Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Ring To Make Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory

Ring 2017 March Shoot

Ring has recently come under fire when some of its practices, which involved collecting data and sending it to third-party companies, were discovered. The company later came forward where they stated that in a future update, they plan on beefing up its privacy and security and also giving users an option to opt out of data collection.

The good news is that if you're a Ring customer and you are hoping for greater security, Ring has announced some changes in which they are making two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory to be used with Ring accounts. The company notes that 2FA has always been offered to customers, but before it was an optional feature. Now it is required.

According to Ring, "While we already offered two-factor authentication to customers, starting today we're making a second layer of verification mandatory for all users when they log into their Ring accounts. This added authentication helps prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your Ring account, even if they have your username and password."

The company has also made good on its previous promise to allow users to opt out of sharing data. This comes in the form of new tools in the app where users will have greater control over who has access to their data, as well as the ability to opt out of personalized advertising.

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Indian Politician Uses AI To Translate His Speech Into Other Languages

One of the problems with AI these days is that it can be used to create deepfakes. Unlike regular photoshopping or video editing, deepfakes are harder to detect and can come across more realistic, thus making it dangerous (although in some cases, highly entertaining).

However, over in India, Manoj Tiwari has decided to use the technology for "good" (we suppose this depends on your politics, but that's a different story for another day). By using AI, Tiwari has managed to take his speech and translate it into a variety of different languages so as to appeal to a wider audience and voters.

According to Sagar Vishnoi of The Ideaz Factory, who worked with Tiwari's political party, "We used a 'lip-sync' deepfake algorithm and trained it with speeches of Manoj Tiwari to translate audio sounds into basic mouth shapes." The end result is surprisingly realistic where you would probably assume that Tiwari is quite the linguistics expert.

Like we said, deepfake videos have been used in the past to sow chaos and rumors and typically have a bad reputation associated with them. However, as we can see in this case, it can be used for more legitimate purposes. Putting aside the politics, we imagine that in the future, it could be used to create more believable dubs in movies, which until today are still pretty terrible.

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This Japanese Smartphone Will Prevent You From Taking Naked Selfies

In this day and age where everyone has a smartphone with a camera, it's not surprising that many have taken the opportunity to snap a naughty selfie every now and then. However, over in Japan, Tone Mobile has launched a new smartphone in the form of the Tone e20 that apparently will stop users from snapping naked photos of themselves.

So how does this work? Basically the phone will come with detection software that has the ability to detect what it determines to be "inappropriate photos". If it detects that, it will prevent the photo from being taken and any image data captured will then be discarded without being saved.

While it might seem a bit strange that a company would prevent users from doing what they want with their product, this feature was designed to be a safety feature. Tone Mobile's devices are geared towards those who want a simple phone and are on a budget, which might be those who are still young and still in school.

By preventing users from snapping naked selfies, it could prevent these teens from being tricked by online scammers and predators who might threaten them into sending compromising photos of themselves. That being said, the feature can be disabled by adult users if they want.

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Apple’s AirTags Reportedly Planned For A Summer 2020 Launch

According to the rumors and sightings in iOS betas, Apple could be readying a new accessory called the AirTags. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it seems that the accessory is being planned for a 2020 launch, which would coincide with Apple's annual WWDC event where presumably that is where the device could be announced.

Kuo's latest note to investors pretty much echoes what he had previously said, where in a report from last month, he had predicted that the AirTags would be one of the new products that Apple has planned for the year. In case you're hearing about the AirTags for the first time, these are said to be an accessory similar to Tile.

Tile has created Bluetooth trackers that can be attached to all manner of things so that when it is out of range, it will alert the user to it. It can also be used to help locate missing items. However, one of the main differences between Tile's trackers and Apple's rumored AirTags is that Apple's AirTags could rely on ultra-wideband technology.

This is said to be more accurate and precise compared to regular Bluetooth, but we'll have to wait and see if that rumor pans out. Until we can, it's probably best to take this with a grain of salt for now.

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