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Dropbox Paper is the team collab tool to end all team collab tools

(BUSINESS NEWS) Don’t you love when awesome things become awesomer? Me too. That’s why I’ve signed myself, my mom, and my whole office up for Dropbox Paper.

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Awesome to awesomer

Don’t you love when awesome things defy the odds and become awesomer? I do too. Which is why I’ve already signed myself, my mom, and my entire office, up for the new Dropbox Paper feature.

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Why I just spammed everyone

The basic awesomeness we’ve become familiar with thus far, is Dropbox, a file hosting service for people to share photos, documents, videos and other files. Anything you add to Dropbox, shows up anywhere Dropbox can be accessed; laptops, phones, iPads, and gadgets in general. So, if you’re a professional forgetter like myself, and forget your laptop with today’s presentation at home, you can still access it from another.

Alternatively, if you don’t have space to save photos on your flash drive or hard drive, simply save them to Dropbox. The most useful part of Dropbox, though, is the ability to share files with anyone or whoever has an email, which is pretty much anyone.

Go team!

Because this sharing function is so useful, the good people of Dropbox has honed in and created an even better sharing experience in the form of a team management tool: Dropbox Paper. Paper’s sole purpose is to keep files in one organized place, like it always has, but by now offering an additional space for sharing team ideas, feedback and tasks.

Why Dropbox paper? 

Starting with the basics, this beefed up sharing experience keeps documents organized in folders that are searchable by various keywords and shareable with anyone you choose. Upon sharing, you can track each user’s activity in the audit log, and see the last time they viewed a particular file, feedback, or task.

If you lose a team member or need to protect company information for another reason, paper makes it extremely easy for you to suspend or delete accounts, transfer account data, and unlink devices.

More in-depth uses include user’s ability to embed files from YouTube, Google, and Dropbox (of course). So let’s just say you’re in the middle of a typical YouTube binge and you stumble across the video depiction of your ideal web design; you can embed and share that video with your team instantly. Let’s also say this video motivates you to create to do lists – you can create a list and allot tasks to team members in the same window. Finally, if you’re so excited the video starts making you blurt out uncontrollable code strings, you can record them in a cool code block that auto formats code strings. YAHTZEE!

Sign up your entire network

Really quickly before you go, you should also know team editing is possible, which means real-time updates as your team edits a document, as well as the option to comment and decorate the comments with fun stickers (which is what sold me).

Lastly, it’s free, so signing up won’t make you feel worse about all the holiday dough you’ve been spending.

Which reminds me, Dropbox Paper is a great FREE holiday gift for your friends who work on teams, or enjoy sharing awesomeness. Sign them and yourself up, here. Let us know how you all like it in the comments below!

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Lauren Flanigan is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, hailing from the windy hills of Cincinnati, with a degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She has escaped the hills, and currently resides in Atlanta, where you can almost always find her camping at a Starbucks strategizing on how to take over the world.

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Google chrome: The anti-cookie monster in 2022

(TECH NEWS) If you are tired of third party cookies trying to grab every bit of data about you, google has heard and responded with their new updates.

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Google has announced the end of third-party tracking cookies on its Chrome browser within the next two years in an effort to grant users better means of security and privacy. With third-party cookies having been relied upon by advertising and social media networks, this move will undoubtedly have ramifications on the digital ad sector.

Google’s announcement was made in a blog post by Chrome engineering director, Justin Schuh. This follows Google’s Privacy Sandbox launch back in August, an initiative meant to brainstorm ideas concerning behavioral advertising online without using third-party cookies.

Chrome is currently the most popular browser, comprising of 64% of the global browser market. Additionally, Google has staked out its role as the world’s largest online ad company with countless partners and intermediaries. This change and any others made by Google will affect this army of partnerships.

This comes in the wake of rising popularity for anti-tracking features on web browsers across the board. Safari and Firefox have both launched updates (Intelligent Tracking Prevention for Safari and the Enhanced Tracking Prevention for Firefox) with Microsoft having recently released the new Edge browser which automatically utilizes tracking prevention. These changes have rocked share prices for ad tech companies since last year.

