Our greatest story of the week was a cautionary story of precisely how fallacious good house safety may be. Amazon-owned Nest competitor, Ring is in hot water over the reported capability for US staff to look at the feed from virtually any Ring digicam. Some staff used this capability to look at different staff’ feeds and tease them about “romantic dates.”
In the meantime, a second group of Ring staff engaged on R&D in Ukraine had entry to a folder housing “each video created by each Ring digicam world wide.” What’s extra, these staff had a “corresponding database that linked every particular video file to corresponding particular Ring prospects.”
In Android information, LG is pulling life support on two well-received telephones from 2016, the LG G5 and V20. Each telephones launched on Android Nougat, and took totally too lengthy to obtain Android Oreo. As a earlier proprietor of an LG V20, this information is particularly disheartening.
What’s extra damning is that LG had initially promised two years of software program and safety updates for the LG V20, however doesn’t meet the dedication because it avoids an Android Pie replace. Total, that is simply massively disappointing information.
Doodle for Google introduced simply the type of lighthearted news we want this week. On Tuesday, 2018’s successful doodle, drawn by a second grader, was displayed on the Google homepage. This yr, Google, joined by Jimmy Fallon and Kermit the Frog, are searching for Ok-12 college students to submit a doodle based mostly on the theme “Once I develop up, I hope…”
Doodles are judged on inventive advantage, creativity, and theme communication, with art work grouped into 5 grade teams. Finalists are additional judged on a state-by-state foundation with 53 State and Territory Winners, 5 Nationwide Finalists, and one Nationwide Winner. The latter wins a $30,000 scholarship whereas their college will get a $50,000 expertise package deal.
At CES 2019, we noticed a really attention-grabbing trying case for the Pixel 3. Designed by Tech 21, it features a full smooth keyboard for typing. However in contrast to most wi-fi keyboards chances are you’ll be accustomed to, it isn’t battery powered, and due to this fact doesn’t have to be charged. The precise technical particulars are nonetheless a thriller, however from our testing it appears to be very efficient.
What’s particularly attention-grabbing in regards to the Evo Kind for the Pixel Three XL is that it’s not a Bluetooth accent. Fairly, it connects solely utilizing NFC. We’re nonetheless attempting to get extra particulars on how this works, however Tech21 says that it attracts little or no energy from the telephone itself. Once I did check it out, the connection appeared strong with virtually no lag within the keystrokes.
It’s that point of the yr once more, for OnePlus homeowners — the annual OxygenOS Satisfaction Survey for 2018. OnePlus is searching for gadget homeowners to share direct suggestions on the OxygenOS expertise in 2018 and the way it may very well be improved for 2019.
Proper on the finish, you’re given the choice to offer the OxygenOS crew some direct suggestions for 2019, which is a neat contact as if Manu is to be believed, then OnePlus will possible share any pertinent factors with the event crew. Which means your opinion may actually assist form the longer term improvement of OxygenOS — which is fairly neat.
Lastly, at CES 2019, the Google Assistant got better integrated with Google Maps, with new instructions, and a brand new UI to match. The brand new Assistant interface will even swap to darkish mode as wanted to match the Google Maps interface. Most curiously, the Assistant can now intelligently insert punctuation into sentences you communicate to be despatched to others.
Navigation-related instructions embody looking for locations alongside your route, including new stops, and sharing your ETA with contacts. Different helpful options embody taking part in music and podcasts, in addition to replies. In comparison with the earlier voice instructions, customers will keep inside Google Maps and never get kicked out to the telephone dialer or different app to finish a requested motion.