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Tech News Roundup 05/07/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 7th, 2018

Microsoft announces Your Phone app for Windows 10 and Timeline coming to iPhone

Having given up on Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone, Microsoft has turned its attention to how best to embrace Android and iOS. At its Build 2018 developers conference today, we got an update on the company’s strategy: A new Your Phone app is hitting preview for Windows 10, Windows Timeline is co…

Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature

Soundtracks are the new Stories frontier Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app. “Music stickers” could let you search for and add a song to your posts, thanks to licensing deals with the major record labels recently struck by Facebook.

Google Teams Up With JBL for Android TV-Powered Smart Sound Bar

Google’s next Android TV device is a sound bar: The company has teamed up with speaker maker JBL for the JBL Link Bar, a sound bar with integrated Google Assistant and far-field voice control that doubles as a full-fledged Android TV streaming device, it announced Monday morning.

Fitbit adds menstrual cycle tracking to its smartwatch app

Fitbit announced its new female health tracking feature alongside the Versa at an event back in March. The offering is finally starting to roll out on the company’s iOS and Windows apps, letting users track their menstrual cycle in the space they track their activity and sleep patterns.

Kaptivo looks to digitally transform the lowly whiteboard

At Kaptivo, a company that’s bringing high-tech image recognition, motion capture and natural language processing technologies to the lowly whiteboard, executives are hoping that the second time is the charm. The Cambridge, UK and San Mateo, Calif.-based company began life as a company called Light Blue Optics, and had raised $50 million in financing since its launch in 2004.

Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X tipped for an early 2019 reveal

We’ve been hearing rumors about a foldable Samsung phone called the Galaxy X for a long, long time now, and the most recent leaks from insider sources suggest Samsung is aiming for an early 2019 release – right in the middle of the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, in fact.

Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash

The fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March occurred because of a software bug in Uber’s self-driving car technology, The Information’s Amir Efrati reported on Monday. According to two anonymous sources who talked to Efrati, Uber’s sensors did, in fact, detect Herzberg as she crossed the street with her bicycle.

Facebook’s new ‘high-quality’ News Feed looks a lot like its old, low-quality News Feed

The new News Feed is here, but you’d be forgiven for not having noticed. To hear Mark Zuckerberg tell it, the last several months have brought significant changes to the way Facebook ranks content on its News Feed.

Twitter has an unlaunched “Secret” encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better a home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp.

Gmail for iOS now lets you pay friends (finally!) and snooze emails

Android users have been able to send and request money for over a year.

This device warns you if your smart home has been hacked

People increasingly are substituting ordinary household tools with Internet-connected alternatives. Where once you’d find an ordinary thermostat, you might now encounter the futuristic-looking Nest. Instead of an ordinary CCTV camera that records to tape, you might have one that allows you to monitor your household from your phone.

Microsoft will let you pay bills from inside Outlook

Microsoft said its payment service would be integrated with Outlook in a bid to better integrate bill pay and invoices into emails. It was one of the modifications to Outlook that the company said would allow developers to better engage with users.

Google I/O kicks off tomorrow — here’s what to expect

Google has been rolling out news at a steady rate since last week, in what feels like a bit of a last-minute clearinghouse ahead of tomorrow. The company’s already taken the wraps off of news about Android TV, Google Home, Wear OS Assistant, you name it.

You can now set Amazon’s Alexa as your default voice assistant on Android

Amazon’s Alexa can now be set as your own default personal assistant on Android phones and accessed through holding down the home button, as a user on Reddit pointed out. Previously, you could only have Google Assistant or Microsoft’s Cortana as a default voice assistant on Android devices.

Report: Uber’s Self-Driving Car Sensors Ignored Cyclist In Fatal Accident

In March, a woman crossing the street on a bicycle in Tempe, Arizona was struck by an Uber that was testing its autonomous driving mode. The victim later died from her injuries. Since then, Uber has been studying what went wrong and it has reportedly concluded that the hardware was working properly, but the software’s sensitivity wasn’t set correctly.

Snap’s CFO is out and a veteran Amazon exec is taking his place

Snap Chief Financial Officer Drew Vollero is going to be leaving his post at the Snapchat parent company next week and will be replaced by Amazon VP of finance Tim Stone, according to financial documents filed with the SEC today. Vollero was the company’s first CFO and has presided over Snap finances since joining less than three years ago.

GoDaddy has shut down Richard Spencer’s white supremacist site

Domain registrar GoDaddy has stopped providing domain-registration service to altright.com, knocking the hate site offline. The site was the brainchild of Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who coined the term “alt right” to describe white nationalist beliefs. GoDaddy made the decision last Thursday, days after the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights sent GoDaddy a letter asking for the site to be shut down.

Outlook just got a little better

Microsoft has been busy of late, what with the Build conference and a bunch of recent Windows updates. Hopefully by now you’ve learned the 5 ways Edge is better and all the new ways to protect your privacy in Windows 10.

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