WhatsApp introduces encrypted live location sharing service

WhatsApp to roll out real-time location sharing to Android and iOS users in coming weeks

Today, we’re rolling out a new feature that allows you to share your location in real-time with family or friends. Whether you're meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you're safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are. This end-to-end encrypted feature lets you control who you share with and for how long. You can choose to stop sharing at any time or let the Live Location timer simply expire.
Here's how it works. Open a chat with the person or group you want to share with. Under "Location" in the attach button, there's a new option to "Share Live Location." Choose for how long you want to share and tap send. Each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. And if more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible on the same map.

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JPMorgan buys fintech start-up WePay

JPMorgan Chase to acquire online payment startup WePay; source says deal is for more than WePay's 2015 valuation of ~$220M  

It’s a cliché to say that startups are rollercoasters.

But it’s a cliché because it’s true. The past 9 years have been the most intense of my life. The WePay team has navigated pivots, faced near-death experiences, celebrated marriages & babies, posted big wins, raised millions, forged company-defining partnerships, welcomed new faces, and mourned the losses of colleagues and friends.

We’ve processed a lot of payments too – helping countless small businesses get paid faster and easier, and helping people and causes raise billions for those in need.
Through it all, the WePay community and its commitment to each other has elevated the highs and bound us together in the lows. For that, I am eternally thankful to the amazing and unique group of people I am so privileged to call colleagues. Of all the titles I’m fortunate to hold, teammate is my favorite.
Today, I’m excited because we’re beginning a new chapter in the WePay journey. We are beginning the work to combine our talent and technology with the capabilities, brand and distribution of one of the world’s largest and most respected financial institutions: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (press release)
With Chase behind us, we’ll continue to focus on serving the unique needs of software platforms, with a team that will double in size over the next year. We’ll quickly become one of the most well-financed payments technology companies in the world – and beyond that, we’ll serve as a platform for Chase to grow its footprint in fintech and Silicon Valley, all while continuing to operate with autonomy under the WePay name. Rich, myself, and all of the WePay team are continuing on with us – and we’re hiring!

Dropbox just announced a new professional account option

Dropbox debuts $20/month Professional tier for individuals with 1TB storage, OCR text scan, Smarty Sync, and other features for business users

More and more people are choosing to work for themselves, whether as business consultants or creative pros. But doing everything yourself can be a challenge. Putting your best foot forward isn’t always easy, and dealing with all the busywork—like managing files and sending follow-up emails—can eat into your creative flow. That’s why we’re launching Dropbox Professional, a new plan that lets you store, share, and track your work from one place. It’s designed specifically for independent workers, and it comes with two new features: Dropbox Showcase and Dropbox Smart Sync.

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Indiegogo announces Marketplace

Indiegogo announces Marketplace for selling products that were successfully crowdfunded on site or elsewhere; Indiegogo will take around 10% or 15% cut on sales  

Indiegogo was created to empower people to unite around the innovative ideas that inspire them, and together make those ideas come to life. For almost 10 years we’ve been working hard to help early adopters get clever new products, regardless of where a product is in its lifecycle. We’ve been busy launching partnerships to empower entrepreneurs with the resources they need to make the products they’ve dreamed of and get them into your hands. Starting today, we’re giving backers direct access to clever new products that are completely ready to ship through The Indiegogo Marketplace.

Today we’re launching the Indiegogo Marketplace to help you get the clever innovations that you just can’t find anywhere else. Interested in being a part of something groundbreaking? Discover the next big thing through Crowdfunding and InDemand campaigns. Or if patience isn’t your strong suit, you can check out the Indiegogo Marketplace to find the products you love – all with guaranteed shipping.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Microsoft unveils Surface Book 2

Microsoft debuts $1,499+ 13" and $2,499+ 15" Surface Book 2 with Nvidia GeForce GPUs, updated design, up to 17 hours battery; preorder Nov. 9, ships Nov. 16 

Microsoft: Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a light and thin laptop in one beautifully designed device. Whether you’re a developer, a digital artist, a designer, or an accountant, you can bring your ideas to life anywhere, because Surface Book 2 is a portable powerhouse.

