Apps did not supersede websites, similarly chatbots won’t supersede apps. But they will change your behavior… I want to take a look at how chatbots will change our practices and more specifically how other mediums will be impacted. These mediums include not only apps, but also the web. You could argue a chatbot is made up of two elements; A Conversational UI enabled by Conversational AI.
Link: Comparing Chatbots To Mobile Apps
Five related APT groups operating in the interest of the Chinese government have systematically targeted Linux servers, Windows systems and mobile devices running Android while remaining undetected for nearly a decade, according to BlackBerry.
The report provides further insight into pervasive…
Link: APT attacks targeting Linux, Windows and Android remained undetected for nearly a decade
MIT and makers of the app Private Kit: Safe Paths say they’ve overcome an iOS and Android interoperability issue that will make the coronavirus contact tracking app able to track close proximity with other people using Bluetooth. MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory accomplished the feat last week. Currently, Private Kit logs location history using GPS for 28 days.
Link: MIT announces Bluetooth breakthrough in coronavirus-tracing app for Android and iOS
HBO announced this morning that as of April 30 its HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps will no longer be available on 2nd and 3rd-Gen Apple TVs, because it wants to “provide the best streaming experience” moving forward. (That likely just means HBO no longer wants to provide software updates for…
Link: HBO Removing Streaming Apps From Some Apple TVs
Microsoft has released a new test build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. That build, No. 19603, released on April includes integration of File Explorer into the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). As Microsoft officials note in today’s blog post about the build, users have had the ability to access Linux files since Windows 10 1903, but today’s addition simplifies how users scan get to them (via the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer).
Link: Microsoft adds File Explorer integration to Windows Subsystem for Linux in new Windows 10 Fast Ring build
Last month, Microsoft announced it was throttling some of its less-essential Microsoft 365/Office 365 services in an attempt to continue to meet high usage demands. This week, the company is making further adjustments to its cloud services as more users continue to work remotely as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Link: Microsoft makes more tweaks to its M365 services in light of increased remote-work demands
Mobile-phone-based tracking of people can help fight pandemics, but privacy and security researchers stress that it needs to be done right. During this coronavirus pandemic, using mobile phones as a way to track who an infected patient has had contact with has become fertile ground for research and development, with many countries — including China, Israel, Singapore, and South Korea — using mobile apps to determine who might have been exposed.
Link: Privacy & Digital-Rights Experts Worry Contact-Tracing Apps Lack Limits