To make matters worse there were also reports that Skype had been running an internal team, codenamed Project Chess, that was tasked with making it easier for the Feds to not only collect metadata, but also to listen in on calls and conversations.
Through the collaboration, Microsoft is introducing a private conversations feature in Skype, which is powered by the Signal protocol. Private Conversations can only be between you and one other contact.
State Department slaps 5 Mexican states with 'do not travel' advisory
The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace. Mexico as a whole was given a Category 2 rating, with citizens implored to "exercise increased caution".
Microsoft will be using the Signal open-source protocol to encrypt these communications.
Signal, the company behind the encrypted messaging app by the same name, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft. Select End Conversation. If you want to start another Private Conversation with this person, you will need to send a new invitation. Seeing as it is in beta today, this may become a reality but Microsoft has yet to acknowledge if they will go down this path. With hundreds of millions of active users, Skype is one of the most popular applications in the world, and we're excited that Private Conversations in Skype will allow more users to take advantage of Signal Protocol's strong encryption properties for secure communication. If your contact failed to accept the invite by then, it will expire, and you will have to send another invite to initiate a Private Conversation. Also, in this category are Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram. In order to use the feature, a user has to select the "New Private Conversation" option from the compose menu or from the recipient's profile. It only works with one-to-one chats at this stage - so video calls and group chats remain unencrypted. What would happen if you forget to enter "Private Conversations"? WhatsApp users have complete encryption and don't have to enter any special feature or "Private Conversation" to get that added layer of security.
Honda previews Insight prototype
This time, the 2019 model isn't a splendid eco-misanthrope like the first Insight, or a "Greener than Thou", like Toyota's Prius. The batteries are packaged underneath the rear seat, maximizing trunk space and allowing for 60/40 folding rear seats.
Microsoft owned Skype is still to have a complete roll out of end-to-end encryption.
Skype is rolling out a new feature soon.
Qualcomm widens support for Alexa, Cortana and the Google Assistant
LG's previously announced ThinQ smart speaker with Google Assistant was built off this new Smart Audio Platform. The new smart speaker development kit will be available through Qualcomm's authorized distribution channels.