We made no compromises building the most powerful Surface laptop ever. When the team talks about Surface Book 2 they call it Beauty and the Beast. Gorgeous design meets unstoppable power in this laptop. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. That’s 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro.

The new level of performance provided by Surface Book 2, along with the all-day battery life is what will continue to make this product perfect for product designers, gamers, architects, and developers who need the power of a desktop but crave the mobility of a laptop that doesn’t weight 8-10lbs. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 at 4.2lbs, there has never been this much computational power in a mobile form factor this light. This is a product that can stay with you from the moment your inspiration strikes to making it a reality.

You can show off your meticulously designed PowerPoint deck or complex Pivot tables in Excel with Surface Book 2’s stunningly vibrant and crisp PixelSense Display with multi-touch, Surface Pen, and Surface Dial on-screen support. You won’t believe how much the colors and 3D images will pop in PowerPoint on these machines. The 15” Surface Book 2 delivers almost seven million dazzling pixels – 45% more than the MacBook Pro – giving artists and professionals alike amazing pixel density on an even larger creative canvas.

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Symantec’s Response To Windows Vulnerablity To Viruses

The best thing you could do once you buy a computer is to get an antivirus system to protect its health and the integrity of your files. You can't, however, just go by only with free trials that come with your computer packet or make use of tests from various brands of antivirus software. In fact, you should not compromise your safety with free antivirus. There’s too much to risk, especially now that we are constantly logged into the internet through our house wifi. Protecting your PC is one thing, but protecting your wireless internet is another and it is of equal importance which also has to be taken care of.

A name to remember in the line of antivirus programs is Norton and budget doesn't have to be a factor since there are a few Norton coupons issued by Symantec which give a generous discount to users.

It will do you a world of good to get the best antivirus system installed on your PC. At every turn on the internet today, some infected websites and emails could be sent to you that contain viruses. Even if some viruses only affect your PC like the CD tray ejecting and opening on its own, that is still a problem. What if the problem is your computer failing to boot because of a virus? You don't have to stop work because your computer is going bonkers. You can get rid of that virus with Norton and the norton coupons.

You might be thinking if something is already installed on your computer, you're stuck with it for life. Think again because you can have the best when you opt for Symantec and use a norton coupon when buying.

So we're over the idea that what antivirus you get with your PC is what you'll have to keep. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 for you to uninstall that program. When you go with Norton, it's also going to be a snap for you to install antivirus software that's going to work wonders on your PC. Let's say it's your experience to be running into a virus or two every time you open your email. With a significant discount, there's no reason not to get protection through the leading product in the market.

Once you buy a reliable antivirus you'll be opening doors to many more opportunities for security as well as protection. It's an easy to use and easy to install which will take you a minute to set up. You can set the parameters just for this time and never have to think about it again. Updates will be automatic, and they're done in the Norton system every five to 15 minutes. If you thought another antivirus was doing great work updating twice an hour, you'd be amazed at this one.

Since the system updates itself every five to 15 minutes, all kinds of threats are already documented and eliminated. With something as fast paced as the creation of viruses, you can use a system that's slow and lagging. Now if you run into a problem with your antivirus, Norton provides additional support in the form of a manual, online helpline and auto fix features. You get all this and more when you purchase Norton, even with the Norton antivirus coupon.

For the number of antivirus programs out there, you might be confused as to which one you should get. Let us end the decision making for you by telling you; you won't make a mistake with Norton.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keep Windows Registry Clear Cheaply With A System Mechanic Coupon

What Is Windows Registry

The registry inside your Windows files is a massive repository that stores all the programs, helper programs like DLLs, all the menu shortcuts from your listing, and the pointers of applications installed on the PC so that when you click on the icons, they automatically pop up. These functions make the registry to be not only a very crucial part of the PC but also a sensitive part of a windows computer.

