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28
Feb
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Uber data breach compromises IDs of 50,000 drivers


An Uber database containing the names and driver’s license numbers of 50,000 current and former drivers was accessed by an outside party in 2014, the company announced today. Uber discovered the breach on September 17, 2014, and an investigation revealed one instance of unauthorized access on May 13, 2014. This means the information has been in the wild for nearly a year, though Uber drivers haven’t reported anything fishy and the database is now secure, the company said.

Uber began notifying affected drivers of the breach today and is offering a free year membership with an identity protection company. Of the 50,000 compromised names, 21,000 were based in California, prompting Uber to also notify the California attorney general, the LA Times says. Additionally, the company has filed a “John Doe” lawsuit in an effort to gather more information about the third party.

“Uber takes seriously our responsibility to safeguard personal information, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this incident may cause,” Uber said.

The data breach comes one month after Uber’s security protocols received a clean bill of health as part of an external privacy audit, though that was spurred by high-profile missteps with information about Uber’s passengers, not its drivers. In that report, the investigating agency recommended Uber start training its workforce in security issues and it further restrict access to data among employees.

“At Uber, protecting the personal information of riders is a core responsibility and company value,” CEO Travis Kalanick said at the time. “Delivering on that value means that privacy is woven into every facet of our business, from the design of new products to how we interact with riders, drivers and the public at large.”

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27
Feb
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Microsoft made an Android keyboard especially for Excel


Because we do spreadsheets on the move. Because we simply need numpad. Because we didn’t buy a Surface. Microsoft has launched a new keyboard on Android, expressly made for Excel, with the main keyboard being truncated to make space for an unassumingly simple number pad, although there’s no pluses or minuses. Alas, it’s built for tablets, meaning it’s incompatible with ‘mere’ 5-inch Android smartphones — even if those devices, too, are aching to do expenses in transit.

Filed under: Tablets, Software, Microsoft, Google

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Via: Android Police

Source: Microsoft Keyboard for Excel (Google Play)

27
Feb

Kwikset brings official Kevo app to Android, unlock your door and more with just your phone in hand


While at CES this year I stocked by the Kwikset booth to take a look at their unlock solutions that used Bluetooth low energy tech to unlock your door without the need for a key. At the time, they only offered up an iOS app and key fobs. They were working on an app for […]

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26
Feb
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‘Bejeweled’ co-creator has a new studio devoted to ‘social’ virtual reality


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What do you do after co-founding a studio responsible for myriad massive successes? From Bejeweled, to Peggle, to the massively popular Plants vs. Zombies, former PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left a wake of breakthrough gaming franchises. After 15 years, he took a brief break. And now, five months after his amicable departure from the studio, Vechey’s taking his hit-making talent to a new medium: virtual reality. Today he announced Pluto VR, an augmented-and-virtual reality studio named after our solar system’s most (loved) distant planet-like mass.

Vechey made it clear that he wasn’t interested half-baked VR experiences. He wants to steer clear of creating something that’s “good because it’s virtual … but is still way worse than real life,” he said when I talked to him recently. “That’s not what we’re aiming for.” Instead, he said Pluto VR is trying to make social experiences and software that are “better than [being there] in person” for the likes of Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR.

The first step is building a technological base that makes it easier to do multi-user virtual reality. Then you have to start developing some concepts for how to bring people together in the virtual world. “Virtual reality is hard. Anything multiplayer is hard,” he said. “They compound each other, it turns out. There’s a huge technological investment that needs to be there.”

Vechey is already thinking about projects like a virtual conference room, replete with an interactive whiteboard (the “number one collaboration tool” in an office, he said). He’s also floating ideas like shared, virtual workspaces and party games like Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, Mafia and Werewolves. “We’re doing the baseline tech around those use cases because a lot of the hard work is similar between all of those,” he said. “All of those seem very different from a feature-set standpoint, but, from a VR multi-user one, in terms of what’s gonna break and what’s not, they’re all pretty similar.” All that is to say, Pluto’s working to crack the hard parts of shared virtual gatherings for everyone else.

Over the course of our hour-long conversation, a few things became pretty clear. Namely, lot of what Vechey said echoes Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for VR: communal social experiences in a virtual world. That, and his team (comprised of four co-founders, including a former director of technology from Walt Disney Animation Studios) has a lot of big ideas, but they all seem early in the conceptual phase. I posed a hypothetical question to him: If a consumer VR product were announced at the Game Developers Conference next week and it would go on sale soon thereafter, when could we see Pluto VR’s first project?

