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Shopify’s iOS 12 update adds AR shopping support for 600,000 stores

Augmented reality without leaving your browser<p>E-commerce platform Shopify now offers support for AR Quick Look, an iOS 12 feature that builds augmented reality support directly into the Safari browser.<p><i>TechCrunch</i> notes that the move means that the roughly 600,000 online stores that run on Shopify’s …

iOS

Lyft passes 1 billion rides, doubling in past 11 months

Ride-hailing service Lyft just announced a key milestone: It has now surpassed 1 billion rides since it was founded in 2012.<p>The San Francisco-based company reported half a billion rides last October, meaning it has doubled the number of rides delivered in less than 12 months.<p>For context, rival Uber …

Technology

The Tor Project's new Android app for anonymous browsing is here

The Tor Project is building a new web browser for Android that’ll make it easier to access sites anonymously and without being tracked – and you can try an early version right now.<p>It’s called Tor Browser for Android, and it’s based on Firefox v60. It’ll improve on the organization’s other browser, …

Android Apps

Facebook’s Crackdown on Misinformation Might Actually Be Working

Facebook’s efforts to reduce misinformation in its news feed since the 2016 election have opened the company to all manner of criticism, including …

Tech Trends

In one study, Apple Watch Series 4 was near-perfect in flagging healthy vs. irregular heart rates

Much has been made since the unveiling this week of the new Apple Watch, which sports an abundance of health-focused features like its fall-detection …

Apple Watch

Facebook is building an AI tool to help devs fix buggy code

Facebook has built an artificial intelligence tool to help programmers patch buggy code. It’s called SapFix, and it’s currently being used internally to automatically detect anomalies in code and suggest relevant fixes to coders.<p>SapFix has already helped the company with shipping more robust code …

Technology

Google's rumored 'Dragonfly' search prototype tied data to phone numbers

The Intercept reported more design details on the censored search engine for China.<p>While Google employees push back against and lawmakers ask questions about a rumored version of its search engine for China -- with censorship and blacklists for terms like human rights, democracy or protest built-in …

Human Rights

BMW Adding AI Voice Assistant to Its Cars

Saying 'Hey BMW' will let drivers change the temperature, find routes, or get information about their car. Integration with Alexa and other voice …

Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon is going to spend $2 billion on AI because things are getting serious now

If North Korea’s dear leader wakes up tomorrow, takes a crazy pill and decides to lob a nuclear missile at the U.S. mainland, there’s a good chance …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones' Infowars App From The App Store

A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple's popular App Store. As of Friday …

App Store

Google and Mastercard are secretly tracking your offline purchases

Google has quietly been providing select advertisers a “stockpile” of offline credit card transaction data.<p>After a four year negotiation, Google and Mastercard reached a deal that would pay the latter millions in exchange for coughing up data on its card holders, according to a <i>Bloomberg</i> report. …

Personal Information

This tiny gadget can locate anything, anywhere in the world with cellular and GPS signal

If you’ve been using Tile to track and locate your belongings, then you know the device has a considerable downside. It doesn’t work over GPS, and it …

Gear & Gadgets

Mozilla shares data on how Firefox users are using its browser and the Internet

<b>Forward-looking:</b> Mozilla's report covers Firefox usage on the web but according to Rebecca Weiss, head of Mozilla's public data science effort, …

Software

Snapchat figured out how to analyse people's selfies to score their emotions

Snapchat has worked out a way of using facial recognition to determine precisely how happy, sad, or terrified people are feeling at events — and how it might make money from the technology.<p>The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Snap a new patent on August 28 titled: "Determining the …

Patents

Uber and Lyft race way ahead of car-sharing services

Hailing a Lyft or Uber has become so normal those companies pretty much have become verbs, kind of like "googling." But no one is asking, "Wanna …

VW's $4 billion connected car push includes its own operating system

You'll see it first in I.D. electric cars.<p>VW knows it has to rethink its approach to technology if it's going to adapt to a world full of electric cars, autonomy and ridesharing services, and that extends to the very software that makes those vehicles tick. The automaker has committed €3.5 billion …

Purchasing a used smart speaker? A hacker could be listening to you

It seems like there are smart speakers just about everywhere these days. For folks looking to get in on the action without reaching too far into the …

Amazon Echo

Tech giants meet to discuss ways to prevent foreign meddling in US midterm elections

Top US technology companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, will meet in San Francisco on Friday to discuss efforts to prevent meddling in the US midterm elections by foreign governments.<p>The meeting will be held in Twitter’s San Francisco office where large technology companies will share …

San Francisco

Here's how Amazon's and Apple's new smart speakers stack up with consumers

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.</i><p>Smart speakers — Amazon's Echo, for example — are the latest device …

Apple

Autonomous drones will help stop illegal fishing in Africa

They'll identify fishing boats in protected waters.<p>Drones aren't just cracking down on land-based poaching in Africa -- ATLAN Space is launching a pilot that will use autonomous drones to report illegal fishing in the Seychelles islands. The fliers will use computer vision to identify both the …

Apple Confirms Removing as Many as 25,000 Illegal Gambling-Related Apps From App Store in China

Apple today confirmed it has removed "many" illegal gambling apps, and developers distributing them, from its App Store in China.<p><i>The Wall Street Journal</i>:<p>"Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China," Apple said in a statement Monday. "We have already removed many apps and …

App Store

Walmart completes its $16 billion acquisition of Flipkart

Walmart announced over the weekend that it has completed a $16 billion investment in Flipkart that sees it become the majority owner of the Indian e-commerce company.<p>The deal was first revealed back in May and now it has closed after receiving the necessary approvals. It sees Walmart take a 77 …

Tech's most egregious violations of user privacy

Technologies that have become ubiquitous in the daily lives of most Americans — from ride-sharing and dating apps to social media — are using sketchy …

Cars are the new hot spot for companies to sell you things

When everyone's a passenger instead of a driver, the car experience really starts to change.<p>As we take more and more Lyft and Uber rides — and …

YouTube's women of STEM make learning about science fun

<i>This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The</i> <i>Women Fixing STEM</i><i>, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as</i> …

Sundar Pichai and Sergey Brin defend Google's investments in China

Over the past few weeks, details have emerged about Google's upcoming products for China. After largely exiting the country eight year ago, Google is …

Retail Companies Are Testing Out Facial Recognition At Their Stores

Retailers are turning to facial recognition software to identify potential thieves by comparing scanned images of shoppers’ faces against a database of known shoplifters. But as more retail stores consider using the technology, privacy advocates and industry stakeholders are debating how the …

Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in student residences

Alexa skills will answer your questions about campus life.<p>If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with …

Amazon Is in the Early Stages of Entering the Health Insurance Comparison Business

Amazon.com Inc. is in talks with European insurers regarding the creation of a U.K. price-comparison site, according to a report from Reuters, citing …

Amazon Is in the Running to Buy a Movie Theater Chain

Amazon.com Inc. is in the running to acquire Landmark Theatres, a move that would vault the e-commerce giant into the brick-and-mortar cinema …

eCommerce