TechSummit Rewind 087

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

Snapchat introduces Memories archive of your snaps

Snapchat has introduced Memories, a way to share and save old snaps in a private archive within the app.

The feature is rolling out now for iOS and Android, and can be accessed by swiping up from the main camera screen.

Once you open it up, you’ll see your saved snaps in reverse-chronological order. Individual snaps are displayed as rectangles, while circular posts represent stories with live previews of its snaps. There are also tabs for viewing just snaps (or stories/your device’s complete camera roll). From these tabs, tapping and holding a snap to enable new interactions like: editing the snap to add geofilters/timestamps, share it to your current story (with a white frame and timestamp to indicate that it’s a blast from the past), or select multiple photos to create a new story that can be sent to friends as an attachment within a message.

A search feature lets you find photos based on when/where they were taken, along with showcasing snaps on their anniversary dates. Object recognition has also been built in, with the ability to detect “hundreds” of objects at launch (sunsets, surfing, the ocean, etc.).

There’s also My Eyes Only, a section that lets you put embarrassing/explicit snaps behind a PIN code. According to Snapchat, Memories is the brainchild of an observation that people tell stories in person by sharing their phones with each letter, letting them swipe through photos of an event.

At launch, there are no revenue-generating products inside Memories. It could take up to 30 days for you to receive the update, according to the Los Angeles-based company.

Twitter tests live sports coverage at Wimbledon

Twitter Wimbledon live stream

Twitter tested its live sports coverage Wednesday at Wimbledon, with a video player pinned to the top of a dedicated Live page on Twitter, with a scrolling list of related tweets below.

The San Francisco-based company is not streaming live matches, because ESPN holds exclusive digital rights in the U.S. However, Twitter will have access to live interviews, analysis, and match replays.

“Twitter is increasingly a place where people can find live streaming video, and that includes exciting sporting events like Wimbledon. This livestream is an extremely early and incomplete test experience, and we’ll be making lots of improvements before it in its final form.”

-Twitter, in a statement

The Twitter stream includes a mix of content from Wimbledon and ESPN, which has held exclusive TV rights for the tournament since 2011.

Google Now on Tap now translates in any app

Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap can now translate text on any screen, offering to translate text that doesn’t match your phone’s default language even if there are multiple foreign tongues at once. It’s available today for phones using a major European language or Russian.

The feature is also getting a Discover button that shows a feed of content related to what you’re looking at.

Now on Tap’s camera-based image searching also now recognizes barcodes and QR codes.

Microsoft launches Skype Meetings video conferencing tool for small businesses

Skype Meetings

Microsoft has launched Skype Meetings, an audio/video conferencing tool specifically for small businesses.

The tool allows for PowerPoint collaboration and screen sharing with up to 10 people for two months. After that, only three people can join a video call.

Participants can join a Skype Meeting from most devices with a personalized URL.

Google buys Moodstocks machine learning startup to help camera identify objects


Google has acquired Moonstocks, a Paris-based company that has developed machine learning technology to bolster smartphones’ image recognition features.

“We continue to pursue our machine learning and research efforts, and Moodstocks is the latest proof of our commitment to this area.”

-Vincent Simonet, Google France research & development head

“Our focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google, but rest assured that current paying Moodstocks customers will be able to use it until the end of their subscription.”

-Moodstocks, in a statement

Huawei sues T-Mobile over 4G patents



Huawei has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile for mobile patent infringement, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas, alleges that the wireless carrier rejected a deal to license 14 Huawei patents but continued to use its 4G technologies. Huawei isn’t seeking seeking financial damages, but they are asking the court to declare that they met its obligations to license patents at a fair and reasonable rate and to declare T-Mobile an unwilling licensee.

Facebook’s OpenCellular is an open-source wireless access platform for remote areas


Facebook has launched OpenCellular, a new open source hardware and software project that aims to bring a more affordable wireless access platform to remote areas.

“One of the reasons the expansion of cellular networks has stalled is that the ecosystem is constrained. Traditional cellular infrastructure can be very expensive, making it difficult for operators to deploy it everywhere and for smaller organizations or individuals to solve hyperlocal connectivity challenges. It’s often unaffordable for them to attempt to extend network access in both rural and developed communities.”

-Kashif Ali, Facebook engineer

According to Facebook, OpenCellular will consist of two main subsystems: one for general purpose and base-band computing, and one to handle the radio. Both of them are designed to be modular somewhat.

According to Facebook, OpenCellular’s hardware design, firmware, and control software will be open source so interested parties can build their own versions. Their work will also be donated to the Telecom Infra Project, a Facebook-backed initiative for exploring new approaches to telecom infrastructure basics like access and backhaul.

Apple pushing organ donor registration in iOS 10


iOS 10 is adding a new feature that’ll make it easier for users to register as organ donors. Users will be able to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors with a few taps. Registrations will be sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry.

“With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives. Together with Donate Life America, we’re excited to deliver this new feature to iPhone users in the U.S. with iOS 10.”

-Jeff Williams, Apple COO

TinyCo bought by SGN Games


TinyCo, the San Francisco-based developer behind mobile games based on the Marvel universe and Family Guy has been acquired by Culver City, Calif.-based SGN Games.

“Other games have done it successfully, but [TinyCo] is a pioneer in the builder category, and they have an engine that allows them to do it with many more.”

-Chris DeWolfe, SGN Games CEO

According to DeWolfe, TinyCo has deals to create “several” more games based on other franchises.

“It didn’t necessarily come cheap but we love the relationship. Anytime you can have larger market share in a growing market, it’s a great place to be.”

-Chris DeWolfe

Darktrace gets $65M of fresh funding at $400M valuation


Darktrace, the Cambridge, U.K.-based cybersecurity startup, has raised $65M in fresh funding.

The round was led by global investment firm KKR, with participation from existing investor Summit Partners and new investors TenEleven Ventures and SoftBank.

This gives the company a valuation north of $400 million, with the new funding being used for further international expansion along with R&D.

According to Mike Lynch, whose Invoke Capital fund backs Darktrace, the company is developing technology to help companies respond to human-written cyberattacks and machine-learning-based attacks.

Appeals court: Anti-hacking law applies to password sharing case

A three-judge panel on the U.S.’ Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies to a case where David Nosal, a former executive gained access to Korn/Ferry International’s confidential client data through a password that was voluntarily shared with him.

The Nosal case specifically focused on the question of whether he acted “without authorization,” with the panel concluding that “’without authorization’ is an unambiguous, non-technical term that, given its plain and ordinary meaning, means accessing a protected computer without permission.”

The court also upheld Nosal’s conviction for trade secret theft under the Economic Espionage Act.

In his dissent, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote that “this case is about password sharing, and in his view, the CFAA does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful, and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals.”

Bret Taylor joining Twitter board


Twitter has appointed former Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor to its board.

“Bret brings to our Board a great mind for consumer products and technologies that will be invaluable to the company as we execute our plans for 2016 and beyond. His skills also complement those of our other recent Board additions, who bring expertise in finance, media, and entrepreneurship.”

-Omid Kordestani, Twitter executive chairman


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