Good morning, Austin. Here are some of the tech stories generating buzz today.
Video tools increasingly being used to show graphic content
After a woman in Minneapolis used Facebook Live video to document the aftermath of a police officer shooting her boyfriend in a car, many critics of police said they welcomed these tech tools as a new way to shed light on police brutality.
Several media outlets reported this week on the how live video tools are sometimes being used to show moments of violence, whether it is someone broadcasting their own suicide or depicting the aftermath of a police shooting. (And more recently, plenty of video was taken last night in Dallas, when police officers were shot as a Black Lives Matter protest was winding down.)
This BuzzFeed article raised questions about whether Facebook has a protocol for dealing with gruesome content online. When pressed, Facebook released a statement that said they "understand and recognize" the unique challenges when it comes to content and safety for live videos.
Facebook Messenger taking steps to make your private messages more private
Recode reports that Facebook Messenger is launching new security features to better protect user messages. The company announced today that it is debuting a new feature called "secret" messages that are end-to-end encrypted.
That means these messages will be stored on the sender and receiver's devices and not on Facebook's server. The social media company is also offering a self-destruct timer on messages which will allow them to disappear.
Mac releases public beat for the next version of its operating system
Apple Inc. released its new MacOS Sierra software on public beta on Thursday. That means anyone can download the new version of Mac's operating system, but bewear that because it's still in development mode, there will be bugs to work out.
For the early adopters eager to see what Apple has cooked up, the Wall Street Journal suggests that you don't install the Sierra beta on your primary computer, that you back up your data and to expect lots of updates.
The Journal also has a review of Apple's iOS 10, the operating system for iPhones and iPads. Looks like in particular, Updates include an enhanced voice assistant Siri and lots of changes to Messages, including more stickers, GIFs and yes, laser beams.
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