Google Keep comes to the Chrome app store

Now your notes aren’t just for your mobile phone.

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 12.02.19 PMKeep is Google’s version of Evernote. Both of these apps allow you to create a digital notebook or notebooks, where you can store your thoughts, diary entries, or those winning lotto numbers that you got from an insider at the lotto

“With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you.” Google said in their introductory announcement for Google Keep earlier this year on March 20.

However as with so many other Google products they are launched for either a mobile platform or for the desktop based browsers. Well today you won’t have to wait any longer to write out that novel you’ve been typing away on your 4″ or 5″ touch screen. Google has launched a Keep app for their Chrome web browser.

This isn’t an entirely new feature, as all of your notes in Keep are synced to your Google Drive and can be edited through the Drive service. The Keep Chrome app isn’t showing up in search results on the Chrome app store as of this post. But you can download it, and to ease your frustration you can download it from the Chrome store page here.

Originally published on The Daily Widget.

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Facebook friends can help you log in

After two years Facebook introduces Trusted Friends, people who can help you log in when you can’t.

Trusted Contacts, originally branded as Trusted Friends, can be thought of as a kind of two-step verification. Which has been improved and redesigned, according to Facebook.

To give you more control over your account security, you can now choose and manage your trusted contacts anytime from your Security Settings, instead of only when you’re having trouble accessing your account. That way, you can personally choose friends you really trust to help you.

Facebook said they will be giving your trusted contacts more information throughout the processes to help move it along.

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When setting your Trusted Contacts up through your security settings, you are allowed to choose three to five friends. Now instead of remembering the answer to your security questions you can give your friend a call and have them help you regain access to your account.

Your friend or friends will receive a code, and once you have at least three of those codes you can enter them on Facebook and you’ll be granted access to your account.

Originally published on The Daily Widget.

Congress can now live stream on YouTube

Following the state of the union and other political events Congress has the ability to live stream their sessions.

us-congress-logo2A year ago YouTube started to live stream events such as concerts, conferences, and political events. One event that has utilized YouTube’s live streaming technology is the presidents state of the union address.

Today YouTube announced that Congress now has the ability to live stream their events. A “Dear Colleagues  letter has been issued by both the house and the senate.

The letter from the senate said that last August the senate approved the use of UStream to broadcast events, however the service did charge a fee. But through YouTube they will be able to broadcast for free.

This free service complies fully with Senate Internet Regulations. YouTube already complies with this regulation, under an earlier negotiated agreement, and now will extend that policy to live-stream videos. Senate offices will not have to pay to live-stream video content on their existing official YouTube channels.

The House has also been approved to you the new YouTube tool, but in their letter they wanted to remind their members that they have other tools available to them.

While YouTube Live is the latest addition to the list of video tools available, there are several other tools that offices continue to take advantage of.  For example, the Office of the Clerk provides live, streaming video of House Floor activities through HouseLive.

Youtube said in their blog “Whether it’s to share a look into your daily work, broadcast speeches and meetings, or showcase events in your state or district, we can’t wait to see how you connect with your constituents.” It will be interesting to see how the Congress uses this new tool.

Originally published on The Daily Widget.

Firefox orders Gamma International to cease and desist

“It’s important to note that the spyware does not affect Firefox itself,” said Alex Fowler, head of Mozilla’s Privacy & Public Policy.

firefoxWith help from Citizen Labs, Mozilla has determined that Gamma International’s spyware is misleading users to think they are installing Mozilla’s popular open source browser Firefox. After discovering the spyware Mozilla has sent a cease and desist letter to Gamma International “demanding that these illegal practices stop immediately.”

Fowler stated that anyone who examines the spyware will find several Firefox and Mozilla markers that would mislead an unsuspecting user.

  1. When a user examines the installed spyware on his/her machine by viewing its properties, Gamma misrepresents its program as “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with Firefox along with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to “Firefox and Mozilla Developers.”
  2. For an expert user who examines the underlying code of the installed spyware, Gamma includes verbatim the assembly manifest from Firefox software.

