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Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest is adding offline storage to its latest range of security cameras, allowing them to save video files even if their link to the cloud is temporarily interrupted. The new feature debuts on today's four-strong range of updated Nest models: the Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam with Floodlight, and Nest Cam (wired).

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Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest has launched a quartet of new smart home products, with a new Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam wired, and Nest Cam with Floodlight bringing revamped styling and more onboard-smarts. The redesigned range of home security devices include an uptick in onboard machine learning, allowing for data to be processed on-device rather than in the cloud.

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Facebook reportedly wants to analyze encrypted WhatsApp messages for ads

Facebook reportedly wants to analyze encrypted WhatsApp messages for ads

Data encryption has been around for decades, but it has taken on a more political tone in the past few years. There has been a strong market push to encrypt messages and data on smartphones, but there has also been a strong pushback from governments who want a backdoor for the sake of security or other interests. For companies like Facebook, however, encrypting data like WhatsApp messages is both a selling factor and a potential business killer. Now the social networking giant is allegedly researching ways to still glean some juicy data for advertising purposes without breaking the security of encrypted data.

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Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google has long offered something other than password managers to safeguard online accounts with its single sign-on (SSO) services. Users don't even have to create and keep their own credentials when signing up or signing into services that support these "Sign in with Google" APIs. The process for using that, however, hasn't exactly been seamless, but Google is now polishing off its multiple sign-in offerings under a single Google Identity Services roof and is making the sign-in process even easier.

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Google accidentally leaked its next Nest security cameras and doorbell

Google accidentally leaked its next Nest security cameras and doorbell

Google has once again leaked its up upcoming products via some images that briefly appeared in the Google Store. Once the apparent leak was noticed, Google removed the images from its online shop, but not before visitors managed to get screenshots of the upcoming hardware. While new Nest security camera products are anticipated, none have been announced at this time.

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Facebook is hunting ways to push targeted ads into encrypted WhatsApp chats

Facebook is hunting ways to push targeted ads into encrypted WhatsApp chats

Just because your WhatsApp messages may be end-to-end encrypted, doesn't mean Facebook won't one day potentially be able to use the contents for advertising. While one of the big assumptions about encryption has been that the messaging platforms themselves aren't privy to what you're discussing with your contacts, a new push to develop homomorphic encryption techniques could change the stakes.

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Twitter adds Google Account and Apple ID to bypass login issues

Twitter adds Google Account and Apple ID to bypass login issues

Twitter just added log in and sign up connections to both Google Account and Apple ID accounts. It would seem like these sign up and log in options should've been a part of the equation since the beginning... but here we go! Twitter JUST added the ability to log in or sign up to "join the conversation on Twitter" with options to use a Google Account on the app and on the web, or an Apple ID on iOS and "soon on web."

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Home Depot power tools won’t work unless you pay for them

Home Depot power tools won’t work unless you pay for them

The digital content market has a big problem with piracy and most still resort to DRM technologies to fight it. Theft, however, has been a problem for millennia, and various tools, systems, and laws have been put in place to deter it, sometimes ineffectively. These days, retailers have resorted to technology-based solutions to either prevent theft or catch thieves, and Home Depot is applying a rather novel idea to discourage shoplifting by requiring its power tools to be activated at a register before they can be used.

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Microsoft’s latest warning for email users: Crafty phishing

Microsoft’s latest warning for email users: Crafty phishing

A new phishing campaign was identified this week by the folks at Microsoft Security Intelligence. They've identified this campaign as widespread enough that they took action in warning the public on multiple fronts, including through the official Microsoft Security Intelligence social media account (Twitter and etc.) There they've made the process of avoiding the new threat seem relatively simple - assuming the target knows to watch for said emails.

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Google 2FA adds Chrome for Android to key options

Google 2FA adds Chrome for Android to key options

The Google two-factor authentication (2FA) security system was updated with a new security key. This system is also called 2SV, or 2-Step Verification. Before now, users were given the option to use a physical security key (USB), or via a Google Prompt notification (via the Google or Gmail app)*. Now Google also allows users to use a smartphone with Android running the Chrome web browser app.

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Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Android's fragmentation has long been cited as one of its biggest problems, but, to some extent, it is also a strength. While the majority of today's Android devices run versions of the operating system from at least two to three years ago, there is still a number of those that are able to keep functioning with even older versions. Of course, these can't keep on running forever, and it seems that Google is slowly pulling the plug on these, especially the most ancient versions of Android.

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Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter has announced intentions to launch its first algorithmic bias challenge, one that offers cash rewards for individuals who help uncover "potential harms" caused by the company's saliency algorithm. This new competition builds upon the bias identification approach Twitter detailed back in May. The challenge will take place as part of DEF CON AI Village this year.

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