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This app allows you to try on lipsticks from every brand you’ve ever had your eye on

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Who needs to try on lipstick IRL when you can do it without leaving your room?

You might remember Meitu, the selfie-editing app that brought you some of these amazing transformations: 

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It's now making a serious play for the world of luxury cosmetics, with the launch of a new virtual lipstick counter which is aptly named — you guessed it — Counter, on its MakeUp Plus app (available for iOS and Android).

Just select the colour you want, point the camera at yourself — and you'll be able to choose your perfect shade.  Read more...

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Why Tumblr’s new ‘safe mode’ is a bigger deal than you think

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Tumblr just made some big changes to how it approaches NSFW content. 

Earlier this week, the platform introduced a new "safe mode" that, when enabled, prevents users from seeing NSFW content unless they choose to view it.

That may sound like a pretty straightforward change, but it's already proving to be controversial and not just for the reasons you may think.

First, a bit of context: the Tumblr community has long been known as a free-spirited group where just about anything goes, including porn and many other varieties of NSFW content. Not only that, Tumblr's openness has given rise to countless communities of people who eagerly share and celebrate much of this content.  Read more...

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The SAP-Google data custodian partnershipThe SAP-Google data custodian partnershipCloud Security Engineering Director

In March of this year, SAP and Google partnered to advance innovation, agility and global reach for enterprises adopting the public cloud. As part of our collaborative development and solutions integration, we are working on a data custodian model that allows customers with specific needs to manage sensitive data on a public cloud platform.

To fully benefit from cloud computing, enterprises need to store and process their sensitive data on public cloud platforms, while complying with regulations and managing unauthorized access risks. Enterprises often need to address these requirements as part of a broader governance, risk and compliance solution for the public cloud. 

The data custodian model

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) already offers robust security capabilities and extensive compliance with public cloud security and privacy standards. To further increase customer trust, the data custodian model allows SAP, a trusted enterprise solution provider, to act as the custodian of the customer’s data on GCP. This provides greater transparency and separation of controls.

With the data custodian model, we envision enterprises defining a set of controls about how they want to handle their data on GCP, then relying on SAP, as the data custodian, to continuously monitor compliance to these controls and manage exceptions as needed. A current focus is on data access transparency for GCP services that store or process customer data. In the coming months, SAP and Google will continue to work together to enable custodian oversight and control over handling customer data on GCP. 

What are the benefits for customers?

Enterprises can benefit from the data custodian model in several ways. They can leverage SAP’s deep knowledge of GCP’s security approach, controls and workflows instead of building that expertise in-house. With SAP as a data custodian, customers have additional confidence that their data is accessed and stored in compliance with their defined data sovereignty, privacy and protection policies.

In addition, with this partnership, SAP and Google are extending and integrating their product portfolios, including GCP and G Suite to provide even greater value to customers. Look to SAP and Google to continue to collaborate on solutions like the data custodian model to enable the next generation of digital services.

Together, SAP and Google are working on a data custodian model that allows customers with specific needs to manage sensitive data on a public cloud platform.

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Moby-Store is an Autonomous Self-Driving Convenience Store, and Here’s How it Works

Let’s face it, not all cities have 24-hour convenience stores, much less ones that are autonomous and self-driving, that is until…Moby-Store arrives. Each one of these rolling stores offer milk, medicine, clothes, electronics on-demand, and even sneakers, all done with an app. Developed by Wheelys in partnership with Hefei University ...

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You can now make Spotify playlists in your group chat

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Spotify just released a fresh new feature just in time for your summer.

A new update to Spotify's Facebook Messenger extension allows you to create playlists with friends, the company announced on Wednesday.

To use the feature, one person creates the group playlist first, and then others in the conversation can add more songs directly. 

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Following deprecating its native sharing features, Spotify has been focusing on the Messenger extension for sharing, and for good reason. Messenger continues to grow at a rapid rate, and recently passed the milestone of 1.2 billion users. Read more...

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The iPhone was made because Steve Jobs hated this guy at Microsoft

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The design of the original iPhone has surprising origin story.

The now iconic design came about because of a personal grudge Steve Jobs had against a Microsoft exec.

Speaking at an event Tuesday, Scott Forstall, who lead Apple's iOS software division under Jobs, recounted the surprising history behind the company's first touchscreen prototype, which ultimately lead to the first iPhone.

It all began, Forstall said, because Jobs had an acquaintance at Microsoft who he really, really, didn't like.

