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TikTok continues to be the subject of many discussions and news stories regarding not only privacy and personal data sovereignty, but also national security. Like so many popular social media and entertainment apps, TikTok collects lots of user data, including usage behavior, for advertising purposes. Detailed... Read more...
From personal devices to more broad applications, facial recognition and AI are becoming a large part of all types of technology and applications. Earlier this year, Amazon banned law enforcement from using its facial recognition software. The hope was that legislation could be passed to prevent law enforcement's use... Read more...
Amazon fields a massive network of delivery drivers, and many of them are contractors rather than direct employees of Amazon. The eCommerce giant ships millions of packages a day all around the U.S., and its delivery vehicles have been involved in multiple fatal accidents while making deliveries, according to a recent... Read more...
The log-in credentials for 3,672 Ring camera owners have been leaked this week in a security breach. The leak exposed log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people gave to their Ring cameras. Often those names are specific to where the camera is located, such as "bedroom" and "front door." Using the... Read more...
Last week Googlegutted around 46 apps that were pushed from a single Chinese developer. The developer goes by the name of iHandy, and when Google axed the apps, it didn't say why it removed them. A new report is now indicating thatthe reason why Google removed the apps was due to "deceptive or disruptive ads." A... Read more...
Anyone who has a Facebook or Instagram page and thinks that posts they make to a private account are actually private may be disappointed. Photos and videos that are put into private accounts on Instagram and Facebook are still vulnerable to a straightforward workaround that allows any of that content to be shared. The workaround also enables Read more...
Fraudulent apps on the Google Play store are a huge problem for Android users. Some of the fraudulent apps aim to steal money and other information. In February this year, word surfaced that a cryptocurrency-stealing malware had been found on Google Play, while malware-laden game apps were found last November that... Read more...
Perhaps in the future, smartphones and other battery-powered gadgets will run indefinitely, never needing to be recharged (or manually recharged anyway). Until then, battery life is a primary concern. Unfortunately for some Android users, a massive ad fraud scheme could have been making their devices run out of juice... Read more...
A security oversight at Apple's online store exposed tens of millions of T-Mobile customer PIN codes, but did not affect AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customers. However, in a separate security incident that occurred on the website for Asurion, a company that provides insurance for cell phones, passcodes for AT&T customers... Read more...
It's getting a bit hard to decipher what's going on over at Tesla these days. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that "production hell" is in full effect as it attempts to rampModel 3production numbers. Musk blamed the slow buildup of production on "excess automation". He went on to add that the miscalculation... Read more...
Over the weekend we talked about the Facebook plan to survey its users to find out what news outlets are the most reliable, so that it can show users more news from those "trustworthy" sources. Anyone with visions of an in-depth survey that really got to the core of trust issues with news sources will likely be... Read more...
Apple has faced a number of embarrassing security mishaps over the past few months, with most of them affecting macOS. However, iOS is not immune to annoying glitches as witnessed by the latest chaiOS bug. Software developer Abraham Masri first discovered the exploit, which affects iOS devices, and can cause them to... Read more...
Fingerprint analyzing software used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and more than 18,000 other law enforcement agencies in the United States might contain Russian code. The apparent finding comes at a time of heightened security concerns over international spying effortsjust three months ago, the Department of... Read more...
Microsoft Tay was a well-intentioned entry into the burgeoning field of AI chatbots. However, Tay ended up being a product of its environment, transforming seemingly overnight into a racist, hate-filled and sex-crazed chatbot that caused an embarrassing PR nightmare for Microsoft. The AI wunderkinds in Redmond... Read more...
While the Apple TV has long been home to streaming video services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu, one company has been jarringly absent: Amazon. Amazon Prime Video, which is available as a separate $8.99/month service or packaged in with the $99 yearly cost of Amazon Prime, has been barred from the Apple TV due to... Read more...
Every savvy computer user knows to be wary of things like email attachments and hyperlinked text, especially (though not solely) when receiving an unexpected communication. It does not matter if the communication comes from a trusted source or not. In case anyone needs reminded of this, there is yet another phishing... Read more...
Apple this week has done two uncharacteristic things for the company: it is apologizing for missteps in its product design/rollout and it is actually pre-announcing upcoming products. Some of those products are at least a year away from release. Whats going on in Cupertino these days? To the first point, Apple is... Read more...
Maybe I am in the minority, but whenever I encounter an application in Windows that runs without first needing to be installed (CPU-Z, for example) I get a cheap thrill. These programs are not planting their hooks in Windows or littering the registry with entries that will never be fully cleaned up, nor is a reboot... Read more...
The hashtag #YouTubeIsOver is currently fluttering all over Twitter. Many content creators are up in arms over YouTubes alleged censorship and have taken to all forms of social media to air their grievances. Has YouTubes censorship rules actually changed in the last few days? Who is affected by the censorship? How did... Read more...
Before Microsoft can complete its plan to rule the world with Windows 10, it will have to figure out how to tackle the smartphone market, one that's largely eluded the Redmond outfit over the years. The latest data from market research firm comScore has Microsoft clinging to a less than 3 percent share of the... Read more...
When I was in grade school, one of the things I looked forward to was playing Oregon Trail on an Apple II machine. I also remember printing out "Do not enter" signs with skull and crossbones on an attached dot matrix printer. But that was a lifetime ago and these days Chromebooks have become the go-to computing device... Read more...
If you know anyone thats been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a junk folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they dont use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They cant even be hidden unless you jailbreak but... Read more...
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