HTTP/2 has finally been approved, with integration to follow

  • 19/02/2015 at 21:02 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

HTTPUsers who have been hoping for faster browsing don’t have to turn to their ISP’s for the upgrade. HTTP/2 has been formerly approved after a long time in development, and it promises an increase in performance that has been a long time coming.

The new protocol is based on SPDY, the Google-created communication code which offered the bare bones for what has become HTTP/2. However, the final product came from IETF, a technology working group that put their blood, sweat and tears into this format.

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Microsoft plans for Windows 10 to offer FIDO support

Fido Security Key USBMicrosoft has announced that their Windows 10 platform will offer Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) support, in a bid to begin eliminating the need for passwords, and to provide an extra layer of cyber security to their users.

FIDO is believed by many to be the natural next step in securing the web. The reliance on passwords has long since been a concern, as experts admit that it is simpler than ever before to crack into accounts.

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The FAA has proposed new rules for unmanned drones as capabilities of aircraft increase

  • 17/02/2015 at 23:02 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

DJI Phantom 2 VisionThe Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a new set of regulations for controlling the use of drones, which would allow for some (but not all) commercial use. It includes rules for licensing pilots of those drones.

Back in January, Tijuana police were surprised by a drone crash just South of the U.S. border. It contained six pounds of crystal meth, which was too heavy for the small drone to carry for any significant length of time. It led to a seizure of nearly $50,000 worth of the drug, and alerted authorities to a new potential form of transport that could become commonplace.

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Prynt brings automatic photo printing and augmented reality together

  • 15/02/2015 at 23:25 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Prynt Automatic Photo PrintingA new Kickstarter campaign has introduced the world to Prynt, an automatic printing attachment for your phone that will create a physical version of any photo in an instant. But it does more than that. It also takes a video at the time of taking the photo, so when a smartphone with the app scans over the physical copy, it plays the original video it made.

It is the first time printing and augmented reality have been combined, much less in a consumer device meant for personal use. It is meant to give your photos more versatility and depth, letting you print them on the go for anyone, but also see a more expanded view of the original.

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Microsoft releases earliest preview ever with Windows 10 for phones

Windows 10 for PhonesMicrosoft is well known for releasing new software for preview prior to the full release. Windows 10 is no exception, and as they work towards full PC, phone and tablet integration, they have decided to do that release earlier than ever before. You can now preview the OS upgrade for your Windows based smartphone through their Windows Insider Program.

The blog post addressing the release make it pretty clear why they are launching the preview so soon. They are asking for feedback, so users can be with them “every step of the way”. This is a rather cautionary measure that isn’t surprising. There have been a number of stumbling blocks along the way with Windows (we all know the versions no one likes, Windows 8 included).

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The Internet Of Things…the final nail in the privacy dispute?

  • 12/02/2015 at 23:18 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Internet of ThingsWith the Samsung privacy issue fresh in everyone’s minds, the fears about the Internet of Things and the potential for an even more invasive surveillance culture is quickly becoming a reality. At least, that is what privacy advocates at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) address in their latest report.

There is no real way to avoid the issue any longer. We have devices that monitor pretty much everything we do. Fitness trackers create GPS routes of our runs. Nutrition trackers log everything we eat. Car navigation systems know where we drive. Online banking apps keep track of where we spend our money. Our phones are always on us, wearable devices are becoming more popular then ever, consoles are always connected to the web, and TV and other entertainment devices have both visual and audio access into our homes.

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Samsung denies privacy risk after being called out on their creepy privacy policy

  • 10/02/2015 at 23:42 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

SamsungBy now, you have probably heard about the discovery made by Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins. Last week, he found a portion of the endless Samsung privacy policy for their Smart TV’s that warned users now to say anything sensitive or revealing in front of their televisions, lest it be overheard.

The direct quote in the policy is:

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.”

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