Month: May 2018

How to Find the Right Construction Time Clock System for You [Toolkit]

Madhav Bhandari May 31, 2018 management, Time Tracking

According to ConstructConnect, the U.S. may see nearly a 5% increase in construction spending in 2018. Are you ready for it? As your schedule fills up, you’ll need to focus more on growing your business instead of managing day-to-day tasks. Especially if some of those routine tasks can be automated. For a helpful list of…

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Insider Attack Resistance

Android Developers May 31, 2018 insider attack resistance, mobile encryption, Pixel, Pixel 2, secure hardware, security, tamper-resistant hardware security

Posted by Shawn Willden, Staff Software Engineer

Our smart devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, contain a wealth of personal information that needs to be kept safe. Google is constantly trying to find new and better ways to protect that valuable information on Android devices. From partnering with external researchers to find and fix vulnerabilities, to adding new features to the Android platform, we work to make each release and new device safer than the last. This post talks about Google’s strategy for making the encryption on Google Pixel 2 devices resistant to various levels of attack—from platform, to hardware, all the way to the people who create the signing keys for Pixel devices.

We encrypt all user data on Google Pixel devices and protect the encryption keys in secure hardware. The secure hardware runs highly secure firmware that is responsible for checking the user’s password. If the password is entered incorrectly, the firmware refuses to decrypt the device. This firmware also limits the rate at which passwords can be checked, making it harder for attackers to use a brute force attack.

To prevent attackers from replacing our firmware with a malicious version, we apply digital signatures. There are two ways for an attacker to defeat the signature checks and install a malicious replacement for firmware: find and exploit vulnerabilities in the signature-checking process or gain access to the signing key and get their malicious version signed so the device will accept it as a legitimate update. The signature-checking software is tiny, isolated, and vetted with extreme thoroughness. Defeating it is hard. The signing keys, however, must exist somewhere, and there must be people who have access to them.

In the past, device makers have focused on safeguarding these keys by storing the keys in secure locations and severely restricting the number of people who have access to them. That’s good, but it leaves those people open to attack by coercion or social engineering. That’s risky for the employees personally, and we believe it creates too much risk for user data.

To mitigate these risks, Google Pixel 2 devices implement insider attack resistance in the tamper-resistant hardware security module that guards the encryption keys for user data. This helps prevent an attacker who manages to produce properly signed malicious firmware from installing it on the security module in a lost or stolen device without the user’s cooperation. Specifically, it is not possible to upgrade the firmware that checks the user’s password unless you present the correct user password. There is a way to “force” an upgrade, for example when a returned device is refurbished for resale, but forcing it wipes the secrets used to decrypt the user’s data, effectively destroying it.

The Android security team believes that insider attack resistance is an important element of a complete strategy for protecting user data. The Google Pixel 2 demonstrated that it’s possible to protect users even against the most highly-privileged insiders. We recommend that all mobile device makers do the same. For help, device makers working to implement insider attack resistance can reach out to the Android security team through their Google contact.

Acknowledgements: This post was developed in joint collaboration with Paul Crowley, Senior Software Engineer

[NEXT for QLED] Part 3: The Evolution of Intelligent TV, Making Your Home More Connected

Samsung Newsroom May 30, 2018 2018 QLED TV, AI, Bixby, Family Hub Refrigerator, IoT, One Remote Control, OTT, smart TV, SmartThings, SmartThings app, TV & Audio, VOD

Last year, more than 7 out of 10 TVs sold by Samsung Electronics in the global TV market were ‘smart TVs.’ According to market researcher IHS Markit, the

Samsung Enables More Appealing Gaming Experience with Introduction of 10nm-Class 32GB DDR4 SoDIMMs

Samsung Newsroom May 30, 2018 10nm Process Technology, 16-Gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM, 16GB SoDIMM, 32GB DDR4, DDR4, DRAM, Gaming experience, Press Release, Semiconductors, SoDIMMs

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has started mass producing the industry’s first 32-gigabyte (GB)

Samsung and Red Bull Challenge Consumers to ‘See the Bigger Picture’ in a New Extreme Sports Video

Samsung Newsroom May 29, 2018 Extreme Sports, Pedro Barros, Press Release, QLED, Red Bull, Samsung QLED TV, See the Bigger Picture, See the Unexpected, TV & Audio

   Samsung Electronics today unveiled a new extreme sports video in collaboration with Red Bull and the legendary Brazilian skateboarder Pedro Barros.

All the (Android) Things at Google I/O

Android Developers May 25, 2018 #io18, Android, Android Things, android things 1.0, I/O 2018

Melissa Daniels, Program Manager for Android Things

Android Things enables you to build and maintain IoT devices at scale. We recently released Android Things 1.0 with long-term support for production devices, so you can easily take an IoT device from prototype to commercial product.

