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The ability to hook into a range of other applications has become a key facet of team collaboration platforms, as vendors seek to become the hub of workplace productivity.With that in mind, collaborative work management platform, Trello has been rapidly growing the number of apps that integrate with its software since its $425 million acquisition by Atlassian last year.There are now 82 Power-Ups available to customers, including integrations with Google, Dropbox and Github; that’s up from 33 prior to the acquisition.As the number of partner apps has grown, however, users are finding it more difficult to discover the integrations they need.Previously, all apps were grouped in a single list that was sorted alphabetically, with little in the way of preview information, the company said.While that organization worked when there were only a handful of Power-Ups, it hasn’t scaled with Trello’s recent growth.
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As Facebook faces a growing wave of criticism across a wide range of issues, the person in charge of crafting the company’s communications strategy wants you to know that executives understand they’ve messed up.“This last year, it would be an understatement to say, has been a great challenge for those of us at Facebook,” said Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications at Facebook.“Candidly, we have not done as good a job as we need to do because there is clearly an environment today of skepticism, anxiety, and concern over how we operate.”Schrage made his remarks this weekend at DLD, a technology conference in Munich, Germany.While Facebook has faced a mounting backlash in the U.S. over fake news and hate speech, the outcry is even more acute in Europe.Over the past year, Facebook has encountered growing skepticism and tough questions from regulators across Europe who worry that the social network has become too powerful.
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When we wrote about Singapore startup Lucep two years ago, we focused on its website widget for pop-ups asking visitors if they want a callback.Sales leads from the callback invites go to a “click-to-call” app on the mobile phones of salespeople.The answer came serendipitously from another Lucep product designed to solve the problem of queues.“We’re calling it Lucep Omni,” says Zal Dastur, Lucep’s COO and co-founder.So, it’s really built for banks and medical clinics.”Whether people want to connect with a business in person or via digital means – mobile app, SMS, website, or telephony – Lucep’s Omni helps to funnel connections to one channel and direct them to suitable entities like a branch, call center, relationship manager, or customer support team.
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Shmoocon Among the 400,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery – a solemn US military graveyard in Virginia – lies the final resting place of cryptography pioneers William and Elizebeth Friedman.And hidden in code on their tombstone is a touching tribute from a wife to her husband.Among many cryptological feats, the couple trained America’s first cadre of code-breakers after developing an interest in cryptography while examining the so-called Baconian cipher – developed by the British Elizabethan cryptographer Sir Francis Bacon.William invented the term cryptanalysis, and pretty much broke the key Japanese World War II cipher Purple – so named because transcripts were kept in purple folders.His wife designed his gravestone, consisting of a pair of crossed flags – the symbol of William’s military signals unit – and one of his favorite phrases, “Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis.The same phrase appeared in code in the graduation photograph of the 1918 code-breakers class the Friedmans taught, in which some of the students faced sideways and others look straight at the camera.
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Dhruv Boruah collects plastic along London's canals.He uses a bamboo bike attached to two floats, with a propeller powered by the rear wheel.Dhruv used to be a management consultant.We joined him for a ride from Paddington to Camden.Business Insider joined him for a ride from Paddington basin to Camden Market and spoke to him about why he does it."It’s about raising awareness about plastic pollution and how much plastic has penetrated in our society and in our culture.," he said.
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This morning the crypto market crashed, and masses of traders sold their Bitcoin for USDT.Did it happen because of South Korea?For traders, the reasons don’t really matter so much as the exact timing for the market’s turnaround – incidentally, that just so happens to be right around the time this article is set to be published.If your uncle dropped his Bitcoin in the last hour, he’s about to be crying.The uncle you explained Bitcoin to this past Thanksgiving might’ve called you up earlier today.The conversation might’ve centered on the fact that the price of Bitcoin VS USD just tanked back to prices not seen since December.
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Male models and assistants have accused photographer Mario Testino, one of the world's top fashion photographers, of sexual misconduct.Testino has worked with huge names like Kate Moss, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.Brands including Burberry and Michael Kors have also suspended Testino.Condé Nast, the publisher that owns titles including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ, said it would be suspending Testino, as well as Bruce Weber, another photographer against whom allegations were made.Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged."I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future."
