Coalition of tech companies, others urge Obama to reject encrypted data backdoors

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Leading tech companies like Apple and Google, along with a host of cryptologists and other advisors, have penned a letter to President Obama urging him to protect privacy rights from attempts by law enforcement agencies to create backdoors to encrypted phone data. The move is in response to several months of statements from officials like FBI Director James Comey who have criticized tech companies for building encryption into their devices possibly at the expense of public safety. Against that fear, the letter notes that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Read more

Google partners with the University of Washington to make stunning timelapses from public photos

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Millions of images are uploaded to photo-sharing websites every day, but many go unseen by members of the public as it’s only those with a larger following that gain attention.

However, Google teamed up with the University of Washington to develop a fully automated way to make use of these unseen pictures by creating time-lapse videos of popular tourist landmarks using shots from Flickr, Picasa and other sites.

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Job listing suggests Google may be developing several Glass products

google-glassGoogle’s Glass project never really took off, but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning it. According to a recent job listing for the company, it looks like they’re expanding the scope of Google Glass to include “smart eyewear and other related products,” with listing open for several different positions.

Of course, everyone knows Google is the type of company that toy around with tons of different ideas and products, some of which never actually see the light of day. We do know that Google is still working on a newer version of Glass that will hopefully go over a little better with consumers, but there’s no telling when that will actually hit the market. Read more

Google says mobile Chrome browser not getting support for extensions

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Part of the power of Chrome on the desktop are the extensions that add to the functionality of the platform. Google made it possible for the extensions to sync across devices so users have the same tools available to them whether on a work computer or a home computer. One shortcoming surfaces as soon as a user opens Chrome on their mobile device. Although accounts and bookmarks will sync to the mobile version of the browser, extensions do not and the Chrome team says this is not expected to change. Read more