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Tech News Roundup (June)

June 3, 2019 Kensington Wieland

Google Goes Confidential

Starting June 25, Google is set to make its ‘confidential-mode’ a default setting for all G-Suite users, according to Help Net Security. Confidential emails hold new powers, with the ability to be password-protected and impossible to forward, download, copy or print. Every Gmail confidential message sent or received will only be accessible in Vault, a special holding place for retaining, preserving, searching and exporting confidential mode messages.


Eyes on the Prize

Modern eye-tracking through virtual reality headsets or augmented reality glasses is promising new wonders in technology, but new dangers in privacy and safety regulations. Vice reports that the ability to use these wearable technologies to ‘eye-track’ will enable companies to collect your intimate and unconscious responses to real-world cues, giving companies valuable data on what’s really going on inside your head.


Pick Up, It’s Amazon Calling

The online retail giant expressed its growing interest in purchasing pre-paid cellphone service companies. While the purpose behind Amazon’s interest isn’t completely clear, the company has ventured into the phone space previously with its Echo Connect gadget and the 2014 launch of the Fire phone.


Dare to Go Dark

Are you one of the millions who head to bed with their phones? Now, your night just got a bit brighter thanks to Apple’s new version of iOS 13 that will feature a dark mode to make your apps look brighter at night, as reported by Tech Crunch. Other updates will include a new version of the Reminders app, the “Find My” apps and the ability to open multiple windows of the same app.  


House Hunters

We rely on ride-sharing apps to deliver people and food, but what about our next house? Real estate development companies with their eyes set on gentrifying neighborhoods are enlisting ride-share drivers to take pictures of dilapidated properties for extra cash. The initiative saves companies time and money by utilizing existing community members as research-gatherers instead of cold-calling entire neighborhoods from miles away. One such company, CORI, has around 100 drivers currently snapping photos, but expects to deploy 1,000 by the end of the year.


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