Monday, 19 August 2019

FIDO2 Enabled Log In: Google Services using Your Fingerprint?

FIDO2 Enabled
Apparently to sign in to Google Services all it takes will be your fingerprint. Google plans on allowing users to sign in to their Google accounts using their fingerprint or the screen lock on their phones. Of course, this will be available to Android devices only that are maybe initially. Normally when trying to log into one’s account you need your user ID and password. But now all that is going to be done away with. Google has rolled out this new feature with its Pixel range of phones at present. Other Android enabled devices are not too far behind either. Google plans on rolling out this new feature on Android 7 devices and above shortly or in the next few days.

More Security with FIDO2 Enabled Log In: 


Google’s new feature has been years in coming with the tech giant collaborating with the FIDO Alliance and the W3C to get things on the road. And things are now finally on the road with this new feature coming to Pixel smartphones.

This new method of logging into your Google accounts is supposed to be more secure and of course simpler to use.

In Google’s blog they mention newer methods of technology surpassing the need of the traditional logging in using your password kinda thing. With this new method of logging in coupled with the tech giants already present automated protections; this method is pegged to be more secure and easy to use.

The Point in Using FIDO2 instead of Normal Android APIs: 


According to Google’s blog the whole idea in using FIDO2 standards as opposed to your average APIs on Android is that the biometric system made with FIDO2 standards are now used on the web too. This means that various other accounts can be synced using the same biometric on different platforms as opposed to making a separate one for different log ins.

Note to Users: 


While you fingerprint maybe used across all platforms, your fingerprint will never be sent to a Google server. It will remain on the device itself, this is according to a blog posted by Google. The only thing that will be sent to Google’s Server is cryptographic proof that the user has correctly scanned their fingerprint using biometrics.

This remains an essential part of the new feature built on FIDO2 standards.

For Further Security: 


If that’s not enough there’s always Titan Security Keys as well as Android phone’s own built in security key for added protection.

These security keys as well as the new method of logging in, using biometrics, are all based on FIDO2 standards. However, the two methods are meant for different things, while one is used for bootstrapping a new device to make sure it’s the same owner logging into their account but from a new phone, the other that is verification based on biometrics, is done after bootstrapping a device and is all used for verifying the identity of the already signed in user during step- up flows.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Gallery Go: Latest App to Join the Go Series!

Gallery Go
The whole idea behind Google’s Go option is to be able to use apps with low data packs. As a new addition to the pack, Google has recently launched Gallery Go. Again, this app just like its siblings does not require much data or storage to work. The Go app, launched at Google’s third Google for Nigeria event, is available on devices running Android 8.1 and later. Another sore point is that management of photos will be available to users only in certain markets and not everywhere. As a side note Google is also planning to bring Bolo, a reading tutor app, to Ghana and Nigeria.

More about Google Gallery Go-


Gallery Go as revealed by Google in a blog post will use machine learning to organize your photos and will also work offline too. This makes it an excellent substitute for the normal Google photos app, especially on low powered devices.

The app may also appear as a pre- installed app on Google Go edition phones, even if there are only two of them at present- Itel S15 AndItel A55.

Gallery Go is meant to do all that the normal Google Photos app can do such as help you easily locate photos, edit them and manage them, all with the added bonus of using less data or cloud backup.

For first time users, the great thing about Google Gallery Go is that it plays well with SD cards making it easy to transfer photos between phones to memory cards.

As for the editing options- all the basic ones such as crop and rotate are present with some auto enhanced features as well. For low powered phones the icing on the cake is that the app is only 10 MB in size, leaving plenty of room for other things. Other things such as more room for your own photos.

A thing with low powered phones is just that – they’re low powered, any apps will slow down the phone as they take up a lot of space. But an exception is the Google Gallery Go app weighing in at only 10 MB.

Availability of Google Gallery Go: 


Google Gallery Go is only available on Android devices running on 8.1 OS and later. You can get your hands on the app or install it from the Google Play Store.

Apparently users aren’t happy with the 8.1 OS compatibility thing. Many whose phones run on earlier versions don’t have the space to install Google’s photos app and the new Google Gallery Go app is not backward compatible as well.

Even though Google seems to be targeting Go apps for their Go phones, they seem to have forgotten about smartphones running on version older to 8.1 or other low powered Android devices.

To put everything in numbers, as per Google’s very own dashboard (last updated 7th May) only 25.8% of Android devices run on 8.1 OS or later. What about the rest 74.2%?

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Turbo Creo SL- Light Weight Electric Bicycle

Turbo Creo SL- Light Weight Electric Bicycle
Specialized just announced its new special electric bike. Its lightweight body and impressive engineering will definitely leave an impression. But what’s sure to grab your attention is its price, which is less than impressive, if you catch my drift. The company that specializes in high tech bikes, was apparently working on a new model that they said would “be able to flatten roads”. That’s all we knew about the bike. But now the wait is finally over as the company releases its Turbo Creo SL.

New Unchartered Territory with the Turbo Creo SL: 


Specialized has now entered new waters by making its lightest e-bike yet. Supposedly with this bike you’ll be able to go as fast as a Tour de France cyclist. The cycle is meant to be powerful and to provide a smooth ride. So apparently if you’re going on a mountain it should feel as easy as riding on a flat surface.

The Turbo Creo SL may be a first in a line up of light weight bikes to be churned out of Specialized.

More on The Lightweight E-Bike: 


Turbo Creo SL clocks in at just 12.2 kgs and comes with Specialized’s own custom designed motor. Previously the company used a Brose motor but since then, for its special new bike a special new motor.

What I mean by special is that, according to the company there was no lightweight motor out there, so they had to invest in their own R&D to get the job done. Which they did.

The result is a noteworthy silent mid drive 240W motor that is capable of powerful as well as silent ridding.

The cycle has a range of 121 miles which is a bit unrealistic but according to the company this is the real- world range.

But before you go ahead and make a purchase, there are two versions with this bike- a base model that has got an 80 mi range with a 320Wh battery and a 121 mi range with a 160Wh battery. To get an auxiliary battery again you’re going to have to shell out some dough. $399 to be exact.

To state the basics, at such high ranges a decent amount of pedal effort is required by the rider. The motor on its own gives about 200% boost at its highest power setting but relies less on motor effort.

Customize Your Turbo Creo SL Ride: 


The turbo Creo SL comes with custom ride options. You can either go Eco, Sport or for what the bike is named for Turbo. These options are available via an app, curtesy of Specialized. The app also keeps tabs on the battery to tell the rider how much juice is left and whether it will last the entire journey. Besides that, the motor comes with integrated ANT+, which is a multicast wireless sensor network tech that tracks rider power.

Here’s the Shocker: 


Let’s get to it then- The Price. The Turbo Creo SL cost a whopping $17,000 for the founder’s edition of which only 250 bikes will be made.