Headlines are Zoom e2e encryption,Amazon's face recognition incorrectly matches,Android 11,Go 1.15 and What’s new is Angular 10 & Vue.Js 3.0

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Zoom is reported to be planning to strengthen its encryption for paying customers and other institutions such as schools.
Speaking to Reuters, Alex Stamos, the ex-Facebook chief security officer who joined Zoom as a consultant in April, said the company was looking at different approaches to beefing up security for some users.

As well as schools, this could include non-profit organizations and other customers that require an additional layer of protection for video meetings, such as political dissidents.

Stamos told Reuters that Zoom was trying to improve security while at the same time "significantly upgrading their trust and safety", following previous criticisms around the video platform's security settings.

This has led to incidents in which uninvited guests have crashed Zoom video meetings to share illegal or offensive material, often dubbed "Zoom-bombing".

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Study finds Amazon's face recognition incorrectly matches 105 US and UK politicians


Amazon's Rekognition software is still struggling with basic facial recognition, according to Comparitech, in a follow-up to an ACLU experiment. In July 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted a test using Amazon’s face recognition tool, “Rekognition”, to match photos of US Congress members against mugshots of people arrested for a crime. The ACLU found 28 false matches, highlighting the shortcomings of face recognition technology that’s being peddled to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Researchers with Comparitech compared the headshots of 1,959 politicians in the US and UK to 25,000 mugshots they chose randomly from Jailbase.com. They found that Rekognition "incorrectly matched an average of 32 US Congresspersons to mugshots in the arrest database" out of the 530 that were tested and misidentified an average of 73 UK politicians among the 1,429 politicians tested.

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Beta Release of Android 11

The first public beta of Android 11 was recently released. Learn about the standout features in this upgrade to the Google platform.

Android 11's most interesting features

A. Scheduled dark theme
        Android 11 is reported to now have the ability to schedule when your device shifts to dark mode. You can either set a custom time or have an Android shift between dark and light mode based on sunrise/sunset times in your time zone.

B. Chat Head bubbles are back
     Most Android users have used the Chat Head bubbles found in Facebook's Messenger app. With Android 11, the bubbles feature will make its way to mass rollout. Google has informed developers to start using the bubbles API, so once Android 11 ships, apps should be making use of the tool.

C. One-time permission
     This feature is quite interesting. In Google's quest to perfect Android security and privacy, the company will release a new option in the platform's permission system. In Android 10, you have the option to grant an app two different permissions for location access: While Using The App or Deny. In Android 11, new permission will appear: Only This Time.
      In other words, users will be able to grant an app permission to use location access once. There's no indication if this permission request will happen every time you open the app, or if it's a one-and-done option, which means you would have to re-install the app to give it location access.
      No matter how the feature winds up, at least we know Google is working to improve the security and privacy of the platform.


D. Screen recording
    No need to rely on third-party tools In order to capture screen recordings on Android. Android 11 will provide you screen recording feature.

E. Motion Sense gesture
   The feature allows you to pause/play with a Motion Sense gesture. So while listening to music, you could gesture with your device to pause or play the current tune.

F. Airdrop-style file sharing
   One of the most highly anticipated features to come to Android in some time is a take on iOS’ Airdrop, called Fast Share (or possibly Nearby Sharing). This new addition was confirmed in the Android 11 Developers release notes and also indicates some of the issues the developers are currently having with the feature. When it is fixed, Fast Share will make it incredibly easy to share files between Android devices.

    These are some features of Android 11. The first public beta of Android 11 was finally released on June 10, 2020.

Go 1.15 moves to beta, offering smaller binary sizes

    New version of Google-built language focuses on compiler, runtime, and linker improvements.Go 1.15, the next version of Google’s popular open source, statically typed, compiled language, produces smaller binary sizes through an enhanced compiler. The runtime and linker also have been improved in the forthcoming release.
Typical binary sizes in Go 1.15, which is due for a production release in August, are reduced by about five percent compared to Go 1.14. This reduction is achieved by eliminating certain types of garbage collection metadata and more-aggressively eliminating unused type metadata.

JDK 15: The new features in Java 15

    The next version of standard Java will feature text blocks, garbage collectors, hidden classes, and previews of pattern matching and records.Java Development Kit 15, Oracle’s implementation of the next version of Java SE (Standard Edition), reached its initial rampdown phase on June 11, with the feature set now frozen. Highlights of JDK 15 include text blocks, hidden classes, a foreign-memory access API, and previews of sealed classes and records.

Next up for the Java upgrade is another rampdown phase and two release candidates between now and August 20. General availability is slated for September 15. JDK 15 follows JDK 14, which was released on March 17. Oracle follows a six-month release schedule for standard Java, with new versions arriving twice a year.

What’s new in Angular 10
  
      The next major release of the popular Google-created web framework is nearing the finish line. Angular 10, a major upgrade to the popular web development framework, has reached the release candidate stage, with three release candidates published as of June 9, 2020. The upgrade to the Google-developed, TypeScript-based framework focuses more on ecosystem improvements than new features.
     Angular 10 is set to be smaller than previous versions of Angular. A target date for an Angular 10 production release is still to be determined. Angular 9.0 became generally available February 6, 2020, followed by Angular 9.1 on March 25, 2020. Angular 8.0 arrived May 28, 2019.

Vue.js 3.0 brings more speed, more TypeScript

          Now in beta, Vue 3.0 promises significantly faster rendering in a general release by the end of June.Vue.js 3.0, a planned upgrade to the JavaScript framework for building web UIs, is moving toward general release. A beta release available since early spring shows off improvements in areas such as performance and TypeScript support.
          A production release of Vue.js 3.0 has been slated to be ready by this month. The Vue 3.0 beta is available from GitHub. For better performance, Vue 3.0 features a rewritten virtual DOM and compiler-informed fast paths. Server-side rendering is two to three times faster, based on benchmarks simulating typical scenarios. Component initialization is more efficient, and update performance is also improved.


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