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SaaS Updates for March 29, 2017

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March 29, 2017

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We’ve got a couple updates from Google today as well as one from Slack and Salesforce. introducing new home automation integrations—in addition to the ones that already exist—that work with the Google Assistant. So you can now connect your Google Assistant to Best Buy Insignia, LIFX,

Google announced introducing new home automation integrations for Google Assistant. “You can now connect your Google Assistant to Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link and Wink.” Now you can:

  • Cool down and “turn on the fan” with the Best Buy Insignia Wi-Fi Smart Plug
  • Set the mood for your dinner party and “change the living room lights to blue” with LIFX
  • Relax and “dim the living room lights” with TP-Link
  • Get comfortable and “turn up the heat” with Wink

With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google added more ransomware defenses. Here are a few examples as explained in a new blog post:

  • Safety blinders: Apps can no longer see which other apps are active. That means scammy ones can’t see what other apps are doing—and can’t inform their attacks based on activity.
  • Even stronger locks: If you set a lockscreen PIN prior to installing ransomware, ransomware can’t misuse your device’s permissions to change your PIN and lock you out.
  • Whacking clickjacking: “Clickjacking” tricks people into clicking something, often by obscuring permission dialogs behind other windows. You’re now protected from ransomware attacks that use this tactic to sneakily gain control of a device.

Slack and Jira enable more collaboration. “If you are working in Slack and need to look up a specific issue in JIRA, instead of having to jump out of your workflow, you can now ask the JIRA bot to find that information and send it directly to you.”

Salesforce offers several great Lightning tricks in their latest post. For example, “In Lightning Experience, your users can add contacts to multiple accounts and avoid the effort and messiness of creating duplicate contact records. A contact associated with multiple accounts has a primary account and can have as many secondary accounts as you want. To let your users add contacts to multiple accounts, from Setup, enter “Account Settings” in the Quick Find box, then select Account Settings. From there, select Allow users to relate a contact to multiple accounts.”

For more information, check out the links below.

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