#436 November 6th, 2015 – Google’s new app replies to email so you don’t have to!

This week’s headline story: Google’s new app replies to email so you don’t have to!

answering_servceA new feature called Smart Reply is debuting on Gmail’s smartphone client Inbox that can read an e-mail and formulate a variety of automatic responses on your behalf. The new functionality, debuting later this week, will suggest up to three different responses based on each particular e-mail. Google said the feature will allow users to issue simple responses with just one click. Smart Reply can help users get started writing longer, more complicated responses as well.

Other Headline News…

  • FCC Fines Hilton and M.C. Dean for Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi [NewsFactor]
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sent a shot across the bow of the hotel and convention center industry with fines against Hilton and M.C. Dean for their Wi-Fi blocking practice. Blocking Wi-Fi for guests has become a common ploy in the industry to get guests to pay exorbitant fees to connect to the hotel or convention center network.
  • Toyota To Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Research [NewsFactor]
    Competition in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research is heating up! Toyota has unveiled plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to establish a new company — the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) — focused on AI and robotics.

in Information Security News…

  • Lookout Finds Android Malware That’s Almost Impossible To Remove [NewsFactor]
    San Francisco-based mobile security company Lookout said it has uncovered a new threat to the Android operating system the form of malware that disguises itself as a variety of well-known apps — but that actually exposes devices to root attacks and is virtually impossible to remove. The new malware has been found in software available from third-party app stores. The malware program insinuates himself in legitimate applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat Candy Crush, Google Now and WhatsApp. Lookout said it was able to identify and isolate about 20,000 malware samples in mobile applications.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate in the Cloud [Ecommerce Times]
    Perhaps hell has finally frozen over. Once bitter rivals, Microsoft and Red Hat have partnered on a cloud computing project. The result will allow customerto migrate their data to either Microsoft Azure or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also integrates features in both cloud systems so customers can use them interchangeably.
  • Will Google Merge Android and Chrome OS into a Single System? [NewsFactor]
    It certainly isn’t a new rumor, but perhaps a better supported one, that has Google merging its Chrome and Android operating systems by 2017. Techies have been anticipating it since 2009.
  • Microsoft OneDrive Unlimited Storage Ends, New Plans Begin [NewsFactor]
    Microsoft is calling an end to its unlimited storage offer. Under the new plans announced yesterday, free OneDrive storage will drop from 15 GB to 5 GB, while Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscriptions will come with 1 TB of storage rather than an unlimited amount.The change comes after finding that hardly anyone utilizes that much storage and the few that do are abusing the privaledge by backing up multiple PCs, or storing dozens of TB of media.

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