Facebook iOS and Android apps test letting you turn off annoying red dots

The Facebook app uses red notification dots to signal new content available in things like videos and groups, but many people find those annoying rather than helpful. Especially as you have to tap each in turn to remove it. TechCrunch says that Facebook had initially used the dots to drive greater usage of the app, but now realizes that may not have been the smartest approach.

Link: Facebook iOS and Android apps test letting you turn off annoying red dots
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Microsoft OneDrive users get an even more secure Personal Vault

Microsoft has announced that, by the end of the year, all users of its OneDrive cloud storage service will get a Personal Vault, which will provide added protection for especially sensitive data and files they want to store.
About OneDrive Personal Vault
“OneDrive runs on the trusted Microsoft…

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4 open source Android apps for writers

While I’m of two minds when it comes to smartphones and tablets, I have to admit they can be useful. Not just for keeping in touch with people or using the web but also to do some work when I’m away from my computer.
For me, that work is writing—articles, blog posts, essays for my weekly letter,…

Link: 4 open source Android apps for writers
via opensource.com

Android development: How to deliver a successful mobile app for business

“When we decided to make our own mobile app, we knew it could be a mode of competitive differentiation for us,” says Kieran Delaney, director of IT at Innserve. Developing applications in-house on Android is the best way to ensure the right software functionality required for workers at the company, which manages the drinks-dispensing systems for 80,000 pubs, bars and cafes, according to Delaney.

Link: Android development: How to deliver a successful mobile app for business
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Microsoft Adds 2FA-Protected “Personal Vault” Within OneDrive Cloud Storage

Microsoft has introduced a new password-protected folder within its OneDrive online file storage service that will allow you to keep your sensitive and important files protected and secured with an extra layer of authentication.Dubbed Personal Vault, the new OneDrive folder can only be accessed…

Link: Microsoft Adds 2FA-Protected “Personal Vault” Within OneDrive Cloud Storage
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Report shows failures at eight US agencies in following cyber-security protocols

A new report published by the US Senate yesterday reveals a decade-long string of failures on the part of eight government agencies, who failed to follow basic cyber-security protocols and exposed their networks and US citizens’ most personal data to attackers. The report was ordered by US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Link: Report shows failures at eight US agencies in following cyber-security protocols
via http://www.zdnet.com

Slack use is banned for Microsoft staff

Employees at Microsoft have been banned from using workplace tool Slack, reveals a leaked internal document.The ban is reportedly due to computer and data security concerns, rather than attempts to prevent staff from using the competitor’s software.Other prohibited tools include writing aide…

Link: Slack use is banned for Microsoft staff
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