Nearby Share, Android’s answer to AirDrop

With AirDrop, iPhone users have long enjoyed an easy way to share photos and files.  Now Nearby Share, promises Android and Chrome OS owners the same ease of use.

Google is rolling this out in phases and you’ll need to update to the latest OS to get it. If it’s available to your phone, you’ll find it under your Connections option. Once turned on, Nearby becomes one of your share options when viewing a file. The recipient will also need this option active and will need to be relatively close to share content.

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Delete Your Old Tweets

“You have changed and grown over the years, and it’s about time your Twitter does, too.”

Abu Zafar, from Lifehacker, offers this salient observation, and I agree. Twitter was designed to voice the spontaneous reactions and reflections of a time; much like the spontaneous sound of a bird ‘tweeting’. Can you imagine that senior sparrow pulling up a branch to reflect on the sounds it made as a hatchling? Of course not.

Technology offers some options to batch delete your older tweets. Here’s two:

  •  TweetDelete,  has a free basic version and a pay version with advanced features.
  • Jumbo, a mobile solution available on iOS and Google Play, can delete content from Twitter as well as other social networks like Facebook and Google.

 

Follow this link to Lifehacker, for more.

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Google Maps Streetview now on Mobile

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StreetView_figireStreetview, a long-time staple of Google Maps desktop, now makes its way onto the mobile platform. Currently available on Android (following an update), it is also soon to appear on iOS devices.

 

 

 

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Interactive Chart: Android vs iOS and the rise of the Smartphone

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Source: Bloomberg Business Week

Click graphic for the interactive link and more on the smartphone growth.

Q, the First Gender-neutral Assistant

Siri, Cortana, Alexa; each is markedly female. And, despite settings that allow you to modify your voice-activated assistant, the voices have been decidedly binary.

Until now; Meet Q

Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female).

For more on the research and technology behind Q, visit TheNextWeb

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Tesla: ‘Nice Try’ easter egg

March 14 will see the big reveal of the Tesla Model Y. The teaser invite they sent out doesn’t reveal much. Those who apply their photoshop skills, to glean a sneak peek, will only get an early ‘easter egg’ for their troubles.

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And if that wasn’t cheeky enough, they also hid a nod to a popular videogame on their site:

  1. Go to the https://www.tesla.com/modely.
  2. Click Notify Me. A registration form for the Livestream will appear.
  3. Press F12 (Developer Tools) and click Console.
  4. In the todo: reveal video area, click the link.

Fans of the Skyrim will recognize the scene.

With special thanks to Lady Di 

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Bug Bounty🐜💰: Apple compensates teen that discovered FaceTime bug

The bug was initially reported to Apple by 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his mother, but the family struggled getting in contact with the company before the bug was discovered elsewhere and went viral on social media.

The payout will fall under Apple’s bug bounty, which incentivizes security researchers to claim a reward for privately submitting security bugs and vulnerabilities to the company. Apple will also offer an unspecified additional gift to Thompson’s education.

via Apple to compensate teenager who found Group FaceTime eavesdrop bug — TechCrunch

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