We packed Google I/O this year with Android Things content to inspire and empower the developer community, from talks and codelabs to interactive demos and a scavenger hunt. Here’s a closer look at the fun stuff we had on display that you won’t see on the shelves of retail stores.

Demos

We introduced a handful of new interactive Android Things demos across I/O, showcasing the AI and ML capabilities of the platform, so if you didn’t get an opportunity to attend this year, here’s a few of our favorites– perfect for exploring from wherever you are in the world!

Smart Flowers: Flos Mobilis

What do you get when you combine machine learning, Android Things and robotics? Flos Mobilis, a continuum robot where each flower is backed by an i.MX7D development board and a camera to run an embedded neural net model that controls the motion of the flower. This is all done offline with no data stored or transmitted.

Smart Flowers: Flos Affectus

What if a robot could respond to the way you feel? Flos Affectus is a cluster of robotic flowers that “bloom” and “un-bloom” depending on the expression detected on the user’s face. The 4 broad expressions Flos Affectus is trained to detect are: happy, sad, angry, surprised. Using a camera embedded in the head of the alpha flower, the flower cluster is able to detect the user’s face and infer the facial emotion. The flower cluster runs offline with no data stored or transmitted and demonstrates movement capabilities and on-device machine learning models.

Rosie the Android

Initially designed by a team of Google engineers for the annual Grace Hopper conference, Rosie the Android is a 5 foot selfie-taking Android, complete with machine-learning capabilities. Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, she’s a fully controllable robot that can take photos, respond to commands, wheel around and interact with those around her.

Did you take a selfie with Rosie at I/O? Redeem your unique access code at g.co/rosie

Smart Projector

Smart Projector is built on Lantern, an Android Things project exploring the relationship between surfaces and content — augmenting real-world objects and environments with glanceable, meaningful data. It leverages the Google Experiments project known as Quick Draw, using the world’s largest doodling data set that has been shared publicly to help with machine learning research.

To learn more about Lantern or to start building your own, start here.

3D Printer

This modified Printrbot Smalls 3D Printer uses a real-time subsystem that showcases the flexibility of Android Things– a microcontroller does the low-latency motor control, while Android Things handles OpenGL rendering. By keeping most of the logic on a high-level platform like Android you make development and debugging much easier, thanks to Android’s great tooling.

The future of 3D printing? Making real-time control as easy and portable as the rest of Android Things.

Codelabs

Phew! That was just the tip of the demo iceberg. With so many demos and so many ways to use Android Things, it’s easy to start imagining all the things you can build! At I/O, we helped a lot of developers get started building their first Android Things device using the Android Things Starter Kit. We’re making these codelabs available, so you can get to them whenever you need, or build your own.

Videos

Missed the I/O talks? Catch the recordings of each Android Things talk, so you can start, pause, and rewind at your own leisure. Or, just lean back and watch them all.

What’s new in Android Things

Build effective OEM-level apps on Android Things

Build real consumer devices with Android Things

Electronic design for Android Things System on Modules

Women Techmakers panel: experiences developing on Android Things

Product design: how to build better products with Android Things

Device provisioning and authentication with Android Things

Update production devices in the field with the Android Things Console

Start building!

On top of all the resources we just mentioned, we have a corpus of information on our developer documentation, and our new community website where you can see more inspiring projects and even submit your own. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up an Android Things Starter Kit and start building something today!

New in Hubstaff: 13 Reports That Numbers People Will Love

Gia Bellamy May 25, 2018 Hubstaff, Product

What’s new? Weekly Limit Report Project Budgets Report Invoice Report Attendance Report “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker This pretty much sums up the thinking behind Hubstaff’s brand new reporting features. The more you know about how your business works, the more you can smooth out processes over time….

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Does Your Work Make You Happy? Here Are Seven Ways It Can

Jordyn Wegner May 22, 2018 Productivity

We spend one-third of our lives at work. We should at least somewhat enjoy it. Unfortunately, the majority doesn’t. The 2017 Hays US What People Want Survey found that less than half (44%) of respondents are happy at work. Further, 81 percent said they would consider leaving their current role for the right offer. So…

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Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines, advancing the state of conversational AI

David Ku May 21, 2018 conversational AI, Cortana, Featured, The Official Microsoft Blog, XiaoIce

AI researchers have made great strides in recent years, but we are still at the beginning of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communication. Most of today’s bots and intelligent assistants respond to simple commands and queries, such as giving a weather report, playing a song or sharing a reminder, but aren’t…

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Microsoft Quantum helps Case Western Reserve University advance MRI research

Todd Holmdahl May 18, 2018 Featured, Microsoft HoloLens, quantum computing, The Official Microsoft Blog

Today I’m thrilled to share a new collaboration between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Microsoft’s Quantum team demonstrating the power of quantum computing. With the goal of improving patient care, Case Western Reserve will use Microsoft’s quantum-inspired algorithms to enhance their approach to detecting cancerous tumors. This scenario is a great example of an…