The two-year grace period before Chrome goes cookie-less has given the ad and media industries time to absorb the shock and develop plans of action. The transition has soften the blow, demonstrating Google’s willingness to keep positive working relations with ad partnerships. Although users can look forward to better privacy protection and choice over how their data is used, Google has made it clear it’s trying to keep balance in the web ecosystems which will likely mean compromises for everyone involved.

Chrome’s SameSite cookie update will launch in February, requiring publishers and ad tech vendors to label third-party cookies that can be used elsewhere on the web.

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Computer vision helps AI create a recipe from just a photo

(TECH NEWS) It’s so hard to find the right recipe for that beautiful meal you saw on tv or online. Well computer vision helps AI recreate it from a picture!

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Ever seen at a photo of a delicious looking meal on Instagram and wondered how the heck to make that? Now there’s an AI for that, kind of.

Facebook’s AI research lab has been developing a system that can analyze a photo of food and then create a recipe. So, is Facebook trying to take on all the food bloggers of the world now too?

Well, not exactly, the AI is part of an ongoing effort to teach AI how to see and then understand the visual world. Food is just a fun and challenging training exercise. They have been referring to it as “inverse cooking.”

According to Facebook, “The “inverse cooking” system uses computer vision, technology that extracts information from digital images and videos to give computers a high level of understanding of the visual world,”

The concept of computer vision isn’t new. Computer vision is the guiding force behind mobile apps that can identify something just by snapping a picture. If you’ve ever taken a photo of your credit card on an app instead of typing out all the numbers, then you’ve seen computer vision in action.

Facebook researchers insist that this is no ordinary computer vision because their system uses two networks to arrive at the solution, therefore increasing accuracy. According to Facebook research scientist Michal Drozdzal, the system works by dividing the problem into two parts. A neutral network works to identify ingredients that are visible in the image, while the second network pulls a recipe from a kind of database.

These two networks have been the key to researcher’s success with more complicated dishes where you can’t necessarily see every ingredient. Of course, the tech team hasn’t stepped foot in the kitchen yet, so the jury is still out.

This sounds neat and all, but why should you care if the computer is learning how to cook?

Research projects like this one carry AI technology a long way. As the AI gets smarter and expands its limits, researchers are able to conceptualize new ways to put the technology to use in our everyday lives. For now, AI like this is saving you the trouble of typing out your entire credit card number, but someday it could analyze images on a much grander scale.

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Xiaomi accidentally sent security video from one home to another

(TECH NEWS) Xiaomi finds out that while modern smart and security devices have helped us all, but there are still plenty of flaws and openings for security breeches.

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The reason for setting up security cameras around your home is so the photos can get streamed to your neighbor’s device, right?

Okay, that’s obviously not why most (if any) of us get security cameras, but unfortunately, that scenario of the leaked images isn’t a hypothetical. Xiaomi cameras have been streaming photos to the wrong Google Home devices. This was first reported on Reddit, with user Dio-V posting a video of it happening on their device.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company that has only recently started to gain traction in the U.S. markets. While their smartphones still remain abroad, two of Xiaomi’s security cameras are sold through mainstream companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon for as low as $40. Their affordable prices have made the products even more popular and Xiaomi’s presence has grown, both nationally and abroad.

To be fair, when the leaked photos surfaced, both Google and Xiaomi responded quickly. Google cut off access to Xiaomi devices until the problem was resolved to ensure it wouldn’t happen again. Meanwhile, Xiaomi worked to identify and fix the issue, which was caused by a cache update, and has since been fixed.

But the incident still raises questions about smart security devices in the first place.

Any smart device is going to be inherently vulnerable due to the internet connection. Whether it’s hackers, governments, or the tech companies themselves, there are plenty of people who can fairly easily gain access to the very things that are supposed to keep your home secure.

Of course, unlike these risks, which involve people actively trying to access your data, this most recent incident with Xiaomi and Google shows that your intimate details might even be shared to strangers who aren’t even trying to break into your system. Unfortunately, bugs are inevitable when it comes to keeping technology up to date, so it’s fairly likely something like this could happen again in the future.

That’s right, your child’s room might be streamed to a total stranger by complete accident.

Granted, Xiaomi’s integration mistake only affected a fraction of their users and many risks are likely to decrease as time goes on. Still, as it stands now, your smart security devices might provide a facade of safety, but there are plenty of risks involved.

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