TechSummit Rewind #042

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

GitHub launches U2F security key support

GitHub Yubico partnership

At its first GitHub Universe user conference, the San Francisco, CA-based company announced that it’s launching support for FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security keys from companies like Yubico and others. These physical USB keys automatically generate a second-factor code for you when you plug them in, so you’re no longer have to enter a six-digit code from Google Authenticator, Authy, and similar apps.

GitHub already supports two-factor authentication through these aforementioned apps and SMS. According to company VP of security Shawn Davenport, about 300,000 of GitHub’s 11 million users use two-factor authentication currently. The company has partnered with Yubico, allowing the first 5,000 buyers to purchase keys for $5 and is offering a 20% discount for those that miss the cutoff.

Didi Kuaidi buys stake in India’s Ola ride-hailing group

Didi Kuaidi

Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Kuaidi has invested in India’s largest taxi-hailing app by market share Ola.

“Didi Kuaidi looks to engage local industry champions such as Ola to share technology and best practices in product development and operational expertise.”

-Didi Kuaidi, in a statement

“We are seeing more and more Chinese companies outside China. They are flush with cash and domestic market is slowing.”

-Kaymok Ku, Gobi Partners analyst

iPhone 6s is Apple’s most water-resistant phone to date

Despite the fact that Apple didn’t publicize it at all, the iPhone 6s significantly has a focus on water resistance.

Apple decided to make the logic board waterproof by placing a spongy black material around the circuitry. This hopefully will protect the logic board from being fried when coming into contact with water.

However, this doesn’t make the iPhone 6s waterproof, so you should still be careful with your new smartphone around liquids, but it does give it a fighting chance if it takes an accidental dip.

Cortana not coming to Xbox One until next year

Microsoft, with the help of Xbox Preview members, is currently testing a new Windows 10-powered dashboard for the Xbox One. While the update includes a host of new features, Cortana integration is one of the big one. However, Cortana’s not coming with the Xbox One update in November.

“Our plan is to add Cortana to the Xbox One experience preview later this year. From there, we’ll ensure that the experience is tuned for gamers before we officially launch Cortana in 2016.”

-Larry Hryb, Microsoft’s Major Nelson

Motorola unveils Android 6.0 Marshmallow lineup


Motorola has revealed its Android 6.0 Marshmallow lineup, with those devices set to get it on Friday with plans to trim its software back.

Here’s the full list:

  • Moto X (2014, 2015 Play, 2015 Style, 2015 Pure Edition)
  • Moto G (2014, 2015)
  • Droid Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

It could take a few weeks before these updates start deploying (excluding Nexus 6) based on your carrier.


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