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Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day

Jenny Lay-Flurrie May 17, 2018 Accessibility, Education, Featured, Microsoft Stores, Office 365, Windows 10, XBOX

Today we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day and announce new technology and resources for people with disabilities. The goal of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about accessibility. For us, it’s also about digging deep into how technology can empower the 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Not…

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Microsoft/Dell enter into transformative agreement with the US Intelligence Community for Microsoft Cloud Services for Government

Toni Townes-Whitley May 16, 2018 Azure Government, Featured, Office 365 for US Government, Recent News

I’m proud to announce that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has extended its digital transformation investment in Microsoft technologies through a transformative agreement worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars over six years. This agreement expands the IC’s use of Microsoft products to now include Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Cloud for Government, including Office 365…

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Reporting Made Easier in Messenger

Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom May 14, 2018

By Hadi Michel, Product Manager, Messenger Most people use Messenger to connect with family and friends, make plans, and share photos and videos with loved ones. To help minimize bad experiences that can get in the way of these connections, we’re introducing new tools on mobile for people to report conversations that violate our Community […]

One simple way to get more out of Google

Pavni Diwanji May 14, 2018 Google One

More and more, we rely on the internet for ways to safely store the things that matter—making life simpler and less cluttered. Over the years, we’ve provided people with easy, secure ways to create, store and share files online, including 15 GB of free space with every Google Account. Thanks to mobile phones, and new file formats like 4K video and high-res photography, people are storing more than ever before.

That’s why we’re introducing Google One, a simple plan for expanded storage that includes extra benefits to help you get more out of Google. In the next few months, all paid consumer Google Drive storage plans will be upgraded to Google One. This change doesn’t affect G Suite business customers.

More space, smarter options

With Google One, we’ve upgraded our paid storage plans so you’ll have all the space you need for your Google Drive, Gmail, and original quality photos and videos in Google Photos. With lots of options, ranging from 100GB to 30TB, you can choose the plan that’s right for you.

Access to Google experts, plus extra benefits

People who use a lot of storage tend to use a lot of other Google products, too. So with Google One you get one-tap access to experts for help with our consumer products and services. Plus, you’ll gain access to extras from other Google products, like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search. And we’ll be adding more benefits over time.

Easy to share with your family

One of the most common requests we’ve received is for storage plans to be sharable within a family. With Google One, you can add up to five family members to your plan and simplify storage under one bill. Everyone gets their own private storage space as well as the additional benefits of Google One.

Coming soon to paid Google Drive plans

If you have a paid Drive storage plan, you’ll be upgraded to Google One automatically over the coming months, starting in the U.S. and then expanding globally. Look out for an email confirming your upgrade to Google One, where you can manage your storage plan and benefits. The way you use Drive to store and share files doesn’t change.

For everyone else, we’re working to bring Google One to you later this year. If you’d like to be notified when Google One becomes available in your country, sign up for an update.

‘Ostrich’ – Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Brand Commercial – Wins Thirteen Awards, Including Seven Gold Pencils at The One Club Awards

Samsung Newsroom May 14, 2018 ADC Annual Awards, Advertisement, Cannes Lions, Galaxy, London International Awards, Mobile, Ostrich, Press Release, The Clio Awards, the D&AD Awards, The One Club Awards, The One Show

Samsung Electronics today announced that it received thirteen awards including seven Gold Pencils, three Silver Pencils, three Bronze Pencils across visual

Digital Love Letters from children to parents who are incarcerated

Malika Saada Saar May 11, 2018 Causes & Community

Before I came to Google, I spent long hours in women’s prisons as a human rights lawyer. Most women behind bars are mothers to minors, serving sentences for first time non-violent crimes. Mothers shared with me, in hushed voices, their suffering. I tried to document the abuses committed against them, shackling them during childbirth to sexual abuse by prison guards. I’m still haunted by memories of very small children not being allowed to touch or kiss or hug their mothers during visits; by the little girl who told me she never knew the warmth of waking up to her mother next to her.

That’s why the chance to set up the Love Letters project at Google is so special to me. Two years ago, I reached out to the community organizations I knew working with children of incarcerated parents. We partnered together to create Love Letters: digital love letters from children to their incarcerated parents for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a project we’re continuing this year.

Our commitment to justice reform has expanded in the past two years. In addition to our philanthropy, just this past week we banned bail bond ads from Search because of their predatory effect on vulnerable communities. Love Letters is yet another way we’re using our different platforms to disrupt the human costs of mass incarceration.

This Mother’s Day, let’s remember those mothers behind bars and the children left behind, and bear witness to the suffering that happens when we overcriminalize communities. These love letters are a testament to the unbroken bonds that endure between mothers and their children. While incarceration deeply traumatizes families, love still scales the prison walls.

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