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What’s New in the Tech World

Marshall Edwards, Staff Writer

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  1. A surprising new form of authentication

Futurea created a new form of authentication when logging into any of your accounts. Futurae’s new app, Sound-Proof, will use the noise around you to judge if you are the actual user when logging into your account. The way it works is that the app will use two devices, your cell phone and whatever device you are using to log in. Imagine that you are using your laptop to sign in, the app will record three seconds of audio from your cell phone and your laptop. If both the audio files match, the app will conclude that the user is legitimate. But, if the laptop hears a crowded coffee shop and the phone hears a TV in the background, then the app realizes that the devices are in two different places and the user wouldn’t be able to log in.

  1. The New Amazon Echo judges the way you look for only 200 dollars

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that you can give answers to questions like, “what’s the weather?” or respond to commands like, “play Spotify.” The newest version of the Echo is the Echo Look which Amazon is marketing as a “style assistant.” The Echo Look uses its camera to help judge your look based on “machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists.” The Echo Look can be used with “outfit compare,” a program on the “Amazon Prime” app which takes two pictures of you in two different outfits and tells you which is the best. Amazon said their results are based on fit, color, styling, and current trends. The Echo Looks comes with a microphone, a camera, built-in LED lights and can either be freestanding or be mounted onto the wall. The Echo Looks is only available by invitation.

  1. Apple plans to make all of their product only from recycled material

The Environmental Responsibility Report of 2016 was recently released by Apple which showed the progress of their environmental initiatives and laid out goals of other environmental initiatives for the future. One of the most ambitious goals of Apple is having one hundred percent of their devices to be manufactured out of recycled materials rather than mining for new materials. One of the example Apple mention is having their “Mac Mini” line-up to be made up of old iPhone 6 model. Apple is calling their new goal a “closed loop supply chain.”

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