The Globe and Mail: Free app turns your phone into a 3D scanner. This is a video that’s a little under two minutes long, and it is video-only. I dislike linking to videos without transcripts, but the technology in the video and the fact that the app is free (unless you want to print a scanned item) made me break my own informal rule.
PR Newswire: Take Control of Your Exposure to Common and Serious Illnesses (PRESS RELEASE). “Imagine a website and custom mobile health app that would allow you to see what common and potentially serious illnesses are going around where you are and where you’re going, using the latest reliable diagnostic data from almost one million doctors’ offices nationwide. Not only can you see the severity of 15 common illnesses right down to your GPS zip code or any zip code you choose, but you can break it down by 7 individual age groups, from infants and toddlers, to teenagers, college students and adult demographics.”
TechCrunch: Google is launching a new digital store to sell cloud-based software. “Google is launching a digital store that will offer cloud-based software to companies and other organizations. Bloomberg, which reported the news a bit earlier, notes the move is just the juggernaut’s latest effort to ensure that cloud leaders, and specifically Amazon Web Services, don’t leave the company in the dust.”
Mashable: Siri can now read you the news on your iPhone . “Siri just gained an important new ability: reading the news. Apple’s latest iOS update, rolling out now to iPhone and iPads, adds support for Siri’s new news-reading powers. “
Wired: Tinder’s Lack Of Encryption Lets Strangers Spy On Your Swipes. “IN 2018, YOU’D be forgiven for assuming that any sensitive app encrypts its connection from your phone to the cloud, so that the stranger two tables away at the coffee shop can’t pull your secrets off the local Wi-Fi. That goes double for apps as personal as online dating services. But if you assumed that basic privacy protection for the world’s most popular dating app, you’d be mistaken: As one application security company has found, Tinder’s mobile apps still lack the standard encryption necessary to keep your photos, swipes, and matches hidden from snoops.”
Wired: An App That Encrypts Your Photos From Camera To Cloud. “PHOTOS PRESENT A practical privacy dilemma: Keep them stored on your phone, and they’ll hog your storage and risk being lost forever the next time your phone falls into a toilet. Stash them in the cloud, and they’re in the hands of Google, Apple, or anyone who can compel those companies to hand over your most intimate pictures. A forthcoming app called Pixek wants to offer a better option.”
Wired: Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Ditch Google’s App Store. “Yale Privacy Lab is now collaborating with Exodus Privacy to detect and expose trackers with the help of the F-Droid app store. F-Droid is the best substitute for Google Play, because it only offers FOSS apps without tracking, has a strict auditing process, and may be installed on most Android devices without any hassles or restrictions. Of course, it can be used alongside Google Play, as well. It’s true that Google does screen apps submitted to the Play store to filter out malware, but the process is still mostly automated and very quick— too quick to detect Android malware before it’s published, as we’ve seen.”