The biggest news of the week is this story from everyone’s favorite muckraker, Edward Snowden. The story is specifically targeting professionals with duties of confidentiality. Yes, that means lawyers. Here’s Snowden’s interview with The Guardian.
And now that you’re slightly more aware of the issue, here’s a New York Times article on ways you can protect your email.
In other news:
- Google Maps 8.2 is available, and the update comes with a new voice feature. Android Police has this video showcasing some of the new features.
- These new 3D maps of London are cool.
- What’s the worst that could happen with autonomous cars? How about becoming law obeying rolling bombs? The FBI thinks so.
- Microsoft is dumping 18,000 employees, and that means more benefits for Android.
- Phandroid’s fretting about the future of Android Wear, and Futurelawyer talks about why that’s a bad thing. I agree.
- Time has a similar rant about apps.
- Rumors abound about the possibility of an Amazon Prime Video app for Android. Perhaps Bezos read my letter after all.
- Lawyerist’s Sam Glover and I had a conversation on Twitter about the popularity of its iOS apps for lawyers post versus the Android post.
— Sam Glover (@samglover) July 17, 2014
Really, Glover’s findings didn’t surprise me given the overwhelming adoption of iOS among attorneys.
- Amazon has its first commercial for Fire Phone.
What do you think? Is Amazon Fire Phone for you?
- There’s a new Chrome available and it adds rich notifications.
- Google has a new team of super sleuths dedicated to finding (and exposing) flaws in the world’s software. It’s called “Project Zero.”
- Udacity is helping people learn Android development.
- I disagree with Google’s decision to let users pick aliases rather than their actual names.
- And finally, David Pogue posted this:
— David Pogue (@Pogue) July 17, 2014