Tech Addict: China Puts RFID chips in Cars to Track Every Driver, Mozilla Firefox to Be Controlled by Voice + 4 More Latest Tech News

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Nexter.org gathered most interesting cool tech news and announcements for the week. 

RFID chips in Chinese car windshields

China is launching a program and putting the RFID chips in all new cars’ windshields to help with public security. When the chips are installed in cars, the domestic chip industry will be improved.

At first, the program will be completely voluntary, but in 2019 it is to be implemented in full. Following this innovation, a car’s license plate and its paint color will be recorded. All the information recorded by the RFID chips will be passed to the Ministry of Public Security.

It’s a part of the idea to make China a “surveillance state,” together with face-recognition technology and other cool-tech updates.

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Source: CNN Money

Instagram won’t inform users about screenshots of their stories

Instagram said they rolled back the testing of a feature that would have alert users when someone took a screenshot of their story.

For those who haven’t heard about this feature, Instagram stated in February, “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.” This option is already available in Snapchat, so Instagram was accused of stealing once more.

Snapchat is rolling out privacy-safe Snap Kit

Snap Kit is completely un-Facebook platform and its goal to provide security and avoid data scandals as it happened with their “colleagues.” (We mean Facebook-related Cambridge Analytica data breach)

“Growth is one of our three goals for 2018, so we absolutely hope it can contribute to that, and continue to strengthen engagement, which has always been a key metric for us,” Snap’s VP of product Jacob Andreou told TechCrunch.

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Source: Snap

He adds, “There have been areas inside of our products where we’ve really set standards” Andreou explains. “Early, that was seen in examples like Stories, but today with things like how we treat user data, what we collect, what we share when people login and register for our service . . . Snap Kit is a set of developer tools that really allow people to take the best parts of our products and the standards that we’ve set in a few of these areas, and bring them into their apps.”

Mozilla Firefox – voice-controlled browser 

Mozilla is working on the brand new internet browser that’s controlled with voice. Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant get a new rival on the market.

Tamara Hills, Mozilla software engineer, explained how it works:

“Hey Scout, read me the article about polar bears. With the Scout app, we start to explore browsing and consuming content with voice. This talk will discuss the architecture and key components needed for a voice platform, the required capabilities of those components and the challenges of working with the limitations and confines of existing platforms.”

The Boring Company new project

Chicago is getting a high-speed train as Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has won a bid to build a high-speed train from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to downtown, TechCrunch reports.

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Source:  The Boring Company

Apple is to update iOS to block police hacking tool

Police across US have are using GrayKey, an unlocker, to discover the undisclosed information about the smartphone’s user. It’s currently used by the police in 5 states and 5 federal agencies.

However, Apple is planning to release a new feature to iOS that will cut off all communication through the USB port if they have not been unlocked in the past hour. So, basically, the police will be able to use unlocker, but in a short period of time.

The feature’s name is “USB Restricted Mode,” and it was present in developer betas for both  and iOS 11.4.1, and is ready to be released publicly. Read more here.


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