Google Lyra will enable voice calls for another billion users

Google Lyra will enable voice calls for another billion users

Lyra Logo. Credit: Google Blog During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the immense importance of online communication. Regardless of location and network connectivity, communication technology has come into play more than ever before. In response to the increased need for digital communication, Google released Lyra in February of 2021,...

A Chrome OS bug might reveal user location history

A Chrome OS bug might reveal user location history

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The Committee on Liberatory Information Technology has announced a long-standing Chromebook bug that could reveal user location history. Evidently already on the radar of Google, the platform has a feature allowing anyone with physical access to your device to connect as a guest and view your...

Smart algorithms make packaging of meat products more efficient

Credit: Marel Poultry, High Tech Systems Center In supermarkets you can find a large variety of poultry products, all conveniently packaged in fixed-weight quantities. However, poultry processing plants face numerous challenges due to these fixed-weight batches, growing throughput requirements and small profit margins. To assist the poultry processing plant industry,...

Security researchers announce PHP backdoor

Security researchers announce PHP backdoor

Malicious Zerodium Commit. Credit: GitHub On Saturday, 28 March 2021, security researchers Nikita Popov and Rasmus Lerdorf announced the discovery of two malicious backdoors installed on the php-src repository. The researchers suspect that this mishap had something to do with a compromised git.php.net server rather than a compromised individual git...

A new advanced Android malware posing as system update

A new advanced Android malware posing as system update

AndroidManifest malware. Credit: Zimperium In recent weeks, Zimperium zLabs researchers revealed unsecured cloud configurations exposing user data across thousands of legitimate Android and iOS applications. Now, zLabs is advising Android users about a clever and malicious new Android app. This latest malware takes the form of a System Update application...

Firefox 87 reveals SmartBlock for private browsing

Firefox 87 reveals SmartBlock for private browsing

Firefox 87 SmartBlock. Credit: Mozilla With the release of Firefox 87, Mozilla has introduced a safe browsing feature called SmartBlock. SmartBlock allows users to avoid online tracking tools while browsing the Internet. This way, users can surf the Web without worrying if their information is being scrutinized. Mozilla began its...

Mixed reality gets a machine learning upgrade

Mixed reality gets a machine learning upgrade

Fig. 1 Proposed MR system: Integration of semantic segmentation into MR. Credit: Osaka University Scientists from the Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering at Osaka University employed deep learning artificial intelligence to improve mobile mixed reality generation. They found that occluding objects recognized by the algorithm could be dynamically...

Wi-Fi Aware allows neighboring 8.0 Android phones to connect

Wi-Fi Aware allows neighboring 8.0 Android phones to connect

Wi-Fi Aware activation. Credit: Google Developers Google's new Wi-Fi Aware functionality, also known as Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN), allows devices running on Android 8.0 (API level 26) and higher to detect and directly connect to each other without any secondary connectivity, such as Bluetooth. Wi-Fi Aware connects devices by grouping...

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