• Microsoft 365 Feature Could Allow Companies To Spy On Their Employees

    Monitoring what your employees do can have certain advantages and disadvantages, where if you’re finding that productivity isn’t as good as it should be, seeing what’s going on could help fix that. However, the disadvantage is that people in general don’t like being monitored as it is an invasion of privacy.

    It turns out that if your company uses Microsoft 365, they could have been monitoring you all this time. This is because a report from The Guardian has revealed that one of the features of Microsoft 365 is the ability for companies to monitor and “spy” on their employees. Apparently this feature comes in the form of a “productivity score” in which management can monitor employees to see how “productive” they are.

    However, researcher Wolfie Christl claims that this is a problem because it judges employees based on purely arbitrary metrics, versus the actual quality of their work. For

  • Google Hangouts Just Killed Group Video Calls

    Over the years, Google has created various products and services, and sometimes these services can overlap with each other and has caused confusion. Hangouts is the perfect example where in the past, Hangouts was pretty much the only way you could make group video calls.

    However, Google recently changed things up by introducing platforms like Google Meet and Google Duo, all of which support similar features. That being said, it now looks like Google has killed off the group video call feature of Hangouts, and are now directing users towards Google Meet if they want to conduct similar group video calls in the future.

    Hangouts users who launch the app are now greeted by a message informing them that group video calls will have to be made through Google Meet. They also highlight some of the benefits of Meet, such as live captions and screen sharing. It’s not surprising that

  • YouTube Testing A Timestamp Button For Commenting

    Platforms like Soundcloud have features where during the playback of a song, you can see timestamps placed throughout the progression of the song where users have left comments. This is helpful as it provides context, like where some users might comment about a particular part of the song they like, and so on.

    While YouTube does allow users to leave comments that include the timestamp, sometimes you have to go hunting for it, and not all users bother either, but that could change in the future. It would seem that according to a YouTube support document, the company is now testing a timestamp button that allows users to leave comments at that particular point in the video.

    According to YouTube, “We’re testing out an easier way to add a video timestamp tied to the exact moment you’re watching when commenting on a video. People in the experiment will see a

  • Spotify Starts A Rolling Reset Of Passwords Following Security Issues

    Over the past few years, we’ve come across various massive data breaches where usernames, passwords, and other personally identifiable information have been stolen from various locations and then put online in huge databases. It is often a good idea to check every now and then to see if your accounts have been affected, which Spotify is now doing.

    The company has reportedly started a rolling reset of passwords for possibly over 300,000 of its users after it was discovered that an open database containing more than 380 million records, some of which was associated with Spotify, of user data. As a result, to take precautions, it would seem that Spotify has decided that it might be a good idea to reset the passwords of those affected just to play it safe.

    The report comes from vpnMentor who says that Spotify was a target of a possible credential stuffing operation. It

  • News Station Mistakes Red Dead Redemption’s Graphics For The Real Outdoors

    The graphics in our video games these days are getting better and more realistic, where at a glance, they could be easily mistaken for the real thing. This is what happened to a new station in Oregon where they were sent in a photo from Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and uploaded it thinking it was real.

    This is according to a post shared on Reddit in which apparently the photo was sent in to be part of the station’s “Out & About” segment. The photo was then published during the segment which some gamers might recognize to be part of the game, although we can’t say we blame the TV station because like we said, given how good the graphics look, we were fooled ourselves.

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    Also, to be even more fair, Red Dead Redemption’s world has been created to represent a fictionalized version of North America,

  • Several Major Airlines Will Accept Digital Health Passes To Prove COVID-19 Free Status

    The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free.

    This will be available to passengers on selected flights operated by United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines, and JetBlue where they will use the CommonPass certificate on their smartphones to help prove to airlines that they are free from the virus and are allowed to travel.

    Given that the effects of the pandemic will probably be felt for years to come, this seems like a good idea, especially given that it can help restart the tourism and travel industry again as we imagine that in