Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool

Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to address the issue, Gizmodo reports, and the result is a national portal to help victims of revenge porn.

Last year, the Australian government granted its eSafety Commissioner $4.8 million for the development of the portal, which is now currently in a pilot phase. It provides users with information on how to report revenge porn to the companies that are hosting it, links for reporting it to the eSafety Commissioner and how to get help from law enforcement. There's also a section of the website dedicating to support, both where victims can find it and how family and friends of victims can provide it. Additionally, the portal offers information about laws regarding revenge porn and how to get in touch with lawyer.

California launched a similar hub in 2015, but Australia's, which is boosted by its national government backing, is more detailed and also applicable to the entire country, not just a particular state. The pilot phase will allow the eSafety team to see how many reports are likely to be filed as well as the complexity of those reports, all of which will help them tweak the portal prior to its full launch early next year.

Via: Gizmodo

Source: eSafety Commissioner, Mitch Fifield


Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a ruthless hero-king

Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakanda, accompanied by an incredible supporting cast of allies and villains. Today, the studio released a full trailer that dials up all the action and character conflict we saw earlier.

First introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman's T'Challa is both king and protector of his country, facing challenges from Michael B. Jordan's exiled would-be usurper Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis' arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. The trailer is more of a highlight reel of the incredible sights and fights waiting for us in the full film, but visible throughout is T'Challa ferociously defending his rule, nation and people -- in that order. In a cinematic universe of uncertain everyman do-gooders, Black Panther is about an imperious African royal keeping his country safe from outsiders...and itself.

The star-studded cast includes Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Angela Basset, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, many of whom we see for the first time in the trailer. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther comes out in February 16th, 2018.

Via: Variety

Source: Black Panther trailer (YouTube)


Microsoft delays its ‘Age of Empires’ remaster to 2018

Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute, anticipating a launch sometime in early 2018. The developers pin the sudden delay to a desire to tweak the game as much as possible. They want to invite "thousands" more people into the closed beta to adjust everything from the multiplayer balance to the lobby system.

This is bound to be frustrating if you were hoping to have a 'new' AoE release to play around the time of the original's 20th anniversary (the first title shipped October 15th, 1997). As the studio explains, though, the goal is to remaster the trilogy "as we all remember it" -- not the way it really was in the days when Windows 95 was all the rage. From all indications, Microsoft's team would rather release a game that's fun in the modern era than stick to a 'pure' version which only appeals to the most loyal of fans. As it stands, it's hard to gripe too much when the rework will be followed by an honest-to-goodness sequel.

Via: Windows Central

Source: Age of Empires


Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system

In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. Soon, Honeywell will launch an Indiegogo campaign and ask folks to crowdfund its new product, a home security system you can install yourself.

A DIY home security setup seems intriguing, though details are scarce (we've reached out for more information). But it's a little crazy that a well-resourced company like Honeywell would turn to crowdfunding for its next product. Their reason? Backers provide "very valuable feedback," a Honeywell spokesperson told The Verge: "We can engage, look for new features, and improve the product based on that first launch via Indiegogo."

They're far from the first company to do so: Sony had a line of crowdfunded watches in the past few years, while electronics brand Anker launching a crowdfunding campaign for a soda can-sized bluetooth speaker weeks ago. Heck, even Atari is turning to Indiegogo to jumpstart their Ataribox console soon. Regardless, Honeywell's mystery campaign goes live on November 1st.

Source: The Verge


Facebook trying to find employees with national security clearance

Facebook's next attempt at clearing its name from any future political entanglements is apparently hiring people with national security clearances, according to Bloomberg. "Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government information about potential threats -- in the company's attempt to search more proactively for questionable social media," the publication's source says. It makes sense, and given the role the social network played in he 2016 election, is a smart move.

In the last few months alone, Facebook has admitted Russia spent some $100,000 on over 3,000 targeted ads during the election cycle; turned over said ads to election investigators and revealed that some 10 million saw the ads. Twitter and Google have come under fire by the government for Russian agents purchasing advertising on their platforms to influence voters as well. We've reached out to Facebook for more information and will update this post should it arrive.

