iOS 12.1.4 update corrects FaceTime Listen-in bug

Apple reports FacePalm🤦‍♂️, the FaceTime bug that allowed people to listen in before accepting a call, is fixed in the iOS 12.1.4 update.  So you can download, update, and re-enable Group FaceTime without fear of eavesdrop.

More via Update to iOS 12.1.4 to re-enable FaceTime-TC

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Hallo Google, hilf mir Englisch zu sprechen – Google Home’s Interpreter mode

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With Google‘s  “Interpreter mode”  your Home devices can act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and Google Assistant tries to be the middle man between the two.

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To get started, you just say something like “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.”

via Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly — TechCrunch

Gmail new features: Undo, Strikethrough and more

Coming soon to now arriving in your Gmail Inbox:

  • Strikethrough
  • Undo/Redo
  • Save email as file (.eml format)

These small but welcome upgrades, currently rolling out to g-suite users, are expected to hit the rest of us in the coming weeks.

 

Google+: “I’m not quite dead, yet”

To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”

Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continue on and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.

More at TechCrunch

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Google asks, ‘Shall we play a game?’ with hidden Chrome adventure

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Wanna sleuth your way around a tech giant’s Mountainview campus? Google has embedded this retro text adventure game and all you need is a web browser (and infinite patience) to play.

To launch Google’s text adventure game

  1. Launch your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser.
  2. Search for ‘text adventure’.
  3. RIGHT+CLICK on the results page and select Inspect
  4. CLICK the Console tab.  The text “Would you like to play a game?” appears.
  5. Enter ‘yes’ at the > prompt

Cheers (with special thanks, to Di, for passing this along)!

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This Thursday, POTUS will SMS every US cellphone

Finally, a legitimate reason to use for ALLCAPS.

From TechCrunch:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will this week test a new “presidential alert” system that will allow the president to send a message to every phone in the US.

The alert is the first nationwide test of the presidential alert test, FEMA said in an advisory, which allows the president to address the nation in the event of a national emergency.

Using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, anyone with cell service should receive the message to their phone.

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the message will read, due to be sent out on Thursday at 2:18pm ET

 

via FEMA to send its first ‘Presidential Alert’ in emergency messaging system test — TechCrunch

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Amazon, Oracle, et al: “… you are not a JEDI, yet!”

The Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (or JEDI for short) pits cloud vendors Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft and the like in a $10 billion bidding war to be the DoD’s sole cloud solution.

Fore more check out Why the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI deal has cloud companies going nuts — TechCrunch

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