Google Allo review – CNET

By: Lynn La

 

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THE GOOD Google Allo is available on both Android and iOS, and features a digital Assistant that fetches information for you in a conversational way. Its Incognito Mode erases conversations and has end-to-end encryption.

THE BAD Allo doesn’t integrate video calling, and it doesn’t have as many features as its competitors, like baked-in GIF support or control over read receipts.

THE BOTTOM LINE It’s not a perfect communications app on Day 1, but the integrated, all-knowing Google Assistant bot sets Allo apart from the messaging competition.

Visit manufacturer site for details.

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How to use voicemail transcripts in iOS 10 on iPhone | iMore

BY LORY GIL 

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In iOS 10, Apple has added voice mail transcriptions. The feature is still in early beta stages, meaning that not everything will transcribe as clearly as you may want. But, it works good enough to get the gist of a message without having to hear the audio of it first.

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Learn how here…

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iOS 10: The MacStories Review – MacStories

BY FEDERICO VITICCI

Here is the most complete review and “how-to” guide to the new iOS 10.  This is a very long article.  It is even available as an e-book for $5.00.  The free version is amply illustrated and very detailed about the changes to Apple’s  mobile operating system.

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Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool | Motherboard

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This is the first time that anyone has uncovered such an attack in the wild. Until this month, no one had seen an attempted spyware infection leveraging three unknown bugs, or zero-days, in the iPhone. The tools and technology needed for such an attack, which is essentially a remote jailbreak of the iPhone, can be worth as much as one million dollars. After the researchers alerted Apple, the company worked quickly to fix them in an update released on Thursday.

The question is, who was behind the attack and what did they use to pull it off?

It appears that the company that provided the spyware and the zero-day exploits to the hackers targeting Mansoor is a little-known Israeli surveillance vendor called NSO Group, which Lookout’s vice president of research Mike Murray labeled as “basically a cyber arms dealer.”

Read more: Meet NSO Group, The New Big Player In The Government Spyware Business

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IPhone Users Urged to Update Software After Security Flaws Are Found – The New York Times

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Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group’s software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.

In response, Apple on Thursday released a patched version of its mobile software, iOS 9.3.5. Users can get the patch through a normal software update.

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Dials – Clock-based Calendar App with Sync

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This free calendar application for Apple and Android mobile devices may appeal most to users who live by the motto, “one day at a time.” Daily schedules are presented on a 12-hour clock face accompanied by a smaller weekly calendar at the bottom of the screen. When users add daily agenda items, a timer indicates the amount of time until the next agenda item begins. Users can quickly add agenda items for any point in the future. Dials syncs with Google Calendars, so users can easily update appointments and reminders from their Google accounts. For the aesthetically inclined user looking for an alternative to the more traditional calendar applications, Dials’ unique interface may be the solution. Available for Apple devices running iOS 9.0 and up and on Android devices 4.2+. 

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