Over the last 24 hours there have been some interesting tidbits with rumors about a Walmart game streaming service and the improper storage of passwords by Facebook, but that's only the beginning. Here are the biggest stories for March 22, 201
Apple News: AirPower … Maybe
It was a surprisingly tough week for Apple, with new iPads, new iMacs, and new AirPods all meeting the scene the big announcement of the company on Monday. It was quiet on the Apple front this morning, but there are a few rumors that are worth talking about.
- Apple has acquired the trademark for "AirPower," the company's long-awaited multi-device wireless charging mat. [MacRumors]
- The better news? We could see that it appears "at the end of March" (finally). Long time ago. [Digitimes]
- In a new section not related to AirPower, Apple Music has received a nice update and a new makeover for the Browse area that should help users find new titles. Dig it. [MacRumors]
AirPower was an unusual product for Apple, as it was announced in 2017 with an expected start for 2018. Since then, there's nothing concrete about Apple, which is as unusual and reliable for a business as it is. However, most Apple users have longed for it, and it looks like time is running out. Maybe anyway.
Microsoft and Windows News: The Return (and Decline) of Clippy
It seems that every day there is at least one Microsoft topic that is worth talking about. Today it's Clippy, the long loathed talking (and annoying) paper clip of those days.
- Microsoft brought Clippy as part of an animated sticker pack for his team collaboration and chat app. Then it killed it quickly. The kid just can not get a break. [The Verge]
It turned out that the "brand police" were not satisfied after Clippy's return. I think Clippy is still so open even in something as simple and otherwise harmless as a sticker pack, that no one ever wants to see his stupid little face again. Poor Clippy.
Google and Android News: Hidden video ads and dead batteries
Ah, Google. Even if it looks like there's nothing going on in the tech world (even if there's always something going on), we can all rely on the news from Google and Android to look at it and think about it.
- There's a new scam that advertisers can use Hidden video ads in the background, making you less money while destroying your phone's battery. What a time to live. [The Verge]
- Android Auto recently received a widescreen head unit update that allows two apps to be displayed simultaneously in split-screen format. This is such a killer update. I'm jealous of anyone who gets it, not me. [9to5Google]
- Google includes IFTTT support in Gmail as part of a program to increase privacy and security. This is undoubtedly a hit for anyone who relies on IFTTT for e-mail automation. The support will be discontinued on March 31st. [9to5Google]
- There was an update to Samsung's "Notification" app that apparently disturbed some people. It turns out that it is okay. How well. [Android Police]
- Samsung's new Galaxy A90, which should be announced on April 10, should have an "infinite screen". So … where should the front camera be? [The Verge]
- eBay added support for Google Pay for Android and the Web. I think that's cool. [9to5Google]
Most disturbing here is the whole trash of "video ads in the background". Apparently, though, this is not a flaw for the developers of affected apps – it's an ad agency that does dodgy ad agency. According to Buzzfeed, the source of this garbage was attributed to OutStream Media. At that point, any developer using OutStream for Ad Services should probably find a new ad provider, because it's pure garbage. If you have this problem, let the developer know what's going on, and find that he probably does not know.
Summary of the test: Nintendo Labo VR
The Nintendo Labo VR headset has hands The treatment was from a handful of different locations, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
- Tom's Guide said the Labo VR is "just what virtual reality needs," which is a pretty strong recommendation. [Tom’s Guide]
- PC Mag called it "more Google Cardboard than Virtual Boy," which makes sense anyway. [PC Mag]
- The Verge went all out with his Labo VR test. Seriously, it's exhausting. [The Verge]
- Engadget said it was "the perfect gateway to the VR". That makes sense to me. [Engadget]
- The shot of Gizmodo was funny and carefree (as is often the case with Giz), but still offers all the information you need. It is a good read. [Gizmodo]
Real speech: The idea of holding a switch for a long time for VR games was ridiculous to me at first, but as it turns out, Nintendo is actually something here. It's of course comparable to Google Cardboard, but it's much more than that with all the crazy accessories and additions. What Nintendo does with Labo stuff is so cool .
Everything Else: Walmart's Game Streaming Service and Terrible Facebook Password Retention Practices
In general, I find the category "everything else" as one of the categories the more subtle sections in this daily newsfeed. Today, however, it probably contains the biggest news in the last 24 hours.
- Facebook has stored millions of passwords in plain text so that "up to 20,000" employees can see your password. If you use your Facebook password elsewhere, you should probably change it. [The Verge]
- The next big thing in gaming is coming from Walmart? Obviously, the store, which everyone hates, but still goes, is considering its own game streaming service. Great. [The Verge]
- The Steam library gets a makeover that sucked so much less than it does now. It should give a much better overview of what your installations are doing. I like & # 39; s. [Engadget]
- Apparently the people of India really love PUBG. In fact, the developer has tested a 6 hour limit per day . Impressive. [The Next Web]
- Thousands of Medtronic defibrillators may have a vulnerability that leaves them open to hacks. This is a life-saving device that is in a person's body, and someone else could literally take control of it. If that is not scary, I do not know what is. [Gizmodo]
So let's talk about this Facebook thing for a minute. First of all, storing passwords for a company as big as Facebook is in bad shape and should have known better. Period. Second, if you reuse your Facebook password elsewhere on the Internet, you should stop doing it. In fact, it's not time to stop reusing passwords everywhere. Please get a good password manager. Third, you should probably activate 2FA on Facebook. You know, just in case.
But I also want to address the Walmart gaming thing. The biggest question I can think of is: why? At first glance, the answer is clear – because money is why. But who wants to give Walmart money so he can stream games? It just seems like a weird service for the company. It has made a name for itself as a shop where you can buy all the crap you need (or do not need), all at a price that other places can not offer. I do not see how a transition to a game streaming service makes sense there. I do not mind buying my copy of Days Gone from Walmart when it's launched, but I'm not in the least interested in giving them a monthly amount of money for anything else. I'm waiting for Stadia or nothing, thanks.