TechSummit Rewind #045

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

Sony confirms official PS4 Remote Play app for Windows, Mac

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed on Twitter that his company is “working on an official [Remote Play] application for PC/Mac.”

Cortana for iOS beings rolling out to testers

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Microsoft has made good on its earlier promise that it would soon roll out a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant – which competes with both Apple’s Siri and Google Now – to iOS users.

This week, a handful of testers that signed up to trial the new app were notified in an email that the iOS app was available for download.

The beta app offers voice-powered assistance, help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, weather, and sports scores. An Android version of this app launched for testing in August.

Microsoft suggests using the app to set reminders on your PC – like to pick up milk on your way home – and be notified on your iPhone while on the road. Cortana can also be used to make an appointment, send an email or text, and track the aforementioned stuff. The app can also be used to search Bing, get directions, get info on restaurants, movie/TV listings, and open apps, according to a Microsoft descriptions.

According to testers, the beta build is being distributed through Apple’s TestFlight developer platform.

Amazon shows off new Prime Air drone with hybrid design

Amazon has delivered an update to its Prime Air project – almost two years after showing the first iteration of its drone.

In two videos, moderated by former Top Gear (and new Amazon employee) Jeremy Clarkson, talk about its design and your recipient experience.

Amazon has now moved to a hybrid design that looks much bigger than previous renderings. This new drone isn’t just a quadcopter anymore either. It still takes off and lands vertically, but Prime Air then switches to a regular horizontal flight mode. This allows the drone to cover over 15 miles and fly over 55 mph, according to Amazon.

According to Clarkson, the Seattle-based company is working on a family of drones for different environments and purposes.

The new drones feature some degree of sense-and-avoid technology and scans the area looking for a landing spot once it arrives at its destination. Right now, users will be able to mar this spot in their yard with something like say, an Amazon logo. The drone will then land, drop the package off, and take off again.

“This design enables it to fly long distances efficiently and go straight up and down in a safe, agile way. It is one of many prototype vehicles we have developed. One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.”

-An Amazon spokesperson

Instagram beings rolling out multiple account support on Android

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Instagram is working on multiple account support for Android. This option will make modes like Instwogram obsolete and allow for multiple accounts to be used on the same device.

The feature shows up for some in version 7.12.0 of the app, which can be picked up by enrolling in the app’s Play Store beta testing program. Once you head into the app, go into the settings and scroll to the bottom. If you’re lucky, you should see an Add Account option below Clear Search History. Tapping it gives you the option to sign in with another account or create a new one from scratch.

Once that’s done, you should be able to see a selector next to the account nickname on the top of your profile page. This is where you can switch between accounts (with a toast message to confirm it). In the settings, you’ll be able to log out of these new accounts individually or of all accounts altogether.

Lenovo, Razer unite for new range of gaming PCs

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Lenovo has launched a partnership with Razer today to co-brand a range of Razer Edition Lenovo PCs, starting with the Y series of desktop towers that debuted at IFA in September.

The first prototype in this collaboration was shown at the Dreamhack Winter LAN party in Sweden, and the two companies want to extend their relationship into joint product development as well.

The first Razer Edition shows the familiar Y series chassis, with only the accent color changing from red to Razer’s signature green along with multichromatic lighting giving a glow off from underneath the case.

Future Lenovo gaming PCs will also benefit from Razer’s software expertise, which has been demonstrated with things like Razer Comms, Synapse, and Cortex, a suite of tools for managing and optimizing game settings. According to Lenovo, Razer’s loyal and vocal fan base will also be heeded in the development and refinement of future productions.

“[Gaming is] one area of the PC market that’s actually growing, and for us, what’s also been exciting, is that it’s relatively stable.”

-Victor Rios, Lenovo VP/GM of workstation business unit

The first official PCs in this partnership will launch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas next January, with a gradual expansion throughout the year.

Hilton: Malware targeted company’s credit card system

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Hilton Worldwide has identified and removed malware that targeted the card payment systems at some of its hotels over 17 weeks between late 2014 and mid 2015.

The malware collected cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes, and expiration dates, according to a statement from the Beverly Hills, CA-based company. Hilton is advising their customers to check their payment card statements for any unauthorized activity.

“As a precautionary measure, customers may wish to review and monitor their payment card statements if they used a payment card at a Hilton Worldwide hotel over a 17-week period, from Nov. 18-Dec. 5, 2014 or April 21-July 27, 2015.”

-Hilton Worldwide, in a statement

Hilton operates a range of hotels, under the following brands:

  • Hilton
  • Embassy Suites
  • Doubletree
  • Curio
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Homewood Suites
  • Home2 Suites
  • Conrad Hotels and Resorts
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
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