Hackers will soon be able to stress-test the Facebook Portal at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, following the introduction of the social media giant’s debut hardware device last year.
You would, of course, be completely forgiven for not recognizing Oppo’s name here in the States. In its native China, however, the company is a powerhouse, regularly capturing around 20% of the world’s largest smartphone market and handily beating out more familiar names (here, at least) like Apple and Samsung.
ZTE’s U.S. government dealings have never been as high-profile as fellow Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, but it has had its fair share of scuffles. Last summer, the company got smacked with a $1 billion fine over sanction violations. All in all, 2018 was not a great year for ZTE here in the States.
Following the departure of Instagram’s founders, Facebook is working to more closely integrate the photo-sharing app with its flagship social network. It’s already added its brand name next to Instagram’s, and is working to make both platforms’ messaging products interoperable. Now, Facebook is prototyping a means of syndicating Instagram’s IGTV video to Facebook’s video site, Facebook Watch.
Google said it will pay security researchers who find “verifiably and unambiguous evidence” of data abuse using its platforms.
Spotify this morning announced a new way for you to share music with friends (or fans, if you’re an artist) — by way of a new Facebook Stories integration that includes 15-second song previews. Viewers can also optionally tap on the “Play on Spotify” button in the Story to be redirected to the Spotify app to hear more.
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Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps.
Phyn manufactures our favorite smart water valve, the $699 Phyn Plus, which analyzes your home’s water consumption, alerts you to possible leaks, and automatically shuts off your main water supply in the event of an emergency to prevent water damage. The new Phyn Smart Water Assistant (Phyn SWA) does all the same work, except it can’t shut off your water supply. On the upside, it’s much less expensive (just $299), it doesn’t involve cutting pipes, and you won’t need to hire a plumber to install it.
Amazon’s strategy of putting Alexa everywhere is hampered by one key fact: It doesn’t make a phone. That means Alexa’s influence is severely hampered as soon as we leave our houses. To help close that gap, Amazon has made Echo Auto, a dashboard device that brings Alexa into your car.