Here’s Today’s Tech & AI News & Picks For December 5, 2017
Google’s Files Go is now available globally
Google’s Files Go — the app that helps Android users free up space, find files quickly, and share files offline with people close by — is out of beta and available globally.
Google also announced a suite of new features and apps today that are tailored for India, alongside the launch of Android Oreo Go edition for low-end phones with less than 1GB of RAM. Similar to Apple’s AirDrop, Files Go lets you transfer files directly between devices (at speeds up to 125Mbps) without it costing…More at https://www.theverge.com
Apple iPhone X now available unlocked and SIM-free
Here’s your chance to snag one if you’ve been gunning for Apple’s anniversary phone but haven’t made up your mind on a carrier yet. The iPhone X is finally coming to the US SIM-free. Just one more month and the wait will finally be over.
Apple is now offering the unlocked, SIM-free version of its anniversary phone to fans in the US who haven’t decided on a carrier — but there’s still a one-month waiting period. Reports of…More at https://www.cnet.com
Windows 10 picked as ‘initial’ OS for Germany’s new government client
The German government has begun work on a Windows 10-based workstation for federal employees.
According to Heise Online, the German government decided in May 2015 to develop the Bundesclient, or federal client. The development began last month and the target rollout date for the standardized workstation is in 2019.
A spokesman for the federal interior ministry (BMI) confirmed to ZDNet that the “initial” operating system for this federal client will be Windows 10…More at http://www.zdnet.com
Android security: Google details Pixel and Nexus vulnerabilities in December bulletin
Google’s December security bulletin for Pixel and Nexus smartphones lists 42 vulnerabilities that are to be patched in an update.
“All supported Google devices will receive an update to the 2017-12-05 patch level. We encourage all customers to accept these updates to their devices,” Google said.
These vulnerabilities are in addition to the bugs listed in Google’s December 2017 Android security bulletin. Google notes that its hardware partners were notified of these issues at least a month ago “and may choose to incorporate them as part of their device updates”…More at http://www.zdnet.com
The MacBook Pro doesn’t have a USB port, but there’s a device for that
If you’re in line to be gifted a MacBook Pro this holiday season (even if it’s from yourself), you’re most likely equal parts excited and apprehensive. Why apprehensive, you ask? With every new Apple product comes the inevitable disappearance of something or other—and this time it’s the trusty USB port.
If you currently own a MacBook Pro, you already know how frustrating it can be to vie for…More at http://mashable.com
Get ready for AI to help make your business more productive
Companies are evaluating how to use artificial intelligence to transform how they work. Nicholas McQuire, analyst at CCS Insight, reflects on how businesses are using machine learning and assistive technologies to help employees be more productive.
He also provides tangible takeaways on how enterprises can better prepare for the future of work…More at https://www.blog.google
Facebook Messenger service outage struck the globe this morning
Facebook Messenger went down across the globe earlier today, leaving countless IMs as “read” with no response, but somehow the world kept turning. Facebook messenger is down.
Well I was getting tired of my messages being left on read anyway. — Heel Turn Haden (@_TheSonOfMars_) December 5, 2017 Frazzled users started complaining of the outage at around 6 a.m. Eastern Time, according to popular status reporting site Outage Report.
The issues appeared to affect the East Coast of the US, Europe…More at http://mashable.com
Facebook Watch will overtake YouTube as the biggest video platform
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Facebook is crushing Snapchat. Well, forget that, because I’m interested in a much bigger tech company Facebook is poised to overtake:
Google’s YouTube. Facebook has managed to grow, outpace, and marginalize its competitors thanks to its huge user base, massive data collection operation, and the breakneck speed at which the Facebook engineering teams execute.
We’ve seen Facebook steamroll several social networks over the years. SEE ALSO: Facebook st…More at http://mashable.com
Security hacks will be even worse in 2018
We talk about cybersecurity’s immediate past and future and discuss the heat that Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter faced in 2017. What a year it’s been for cybersecurity. As 2017 winds down, CNET is looking back at a year of breaches, hacks and security facepalms…More at https://www.cnet.com
Improving Search and discovery on Google
Search Search is not just about answering your questions—it’s also about discovery.
We search to explore new topics of interest, to find new angles to ideas or things we think we already know, or even to uncover information that we didn’t even think to ask about.
Over the years, we’ve developed many features to help you discover more on your journeys through the…More at https://www.blog.google