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Many smartphone users would agree that bloatware, or pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted, are fairly irritating. However, several organizations are now also arguing that bloatware could potentially violate users’ privacy. An open letter from over fifty groups has requested that Google prevent bloatware from exploiting users’ data. Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, and Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) addressed an open letter to Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai regarding pre-installed apps and privacy. This past year, Pichai stated in a New York Times op-ed that “Privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who... Read more...
Backyards are not only a fun place to hang out, but could also potentially be a functional part of one’s household. Dandelion, a new start-up created by Google X’s secretive lab, plans to to offer home geothermal and cooling systems. Homeowners would be able to tap into the ground’s energy to heat and cool their houses. Dandelion’s system would utilize plastic underground pipes or “ground loops” that would connect to a pump inside the home. During the winter, water inside of the pipes would absorb heat and pump warm air to the building. During the summer months, the pump would pull warm air from the home and disperse the air underground. Image from: DandelionDandelion promises that its installation... Read more...