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PSA: Samsung’s new face scanner won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode

Last week, Samsung announced that its Galaxy S8 phone would let you unlock it by scanning your face — a method that could be quicker and simpler than entering a passcode or even using a thumbprint. As we noted at the time, this isn’t a strong security measure; in fact, someone already fooled it …

Privacy

VPNs may be the only safeguard against Congress’ latest ruling

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After killing online privacy, the US is out to slay net neutrality

Earlier this week, Congress voted to allow ISPs to collect and sell your private information to third parties without your consent. That’s a huge win for broadband companies. Now, they’re about to score again.<p>The New York Times reports that the Trump administration has set its sights on Obama-era …

Online privacy advocates sharply criticize Republicans’ reversal of Obama-era rule

Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate voted this month to reverse a series of federal rules — and the about-face has some privacy advocates up in arms.<p>Along party lines, the House voted 231-189 and the Senate voted 50-48 in favor of rolling back a rule passed by the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

What does the new ISP data-sharing rollback actually change?

Unpacking the future of privacy online<p>Congress shot down the FCC’s internet privacy rules this week, and in doing so, created a world of confusion over what Americans should expect when it comes to online privacy. The gutted rules would have explicitly prohibited internet providers like Comcast, …

These States Are Pushing Back Against The Internet Privacy Rollback

Minnesota is the first to pass new protections in the wake of Congress’s move to roll back FCC broadband privacy protections.<p>When it comes to immigration rights to civil liberties, several states are vowing to chart their own course—through legislation or in the courts—against what they consider …

The software that could prevent ISPs from selling your browsing history could also just make things worse

Pour another one out for online privacy. Then do a half-assed job of mopping it back up with a virtual private network.<p>In what is only the latest …

EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android phones (update)

Who'd have thought that just days after the house rolled back privacy protections for internet users, ISPs would take advantage? The <i>EFF</i> did, pointing out that Verizon has already announced that it will install spyware, in the form of the launcher AppFlash, across its users' Android devices in the …

Microsoft told you how old you are, but how dude are you?

Technically Incorrect: Women's private network Lulu decides to pay homage to Microsoft's How Old Are You site with a How Dude Are You?<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's been a struggle ever since Microsoft told me I was faceless.<p>Last …

Napa Valley

Write like a genius with Albert Einstein's handwriting font

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to create a font painstakingly based on Albert Einstein's handwriting<p>Ever wanted to write like a genius? Now you can, after a Kickstarter campaign to fund a font based on Albert Einstein's handwriting was launched.<p>The Albert Einstein font is the brainchild …

You Won't Believe How Long It Took To Make Rihanna's Met Gala Gown

Well, actually, you just might. That omelet train, I mean, it's a lot of work.<p>Even among the finest finery worn on Monday night's Met Gala red carpet, Rihanna's golden yellow, fox fur-lined Guo Pei gown stood out. It perhaps helps, though, that she'd actually chosen to celebrate a Chinese …

Pop music's most important revolution? That would be hip-hop, science reveals

Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s.<p>The Beatles and the Rolling Stones didn't spark the British Invasion of the 1960s, but they did fan its flames.<p>And don't buy snobs' …

University of London

Europe launches plan to tackle US online dominance

The European Commission wants to improve competition across the continent's single market, including an investigation into Internet giants like Google and Facebook.<p>The European Union has unveiled a 16-point plan to ensure Europe's tech industry can compete with established US online …

Online

The new marketing is the old marketing (mostly)

There’s something rather thrilling about the combination of marketing and technology—this tantalizing notion that taking the brilliance of a Don …

Four-week average of initial unemployment claims falls to 14-year low

Initial<p>unemployment claimsfell last week, dropping the average over the previous month to its lowest level in 14 years, the Labor Department said Thursday.<p>About 278,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits, down 10,000 from the previous week. The decline was larger than economists had …

Employment

Cognex Larger Than S&P 500 Component Allegheny Technologies

In the latest look at stocks ordered by largest market capitalization, Russell 3000 component Cognex Corp. (NASD: CGNX) was identified as having a larger market cap than the smaller end of the S&P 500, for example Allegheny Technologies, Inc (NYSE: ATI), according to The Online Investor.<p>Market …

Hong Kong's growing wealth gap fuels protests

Hong Kong is a gorgeous city: shining skyscrapers, deep blue waters and towering green mountains. But behind all that rumbles a growing frustration with income inequality and crazy high real estate prices.<p>The gap between the rich and poor in the city is among the widest in the world, and the …

Microsoft's Office 365 mobile apps are now free for everybody

Microsoft is now giving away its Office 365 mobile apps as the tech giant looks to increase its number of users.<p>Starting Thursday, Microsoft is …