Source: Bloomberg


Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup

Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made those pet searches much easier. Photos is now smart enough to recognize individual and dogs, placing their shots alongside people. You can name pets, too, so you can look for Chairman Meow or Rover instead of typing in generic "cat" and "dog" queries.

This isn't perfect. Google was quick to acknowledge to BuzzFeed that Photos might get confused if you have different pets from a similar breed, so don't expect it to tell the difference between your golden retrievers. Nonetheless, it's a welcome addition -- it beats having to scroll through page after page of unrelated images just to find that one omgsocute snapshot you want to share with your friends.

Via: BuzzFeed News

Source: Google


Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year

Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" that first drew attention with House of Cards, which turned into a string of series including hits like Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black.

Of course, with more competition turning up (Amazon, Hulu, CBS All Access and, eventually, Disney), things are getting more expensive, as the company says it will spend "$7-8 billion on content" next year -- even if it's off the hook for 30 Rock. That's potentially a billion dollars more than what Ted Sarandos predicted in August, and up to two billion more than it spent this year.

Those differences also explain why prices are going up on some of its plans, as it continues a push to become more profitable. The company is predicting it will add slightly fewer new customers next quarter than it did last year, although it's unclear if that's due to the price changes or simply running out of people who want Netflix but don't have it yet. The company will broadcast the video from its quarterly earnings call on YouTube at 6 PM ET, if there are any interesting anecdotes, we'll update this post.

Source: Netflix Q3 2017 earnings report (PDF)


Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature

Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt Navarra.

While Facebook has let users list their job and education histories on their pages for quite some time, this would allow those who want to use it to add additional information like contact details and an image. And Facebook puts all of this information together in its own separate package. However, people might not want their Facebook profile being so closely associated with job application documents. In fact, when on the job market, plenty of people make their social media profiles private and even go so far as to change their names and pictures in order to disguise their social media presence from potential employers. So, while this could infringe upon LinkedIn's services, there might be enough people wanting to keep the job hunt away from their Facebook accounts to prevent the new feature from pulling too many users from LinkedIn.

It's not clear how many people have access to the feature or when Facebook might roll it out more widely. But a spokesperson for the company told us, "At Facebook, we're always building and testing new products and services. We're currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find, and businesses hire, for jobs on Facebook."

Via: Business Insider

Source: Matt Navarra


Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps

Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial bodies. If that wasn't enough extraterrestrial fun, Google has answered your prayers: Mercury, Venus, Pluto and ten moons from other planets have been included in the roster.

Notably missing are the gas giants. Instead, users can venture around several moons from Jupiter and Saturn, including Enceladus where the recently-deceased probe Cassini discovered evidence of a global ocean. After you've ventured out to the edge of our solar system viewing the non-planet Pluto, make sure to take a walkthrough of the ISS on the way back, which Google Maps added in July.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Google


Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app

Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's planning a revamp that could give the email and calendar app a breath of fresh air. Microsoft recently previewed Outlook redesigns for Mac and Windows that are nearly as clean and intuitive as their mobile counterparts. You can still have a customizable "ribbon" at the top, but it's stripped down and less intimidating to newcomers. The navigation panel (on the left) also takes its cues from Outlook's mobile apps, making it much easier to switch folders or entire accounts.

Mac users may notice the difference the most. This time around, Microsoft is aiming for an "authentically Mac" look instead of shoehorning the Windows interface into a Mac app. This won't matter much if you're interested in features above all else, but it could help you adjust if you're switching from Apple Mail or another Mac-native email program.

There's no mention of when the new Outlook will hit your PC, although it wouldn't be surprising if Microsoft rolls this into Office 2019's release next year. Whenever it arrives, it'll reflect how much Microsoft's software priorities have changed in the past few years. Where Outlook's desktop version has largely focused on business users circulating memos and scheduling meetings, it now has to court home users who may just be looking for an app similar to what they have on their phones. Microsoft's challenge will be to please these relative newcomers without alienating the corporate crowd.

Via: MSPowerUser, The Verge

Source: Microsoft Ignite (YouTube)