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Authy Brings Two-Factor Authentication To The Desktop

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

When you use two-factor authentication, chances are you are getting your second factor from a mobile phone app like Google Authenticator or Authy. This makes sense, given that you want to ensure that nobody who has access to your computer also has access to the application that provides you with your second key for accessing your private accounts.

Authy is turning this idea on its head today by launching a desktop app for its two-factor authentication service. Authy for Desktop is now available as a Chrome app here. While it uses Chrome’s app framework, it’s a completely stand-alone app, though, and you don’t need to run Chrome to use it. This approach allows the same app to run on Windows, Mac and Linux.

As the company’s founder and CEO Daniel Palacio told me last week, being able to get your second factor from your desktop and laptop makes for a far more…

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Microsoft Won’t Brand Its Own Phones ‘Microsoft Mobile’ — Nor Use Nokia’s Name For Long

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Now that Nokiasoft is (un)officially a thing, following the completion on Friday of Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia’s devices division, the question of which brand names Microsoft is going to push on its own brand smartphones comes to the fore.

Stephen Elop, formerly the Nokia chief — now freshly returned to Microsoft as head of its devices group — shed a little more light on that question today, during an Ask Me Anything on the Nokia Conversations blog (now, of course, a Microsoft property — despite still having ‘Nokia’ in its name).

Asked for clarity about whether Microsoft plans to rebrand the Nokia brand to Microsoft Mobile, despite having a 10-year license to use the name on phones, Elop said that the “Microsoft Mobile Oy” name — which cropped up in a leaked memo last week — is merely a “legal construct” created to “facilitate the merger”.

Since that explanation doesn’t exactly explain a lot, he…

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Geeksphone’s versatile Revolution gets CyanogenMod 11 and another price cut

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Geeksphone’s Revolution handset may not be very appropriately named: the Atom(s intc)-based Android(s goog)/Mozilla device will from 1 May see a price cut, little more than two months after it went on sale. It’s not a huge drop – from €239 ($331) down to €199 – but it does suggest sales haven’t been great, especially given that the small Spanish manufacturer already discounted the smartphone when it started selling it through Amazon(s amzn) a few weeks ago.

That said, the device is arguably becoming ever more of a bargain, particularly when you consider its versatility. The price cut wasn’t the only Revolutionary news Geeksphone emitted on Monday – the company also said the handset would get an update to Android “Kit Kat” 4.4 in the coming days, along with the option to use CyanogenMod 11, the latest iteration of the non-Google Android software.

In other words, the Revolution will…

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