Tag Archive: Alerts

Facebook Messenger adds safety alerts as it moves towards full encryption

Facebook is making using Messenger on Android and iOS safer.

What you need to know Facebook is making Messenger more secure with safety alerts. It’ll also alert minors when talking to strangers who are over-18, as well as automatically ban adults who have inappropriate conversations with children. The company confirms that these safety features would work with full encryption when it rolls that out later.

Facebook is rolling out safety alerts fo Messenger on both iOS and  [Read More…]

Silence those klaxons by disabling emergency alerts on your Samsung Galaxy

Before I begin this how-to, I want to start by saying that Amber and emergency alerts play a vital role in spreading public safety and security announcements, and these are essential communications. Acting quickly on locating injured or missing children or elderly is also vital. That being said, I am human, and I can acknowledge that there have been occasions where I really couldn’t be interrupted (especially by a blaring horn sound), or I was already aware of  [Read More…]

Alexa adds support for severe weather alerts and commuter updates

These updates are coming to an Echo near you.

What you need to know Alexa is getting better at being a digital home assistant with new skills dedicated to helping to start your day. The digital assistant can now surface weather alerts and traffic conditions for users. You’ll also be able to keep track of the NBA and U.S. Presidential elections with new commands.

Amazon is improving Alexa’s flexibility as a smart home assistant with a bevy  [Read More…]

Galaxy Watch Active gets low heart-rate alerts and automatic swim detection

Samsung’s also launching new bands for the smartwatch.

What you need to know The Galaxy Watch Active is getting updated with a bunch of new features. Samsung’s added automatic swim tracking, SmartThings control using Bixby, and a lot more. There’s also a new lineup of watch bands, including a reflective textile band and stylish active leather collection.

The Galaxy Watch Active is already one of the best smartwatches you can buy in 2019, but now it’s about  [Read More…]

Fake presidential alerts can be easily sent out using LTE vulnerabilities

The attack has a success rate of 90%.

What you need to know The University of Colorado Boulder discovered a vulnerability with presidential alerts. Using LTE, the alerts can be easily spoofed and sent out to thousands of people. The test was performed successfully 9 out of 10 times.

Last October, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out the nation’s first “presidential alert.” Using the same alert system that delivers AMBER and weather alerts to your phone,  [Read More…]

SOS alerts will soon show you the path of hurricanes in Google Maps

Flood maps will only be available in India.

What you need to know SOS alerts are being updated to show visualizations in Google Maps. The new visualizations will be available for hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding. Flood maps will only be available in India where 20 percent of flood-related deaths occur.

Google launched SOS alerts in 2017 to provide valuable information during natural disasters or times of crisis. SOS alerts show up in Google Search and Maps to  [Read More…]

Microsoft Edge beta for Android rolls out breaking news alerts and more

Edge for Android is keeping pace with its iOS counterpart, adding breaking news alerts, annotations for books, and more.

Just a day after rolling out to the Microsoft Edge beta for iOS, Microsoft is shipping a few new features to beta testers on Android as well. The highlights of this release include breaking news alerts, the ability to check out annotations you’ve made in books, and more.

If you’re using Edge as your Android browser of choice,  [Read More…]

Some Samsung users can’t edit app permission alerts for Facebook apps

Affected apps include Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

In Android Oreo on Samsung’s Galaxy phones, one of the new features included with the update is something called “App Permission Monitor.” With this, you can choose to get a notification when applications in the background are using certain permissions (like your microphone, camera, etc.) that you may not be aware of otherwise.

It’s a great tool and can be genuinely useful at times, but for whatever reason, some  [Read More…]

AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes!

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone’s missing. Or there’s a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone’s scaring the hell out  [Read More…]

Waze on Android Auto: Invaluable feedback and alerts with sub-par maps and routing

Would it kill anyone to give us real-time reporting in Google Maps instead?

One of the best ways to take advantage of Android Auto is with navigation. No more messing with your phone to figure out where you’re going and how long it’ll take to get there. Just tell it where you want to go, maybe tap once or twice, and that’s it.

And Google Maps has been brilliant for this. Missing, however, has been Waze. Until now.

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