This Week in Tech: 23rd - 27th July
July 27th, 2018 - Duncan McClean
In this week’s roundup:
- Google wants users to plug a key into their device to log in
- VLC Media Player blacklisted on Play Store for Huawei users after owner blocks it
- Alexa will now respond with opening hours
- Windows uses machine learning for deciding on when to perform updates
Google wants users to plug a key into their device to log in
Google has announced a plan to use a physical key drive in order to sign you into your services.
The Titan Security Key will apparently last up to six months without a change of batteries. It is understood that it will be connectable via Bluetooth or USB.
VLC Media Player blacklisted on Play Store for Huawei users after owner blocks it
The developers behind the massively popular VLC Media Player have decided to blacklist the app on Huawei phones due to user experience.
If you already have VLC on your Huawei phone, then you can continue using it but if you are planning to get it in the future, you'll have no luck.
Alexa will now respond with opening hours
Alexa devices will now respond to users with the opening hours of businesses if asked.
Yext, the same company who gives the information to companies like Google and Apple, will also be providing it for Amazon's Alexa devices.
Windows uses machine learning for deciding on when to perform updates
Windows 10 will soon start using machine learning techniques in order to decide the best time for preforming updates.
Microsoft has previously criticised for forcing updates on users of the Windows operating system.
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