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First Lightning Security key for iPhones with Type C

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For those that want to just plug a physical security key into their iPhone to log into apps securely rather than the problematic text messages or paging over authenticator app, this is the deal. Yubico is releasing the $70 YubiKey 5Ci, the first security key that can plug into the iPhone’s Lightning port or a USB-C port, and it’s compatible with popular password vaults LastPass and 1Password out of the box.

This means you may not have to remember your password for your bank again, just plug the YubiKey into your iPhone, use it to log into the 1Password app, and get that bank password. At launch, it’ll support these well-known password managers and single sign-on tools: 1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, Idaptive, LastPass, and Okta. And when using the Brave browser for iOS, the YubiKey 5Ci can be used as an easier way to log into Twitter, GitHub, 1Password’s web app, and a couple other services.

Unfortunately, the 5Ci doesn’t work with the newest iPad Pros at all, despite having a USB-C connector that fits. And you can’t just plug the Lightning side of the 5Ci into an iPhone and expect it to work with any service that supports the FIDO authentication protocol. The “passwordless” future isn’t here just yet. Yubico says that services have to individually add support for Lightning connector on the 5Ci into their apps.

There are other options if you don’t want to spend $70 for the YubiKey 5Ci just for easier access to LastPass or 1Password, for instance. Both already let you log in with a fingerprint or face scan for free.

Also if you want a standard based physical security key that doesn’t plug into an iPhone, there are other options, including other YubiKeys. The YubiKey 5 NFC, which costs $45, plugs into a computer with a USB-A port. The YubiKey 5C, which costs $50, does the same with USB-C. (the YubiKey 5 NFC for most people; it lets some mobile apps including some iPhone apps, authenticate over NFC).

Other options includes Google’s Titan Security Keys, which sell as a $50 pair, with one USB-A key that has a USB-C adapter and NFC (which only works with Android) and one with Bluetooth and NFC (also only with Android phones). Google also lets Android users on Android 7 or higher use their phone as a physical security key.

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Google Stadia soon to launch

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Google’s new streaming platform, goes live in about a month, you’ll be able to sign in starting November 19 and start buying games. Then seconds later you’ll be playing those games because of the way Stadia works, there’s no download necessary.

This upcoming cloud gaming service operated by Google and is integrated with YouTube. Its “state share” feature allows viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. It is said to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high dynamic range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers across the globe, provided they are using a sufficiently high speed Internet connection.

You’ll recieve an email when your Founder’s Edition package is shipped. Some may have gotten the Premiere Edition instead but shipping will happen in the order that pre-orders were received. With both editions you get three months of Stadia Pro and Destiny 2: The Collection, just to try out the Stadia gaming experience before paying for any games.

Pro subscribers will also have access to lots of free games. The Founder’s and Premiere Editions come with the Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra, allowing you to play on your TV. Some keyboards and mouse will be supported too for those seeking a PC gaming experience.

And for those who would love to play on the go, the first phones that support Stadia are the Pixel 3, 3a and 4. Some tablets too (Pixel Slate and Acer Chromebook Tab 10), plus the HP Chromebook X2 laptop. If you have several compatible devices, you’ll be able to switch between them seamlessly in the middle of a game. For more information you can checkout Stadia webpage.

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Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL

Google Reveals New Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL Phones With Impressive Features

At its Made By Google Press Event, Google officially announced the Pixel 4 alongside its larger sibling, the Pixel 4XL.

The phone comes in two sizes, featuring bright 5.7-inch or 6.3-inch OLED displays depending on the model. Both feature 6GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage and run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor.

They also have a Google-built “Pixel Neural Core” processor that allows the phones to run complex AI software, such as the new audio recorder which automatically transcribes speech and tags sounds so you can search your recordings for a specific part later on.

Another new software feature was live caption, which provides closed captioning for video podcasts and audio messages across any app. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are available for $799 and $899 respectively and come in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh-So-Orange, with an October 24 shipping date.

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