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It is 2018 and Digital Trends is getting ready to cover all the hits and misses at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).We couldn’t get ready for CES 2018 without doing another giveaway for our amazing readers.With four available prizes, this could be your chance to get lucky and win some of our favorite tech.Enter below and you could win a DJI Spark drone, an Apple Watch, a Nintendo Switch, or a Google Home Mini.Looking for a pair of DJ-worthy headphones?Check out our other special CES giveaway.
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Asus is bringing its new ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone line to North America, where it joins the ZenFone Max line known for its high-capacity batteries.The Plus has a 5.7-inch display with an ultra-wide 18:9 display ratio, but curiously doesn’t have as much battery power as the Max, which comes in a 5.5-inch screen size; the Plus has a 4130mAh battery that gives up to 26 days standby, while the Max’s 5000mAh battery boasts that it can hold a charge for 38 days.Either way, they’re basically both huge powerbanks that can be used to charge other devices.In terms of cameras, it’s got a 16MP front camera with an F2.0 aperture for selfies, and a 16MP, 120 degree wide-view dual rear cameras to fit more scenery.It’s an upgrade over the Max, which had an 8MP front camera and a 13 MP rear camera.Most notably, it’s the first Asus phone to get Face Unlock technology, which after the launch of the iPhone X, is increasingly becoming a widely advertised feature for Android phones like the OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Alarm.com's newest thermostat wants to read your smart home's mind.The home security provider unveiled its a new, smarter thermostat with safeguards to detect home maintenance issues at the first sign of trouble.The thermostat monitors systems to notify you of indicators like excessive HVAC runtimes.Sold as part of Alarm.com's professionally installed smart home package of products, it uses the cloud along with sensors placed throughout the home to become the center for early alerts.Remote temperature sensors placed in rooms like attics or basements communicate with the thermostat for low-temperature alerts to prevent frozen pipes, while humidity and temperature balancing focus on comfort and mold prevention.The thermostat, available in May, includes a motion-sensing OLED display to view current mode, temperature and humidity.
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The FoldiMate was first introduced at last year’s CES to a surprising amount of interest, racking up 8,000 pre-order reservations according to the company’s blog.I say “surprising” because it was a laundry-folding machine that was expected to cost around $850 and took up about as much space as an actual washer.Now the company has just opened up pre-orders for its latest version, which will be available at the end of 2019 through a partnership with European home appliances group BSH.The new model aims for a target price of $980 and features a sleeker redesign, though it’s still just as huge.FoldiMate can fold shirts, buttoned-up blouses, and pants from children’s clothes to adult size XXL.The new model can now fold towels and pillowcases, though socks and undergarments are still strictly off the menu.
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HP Inc has issued a "worldwide voluntary safety recall" of its laptop models due to potentially fiery batteries, with over 50,000 affected machines in the US and Canada alone.The announcement applies to batteries in 15 models of laptop sold globally between December 2015 and December 2017, as well as any replacements or spares bought from HP or their authorised suppliers.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's page on the recall noted eight reports of "overheating, melting or charring", three involving a total of $4,500 property damage, and one of a first-degree burn to a user's hand.Most of the offending batteries are internal, and can't be replaced by users, so HP decided to provide free battery replacements by their authorised technicians.The company has also released a BIOS update with a "battery safety mode", which will make the laptop discharge the battery and only function when plugged in until the mode is disabled.HP "strongly recommends" that users with affected laptops download and activate the safety mode.
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Google just gave chipmakers some much needed good news.In a post on the company’s Online Security Blog, two Google engineers described a novel chip-level patch that has been deployed across the company’s entire infrastructure, resulting in only minor declines in performance in most cases.The company has also posted details of the new technique, called ReptOnline, in the hopes that other companies will be able to follow the same technique.If the claims hold, it would mean Intel and others have avoided the catastrophic slowdowns that many had predicted.“There has been speculation that the deployment of KPTI causes significant performance slowdowns,” the post reads, referring to the company’s “Kernel Page Table Isolation” technique.“Performance can vary, as the impact of the KPTI mitigations depends on the rate of system calls made by an application.
