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Facebook is shutting down tbh, Hello and Moves due to "low usage"
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it is shutting down Hello, Moves, and tbh, due to the apps’ low usages. The social media giant said that user data from all three of the services will be deleted within 90 days. The firm acknowledged that people used the services but that it had to make this decision after it assessed its priorities.
Perhaps the most well-known of these services was Moves, which Facebook bought in 2014. Moves was a fitness app that recorded daily activity such as walking, cycling, and running. The Moves app and Moves API will be deprecated on July 31, so if you use the app or rely on the API for one of your apps, it’s time to look for alternatives.
Hello was launched in 2015 in just three markets, Brazil, the U.S., and Nigeria. Hello let users combine information from Facebook with contact information on their phone, giving more context about your contacts - this feature will be deprecated in a few weeks.
The last item on the to-be-axed list is tbh. Facebook acquired tbh last year - if you’ve not heard of it before, it’s an anonymous social media app aimed at high school students in the U.S. that encouraged teens to be nice towards each other.
Due to the fact that these services were only available in a few markets, and that relatively few people use them, it’s not likely that they’ll be greatly missed.
Let us know in the comments whether you’re still using these services, or whether you’ve even heard of them before!
Facial recognition on Windows 10 can be tricked by a simple printout
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
With even Apple jumping on the bandwagon, facial recognition - alongside other forms of biometric identification - have become increasingly popular on consumer devices over the last few years. Though these forms of identification are expected to be more secure and personalised than passwords, sometimes they can be circumvented with the simplest of hacks.
Syss, a security firm based in Germany, has discovered such a vulnerability in Microsoft's implementation of biometric identification in Windows 10, dubbed Windows Hello. A bevvy of new devices from the company's partners are starting to include support for facial recognition as a way of unlocking the device but as Syss claims, a simple printout can be used to trick the system.
In a series of proof-of-concept videos published by the firm, Syss shows how Windows Hello on devices running a version of Windows released before the Creators Update can be tricked by taking a headshot of the user in question with a near IR (infrared) camera, and then holding a slightly modified laser printout of the photo in front of the camera. This does mean that Windows Hello cannot be circumvented using just any picture and that the exploit requires special equipment and some image modifications to work.
The hack was proven to work on both a Dell Latitude with a LitBit camera attached via USB and the Surface Pro 4. On those older versions of Windows 10, Syss found that even with the more secure anti-spoofing mode enabled, Windows Hello fell victim to the trick, while newer builds of Windows 10 - Builds 1703 and 1709, respectively - were mindful of the trick with anti-spoofing on. Unfortunately, turning it off resulted in even the latest official version of Windows 10 accepting the printout as valid identification.
Even worse, it seems that simply having the Fall Creators Update (Build 1709) installed with anti-spoofing on is not enough, as you also need to set up the facial recognition on Windows Hello again if the setup was initially performed on an older version of Windows.
Users who frequently rely on Windows Hello to unlock their devices should update to the latest version of Windows 10 through the settings app, enable the anti-spoofing mode and redo the setup in order to make sure their data remains secure.
This is yet another example of just how far the technology has to go. Apple found out the hard way, through elaborate and complicated setups, and even something as simple as a family member that looks similar. Different companies also seem to have different levels of success with their implementation - Windows Hello, for example, can distinguish between twins while Apple's Face ID cannot. As it stands, it's best users employ a combination of different authentication schemes in order to achieve the best results.
Source: SYSS via The Register, ZDNet
Intel's Kaby Lake powers exciting new PCs at CES 2017
by Adrian Potoroaca
Powered by Intel, at least until the first "Powered by Qualcomm" PCs arriveCES 2017 is here, and this time there are some exciting PCs on display, from modern fusions between a laptop and a tablet and up to the most exotic desktops and gaming laptops with curved ultra-wide screens and mechanical keyboards.
We already know that since Intel has changed to a “tick-tock-tock” schedule, performance improvements are relatively minor when compared with the last few generations. However, there are gains of up to 25% in general tasks, and laptops, in particular, can see up to 65% better performance when playing 4K and 360-degree video content.
Gaming performance has also been a big focus point for Intel's seventh-generation optimizations, with integrated graphics that can run games decently well at 720p or 1080p and low-medium details, and CPU performance that can power great VR experiences when coupled with Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs. With Kaby Lake managing less power consumption than Skylake, there is also a bit more overclocking headroom for enthusiasts looking to push the limits.
With great power comes great responsibility, so Intel has improved support for hardware-enhanced security features. Business customers will be able to leverage Intel’s Authenticate multi-factor security, which makes sure that PCs powered by the company’s vPro-branded Kaby Lake CPUs are safe to use when you want the added convenience of quick logins and payments done with biometric authentication methods.
Mobile entertainment is another area where Intel has made some improvements. Video playback at 4K now consumes much less power (approximately seven times lower) when compared to previous generations, and Kaby Lake processors can finally decode Netflix 4K streams – provided that you run Windows 10 and use Microsoft’s Edge browser. Still, battery life should be better for video playback, and more 4K content providers are looking to take advantage of the new capabilities later this year.
Content creation is a big theme for the upcoming Creators’ Update for Windows 10, and Intel says that professionals can expect to get more done with the new Kaby Lake-powered devices, from 4K editing using integrated graphics to fast, simultaneous media transfers and powering of multiple 4K displays using Thunderbolt 3 enabled ports.
The Kaby Lake wave of devices is interesting, but Intel still needs to bring even more to the table if it wants to stay relevant in the consumer PC market. With efforts such as Windows 10 on ARM and the promise of cellular PCs, the company has a lot of work ahead of it.
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By Vlad Dudau
Microsoft wants to log you in with your phone, body and wearables - just not a password
by Vlad Dudau
Yesterday at Computex, Microsoft announced it was opening up its Windows Hello platform to other OEMs. In other words, you may soon be able to securely unlock your PC using new devices, like wearables and sensors.
It’s no secret that Microsoft is looking to make the password obsolete, even as it introduces new ways of securely singing into your devices. Perhaps the most well-known such effort is Windows Hello, a feature found on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile that allows users to log-in using their faces, eyes or fingerprints. The company recently unveiled plans to let users sign into their PCs with their phones as well.
And now Microsoft is seemingly bringing its efforts together and expanding them, as it will now allow other OEMs to integrate Windows Hello and certify their devices for such use. On stage, the company demoed securely signing into a PC by using a Microsoft Band, as well as the Nymi Band, a wearable designed to authenticate you. Microsoft boasts that Hello is enterprise-grade secure with two-factor authentication.
This platform expansion seems to bring together not just Windows Hello, but Microsoft’s Windows Unlock with IoT Devices, as well as its Windows Biometric framework.
Regardless of the name, the end result is the same: users will be able to securely and conveniently sign into their PCs, no longer having to rely on their passwords.
Microsoft’s didn’t detail a precise timeframe for these plans, but given that some such devices are already hitting markets and that companies are already mentioning "Windows Hello 2.0", you probably won’t have long to wait.