Citizen Labs report covered FinFisher, which is malware that targets commercial networks. The particular spyware that has targeted Firefox is FinSpy. “We identify instances where FinSpy makes use of Mozilla’s Trademark and Code. The latest Malay-language sample masquerades as Mozilla Firefox in both file properties and in manifest.” The report stated, “This behavior is similar to samples discussed in some of our previous reports, including a demo copy of the product, and samples targeting Bahraini activists.”

In 2012 Mozilla was named the “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy” by the Ponemon Institute.

You can read Citizen Labs full report here.

*The Daily Widget would like to remind all of our readers that you should be careful when downloading any software, and should only download software from its content publisher. So please only download Firefox from Mozilla.org.

Originally published on The Daily Widget.

Wikimedia’s new commons app

Now Commons contributors can upload and view photos from their handheld devices.

The “my uploads” view on the Commons app for iOS. Image courtesy of Wikimedia

The “my uploads” view on the Commons app for iOS.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia

While not uncommon, it is still rare to see apps release simultaneously for Android & iOS. Wikimedia has released an app for their open Commons community, which is a database of over 16 million freely usable media files, that will allow users to view and upload photos to the Wiki Commons from anywhere in the world, and in turn breaks them free of their laptops and computers. Though this app is still in its beta stage.

“You can also upload multiple files and add categories (Android only so far) and share your uploads through your favorite image sharing sites.” Maryana Pinchuk, Associate Product Manager of the Wikimedia Foundation said in the announcement posted to their blog, “We also look forward to being able to run more campaigns like Wiki Loves Monuments, encouraging expert Commons users and people new to Wikimedia projects alike to contribute to high-need content areas.”

As always Wikimedia is asking for feedback and input from their community. You can download your respective version below, or if you don’t have an iOS or Android device you can use one of their many mobile friendly versions. If you encounter a bug or have a suggestion in relation to the Commons app they do ask that you let them know here.
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Originally published on The Daily Widget

Google retiring Meebo bar

Spring is here, and Google is cleaning house.

MeeboLogoRev_616In June of 2012 Google acquired Meebo as a companion service for Google+, and shut down all the Meebo services except the Meebo bar. The bar was a publishing tool which helped content publishers connect their sites and their businesses with the community. But it also provided a source of revenue with a small, typically left justified, ad space.

Google sent out a mass, spring cleaning, email to all the Meebo Bar publishers that said they would be retiring the bar later this year on June sixth, and if you visit the Meebo website you can see the same message.

Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites.

As part of the Google team, this continues to be our focus, but we want to best serve mobile and desktop publishers moving forward. Therefore, we have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently launched Google+ Sign-In (which includes interactive posts and over-the-air app installs) and the Google+ plug-ins.

This means we will retire the Meebo Bar, effective June 6, 2013.

Thank you for being a Meebo Bar publisher. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team

Users will be able to access all of their bar tools until June 30 after which the entire service will go offline. However new account creation has been disabled. Users should note that though the Meebo bar will be going offline you must remove the code or plug-in from your site, otherwise it will remain as an unresponsive tool.

After being acquired by Google Meebo didn’t see much of, if any attention. The service stopped taking and authorizing new bars to display ads and seemed to disappear from most websites that housed a bar a one time.

If you have any further questions the traditional Google style termination page has been created and viewed here.

PODCAST: David Wyatt biology professor studies Ring Tail population

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David Wyatt is a City College biology professor who specializes in Ecology, and has been studying the Ring tail population in the Sutter Buttes for 25 years. Professor Wyatt and Rosalinda Vizina, a biology major and one of Wyatt’s research assistants, are headed out to Sutter Buttes to capture and collar a new Ring tail after they found one of their other Ring tails dead.

Originally published by The Express