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Intel says it and its partners have “made significant progress” in rolling out security patches and firmware updates to protect against two major CPU bugs.The flaws were disclosed by Google’s Project Zero team this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers.Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years, and could allow attackers to use JavaScript code running in a browser to access memory in the attacker’s process.That memory content could contain key strokes, passwords, and other valuable information.Intel says it has developed and is issuing updates for all types of Intel-based machines that will “render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’) reported by Google Project Zero.“Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years,” says an Intel spokesperson.
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Bolt Threads, the startup making spider silk from microbugs, has raised a giant $123 million Series D round of funding.As we reported in November, an SEC filing showed the company had raised $106 million from Foundation Capital and Formation 8.Bolt now tells TechCrunch it has added to that amount, bringing up its total to $147 million raised so far.The funding was led by Baillie Gifford, with additional participation from the aforementioned Foundation Capital and Formation 8 as well as Fidelity Management, Research Company and Temasek.Allen & Company LLC both advised on the transaction and participated in the round.Bolt Threads has made great strides since it launched in 2009 with an ambitious endeavor to make spider silk, a material stronger than teflon but softer than a cloud, and more abundant.
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The deputy leader of far-right German political party AfD, Beatrix von Storch.Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesFacebook, Twitter, and Google will have to delete racist and other hateful posts a lot faster in Germany after a new law came into force on January 1.The companies will have as little as 24 hours to judge whether a post is hateful, and then delete it.They faces fines of up to €50 million if they don't comply.Critics say social media companies are likely to delete content which doesn't qualify as hate speech under the new law, negatively impacting press freedom.Beatrix von Storch is the deputy leader of far-right party AfD and is under investigation by the police for recent inflammatory Facebook and Twitter posts describing Muslims as "barbarians."
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Cisco director Adetunji Akintokun features on the list.Google Plus/Adetunji AkintokunEvery year, the Queen's New Year's Honours list awards people in the UK who have made important contributions to society, including everything from charity, to journalism, and technology.This year, the New Year's Honours list includes 16 people from the world of tech.Read on to see the list:Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.Demis Hassabis is the CEO and one of three cofounders of Google DeepMind, the London-headquartered artificial intelligence company that Google acquired in 2014 for a reported £400 million.
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Search engine giant quietly retires its Android-based tablet Pixel C, in favour of ChromebooksGoogle has stopped selling its Android-based business tablet device – the Pixel C, but said that it remains committed to ongoing support for the machine.Google’s decision to retire the device was first noted by Android Police, after it found that the Pixel C listing had disappeared from the Google Store, and the listing page redirected to the Pixelbook.It means that Google no longer sells Android-based tablets, and instead is putting its faith in ChromeOS.The Pixel C had been launched in September 2015, and was designed to be Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad Pro-beater.The 10.2 inch device can be twinned with a magnetic full-size keyboard for maximum portability, and initially ran Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and not ChromeOS.
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Password managers are supposedly the cure for the seemingly innate human tendency to use weak passwords.A special class of password managers take it a step further by using two-factor or two-step authentication or 2FA.That is the rather odd situation that users of LastPass Authenticator on Android now find themselves in after it was revealed that it is almost trivial to get into the app and access the 2FA codes need, in turn, to get access to accounts and private data.To be clear, it isn’t the main LastPass password manager that’s being deemed woefully insecure here.That one uses different security measures in order to make sure no one but you has access to your passwords.Like any Authenticator, the app works in lieu of sending an SMS to give the user a code to sign into an account.
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“I’ve said before that I will never play with AI, but now I take it back.” With this words, the best Go player among humankind Ke Jie announced its rematch with AI in April.His last match against a computer program was played against Google’s Alpha Go at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen in May.Here, Ke Jie suffered a defeat that rocked both the Go and the tech community and heralded the rise of artificial intelligence.After losing all three games from AlphaGo in Wuzhen, the player promised never to play against AI again.But now it seems that Ke Jie has had a change of heart.“It’s still enjoyable to challenge a higher opponent as a Go player—Go is a process of constantly challenging yourself,” Ke said according to media (in Chinese).
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