"It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft," Forstall said during the event. "Any time Steve had any interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off." Read more...

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Gulf War-Used Nintendo Game Boy and 10 More Things Worn Down by Time

The Nintendo Game Boy you see above belonged to a soldier during the Gulf War in 1990-91, and was damaged when a bomb hit the barracks he was staying in. Believe it or not, the game console still functions when plugged in, but it now perpetually runs Tetris at Nintendo ...

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How to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloudHow to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloudTechnical Director

The BeyondCorp security engineering team at Google just announced their fourth research paper: Migrating to BeyondCorp: Maintaining Productivity While Improving Security.

For those that aren’t familiar with it, BeyondCorp is a security approach used by Google that allows employees to work from anywhere, quickly and easily.

This is easier said than done. In 2010, we undertook a massive project to rethink how to provide employees with secure remote access to applications: We moved away from our corporate VPN, and introduced BeyondCorp, a zero-trust network security model.

With BeyondCorp, we no longer have a binary access model, where you are either inside the whole corporate network, with all the access that allows, or outside and completely locked out of applications. Our new approach provides a better, more convenient, and less risky way: access to individual services as you need them, based on who you are and what machine you're using.

While BeyondCorp makes applications easily accessible from anywhere, it also improves security in other ways. Over the course of the migration we’ve discovered services that we thought were long dead, because this change required taking a detailed look at our traffic, our dependencies and our employee usage patterns. It’s also allowed us to scale globally while reducing our attack surface, and increased our ability to provide access when appropriate.

This March, we began offering elements of BeyondCorp to other organizations, in the form of Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP). Already, Cloud IAP has helped Google Cloud customers put fine-grained access controls on their critical internal services and applications based on region, time, role or group. More importantly, Cloud IAP removes obstacles to getting work done. Authorized employees get in, wherever they are, and do their job, or Cloud IAP blocks them, because they aren’t supposed to have access.

BeyondCorp: a work in progress

At Google, we’ve been on our BeyondCorp journey for several years, gradually shifting more of our traffic and services away from a segmented, privileged corporate network and onto the public internet and cloud.

You may be wondering how to move to a similar model. What do you need to do? What's the potential impact on your company and your employees?  The latest installment of our research paper describes how we kept people productive at Google while shifting our security model. It covers:

  • The process of migrating individuals to our non-privileged network

  • How we supported the effort through our TechStop infrastructure (local and remote service desks)

  • How to handle edge cases

  • Diagnostic tools to troubleshoot access denials

  • The importance of self-service documentation

  • Why to run a publicity campaign about the project.

In the end, we moved to this new system successfully by breaking up the work into discrete chunks, parallelizing as much as possible, and focusing on the end-user experience. To learn more about the BeyondCorp approach and determine whether it’s the right fit for your business, read all four public research papers:

  1. BeyondCorp: A New Approach to Enterprise Security

  2. BeyondCorp: Design to Deployment at Google

  3. Beyond Corp: The Access Proxy

  4. Migrating to BeyondCorp: Maintaining Productivity While Improving Security

And to discuss whether BeyondCorp and Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy are right for your business, give us a shout—we’d love to hear from you.

The BeyondCorp security engineering team at Google just announced their fourth research paper.

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After LGBTQ backlash, YouTube finally updates ‘Restricted Mode’ policy

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Back in March, several popular LGBTQ+ YouTube vloggers claimed YouTube was using the site's "restricted mode" to hide some of their videos. 

Now, after promising to fix the system, YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote a blog post explaining the measures the company is taking to make its policies more inclusive.

Working with "dozens of volunteer LGBTQ employees and select LGBTQ creators" YouTube has rewritten and broadened the Restricted Mode guidelines to allow personal accounts of individuals who suffered discrimination or violence as long as they don't contain graphic language or content.  Read more...

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The UK and Ireland edition of Mashable is now on Snapchat Discover

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Exciting news from the Mashable UK team. We've only just gone and launched a UK and Ireland Edition on Snapchat Discover. 

So what does this mean and how can I start watching? Well, for Snapchat users in the UK and Ireland it means even more cracking content relevant to your region. 

If you're already subscribed to Mashable, you don't need to do anything. Just sit back and continue to enjoy. 

If you're new to this wonderful world, download the Snapchat app immediately and follow these steps.

Once you've created a Snapchat account, there are a shedload of ways you can start following Mashable.   Read more...

More about Tech, Uk, Snapchat, Snapchat Discover, and Snapchat Apps

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