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More than two years after stepping into the world of connected wristwear, Google finally started rolling out Android Wear 2.0. You’ll see it on watches new and old, round and square, big and bigger, ugly and uglier. Wear 2.0 offers many things, but this update mostly sharpens Google’s vision for smartwatches. It makes your watch a better tool for fitness and texting, makes the interface far easier to navigate, and puts Google Assistant on your wrist. Most importantly, it makes everything you do with it faster. Much faster.
US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has informed Congress that the DHS is considering requiring refugees and visa applicants from seven Muslim-majority nations to hand over their social media credentials from Facebook and other sites as part of a security check. "We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say?" he told the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday. "If they don't want to cooperate, then you don't come in."
Dropbox has expanding its pool of design talent, announcing Nicholas Jitkoff has joined the company as the new VP of Design. Jitkoff previously led Google's Material Design team, where he worked on top-level projects across Google's product groups to create "a coherent design language for Google's suite of products". Also on Jitkoff's resume is his notable work developing the first versions of Quicksilver, a popular productivity application for macOS.
As part of his tour through France, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday sat down to discuss a few hot topics including the company's EU tax bill, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and a Parisian retail store rumored to take root along the storied Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
Not much new information is offered in Cook's interview with French language publication Le Figaro, picked up by local Apple blog Mac Generation, as the discussion covered well-trod ground. The Apple chief did, however, drop a few hints about a potential new retail location in Paris.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today defended a new decision that prevents nine ISPs from using a federal program to sell subsidized broadband to poor people.
In a blog post titled "Setting the Record Straight on the Digital Divide," Pai said that Friday's decision regarding the Lifeline program doesn't mean he is abandoning his promise to close the gap between people who have access to "cutting-edge communications services and those who do not."