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Facebook poaches Google chip guru to bolster custom silicon development

Facebook poaches Google chip guru to bolster custom silicon development

Applications, Social Media
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has reportedly hired one of Google's lead chip developers in a bid to bolster its own custom silicon development. That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that Facebook has snapped up Google's head of silicon and vice president Shahriar Rabii in a move that would indicate Mark Zuckerberg and pals are properly keen on making their own chips. Bringing Rabii onboard means Facebook will be able to tap into his experience in making processors, notably Google's first custom-designed imaging chip, the Visual Core; the chip can be found at the heart of the Pixel 2's camera. At Facebook, Rabii will work under Andrew Bosworth, the social network's head of virtual and augmented reality, according to people with information on the situation.
Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Applications, Security
A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance. Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, without the user's knowledge. "Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent," said Elleen Pan, one of the computer science academics at Northeastern University behind the study. The team found 21...--telegraph
Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Applications, Security
Google has been accused of allowing third-party app developers access to users private messages in Gmail. While the report says that it is primarily done to offer a better experience to users and makes several new features available to users, the app developers can view sensitive and private details including the recipient’s e-mail id, timestamps, the entire body of the mails for millions of Gmail users. According to The Verge, the third-party Gmail apps require user consent to access and read the emails, however, allowing them doesn’t guarantee that emails would only be seen by machines and not the human developers at these companies. Some companies do allow human developers to skim through your emails, of which Google is one of them. But Google said it only accesses emails in very spe
This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

Applications, Gizmos, Security
We here at The Verge have tried to warn everyone about smart locks, particularly smart locks that rely on fingerprints for authentication. The TappLock is one such lock that was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is now available to buy. And unsurprisingly, it’s incredibly easy to physically and virtually hack. YouTuber JerryRigEverything proved that he could pull the lock apart using just a sticky GoPro mount, while cybersecurity company PenTest Partners found that the actual code and digital authentication methods for the lock were basically nonexistent. All someone would need to unlock the lock is its Bluetooth Low Energy MAC address, which the lock itself broadcasts. Essentially, the lock doesn’t encrypt any of its data, leaving anyone who’s looking for it all the information they’d need

How To Check Your Vote Registration On Voters Roll Online

Applications, News, Security, What's Hot
You can now check online if you are registered to vote in the upcoming general elections.  Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has recruited the services of technology so that prospective voters can save time by going to designated locations to check if they are registered. How do I check If I’m registered? You simply need to follow this link or just type the address: http://bvrinspection.zec.org.zw:4328/zecvr2/ When the page opens, you put your surname first  And then you put your National ID or the serial number you were given when you registered for the BVR (Biometric Voter Registration) Then hit enter, and you see for yourself if you are registered The following info should display If any of the information displayed is incorrect
Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Applications, Media, News, Start Ups, What's Hot
Zimpost has decided to dip its toes in the eCommerce market as they have launched Zimpost Mall which they hope will become an online provider of all you need as it will be filled with different goods at some point. The postal and couriers service company now has a new online platform that provides courier services and they are calling this the Virtual Post Office. This offers a number of services you would normally have to visit the post office for. Zimpost Mall The online store is quite interesting and though it is still a work in progress it seems there will be loads of stuff to get there. Right now there are only a few sections that are stocked. There is a stationery section and this contains –you guessed it- stationery, textbooks -for Primary, Second
ZTA Aims To Boost Tourism With An Online Platform To Register Houses And Lodges For Accomodation

ZTA Aims To Boost Tourism With An Online Platform To Register Houses And Lodges For Accomodation

Applications
The tourism and hospitality sector will find a new impetus to increase tourism by harnessing the internet to provide relatively cheap and convenient accommodation for tourists. This comes in the background that, the Tourism and Hospitality Ministry is creating an online platform to register houses and lodges to boost tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Industry seems like its taking its cue from The Rainbow Tourism Group’s (RTG) initiative which saw it registering houses and hotels on its RTG gateway App. RTG reportedly raked in 10% of the $1.5million revenue through its online platform. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Prisca Mupfumira said registration is already in progress, having started two months ago and the platform will be operational by July this year. We are in t
Google calls out Microsoft regarding a flaw in Windows 10 S code

Google calls out Microsoft regarding a flaw in Windows 10 S code

Applications
Google’s Project Zero team of bug hunters has found a flaw in Windows 10 S, publicly disclosing the issue despite Microsoft wishing to keep it under wraps until it fixed it. Project Zero looks for exploits in software, either made by Google, or from other companies, and if one is found the team usually alerts the developers of the software in private, giving them 90 days before going public. Not only is the finding of the flaw embarrassing enough for Microsoft, but apparently it primarily affects Windows 10 S, a version of the operating system that is designed to be more locked down and secure than other versions by only allowing apps from the Microsoft Store to be installed. According to Project Zero, the flaw targets users with user mode code integrity (UMCI) and Devic
[Press Release] Golix Expands To South Africa

[Press Release] Golix Expands To South Africa

Applications
Zimbabwe’s popular cryptocurrency exchange, Golix is crossing borders and will begin operations in South Africa in the near future. The move is part of their aim to grow in the continent and here is the statement Golix released to the press announcing the development: Golix expands to South Africa Zimbabwe’s leading cryptocurrencies exchange, Golix, has coordinated a partnership withBlockstarters, South Africa’s crypto/blockchain hub and incubator, in a move that will see the exchange tapping into a new highly economic active market. The strategic move, is part of Golix’s initiatives to expand its services to the rest of the continent. The crypto/blockchain hub and incubator cushions startup firms, against challenges that may stifle them to realise their full potential by provi
Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

Applications, Social Media
Where have we seen this before? Snapchat Snapchat is all set to introduce group video calling and story mentions, a feature it tested last month, parent company Snap announced Tuesday. Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. To mention them in a Snapchat story, just type out their username starting with the "@..." and they'll be notified. If those features seem familiar, you only need look to Snapchat's biggest rival to work out where you've seen them before. Facebook introduced group video calling on Messenger back in 2016, and you've long been able to tag other users in stories on Facebook-owned Instagram. Following Snapchat's stratospheric growth in popularity and a reported unsuccessful buy
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