Friday, January 20, 2017

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    • Cortana Coming To Locked Phone

      Microsoft is making it easier for users of Android devices to access Cortana from a locked screen. Mehedi Hassan tells us that users testing the feature are seeing a pop-up in the Windows app that asks them if they want to enable the virtual assistant on the lock screen. The biggest issue, per Hassan, is the access to data because the virtual assistant is available on the locked screen and not behind the locked screen. It's not clear from Microsoft if that posses a threat.  ...Read the whole story

    • Meitu Beauty App Scoops Up Users' Calendars, Contacts, Other DataArstechnica

      The popular selfie filter Meitu, which beautifies photos, is demanding permission for "far more personal data than it needs," and then sending the information to China, Ars Technica reports. The Android version of the app scoops up data including users' calendars, contacts and SMS messages. ...Read the whole story

    • Google Launching 2 New SmartwatchesVenture Beat

      Google has teamed up with LG in a Nexus-style partnership to produce the first devices powered by Android Wear 2.0: the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. The two companies will unveil these smartwatches on February 9 — at an event for the platform’s official launch — and begin selling them in the U.S. the next day, according to marketing material shared with VentureBeat. The rollout will continue to other regions through February and March, with the watches given prominent placement at LG’s booth at Mobile World Congress, which starts on February 27 in Barcelona. ...Read the whole story

    • Real Estate App Adds Augmented Reality, Image RecognitionMobile Marketer

      Online home buying resource is test piloting a pair of new features on its application, Sign Snap and Street Peak, that make real estate data more accessible through image recognition technology. The features are currently in different stages of development: Sign Snap uses image recognition technologies, as well as the smartphone's camera and GPS capabilities to search the entire property database, and is available now. Street Peak, which lets users pan a street and uses augmented reality to surface property details about homes on that street, is slated for release this spring. ...Read the whole story

    • Security Pros Suspicious Of Chinese Selfie AppTechCrunch

      Security experts are expressing concern over Chinese selfie app Meitu, because, as TechCrunch reports, it “requires way more data from users’ phones than is necessary for a simple photo app and contains some allegedly sketchy code.” Of course, “Meitu isn’t the only app that allows users to download it for free in exchange for their data,” TC notes. “But privacy-conscious users might want to think twice about the data they let apps collect.” ...Read the whole story

    • Batteries Were To Blame For Bad Samsung Galaxy Note 7'sWall Street Journal
    What Should Marketers Expect In 2017?

    As 2017 brings a new calendar year and a whole host of resolutions for many, the industry is looking for predictions and trends to sink its teeth into. With many different formats, what should we expect ...More

    • Advertisers Must Change With Times Or Fall Behind

      Content from the recent raft of industry conferences reinforces the notion that any organization or executive that isn't consciously changing is at risk. Will advertising and media companies take the steps necessary to address the new ...More