Microsoft added its own digital health feature to its Android launcher app, just when Google added a similar feature to its Android Pie. Microsoft�s launcher will let any Android users have the ability to track how long apps are being used for. You can track screen time, app usage, and the number of times you�ve unlocked your phone. This app is supported on Android 4.2 and above, which opens a digital health feature access to all Android users.
The latest update of Microsoft Launcher 5.1 also includes To-Do and Sticky Notes integration, which will help you to synchronize your tasks and notes from these apps. Microsoft is also adding in �Hey Cortana� support to launch the digital assistant from this Android launcher.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has been reportedly updating its Android launcher consistently, helping the software giant embrace Android as the mobile version of Windows. Earlier this year, Microsoft added family-focused features and support for the Windows 10 Timeline feature that allows you to resume apps and sites across all devices. Microsoft Launcher 5.1 is available as a beta version from the Google Play Store and should be out to all users in a few weeks.
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Amazon mistakenly streamed an unreleased episode of Doctor Who. All Amazon users who opened the stream Doctor Who
�s latest episode, �Kerblam!� spending more time watching the episode before taking out. Instead of releasing the right episode, Amazon Prime Video evidently skipped ahead and show �The Witchfinders,� which was set to air this coming Sunday.
This mistake was spotted by io9
, who also confirm that the closed captions for �Kerblam!� was mistakenly aired as part of �The Witchfinders�. This is surely a shocking mistake for anyone trying to make sense of why conveyor belts have anything to do with the 17th century.
According to a statement from io9
, BBC Studios said it was aware of the error for US Amazon Prime users. io9
said, �We are investigating how this happened and have taken the steps to remove it.� �BBC Studios would like to apologize if anyone�s enjoyment of the series has been spoiled by this mishap,� the company explained further.
Sarcastically, �Kerblam!� is about a not so subtle imitation of Amazon. The company has since corrected the mistake, so everybody can now return to their regularly scheduled work.
Google has just made a new update to its Find My Device app
in other to display indoor maps to show you where you might have dropped your phone inside a large building. It’s the outcome of a long time of recording the formats of complex spaces like retail chains, shopping centers, and air terminals.
With this new feature, when you lose your phone, you don�t just see that it�s somewhere in the building, you will be able to have a clearer idea of the exact location in the building. Apart from adding large buildings, the new update to the Find My Device app also comes with support for work profiles.
However, Google does not list out a specific building the new feature is made for, so you will have to try your luck. Since GPS is always a little bit off, this might help narrow things down a fair bit. But your phone may still not be where you think it is. In a scenario where your phone was dropped under the seat at the movie theater, you might start running after someone else thinking it was stolen from you. There is a limit to what Find My Device app can do to help with that.
The update is really great since some people will find it more useful and it might not work for some. Though it might not be up to our expectation, but I think Google is taking a step closer to improve users experience with the app.
French President Emmanuel Macron earlier yesterday announced that regulators from France will now be allowed to study Facebook and its attempts to moderate hate speech on its platform, which will give French officials legitimate access into how the company deals with offensive content.
French regulators will have access in 2019 to Facebook�s content policies and how Facebook removes posts that may discriminate against or focus on a majority set of people or others based on gender, or religion.t
According to a statement from Facebook�s vice president for global affairs and communications Nick Clegg yesterday, �It is in that context significant and welcome that the French government and Facebook are going to announce a new initiative.� �That model of co-regulation of the public tech sector is absolutely key.�
Facebook has made many new hires in 2017 to impose moderation rules more consistent with the existing internal rules that disallow hateful speech on their platforms. With Facebook�s investment in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, it will help the company to remove offensive content before publishing it. These are processes that the French regulators would be looking into.
This will be the second attempt for the French president Macron in regulating online speech. He makes his first attempt earlier this year when he announced that he would introduce a draft law that would ban fake news online. If this law is passed, it will allow France�s political parties to bring up complaints online, and gives the judges the ability to call for the posts to be taken down. Other European countries have also make a similar draft law. Germany launched its own law earlier this year to tackle disinformation.
However, The United States is having a more difficult time in implementing the regulation over content moderation than its European counterparts. Their First Amendment generally protests hate speech. Lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have been outspoken about platforms taking down what he would call conservation leaning content, and claiming that the platforms are biased against Republican speech.