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Facebook Messenger Allows End-to-End Ecryption

Back in April, WhatsApp allowed encrypted chats, but Facebooks' own Messenging service hasn't allowed encryption - until now. WhatsApp has enabled this by default, but Facebook Messenger will still require you to go into your settings and choose the "Secret Conversations" option. You really should turn it on for every conversation as encryption is never a bad thing.

Facebook Messenger’s new layer of encryption has to be enabled manually for every conversation, rather than being switched on by default, as it is in the Signal app or in WhatsApp. That decision may be in part a compromise designed to help Facebook avoid legal and political difficulties; WhatsApp’s default encryption, for instance, has already put its parent company in an uncomfortable spot at least once, when Brazilian authorities arrested a Facebook executive in the country for failing to help police decrypt WhatsApp messages sent by criminal suspects in a drug trafficking case.

Source: Wired

Intel Israel Smart Building

There comes a point when I really don't want my every thought, action and each event on my schedule monitored by a robot. I know smartphones track a lot more than I want them to, but the "World's Smartest Building" is a little creepy - and invasive. Thankfully, employees will be able to opt out if they want.


9 Reasons the Xbox One S is Better than the PS4 Pro

If you want to get one console that will do everything you want, consider the Xbox One S. There are quite a few reasons why it is better than the PS4 Pro. While the PS4 Pro does have a couple of redeeming features, it pales in comparison to the Xbox One S. I've never actually owned a PlayStation, this list pretty much sums up the reasons why.

The PS4 Pro lacks 4K Blu-ray
The PS4 Pro can happily play 4K (and HDR) content, but only the Xbox has an Ultra-HD Blu-ray player built in.
Microsoft was as surprised about the omission as the rest of us, and said as much when pressed by The Guardian: "The lack of a 4K disk player, given Sony's media background, was a surprise. Looking at what they've done historically, I don't think many people would have predicted that."

Source: TheInquirer

What to Expect From Google Later Today

If you are reading this before Google's actual event takes place, here are a few things that we are expecting from Google this time around. There will be a few things that we expect for sure - Pixel & Pixel XL, but I'm sure there will be a few new things that will hopefully surprise us. Take a look at the link below for the full list.

  • Two new phones that drop the Nexus name in lieu of "Pixel"
  • Pricing, availability and more details on Google Home, the Amazon Echo competitor the company announced earlier this year
  • An upgraded 4K Chromecast video streamer
  • A successor to its OnHub Wi-Fi router
  • More information on Daydream, its new VR platform
  • A new Pixel tablet (or laptop)
  • And maybe, just maybe, a whole new operating system that combines elements of Android and Chrome OS

Source: CNET


Vernee Apollo Lite Review - The Smartphone You Should Have Heard Of

If you haven't heard of the Vernee Apollo Lite, you're not alone, but perhaps you should hear of it now. This is a $215 ten-core smartphone that you should check out. This is a thicker (9.2mm thick) device that actually is pretty solid overall. This device supports either two SIM cards or a single SIM and a MicroSD card. Charging is done via the USB-C port and overall, it's a very capable device. Check out the review after the break.

The Apollo Lite is a Lite version of the Apollo unit and one of the key parts it steps down in is the display. While the Apollo is announced to have a 1440p display, the Apollo Lite has your average 1080p display. It makes up for it in the quality of the panel, though, as the phone is packing a Sharp IGZO display panel which not only has great color and viewing angles but is also extremely battery efficient.

Source: Neowin

Brain Training Games are Junk

For a while brain training games such as BrainAge and Luminosity made pretty incredible claims about how they made you "smarter" and helped you retain more information and recall said information easier. Study after study lately shows that is is not the case at all and all these games do is make your wallet slightly thinner. If you only like them for entertainment, then you won't be disappointed. If you hoped they'd help you memorize the constitution, you'll still have to work on that.

In 2014, two groups of scientists published open letters on the efficacy of brain-training interventions, or “brain games,” for improving cognition. The first letter, a consensus statement from an international group of more than 70 scientists, claimed that brain games do not provide a scientifically grounded way to improve cognitive functioning or to stave off cognitive decline.

Source: SagePub

BF1 Sounds = Seven Nation Army

This is probably one of the best covers of the Seven Nation Army song ever. It's made entirely with Battlefield 1 sounds. Enjoy!


Windows 7 / 8 Will Not Be Available After October

If you really love Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don't want to buy a PC loaded with Windows 10, you'd better break out your wallet pretty quick. Microsoft has announced that OEMs will not be allowed to sell computers pre-loaded with earlier versions of Windows effective November 1. This is unlike Microsoft, but they really want to consolidate their OS platform, and it makes a lot of sense in terms of security and support.

The end of the Windows 7/8.1 sales lifecycle doesn't mean that those older versions of Windows will be completely dead, of course. As I've explained in the past, the support and sales lifecycles are completely different. (See "What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers.")

Source: ZDNet

Nintendo Shows Off Famicom Mini Console for Japan

If you were looking for another reason to move to Japan, the recently announced Famicom Mini console may be what tips the scales. I'm not sure if I'd move just for a console, but this does look pretty sweet for $59. If you want some classic NES action for your living room, this could be the easiest way to make that happen. More information at the link below.

Source: TheVerge

Canadian Carrier Leaks Offical Pixel Phone

There is somebody at Bell Mobility's web team that is getting in a bit of trouble. Yesterday, Bell's website was updated and the URL that was supposed to point to a Samsung Note 7 Pre-Order, actually pointed to the page where you could buy the Pixel in white. There was not a lot of details, but that's a pretty big screwup - even for a Canadian. I guess we'll have to wait another day to get the official word directly from Google.

The tagline reads "Introducing Pixel™, Phone by Google. Order yours today." There's no mention of the larger Pixel XL on the page. (Nor, in case you were wondering, can you actually order a Pixel today.)


Source: AndroidCentral

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