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Uber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident

Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigatingthe details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. pic.twitter.com/2dVP72TziQ — Tempe Police (@TempePolice) March 21, 2018 The car’s software detected Herzberg more than five seconds before the crash but did not identify her as a pedestrian with a bike crossing the street away from a crosswalk. However the NTSB report went into depth saying that while the backup driver could have avoided the crash if they had been paying attention, it was “the last link in a long chain of actions and decisions made by an organization that unfortunately did not make safety the top priority.” That included Uber deactivating the Volvo SUV’s built-in automatic emergency braking system, which put all pressure on the backup driver to intervene in a situation where the self-driving rig failed. Source linkContinue readingUber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident

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Dropbox launches password manager, computer backup, and secure ‘vaults’ out of beta

Dropbox is officially launching a handful of new consumer features out of beta today, along with some new tools for businesses. The cloud storage giant first introduced its password manager — replete with a standalone mobile app for Android and iOS — back in June. Similar to other password management apps on the market, Dropbox Passwords stores and encrypts users’ online passwords and syncs them across all devices (desktop and mobile) so users don’t have to remember multiple login credentials. Dropbox Passwords can also suggest strong, randomly generated, individual passwords for your online services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Dropbox itself. Above: Dropbox Passwords mobile app Dropbox Passwords is the result of last year’s acquisition of Massachusetts-based Valt, which swiftly shuttered its own apps ahead of integration with Dropbox. Dropbox Passwords is available to everyone on a Dropbox Plus or Professional subscription from today. The San Francisco-based company is also launching its previously announced computer backup feature in general availability today. The tool, which is available for Dropbox Basic, Plus, and Professional users, automatically creates a cloud-based backup of any folder stored on a PC or Mac and is continuously synced. Above: Dropbox computer backup tool Dropbox also launched its new Vault feature in general availability today to help users share access to specific files — such as passport scans or sensitive tax documents — while keeping those documents secure behind a PIN code. The Vault folder sits alongside other files and folders on Dropbox, though it can only…Continue readingDropbox launches password manager, computer backup, and secure ‘vaults’ out of beta

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Google One will backup iOS or Android devices for free

Google One, the cloud storage service that Google launched back in 2018, will now backup your iOS or Android phone for free with your Google account. The iOS app will be able to backup your photos, videos, contacts and calendar events, consolidating what’s offered by different services like Photos and Drive into one place, Android Authority notes. Meanwhile the Android app, which could already backup a range of files from your phone, will now offer backups without a Google One membership. Along with backing up your files, Google One is also being updated to make it easier to manage which files are being stored. This storage management feature is available from either the app or the web, and will let you manage files saved from Drive, Gmail, and Photos in one place. A new storage manager will make it easier to see which files are taking up space.Image: Google You get 15GB of storage for free with your personal Google Account (G Suite accounts aren’t supported by the new features), and Google offers paid storage plans that start at $1.99 a month for 100GB of storage. Google says the new features are rolling out for Android in the coming days, and that the new iOS app is launching soon. A complete list of the countries where Google One is available can be found here. Source linkContinue readingGoogle One will backup iOS or Android devices for free

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Google is releasing a free phone backup tool for iOS

It’ll be more useful for people who are paying for Google One — the base membership plan includes 100GB of storage for $2 per month, enough to make Drive, Photos and phone backups a lot more feasible. But regardless of whether you pay for Google One or not, it doesn’t hurt to have another option for backing up your phone. As before, paid Google One memberships include storage that you can share with up to five more family members, live customer support and various perks (right now you can get 10 percent back in store credit from the Google Store, for example). The new Google One app for iOS will also include a storage manager, making it a lot easier to clean up the various data that might be eating up your storage. That’s already available on the web, but given how much we all rely on our phones these days, it’s a smart idea to have it available in the app as well. The new features for free users will be available on Android through the Play Store “in the coming days,” while the Google One iOS app will be “available soon.” Source linkContinue readingGoogle is releasing a free phone backup tool for iOS

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Google One expands phone backup to all accounts, iPhone app is coming ‘soon’

Google is introducing a handful of upgrades to its Google One service today, including free automatic phone backup and a new dedicated iPhone app. The internet giant launched its Google One program two years ago, serving as a replacement to the existing Google Drive storage plans. All Google Account users get 15GB of storage for free, but with a Google One subscription they can pay from $1.99 per month to get additional storage for all their photos, videos, emails, and documents, as well as gain access to services such as live support. Backup Last year, Google rolled out a new phone backup tool, enabling Google One members on Android to manually or automatically save the entirety of their device, including contacts, apps, texts, and photos, videos, and multimedia messages (MMS) to the cloud. It’s worth noting that all Android users could already (and still can) back up all their texts, contacts, and apps to Google’s cloud for free — what Google One ushers into the mix, specifically, is original-quality photos, videos, and MMS. This automatic backup service will now be made available to anyone who uses the Google One app, regardless of whether they have an active Google One membership. Above: Google One: Phone backup on Android It’s clear to see how this is designed to encourage more users to upgrade, given that the 15GB of free storage that comes with a Google Account will likely not be enough for millions of people who have years’ worth of photos and…Continue readingGoogle One expands phone backup to all accounts, iPhone app is coming ‘soon’

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Google Photos will no longer backup social media folders by default

Google Photos will no longer backup images and videos saved from folders created and managed by social media apps by default (via Android Police). Previously, Google’s photo backup platform would automatically upload all images saved to your Android or iOS device, including those files stored in folders created by apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Now, Google says that feature is turned off, and you’ll have to toggle it on for specific apps or run manual backups on specific folders. Google is citing the surge in image sharing happening since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are sharing more photos and videos due to COVID-19. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. You can change this anytime in settings,” reads a support page detailing the change. Google is stressing that any photos already backed up and organized via social media apps are unaffected by the change, and that you can still go to individual folders within the Google Photos app and turn on the “back up & sync” feature. Google has a handy guide here for finding your existing social media-related images and videos on Google Photos, for running manual batch backups, and for turning on the automatic backup feature. Some of the affected platforms include Facebook’s family of apps, the default Messages client on Android, Snapchat, and Twitter, among others. Source linkContinue readingGoogle Photos will no longer backup social media folders by default

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You can score a lifetime of cloud backup for under $50 right now

The next time one of your devices fails, make sure your data remains safe. Degoo’s lifetime backup plan offers you 1 TB of backup space for only $49.99. We all know the feeling of picking up our phone or flipping up our laptop only to discover it won’t turn on. A sense of dread quickly follows. Did I back up my photos? Are my emails safe? What about all of those work documents? The price of data loss is astronomical. One study discovered that 60 percent of small businesses that lose their data shut down within six months; 72 percent suffering a major data loss are gone within 24 months. That’s where Degoo comes in. Right now, users can get 1TB of lifetime cloud backup to help safeguard their data for only $49.99. VB Transform 2020 Online – July 15-17. Join leading AI executives: Register for the free livestream. Degoo comes equipped with a super-fast connection that is ultra-secure with 256-bit AES encryption. It lets you perform backups to all of your devices and uses automatic file change detection to update everything you save. The 1TB lifetime plan offers you more space than Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive combined. And, when working with a team or sharing with a family member, Degoo lets you send links to files with a few simple clicks. Degoo Premium’s Lifetime 1TB Backup Plan is on sale right now for just $49.99, a 94 percent discount from the original price. Price subject to change.  Do…Continue readingYou can score a lifetime of cloud backup for under $50 right now