prices seem too attractive.
Games invaded by advertising
Football fans want to watch the games, but also play on their smartphone or tablet. The best-known app is FIFA16, title developed by Electronic Arts. But Avast spotted four football games, three as name Soccer 2016 and the fourth is called Football 2016 to 2025. They just made their appearance on Google's application store and turn out to be scams.
Indeed, the player finds himself invaded by advertising when it attempts to start a game. The purpose of the developer, who designed the four games, is of course to make money with advertising. It is not illegal in itself, but it leads to totally unplayable games that do not keep their promises.
Avast does not mention it, but it is likely that fraudulent mails related to the two competitions will arrive soon in our inboxes with links or attachments in which it will not click above. It is also possible that telephone scams are multiplying. Digital hostilities have begun before June 10, and it is not safe unfortunately they stop on July 10 ...