Surprisingly, he said that if making launch day wasn’t possible, it’d be a matter of weeks, not months or years, before the public experienced Pluto’s work. “I think we have enough lessons [learned] that we could get something out that was simple enough and was still cool and usable.”

“It wouldn’t be world-shattering,” he admitted.

“That’s a really long-winded answer saying ‘Yeah, we have something!’” he said. “Would it be Wii Bowling? I can’t say, but would it be something that we stand by and allow people to think about VR differently and allow for something fun and useful? I think so.” Given Vechey’s work at PopCap, I’m inclined to believe him.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

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26
Feb

Google bringing search ads to the Play Store for better app discovery


Google is starting a test pilot program for a new ads system that some will see in the Play Store. Don’t worry, it won’t be blatant ads for underwear that you were searching for earlier in the day. Instead the ads will be app geared based on your search queries on the Play Store. For […]

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26
Feb

Google bringing search ads to the Play Store for better app discovery


Google is starting a test pilot program for a new ads system that some will see in the Play Store. Don’t worry, it won’t be blatant ads for underwear that you were searching for earlier in the day. Instead the ads will be app geared based on your search queries on the Play Store. For […]

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26
Feb
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Google’s bringing sponsored app placements to the Play Store


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Google is about to allow software companies to promote their apps on the Android Play Store, a space that was previously off-limits for advertising. That means alongside regular search results, you’ll soon see apps from companies with the biggest marketing budgets. The search giant has pitched it as a way to “provide consumers new ways to discover apps that they otherwise might have missed” while letting vendors raise the profile of apps that’d normally get buried. As the WSJ put it, however, the new tactic is also a way for Google to sell more advertising in the face of slowing sales.

The feature will launch to a “limited set of users… from a pilot group of advertisers” in order to gauge feedback from the ads. Promoted apps will be clearly labeled as such, just as they are in regular search results. So far, Google Play’s apps search has only used algorithms and human intervention, so the changes could have a substantial impact on results.

Google may have decided to monetize Play with ads since Facebook now vacuums in a large amount of ad revenue for apps from the likes of King — which spent almost $400 million marketing Candy Crush Saga and other games. Google took in around $10 billion in revenue from Play last year, and paid nearly $7 billion of that to developers.

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Source: Google

26
Feb
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Google’s newest AI can beat your Atari high-scores


Most people’s anxieties about AI concern computers realizing they don’t need humans and wiping us out. It probably never occurred to anyone that, as soon as they discovered beer, Netflix and video games, that computers would ditch plans for world domination, drop out and get a job at the local gas station. It’s a lesson that Google-owned startup DeepMind has learned the hard way after it got its thinking computer hooked on retro computer games.

The London-based startup, founded by Theme Park programmer Demis Hassabis, wondered if an AI could learn how to play computer games all on its own. It hooked the AI up to a series of Atari 2600 titles, but provided it with no specific instructions on what it should do. The team was looking into “reinforcement learning,” whereby you get a little reward whenever you do something good. When the computer started earning points, it received the digital equivalent of a dog treat. After a while, it stopped stumbling around and started to get pretty good at beating the arcade classics of yesteryear.

It’s a big departure from rigid games like Chess, since it’s a lot harder to “solve” a game like Pong with brute-force calculations. Here, the AI has to adapt, learn on its feet and device a rudimentary strategy in order to be successful and earn its little jolt of praise. The team admits that it’s not yet at the point where the system can beat more strategic titles like Ms. Pac-Man or Private Eye, but DeepMind is hoping that it won’t be long before it can. After that, the team is planning to turn its thinking computer into a StarCraft expert — and if it gets hooked on that, there’s no way it’s ever going to take out the garbage, or develop a way to subjugate humanity.

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Source: Nature

26
Feb

Gameloft pushes first update for Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War with New Story, Game Mode and Guns


The first of many updates started rolling out today for Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War. The update is live for iOS and Android devices and brings in a number of new things that players are sure to enjoy. Ont he single player front you will get 5 new story missions and 10 […]

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26
Feb

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rolling out for AT&T Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)


Those of you that have been patiently waiting for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to grace your AT&T branded Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen can finally start furiously hitting the update button. According to the devices page with Motorola the update is rolling out to customers. AT&T doesn’t have their page updated yet to reflect the push, but […]

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