The registry is a complicated data storage because programs access it thousands of time every second. Also when a new hardware or software is installed new entries are automatically created. It is, therefore, necessary to regularly clean your registry to ensure that the PC usually operates smoothly and it is not overwhelmed by all these activities.

Why Is It Important To Clear the Registry Yourself

When applications create new entries in the PC, they never clean all the entries they created. Also, it happens that when programs are installed or updated they leave unnecessary or unimportant pointers into the PC's registry bloating it and hence a slow system. Viruses take this opportunity to attack the registry making the whole computer unstable and vulnerable.

A clean registry would mean a stable, virus free, and a faster computer and since this is what everybody would wish for in a PC, then it is only logical that the registry should be regularly maintained and cleaned to ensure that the windows run smoothly to achieve the necessary speed.

In the past this was very hectic and dangerous process since it involved opening the Editor in the registry, finding the corrupt and invalid entries, and if mistake deletes a single entry, it leads to the computer's windows crashing making rebooting it impossible. However, when done correctly, the results are fantastic. The traditional way involves these simple steps: Click on Start > Hit Run > Type in regedit > Hit Enter > Find the corrupt and invalid entries and just remove them.

System Mechanic Takes Computer Optimization To A Whole New Level

This software is a development of Iolo technologies and enables a PC user to conveniently and safely delete broken entries in the registry and clear up files that are only temporary without probing into the maintenance tools owned by windows. This is very important if you want to keep your computer running as new, free from clutter and lags, contrary to what usually happens. But, let’s delve into what this software does to your Operational System.

1. Repairs Problems: The system fixes over 30,000 different problems which it finds using its quick updates live from the iolo labs.

2. Cleans out Junk: It deletes more than 50 types of the junk files it finds hidden freeing up disc space that is valuable for other functions like documents, photos, movies, and music.

3. Boosts Speed: It automatically improves the speed of the RAM, CPU and the hard drive.

4. Unleashes Internet speed: It optimizes the settings on the windows settings resulting in faster downloads, less buffering, quick page loads, quality videos, and smooth gaming.

5. Protects and secures the PC’s Privacy:
It automatically cleans the sensitive browsing records and blocks system alterations that could compromise on the stability and speed of the computer.


1. PC Care
  • Enhanced active car
  • Modernized interface
  • Enhanced LiveBoost
2. Cleaning
  • Enhanced PC cleanup
  • Enhanced privacy cleaner
  • Enhanced Registry tuner
  • CRUDD remover
3. Speed
  • Enhanced NetBooster
  • Memory mechanic
  • Enhanced startup optimizer
  • Enhanced program accelerator
4. Security
  • Privacy shield
  • Incinerator
  • Security optimizer
These are some of the available versions of system mechanic software:
  • System mechanical professional
  • System mechanical Pro
  • System mechanical
  • System mechanical 16.5
  • iolo System mechanical Professional
  • iolo System mechanic support

Cost And Available system mechanic promo codes

The Iolo system mechanic is available for windows at $49.95 although you can find a few iolo coupons at http://spiqy.com/iolo-discount-coupon and save up to 50%. The list of discount coupons the company issues is endless since they keep coming up every week, so it is up to the users to find a system mechanic coupon that suits them best and according to which products they are buying. At the check-out page you will see a coupon box. Type in the code “ELEVEN” or “aff50iolo” or “SM20” and you will get 20%-50%discount.

Samsung's Gear Sport smartwatch, IconX buds will be available from October 27th

Samsung says $300 Gear Sport watch and $200 IconX headphones will be available October 27

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 will be available for online preorders starting tomorrow, October 13, with widespread U.S. availability starting October 27. Joining a full suite of Samsung wearables available this holiday season, the Gear Sport is a stylish, robust and 5 ATM water resistant fitness smartwatch with iconic circular bezel and built-in GPS, while the Gear IconX 2018 wireless earbuds are designed for comfort to track fitness goals and enjoy offline music while offering improved battery life. Samsung’s portfolio of wearables are uniquely designed for different consumers to meet their needs and fit into their lifestyle.

“Samsung’s new smartwatches and cord-free earbuds make wellness management simpler and easier,” said Alanna Cotton, Vice President Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “Whether you want to get fitness insights or enjoy your favorite music, Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 blend style with functionality to help you manage your health and get the most out of your day.”

IBM and Google Team Up to Tackle Developer Security Challenges

Google, IBM, and others announce Grafeas, an open-source API that gives users a standardized way for auditing and governing their software supply chain

Building software at scale requires strong governance of the software supply chain, and strong governance requires good data. Today, Google, along with JFrog, Red Hat, IBM, Black Duck, Twistlock, Aqua Security and CoreOS, is pleased to announce Grafeas, an open source initiative to define a uniform way for auditing and governing the modern software supply chain. Grafeas (“scribe” in Greek) provides organizations with a central source of truth for tracking and enforcing policies across an ever growing set of software development teams and pipelines. Build, auditing and compliance tools can use the Grafeas API to store, query and retrieve comprehensive metadata on software components of all kinds.
As part of Grafeas, Google is also introducing Kritis, a Kubernetes policy engine that helps customers enforce more secure software supply chain policies. Kritis (“judge” in Greek) enables organizations to do real-time enforcement of container properties at deploy time for Kubernetes clusters based on attestations of container image properties (e.g., build provenance and test status) stored in Grafeas.

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Lyft adds in-app support for Google Maps to its drivers app

Introducing: a new solution for smoother, faster navigation — Lyft Navigation, built with Google Maps. With Lyft Navigation, Google Maps is available directly in the Lyft Driver app. Drivers now no longer have to switch to a separate navigation system to find their first turn.

This is a win-win for drivers and passengers alike. As a passenger, once you hop into your Lyft ride, you’ll immediately be on your way — getting you to work, your dinner date, or class in a timely fashion. As a driver, you can focus simply on getting your passenger safely to their destination… without the unneeded inconvenience of switching between apps.

Google Promises Change to U.S. Workforce With $1 Billion Pledge

Google announces new education initiatives: $1B in global grants to nonprofits, US-based Grow with Google for training and resources, Goodwill partnership

Today in Pittsburgh, PA, we announced three initiatives that expand on our efforts to create more opportunity for everyone: Grow with Google, a new initiative to help Americans with the skills they need to get a job or grow their business, $1 billion in Google.org grants over five years to nonprofits around the world, and 1 million hours that Googlers can volunteer to nonprofits. This is a modified version of the remarks our CEO Sundar Pichai gave at today’s event.

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Twitter responds to criticism over blocking Rose McGowan

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter needs to be a “lot more transparent in our actions” around suspending users, after it its broke silence on Rose McGowan

AWS, Microsoft launch deep learning interface Gluon

Microsoft and Amazon AWS announce Gluon, a new open source deep learning interface to simplify deep learning models

Today, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, that allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps. The Gluon interface currently works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release. With the Gluon interface, developers can build machine learning models using a simple Python API and a range of pre-built, optimized neural network components. This makes it easier for developers of all skill levels to build neural networks using simple, concise code, without sacrificing performance. AWS and Microsoft published Gluon’s reference specification so other deep learning engines can be integrated with the interface.

Box unveils Box Skills

Box unveils Box Skills, AI-powered tools that help users manage audio, image, and video files  

More data will be created in 2017 than in the last 5,000 years combined. The digital age has brought with it a proliferation of new platforms, applications and devices that are fueling this unprecedented creation of business content. In fact, Gartner predicts we'll see an 800% growth in data volume in the next five years — 80% of which will be unstructured.

But here's the thing — there’s so much value living within this content that businesses aren't able to realize today through manual processing. And as the amount of data continues to grow, it’s getting harder, costlier and more time-consuming to make sense of it all.

We believe that machine learning is the only scalable way to solve for this challenge. While the rate of innovation in machine learning is staggering, until now, these nascent technologies have been hard to bring to business content at scale. So we're kicking off BoxWorks 2017 by bringing the intelligent technology revolution to your business.

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